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Topic: Greg's replies to Vegas/travel tip emails & questions (105 lines)
1) From: Greg Hollrigel
Well, after 2 homemade cappucinos, all is well again.  :-)
Chris - I'm down here in Orange County also.  I have to agree that Kean is
really the only shop with decent coffee.  I think their espresso shots are
hit or miss, their lattes are good, cappucinos fair.  I still think my home
is better than Kean on average.  We need more down here.  I think the next
closest is Klatch in San Dimas, which I'm going to try and visit in the next
few weeks.  Then the rest are in L.A.
Terry - thanks for this tip on the Bodum.  I was just going to start hunting
around, beginning with Sweet Marias.  I'm glad to read your size description
of the kettle.  Are the Pacific islands Hawaii, or places like Indonesia and
Phillipines?   
Does the group have any ideas on bringing a tea kettle like this and roasted
beans & grinder to China?  Any problems with Chinese airport security?  I'm
going to start researching on the internet to see what information I can
find, but figured I would ask.
Joe - I think that's a good idea.  I think I'll put a post on Tom's forum
too, to accummulate information.  I know other coffee forums have that type
of info. for favorite coffee shops.  I will happily post comments from my
travels, but I must emphasize that most of my travels are to East SF Bay,
which we already know has good coffee shops (at least the Bay area).  I
typically go to Pacific Bay Coffee Roasters in Walnut Creek (since it's the
closest) instead of bringing my own beans on those trips.  There was another
place in Hayward or Fremont (I think it's called Eon) - I didn't care too
much for their espresso, just fair.  I hear Blue Bottle now serves coffee in
Oakland somewhere too, so I want to check that out.  Obviously, Barefoot is
good, as Chris has mentioned.  I tried Verve (I think - it's the Santa Cruz
roaster), and that was good.  I liked Ritual, but I liked Barefoot and Blue
Bottle more.
Recently, I was in Puerto Rico.  I was down at the Ponce Hilton.  They had
single serve coffee machines in the room with some unknown to me coffee bag.
It was not good.  I drank my Colombian on the patio overlooking the
Carribean to watch the sunrise.  That was great - nothing like 80 degree air
at 6 in the morning, with fresh coffee, a light sea breeze, and the sun
coming up over the ocean lighting up tropical clouds.  At the Isle Verde
Mariott in San Juan, it was the same.
In Crete, at the Creta Maris, coffee was not good.  I could not find good
coffee in any of the town (Hersonisos?).  That was an unhappy week, LoL, and
my coffee highlight was in the Zurich airport, where I had pretty good
coffee.
In Southampton, England, it's my homeroast.  They only have packets of
instant.  The hotel is the Grand Devere (I think that's the name).  This is
the one that thought I smoked.  At the Hilton near Hydes Park in London, it
was the same.
Anyways, I'll work on a nice email subject for people to be able to search
the archives, and we can start assembling a collection of info.  :-)
Jim - I thought of the Room Service approach.  It was a no go.  It was $20
for a pot of Starbucks coffee.  I wasn't going for that.
Ray - thanks for thinking of Google.  I have a little more faith in coffee
reviews from people who love coffee than Google's search engines, at least
for now and the near future.
Brian - I couldn't find good beer either.  Another disappointment.  But I
did find good tequila and mojitos.  :-)
Thanks again, and now ... I roast.  :-)  Cheers to the weekend!
Greg


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