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    I was wanting your opinion on something that
    Happened thus morning at a cafe. The guy behind the coffee machine was making my coffee whilst the shot was poring him decide to do some spring cleaning and grab a brush to wipe up the coffee grinds that where on the bench then proceeded to wipe them in to his hand then back into the chamber of the grinder. Is there anything wrong with this or am I just thinking to much of it?

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    Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

    My opinion is that this would be just like having a chef scrape off the leftovers on someone elses plate onto your own.

    If you werent having a long black or espresso, he should have been steaming the milk, not cleaning the bench.

    Its bad practice, I dont like it, I wouldnt go back, and I doubt its isolated to this example!

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    • #3
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      Yeah, thats not so good.
      Instant turn off for me, and "grounds" to refuse the coffee & get refund.
      Personally not a fan of having brewed skin particles in my coffee... (Insert vomit icon).

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      • #4
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        Unbelievable. If Id seen that, I would have walked.

        If theyre prepared to do that front of house, god knows what happens out the back.

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        • #5
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          Ive never had anyone do this in front me. I have seen them get a large jug, steam it, pour into a cup, resteam it, pour into next customer cup, then pour the leftover foam back into the "cold" milk bottle though for reuse later....

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          • #6
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            Id absolutely look for another café. I assume the grounds went back into the doser.. and the doser was already full of ground coffee.

            Stale.

            And the stuff swept up off the counter would be even staler. (That is both a science observation - the particles are spread out, hence greater oxygen availability - and a "geeze - time to clean this mess up" observation.) Yucko.

            My $0.02
            /Kevin

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            • #7
              Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

              Be interesting to see what the health department had to say about such practices. If the place was in Melbourne can you please PM me the name so I dont accidentally go there

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              • #8
                Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

                Originally posted by 7F796E657F7860620B0 link=1301514683/6#6 date=1301526967
                Be interesting to see what the health department had to say about such practices.
                Probably the same as what they say to a couple of local "cafes" who have crud all over the steam wands and a couple of kg of ground coffee under their machines, or leave a bain marie tub full of margarine on the counter with a knife sticking out of it overnight to feed the cockies....nothing.

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                • #9
                  Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

                  Originally posted by 04252E2E2933400 link=1301514683/1#1 date=1301516548
                  I doubt its isolated to this example!
                  The place I worked at for a few weeks did this.
                  I wondered why a spoon kept appearing in the grinds catcher after Id thrown it in the sink.

                  The boss was reusing the grinds from the catcher; at least i never caught him doing what you described. :


                  P.S. The place is now closed; there were many reasons why I knew the business would fail; stale coffee was but one.

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                  • #10
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                    Coffeestreet, I would refuse to drink a coffee if I saw someone do that. I dont think thats hygenic at all.

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                    • #11
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                      So very wrong for the few cents saved not to mention the safe food handling issues :P

                      I have seen catch trays emptied back into normally full dosers at least that is slightly better food handling but i still wouldnt drink a coffee at those places

                      One of my Pet hates re steamed milk so I wont rant >

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                      • #12
                        Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

                        Originally posted by 1412050E14130B09600 link=1301514683/6#6 date=1301526967
                        Be interesting to see what the health department had to say about such practices.
                        Yep!

                        I would also drop back in and tell the owner, they need to know so they can train their staff better.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

                          Originally posted by 7659534E370 link=1301514683/11#11 date=1301533226
                          I would also drop back in and tell the owner, they need to know so they can train their staff better.
                          The owner will probably be proud that their staff were being so frugal.....

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                          • #14
                            Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

                            Originally posted by 2C33312B32273031265E0 link=1301514683/12#12 date=1301534004
                            Originally posted by 7659534E370 link=1301514683/11#11 date=1301533226
                            I would also drop back in and tell the owner, they need to know so they can train their staff better.
                            The owner will probably be proud that their staff were being so frugal.....
                            I observed exactly this while waiting in line at a Bakery in Malaney. I just put the bread back and walked. Chris point is exactly right: "God knows what happens out the back." I like to think that as CoffeeSnobs we notice the little things (not that this example is little) that better arm us as consumers. Now I can justify that bench bling as a shining example of how much better/safer consumers we we have become... to she who decides on such purchases. She may rarely drink the coffee but she reaps the un-bischmirched bakery rewards. Is too long a bow to draw? Nice pick up Coffeestreet. No doubt youll be walking down a different one!

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                            • #15
                              Re: Coffee grounds re used ?

                              I was only there for some local research to see what was going on in the area I wont be going back anytime soon food was good tho also copy & pasted link to their webform

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