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greggb
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Posted Wed Aug 15, 2012, 8:01am
Subject: Good Espresso on the PATH (at last)
 

SJBC (Sam James Coffee Bar) has opened a location underground at 150 King (east end of the corridor leading to St. Andrew station). So finally I can get a good espresso without a 15 minute walk outside.

The espresso I had at SJBC was very good and very bright (which I quite like). They are very particular about their brewing (weighing, timing) so consistency should not be a problem.

They are but a stones throw from Aroma - so they could use some support from people who actually appreciate good coffee.

Gregg.
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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2012, 9:18am
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These people make overextracted espresso and are rude, this is not good espresso, this is an awfull experience, i hope they go bankrupt.
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greggb
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Posted Fri Nov 16, 2012, 8:30pm
Subject: Re: Good Espresso on the PATH (at last)
 

We can't be talking about the place. The staff I have dealt with have all been very friendly. A 1oz shot pulled in 20 secs (which they time ) is not my idea of over extracted.
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Posted Tue Nov 27, 2012, 8:17pm
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you can overextract coffee in less than 20 seconds, all you need is humid grounds!!  and everyone does it now and then.  I find it endemic at Sam James, but what i find problematic is the attitude.  I have spoken with Sam once at the harbord store, and he is a pretty nice guy, i think its the people he hires.
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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 8:22pm
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Harsh!!!

what i find problematic is the attitude.  I have spoken with Sam once at the harbord store, and he is a pretty nice guy, i think its the people he hires.


You hope the entrepreneur goes bankrupt because an employee was rude to you.
I hope the guy with the guts to try to compete with Charbucks holds his own and doesn't go bankrupt.  I don't care of someone is rude to his employee or not, but you are probably currently assuming I'm being rude to you. *Shrug* maybe he deserves it. Unless the coffee sucks.  Then I don't care if he goes bankrupt. Then I hope he gets eaten by star-nosed moles.  There.  How's that!
Darn... Now I want to try this awful espresso so I can rant.
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