Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Local Coffee Shops with The Worst Service

I know a lot of people are not going to like this post because it may mention one or more of their favorite local coffee shops, however I feel that this list of the three local shops with the worst service has been warranted. If you disagree, feel free to share a comment and tell The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot, why that shop doesn't deserve to be on the worst service list.

Here we go...

(1) Kiva Han - I visit this shop often, that's no lie, because they have great coffee and great food. Plus the atmosphere is the classic 'quirky college coffee shop' and it certainly pleases, but the service does not. Almost every time I visit Kiva Han, alone or with friends, and place an order something from the order is usually forgotten. Some may say that is a trivial mistake, but I work in customer service, and one important rule is to always be attentive to the paying customer and when an employee can never seem to get an order straight, it can be a turn off. Needless to say, the end result is always up to par and I wouldn't stop giving Kiva Han my service.

(2) The Beehive - I haven't been to The Beehive in over a year and don't plan on ever going back. This is definitely one of the coffee shops with the worst service. The employees are rude and to top if off, the coffee isn't even that great. The atmosphere at The Beehive is unwelcoming in my opinion and not worth putting up with for a cup of coffee when there is so many other great local places.

(3) Morning Glory Coffeehouse - This shop takes the cake for bad service. The food is great, the coffee is so-so (the fancy cappuccino art that make in the foam deserves more recognition) and the service is terrible. This shop has such an attitude about that totally ostracises many of the local community members who would otherwise frequently visit this very convenient shop. This is the closest shop to me, out of the three of this list, and I hardly ever go to it. I always feel unwelcome when I visit this shop. When it was first opening I know a lot of the local community members were apprehensive at first, however the social gap can not be closed if the shop itself refuses to stop being apprehensive to the community.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Summer Coffee Recipes

Summer is in the air and so is the graduation season. College and high school students around the world will be celebrating graduations over the next few months. We all know one of the *most* important parts of the graduation party is the menu. So spice up your Summer par-tay menu with these great coffee recipes that will surly make a Summer classic a phenomenal recreation.

Our first recipe will be a great side dish with burgers, franks or sausage -Brandied Coffee Baked Beans. These only take about ten minutes to prepare and spice up traditional baked beans with molasses, brandy and of course, coffee.

Coffee Barbecue Sauce -the second recipe- is a great glaze for meats prepared on the grill. The coffee gives this Summer fav an extra kick of tang.

The third recipe is a light and aromatic, fresh citrus side of Coffee Risotto. This side would be great with fish or sandwiches. Another ten minute recipe that combines instant coffee, with two popular Summer flavors vanilla and orange. This recipe will surely surprise your graduation party guests.

And finally, we can't forget dessert! Guests will be delighted by Palm Beach Brownies with Chocolate Covered Mints! These brownies are extra rich thanks to the espresso added to the mix.

Try some or all of these coffee recipes at your grad party and congrats to all who are taking the next step and celebrating their academic accomplishments.

Take some pics of yourself and your guests at your grad party (enjoying a cup of joe or a coffee recipe) and share them with The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot! Post them on Facebook (link to The Pittsburgh Coffee Pot FB page via the side bar on the right) or e-mail them to gfranciscus@gmail.com and they will be posted on the blog!