LambrettaMan Senior Member Joined: 5 Aug 2007 Posts: 9 Location: Tucson, AZ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Livia 90 / Europiccola Grinder: Macap
Posted Sun Aug 5, 2007, 3:15pm Subject: Re: Tucson Coffee Experience
Nice to see the nice comments about our neighbors at Crave. (We own the motorscooter dealership next door.) Kim's pastries are truly amazing ... I think our employees spend a sizeable chunk of their paychecks at Crave. They pull a nice shot.
I've told her that you guys should work out a deal. Baristi are constantly having transportation problems, and scooter mechanics are always drinking horrible coffee. That front table is a perfect place to display a small custom ('Quadraphenic') scoot, and a 'free' drink at the neighbors while you wait for service is the best way to keep riders from dog-earing your magazines! ; > Crave, along with all the other decent coffee shops in town, have to keep their game good, as there is yet another contender in 'Caffe Luce'. Roasters, with a La Marzocco GB5 under the hood, these guys are doing great shots (I'm of the opinion that there are four decent shops in this town, with them being the fourth, but I don't get out as often as I could) and great beans. I'll still drop by 'Crave' for beans and shots, as she and her staff are nice, the place is nice, and the coffee is 'real', but with three choices to get beans now, it'll have to be a bit of a rotation! Unfortunately, I'll only drool in your window as I pedal by...
They're, well, different. The Vein used to have Larry's (Rocket Roasters) coffee, but he up and quit (somewhat mysteriously) and Vanelli's is roasting his coffee for the Vein right now. Last I heard, the last batch wasn't very good, but the most recent wasn't bad, and was possibly great. I'm tuning some of the 'not so good' batch at the moment, so I'll reserve personal judgement. I will try their next batch, too. Caffe Luce has treated me well, I've had their milk preferenced coffee, but have yet to try their espresso favored blend. The version of Roaster X's coffee that Crave uses for espresso works well for me, too, and the decaf there is almost acceptable. High marks for any decaf espresso blend. We've got local talent that will supply your daily needs. There will always be better coffees available when you have the world to pick from, as opposed to your own neighborhood, but buy locally when you can, is my motto. I do occasionally outsource my espresso blends, but mostly find what is on my bike route for todays errands when I need coffee. Shipping coffee is usually in the neighbor hood of four bucks a pound. Unless you are going through more than a pound a week it usually isn't worth it, other than to get the occasional special treat.
foxts Senior Member Joined: 8 Aug 2007 Posts: 7 Location: Tucson, AZ Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Gaggia Baby D Grinder: Mini Mazzer Drip: it is black with a timer
Posted Sat Aug 11, 2007, 8:50am Subject: Re: Tucson Coffee Experience
I appreciate you sharing your knowledge. I am going to work my way through the local places and see what they all have to offer. I am all about giving the local business my dollars, if they bring a good product to the marketplace.
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