Hubby and I are coffee snobs. Yes, there, I've said it :grin We like our coffee good and strong and the Princess coffee just doesn't do the trick. It is reconstituted, so it begins as a syrup. It's not disgusting, but doesn't satisfy us. We bring a plastic french press so we can have at least one strong cup in the morning.
The coffee in the Dining Rooms is fresh brewed from beans and awesome..WHoo HOO..however..the buffet coffee is that syrup..and so STRONG I cheat by using the hot boiled water from the tea water urn , and THEN add the coffee, and then half and half,and then it's pretty OK..sigh..to brew coffee for the thousands in the buffet is more understandable.The coffee bars with cappuchino's and latte's I ve heard is awesome too...enjoy!!....Joanne
I am one of those really picky coffee people, and I just can't bare the the thought of running to the specialty coffee cafe and paying $3.50 every time I needed a cup of coffee, so I bought my own mini-Mr Coffee and a package of ground Italian Roast Starbucks and packed them up and presto.....fresh coffee in the cabin at 5:30 am In years past I have found the coffee on all cruises quite weak with exception of the dining room, but even in the diningroom now expresso and such is for a nominal fee....
I was on the Coral Princess last year and one of the really interesting things they showed us during the tour of the kitchen was the coffee station. The coffee is made at one location and literally piped to all of the coffee locations throughout the ship. The coffee that is piped to the Horizon Buffet is the same as the coffee piped to the dining rooms.
I am not sure that I am a Ã¢â‚¬Å“coffee snob,Ã¢â‚¬Â but good coffee is important to me. I would describe the coffee as good, but not great. It was comparable to what I usually get at a good restaurant (just about the only time I get Ã¢â‚¬Å“greatÃ¢â‚¬Â coffee is when I make it). It is definitely drinkable. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know about the other Princess ships Ã¢â‚¬â€œ I can only speak for the Coral Princess.
I agree about the coffee being as good as in most restaurants, but not as good as Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks. We were on the Golden Princess and in fact, I thought the Buffet coffee was BETTER than the Dining Room coffee. Go figure...
:wave I am indeed a coffee drinker. Gotta have it ! I have no complaints about the coffee on Princess ships. Especially the coffee served in the dining room. It is excellent ! Again, I think the coffee issue is subjective too. :jump :jump :jump :jump :jump :jump
The coffee is made from a coffee syrup, not beans. If you doctor your coffee (milk sugar) it has a nice "coffe candy" type of taste. My wife who drinks it black, said it was horrible. However we went to the "lobby bar" daily, for a nominal charge you can get fresh ground expressos, cappichinos, lattes, etc. These items were great!
I drink plenty of coffee, live and Seattle and don't like Starbucks either. I think coffee is very subjective and to each your own. I am travelling with my mom and she is very fussy about her coffee, so I told her to pack her small coffee pot and bring some coffee. Can't imagine 17 days on the Diamond with her if she doesn't like the coffee
The best cup of coffe on a ship is the one you get at about sunrise, take out on deck and enjoy with a dash of salt air! The syrup in those big coffee urns varies in consistency throughout the day. I usually pour a bit, eyeball it and add hot water if it looks too thick. You can always bring a stong cup into a good tasting zone, but weak coffee is unpardonable and unrescuable and I've never encountered a weak brew aboard ship.