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    The USA and Espresso, a question!

    Ok, this is kind of silly but I am seriously curious. I do not have friends in the states to ask and I have never been there, but I was wondering…Do most cafes and restaurants do espresso there? In many American movies one seems to see people drinking drip filter coffee from jugs! Here, Italian style espresso is the norm. Most food establishments and even bars have a machine. You can go anywhere and get short black, short macchiato, long black, long macchiato, flat white, cafe late, cappuccino et cetera …the exception may be places that have a particular non Italian ethnic flavour, a Turkish place might have Turkish coffee, yet most places do espresso.

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    starbucks is everyhwre and twice on sunday. So, yes.

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    The one and only starbucks i went to here didn't seem to offer short black.

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    I wouldn't say MOST places but most non-fastfood restaurants have at least cappucino if you don't want good old trucker fuel.

    Coffee in bars is not a big thing here, unless it is a coffee bar, and then it probably doesn't have beer... god, how can they make me choose?


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    Going to a regular restaurant, it's hit-or-miss on whether they have espresso or anything other than plain coffee.

    If you want good coffee, you usually have to go to a coffeeshop, and even then you're taking your chances.

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    Most restaurants do not offer espresso or cappucino, unless it's an Italian Restaurant. Even then, it usually isn't very good.

    European type cafes are also not very common in the U.S. We have mostly coffee shops, not cafes. And those coffee shops are usually mega chains such as starbucks, or independently owned but serve only one type of coffee like Seattle's Best. Often their coffee really sucks, and it's also not unusual for them to not even have espresso, but they'll usually have some nasty, syrupy, frozen type of coffe drink.

    Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have very many coffe shops/cafes that source and roast ther own beans and actually serve a good cup of coffee.

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    yes, espresso is here, not in EVERY place but it is fairly common, unfortunately.

    Probably more common in huge urban areas that have more trendy people like New York, Philidelphia and Chicago.

    I do drink it sometimes when I need a shot of caffine, but it is not good for you because the paper filter helps remove lots of the crap.

    Coffee, which I do not drink, is actually shown to have some benefits if drank in moderation.

    Source is the Harvard Medical School guide to healthy eating. Forgot the author, he is an M.D.

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    crap?? no pressure- no crema- no good! This history dork in me appreciates how espresso became so well established here, especially victoria. Someone wrote a book about it:

    Brown-May, Andrew, 'Espresso-Melbourne Coffee Stories', Arcadia Books, Melbourne, 2001.

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    Coffee is absolutly disgusting..... how can something that smells so good always taste so very, very bad.

    **** coffee and everyone who fucking drinks it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dai-Tenshi
    Coffee is absolutly disgusting..... how can something that smells so good always taste so very, very bad.

    **** coffee and everyone who fucking drinks it.
    **** yeah. Coffee is **** in a bucket. :eusa_hand

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