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Topic: Puerto Rico Report (21 lines)
1) From: mirrera
A couple of weeks back I asked for recommendations on where to go in Puerto Rico.  Since I was only there for a long weekend, I wasn't able to go to any coffee farms.  However, I did manage to get to Bombonera in San Juan, which was universally recommended both here and elsewhere on the 'Net.
I had quite a good breakfast there, a mallorca (buttered and grilled pastry), a bowl of fresh fruit that the wife and I shared, and, of course, the coffee.  Made on a very odd-looking ancient machine, it's about 2/3 strong coffee and 1/3 milk (cafe con leche).  It was very, very good.  I drank a few cups of that, as I watched the locals drink theirs, which they did somewhat differently.  
I watched a women next to me get her cup, and she promptly upended the sugar over it, watching a constant stream of sugar enter the cup.  This lasted a good 10 seconds.  Really.  The coffee overflowed the cup, being displaced by the sugar.  She then stirred it, and did what you do when you're making caramel on the stove -- taking some of the liquid, letting it flow from the spoon as you examine the viscosity.  Apparently it didn't meet spec, as she dosed it with another 5 seconds worth of sugar until she was happy.  
It'd be one thing if it were an isolated incident, but this same scene played out over and over all around me.  They like their sugar down there.
I enjoyed my coffee and breakfast very much, and thank you guys for your suggestions, even though I didn't get to many of them.
Here's a link to a picture I took of the famous coffee machine:http://i207.photobucket.com/albums/bb198/AdkMike/BomboneraCoffeeMachine.jpg-AdkMike


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