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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2011, 6:42pm
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OK - so if there's not enough traffic for espresso, there certainly must be demand for coffee after dinner? I have never had culinary quality coffee in a fine restaurant. A Chemex and beehive kettle is not expensive, although training might be.

 
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Posted Wed Aug 17, 2011, 7:27pm
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I'd say that price point has little to do with the quality of coffee served at a restaurant. For example, there is an Ethiopian restaurant that we go to that is small, cheap, and cheerful. The service is slow but the food is great and inexpensive. To top it off, if you order an after dinner coffee they roast the beans, bring them out to the table so you can smell them, then they grind them coarse and pour little shots of super thick grainy coffee that are bursting with flavour. It's not strictly speaking espresso, but the point is that a little tradition and pride in the ritual goes a long regardless of price point.
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Posted Thu Aug 18, 2011, 10:24am
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dana_leighton Said:

OK - so if there's not enough traffic for espresso, there certainly must be demand for coffee after dinner? I have never had culinary quality coffee in a fine restaurant. A Chemex and beehive kettle is not expensive, although training might be.

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These days, I'm much happier when I see (e.g.) 3-cup press pots on tables in the dining room than I am with an espresso machine . . . at least there's half a chance!  ;^)

 
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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 3:21am
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I had an interesting restaurant espresso experience two weeks ago at Houstonís steakhouse located in Pasadena.

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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 3:22am
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Since Houstonís is a steak house, I read the menu from the bottom up to quickly get to the Filet Mignon entree, which I ordered medium rare. They let me sample three red wines, they were all very nice and I chose the one with the most body. While waiting for my lunch I looked up and, to my big surprise, saw a Synesso espresso machine located in the middle of the Restaurant!

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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 3:22am
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Almost finished with my excellent meal, so time to order an espresso pulled on the Synesso. The waiter told me that they use roasted coffee beans from Seattle. I didnít recognize the name of the roaster. The 2oz double espresso had a nutty flavor. Better than Starbucks but not even close to an espresso I can get at TW coffee houses. But for only $2, and it being pulled on a Synesso, it was definitely worth the experience.

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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 7:52am
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GaryH Said:

Almost finished with my excellent meal, so time to order an espresso pulled on the Synesso. The waiter told me that they use roasted coffee beans from Seattle. I didnít recognize the name of the roaster. The 2oz double espresso had a nutty flavor. Better than Starbucks but not even close to an espresso I can get at TW coffee houses. But for only $2, and it being pulled on a Synesso, it was definitely worth the experience.

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"beans from Seattle"...tell me that's not what he actually said? :)   I'm guessing they were either burned or stale by then....what a shameful waste of a very good espresso machine, though at least it wasn't putrid. Still....what cafe charges more than $2  for a double? Regardless of Synesso or non :) I think the most I've ever seen a shot sell for was $2.50, and I kind of chuckled at that. If you could get away with charging more than that, I'd be opening a cafe next week...
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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 9:31am
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TheMadTamper Said:

Still....what cafe charges more than $2  for a double? Regardless of Synesso or non :) I think the most I've ever seen a shot sell for was $2.50, and I kind of chuckled at that. If you could get away with charging more than that, I'd be opening a cafe next week...

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Actually I almost always pay more than $2 for an espresso. Ritual coffee in San Francisco charged $3.75 for a single origin Costa Rica espresso. Intelligentsia in Pasadena also charged $3.75 for a single origin espresso when I visited a few weeks ago.

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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 9:33am
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TheMadTamper Said:

"beans from Seattle"...tell me that's not what he actually said? :)   I'm guessing they were either burned or stale by then..

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There are a few coffee houses in Los Angeles that use roasted coffee beans from Seattle, like this Victrola Streamline espresso I had at the Commissary coffee house, and it was a very good shot!

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Posted Mon Oct 3, 2011, 9:56am
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"Beans from Seattle" do not automatically mean *$ . . . in fact, at least in California, *$ coffee is roasted at a facility just outside Carson City, Nevada and doesn't come from Seattle at all . . . .

 
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