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

Phil Palmintere phil.palmintere at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 15:02:14 CDT 2010


I wish I had done that.  We were pretty tight on luggage (we were in London
& Copenhagen for a couple weeks before the actual cruise), but next time
I'll just leave home that extra pair of socks...

Which cruise line had great food?



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> bounces at lists.sweetmariascoffee.com] On Behalf Of Barry Luterman
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> Subject: Re: [Homeroast] There may be worse coffee on the planet than
> Cruise Ship coffee...
> 
> Last cruise I went on the food was great. I knew about the coffee from
> previous cruses. I simply brought a baggie of home roast and a Zass to
> the table.The waiter brought me a French Press and hot water. It
> became a real conversation starter and one guy at the table eventually
> became a home roaster himself.
> 
> On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 6:40 AM, Phil Palmintere
> <phil.palmintere at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 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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