Great Coffee

Old Aug 5th, 2001, 10:30 PM
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Great Coffee

<BR>What has been your best coffee experience while in Europe? For me the top honor goes to the Rome Cavalieri Hilton...David
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 07:58 AM
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Demel's in Vienna
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 08:28 AM
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I've never had bad coffee in Europe. <BR>Even in Ireland, a nation of tea drinkers, the "white coffee" was terrific! Easier to answer, "where's the worst coffee?" For me that would be right here in America. In so many places the coffee here is weak and tasteless. Other than starbucks and special coffeehouses, an ordinary coffee in an American coffee shop or diner is like dishwater.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 08:55 AM
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Like Ess, I've never had bad coffee in Europe. However, my best cup of coffee (admittedly it may have had something to do with the view) was at Cafe Florian in Piazza San Marco in Venice. <BR>BC
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 09:04 AM
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Starbuck's coffee is garbage. They use below average beans and then BURN them, which explains the nasty bitter taste. <BR> <BR>Ess-I don't know where you've been hanging out, but typically diners have great coffee. Of course, you like Starbucks, so you obviously don't know good coffee. Believe it or not, Dunkin Donuts has really good coffee. But the best coffee I've ever had, US or Europe, is at Revolution, a coffee house in Herndon, Virginia. No other reason to go to Herndon. <BR> <BR>Coffee in Ireland hit and miss. Usually, you get instant, but when you do get brewed, it's usually pretty darn good.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 09:16 AM
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Quiet little place, I think called Cafe del Tazzo, in the central piazza in the old section of Bergamo, Italy. Second best was actually Cafe Express in Evanston, Illinois.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 09:27 AM
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I love Greek Ice Coffee. Never found it the same anywhere else. They shake it in a martini shaker and it comes out good and foamy.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 09:30 AM
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The best coffee we've had in Brussels has been at Atelier de la Truffe, on the corner of Ave. Louise and rue Vleurgat. In general, we look for places that serve Illy brand coffee--it's one of the better brands in Europe. However, a few places have been advertising Illy and using inferior brands. <BR>In the U.S., La Colombe in Philly has great coffee. Several fine restaurants and hotels use their coffee, including the Four Seasons in Philly and also, I believe, Le Bernardin in NYC. <BR>FYI, Ann, I don't think it's necessary to insult someone just because they happen to like Starbucks. I drink Starbucks lattes when I'm in the states; I have no complaints, and yes, I DO know good coffee! OTOH, I have been disppointed several times by coffee in French cafes, although I've very fond of the coffee at Royal Mozart on Avenue Mozart in the 16th near the Jasmin metro stop. <BR>BTilke
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 09:35 AM
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The Greek coffee with the foamy head was probably Nescafe, but I have to admit, I love this coffee too, even though it is instant. And you can get it anywhere in Greece.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 09:58 AM
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Hey Ann! I didn't say I LIKED starbucks. I've never had their coffee, actually. But I thought they were supposed to be so great! Aren't they? I think you must be right about Dunkin' Donuts, though - I have a friend who can't make it through the day without his dunkin donuts coffee to go to drink while he's driving. I don't drink much coffee, but when I do want some I make it myself.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 10:00 AM
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P.S. Ann, in the area of Long Island where I "hang out" the diner coffee really does suck.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 11:12 AM
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without a doubt the best coffee in the world- Rome- Sant'Eustachio, near the Pantheon. even thinking about it gives me a buzz. <BR> <BR>And their granita di caffe is just the best!
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 11:14 AM
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Ann & Ess, <BR>Since you mentioned Dunkin' Donuts coffee .... there are 2 Dunkin' Donuts in my town; 1 of them has much better coffee than the other. I am really hooked on their coffee! I've tried buying their coffee and making it at home, but something about it is just not the same .... <BR> <BR>(And Ann, I too HATE Starbucks
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 11:26 AM
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Well, I'm determined to try some starbucks now!
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 11:28 AM
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Ess, <BR>Let us know what you think about Starbucks!
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 11:33 AM
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I will! I'll just order it black, so the flavor can't be disguised.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 11:57 AM
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A little outdoor cafe in the Borghese Gardens in Rome had the best cafe I can remember. It was on a misty morning and we took time out from strolling around looking at the statues in the chill air. <BR>An experience I will never forget.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 12:18 PM
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Ess, you don't have to order Starbuck's coffee black. I've asked for their mildest coffee, dumped sugar and lots of milk in it and, believe me, that bitterness still can't be disguised. <BR> <BR>In Europe, I didn't care for the little cups of mud they serve in Greece.
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 03:27 PM
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Sorry but nothing in Europe compares to Kona coffee in Hawaii! <BR> <BR>JMO
 
Old Aug 6th, 2001, 03:52 PM
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It also depends on the way cofee is prepared. It's either italian expresso style, brewed like in average cofee machines in US, almost-boiled on open flame, almost-boiled on sand (turkish). <BR> <BR>For various reasons Brazilian, Turkish, Arabic, Vieanna-style, and Italian cofees are great.
 

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