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Topic: Seattle trip, espresso heaven!!! (11 msgs / 342 lines)
1) From: stereoplegic
OMG, WOW, what a trip! so many ppl here asked, "why Seattle? all it does 
there is rain." HA! it sprinkled once, beautiful sunny days the rest of 
my stay.
coffee/espresso-wise, customer service was top-notch at every place i 
went to (Cafe Lieto-nice double normale, aparently roasted by Cafe 
Umbria; Cafe D'Arte-great ristretto and the most beautiful cappa i've 
ever seen and 2nd best ever tastewise, served up by a super-cute 
barista; Victrola Coffee-the best tasting cappa i've ever had, barista 
mentioned she was still getting the hang of latte art, and a double 
normale that would have been exceptional had the barista been back in 
the swing of things (his first day back after some time off); several *$ 
locations-Pike Place still has a La Marzocco and served up a very nice 
double normale: man, i miss those machines, wish they still had them 
here). Outside of Seattle, i had a very nice double normale at Red 
Mountain Coffee, at Snoqualmie Pass (although the register girl didn't 
know what a ristretto was, i'm pretty sure the barista would have, had i 
ordered from her).
this was a road trip, and the scenery in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, 
Utah, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington was simply gorgeous. NW Texas was 
quite boring, but made for much easier driving at night.
 on the road, my accidentally awesome 3 DP Ethiopian blend did quite 
well in the French Press and the 12v coffee maker i found in Baker City, 
Oregon (a very nice place, as was Pendleton, Oregon).

2) From: Lisa Carton
NICE............i am envious!sounds like an awesome trip!!!!!!
 
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From: stereoplegic 
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Subject: +Seattle trip, espresso heaven!!!
OMG, WOW, what a tr=
ip! so many ppl here asked, "why Seattle? all it does 
there is rain." HA=
! it sprinkled once, beautiful sunny days the rest of 
my stay.
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espresso-wise, customer service was top-notch at every place i 
went to (=
Cafe Lieto-nice double normale, aparently roasted by Cafe 
Umbria; Cafe D=
'Arte-great ristretto and the most beautiful cappa i've 
ever seen and 2n=
d best ever tastewise, served up by a super-cute 
barista; Victrola Coffe=
e-the best tasting cappa i've ever had, barista 
mentioned she was still =
getting the hang of latte art, and a double 
normale that would have been=
 exceptional had the barista been back in 
the swing of things (his first=
 day back after some time off); several *$ 
locations-Pike Place still ha=
s a La Marzocco and served up a very nice 
double normale: man, i miss th=
ose machines, wish they still had them 
here). Outside of Seattle, i had =
a very nice double normale at Red 
Mountain Coffee, at Snoqualmie Pass (a=
lthough the register girl didn't 
know what a ristretto was, i'm pretty s=
ure the barista would have, had i 
ordered from her).
this was a road t=
rip, and the scenery in New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, 
Utah, Idaho, Oreg=
on, and Washington was simply gorgeous. NW Texas was 
quite boring, but m=
ade for much easier driving at night.
on the road, my accidentally awesom=
e 3 DP Ethiopian blend did quite 
well in the French Press and the 12v co=
ffee maker i found in Baker City, 
Oregon (a very nice place, as was Pend=
leton, Oregon).
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3) From: Daryl & Holly
SHHHH!!!! We tell everyone it rains all the time as too many people are 
moving our way and the traffic is awfull now ;-)  Coffee people are always 
welcome here, but tell others that the weather was awfull please;-)  pass it 
on....Holly (another lurker)

4) From: Sandy Andina
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On Aug 30, 2007, at 12:05 PM, stereoplegic wrote:
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  The kiosk in my local Dominick's supermarket fought like hell to  
keep theirs (and their Mazzers) as long as they could, because the  
Slovenian barista refused to work with those "machines any monkey can  
use."  She quit the day after the superautos arrived.  But if you  
happen upon the Delray Beach, FL (Jog & Yamato Rds.) *$ when the  
older (70-ish) manager is on duty, he has a few work-arounds to  
produce a semblance of a ristretto. He is not a happy camper about  
the superautos, either.
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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On Aug 30, 2007, at 12:05 PM, stereoplegic wrote:

several *$ locations-Pike = Place still has a La Marzocco and served up a very nice double normale: = man, i miss those machines, wish they still had them here)

=  The kiosk in my local Dominick's supermarket = fought like hell to keep theirs (and their Mazzers) as long as they = could, because the Slovenian barista refused to work with those = "machines any monkey can use."  She quit the day after the superautos = arrived.  But if you happen upon the Delray Beach, FL (Jog & = Yamato Rds.) *$ when the older (70-ish) manager is on duty, he has a few = work-arounds to produce a semblance of a ristretto. He is not a happy = camper about the superautos, either. Sandywww.sass-music.com
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5) From: Sandy Andina
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Great to hear CDA is still there (did you go to the Capitol Hill or  
the 2nd & Virginia location).  Last time I was there, when the owner  
found out I was on my way back home to Chicago he insisted on giving  
me the caffeine equivalent of an oenological "vertical flight" of  
ristretti--from Firenze to Parioli to Capri to Taormina  
(progressively darker as they moved "southward"), finishing up with  
an alderwood-roasted Espresso Fabriano (they're now also offering the  
Velletri as espresso, but back in '99 they only offered it as drip).   
Unlike most other roasters, CDA refuses to sell varietals labeled as  
such, or even divulge which espressos do and do not contain robusta,  
but who cares when they taste that great?
I almost didn't need my rental car to make it back to Sea-Tac-- 
could've done it on caffeine alone.
Sandy
www.sandyandina.com
www.sass-music.com
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Cafe D'Arte-great ristretto and =
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ever seen and 2nd best =
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barista;  Sandywww.sass-music.com
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6) From: Eddie Dove
stereo,
I am green with envy!
Glad to have you back!
Eddie
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Vita non est vivere sed valere vita est
Roasting Blog and Profiles for the Gene Cafehttp://southcoastcoffeeroaster.blogspot.com/On 8/30/07, stereoplegic  wrote:
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7) From: stereoplegic
i went to 2nd and Stewart.
Sandy Andina wrote:
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8) From: stereoplegic
i know a ristretto is doable on the superautos, but then they adjust the 
grind (and readjust back to normale after they're done w/ you, much more 
of a PITA than w/ the Mazzers i hear) and stop mid-shot (the machine 
still thinks it should be dispensing 2oz of liquid despite taking twice 
the normal amount of time), and it's still not nearly as good as the 
Mazzer/LM combo.
Sandy Andina wrote:
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9) From: stereoplegic
i'm actually considering a move up there, or at least somewhere in that 
vicinity- i'm a huge fan of Portland as well. didn't have time on this 
trip to take my girlfriend to Portland, but she really fell in love w/ 
the whole area, esp Seattle and Pendleton. hopefully the next trip will 
be very soon.
 Daryl & Holly wrote:
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10) From: John Coffey
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Holly,
You just earned yourself an honorary membership in the Lessor Seattle 
Club.  Don't think it really exists anymore... and if it did it has to 
consider itself a failure..
(Years ago we had a writer for the paper in Seattle that started the 
Lessor Seattle club.  The theory was to keep Seattle a well kept secret. 
   "Tell everyone how horrible it is here.. IT RAINS ALL THE TIME!!!"
Don't think it worked.)
I finally gave up and moved north of Seattle by about 100 miles. 
Reminds me here of what Seattle USED to be like.   But even here it's 
getting more crowded... (By the way .. IT RAINS ALL THE TIME IN 
NORTHWEST WASHINGTON .. Horrible place to live!!!! ;-{)...)
--John

11) From: Daryl & Holly
Great! I love being in a lessor club ;-)  You must be up my way...We are 
about an hour north of Seattle, you are probably a little further north? We 
are in Stanwood...Thanks for the membership and I will continue to lurk 
here...Holly


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