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phaelon56
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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2003, 12:00am
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Seeking Espresso in Cozumel
The Cafe Stage article by Owen O'Neill

Owen O'Neill takes us on a mad adventure on a Mexican island of Cozumel, as he bikes, dives, and hikes to find a good espresso. Join him on his trek.
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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2003, 6:31pm
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Great article, Owen.

I guess if an Illy pod was the godshot, the search was a lot more fun than the find. Of couse, I'm ready to search for anything on Cozumel!
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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2003, 7:45pm
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Maybe not a godshot but the search was the adventure...  then again, I could be happy hunting down any number of things in Coz...
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Posted Tue Feb 25, 2003, 9:28pm
Subject: Thanks for the story
 

Owen, your adventure sounded like fun.  When I travel, I quest for a good espresso, as well.  I actually found a god shot from a little cart at a conference bash put on by Cisco in San Diego this year.  It showed me what I could achieve.  This started me on my quest.  I bought the Tea and the Mini and from there things have been sailing along fairly well.

Good job!

Jim Roe
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Posted Wed Feb 26, 2003, 6:34am
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Yeah...  when I went to Belize last year (aka "coffee hell") I grabbed a quick cappuccino at a little stand in the Flores-Tikal Guatemala airport (which is a one sotry concrete building with a row of benches and one luggage rack). It was the best of the entire trip and superior to much of what I find elsewhere. I'll keep looking for a godshot from a cart - haven't gotten that lucky yet!
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Posted Thu Feb 27, 2003, 11:47am
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Owen did a fine job of reconnaissance. His expert opinion is invaluable for those traveling to locations he has been. I will use him for a source in my travels and quest for a "real' cup of coffee. Great job Owen, please keep the articles flowing.
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Posted Thu Feb 27, 2003, 5:37pm
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I gave "fcardamone" a good 30 or 40 cups of my homebrew over a period of a few months when we were training together - he may still be under the influence.
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Posted Mon Sep 8, 2003, 2:30pm
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Hey!!!... I just made a recent trip (August 2003) to Cozumel and brought back home some Café Chiapas.... not enough, however.  I loved it and was trying to find out how i can order it online... when i found your article. it won't be awhile till i can make it back to Cozumel or anywhere near the Yucatan... but i absolutely love the full flavor and low acidity.  Que sabroso!!... I also came across Coffeelia on my first day on the isla (see attached photo)... and agree... with the presentation, cozy atmosphere, warm welcome... they served me with chipotles (not bottled!!!)... mmmm... a truly authentic experience that i will never forget!!!.. Indeed, Owen... those who seek will find.... yes, a blessing for those who persevere.

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Posted Tue Sep 9, 2003, 6:23am
Subject: Re: Seeking Espresso in Cozumel by Guest Author
 

Thanks for posting - really nice to see another person discover some of these things.  A few months ago I received a really nice email from the young guy with glasses who works at Cafe Chiapas - it's his father's business and he (as well as his family) was thrilled to see a nice writeup of their business on the Web.

Not sure if you bought green beans to home roast or of you bought the already roasted stuff. Here's a place that posted in this forum and sent some free samples to people - I tried one and it was excellent - my sample was the French Roast .  I don't know how their freshness is (i.e. how soon they ship after roasting) but mine was good. They specialize in Mexican Altura (high grown) like Chiapas does.

Cafe la Finca

I'll be in Cozumel for the day in mid-October and hope to get over to Caffe Chiapas to buy some more beans and visit with them. Hopefully my scuba trip will end early enough that I'll have time to do that before leaving.

 
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