Great question. Everyone has a difference of opinions and tastes. For us it has been RCI. They served Seattle's Best. Just was too bitter on the Mariner. None of our tablemates liked it. On the Jewel it was a little better but still not as good as we like. The Crown Princess' coffee was real good last month. Hopefully by next year, RCI will be better.
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Just to let everyone know, I am a roaster of specialty coffee, and in the process of doing market research, and I would like to find out what other cruiser's thoughts are on the coffee served aboard the ships. Also, I am not affiliated in any way with the owners of this forum. Any and all input will be greatly appreciated.
We are basically Celebrity cruisers but I must say their coffee sucks. Fortunately, we are not huge coffee drinkers but I found the only way I could drink it was to pour 1/2 cup of decaf, 1/4 cup hot water, one creamer and a little milk. A bit of a production but drinkable.
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Another case of different cultures ....on a UK site some time ago I posted a question about how awful the coffee was on P&O (UK) especially in the places you actually pay extra for it (ie- Café Vivo on Arcadia). Now, there are people who would disagree with me if I posted a list of P&O's ships but I couldn't imagine anyone actually thinking the coffee on board was remotely acceptable, but some were quite upset that I dare question the quality of the stuff they serve...literally UN-drinkable, as in left on the table. Strangely the coffee form the "taps" wasn't too bad. Without being too precious about it I have had really good coffee in Jamaica (MAY have even been Blue Mountain), in France at a small hotel, & of course at specialist outlets in the UK. Generally been disappointed with coffee in the U.S. especially as I was expecting good fresh coffee everywhere but got stewed & weak. Sorry.
John I agree with you. I have to make my own coffee. Because coffee here is way to weak. I bet coffee is pretty good in New Orleans. My c-sis got me some coffee from Cafe Du Monde and I was hooked. So I buy a big case of it and have it delievered to California. For awhile I was hooked on Illy coffee, but it was to much money.
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Katlady...on our recent cruise we had coffee & those do-nut things at Café Du Monde in ''Nola''...not bad!
The coffee on P&O Azura was fine & the stuff you pay for in "Java" the coffee bar was made by "Costa" an Italian based European chain & was very good too.
I'm thinking of taking a French press on our next cruise. Of course if Tassimo made a travel version .... i'd take that instead.
I wish they Starbucks at Sea. I haven't tried VIA yet, but might give that a try.
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