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Date: 02 Dec 2006 00:48:02
From: JC Dill
Subject: Best coffee store in SF
I'm going to be wandering around SF tomorrow afternoon for a few
hours. I need to buy a new espresso tamper. I'd love suggestions on
where to shop. (Oakland isn't an option.)

Thanks!

jc

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Date: 02 Dec 2006 18:30:56
From: RoughJaw
Subject: Go away spammer!
On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 16:33:40 +0000, Eureka wrote:

> I am sorry I can not be of any help if you are only looking for the espresso
> tamper, however, to buy real good coffee pure and guaranteed to be from...
<snip >

Your reply has NOTHING to do with the question at hand. You're turning
into a regular daveb (read, "asshole spammer").

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Date: 02 Dec 2006 03:27:25
From: notbob
Subject: Re: Best coffee store in SF
On 2006-12-02, JC Dill <jcdill@gmail.com > wrote:
> I'm going to be wandering around SF tomorrow afternoon for a few
> hours. I need to buy a new espresso tamper. I'd love suggestions on
> where to shop. (Oakland isn't an option.)

I don't know of any places in The City that deals in trick tampers, but
then I'm not a resident. I'm familiar with Thomas E. Cara Ltd, within
walking distance of both Chinatown and North Beach. They are the one
shop dedicated to espresso machines I know of. The last time I was
there, they didn't carry custom tampers, but that may have changed.
Their espresso blend is excellent and they will typically run out,
rather than have old beans in stock. I recommend calling ahead. They
do not have their own website:

http://www.bpe.com/beverages/coffee/expresso_machine_sf.htm

There's another place on the other side of town on Noriega St called
House of Coffee. Last time I was there, several years ago, they had
nothing in the way of espresso machines, but that may have changed.
They are priily a small coffee bean shop. The reason I keep them
in the Rolodex is they roast on the premises and will sell green beans
at green bean prices, provided the owner is in. The hired help are
strictly sales droids and know zip about anything.

http://www.lucidcafe.com/cafeforum/hofc.html

Make sure you call ahead to see if the owner is in if you want to
purchase green beans.

nb


  
Date: 02 Dec 2006 08:49:41
From:
Subject: Re: Best coffee store in SF
On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 03:27:25 -0600, notbob <notbob@nothome.com > wrote:

>On 2006-12-02, JC Dill <jcdill@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm going to be wandering around SF tomorrow afternoon for a few
>> hours. I need to buy a new espresso tamper. I'd love suggestions on
>> where to shop. (Oakland isn't an option.)
>
>I don't know of any places in The City that deals in trick tampers, but
>then I'm not a resident. I'm familiar with Thomas E. Cara Ltd, within
>walking distance of both Chinatown and North Beach. They are the one
>shop dedicated to espresso machines I know of. The last time I was
>there, they didn't carry custom tampers, but that may have changed.
>Their espresso blend is excellent and they will typically run out,
>rather than have old beans in stock. I recommend calling ahead. They
>do not have their own website:
>
>http://www.bpe.com/beverages/coffee/expresso_machine_sf.htm
>

T. Cara ONLY deals in La Pavoni machines. I wandered in one day (well,
didn't actually wander as the front door is kept locked and you have
to ring for admittance) looking for a small part (can't recall) for
Lady S. The guy looked down his nose, sniffed a bit and sneered
something about only doing the chrome peacock and its brethren. Then
again, maybe they have a tamper that will fit. Nice neighborhood for a
walk in any case and the shop is truly a museum to LaPav.

There is no good coffee paraphernalia shop in SF that I'm aware of.
Caffe Trieste has a shop, but their stock is limited. Again, worth the
visit (you can walk from Cara's) but I'm not sure you'll find what
you're looking for.

Of course, for coffee, you really should try bluebottle. Either at the
Ferry Building Farmer's ket on Saturday morning or out of their
garage space (literally) in a Hayes Valley alley. Or, if you get to
the Mission, there's Ritual. Good coffee. Nice place. Cool logo. Look
for the red flag on Valencia.




   
Date: 11 Dec 2006 22:57:00
From: JC Dill
Subject: Re: Best coffee store in SF
On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 08:49:41 -0800, RogueJa wrote:

>Or, if you get to
>the Mission, there's Ritual. Good coffee. Nice place. Cool logo. Look
>for the red flag on Valencia.

We had coffee at Ritual on Saturday.

Oh! My!

I'm really glad we don't live close to that place or I'd be a very
broke and continually-wired mess. I had the finest latte I've ever
had, smooth and not even a hint of bitter, with about an inch of
microfoam, topped with a lovely "leaf" made by the skilled hand of the
barista as the foam was poured. I could live on that stuff!

Thanks very much for the pointer. Ritual is clearly going to be a
part of my ritual when I'm shopping in the Mission district of SF.

jc
--

"The nice thing about a e is you get to ride a lot
of different horses without having to own that many."
~ Eileen Morgan of The e's Nest, PA


    
Date: 12 Dec 2006 17:51:10
From:
Subject: Re: Best coffee store in SF
On Mon, 11 Dec 2006 22:57:00 -0800, JC Dill <jcdill@gmail.com > wrote:

>On Sat, 02 Dec 2006 08:49:41 -0800, RogueJa wrote:
>
>>Or, if you get to
>>the Mission, there's Ritual. Good coffee. Nice place. Cool logo. Look
>>for the red flag on Valencia.
>
>We had coffee at Ritual on Saturday.
>
>Oh! My!
>
>I'm really glad we don't live close to that place or I'd be a very
>broke and continually-wired mess. I had the finest latte I've ever
>had, smooth and not even a hint of bitter, with about an inch of
>microfoam, topped with a lovely "leaf" made by the skilled hand of the
>barista as the foam was poured. I could live on that stuff!
>
>Thanks very much for the pointer. Ritual is clearly going to be a
>part of my ritual when I'm shopping in the Mission district of SF.
>
>jc


Glad you liked it. I never miss stopping in for a cup when I'm in the
neighborhood.






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Date: 02 Dec 2006 14:38:51
From: notbob
Subject: Re: Best coffee store in SF
On 2006-12-02, RogueJa <RogueJa > wrote:

> T. Cara ONLY deals in La Pavoni machines.

Hmmm... they used to carry a couple other models (rancilio or gaggia,
as I recall), but they are definitely pro Po. But, they aren't
fanatical about it. In fact, they refuse to sell the LP home grinder
because the motor is wimpy and prone to failure. Regardless of what
they are currently pushing, they will take in your non-LP machine for
repair.

> The guy looked down his nose, sniffed a bit and sneered
> something about only doing the chrome peacock and its brethren.

That's just Chris and his stock SF gay affectation. He's harmless.

nb






> again, maybe they have a tamper that will fit. Nice neighborhood for a
> walk in any case and the shop is truly a museum to LaPav.
>
> There is no good coffee paraphernalia shop in SF that I'm aware of.
> Caffe Trieste has a shop, but their stock is limited. Again, worth the
> visit (you can walk from Cara's) but I'm not sure you'll find what
> you're looking for.
>
> Of course, for coffee, you really should try bluebottle. Either at the
> Ferry Building Farmer's ket on Saturday morning or out of their
> garage space (literally) in a Hayes Valley alley. Or, if you get to
> the Mission, there's Ritual. Good coffee. Nice place. Cool logo. Look
> for the red flag on Valencia.
>
>


  
Date: 02 Dec 2006 16:33:40
From: Eureka
Subject: Re: Best coffee store in SF
I am sorry I can not be of any help if you are only looking for the espresso
tamper, however, to buy real good coffee pure and guaranteed to be from
Puerto Rico I'd recommend shopping online at http://www.cafedepr.com where
you can buy green as well as roasted regular and gourmet type of Arabica
grown in the farm high in the mountains of icao and Jayuya, Puerto Rico.






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and www.cafedepr.com





"notbob" <notbob@nothome.com > wrote in message
news:WqidndVdX4hg2-zYnZ2dnUVZ_qmdnZ2d@comcast.com...
> On 2006-12-02, JC Dill <jcdill@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm going to be wandering around SF tomorrow afternoon for a few
>> hours. I need to buy a new espresso tamper. I'd love suggestions on
>> where to shop. (Oakland isn't an option.)
>
> I don't know of any places in The City that deals in trick tampers, but
> then I'm not a resident. I'm familiar with Thomas E. Cara Ltd, within
> walking distance of both Chinatown and North Beach. They are the one
> shop dedicated to espresso machines I know of. The last time I was
> there, they didn't carry custom tampers, but that may have changed.
> Their espresso blend is excellent and they will typically run out,
> rather than have old beans in stock. I recommend calling ahead. They
> do not have their own website: