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Topic: There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise (3 msgs / 77 lines)
1) From: Phil Palmintere
There may be worse coffee on the planet than Cruise Ship coffee, but if so,
I never want to taste it.
I didn't have expectations for coffee any better than, say, a 24 hour diner
on the Interstate 40 miles from the nearest gas station, but on a recent
Baltic Cruise (Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersberg, Gdansk & back to
Stockholm), I found the coffee substantially worse than Pennzoil 10w-30.
They had a separate (read: not included in the price of the cruise) espresso
station, supposedly with Seattle's Best and a non-descript commercial
espresso machine with an equally non-descript grinder.  It seems they don't
grind coffee on demand - ground coffee just sits doser waiting for the next
customer - which might be the next day.  So-called Baristas were untrained
and not particularly open to suggestion.  It seems that if the espresso
takes more than 5 seconds to dispense a shot, they think they've tamped the
portafilter too hard.  I very much wanted to just jump behind the counter &
pull the shot myself giving them some training along the way, but my wife
would have been too embarrassed.
Now, the good news is I didn't see a single Starbucks anywhere in Stockholm,
and I was able to get a few OK shots.
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2) From: Barry Luterman
Last cruise I went on the food was great. I knew about the coffee from
previous cruses. I simply brought a baggie of home roast and a Zass to
the table.The waiter brought me a French Press and hot water. It
became a real conversation starter and one guy at the table eventually
became a home roaster himself.
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3) From: Barry Luterman
Norweigan and they sell underwear and socks on board.They are not
essential. The only essentials are coffee and Zass all else is
commentary (to paraphrase Talmud)
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