Avoid it

26 November 2013 in Coffee In Europe, Gas Station Coffee



So we’re driving through Hungary on our way into Serbia.  The tour bus stops for a quick coffee break and for us to grab some snacks or something in the event we would get stopped at the border going into Serbia and be stuck there for a few hours…which has happened.

We venture in and pick up a few things…and notice a cafe type counter with coffee machines etc behind it.  You can probably imagine my sinking feeling of depression as I soon realize my attempt to order a coffee will be reduced to “latte”, “espresso”, or “cappuccino”.  Or POSSIBLY “Tea”…but what are we?  animals?

I decided cappucccino would be best because that seemed to be what everybody else was getting and I reluctantly decide in my head that perhaps the guy behind the counter is on a roll and I probably should’t do anything that could mess up his mojo with coffee making.  We order two cappuccinos and then pray.

If you like cinnamon flavored water…this is the place for you.




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Americano Quest…

24 November 2013 in Coffee In Europe, Uncategorized, USA


When traveling in other countries sometimes all I really crave is just a REAL cup of coffee…and when I say REAL cup of coffee I mean like a real drip / filter blend of AMERICAN coffee.  The kind we make cups up on cups of at home.  I’ll be honest with you…this is truly my “White Whale”.  It is almost IMPOSSIBLE to try to find one of those just good ol’ cups of joe that hits your pallet just right.  I often just give up on trying to find it and settle for a latte or straight up espresso.

There is something about an Americano that just isn’t right.  It never settles right with me in the sense that it never tastes just quite the way it should…never has and I dont think it ever will.  You see because anywhere BUT in America when you order a cup of coffee genearlly this means like a Latte or something like that.  When you ask for an Americano coffee…you basically get an espresso with steaming hot water poured over it…then you can add milk and sugar if you need.  This is a horrible frankenstein way of creating a cup of coffee in my opinion.  Its a bad mix.  Bad form all around.

So you can imagine my surprise when at my hotel today: The Danubuis Hotel in Budapest, Hungary that as a ordered an Americano I had my reservations.  And as I just stated I was VERY surprised to taste a really well made Americano.  I’m already on my second cup and I will be back for more later.  Now is it as good as going home and getting a coffee from my house?  NO.  Is it as good as even going to Denny’s or Ihop and getting a good old fashion cup of coffee at the diner and just zoning out into daydream land?  HELL NO.  – BUT — this is as close as I’ve come on these 3 months on tour in Europe through nearly a half dozen countries.

Well done Budapest.



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Mr. Brown…In a Can

23 November 2013 in Coffee In Europe, Uncategorized


Mr. Brown Coffee (hilarious, right?) originally came out way back in 1982 and was released by the “King Car Company” (how do you get coffee from that??) in Taiwan back in 1982.  There is also a company in Germany that distributes this coffee as well as one in America, the Sunny Maid Corp., though I have only seen Mr. Brown Coffees in specialty and high end grocery stores in the USA.

They sell various flavored blends of coffee: original, espresso, cappuccino, vanilla, Colombian, Macadamia nut, and Blue Mountain Style…though this review is only for the “Original” flavor.


I have had these Mr. Brown coffee drinks at various times in the past – mostly on past tours in Europe when a can of Nescafe or when I’m really scraping the bottom of the barrel a “double shot” is not available.  For a coffee drink it is OK…I mean the flavor is minimal and the strength is on the weak side.  It sort of falls into one of those “coffee flavored milk drinks” than really a coffee drink.  It is also a bit too sweet for my taste.  Had the espresso blend been available I would have gotten that one but, sadly it was not, so I had to go with just the standard “coffee” blend.

Overall I rate this coffee pretty low.  I really have no idea why I torture myself with this coffee…it is one of those things that I keep going back to when I see it — THINKING that it will taste better or be stronger and it consistently never is.  But, if  you’re the type of person who enjoys a sweeter more sugar laced coffee beverage this is the coffee for you.  As for me?  I think I’ve learned my lesson this last time…




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We are live!

22 November 2013 in Uncategorized

It is official!  I have finally decided to do my own coffee blog!  I figured I travel all over the world…I seek out the best coffee in every city I visit…why not just write some reviews?  People are always asking me about the best coffee from all these different places I visit so, I might as well write about it!  I really hope you enjoy checking out what I have to say!