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timoteu36
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Posted Fri Jul 28, 2006, 8:24am
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he did sell it to same guy who bought all the cvcrc's. i heard that guy also got out of the coffee business all together. morgan bought a part of the ocio theather, the cafe part of it, and turned into a mini coffee house. when i was there last in spring, he told me about his plans for the warehouse coffee shop/bar in seaside. cafe noir, the place in the ocio, still has great coffee and same morgan-warped baristas; look for a guy named matt and he'll take care of ya.

i worked for morgan the two years prior to his selling and moving, and i broke most of his equipment as well (always accidentally). jclements, when did you work there?
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Posted Fri Aug 4, 2006, 2:16pm
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I worked there from about April to August of '99.  I was going to MPC and Morgan had a knack for putting me on late nights closing on school nights, despite my scheduling efforts.  I've damn near forgotten everyone's name, but I can remember their faces.  Guy who rode motorcycle and played bass (who got me the job as I valeted with him down at the big hotel; he took me out jamming at Open Mike nights around town); roaster guy who was permanently wired; petite lesbian who was angry about something all the time; bigger and friendlier lesbian; cute vegan girl; handsome singer/songwriter who moved to Oakland and I do remember Rick, hippy bearded barista extraordinaire, who went on to star in MPC's production of Hair.  It was a blast working there, saw some good music and cupped some great joe.  I got involved in the local drama scene - too many good times.  But of course one can't afford to live there forever, not without having bought a house forty years ago.
Cheers,
John

PS  cvcrc = Code Violation, Cyclical Redundancy Check?
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Posted Mon May 7, 2007, 10:44am
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Cafe Noir in Monterey: Intelligencia beans, Faema triple head, fine late art, Old school Italian customer base.  Empty Doser, twenty five second pulls, My first taste of Black Cat...

I had the great pleasure of agumenting my hotel room my press pot fix at this outstanding cafe this past weekend.  I can't really say that I've had better espresso.  

It makes me wish I had something as good in my town.  It also makes me realize just how far I need to go with my own skills.

I should also mention the crazy cute, competent barista(s).

Pay no attention to the nay sayers earlier in this thread.  If you have no other reason to stop in Monterey on your way to Big Sur, this is it.  The cafe is in the same building as a movie theater on Calle Principal.  Two blocks from the waterfront near the old fishermens wharf.

So Good

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Posted Mon May 7, 2007, 10:16pm
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passionateone Said:

Cafe Noir in Monterey: Intelligencia beans, Faema triple head, fine late art, Old school Italian customer base.  Empty Doser, twenty five second pulls, My first taste of Black Cat...

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Hey, that's great news. Awesome! Thanks for the tip, I'll check them out.

I wonder how long they've been in business?
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Posted Mon May 7, 2007, 10:39pm
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The sticker that they'll give you say's: established 1994.

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Posted Thu May 10, 2007, 10:28pm
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Not quite inside the topic area, but pretty close.  I'm passing through Big Sur in a couple of weeks en route to Santa Cruz.  Normally when I'm in Santa Cruz, I usually end up at the same ol' Starbucks.  I tried the Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company and have had multiple bad experiences.  

Any recommendations while I'm in the Cruz?

I'll be sure to hit up Cafe Noir on my way (should make a nice rest stop).

Gusto
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Dinosaur_Hotel
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Posted Fri May 11, 2007, 12:38am
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I was born and raised in this area.

I work at Cafe Noir in Monterey.

Best coffee/espresso anywhere in Monterey. (we used Intelligentsia beans).

Also, Ol' Factory Cafe in Sand City is owned by the same folks and is green-friendly and sustainable.

 
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Dinosaur_Hotel
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Posted Fri May 11, 2007, 12:43am
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timoteu36 Said:

he did sell it to same guy who bought all the cvcrc's. i heard that guy also got out of the coffee business all together. morgan bought a part of the ocio theather, the cafe part of it, and turned into a mini coffee house. when i was there last in spring, he told me about his plans for the warehouse coffee shop/bar in seaside. cafe noir, the place in the ocio, still has great coffee and same morgan-warped baristas; look for a guy named matt and he'll take care of ya.

i worked for morgan the two years prior to his selling and moving, and i broke most of his equipment as well (always accidentally). jclements, when did you work there?

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Did you know Mary Z. who worked at Morgan's? She was my Spanish teacher in high school. She was way cool.

 
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Posted Fri May 11, 2007, 7:54am
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I've made a bunch pf posts about Santa Cruz so you can search for them. The best places I've found are Coffeetopia on Mission, Coffee Kat in Scotts Valley, and Lulu Carpenter's (formerly Espresso Royale) on the north end of Pacific near the clock.
-Sam

Gusto Said:

Any recommendations while I'm in the Cruz?

I'll be sure to hit up Cafe Noir on my way (should make a nice rest stop).

Gusto

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Gusto
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Posted Fri May 11, 2007, 8:12am
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mobleyfan Said:

I've made a bunch pf posts about Santa Cruz so you can search for them. The best places I've found are Coffeetopia on Mission, Coffee Kat in Scotts Valley, and Lulu Carpenter's (formerly Espresso Royale) on the north end of Pacific near the clock.
-Sam

Posted May 11, 2007 link

Thanks Mobleyfan,

I've seen Coffeetopia.  Will look up the previous posts, Coffee Kat, and Lulu's.  Yet ANOTHER reason to find myself in Santa Cruz.  Vallarta's, the beach, the redwoods.... what else could you ask for????

Gusto
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