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Posted Thu Aug 30, 2007, 12:00am
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Coming Home to Coffee in Poland
The Cafe Stage article by Beata Siwinski

CoffeeGeek's own Beata Siwinski describes a recent journey back to her hometown of Warsaw, Poland, her search for the dream cafe and the perfect espresso.
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Posted Fri Aug 31, 2007, 8:55am
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yay!  an article by beata!  i love your style.  i think the 1930's was the pinnacle of design...and my girlfriend loves that china set.  thanks for the great road notes!

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Posted Fri Aug 31, 2007, 12:44pm
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Thank you for letting me see through your eyes a little.  The senses connect so completely to those places with which we identify most spontaneously!

Your article brought a smile to my day!

Many, many thanks.

Trisha

 
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Posted Sun Sep 2, 2007, 8:37pm
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Beata - great article! I love road-trip stories, especially when the journey through a city or country includes a look at coffee culture. Thanks for including the history behind the cafes and cities... nice work!
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Posted Tue Sep 4, 2007, 12:22pm
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Thanks for the warm words! I had lots of fun visiting cafes in Poland and hopefully will inspire others to give us a glimpse into different cultures and their coffee :)

Here is another picture of that cute pottery from Krakow.

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Posted Wed Sep 5, 2007, 4:58am
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Beata,

Mieszkalem w polsce szesc lat.  Tam byla, wtedy, jeszcze pustynia dla kawy.  (Trans:  I lived in Poland for six years.  There was still a coffee desert there).

Even when I went back three years ago I had trouble finding descent coffee in Wroclaw. Next time rate those cafes!  I'm glad to hear we have some hope of good coffee entering Poland.

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Posted Wed Sep 5, 2007, 9:09am
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I loved your article about coffee in Poland, & re-connecting with your former homeland & your MoM Beata! {;-D
Amazing pottery!!

 
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Posted Wed Sep 12, 2007, 8:42am
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In Warszawskie Stare Miasto there is a kawiarnia  called "Pozegnanie z Afrike" or "Out of Africa".

The decor is fabulous, they even had a replica of the Hungarian single boiler 1960ies machine that almost amputated my aunt's finger when it exploded d/t to OP valve failure (but hey, in commie times a lot of things did that) , along with a lot of coffee memorabilia.

They sell "roasted" coffee, likely a few weeks old, as the Tschibo brand you buy at Geant makes a better crema on a Philips machine.

The "espresso" is also blonde and lacking in crema, but it has caffeine in it :)

Sorry, really, one has to go to Napoli and  a few other places around EU to savor coffee.

If you are home roasting and HX agnostic, that may be the best coffee you had.

Love Poland, very nice people, had a great time. The deserts are fabulous and no severely obese Wal-Mart fatties around either :)
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Posted Fri Sep 21, 2007, 4:44pm
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I lived in Krakow for almost 5 years.  I roast my own coffee and have an imported Innova grinder.  I have to say that the coffee scene is growing.  Someone mentioned a cafe called Out of Africa- the reason the creme lacked was that they don't use freshly grounded coffee.  Besides that its a sweet little cafe.  There is a place on Bradzska street that has awesome lattes but I forgot the name.  Also, you can go to a roaster on Karmalicka street 17 or 19.  Its nice to hear about Krakow :)  Awesome article!
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2007, 7:36pm
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I visited Warsaw and Krakow this past September.  Stumbling on "Pozegnanie z Afrike" in Krakow (then in Warsaw) was a happy surprise!  Great atmosphere and after running out of the coffee I brought, I was happy to have a good pot!
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