[Homeroast] There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise Ship coffee...

Ryan M. Ward silvercro_magnon at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 14 10:58:24 CDT 2010

Oh! I'll tell you a positive story though! One time I went to a small cafe in a town in France (St. Genis- I am sure I screwed the spelling up). I bought a capuccino and a panini. The cheese panini was out of this world and the capuccino was actually really good! I took a picture of it, I should try to track it down....

> From: phil.palmintere at gmail.com
> To: homeroast at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com
> Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 06:40:04 -0700
> Subject: [Homeroast] There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise	Ship coffee...
> There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise Ship coffee, but if so,
> I never want to taste it.
> I didn't have expectations for coffee any better than, say, a 24 hour diner
> on the Interstate 40 miles from the nearest gas station, but on a recent
> Baltic Cruise (Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersberg, Gdansk & back to
> Stockholm), I found the coffee substantially worse than Pennzoil 10w-30.
> They had a separate (read: not included in the price of the cruise) espresso
> station, supposedly with Seattle's Best and a non-descript commercial
> espresso machine with an equally non-descript grinder.  It seems they don't
> grind coffee on demand - ground coffee just sits doser waiting for the next
> customer - which might be the next day.  So-called Baristas were untrained
> and not particularly open to suggestion.  It seems that if the espresso
> takes more than 5 seconds to dispense a shot, they think they've tamped the
> portafilter too hard.  I very much wanted to just jump behind the counter &
> pull the shot myself giving them some training along the way, but my wife
> would have been too embarrassed.
> Now, the good news is I didn't see a single Starbucks anywhere in Stockholm,
> and I was able to get a few OK shots.  
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