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alsterling
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Posted Thu Oct 16, 2008, 7:25am
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Ahkorishaan Said:

The guy and gal several of you say are decent at Lumiere are Craig and Amelia.....By the way they only really work evenings.

Posted October 15, 2008 link

Thank you for giving me that insight into the owner's personality. Not being judgmental, as we all have our own "way", but her non-responsive behaviour on the phone is now better understood. Interesting how people can find themselves in a "people business" when they really don't flourish in that type of atmosphere?

About some of the "more interesting people" on the peninsula...Having lived in Monterey for nearly three years, I quickly learned about the quirky types that live up there. When I was looking for an apartment the first few months, I met a couple real nut cases that were renting out their homes. I never forgot my experiences looking for a place. Good example was the gal that was renting out her garage in Pebble Beach.....with a frickin' toilet over in the corner.....no drapes, no nothing, just a toilet, and she said that her renter was welcome to use the shower in the house "anytime they wanted." (you had to be there to appreciate the weirdness of the whole thing). I finally located in North Monterey, very nice apartment complex near the Airport. And the rent was very reasonable. That was when Monterey Joe's was still under the original owner and the food was incredible ('95-'98). M'Joe's was a hidden bargain in Monterey cuisine. Too few tourists knew enough to go to the North end of town; only the locals were wise to it. The Fish Wife on North Fremont, just up from there, is still a great spot, and owned by the same family as the Fish Hopper on the wharf.

Please do me a favor and tell Craig I said hello. He may remember me. I'll be back to the peninsula soon, and since I know he's evenings only, will try and stop for a drink and a chat. He has all the attributes of a very good employee; I can see that he enjoys the "people contact" and the product. Imagine if the ownership could simply take his positive attitude and make it a day and night shift thing!?

 
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Posted Sun Apr 19, 2009, 2:57pm
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To revive an old thread....  Acme in Seaside does a very good job and I can personally recommend them - http://acmecoffeeroasting.com/index.html
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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:46pm
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Do a Starbucks Barista espresso machine and Illy espresso pods deserve to be mentioned on coffeegeek?

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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:47pm
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Well, the Starbucks Barista espresso machine and Illy espresso pods are used in a mobile coffee cart located not just in Monterey, but in the prettiest part of town, right next to the ocean!

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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:47pm
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Who can resist not stopping at the cutest coffee house on wheels and have an espresso, even if itís made using Illy pods. Roger uses both a Rancilio Silvia and a Starbucks Barista. He also serves drip coffee.

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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:48pm
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Portable gas power generator is used to supply electricity to both espresso machines. Roger told me that he gets more crema from the Illy pods when pulling the espresso on the Starbucks Barista machine. Not sure if this is due to using a pressurized PF. He uses the Rancilio Silvia to steam milk.

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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:49pm
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Roger told me that he uses pods since grinding beans is too messy and thus not practical for a small mobile espresso cart. Plenty of crema from the Illy pods. Not sure if this is due to using a pressurized PF.

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Posted Sat Jan 23, 2010, 9:50pm
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The Illy pod espresso does have some carbon taste but has acceptable body and flavor. Still quite enjoyable to consume in such a pretty environment. Since the espresso cart is mobile, you never know when you run into him. http://www.motorespresso.com/

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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 7:48am
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Gary, I can only hope he is very successful, so that he can buy decent coffee and a better machine . . . then again, if he gets better coffee and a better machine, will the people who made him successful still stop by? or will they think "WTF is this stuff?" and no longer support him???  ;^)

Great van, though!

 
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 10:18am
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GaryH Said:

Roger told me that he uses pods since grinding beans is too messy and thus not practical for a small mobile espresso cart. Plenty of crema from the Illy pods. Not sure if this is due to using a pressurized PF.

Posted January 23, 2010 link

those shots don't look right.  is that 3 ounces from one pod?
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