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 Post subject: Cheap tea or coffee
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:45 am 
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Where in YSW serves the cheapest cup of tea of coffee?

Not the best or most exotic, just a place you can sit down and get some hot caffeine with the least outlay of cash.


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it's called DIY ! get yourself a nice (filter) coffee maker (easy to keep clean too) ! Fortress sell for $350'ish ... 100% better than most of the coffee served up in the village. the filters cost next to nothing and you brew your favourite "blend". Nespresso is also an option ... now ParknShop/ollivers sell their machine compatible pods a lot cheaper.


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap tea or coffee
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:52 am 
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As a follow-up question: Most expensive cup of tea of coffee in North Lamma?

Most expensive glass of regular house wine (1 choice) I got quoted yesterday was $55 in B&B, more than some bottles in the shops outside. So I opted for a coffee instead, forgot the price, but somewhere around Starbucks/Pacific Coffee prices...

Most expensive coffee in South Lamma is easy, priced well beyond the luxury coffee chains:
Bebe V restaurant/coffee shop/bakery on Sok Kwu Wan main strip. But they've got the best coffee in SKW, I think.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:05 am 
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grannyt wrote:
it's called DIY ! get yourself a nice (filter) coffee maker (easy to keep clean too) ! Fortress sell for $350'ish ... 100% better than most of the coffee served up in the village. the filters cost next to nothing and you brew your favourite "blend". Nespresso is also an option ... now ParknShop/ollivers sell their machine compatible pods a lot cheaper.

Grannyt, you're completely right, but who goes for a restaurant coffee just for the caffeine? Paying that premium is only acceptable if you're there for a good reason, meeting friends and business contacts, people watching, a meal, reading the news,...
Even an expensive coffee is not too much to pay for sitting on or off Main Street for 1 or 2 or 3 hours, meeting old and new friends...

Almost all my coffee at home is made even cheaper, cheap but great beans from the Lamma Gourmet, ground at home and French-pressed in a simple glass, about $2xx, lasting for many years already. Tastier than almost all local restaurant as I can control all aspects of the coffee-making to my taste.

Nespresso is almost 10 times more expensive per cup than buying even an expensive bag of beans or ground coffee, not even mentioning their amazingly expensive, but so simple machines. According to a recent in-depth story, these capsules now bring in more billions than the entire rest of the coffee industry combined!
Visiting the new Nespresso shop in ifc you see why. These guys are marketing geniuses, making their low-cost, limited products look premium and charge accordingly. Kind of the Apple of coffee merchants...

I looked at Nespresso pricing for a friend (who bought their cheapest machine at close to $2,000!) and for a huge coffee drinker like me their pricing and limitations (so few choices of capsules and machines!) are totally unacceptable. Compatible capsules, even at half price, still make for very expensive home brewing. But convenience trumps everything else for so many people.

So who serves the cheapest (or most expensive) coffee in North Lamma? Many contenders...

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 Post subject: Re: Cheap tea or coffee
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:21 am 
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grannyt wrote:
it's called DIY ! get yourself a nice (filter) coffee maker (easy to keep clean too) ! Fortress sell for $350'ish ... 100% better than most of the coffee served up in the village. the filters cost next to nothing and you brew your favourite "blend". Nespresso is also an option ... now ParknShop/ollivers sell their machine compatible pods a lot cheaper.



I have a cafetière and make my own at home. Don't need to buy filters or overpriced "pods". I buy coffee from Flavio, who imports it from Brazil.
Costs about $1-2 /cup.
That's why I'm out of touch with the street prices here.

This is actually for my daughter, who is home studying for her exams and wants a change of scene.
She's not a coffee gourmet.
The drink is just a pretext.

So, again, does anyone know where you can sit down and get a CHEAP CUP OF TEA OR COFFEE in YSW?


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 Post subject: Re: Cheap tea or coffee
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:30 am 
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YES ... you can sit on the beach (free) ... with a "flask" of your home-brew (cheap) ...

Enjoy !


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I don't think sitting on the beach on a wet windy day is really a good place to study.


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Nespresso. According to a recent in-depth story, these capsules now bring in more billions than the entire rest of the coffee industry combined!

Well, even I would sell well if I had George Clooney fronting the advertising for me!

But, back to the coffee issue for Alan, I imagine she wants a super cool laid back place, which won't be cheap, but cheapest is probably somewhere like Mr Ma's or Man Kee. Probably not the image she wants though. 8)


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Coffee at the Beer Garden is $12. It's not the greatest, but it'll do.


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Yes, Beer Garden is the cheapest in YSW and has free Wifi, and Nimfa and Emily are lovely :)


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Most expensive?
Bebe V on the Sok Kwu Wan seafood restaurant strip, the only non-Asian food/bakery place:
$50 for a small coffee with a tiny cookie, but the staff are lovely.

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