I'll be in San Juan, PR this weekend. Anyone have any must-try coffee establishments or other activities (plantations that they've visited, or the like) that they would recommend? Thanks, -AdkMike
I don't have any suggestions up here in Boston, but I am enjoying a real fine cup of the last of my Puerto Rico Selecto mixed with Brazil Faz Brauna - good, good cup. Sad to see the last of both go... sniff, sniff... Wonder if you could (if you wanted to) visit a coffee farm there? Lynne On 5/7/07, mirrera wrote: <Snip> -- "Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses." Amy Tan
Lynne, I briefly looked for one, but, from what I've seen, they are mostly accessible from the south side of the island, and I'd rather not drive 3 hours from San Juan to go and see one. I went to a couple in Kona in March, so unless there's something relatively convenient, it's probably not in the cards. I don't see the wife agreeing to spend an entire day to go to a plantation (especially since she's pregnant and limiting her coffee consumption). -AdkMike ---------
<Snip> i really don't - things are in a pretty sad state of affairs there in terms of coffee. they have a huge labor shortfall. the guy i work with in peru works also on a project with willem boot in puerto rico to try to imprve quality, and we might see something more dynamic than yauco selecto a few years down the line. but for it is hard to ship a pr coffee across country to offer it when i really can't get excited about the cup ... i just can't do it. if you visit any serious coffee farms, i would like to hear your impressions and see pictures. there's alot of "casual" coffee production there, so i am sure you will see coffee trees on any trip into the hills. -tom -- "Great coffee comes from tiny roasters" Sweet Maria's Home Coffee Roasting - Tom & Maria http://www.sweetmarias.com Thompson Owen george_at_sweetmarias.com Sweet Maria's Coffee - 1115 21st Street, Oakland, CA 94607 - USA phone/fax: 888 876 5917 - tom_at_sweetmarias.com
Check outhttp://wikitravel.org/en/San_Juanfor details. La Bombonera on Calle San Francisco is the oldest restaurant in San Juan. Sit at the counter for breakfast, watch them make an authentic cup of Puert= o Rican coffee made in the oddest plumber's nightmare you've ever seen. Wonderful fresh squeezed OJ, you can watch it being made (watch for the guy wrapped in plastic). Common breakfast is a sweet roll (can't think of the name now) with a dusting of powdered sugar and optional ham inside. Great & inexpensive dinners too, local favorites that you won't find elsewhere. While I'm at it, though not really coffee related: - Check out Parrot Club for a special dinner, you can't go wrong. It's where the locals go for a special occasion as well as some tourists. - Priced between the two is Café Puerto Rico. The stuffed snapper is outstanding, and always order a side of rice & beans plus some fried swe= et plantains. They're all within easy walking distance, close to the casino in Old San Juan too. On 5/7/07, mirrera wrote: <Snip> the <Snip> -- "Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane." -- Philip K. Dick
sorry. nothing on the espresso maphttp://www.espressomap.com/On 5/7/07, Michael Wascher wrote: <Snip> rto <Snip> uy <Snip> & <Snip> ts. <Snip> weet <Snip> r the <Snip> ttings <Snip> p <Snip> -- John Nanavati, DHI, CIT Plainfield, New Jersey
Michael, Thanks -- just the kind of thing I was looking for. I'd already had Parrot Club on the list, so we'll try to hit that, too. But we'll definitely get to La Bombonera. -AdkMike ---------
Don't pass up the Parrot Club. It's the other end of the spectrum. The latest in Puerto Rican food & music. The seviche appetizer (3 varieties) is the best I've ever had. House wines (Chilean) are great & reasonably priced= . They are an excellent restaurant that you shouldn't miss. The staff is wonderful too. They know their food & wine, they're a friendly & helpful, not just pushing the expensive dishes on the tourists. On 5/7/07, mirrera wrote: <Snip> is <Snip> n <Snip> -- "Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane." -- Philip K. Dick
This is a multi-part message in MIME format. I sort of remember going to La Bombonera with my mother - about 45 yeas = ago :-). DJ Reminiscing his adolescence ...
I should have added, when you get your coffee you should order a = "mayorca" with it - it's a great sort of soft sweet roll with some white powdered sugar over it, and they bake them there the best that I ever recall. DJ Salivating pathetically ...
Yes! Thank you DJ, that's what I was trying to think of. And you can get them with a slice of excellent ham on them, and eggs too (though I got an odd look for this request). It's also very difficult to get a black coffee with no sugar, it normally comes with steamed milk & sugar. On 5/8/07, DJ Garcia wrote: <Snip> " <Snip> e <Snip> t <Snip> p <Snip> -- "Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane." -- Philip K. Dick