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  • Andy T. Jan 16, 2002 08:47 AM
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From the food section of today's Boston Globe. George Howell, the founder of the Coffee Connection, is getting back into the business. He said he plans to open a coffee shop in Harvard Square this year.

Link: http://www.boston.com/dailyglobe2/016...

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  1. I saw that and even tho I'm not much of a coffee drinker, was pretty happy. I know I'm not the only one who still misses Coffee Connection.

    1. That IS good news. But, for those who miss Coffee Connection, I want to mention again that Peet's maintains a high standard (now that they have opened a few stores locally).

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      1. re: Win (Boston)
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        Stewartflamingo

        Peet's is certainly fine, but the reason I'm excited about the rebirth of Coffee Connection (more or less) is that unlike Peet's and Starbucks, Coffee Connection specialized in lighter-roast coffees, which I tend to prefer. You drink a coffee from Starbucks more than 30 seconds after it was brewed and it tastes like it was roasted with an acetylene torch.

        1. re: Stewartflamingo

          Starbucks also serves a mild blend. You are most likely getting the traditional blend. I was a frequent visitor to Coffee Connection, and I can't agree that they "specialized" in lighter blends. While they may have been available, I was always under the inpression that the darker roasts were their forte.

          1. re: Alan H

            I was also a frequent visitor to Coffee Connection. Their signature roast, which they called their "full flavor roast", was similar to what other roasters call a "full city roast"--darker than an American roast, but lighter than a Vienna roast. The Coffee Connection also sold Vienna roasts and French roasts (which are darker still). Charbucks happens to specialize in French roasts. (Mind you, I enjoy a good French roast on occasion, but I object to Charbucks' attitude that lighter roasts are inherently inferior, and the implication that there's something wrong with me for preferring them.)

            1. re: Jeff Bigler

              >>>>I object to Charbucks' attitude that lighter roasts are inherently inferior, and the implication that there's something wrong with me for preferring them

              It sounds to me like you're a typical Starbucks basher, who hasn't really taken the time to see what's really going on--perhaps the size of the company has detracted from the possibility that they make great coffee? Every Starbucks that I have been in has a mild blend on the board, right next to the darker blend, featured as their coffees of the day. I have never encountered ANY snootiness when ordering a mild.