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What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

i was referring to the statement that "Temple was a touch better than Verve" I don't know how one could make that statement.

As for my statement defending Cafes I was not referring to Starbucks etc. Since the poster was describing his experience at a Cafe that surely does know how to pull a proper espresso, that was the type of cafe I was referring to. I should have made that clearer.

You are correct that turnover of the employees may have an effect on the quality of an individual drink or experience of one customer, but as a whole these cafes train their 'barista' better than the people at Starbucks or Peets or Philz (who don't even make espresso drinks)

By the way I am also a very happy customer of Redbird. I really don't go out for coffee very much anymore. The two places I have gone to lately that I liked was Pinhole on Cortland and Andytown in the outer sunset.

Jul 13, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

What's better for you might not be better for someone else. And considering what we are talking about, what you like today, you may not like tomorrow.

As for cafe's not knowing how to make good coffee? I would say most if not all know how. But, it's much easier making one espresso drink at home then it is turning them out continuously all day long.

Jul 12, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Alone but not lonely: Technivorm "one cup" vs. Bonavita 5 coffeemaker

"It needs to be descaled every three months or so"

Big mistake. Many distributers of home espresso machines are voiding warrantees if descaled at home. Pieces of scale coming loose can find it's way into the tiny passages. I know this is not an espresso machine, but the same dangers to a lesser degree come into play here.

If you use a softer water with a TDS rating of less than 50, you likely will never have to descale.

Jul 05, 2015
poser in Cookware

Alone but not lonely: Technivorm "one cup" vs. Bonavita 5 coffeemaker

I'll make it more difficult for you. here is another choice you may want to consider.
http://www.1stincoffee.com/brazen-plu...

Jul 01, 2015
poser in Cookware

Most underrated restaurants in San Francisco

Not in San Francisco, but Taqueria San Bruno gets absolutely no mention anywhere on this site.

Jun 28, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Jason's Greenbrae--a service breakdown

As they used to say in the 60's, Busted!!!

Jun 28, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Smoking Pork Butt BBQ and Time Management

Why not just leave it in your smoker until the meat reaches proper temperature?

Planning a Birthday Lunch - Do I pay for Birthday Girl?

Even if it was not her birthday, why is it such a big deal about paying for a friend's lunch?

Jun 20, 2015
poser in Not About Food

More coffee choices at the Ferry Plaza Farmers' Markets [San Francisco]

BB/Q Ribs are much better if you parboil them first.

Jun 06, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Where can I buy Bahn Mi Rolls .. just the rolls .. in Sunset or Richmond Districts [San Francisco]

Safeway and Luckies sell Bakers of Paris.

May 10, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

As a foodie, what do you do for lunch during the week?

Soft boiled or hard boiled???

Apr 20, 2015
poser in General Topics

All I want is a good cup of coffee at home. [moved from General Topics]

Neither. Up your ante a little and buy a decent grinder and a simple pour-over setup.

Apr 18, 2015
poser in Cookware

Verve Espresso at Cafe Zoe in Menlo Park

It's a shame Melanie. Not training employes on how to make a simple espresso drink makes it moot what kind of beans are used.

Apr 16, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Give me a break. This whole argument is not about ten seconds. What it's about is consideration for others. The same people who hold shoppers up for ten seconds are usually guilty of other thoughtless transgressions.

If more people acted like gregarious, this whole conversation wouldn't exist.

One more auto related pet peeve. Those people waiting in the left lane at a red light who wait until the light turns green to signal they want to make a turn.

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

So I guess when you're at a red light that changes to green and that car in front of you waits ten seconds before recognizing the change of color doesn't bother you? After all, that ten seconds doesn't really affect you.

Apr 12, 2015
poser in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

Probably because that same person who takes 10 seconds to put their card away, probably waited until the checker completed ringing up the order before digging for the card.

Apr 12, 2015
poser in Not About Food
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Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

OK, that makes sense. At least he had his credit card ready. More than I can say for most people.

Apr 12, 2015
poser in Not About Food

Market Shoppers: Get out of the quick check out line. You have too many items...

i guess he didn't need his wallet to pay for his purchases.

Apr 12, 2015
poser in Not About Food

Rudest grocery checker remark

Some supermarket customers should look in the mirror. While I'm not a checker, I am a vendor that spends up to four hours in one particular store four days a week. I have seen every example of idiocy known to man.

This week took the cake. A customer decided to use a shelf in the chip section like it was a latter to reach the top shelf. After ruining between 30-40 bags of chips, two chrome shelves, plus the supporting uprights that held the whole section together, they just left, not telling anyone anything.

Best place to buy coffee beans on the Peninsula

Roasted in Wales? Is this your idea of a joke?

Mar 16, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Descaling solution for espresso machines (and coffee makers)

One tbs per liter of water.

Mar 08, 2015
poser in Cookware

Descaling solution for espresso machines (and coffee makers)

it's not that simple. HX machines for the most part use copper boilers for the superior heat transfer. the newer DB machines almost always use stainless.

The current thought regarding descaling is not to do it. Some companies actually will void the warrantee if done by the owner. Instead of the risky act of descaling one should make sure their water is soft enough to never need to go through the descale process.

I have a duetto DB going on three years that I've never had to descale. the machine is clean as a whistle because I keep the water TDS level at about 50.

Mar 04, 2015
poser in Cookware

Kimchi: Can I eat it like vegetables?

Will eating to much kimchi turn you into another Kim Jong Il

Mar 01, 2015
poser in General Topics

Is Philz Coffee That Good?

That oily residue on the surface of the coffee is a result of darkly roasted beans. it has nothing to do with being quality in the cup.

Mar 01, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Is Philz Coffee That Good?

Oil on coffee beans, mean that they are not only over roasted, but possibly stale as well. But, if you enjoy that, more power to you.

Mar 01, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Is Philz Coffee That Good?

You may want to give Andytown a try. Corner of 43rd and Lawton.

Feb 28, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Is Philz Coffee That Good?

Philz coffee may be the biggest scam ever perpetrated on the human race. Lets see here, I had a convenience store. That didn't work. lets turn it into a natural food store. Nope. I know! Coffee is hot right now. i'll take cheap robusta beans, blend with a little arabica and hide the taste with some mint or cardamon. That's the ticket! You want espresso you say? too expensive and takes too much skill. Go somewhere else.

Feb 28, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area
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Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

You haven't read the rest of the story.

http://www.berkeleyside.com/2015/02/0...

Feb 05, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

What are your thoughts on the city's coffee offerings?

Whatever

Feb 05, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area

Waitress at Elmwood Cafe Berkeley makes racist assumption

I guess from the latest news concerning this fiasco, the fired waitress has a very good case for slander, or at the very least, wrongful termination.

Feb 05, 2015
poser in San Francisco Bay Area