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Topic: Odd combinations, was RE: +Racing and bad coffee (11 msgs / 214 lines)
1) From: Andrew Thomas
A few years back there was a trend in my town for businesses to add espresso to their offerings. We had ranch supplies and espresso, antiques and espresso, health spa and espresso (That one is still around. I keep meaning to try it, but I'm scared.). There are still several more conventional combinations -- deli, bakery, restaurants -- and lots of drive-up and walk-up places, but the coffee they make is uniformly abysmal with only one exception.
Andy
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2) From: Dan Bollinger
Andy,  What's the combination that isn't abysmal?  You've piqued my
curiousity!  Dan

3) From: Michael Vanecek
The only place here that claims to serve "fine" coffee claims to have 
their own custom blend from a roaster in Abilene. They ticked me off - 
my wife offered them some my varietal roasts and they stuck their noses 
up. So, heh - we'll let quality speak for itself. Hey, if it don't sell, 
I'll still have plenty of coffee to drink all day while I wrestle with 
Microsoft's shenanagans and burned out modems. :) Actually, I think it 
fits together very well. Plus I'm the only ISP in town with a physical 
presense - with hundreds of people coming in around the first of the 
month and middle of the month to pay their bills, so it's only natural 
to entice them with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and brownies. 
Still don't know what I'll charge - it'll just be 8oz styro-cups with 
lids to go for now...
SeeYa,
Mike
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4) From: Dan Bollinger
Coffee and Internet Connection, there's a new one!  Not any weirder than my
wife's and my idea of combining Espresso with Liquid Vitamin Supplements and
Refrigerator Magnets.  ;)

5) From: floyd burton
Andy:
Was on a bit of a road trip yesterday and saw two different signs with
expresso on them-now u know u are in the weeds when u see that.  Maybe I
should carry around a supply of the letter s with double stick tape.  I
actually did that for a local shop-everybody thought it was a hoooot.
Never had the nerve to try expresso-bet it would taste like it's
spelled-WRONG

6) From: jim gundlach
On Sunday, November 10, 2002, at 03:36 PM, floyd burton wrote:
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Just the spelling in different cultures.  May be pretentious, may think 
espresso is a perversion.  I've had more bad espresso than expresso.
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7) From: Angelo
I agree. Although I personally would not spell it "expresso", I don't think 
it's "wrong". It's just the English spelling of an Italian word. After all, 
we don't await our bean deliveries from Federal Espress, do we?
And, I've yet to hear anyone say "Bologna!!" (Italian pronunciation = boh- 
lone -ya) to something they thought was a bit far-fetched. :-)
Ciao,
Angelo
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8) From: Andrew Thomas
Dan, I meant that there is only one place of many in town where the coffee is not awful. It's a restaurant, not an unusual combination. But the proprietor trained as a barista in Italy and trains his employes properly, at least compared to the other establishments in town. My only problem with him is that he insists on using packaged coffee when he could be getting fresh-roasted from the local roaster. He uses Caffe D'Arte, which is pretty good for pre-staled coffee. I guess the local stuff isn't Italian enough for him. Still, he is the only one in town who has the slightest clue, AFAIK.   Andy
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9) From: Dan Bollinger
Thanks for the info, Andy.  There's no place in my town where you can get
any decent coffee.  There's a shop that roasts their own, but the owner is
rarely in and they just cook their beans til they are dark brown. Nothing
special.  For as much coffee as America drinks, you'd think there would be a
little more attention given to it.  Dan
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is not awful. It's a restaurant, not an unusual combination. But the
proprietor trained as a barista in Italy and trains his employes properly,
at least compared to the other establishments in town. My only problem with
him is that he insists on using packaged coffee when he could be getting
fresh-roasted from the local roaster. He uses Caffe D'Arte, which is pretty
good for pre-staled coffee. I guess the local stuff isn't Italian enough for
him. Still, he is the only one in town who has the slightest clue, AFAIK.
Andy
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10) From: AlChemist John
Sometime around 15:57 11/10/02, Dan Bollinger typed:
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I thin that is the heart of the problem, for most americans it is "just" 
coffee.  Remember, this is the place where a new formulation of coke died 
because it was different.  Most people just don't get it.  I think coffee 
attitudes are changing somewhat though.  Ten years ago, I did not see the 
plethora of driveby espresso stands that I see now.  Granted, some to most 
are not great, but some are indeed good.
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John Nanci 
AlChemist at large
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11) From: susan oppenheim
and an oxygen bar
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