Favorite Coffee? Coffee House?

Discussion in 'Community' started by neildmitchell, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. neildmitchell macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2005
    Just curious what people prefer.

    Im a Peets kinda guy.
    I gladly support any smaller mom & pop coffee houses too
    Cant Stand *$ (starbucks) for many a reason.
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Oh my goodness, I love you. I heart my peet's! I even did a little review thingie over here. So glad I'm not the only peet's lover! :D
  3. neildmitchell thread starter macrumors 6502a


    May 21, 2005
    I made a batch of sun tea using the Mango Iced tea, YUM!
    The last batch of sun tea was Black Currant, one of my all time favorites, hot or cold. And the African Blend coffee is back, my favorite, YEA! :D
  4. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I use Starbucks in the UK but that's because it's the closest one to work save for Coffee Republic where they seem to specialise in burnt coffee and Cafe Nero where there's such a permanent fug of ciagrette smoke in my local branch at 8 in the morning that I'd go to work feeling like I'd been out clubbing all night. I like the local Starbucks baristas who know their regulars. No Peet's here - though I do go there on holiday.

    Otherwise in London, I like the little espresso shop on Old Compton St where they have the best espresso known to woman...

    And at home, I use dark ground Illy coffee to make strong lattes in my Francis Francis coffee machine ;)

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  5. Piarco macrumors 68030


    Jun 24, 2004
    I am very, very jealous Applespider - I want a Francis Francis! In red though :D Whats the bar on them out of curiosity?
    If I don't get my coffee imported from the shop I'm about to mention, its Illy all the way... best stuff you can buy from a supermarket.

    I'm biased with my recommendation because in a year out at Uni (way back in '99) I worked there. It was called the Oby Lee Coffee Roastery, but now is called the Notting Hill Coffee Shop/Roastery. First coffee house in Delaware to roast their own beans on premises. Two shops, one in Lewes and one on Rehoboth.

    Awesome coffee. Beans from all of the major geographic locations on the planet (including Jamaican Blue Mountain) and all of the different bean types. Amy (the wonderful lady who owns/runs the place) makes some brilliant flavoured coffee, which is done right after the roasting process and before grinding, giving a more intergrated and subtle flavour than what you get in $tarbucks.

    Plus she's the inventor of Vanilla Dream, an alternative to hot chocolate which is magnificant. God only knows why she hasn't sold it out beyond the shop!

    Checkout their webpage - they even do ordering for half and full kilo bags of the vast majority of the range. I'm intending to go back to the States in late Sept/Early Oct, and will be picking up a decent supply then!
  6. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    I didn't have choice of colour since it was a sample from a photo-shoot that they manhandled just enough (jarred the bar at the top) that they couldn't return it to the store so I got it for £150 rather than the usual £375. For that kind of discount, I would have taken any colour!

    It's a 15 bar machine, heats up to brewing temperature within 5 minutes :eek: and produces beautiful espresso with crema from both pods and ground. The ground takes a little more tweaking and practice but once you've got it figured out, it's great. It's got a clever little 2-part tamper than you leave in the filter while you brew which helps to keep the machine clean. The steam attachment is also good - although it's designed in such a way that you can only do smallish quantities. Oh yeah, and it comes with a tin of Illy pods...

    I've been tempted to try Angelucci's coffee at home (the shop's on Frith St) since I've seen it advertised in various cafes in Soho as their preferred blend and it's always been pretty good. But I haven't quite got round to it yet.

    Who'd have thought that 6 years ago I loathed coffee and couldn't drink it. :p
  7. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    Coffee makes me violently ill... :eek:

    You know in Biology at School, the experiment where they make you sup a coffee and measure the effects on your heart rate, well the teachers just didn't listen to my protests... and SPEW!!! :D
  8. skunk macrumors G4


    Jun 29, 2002
    Republic of Ukistan
    Sally Clarke's in Kensington Church Street. Small, two-shot latte every time.
  9. dcv macrumors G3

    May 24, 2005
    I'm also a fan of Illy espresso at home and even their decaff version is good. i've always laughed at the idea of decaffeinated coffee - it's not proper coffee! - but do like the odd cup in the evening and prefer to be able to sleep at night.

    Out and about I really like AMT coffee. They generally only have small outlets in railway/tube stations but I know there's also a small shop in Covent Garden. They use a really good Fairtrade coffee and also have a delicious "froffee" drink, which is a chilled espresso 'milkshake' type of thing... bit like a starbucks frappucino only a million times nicer, less sugar-syrupy and also cheaper.

    Worst coffee chain in the UK has to be Costa. Their coffee just has the most unpleasant aroma and don't get me started on the revolting nesquik-like 'freezer' iced coffees....

    edit: actually those 'freezer' things might be from coffee republic not costa, can't quite remember which but - ugh, never again!
  10. DJY macrumors 6502a


    Dec 20, 2003
    Canberra AUST
    I have a Rancilio Expresso machine here at home... Italian brand.
    Love my coffees! I only use ground beans - that I grind myself. I buy particular blends or beans from my local market - which import the best cuban beans you can imagine!

    mmmm I think I might have to have a Latte right now!
  11. gwuMACaddict macrumors 68040


    Apr 21, 2003
    washington dc
    murky coffee in washington dc, eastern market area. medium skim mocha, no whip. $4.00 + tip

  12. garybUK Guest


    Jun 3, 2002
    I prefer tea in the morning and when I get a brew in the morning it's twinnings breakfast tea or sometimes I have the Ritazza Lattè or Cappuchino.

    (We have a ritazza tea / coffee stand in our office restuarant).


    I go through about 9 cups of tea a day!! hmmm better start cutting back!
  13. AmigoMac macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    I'm a latte macchiato type and from the cafeteria at the train station :rolleyes:
  14. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Lazumba (local company that makes superb blends of beans) Lavazza (Italian) Illy at a pinch but it's not my absolute favourite. Maybe Toby's...

    These are all suppliers, not coffee houses for my american and canadian friends, we aussies have a real disdain for the mass market Starbucks type of coffee house and most of us get our coffee from little cafés...

    None of that brewed stuff either, Blech!! can't believe you can drink that stuff, it tastes like dirt - espresso all the way
  15. Jay42 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2005
    Definitely Peet's! I'm so glad they have it on the east coast because I used to mail order it from the early days!
  16. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Miracles in CA. I went there a few times years ago when on holiday. It was a little wooden beachside shack with a terraced area out front by the road with a view across it to the Pacific. We were staying in Encinitas so it wouldn’t be far from there. It had a large pale blue sign with a yellow sunburst and introduced me to coffee. I’ll return some day and try to find it, there can’t be that many coffee places in southern CA.

    If I can’t find that place I’ll make do with Bean Around The World.
  17. Aeolius macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2002
  18. ebow macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2001
    Trapped in a world before later on
    Lately I've been getting my coffee from Trader Joe's--particularly their Papua New Guinea blend (not listed). Opening a new canister of that just makes me drool. Then I take it home and make it up each morning in my bitchin' Cuisinart Grind & Brew. :D
  19. Aaon macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2004
    Hehe, sometimes I think people don't like Starbucks just because it is Starbucks. Sorta an anti-establishment thing.

    That being said, I do enjoy my Starbucks coffee, though it may just be the lack of other options around here.I like Peets when I am in Seattle, good cup of Joe.

    Oh, and if you're ever in Albuquerque, stop by any of the Flying Star locations. Good coffee, and FANTASTIC desserts. Bring a friend, because their stuff is too rich to finish on your own!

    At my house I use a Melitta One:One single cup maker. It comes with replacable spouts, so I use it to make coffee in the mornings, then I switch out the spout in the evenings for a nice cup of tea.
  20. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    Hot and Black, like my....well, never mind
  21. devilot Moderator emeritus


    May 1, 2005
    Now that is devotion... Being as it was founded in Berkeley, CA, I think it's awesome that the store has grown enough in popularity to have expanded. :cool:
  22. Don't panic macrumors 603

    Don't panic

    Jan 30, 2004
    having a drink at Milliways
    that's what i use at work![​IMG] with Illy pods.
    I am drinking one right now!
  23. m-dogg macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2004
    I'm a simple man, and most of the time I am content with Dunkin Donuts coffee (gasp!). Although I also enjoy Daybreak Coffee (an local place in Connecticut):

  24. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001

    Have you been to Misha's in Old Town? That's my favorite by far....but I haven't been to the Murky - do they roast their own beans? Misha's has a nice roaster in the side room....great stuff.


  25. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    UCC Milk Coffee or Folgers Jakada. As far as places, I've yet to find some place with really good coffee. Most places in the U.S.A. seem to have really bitter coffee, no matter the blend and they don't use light corn syrup for sweetening it.

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