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post #61 of 89
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Not only does Dawg (Scott) sell skis, he also works at a killer coffee shop; Stumptown Coffee! You can buy beans from him.
Stumptown is great coffee, I hear they are opening a couple of stores in Seattle. I buy the beans, right now I have Sumatra Lake Tawar which has a lovely full body.

I used to enjoy Torafazione till TenBucks bought them out, then they went to He!!. They did have a very pretty brunette (another lovely full body) who worked at the store in the Pearl District however...I drank a lot of Torafazione when in P-town!

Anyone else here think Starbucks is a piss (note the operative word) poor provider of coffee?
post #62 of 89
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Anyone else here think Starbucks is a piss (note the operative word) poor provider of coffee?
Not my favorite. But fairly consistent - which was their original plan. And certainly better than average - especially compared to the slop brewed in much of the country.

I have yet to find any place that is as consistently excellent as Cafe D'arte. Whether you are buying beans or drinks there. Just a short walk from the Market for you tourist types. Not too far from Patagucci either...
post #63 of 89
My dad hates Starbucks so much that when one of his clients gave him a SB $20 gift card he handed it to me, and said their coffee is burnt, and the coffee you buy from the street vendor in Manhatten for $0.75 tastes much better. BTW he was born in Portugal and lived many years in Brazil, so he knows a thing or two about good tasting coffee.
post #64 of 89
starbucks is just bland. they don't really burn their beans, they just roast them to the point that most of the flavor is gone. it's not bad if there is nothing else. for espresso they are no good, the beans aren't roasted right and the baristas generally don't put enough love into it, but i think most of their business is that frothy, sugary crap, so it doesn't really matter what the coffee tastes like. their redefinition of a macchiato is absolutely criminal however.

there are a couple of real decent places for espresso here in buffalo, spot coffee has real good beans and some people who know what they are doing, and caffe aroma makes a decent cup too. caffe aroma also serves alcohol, so you can get a corretto, but you usually have to explain to the barista exactly what that is.

for coffee at home, nothing beats green beans from www.sweetmarias.com roasted in a popcorn popper.
post #65 of 89
HA!
My quote of the day today was from Eddie Izzard:

"I like my coffee like I like my women, in a plastic cup!"

Couldn't help but share that one

As for Starbucks, I thought I was the only one on the planet that doesn't care for their coffee. I've bought it at their stores, as whole beans, ground, and still just can't get jived about their java.

I really prefer the costa rican coffee from my friend, but its almost gone.
The island coffee I get at Sam's club is better than Starbucks.
I may have to get in touch with dawg.
post #66 of 89
I detest Starbuxs and everything they represent. I'd rather spend three seasons skiing groomers than set foot in one of thier stores, let alone actually drink a cup of that trendy yuppie foo-fah crap.

Well, mabe not three seasons, but you get my point.
post #67 of 89
C'mon Jer, tell us how you really feel...
post #68 of 89
Ok, maybe more like three days...
post #69 of 89
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Originally Posted by epl View Post
starbucks is just bland. they don't really burn their beans, they just roast them to the point that most of the flavor is gone. it's not bad if there is nothing else. for espresso they are no good, the beans aren't roasted right and the baristas generally don't put enough love into it, but i think most of their business is that frothy, sugary crap, so it doesn't really matter what the coffee tastes like. their redefinition of a macchiato is absolutely criminal however.

there are a couple of real decent places for espresso here in buffalo, spot coffee has real good beans and some people who know what they are doing, and caffe aroma makes a decent cup too. caffe aroma also serves alcohol, so you can get a corretto, but you usually have to explain to the barista exactly what that is.

for coffee at home, nothing beats green beans from www.sweetmarias.com roasted in a popcorn popper.
They didn't redefine a "Macchiato",

An Espresso Macchiato , single, doppio or Triplo is the same at Starbuck's as anywhere else. It is the appropriate # of shots "Marked" with foam.

You are confusing this with Carmel Macchiato, Coffee Macchiato,etc. which are gooey sweet drinks.
post #70 of 89
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Originally Posted by epl View Post
there are a couple of real decent places for espresso here in buffalo, spot coffee has real good beans and some people who know what they are doing, and caffe aroma makes a decent cup too. caffe aroma also serves alcohol, so you can get a corretto, but you usually have to explain to the barista exactly what that is.


Spot Coffee is definitely my favorite here in Rochester.
Java's always tastes burnt, but will do in a pinch (right on campus)
Jitters is next, very consistent taste.
But Spot takes the cake. Always good, usually something different, and a nice atmosphere. A friend and I would go every Friday after classes to sit and "study" for the afternoon.
post #71 of 89
Starbucks Sumatra made in the shop or at home. The stronger the better. Milk and one splenda.
post #72 of 89
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Anyone else here think Starbucks is a piss (note the operative word) poor provider of coffee?
Corportate coffee? They do treat their employees well and have a good program there. THey actually pay better and have more benefits than most local shops. Ok, they don't have the same passion as a local roaster but how many of those shops are there? Its not like they're Wal-Mart or something as evil as that. Other than being a chain, what harm do they do?

I can't say too much, they are a new client of mine

I do like the "double shot" and a slice of pizza for lunch though....
post #73 of 89
Guess if I don't vote for Peets my buddy in the Bay area is gonna beat the s**t outta me next time I visit.
post #74 of 89
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Guess if I don't vote for Peets my buddy in the Bay area is gonna beat the s**t outta me next time I visit.
maybe if you get us some samples, we can confirm that its the best.
By "us", I mean trekchick.
post #75 of 89
Peets is good.
post #76 of 89
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...I do like the "double shot" and a slice of pizza for lunch though....
Does Starbucks have pizza? Or do pizzerias have Starbucks in them?

I forget what's wrong with Starbucks but protesters staged some actions outside of Starbucks when they were in town to demonstrate about the World Bank meetings a few years ago. Maybe it was in solidarity with the growers. I buy the free trade, equal exchange coffee. It's a little bit better brew.
post #77 of 89
I think if starbucks could make a pizza coffee, they would All coffee sold at Steamboat is Starbucks, so you grab a slice, refill your camelback and a double-shot for dessert. Yes, the free-trade coffee is the best way to go. That's probably why they were protesting. I don't know the company policy towards that. Not saying Starbucks does or doesn't but I know some buy directly from certain growers without any middle-man. Much like a free-trade but actually more of a direct transaction. Of course, the issue remains as to how that particular grower treats their employees. If you really want to help the poor farmers, stop buying mass-production roses and flowers from central America. That's a really bad situation.
post #78 of 89
Finn, what kind of coffee will you be serving your friends at Steamboat?
post #79 of 89
Eh- hmmm, I can't hear you
post #80 of 89
Starbucks? Ain't the worst I've every drank; but it's close.
post #81 of 89
These folks http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/ make the best coffee I've ever had. I like Fazenda Vista Allegra from Brazil, and Miller's Blend (two very different coffees. Whole beans, ground course when I make it in one of those insulated French Presses that keep the coffee hot while it's brewing.

Like the second one here:
http://www.starbucks.com/retail/coffeepresses.asp
or these
http://www.nextag.com/insulated-fren...ss/search-html
http://www.epinions.com/content_136038878852

These cost more, but you save on not having to replace the broken class part of the regular french press
post #82 of 89
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
Has anyone tried the coffee that is brewed from beans that have traveled through the digestive tract of a civet? $600/lb if you can get it. I think you need to put your name on a waiting list.
I know I am coming late to the party on this one, but I hear that civet poo brew is going to become more available. I won't be waiting in line for that one, but I would certainly try it.

My favs:

1. Tanzanian Peaberry from Rocky Mountain Roastery in Frasier, Co.

2. Most varietals from (coincidentally) Peaberries in the Denver area (may have branched out).

3. Anything fresh from Cafe Lladro in Seattle.

Still haven't found exceptional coffee in Park City. Alpine Internet Cafe is fair (though extremely friendly bunch). Bad Ass was pretty good, but is gone now (thanks, corporate goons). Clockwork (despite the name) is frequently closed, and the restaurants all use the same Farmers distributor, it seems. I have 5 different coffee making devices at home, but in ski season like the convenience (and consistent quality) of my Flavia machine. One cup at a time, but after a day of hard-charging, it's nice to have a quality cup in less than 2 minutes.
post #83 of 89
By the way, starbucks is so despicable not really because of its coffee (no great shakes mind you), but because of its behemothness (not a word, I know). Part of the homogenization of america. A bed bath and beyond, applebees, and starbucks on every block becomes vapid and tasteless, and sucks the lifeblood out of local economies and (more importantly) local identities.

rant is now over.
post #84 of 89
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Originally Posted by pcskier View Post
By the way, starbucks is so despicable not really because of its coffee (no great shakes mind you), but because of its behemothness (not a word, I know). Part of the homogenization of america. A bed bath and beyond, applebees, and starbucks on every block becomes vapid and tasteless, and sucks the lifeblood out of local economies and (more importantly) local identities.

rant is now over.
Down with the evil empire. Wal-mart too.
post #85 of 89
espresso.

Particularly, when comes out this machine.
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post #86 of 89
Thread Starter 

pavlovian......

...fire that thing up! :
post #87 of 89
I buy Starbucks French Roast at the supermarket and make it in an automatic drip machine. We also like Trader Joe's Italian Roast beans.

I would not drink coffee made from anything's pre-digested beans.

Not sure if Starbuck's beans are over roasted or burnt, but I've always just liked the way it tastes and I have drunk a lot of coffeee over the years.
post #88 of 89
Wow - coffee! Now you got me started!

For portability and ease of convenience when camping/backpacking, nothing tops the No.2 filter holder system from melitta.
For the uniniated, it's just a plastic cone with a circular base that sits on top of your cup, and holds the filter. Near boiling water goes over the grounds, and voila, a great cup.
Also good when travelling since it's easy and prefer it to "drip" coffee".

Notes: Grind it fresh before your trip. When you see a little bit of white
in the grounds/water, it's too late. That means you've already started to over-extract.
I like to do two runs, so I get a lot of STRONG, RICH coffee

Great espresso to order, which is fresh roasted and fair trade
is Gorilla from Brooklyn, NY. $9.50/lb too. It's dark and rich.
It gets you going

As for amazing flavour, subtlety and all that, Espresso Vivace is excellent.

As for "baristas" at Starbucks, sorry, if it isn't a semi-auto machine
i.e. portafilters that get packed by hand, there is no barista.
Pushing buttons = monkey work to me.

However, I did find a "forgotten" Starbucks where they didn't switch over yet to the push-button machines, and they had a La Marzocco (I believe)
and I could def. taste the difference in the espresso made.
post #89 of 89
I have to laugh every time I see (or worse, hear) `barista' -- a stupid neologism invented by *$ so their minimum-wage button pushers can pretend they have real jobs.
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