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Think we can continue the "Coffee Talk" on this thread?

Loved reading all the "coffee talk" on the Packing thread. I had a few things to add:

I love bringing home 500 gr. of "Jacobs" or "Dallmayr" back from Germany or Austria when I go there. But I always take a small 6-pack of "Cafe Bustelo Instant Mexican Espresso" available at TARGET. If I'm staying at an apartment, it's just the thing to start my day, because I have to have some dark essence before anything else happens. Just sayin'.

More coffee talk: In Belgium many places serve coffee mixed with chicory, just like they did in WWII, because many people like that flavor. And I LOVE it in Belgium - it has a really interesting flavor plus enough caffeine to get me going. AND they sell some Douwe Egberts Belgian coffee at Trader Joes. I buy some anytime I pass through the Bay Area.

AND - can't forget Grocery Market Bargain Outlet - here I find lots of European coffee in the tall skinny tins they like to use. There's a brand of Italian ground espresso I find for only $4.99.

Oh how I wish a good German Konditorei would give refills....

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You can obtain real Viennese coffee in the states . Julius Meinl has an outlet in Chicago , and you can buy either ground , or for true lovers , whole bean .

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Musing here.. speaking off coffee....... I brought back a respectable load of Coffee Pockets dark chocolate coffee candy last fall, a small box for myself, larger boxes as gifts. My little box is down to three now but I see they are for sale on Amazon - yes! We brought all of that candy back in our carry-ons, not thinking about the liquid centers. I'm wondering if that should have been checked?

Coffee was provided at our apartment but no sugar was to be found. The first morning I happily fixed my cuppa and sweetened it from the container next to the coffee only to discover it was salt. Ick!

I'm sure that coffee will not be provided for our whole stay this winter. Does anyone have a recommendation for good, dark coffee in the Netherlands?

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Hi,

That's one reason I stay in the train station area when flying back from Frankfurt or Munich. On the last night or early the next morning I go buy the coffee at the Reisebedarf or any of the chain stores, eg, Rossmann, or a coffee shop like Tchibo. What ever the brand, it'll be cheaper than the price paid here. Plus, there is usually one brand going at a drastically low price.

When you come to the SF Bay Area, there are three German import stores where German/Austrian coffee is available...in Los Altos, Redwood City, and SF. including the Russian stores in the Richmond district of SF. For German cookies, such as Hannover firm "Bahlsen" and others, you'll find them (good selections) in the German import stores, the Russian stores as well as in the Chinese stores.

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Fred (and all of you San Franciscans): Is Schroeder's German Restaurant still going? I remember our high school class eating there once, long ago. More recently, I have eaten at "Die Suppenkueche" and seen a lot of Europeans in there.

I also love to collect the little tubes and other pretty packets of sugar that you get in every European rest-stop or cafe. I have a pretty tin box full of these souvenirs.

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@ Shelley...I'll tell you unter vier Augen that Suppenküche is better, having eaten there within the last few months. Schroeders has changed owners ca 3-4 years ago. I have no personal experience there since that change, plus the original atmosphere that I knew of the place 45 years ago has been changed.

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Fred, let me know next time you are here and I will take you for a cup of outstanding coffee in Frankfurt. I know all the best spots.

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Pocket Coffee! I used to find them when I lived in Miami, did not know Amazon.com has them.

Planning on loading up on coffee to bring back when I am in Napoli next summer.

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Shelley, Schroeders is still where it is, in the Financial District, and I have been several times in the past couple of years since the "change." If you recall what it used to be like (old, dark wood, decor, etc.) well, it's been "modernized" with sleek communal bench seating, a lot of the old decor is gone (like the beer signs/adverts, hanging lamps. One of my favorite features of the old restaurant was the cozy front window niche seating. That and everything else is gone.

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I like the Cafe Noir coffee from France. It is dark and rich. I know I can find it in the US but it is special to be able to get it in France.

Thanks for the other tips about European coffees.

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That is the real pity, that old decor having been removed. A couple of the old city plaques are still there, high up.

@ Jo...Thanks for the invitation.

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@Fred & @KC: Schroeders: too bad about the decor, which I remember from long ago.

Cafe Noir? I'll have to make a trip to France to find that. Sounds delicious.

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Coffee is one of the souvenirs I love to bring back from every trip. It would be good to know what are the preferred brands in each country. I like Eduscho in Germany.

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@ Shelley...If you knew the Schroeders of yesteryear in the '70s, '80s and '90s, that is gone, as pointed out, plain and simple...weg! I can understand modifications to the menu but revamping the décor, the atmosphere, was unnecessary.

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I agree, Cafe Noir is delicious. We also loved the espressos & cappuccinos in Rome & Venice last year. When I'm home though, I just like a nice Folgers or Maxwell House, LOL.

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Coffee is one of the souvenirs I love to bring back from every trip. It would be good to know what are the preferred brands in each country. I like Eduscho in Germany.

We love Lavazza coffee which is Italian. Strangly enough I noticed from Google Maps that there is a Lavazza coffee stand close to the MarIanplatz in Munich.

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Cafe Noir? I think you meant Carte Noire. It is very good. I bring home the little sticks of their instant for camping and traveling, it's good and much cheaper than Starbucks instant for traveling and camping.