So I’m a Starbucks fan.
It means that sometimes I’ll go out of my way to get a cup of coffee. Like the time a couple of weeks ago while staying at the Marriott Courtyard Fort Lauderdale Beach, which in my view had awful coffee. (Note: Its renovation will bring Starbucks.) Well, both mornings that we were there, I walked out of the hotel and right over to the Westin about half a mile away to grab a Starbucks coffee. I’d be equally happy with a cup of Peet’s.
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The world is finally coming around to people like me.
Four Seasons and Park Hyatt hotels I’ve stayed years ago at have N’Espresso machines. The JW Marriott Marquis in Miami has Illy coffee. All good – and to be expected. Nothing new.
But now, a far-less-expensive chain’s doing something interesting.
The EVEN hotel I stayed in on Friday night brought in a brand that you’ll find in some Trader Joe’s supermarkets. It’s from an Atlanta roaster called Jittery Joe’s. I told IHG exec Adam Glickman, who was also there to talk about the new wellness/fitness-minded brand, that I was skeptical. But in the end, I chose the darkest roast and walked away quite happy. It was a solid cuppa joe – a good thing since you have to pay for it. No free coffee in guest rooms, but that’s literally another story.
Readers: Do you sometimes find yourself disappointed with your hotel’s coffee?