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emradguy
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Posted Mon Dec 2, 2013, 12:18pm
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yeah, been there...but made the mistake of getting espresso drinks.  They're prep technique and subsequent shots were horrible.  Next time I'm there though...I'm going to follow your advice!

 
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Posted Tue Dec 3, 2013, 2:34pm
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The Espressamente Illy kiosk at the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport in terminal B is not to be missed if you are flying through there.  I had the third good espresso in a calendar year here.  Bright, not acidic with excellent crema, good depth of flavor.  Sure, you do not get a fresh, fresh roast, but the Illy attention to blend and quality works against that shortcoming.  I was given a croissant free ‘because it is our last one, and it is small’.  But do not count on it.  The reviews on line for this stand are almost all excellent for the coffee but very spotty for the service.  In fact, upon arrival, there was no one at the counter, so someone walked over from a neighboring bakery stand to take my espresso order but made me wait for three minutes while she disappeared somewhere, so I left uncaffeinated.  Upon departure, there was again no one at the counter but soon a young woman appeared and seemed to know her machine well (small talk helps), so I ordered the above mentioned very satisfying single shot and ate the croissant, as well.
Peet's in terminal 3 at SFO (both of them) does not do a thing for me.  I think it is the espresso served in a paper cup that kills it.  They have NO porcelain.

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Posted Tue Dec 3, 2013, 2:42pm
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I used to like Peet's a lot. I'd say it's been several years (about when Mr. Peet died) that they really went down hill. Their airport locations have ALL been atrocious, since the beginning of time. Given the high quality found elsewhere, I've stopped doing business with Peet's entirely...except for the subscription I keep for my Mom's Decaf Major Dickason's Blend.

 
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Posted Fri Jan 17, 2014, 6:00am
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Continuing this thread, if anyone is interested.
During a layover in London's Heathrow airport, terminal 3, I approached three coffee vendors with the idea of reporting upon them for CG: Caffe Nero, Est Caffe and Costa.  I am sorry to say that I did not bother to sample the espresso from any one of these businesses.  The reason why is simple.  All of them had the dosers of their grinders 1/2 to 3/4 full of already ground coffee.  I am sure that I could have written something about the range of quality as it existed, such as it was, but I am just tired of spending good money on bad coffee, so that is my report.  This seems to be the way coffee is done at Heathrow.  I am home now with a good cup of Americano and taste buds unbruised by any assault from airport coffee.

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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 2:21pm
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I can't vouch for the coffee quality at Heathrow, but the vendors should not be criticized for using dosers exactly as they were intended: loaded with grounds for even dosing. In a busy environment, such as the Italian coffee bars for which they were invented, staling should not be an issue, unless you were stuck in a middle of the night stopover.
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Posted Sun Jan 19, 2014, 6:08pm
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really, it depends on how long the grinds have been sitting there.  Let's continue with the mindset that Buckley knows what he's doing in assessing cafes...after all, he's probably written the most cafe reviews on this site in his sojourner threads.

 
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Posted Wed Jan 22, 2014, 10:54am
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emradguy Said:

really, it depends on how long the grinds have been sitting there.  Let's continue with the mindset that Buckley knows what he's doing in assessing cafes...after all, he's probably written the most cafe reviews on this site in his sojourner threads.

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MarshallF Said:

I can't vouch for the coffee quality at Heathrow, but the vendors should not be criticized for using dosers exactly as they were intended: loaded with grounds for even dosing. In a busy environment, such as the Italian coffee bars for which they were invented, staling should not be an issue, unless you were stuck in a middle of the night stopover.

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Thanks, Ron, appreciate the support.
MarshalF, you have a good point and, as I mentioned, for a good review I should have at least tasted them to see whether my oberservations were significant or not.  I had no small bills to exchange and I did not want to be stuck with a wad of useless pound notes, I did not want to board the next flight with my window seat having three coffees under my belt, and I wanted to sleep on my way home.  Cafe Nero had the busiest lines and probably had an excuse for the full dosers, as you point out, but Est and Costa were dead (it was lunchtime) and those dosers were not going to significantly change in 15 minutes.  I am comparing them to other airport vendors.  In the US, I do not see full dosers, even at the busy Peets kiosks.

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