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emradguy
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 4:44pm
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or so it seems at Brown Coffee Company in San Antonio on 1800 Broadway.

We were out there with the kids for President's Day weekend. I brought everything I needed to make coffee for me and the wife...MyPressi Twist, 2 extra NO2 cartridges, a spare pf basket, a scale, tamper, regular and decaf beans, a thermometer, and then I realized I left the grinder at home...arrrrrgggggghhh!!!!

So we went to Brown, a half hour drive from our hotel over by Sea World.  I explained to the barista how I make my wife's latte at home...basically a latte with only a half shot spro in it. Then he told me..."we don't customize"...huh?...you don't customize?...wtf?  No, really, they don't. Hell, they don't even make lattes the normal way. I mean, it's not like we were asking for a caramel mocha! Geez, you can't even get a double cappa there.  I wonder if they even serve drinks to go? Well, since we drove all that way...and there was no chance in hell I'd ever return...I got a cappa. It was really good, but I am still pissed off at the experience.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 8:06pm
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I've never been there but have heard it was a nice place.

Most of the shops I know would gladly customize a drink within reason. Give them a second try, maybe the barista was having an off day.

 
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Posted Tue Feb 18, 2014, 9:35pm
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yeah, it's a nice place and they have great equipment, and the barista did a pretty good job - but I have to also say, I've had better drinks off a Robur/Slayer combo.  He wasn't the owner - who has been praised on HB.  Maybe this guy isn't allowed to customize...but that's not what he said.  He said "we don't", as in the entire cafe...ever.  If, and it's a big if, I ever went in there again...it would pretty much be to find out from the owner if that's really the case...that none of the baristi, including himself, ever make drinks tweaked in milk and espresso content to their customers taste.

An off day?  Well, that's a pretty remote chance.  The guy was pretty full of himself.  He actually tried to justify their stand by saying their shots are not bitter like other espressos...as if the baristi at that cafe are the only ones capable of producing a balanced shot...and as if no one who's never been to their cafe has ever had one.  It was like being condescending in a friendly way.

I've never been to any specialty cafe that wouldn't be willing to make a latte using only half a shot - which is how my wife likes them.

 
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