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COFFEESPAZZ
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Posted Thu Oct 25, 2012, 2:53pm
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to lifeandpeace's post - I had to chuckle, i came across this post while browsing coffeegeek - my company's website is actually coffeespazz.com  :)   interesting thread here, enjoyed reading through it.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 5:11am
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Wow, a blast from the past. That's too funny, SPAZZ.

Since I started this post (and since it died!) Starbucks released their blonde roast. I still haven't had any, but I tried to get my hands on some in Orlando last week. The shop had just closed for the day when I arrived.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 6:14am
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Well, I tried the "light" brew from *$ and you have not missed anything. I was falling asleep while driving and saw a bux on the next exit so I pulled off and bought a cup of the blond. Honestly, just stopping the car and walking around did more good than the coffee as I really could not drink it, even their "light" roast was burnt. Well that is the way I took it anyway, I tossed the unconsumed cup of "coffee" when we arrived at the end of the drive.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 6:21am
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When I first visited the United States back in 1999, Starbuck's was just about the only place I knew where to get a halfway decent cup of coffee. Already being used to home made espresso, I found the kind of stale and week drip coffee they served elsewhere simply horrible. But as far as I remember, they actually had portafilter machines in those days. Nowadays, all I see is superautomatics.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 8:02am
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NobbyR Said:

But as far as I remember, they actually had portafilter machines in those days. Nowadays, all I see is superautomatics.

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I think this was an attempt at "standardization".  I find all of their swill undrinkable, even when loaded with gobs of sweetener, flavoring and milk.  Geez, even chocolate doesn't cover it up!

 
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 8:16am
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The "Blonde" roasts are not too bad. Of the three I prefer the "Indivisible" blend of both Kenyan and Ethiopian beans. Is it as good as fresh roasted, of course not! But in a pinch, it is at least tolerable. Glad to see that not every bean they buy is char broiled beyond belief.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:29am
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dfrcomp Said:

The "Blonde" roasts are not too bad. Of the three I prefer the "Indivisible" blend of both Kenyan and Ethiopian beans. Is it as good as fresh roasted, of course not! But in a pinch, it is at least tolerable. Glad to see that not every bean they buy is char broiled beyond belief.

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I don't know which they sold me but it was undrinkable, I had hoped that the BLOND roasted coffee would at least be better than AM-PM coffee but, for me, this stop, it wasn't. YMMV!

 
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:44am
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In September of 2011 my wife and I went to Seattle for the first time to attend the CoffeeFest and see the sights.  There was a Starbucks in the lobby of our hotel.  It surprised me in 2 ways. 1 - they had a real espresso machine and grinder and the barista made a very good latte - even with some nice latte art.  This was by far the best espresso drink I ever had at a Starbucks. 2 - each morning my wife went down to the lobby and picked us up 2 coffees.  The Sumatra was about as good as any Sumatra I've had.

 
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:46pm
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calblacksmith Said:

I don't know which they sold me but it was undrinkable, I had hoped that the BLOND roasted coffee would at least be better than AM-PM coffee but, for me, this stop, it wasn't. YMMV!

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The blonde is bad, real bad... the woman bought the beans one day and I figured what the hell... gross. And its no where near a "light" roasted bean lol, maybe for them lol.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:55pm
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emradguy Said:

I think this was an attempt at "standardization".

Posted October 26, 2012 link

Nice idea, but it also meant that they no longer needed experienced baristas. Any nonskilled worker can push a button, can't they?

 
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