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GaryH
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Posted Fri May 18, 2007, 2:06pm
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To encourage customers to try straight shots, double espressos at Lulu's are only 95 cents. At that price I had five of them. There are three different beans to choose from. These double espressos were pulled with Lulu's classic espresso blend, which had nice complexity, and I also had a very smooth Malabar shot.

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Posted Fri May 18, 2007, 2:07pm
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Had a nice macchiato which really brought out the chocolate in the classic espresso.

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ManthriSrinath
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Posted Fri May 18, 2007, 6:52pm
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Thanks for visiting, Gary. Nice pictures, too. I'm glad you enjoyed Lulu's at the Octagon. See you again, soon, we hope!
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Posted Sun May 20, 2007, 9:22pm
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ManthriSrinath Said:

Hi there everyone. I own Lulu Carpenter's in Santa Cruz and Coffee Cat in Scotts Valley. Just want to let you know we have a new espresso bar also in downtown Santa Cruz called Lulu's at the Octagon. The focus is on single origin coffees and espressos. We have a LM Mistral and a Clover as well. And yes, some lovely ACF cups that Sebastian sent our way. Our featured espresso right now is Indian Monsooned Malabar (Josuma). Pretty red cup, syrupy and sweet. Thanks.

Posted May 18, 2007 link

Dote!  Figures I left for Santa Cruz FRIDAY MORNING and missed this message!  I've been meaning to try the Clover here in LA too!  Ah well, had a great 3 days in Santa Cruz and hit up the original Lulu's.  Got a double shot of house espresso, which was the fullest bodied espresso I've ever tasted.  Thick to the point of viscocity, but very tasty indeed.  To my untrained tastebuds, it seem like a really dark roast.  (Those who have experience at Lulu's might want to chime in on this, as I could be totally off).  Topped it off with a latte.  Yummy.  Nice latte art too.

I actually saw the other Lulu's while driving too, and figured it was the same thing!  DARRR!!!!

Also hit up Coffeetopia, which had a much milder espresso.  Light bodied.  Had the same as Lulu's, a double shot and a latte.  At coffeetopia the barista heated the milk and poured it in the cup first, then added the shots.  Is this normal?  Usually I've seen people have the espresso in the cup first, then add the milk?  

Anyway, also experienced Cafe Pergolessi over on the outskirts of downtown.  Much more a crowd at that place.  By recommendation of the barista there, I strayed from the norm and got a Capania (double shot of espresso with a wallup of whipped cream).  Wow....BLISS!

I took some pictures, but I'll have to figure out how to post them.

Oh, tried to stop by Cafe Bene on my way out of the Cruz, but it's closed on Sunday. :(

I'll be back up in Santa Cruz in mid June.  Plenty more time to head back to the new Lulu's!  Hopefully those 95 cent shots will still be in order!

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Posted Mon May 21, 2007, 8:10am
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Hi Gusto,

Thanks for stopping by Lulu's. Im glad to hear that the espresso was good. Our Espresso Classico is pretty light in comparision to most traditional Bay Area roasters. We like light roasts, and especially in espresso cuisine. The body comes from the composition (miscela) and the extraction (mano, macchina, macinazione)more than anything. As a broad rule, the darker a coffee is, the thinner the body. Not so good for espresso.

Our featured espresso next week will be Huehuetenango, Vista Hermosa. Octagon location only. Lovely chocolate and spice notes. Medium body. Come and get it while it's hot.

I'll save a couple of those 95 cent espressos for you!
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Posted Mon May 21, 2007, 8:41am
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Thanks for the info manthri.  I'm a novice in the espresso world.  Just kind of jumping in and trying as much espresso as I can find.  I'll see you in a month!

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Posted Mon May 21, 2007, 11:14am
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Forgot to mention I saw this place while munching on a burrito at Vallartas (on Soquel):

http://www.pacificespresso.com/

Anyone ever try their Tazzino?

Gusto
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Posted Tue May 22, 2007, 11:39am
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So after all the hoopla about coffee in Monterey area, I'm way excited to check out Lulu's when I make it up to Santa Cruz next week.

As mentioned above, I'm a barista at Cafe Noir in Monterey and was pleased (as was my manager) to hear all the good likings.

The owner of Noir opened a new place recently in Sand City (near Monterey) called Ol' Factory Cafe - http://www.olfactorycafe.com/

Similar style in drink quaity to Noir, but with an effort in sustanability.

We're only about 2 months old, so as a shameless plug, come check us out.

 
*picks up burnt muffin tin*
*throws burnt muffin at you*
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Posted Tue May 22, 2007, 3:12pm
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Pacific Espresso is a reseller to the trade. They sell and service LM equipment, and also a line of coffees, syrups, etc.  Knowledgeable folks, and Tim, the proprietor, sits on the board of the SCAA. I imagine some local cafes carry their coffee.
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Posted Tue May 22, 2007, 3:17pm
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We'll be happy to see you down at Lulu's! Do try and make it to the Octagon, and ask for an espresso flight. And let us know you're a coffee geek. We love talking with fellow enthusiasts!
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