pete's coffee-lexington, cambirdge
drank about 15 espressos in the time in boston.
ive found that the pete's in lexingotn does a more consistent job with espresso than the one in cambridge. i got quite a few lousy ones, but they were friendly enough to remake them. i found that in general, their moka-java is their best espresso bland, and that they way to order it is get a double, but have them make it in an espresso cup, not a cappucino cup, where its too much and its overextracted. it took a little work to get them used to this. the first time i got it this way they got annoyed at me. but fewer problems thereafter...
in general, i find pete's coffees roasted a little too dark for me for regular coffee, but good for espresso. its just that the staff is not trained for real espresso i think, just like everywhere else....a few of them are good at it though.
there was an article on peets and jerry badlwin in the globe..a bit of a PR piece...he says theyre not in the drink business, and they provide as few seats as they can. In cambridge, he said, "people think they have a constitutional, if not congenital, right to buy a cup of coffee and sit here and study all day" heheh. i got a laugh out of the whole thing.
I am a manager with Peet's (not pete's by the way)at the new shop that just opened three weeks ago in Wellesley. Fusilli is right when he says that the espresso should be served in a small demi-tasse, not the cappuccino cup, as it will be overextracted if filled. We do make substandard drinks from time to time, we are humans after all, but you can be sure that we will remake it until it is done right and we will do it without an attitude!
All our coffees are roasted in small batches (400 lbs at the time) and pulled at the peak of their roasting perfection, which differs from bean to bean depending on its origin and hardness. The dark roast coffees that we sell are not for the Dunkin Donut diehards, but I can tell you that if you try our coffees, you will find several that will excite your palate.
Our staff is continuously educated about coffees and teas and should you have any questions on the subject, we are the right place to come to for the answers.
May your next coffee be a great cup of Joe!
re: Guy Lesperance
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Thanks for a textbook example of how we like to see "insiders" post. Non-hypey, written personally (rather than plugging in The Company Line), informatively contributing to the discussion, and fully disclosing your affiliation.
My partner in this site, Bob(TM) could not live without Peet's Coffee. He's brewed it faithfully every morning for decades, even in the jungles of Burma.
re: Jim Leff
When Peet's arrived in the Boston area, we ended a few years drought of quality (i.e., when Coffee Connection sold out).
Having tried all of the regularly available roasts more than a few times, may I give you a heads up on my "final answer"? I like Top Blend best and suggest you use that as a home base in determining your personal favorite.
Now, firmly addicted (happily) to Peet's as a necessary part of my day, may I further note that the coffees can be ordered on the internet. My Peet's delivery is as dependable as my Sunday Times. A simple necessity of life on my doorstep once a week.
re: Guy Lesperance
thanks for the reponse Guy & for backing me up. As you noted, "Fusilli is right when he says that the espresso should be served in a small demi-tasse, not the cappuccino cup, as it will be overextracted if filled. We do make substandard drinks from time to time, we are humans after all, but you can be sure that we will remake it until it is done right and we will do it without an attitude!"
i appreciate that, but i point out that in both lexington and cambridge, i got looked at like a space alien when i requested it that way. a few people just didnt get it..i had to repeat my request one morning in lexington 3 times.. "double espresso really really short" they still did way too much in a cappucino cup. .."can you do me afavor use an espresso cup" after more exchanges it came out right. same thing in cambridge...eventually they saw my face & remembered me..
The other thing for me personally Guy, & i really am a coffee person, is that peet's roasts are generally a little too dark for my taste for regular coffeee...i like em for espresso. i like moka-java, major D. is good too...ive tried a few others.. but....those are my favorites for espressso