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Old 07-30-2006, 10:38 AM   #11
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I think a French press is very appropriate for a B+B. I think there is something about it that goes along with that sort of atmosphere. It is kind of intimate in a way.
I agree, I think it adds to the charm of the B&B.
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:40 AM   #12
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I have several french presses. They make great coffee. He was wrong. You were not, but he may have had his expectations un-met.
As a professional host you need to learn from this, especially since most people like their morning coffee.
I suggest that you find a coffee-loving friend and you experiment on making FP coffee. Perhaps you could ask your guests when they check in what their preferred morning beverage is...
Sometimes even jerks can be right... try not to feel offended- think of this episode as a learning experience- thank him in your mind, and move ahead.
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Old 07-30-2006, 10:51 AM   #13
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My husband is a coffee drinker.. and it was strong enough I do grind my own and offer 3 different flavours!

This guys problem was he felt "it was ghetto" to serve it in a FP
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:02 AM   #14
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This guys problem was he felt "it was ghetto" to serve it in a FP
Nope, he had a lot more problems than that
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Old 07-30-2006, 11:45 AM   #15
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Yo mommas ghetto, haha, jk
Gosh, leave the poor guy alone, hes a jerk and likes it that way, lol. His wife should poison his coffee.
I think Starbucks grind for a drip coffee maker using a paper filter. What ever they do is what I would want to do as a professional. Hang all the fancy pantsy French makers or other gourmet devises. My mom has bought them all and I never liked anything that came out of them. Good ole plain Maxwell House from the original Mr. Coffee maker without any bells and whistles was always the best.

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Old 07-30-2006, 12:10 PM   #16
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Jenn, none of us can compete with your perky display pic, could you change it please. It's making you waaaaay too popular. 15 responses before noon, I mean really

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You'd really love to meet her....sweet, funny and a very easy laugh. Plus she's an incredible chef.
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Old 07-30-2006, 12:23 PM   #18
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*looks around* am I being too obvious here. If that was for me I'm sure you're right.
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Old 07-30-2006, 12:28 PM   #19
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Jen,

He's an ignoramus -- ignore him.

The coffee gadget you picture is what I know as a French Press -- VERY trendy because they do make good coffee. The only things I don't like about them are that the coffee is full of grounds and it gets cold very quickly, so they're really good for only one cup.

Most American coffee drinkers -- which comprise a sizeable majority of the population -- want more than one cup with their breakfast, and they want it HOT. To a devoted coffee fan, there's nothing worse than lukewarm java! And people are much more aware of the quality of their brew these days, thanks to the Starbucks phenomenon.

You therefore might want to consider going to a less trendy and more practical server, such as an insulated pot. If it were my place, I'd also get a good coffee maker and buy the best coffee I could find (within reason), just to keep the clientele happy.
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Old 07-30-2006, 01:09 PM   #20
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If you want to make really good coffee easily, forget the French Press. It makes good coffee, but is a pain the ...rear... to clean. Get a regular Cuisinart Drip coffee maker... use fine grind Costco coffee, add a whole scoop for each cup, then another one just for "the pot".
Easy to use, easy to clean--- makes great coffee.

Or as said above, use any brand- just be sure to use about twice as much coffee as "normal". People love the taste of richer coffee at my house, but they still make it thin for themselves... strange but true.
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