I really like the thoughts of this reporter..... How many times have we heard this?.... I suppose we can be thankful, at least we have REAL coffee in our homes..... Its a shame this company has taken them over, but 36 years running a business and building it up to its present state I personally think is a milestone on its own.As Mr Giusti demonstrated with Grinders, independently owned stores add character and depth to the experience of city life. The coffee shop was successful largely because of the love and expertise that went into its making — not as a result of a corporate plan, but from an uncomplicated passion for one of lifes simple pleasures.
However.... lets see what happens iin 5 years time...... CCA might just strip this company for what its worth... However as posted in another section here on the forums, unless you have someone who is pasionate about coffee then how can the quality be good?... Coffee needs to be made with Love and Passion and a good understanding of coffee... only then can you even start to produce a decent espresso.. thats my thought at least..... I agree with what Javaphile said a while backto me this is true but it also extends to espressos etc from cafés... Why are we CoffeeSnobs? easy! We know what decent coffee is and the little effort in making a good espresso isnt much, Just Love Passion and an understanding of good espresso.Ive found that ever since my whole setup came together I simply have no interest in brewed coffee.
While Im at it... maybe we should recomend Pinots Book "Barista Techniques"