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    Default Dominican Coffee

    It was brought up on another thread about how it is not spoken about or given the credit is should get. This person said it was the best coffee in the world. I don't agree with that as I have found Panama coffee to be tastier but I do enjoy it.

    I bring back as much coffee as I can fit in my bag every trip. I usually purchase Santiago Coffee brand as opposed to Santo Domingo Coffee which I don't care for.

    Anyone else have any thoughts on brand?

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    I don't care about the taste, I drink it for the caffeine.

    Having said that... I find Santo Domingo brand tastes ok to me. But of course after drinking that particular brand of coffee for over 2 decades one gets used to the taste. I have found that the best ones are the ones that you can buy from small, independent producers.

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    On the conde there is a small coffee shop, I'm sure most of you have been there, I find it to be the best coffee in the DR. The coffee is from Barahona (sun coffee, not shade) and is dark roast. Last time i was there I bought 3 pounds to bring back to the U.S. with me. It was 45 pesos a pound. You freshly grind it in the morning and use the greca....it brings back many memories of the DR. It is simply the best.

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    Default I buy the Santo Domingo Espresso Coffee

    Altho the best I've had was "rough" brewed at a coffee plantation...sun dried, unroasted!
    The SD coffee is great for espresso- no bitter oils when brewed but I do not like it for regular "drip" or "perculator" coffee. It is too dark and "heavy"

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    Default one of the things I'm going to miss...

    Well, I'm planning to ship 40 pounds of Santo Domingo coffee to Tokyo to use over the next few years. I like it way better than all the expensive stuff we used to get in Canada.

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    Default I came late to coffee, I think I know why...

    Probably two reasons:
    1) On a flight from Syracuse to Newark-long ago and far away-there were 37 people on the old Convair twin engine plane. I felt really bad, but drank the coffee that they gave me with lots of sugar and cream. By the time I got home to Long Island, I was burning up in fever. Seems I had the chicken pox or measels or some other childhood illness. The "funny " part of the story was that the other 34 passengers on that plane (apart from me, my sister and my father, were 17 newly wed couples off on a trip to the Jersey Shore!!!...
    2) Coffee in the US really just sux. It is like dirty dish water.

    In the DR, coffee is strong and heavy, perhaps an influence from our Arabic immigrants. Served in small cups, it is part of daily life.
    Santiago is the brand currently in use in our house, but we often get some special stuff from Jarabacoa....

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    Default MrBean......

    Do you drink it Dominican style? Brewed in the "cafeteria"?
    That's how we drink it however that is what the Italians call "accelerato" and we use more coffee that normal in the DR. and voila! you have espresso.....mmmmmmmmm.
    I like mine so thick the spoon stands up. HB is right about the dishwater that is normally drank as coffee in Canada and the US.
    I was never a coffee drinker until I had my first cup of rich, dark espresso.
    I bring back 24 cans of the SD espresso grind everytime I come home and pass out 12-14 to friends. I find the canned coffee stays fresher then the vacuum bags!

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    Europeans and North Americans tend to drink coffee in a big cup or a mug and sit and enjoy the brew. If you go to a Dominican house and are served coffee the hostess usually returns to collect the little cup before you have gotten over savouring the first sips.

    I was told that the reason Dominicans drink their coffee, heavily fortified with sugar, so fast goes back to, and in many cases is still true today, to when many Dominicans worked on the plantations, fincas etc. They, like farmers else where in the world, get up early to work before breakfast and the wifes brew the coffee to take out to where they were working. A quick drink and back to work again.

    We are stuck in the mold of Cafe Santo Domigo, but the best coffee I tasted was made by an old woman who used to stay next to us. She roasted the beans over a wood fire with sugar until they were very dark and ground them herself. Very strong flavour.

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    I usually don't take caffeine. But when in the DR, I just can't resist a little coffee. When I was a kid, we called the coffee pot a "greca".
    Regarding American coffee, my mother-in-law brews some that is very flavorful. I've heard from German visitors that when coming to America, they pack "coffee blackner" ...
    I'll stick to my occassional small de-caf capuccino and a shot of DR espresso once in a while.
    Good luck MrBean. There's a Starbucks in Shibuya, (near Aoyama) and many other train station neighborhoods. The August heat usually cools by Sept... Keep in touch!

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    The comments on "small" coffee cups brought back memories of my trip to the DR in March, trying to get a "full" cup of coffee. It seems that a "large" cup of coffee with cream or milk is almost impossible to obtain in the DR. The waiter (who finally understood what we were trying to order) called it something like a "half monkey" (Of course he could have been referring to us :0

    As for drinking unroasted coffee, that makes no sense!! Unroasted coffee does not release the essential oils that allow coffee to impart it's distinctive flavors, it would be akin to drinking herbs, but each to her own. I suppose some people like to sit
    amongst the daiseys and drink "herbs"

    Janice

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