Coffee snob question

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#1
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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.
#2
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I've not been on celebrity, but I only drink Peet's coffee at home and I thought the espresso drinks were quite good on the Caribbean Princess in April 2017. I was even ok with the regular brewed coffe in the MDR and room service coffee. I like bold, strong coffee.
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A coffee snob would never add any milk or cream or sugar to their coffee and thus hide the true flavor of the beans
That said, the coffee on the royal class ships is fresh brewed and much better than you'll find at most of your in-laws
Can't speak for the other princess ships, I'm pretty new to cruising.
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Personally I prefer the blend of coffee Princess uses to that of Celebrity but I drink espressos when cruising as I don't like the UHT packaged milk they use.
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#5
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There are usually Princess coffee cards for sale on Ebay for quite a savings compared to online or in person on Princess if you're interested.
Also you might want to know that the coffee cards are good for 3 scoops of Gelato at the international cafe for 1 punch.
#6
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Originally posted by Optotronics
A coffee snob would never add any milk or cream or sugar to their coffee and thus hide the true flavor of the beans
That said, the coffee on the royal class ships is fresh brewed and much better than you'll find at most of your in-laws
Can't speak for the other princess ships, I'm pretty new to cruising.
A coffee snob wouldn't drink brewed coffee at any time, with or without milk. Only espresso!
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#7
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Originally posted by OzKiwiJJ
A coffee snob wouldn't drink brewed coffee at any time, with or without milk. Only espresso!
I agree with you on the espresso, but milk would kick you out of the club
When on the ship, I drink their brew; but at home I just went retro and discovered the great flavor of the old fashioned percolator after my saeco machine broke and now I'm hooked.
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Originally posted by Optotronics
I agree with you on the espresso, but milk would kick you out of the club
When on the ship, I drink their brew; but at home I just went retro and discovered the great flavor of the old fashioned percolator after my saeco machine broke and now I'm hooked.
Not in Australia. Lattes are an art form here.
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#10
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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.
About 2 years ago Princess upgraded their coffee offerings to what they call "New Grounds Crafted Coffee".

They began using Caffe Bossi beans from Genoa, Italy, training baristas at a school in Portland, Oregon & adding additional options. I drink black coffee because I enjoy the taste & have been happy with the brewed coffee (fee) at the International Cafe and the filtered (free) coffee machines in the Horizon Court buffet on the Royal & Regal Princess.

While I'm not a coffee connoisseur, I enjoy 100% Kona coffee at home which I drink black. The Princess coffee is more bold flavored to me but coffee taste is very subjective.

Here's a photo of the IC coffee menu which as I recall was still valid in January.

Originally posted by mdgary
Almost forgot to include the specialty coffees and teas as well:

PC130732 by mdgary21043, on Flickr
PC130733 by mdgary21043, on Flickr
#12
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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.

Both Cafe al Baccio and The International Cafe make great coffee drinks. You will not be disappointed. They both have nice goodies to munch on as well.
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Originally posted by Coffeeluvr05
I've not been on celebrity, but I only drink Peet's coffee at home and I thought the espresso drinks were quite good on the Caribbean Princess in April 2017. I was even ok with the regular brewed coffe in the MDR and room service coffee. I like bold, strong coffee.
Is that regular brewed coffee drip or syrup? Just wondering if we have to buy a coffee card to get real coffee in the MDR.
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Originally posted by Bookited
Is that regular brewed coffee drip or syrup? Just wondering if we have to buy a coffee card to get real coffee in the MDR.
Except for the Royal, Regal & guessing the Majestic which have filtered coffee machines that use ground coffee, other ships have coffee made from concentrate except at the IC.

Recently posts about the coffee from concentrate were better reviewed which could be a result of better maintaining the coffee machines and/or a better quality of concentrated coffee.
#18
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We only drink espresso based concoctions. I am married to an outstanding barrista, and can say that Princess offers an acceptable product at the International Café. I think you will be happy and able to get your fix 24/7.
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#19
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We've been on 3 different Princess ships recently and thoroughly enjoy International Cafe coffees, ranging from black and espresso to flavored coffee drinks. It also helped to have the AIBP. 😎
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#20
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Originally posted by Hlitner
The International Cafe on Princess is comparable (and often better) then what we get on Celebrity.

Hank
I am not a coffe snob, not even close, but the coffe on a recent Celebrity cruise was undrinkable. I had several cappuccinos which were quite nice but the regular coffee . . .