Mbb wrote:I'm not interested in finding a good shop. I'm wondering why so many of what are supposed to be coffee shops have such average coffee that I could hardly discern from most gas stations.
We each have our own set of preferences and limits, and it appears that yours are a bit more stringent than many (if not most), Martin. That's OK - none of us will think ill of you for sticking to your standards. But I've been to many coffee shops in cities around the world that (at least, to me) offer better-than-average coffee of all kinds. Sure, we've had marginal shots and cups at many places with good equipment. But we also find that many of the owners and baristas at such places are very interested in our opinions and quite open to suggestions for improvement. We've had excellent coffee at shops in unexpected places like South Dakota and Montana. We've also had excellent wines from unexpected places like Arizona.
Apart from Australia and New Zealand, we haven't had good coffee in airports - and we've not encountered airport "baristas" with any apparent interest in the customers' opinions of their products. But that's a setting in which business models don't strive for top performance to make a buck, so I just don't get coffee in airports.