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Posted Wed Aug 20, 2008, 9:55am
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DonSt Said:

Another excellent photo-journal from GaryH.

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Yep.  Enjoyable as always.  

trmc Said:

my guess the purple thing might be an eggplant

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It looks like a Siamese twin eggplant.
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Posted Wed Aug 20, 2008, 10:13am
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GaryH Said:

Mark Prince mentioned in a coffeegeek potcast 010 that the French Laundry makes espresso using Illy pods.

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Hey Garry, a restaurant of this caliber you'd expect nothing but the absolute stellar best! There's no accounting for taste is there? It's appalling that top chefs, whatever there culinary status., from Michelin 1 - 5 stars, just don't "get it" & overlook the complexities of coffee (800 plus flavor components & a lot more than wine!).

Same goes for that post a couple of weeks or so ago about the worlds largest airliner from UAE United Arab Emirates that you posted about with pics of the airliners logo on the espresso cups/saucers.
Not ONE SPECK of crema!! {:-(

 
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Posted Tue Aug 26, 2008, 4:26pm
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The fact that The French Laundry has been using pods is nothing new.  I wrote about it on my blog back in January 2005.

But what has been happening in the three years and eight months since my visit there is a greater awareness about coffee on the part of Keller's restaurant group.  I had the opportunity to chat a bit with the barista at per se (Keller's New York outpost) after my dinner there last December.  There is greater awareness and a greater focus on coffee quality happening.  It's going to take more time.

At a recent dinner at Eleven Madison Park, our waiter delivered a really surprising cappuccino to our table - with a latte art rosetta.

It won't be long before the restaurants equal and surpass the "third wave."
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 9:23pm
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A little late on this thread, but I was just in Yountville and I didn't eat at the French Laundry, but I did visit Bouchon (also owned by Keller), and they must have upgraded past the Illy pods because I bought two bags whole beans from the bakery that are roasted for Keller by Equator Coffee and Teas of San Francisco. The color of the bag looks very much like the bag from Intellgentsia. There is a roast date on the bag. I haven't tried either type I bought (one is called French Laundry blend, the other is called TK Espresso- I assume the initials of Thomas Keller). So maybe things have changed as predicted?

 
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Posted Mon Jul 22, 2013, 3:27pm
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Interesting - the disparity between quality of food/experience and quality of coffee served at fine restaurants time and again. Oliver Strand wrote a nice think piece on how Noma now uses pourovers for coffee service, versus places like this that use pods.

However, from the perspective of a longtime restaurant consultant, rather than a specialty coffee professional, I would say that I prefer restaurants use pods versus investing in better machines, then using them improperly.
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