Coffee snob question

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#21
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As a fellow coffee "addict" I hope this helps! I say addict 'cause I'll drink just about any coffee if I need the caffeine, but I can tell the difference between beans, some bean origins, and brew styles. My normal AM coffee is Cafe Bustelo espresso-grind through a pour over cone with water about 205-200 degF - I use a little lower temp because the finer grind can get a little over-extracted if I use hotter water.

If I remember correctly, Celebrity was using lavazza or ily coffee in the percolators (a european/italian dark roast) for drip coffee. Espresso beans were a similar dark roast style. (Eq, July '16, Silhouette, Feb '17). I like that style coffee (and don't really Starbucks beans other than their blonde roast).

Coral and most of the Princess ships use coffee concentrate in the MDR and buffets, quality is variable but it's weaker and lighter roast style coffee (I haven't sailed Regal/Royal, but word is that's fresh brewed there).

Brewed coffee at the IC was fine, again weaker side and lighter roast, not my style but fine (think freshly opened folgers/maxwell style coffee). Same lighter roast beans were being ground for their espresso drinks (Note: I got a scoop of beans and was huffing them for an hour during the wine tasting... so I paid a lot of attention to those beans ). Using that lighter style roast will give a little less depth than a traditional dark roast espresso bean, but beans were ground right at time of tamping for shot to be pulled. Milk was steamed in front of you and then latte/cap was poured there. I don't remember them using a thermometer on Coral, but temps were definitely hot but milk was never scalded (assuming no thermometer though it'll depend on who steams your milk as to whether they overshoot).
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#22
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No expert on coffee; but I do fresh grind my beans for making French press every morning. I also am fortunate enough to live in a city where coffee brewing is taken seriously and I happily explore the options.

Our first Princess cruise was last month on the Coral. We had as a free perk the AIBP. We frequented the IC each day and found the quality of the coffee or coffee drinks to vary quite a bit. It was decently good but not great. I am hoping the Regal will be even better next February.
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#23
San Francisco Bay Area
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Originally posted by Montana
Ok I have to admit that a good capuchino or a good latte are important to my day. I love the Celebrity line and their coffee shop. Can I expect the same quality on Princess since I have already booked my first cruise and purchased 2 coffee packages. Looking forward to a new experience.

I thought I might have a different perspective since we sail on both lines quite a bit and I absolutely love the Celebrity specialty coffees at Cafe Al Bacio. In my opinion, the specialty coffees on Princess at the International Cafe are inferior to those you can get on Celebrity. I mostly like Espresso, Cappuccino and Cafe Americano and have been disappointed with the ones on Princess. I am not a huge fan of lattes so cannot speak to those but my twin nephews, both of which worked as baristas up in Washington, cruised with us on Princess and said that their baristas didn't know how to make a decent cup of coffee. They reverted to drinking tea ... they thought the coffee was just that bad. I don't think it was undrinkable .. it's just a matter of taste, though. I am sure it was based more on the coffee used than the baristas abilities. But, since you mention that you love the specialty coffee on Celebrity, you and I might have similar preferences and you may not care so much for the specialty coffee on Princess.

Of note, Starbucks or Peets?? ... for me, Starbucks wins by a mile! Others prefer Peets ... just a difference in preference is all ... so no flaming from others!!
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#24
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No expert on coffee; but I do fresh grind my beans for making French press every morning. I also am fortunate enough to live in a city where coffee brewing is taken seriously and I happily explore the options.

Our first Princess cruise was last month on the Coral. We had as a free perk the AIBP. We frequented the IC each day and found the quality of the coffee or coffee drinks to vary quite a bit. It was decently good but not great. I am hoping the Regal will be even better next February.
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#25
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They have done away with the large coffee cups on some ships!! Boo!!


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#26
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Originally posted by GweninTX
They have done away with the large coffee cups on some ships!! Boo!!
Boo!!!

Hopefully it's just another inventory shortage issue (once they were out of lids) but will bring my large insulated Princess coffee mug from home...thanks for the warning.
#27
WNY
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Starbucks reusable cups (thin walled and not insulated, so usu need a paper sleeve with them) are super cheap if still offered, and are less of a loss if you opt to leave it/apt to forget it. Also holds something like 16 or 20 oz.
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#28
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Originally posted by OzKiwiJJ
Not in Australia. Lattes are an art form here.
From what I enjoyed in Sydney and Brisbane a couple of years ago, ALL coffee is an art form there. Hail to the flat white! Even the coffee on the quickie Sun Princess cruise between them seemed better than what you get on other Princess ships.
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