Coffee Snob on Voyager?

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#1
Broomfield, CO
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Joined Jun 2004
DW and I are booked on the August 25th sailing on Voyager. I am a coffee snob in that I grind beans and make espresso each day.

I know that the Voyager has a coffee bar with an espresso machine, but has anyone noticed if it actually grinds fresh beans, or if it is just a K-Cup type machine.

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#2
Washington State
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Joined Dec 2005
While I do not necessarily have an answer, just wanted to welcome you to the Regent board! My DH (husband) also grinds his beans every day and has challenges on the Voyager to find a good cup of coffee. Whether they grind the beans themselves or not, the best coffee he can find in is the Coffee Connection where the Barrista can make coffee to his specifications. Alternatively, the coffee machines in the Coffee Connection and on the pool deck work when he first presses "espresso" and then follows it with a regular coffee. Hopefully someone else can give you a definitive answer.
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#3
Tulsa OK
7,497 Posts
Joined May 2006
I am not a coffee person either. But I do vaguely remember hearing what sounds like a coffee grinder grinding beans in coffee connection.

Just wish regent would upgrade their tea. Silversea offers proper loose leaf tea. Not found on regent.
#5
511 Posts
Joined Mar 2009
Originally posted by OrpingtonT
In the concierge level suites, there is an Illy coffee machine for that early morning shot of esspresso. Unused by me but some may like it.
I liked it and if you order a jug of hot water it makes a longer coffee for the morning.
Didn't enjoy the coffee Connection on Regent as much as the Coffee Shop on Mariner.
#6
Melbn, 'Straya
1,985 Posts
Joined Aug 2009
The Illy coffee machines in suites are very good but they are "pod" technology so great if you like a strong espresso but maybe not for a latte. We Melburnians know about good coffee and that served in Coffee Connection on Voyager was absolutely fine provided you tell the barista exactly how you want it prepared. I don't think they have the time or technology to roast and blend their own beans but we never had a problem. It's all down to personal taste of course
#7
Australia
238 Posts
Joined Oct 2011
This is reassuring if they keep this across all ships: we are travelling on the Mariner for 72 nights and I frankly don't function too well before my morning coffee. We even chose our suite partly based on the proximity to Coffee Connection. My husband is the 'barista' at home - always freshly ground and made with our machine - no pods.

I acknowledge that Melbourne is the home of good coffee in Oz and if you guys were fine with the barista with 'guidance' then we should be OK if we can get the Oz standard 'flat white' - my morning staple.
#8
85 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
When we were on the Voyager in April the barista made the BEST coffees! We stopped in a couple of times a day for our fix! I loved the iced coffee in the afternoon! and the cafe vienna is outstanding!
#9
Melbn, 'Straya
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Joined Aug 2009
The US trained barista probably won't know what a "flat white" is! I confounded the barista on Navigator last week by asking for a "large strong hot skinny flat white". The look on his face was priceless. US and Aussie coffee terminology is different and the subtle differences in preparation aren't always obvious but if you explain exactly how you like it prepared you'll be fine.
#10
Washington State
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Joined Dec 2005
Originally posted by piscean
I liked it and if you order a jug of hot water it makes a longer coffee for the morning.
Didn't enjoy the coffee Connection on Regent as much as the Coffee Shop on Mariner.
The Coffee Connection on the Mariner is quite a bit larger than on the Voyager (the suites are smaller on the Mariner giving the ship a lot of extra room). I agree that the barristas will do their best to prepare the coffee exactly the way you prefer it.
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#11
Houston, TX
744 Posts
Joined Jul 2000
Unfortunately I have never managed to find a good cup of coffee on Regent. No matter how good the beans, or how freshly ground, the bitter taste of the water comes through. Same for tea. I still miss the days when they had a tea menu, served loose leaf of course.

For room service breakfast we order a pot of coffee and two sides of espresso to mix in. On our Amazon we'll have one of the pod machines, but they are still a poor substitute for the beautiful cup we get from our home machine.
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#14
Washington State
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Joined Dec 2005
Originally posted by Seabourntraveller
They still do this on Seabourn at Afternoon Tea with over 40 different teas available.
They do on Silversea as well.
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Tolerance and Patience are two things we all need..........
Total nights: Regent = 365 / Silversea = 36 / Oceania = 26 (Upcoming 84 nights: 1 Explorer, 2 Voyager and 2 Mariner)

Sailings per ship: Explorer (4), Voyager (11), Mariner (9), Navigator (3), PG (1), Silver Spirit (1), Silver Whisper (1), Silver Shadow (1), Oceania Riviera (2)

Itineraries Sailed: Alaska (2 sailings) / Baltics / Barcelona – Dubai / Barcelona - Miami / Cape Town – Rio (2 sailings) / Cape Town - Cape Town / E. & W. Caribbean (4 sailings) / CHRISTENING CRUISE - Explorer - Monte Carlo-Monte Carlo / Ft. Lauderdale – Lima / Istanbul-Istanbul / Istanbul-Venice / London-Monte Carlo / Miami – Barcelona 2 sailings) / Miami-Miami (Amazon) / Mumbai – Bali / New York-Southampton / Rome to Lisbon / Singapore to Sydney / Stockholm - Copenhagen / Tahiti / Venice-Rome / Vancouver-Tokyo
#17
2,008 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by RachelG
Really wish they had loose leaf tea on Regent. Or even the high end tea bags that have full leaf tea inside.
RacheG I'll start "collecting" on Seabourn and if we are ever on the same Regent cruise I'll share!
#18
Washington State
22,136 Posts
Joined Dec 2005
ST: Would like to see or hear about you being on a Regent cruise..... but, predict that you won't love the coffee. When on SS, I only go to the "Shi Shi Poo Poo" tea event to accompany my DH - I'm not much of a tea drinker. After watching him drink tea, he can watch me enjoy my chocolate martini
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Tolerance and Patience are two things we all need..........
Total nights: Regent = 365 / Silversea = 36 / Oceania = 26 (Upcoming 84 nights: 1 Explorer, 2 Voyager and 2 Mariner)

Sailings per ship: Explorer (4), Voyager (11), Mariner (9), Navigator (3), PG (1), Silver Spirit (1), Silver Whisper (1), Silver Shadow (1), Oceania Riviera (2)

Itineraries Sailed: Alaska (2 sailings) / Baltics / Barcelona – Dubai / Barcelona - Miami / Cape Town – Rio (2 sailings) / Cape Town - Cape Town / E. & W. Caribbean (4 sailings) / CHRISTENING CRUISE - Explorer - Monte Carlo-Monte Carlo / Ft. Lauderdale – Lima / Istanbul-Istanbul / Istanbul-Venice / London-Monte Carlo / Miami – Barcelona 2 sailings) / Miami-Miami (Amazon) / Mumbai – Bali / New York-Southampton / Rome to Lisbon / Singapore to Sydney / Stockholm - Copenhagen / Tahiti / Venice-Rome / Vancouver-Tokyo
#19
2,008 Posts
Joined Dec 2011
Originally posted by Travelcat2
ST: Would like to see or hear about you being on a Regent cruise..... but, predict that you won't love the coffee. When on SS, I only go to the "Shi Shi Poo Poo" tea event to accompany my DH - I'm not much of a tea drinker. After watching him drink tea, he can watch me enjoy my chocolate martini
Too Funny: I am such a "Coffee Snob" that Seabourn puts a full service Nespresso Machine (usually only in Owner Suites and above) now in my Suite before I board, otherwise Seabourn Square makes a great Americano.
I also meant TC2, that in general SS is too "Shi Shi Poo Poo" for me. TC2, the earliest I see myself on Regent possibly would be at the end of next year for that 45 night Mariner cruise over Xmas and New Years 2013/2014.
#20
Sarasota county, FL - USA
177 Posts
Joined Sep 2002
We're not "coffee connoisseurs" or "baristas", but we do enjoy a decent cup of coffee, which has been difficult (in our opinion, nearer impossible) to get on Regent and Radisson till they introduced the Coffee Corners with the new machines. Forget about Starbucks and other overly expensive knockoffs, if Duncan Donuts, Tim Hortons and even McDonalds can consistently make an excellent cup of coffee quickly and at a fair price, why can't Regent? The stuff they serve in the dining rooms ranges from just ok to awful, and room service, for some unfathomable reason, is only slightly better. Well it is when they remember to fill the carafe (which they failed to do once on each of our most recent Regent cruises!)

It ain't rocket science folks!