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yakster
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 1:15pm
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GaryH Said:

Do a Starbucks Barista espresso machine and Illy espresso pods deserve to be mentioned on coffeegeek?

Posted January 23, 2010 link

Gary, your standards are slipping.

Maybe your starting to see my point that you have to adjust your expectations based on location.

-Chris

 
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GaryH
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 2:07pm
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yakster Said:

Maybe your starting to see my point that you have to adjust your expectations based on location.

Posted January 24, 2010 link

I see your point. Since TW coffee houses like Barefoot don't have a coffee cart right next to the Monterey coast, I know I have to lower my expectations to what's there. Still the Illy pod espresso tasted better than espressos I've had from Carmel Valley Coffee Roasters. While I was in Monterey it was definately fun to check out the cute coffee cart, chat with the barista owner who knows Barefoot, and have a decent Illy pod espresso while enjoying the outdoors on the pretty Monterey coast, which is a much nicer location compared to central valley. Sure, the Illy pod espresso isn't TW, but the overall espresso experience was nice.
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 5:25pm
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I remember a great (at the time) coffee place about two blocks from Portola Plaza before you get to Brittania Arms (it's on a side street).  Of course, I don't remember the name or address, but I do remember the coffee.  I first went there about 2002 and it was still there in 2008.  It was the first place I ever saw that made individual cups of drip coffee.

It may be this place:
http://www.montereylumiere.com/

The location is close to what I remember anyway.  Their website says they use coffee from Acme, a local roaster and have a LM machine.
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Posted Sun Jan 24, 2010, 10:52pm
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EvanPatton Said:

It may be this place:
http://www.montereylumiere.com/

The location is close to what I remember anyway.  Their website says they use coffee from Acme, a local roaster and have a LM machine.

Posted January 24, 2010 link

Lumiere coffee house was discussed on page 13 of this thread, and Acme on page 11. Before Lumiere, Cafe Noir was in that location pulling shots with Intelligentsia Black Cat, page 3 and 6.
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Posted Wed Jan 27, 2010, 12:44am
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Thank you for understanding the realistic limitations to a mobile coffee shop on top of a Vespa-Bajaj scooter. It's not that I can't appreciate the normal grind, tamp and pulling shots, to the contrary. I have served to people from Europe and around the world and had nothing but good comments. I use Monterey's ESTATE COFFEE's and normally a single origin drip grind from Brazil with ceramic, Hario drip cones. The coffee is good. The business is good. The business is fun, I love coffee and it's at the beach in Monterey! Who could ask for more?
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Posted Thu Feb 18, 2010, 4:23pm
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Roger is awesome and has the best Brazil drip coffee west of the Misissippi. If you need a shop no one in the area can beat Acme, Larry is great and knows his stuff. Carmel Valley is awful, if you want burnt coffee and a belly ache thats were you go.
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Posted Wed Feb 24, 2010, 4:30pm
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Also if you are in Salinas, dodge the flying bullets and head to main street, there you will find Rollicks, awesome coffee
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Posted Wed Feb 24, 2010, 10:15pm
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goodcoffeeroaster Said:

Also if you are in Salinas, dodge the flying bullets and head to main street, there you will find Rollicks, awesome coffee

Posted February 24, 2010 link

You recommend Acme, I've been there too (p11 this thread). Acme has good reviews on yelp. I've not been to Rollicks but reviews on yelp are not good, so I would expect Rollicks to fall far short of coffeegeek standards. Doing a search on Google doesn't bring up anything about Rollicks and good espresso. Your recommendation for Rollicks is puzzling.
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Posted Thu Feb 25, 2010, 3:00pm
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lets just say I have inside info. if you rely on google to find out if evrything is good or bad you might need to redirect.
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Posted Thu Feb 25, 2010, 9:24pm
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goodcoffeeroaster Said:

lets just say I have inside info. if you rely on google to find out if everything is good or bad you might need to redirect.

Posted February 25, 2010 link

So someone told you Rollicks has good espresso or have you actually tasted it? I haven't read anything about Rollicks on any coffee blog. But I love visiting coffee houses so next time I'm going to Monterey I'll drive by Rollicks in Salinas to see if their espresso will caress my tongue or kick me in the stomach. I'm expecting the latter.
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