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goodcoffeeroaster
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Posted Fri Feb 26, 2010, 9:08am
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I have had it many, many times. If you like truly european espresso you will love it.  Not sure about the whole caressing thing though.
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Posted Sun Mar 14, 2010, 1:20pm
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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

Yesterday was a very nice sunny day and I drove through Salinas toward the Pacific coast and got to visit Rollicks. Reviews on Yelp are not good and so my expectations were low. Double 2.5oz espresso at Rollicks had some body, some complexity and some carbon. Overall a pretty bland boring shot. But it wasn't too bad and it definitely beat the ever-present alternative. So if you're a "not bad" espresso fan, consider visiting Rollicks if your'e in Salinas. Compared to Third Wave coffee houses like Barefoot and Verve, the espresso at Rollicks was crap, a sink shot! Rollicks is like the thousands of other independent coffee houses pulling espressos that are not worth drinking if you're a TW fan. Rollicks definitely met my low expectations. Rollicks is located in old town Salinas which is very pretty and was nice to visit.

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Posted Sun Mar 14, 2010, 1:24pm
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While in Salinas I also got to visit Viva Espresso Organics Coffee. Got five stars on Yelp, Rollicks got 3.5 stars, so I decided to try them. Big mistake. Double espresso was a low body carbon shot. The "good" thing about drinking it was that it made me really appreciate the quality espressos I can get at third wave coffee houses.

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:26pm
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Carmel is a beautiful town, with awesome ocean views, and where you can buy truly nice art if you have $50,000 to spare. But if I had that kind of money, I could buy two Slayer espresso machines so I can keep rotating between the one that works and the one that gets fixed (ok, bad Slayer joke). Anyway, in Carmel are various coffee houses that use Carmel Valley coffee, which has been discussed before. http://coffeegeek.com/forums/worldregional/uswest/449188

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:26pm
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Espresso at Carmel Valley Coffee Roasters was pulled in about 9 seconds, so technically it is not an espresso. Flavor was diluted carbon tasting coffee. Was even worse than my worst expectations, but I got to try it.

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:27pm
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Hereís another Carmel Valley Coffee Roasters coffee house in Carmel, but after I saw the espresso machine I decided to skip on getting an espresso.

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:27pm
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Also in Carmel is Belle which uses Mr Espresso coffee beans. I learned about it from from this blog. http://theshot.coffeeratings.com/2010/03/carmel-belle/ .The espresso had a nutty taste but otherwise just plain boring.

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:27pm
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In Monterey is one of the most beautiful coffee houses that Iíve visited. It is run by the famous Monterey Plaza Hotel and uses coffee from Peetís.

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:28pm
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LaStrada coffee house has a beautiful wooden interior with brass counters.

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Posted Sun Apr 25, 2010, 4:28pm
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Windows go from floor to ceiling letting in lots of natural light. Beautiful seating area inside. Check out this brass bar!

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