The "ultimate" solution would be to have fresh beans brought in and roast and grind them on board. Then again, would they have a barista who knew how long to roast each bean for the desired length of time. Five minutes or nine minutes makes a huge difference in coffee.
That solution is far too expensive and labor intensive for the regular coffee. It can be done in a specialty coffee area but not in the buffet or dining room urns.
The main thing for any coffee is to have "fresh" coffee that is made in clean urns using good water. They also have to replenish the coffee and not let it sit.
They can easily create a good coffee using commercial grade coffee. The VAST majority of passengers can't tell the difference between Folger's or a premium blend and if any coffee is made using a dirty coffee maker or held too long it will all taste like crap.
The worst thing they can do is use a syrup.
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I like my morning coffee up on deck. It is always very strong. Now, I like strong coffee and drink it black, but often it is like trying to drink tar. So, I add some hot water. Problem solved. On the other hand, if it is too weak, there is nothing you can do.
As far as brands go, there are very few that I can tell the difference between. I love Yuban half caf, but the best, in my book, is from the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. Got hooked when I lived in Santa Monica, Ca.
Actually, the problem really isn't the beans, the roast, or the brand, as much as it is the method by which the coffee is made. Coffee is an aromatic, as I'm sure the roasters and producers will agree. Because of the "Starbucks" trend that everyone seems to be trying to jump onto, they're making it all wrong. The acids in the beans that come to full flavor when roasted, actually combine cumulatively, and not additively when they are made into liquid coffee. The best way to get the most flavor out of the coffee is not to add more grounds to your water, it is to grind it slightly finer and use LESS coffee. Good coffee is like garlic in a way. The finer you chop garlic, the more flavor it releases. Coffee beans are the same way. If you add too much grounds, the acids in the beans overwhelm the flavors, and you get nasty coffee. So use about 2/3 the amount you normally do, but grind it finer. Easy solution.
I hate coffee made from coffee syrup. It's no different than instant coffee. Princess at one time had Bunn drip coffee on a hot plate in one of the coffee bars and it was free for the taking. That was such a nice discovery, but alas, they stopped doing that.
Well, my coffee maker here at home grinds my coffee for each pot - which is a huge improvement. Our pastor has a coffee roaster, and the freshely roasted beans, ground fresh would be the optimal. I really haven't had a great cup of coffee on a ship yet, it is a disappointment - while on board I find myself drinking only tea.