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why don't coffee shops have heavy cream?

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Created August 25, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Why is it that most coffee shops have skim, whole, and half and half? Why don't they put out heavy cream?

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on August 18, 2012
at 03:02 AM

They would if they knew how insanely delicious it is in all those froo-froo cofee drinks!

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

This is Starbucks we're talking about. Unless you're ordering something specifically on their menu, they'll have no idea what the heck a Vienna is. You're lucky if they use the right terminology for e.g. a red-eye or a black-eye (neither of which are on their menu).

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:26 PM

When I put heavy cream in my coffee at home, it very frequently gets an oil slick on it. YMMV. If I put whipped cream on top of my coffee (used to be my Sunday treat) this doesn't happen -- who knows maybe it's just because the whipped cream doesn't last long ;) Some of you may enjoy oily coffee, but the point I was trying to make is that for the general public it's not a good business decision. It's more expensive than H&H or light cream and for just providing to customers, it doesn't make sense.

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:58 AM

The oil slick on *my* coffee comes from the butter I put in with the cream!

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:52 AM

I've never tried the espresso, and that's not what they specialize in so I wouldn't be surprised (nor does their coffee taste very good black. but it tastes better than some awesome black coffees if cream is added in both cases).

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 05, 2012
at 04:40 AM

A long black with cream is called a Vienna.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

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on January 05, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Yeah man, some cafes here even have rice milk but alas no coconut milk. It steams beautifully when I make it at home on my espresso machine and creates the most killer lattes/hot chocolates

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:31 AM

Never seen an oil slick and I have had this combination many dozens of times.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:30 AM

No hate, but after seeing what Philz tries to pass off as espresso I can't take that place seriously.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on September 22, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Asked for "heavy whipping cream" today and they wanted to just throw whipped cream on top. Normally when I ask for "heavy cream" they give me half-and-half. I end up having a two-minute conversation just to finally get what I ordered.

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on September 22, 2011
at 11:10 AM

Quilt nailed it

7d189666820da6f61b9d0b90976185e9

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:17 AM

seconded. delicious.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:08 AM

Yes, a canister of the whipped cream at starbucks contains a Lot of liquid sugar.

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on September 05, 2011
at 10:06 PM

The stuff at Trader Joe's here in NorCal comes from Clover and does not contain carageenan.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 28, 2011
at 02:25 AM

sadly, that seems to be the case.

485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

(2191)

on August 28, 2011
at 01:07 AM

I'm looking at the carton right now. Ingredients: Heavy Cream (Milk). SKU#013205. I'm in PA outside of Philadelphia. Maybe the stores in your area are selling something different.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:47 AM

"Trader Joe's has the cheapest and best tasting IMO--with no added garbage." except the carageenan..

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I say half and half. I was a barista for several years, and we put a crap load of sugar in whipped cream.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:29 PM

so if you're in a really really tight jam, what' the lesser of two evils: half and half or whipped cream?

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Ditto Jack Kronk. I keep the little TJ's organic heavy whipping cream mini carton in the fridge at work, and either pour it in my coffee upon arrival or have a micro tupperware with me for when I go to Peet's. If I'm in a jam, I'll succumb to the Alta Dena they have behind the counter.

446d2dddaeeccb2cc31a09cf20e40d46

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:13 PM

Because even though they desperately try to satisfy the immensely huge group Paleo customers out there, coffee just isn't Paleo and they're doomed to fail anyway so they stopped offering... -.-

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on August 26, 2011
at 12:27 PM

Fly your freak flag high!

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on August 26, 2011
at 05:48 AM

I get an iced coffee or iced espresso ("do you want that sweetened?" "no" "room for milk?" "no".... they look at me like I'm nuts). I ask for heavy cream when I pick my coffee up and they pour like half a cup into a little cup for me. I use about a teaspoon and hand the rest back... drives me crazy that 1. all that goes to waste and 2. they think I actually want half a cup of heavy cream.

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Good to know Travis. I'm in the DFW area. :)

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:09 AM

What do you expect? Young people do not grow up in a world full of food. More likely to know what sodium benzoate is rather than cream.

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on August 26, 2011
at 02:14 AM

All of the Starbucks here in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area have it

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:15 PM

Me too, Melissa! Allll the time

E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I've found that saying "a splash of heavy cream" helps them figure out I don't mean "a lot of half and half."

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:06 PM

As a former barista, we always had it for making whipped cream. The reason it isn't sitting around open is that you use the entire contents of the container to make the whipped cream. It is a pain to have that little container opened and kicking around in the fridge, so feel free to ask, but remember to tip because it is a special request.

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Great to know! I've never asked cuz I just assumed they wouldn't have any. I'm going to stop by one tomorrow and ask for just an espresso and some heavy cream. A paleocinno???

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on August 25, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Yes, I get it at Starbuck's, but I drop the "whipping" part; that seems to confuse them more than anything. "Heavy cream" is what I say, and if they're nice instead of snarky (some of them look at you like you've got two heads), I'll joke that I'd like a side of bacon with it, too.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Oh wow Dave! That is hilarious and pathetic all at the same time! Kids today! (Get outta my yard!)

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:50 PM

its expensive........

03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Yeah I started asking for manufacturing cream... or at least mention it quickly when "heavy cream" draws a blank stare.

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Well, I was at an airport coffee shop in Milwaukee - on my way to the AHS - and asked if they might have some cream. Two young barristas looked at me like I was headlights and they were deer. They had no idea what cream was - I had to explain that it was skimmed from milk. They also had no idea that half-n-half was half milk and half this other here-to-fore unknown substance called "cream". They were like "Wow, I had no idea!". And I was all like "Yeah". Milwaukee! Wisconsin! Dairy State! Cheese Heads! AAAAAAIIIIGGGHHH!!!!

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Speak for yourself, akd. I happen to be at coffee shops fairly often! :D

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Yes, but if I call it "heavy cream" sometimes they think I just mean "extra 1/2 & 1/2" so I am careful now to say "heavy whipping cream".

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:27 PM

because the only people that would use it are the weirdos like us, and how often do one of us freaks come around?

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:25 PM

true... [some] places have it, but it's gonna come with the nasties in it too. that's why I always carry a pint of cream in my back pocket.

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Damn, Ben. Beat me by 37 seconds!

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Any place that provides whipped cream from a CO2 can has it, you just have to ask for it.

If you're lucky they won't charge you.

All of the Starbucks I've been to haven't, but they're confused unless I specifically state "I'd like a __ __ with cold heavy whipping cream."

At a smaller, mom & pop type coffee shop, your mileage may vary.

5437163ddf70d4532f196bfb4333753e

(3614)

on August 25, 2011
at 08:06 PM

Great to know! I've never asked cuz I just assumed they wouldn't have any. I'm going to stop by one tomorrow and ask for just an espresso and some heavy cream. A paleocinno???

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on August 25, 2011
at 07:06 PM

Yes, I get it at Starbuck's, but I drop the "whipping" part; that seems to confuse them more than anything. "Heavy cream" is what I say, and if they're nice instead of snarky (some of them look at you like you've got two heads), I'll joke that I'd like a side of bacon with it, too.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on August 26, 2011
at 05:48 AM

I get an iced coffee or iced espresso ("do you want that sweetened?" "no" "room for milk?" "no".... they look at me like I'm nuts). I ask for heavy cream when I pick my coffee up and they pour like half a cup into a little cup for me. I use about a teaspoon and hand the rest back... drives me crazy that 1. all that goes to waste and 2. they think I actually want half a cup of heavy cream.

07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on January 05, 2012
at 02:30 PM

This is Starbucks we're talking about. Unless you're ordering something specifically on their menu, they'll have no idea what the heck a Vienna is. You're lucky if they use the right terminology for e.g. a red-eye or a black-eye (neither of which are on their menu).

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 05, 2012
at 04:40 AM

A long black with cream is called a Vienna.

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:20 PM

Most places have heavy cream upon request. I only know of one local shop in my area (North TX) that doesn't carry it at all.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:35 PM

Well, I was at an airport coffee shop in Milwaukee - on my way to the AHS - and asked if they might have some cream. Two young barristas looked at me like I was headlights and they were deer. They had no idea what cream was - I had to explain that it was skimmed from milk. They also had no idea that half-n-half was half milk and half this other here-to-fore unknown substance called "cream". They were like "Wow, I had no idea!". And I was all like "Yeah". Milwaukee! Wisconsin! Dairy State! Cheese Heads! AAAAAAIIIIGGGHHH!!!!

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:29 PM

so if you're in a really really tight jam, what' the lesser of two evils: half and half or whipped cream?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Damn, Ben. Beat me by 37 seconds!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:25 PM

true... [some] places have it, but it's gonna come with the nasties in it too. that's why I always carry a pint of cream in my back pocket.

8634d4988ced45a68e2a79e69cc01835

(1617)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:59 PM

Oh wow Dave! That is hilarious and pathetic all at the same time! Kids today! (Get outta my yard!)

A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

(3761)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:47 PM

I say half and half. I was a barista for several years, and we put a crap load of sugar in whipped cream.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6082)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:09 AM

What do you expect? Young people do not grow up in a world full of food. More likely to know what sodium benzoate is rather than cream.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

(1614)

on August 26, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Ditto Jack Kronk. I keep the little TJ's organic heavy whipping cream mini carton in the fridge at work, and either pour it in my coffee upon arrival or have a micro tupperware with me for when I go to Peet's. If I'm in a jam, I'll succumb to the Alta Dena they have behind the counter.

78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

(2290)

on September 22, 2011
at 01:08 AM

Yes, a canister of the whipped cream at starbucks contains a Lot of liquid sugar.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on August 25, 2011
at 06:20 PM

Most of them have it, just behind the counter, so you have to ask for it.

I assume because it's not used very often and a lot would go to waste if they put it out in carafes.

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on August 26, 2011
at 01:08 PM

"Un-whipped whipping cream" is the term that works for me.

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9bca3c7a5a8a78433ce4a398b668aa4b

(287)

on August 26, 2011
at 12:30 PM

Why don't they have coconut milk....

7d189666820da6f61b9d0b90976185e9

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on September 22, 2011
at 01:17 AM

seconded. delicious.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

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on January 05, 2012
at 01:51 AM

Yeah man, some cafes here even have rice milk but alas no coconut milk. It steams beautifully when I make it at home on my espresso machine and creates the most killer lattes/hot chocolates

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:33 PM

I always have to ask at Starbucks, where they refer to it as "heavy whipping cream". Just make sure they understand the difference between "whipping" and "whipped". The smaller shops don't seem to stock it due to low demand.

If you're at a restaurant, you can ask for "manufacturing cream". It's the same thing as heavy cream. Chefs in the kitchen use it to make cream sauces.

The downside to having heavy cream when going out is it's the "ultra-pasteurized with carageenan" variety. If you have no issues with carageenan, then go for it!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carageenan#Health_concerns

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:48 PM

Yeah I started asking for manufacturing cream... or at least mention it quickly when "heavy cream" draws a blank stare.

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485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

on August 26, 2011
at 02:06 AM

Yes, it's expensive and perceived to be unhealthy. On the road I get my coffee from convenience stores (Wawa and 7-eleven) and the only way you can get heavy cream is to purchase it--and their's is awful. I always carry my own in the car in a cooler bag. Trader Joe's has the cheapest and best tasting IMO--with no added garbage.

485bcefe7f1f7a6df1a293a826bf6137

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on August 28, 2011
at 01:07 AM

I'm looking at the carton right now. Ingredients: Heavy Cream (Milk). SKU#013205. I'm in PA outside of Philadelphia. Maybe the stores in your area are selling something different.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 28, 2011
at 02:25 AM

sadly, that seems to be the case.

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on August 27, 2011
at 02:47 AM

"Trader Joe's has the cheapest and best tasting IMO--with no added garbage." except the carageenan..

Fff58a1fd1e29d93fd6a25d3fdebbade

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on September 05, 2011
at 10:06 PM

The stuff at Trader Joe's here in NorCal comes from Clover and does not contain carageenan.

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:48 PM

the coffee shop I frequent keeps some behind the counter. they have mentioned there are just a few of us that ask for it. but, I tip well and am a regular.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on August 25, 2011
at 08:06 PM

As a former barista, we always had it for making whipped cream. The reason it isn't sitting around open is that you use the entire contents of the container to make the whipped cream. It is a pain to have that little container opened and kicking around in the fridge, so feel free to ask, but remember to tip because it is a special request.

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:29 PM

Starbucks has it. I ask for it special.

030167d1516b20d4a79f326dded608b0

on August 26, 2011
at 02:14 AM

All of the Starbucks here in the Dallas / Ft. Worth area have it

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on August 25, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Yes, but if I call it "heavy cream" sometimes they think I just mean "extra 1/2 & 1/2" so I am careful now to say "heavy whipping cream".

E7fc768abe673562268fefc529f62d89

(370)

on August 25, 2011
at 08:15 PM

I've found that saying "a splash of heavy cream" helps them figure out I don't mean "a lot of half and half."

Cc49234f065a33c763ab09fa234d08eb

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on August 26, 2011
at 04:13 AM

Good to know Travis. I'm in the DFW area. :)

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

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on September 22, 2011
at 07:32 PM

Asked for "heavy whipping cream" today and they wanted to just throw whipped cream on top. Normally when I ask for "heavy cream" they give me half-and-half. I end up having a two-minute conversation just to finally get what I ordered.

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on August 25, 2011
at 06:27 PM

I think it is because it is more expensive than half + half or milk. Plus, with the fat-phobia nowadays, not many people would use heavy cream.

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on August 18, 2012
at 03:02 AM

They would if they knew how insanely delicious it is in all those froo-froo cofee drinks!

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:26 AM

When I go to my local Starbucks they remember me and automatically make my drink with heavy cream. So good with the Clover brewed coffees.

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on September 22, 2011
at 07:29 AM

Don't know about U.S. but here in Europe one standard item is Wienna caffe, which is basically caffe with whipped heavy whipping cream. But sometimes there is some sugar in the cream, although not much.

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78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

on September 22, 2011
at 01:09 AM

Starbucks contains 1) Half & Half "breve" 2) Heavy whipping cream and 3) Whipped cream in the canisters. My only advice is to stay away from the whipped cream because they add a lot of their vanilla to it- lots of sugar.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on August 27, 2011
at 01:40 PM

It's expensive, period. It's also not particularly appetizing to most in coffee without some sort of "whipping" involved. I know I prefer half and half or light cream as heavy cream makes an oil slick atop plain coffee. There's a reason half and half and/or light cream used to be called "coffee cream" for a very long time prior to any fat phobia.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:31 AM

Never seen an oil slick and I have had this combination many dozens of times.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on January 05, 2012
at 12:26 PM

When I put heavy cream in my coffee at home, it very frequently gets an oil slick on it. YMMV. If I put whipped cream on top of my coffee (used to be my Sunday treat) this doesn't happen -- who knows maybe it's just because the whipped cream doesn't last long ;) Some of you may enjoy oily coffee, but the point I was trying to make is that for the general public it's not a good business decision. It's more expensive than H&H or light cream and for just providing to customers, it doesn't make sense.

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

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on January 05, 2012
at 05:58 AM

The oil slick on *my* coffee comes from the butter I put in with the cream!

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on August 27, 2011
at 04:48 AM

Because when I ask for heavy whipping cream, and then ask to see the carton, and the see carageenan on the label, and then shake my head, hand it back to them and say "Awww nevermind..." They kinda get miffed.

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on August 27, 2011
at 03:50 AM

Philz Coffee in northern CA is awesome. Turkish style, so always with cream (and sugar, but none of that for me). I think it's double cream, even. Awesome.

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on January 05, 2012
at 12:30 AM

No hate, but after seeing what Philz tries to pass off as espresso I can't take that place seriously.

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on January 05, 2012
at 04:52 AM

I've never tried the espresso, and that's not what they specialize in so I wouldn't be surprised (nor does their coffee taste very good black. but it tastes better than some awesome black coffees if cream is added in both cases).

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on August 27, 2011
at 02:42 AM

Freedom of espresso in the syracuse, NY area has the heavy whipping cream stuff, and is quite willing to make me a latte with it.

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