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Posted Wed Jan 21, 2009, 8:39am
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Trust me.  

(Yeah, I know -- even though they accept the US dollar at a 1-to-1 exchange rate with the Bahamian dollar, and even though there were Obama posters and T-shirts everywhere -- the sovereign nation of The Bahamas is not a part of the eastern United States.  But since neither is  it a part of Central or South America, you tell me where tp post this!)

 
A morning without coffee is sleep . . .
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Posted Thu Jan 22, 2009, 9:17pm
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I'll back you up on that one.  I travel there a couple of times a year for work (I know, but somebody's gotta do it) and I've discovered that they drink more tea than coffee, surely due to the British influence.

Starbucks is about all you're going to find over there.
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Posted Sun Jan 25, 2009, 3:44pm
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I found some pretty good espresso in Nassau. I don't remember the address but the shop is on the street in front of the Sandals resort. Sorry for the lack of info but the resort was all inclusive and the weather was a little nippy so all we did was eat and drink and eat and drink and eat and drink for a few days. Several times a day we would side step down the driveway for a coff of cuppy.

We weren't that bad. The espresso was really pretty good. The owner knew enough to use bottled water and pulled his shots correctly.
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Posted Mon Jan 26, 2009, 2:28pm
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Cool!  I'll have to luck that place up.  Is it in that strip mall with the Sbarro and Burger King?
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2009, 7:16am
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It's across the street from Subway about a mile before the casino on the same side of the street. I wish I could remember the name of the place. The owner was from Florida if I remember correctly.
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Posted Tue Jan 27, 2009, 4:53pm
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I found my original post.

Posted Sun Apr 2, 2006, 9:29am
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Hi all. The wife and I went for our first Bahamas vacation this past week and stayed at The Sandals resort in Nassau. It was a wonderful trip. I had no real expectations so my greatest surprise was the friendliness of the natives. We flew back in to JFK where I proceded to say hello to everyone I passed {as you can imagine, that went over well}.


The coffee was about as good as I expected, not very good at all. They used Ristretto automatic machines that I believe use instant coffee. I saw some Bunn and Curtis machines but it all tasted pretty much the same. Combined with the sulfer smelling water it was a difficult brew to swallow. For the first couple of days I came up with a recipe of my own. Two packages of in-room coffee, bottled water to make a half batch, Coffeemate to mask it all up. Pretty darned good. Who needs that pesky, expensive espresso machine?

Right outside the resort entrance is a cyber cafe where I got online, had a Kalik Gold and enjoyed the ambiance of residual Cuban cigar scents. A popular local man by the name of J.R. walked in and announced that he needed a coffee. I almost shouted "where can I get a good cup of coffee around here"? He led me next door to Cafe Milano where they served Lavazza espresso through a giant Bezzera machine. I asked for a double shot and boy was it the biggest double I'd seen, perhaps 8 ounces or so. In spite of the size it was a good Americano. It was $5.00 but but certainly worth every penny. I asked for a short single and received a 2 ounce shot with plenty of crema and good flavor. No God shots here but a welcome addition to my vacation just the same. $10.00 later I walked back to the hotel with a buzz that had the hair on the back of my neck standing straight out.

I had a converstaion with J.R. who explained that anyone who knew coffee knew that the water was the biggest componant and that was why they ran the Bezzara off of a 5 gallon water bottle. Come to find out he set up restaurants and resorts all over the island with restaurant and coffee equipment so we had a great conversation since we are in similar businesses.

If there is anyone here at CG who is native to the Bahamas I would like to say a heartfelt thank you for an unexpected pleasure of a vacation. Most definitely the nicest people I've ever met. Even the women at the Straw Market across from the casino were a blast. They emptied my pockets of excess cash so easily and subtly that I was humbled by their sales ability {or my inability to say no to a woman}.

Now it's back to work. Sigh! Kevin
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