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  1. #11
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    John Piquet
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    Hey JP:

    I read your article. Nice . Have you every had an opportunity to visit any of the independent drive thru espresso places? I would be interested in getting your take on those as well. Not to mention having some photos too.
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    No real interest in any drive thru espresso. You can't get a proper cappuccino, or an espresso or a macchiatto... why the hell would I waste my time?
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    Well I beg to differ If you went to the right place they may change your mind. True enough you might not be able to sit and enjoy the pictures on the wall and sip your drink with your pinky sticking out, but I know of a place where this drive thru will give some of the sit downs a run for their money
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    Giving "the sit downs a run for their money" doesn't mean much, most sit downs serve swill.
    So it depends who you're comparing it to.

    The problem with drive thru, is their focus is speed, efficiency, volume and while many do take the time to learn how to pull an excellent shot, their focus is not on the coffee. The result of the drive thru is:

    1) people who are going somewhere, whether it's driving or walking are focused on going somewhere, there focus is not on the coffee, they are not there to enjoy that cup of coffee, latte, etc. They are there to enjoy a cup of coffee, latte, what-have-you.

    2) The tiny hole in the plastic lid does not allow for the aromatics to come through and that is a vital part of the taste of the coffee, as much taste begins with smell.

    3) The tiny hole does not allow for the coffee to properly coat your tongue, it only comes out in a tiny flow pattern as compared to the larger, wider pattern from a proper ceramic cup.

    4) The paper adds a slight off taste and you lose a majority of the mouthfeel you would have had given the same drink in a ceramic cup.

    5) Drive thru not capable of serving espresso, macchiatto, con panna, or cappuccino--and that's those are the drinks that reflect your quality. It's easy to try to hide mistakes inside a latte, but an espresso never lies.

    6) You can't sit and enjoy your drink.

    7) There's no love in a paper cup.
    John Piquet
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    Quote Originally Posted by John P
    freakn awesomeness!! looks like you had a good time

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    Had a great time, and utilized the Metro Bus system well.

    with the exception of the poor execution at Espressoworks, it was a good coffee/espresso trip. Also hit several Japanese restaurant, a Taiwanese restaurant and Lola on the final day.
    John Piquet
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    John P. YOU ARE WAY OFF MARK.. opionas are like..... and untill you have been to nw java drive thru please consider yourself unimformed.
    Ciao, Baby! Di Crema is rising!

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    We always fly in and walk a lot. If you have a walk thru, I'll give it a fair shot next time I hit the PNW.
    John Piquet
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