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

Barry Luterman lutermanb at gmail.com
Wed Jul 14 17:23:44 CDT 2010


Norweigan and they sell underwear and socks on board.They are not
essential. The only essentials are coffee and Zass all else is
commentary (to paraphrase Talmud)

On Wed, Jul 14, 2010 at 1:02 PM, Phil Palmintere
<phil.palmintere at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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?
>
>
>
>> -----Original Message-----
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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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