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Coffee Group Weekly

Postby MarcoPE » Tue May 10, 2011 5:36 pm

UPDATE: Effective April 21, 2012 - the coffee group will be discontinued until further notice. However, anyone wishing to continue/start a coffee group is free to do so.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Tue May 10, 2011 5:48 pm

MarcoPE wrote: most likely in San Isidro at Starbucks


Unless you are prepared to pay the bill, it will be hard to get people into that place. I heard they charge 5 soles for a coffee :twisted: I often drink a nice cup of coffee at a nice pasteleria in my neigboorhood for 1 sol.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Tue May 10, 2011 6:01 pm

Yes, thank you Euroman...we will hope you fly in from Tarapoto to tell us ALL how we should be living our lives down here in Lima
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby musiclover » Tue May 10, 2011 6:11 pm

As a Starbucks junkie, I think this is a great idea....as long as we don't bring laptop computers, we'll be safe! :D Let me know when....and where...
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Tue May 10, 2011 6:15 pm

I travel often to Lima and would like to join the coffee group but Starbucks is only affordable for few people. There are places that offer better coffee and especially better service than Starbucks.

I bought a laptop today. My novia is showing me how to use it. It´s more difficult than a normal computer because it´s so small. I bought it new at La Curacao for 550 soles.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Tue May 10, 2011 6:30 pm

Well Euroman...YOU can start a group at whatever coffee shop you wish!!
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby calygirl » Tue May 10, 2011 7:09 pm

I'm heading back to the states in two weeks, otherwise I'd love to join the group. One suggestion, please try and support the local businesses here in Peru, not these corporate US giants, there are so many wonderful locally-owned cafes and coffee places to meet. Try looking at the LIP website to find some of them (and the coffee is much better than Starbucks).
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby bmike1 » Tue May 10, 2011 7:43 pm

I'm game.... it looks like we'll all be kidnapped! the more the merrier:P
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby sbaustin » Tue May 10, 2011 8:45 pm

calygirl wrote:I'm heading back to the states in two weeks, otherwise I'd love to join the group. One suggestion, please try and support the local businesses here in Peru, not these corporate US giants, there are so many wonderful locally-owned cafes and coffee places to meet. Try looking at the LIP website to find some of them (and the coffee is much better than Starbucks).


That is a good suggestion although I believe starbucks peru is a peruvian owned franchise(Delosi) with a 100% peruvian workforce with benefits (unlike many local establishments). I think by locally you may mean single owner or non chain? The problem with almost all of these places at least in the past is that they don't have fat free milk nor lactose free milk, don't know what iced coffee/latte are, don't have wifi (less so these days), no air conditioning in the summer, etc. That's pretty much why I typically go to a starbucks although there are a small handful of "locally owned" places as well that are good.

As long as bmike and euroman are there with their laptops, I'll show up. I'll be the one with the black mask.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Tue May 10, 2011 8:53 pm

It is just coffee at Starbucks...I was not trying to make any political statement....just a group of expats meeting at a known location...to discuss whatever and get to know others in the area. Nothing more, nothing less....
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby sbaustin » Tue May 10, 2011 9:02 pm

MarcoPE wrote:It is just coffee at Starbucks...I was not trying to make any political statement....just a group of expats meeting at a known location...to discuss whatever and get to know others in the area. Nothing more, nothing less....


Sorry. Coffee/meetups are a good idea especially for the newcomers to meet people.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby musiclover » Tue May 10, 2011 9:37 pm

I think Starbucks is a great option, there is enough space for one, the "chain" is locally owned, and usually there are locations close to where "most" of us expats live. I personally like their coffee but also in part because they have leche descremada, a definite bonus. This is MarcoPE's idea, and so whomever is interested in a meet up at Starbucks, let's go for it. If for some reason, someone doesn't like Starbucks, they don't have to come! :D Because of a hectic schedule could we go for a Tuesday night...or perhaps a Saturday morning???

Let us know MarcoPE!!
And I hope to be there to meet other expats...
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Tue May 10, 2011 10:32 pm

Good Idea Marco. Just name a day and time. If Mike is able to make it I could pick him up on the way. I promise to leave the cuffs in the trunk.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Tue May 10, 2011 10:39 pm

calygirl wrote:I'm heading back to the states in two weeks, otherwise I'd love to join the group. One suggestion, please try and support the local businesses here in Peru, not these corporate US giants, there are so many wonderful locally-owned cafes and coffee places to meet. Try looking at the LIP website to find some of them (and the coffee is much better than Starbucks).


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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby calygirl » Wed May 11, 2011 10:31 am

My post was just a suggestion......nothing more, nothing less. And, some education...Starbucks is definitely Not a "Peruvian owned franchise", no such animal in the Starbuck's world. See last paragraph.



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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby markr » Wed May 11, 2011 10:49 am

Here we go again. A simple suggestion from the OP, "I would be interested in seeing what kind of interest there would be in a once-a-week meeting over coffee", slowly heading in the direction of a political debate and a quest for one-upmanship.
Precisely the reason why I tend to avoid such meetings, and other members ask the question, "are expats a little strange?"
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby musiclover » Wed May 11, 2011 11:10 am

Thank you markr, very well put!!
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Wed May 11, 2011 2:43 pm

markr wrote:Here we go again. A simple suggestion from the OP, "I would be interested in seeing what kind of interest there would be in a once-a-week meeting over coffee", slowly heading in the direction of a political debate and a quest for one-upmanship.
Precisely the reason why I tend to avoid such meetings, and other members ask the question, "are expats a little strange?"


Hi Mark
Same old thing. I am waiting for the deludge from EM. It should start soon.
Marco Has a good plan and I suggest just set a day and time. Some will some will not. I hope it comes together.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Wed May 11, 2011 2:52 pm

adrian Thorne wrote:If Mike is able to make it I could pick him up on the way. I promise to leave the cuffs in the trunk.


Adrian, I thought the plan was to leave Mike in the trunk? :lol:

Well, someone mentioned Tuesday...that is a pretty good day for me...I was thinking maybe 4 or 4:30pm? I know some of us have hectic schedules so there is always room for compromise.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby bmike1 » Wed May 11, 2011 7:59 pm

well, set a day and time and perhaps I can come. and I promise not to put up too much of a struggle if you just won't handcuff me and the spare tire isn't in the trunk with me.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Wed May 11, 2011 8:34 pm

bmike1 wrote:well, set a day and time and perhaps I can come. and I promise not to put up too much of a struggle if you just won't handcuff me and the spare tire isn't in the trunk with me.



I´ll be there too if I can get a share of the ransom for bmike.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Thu May 12, 2011 7:24 am

MarcoPE wrote:I would be interested in seeing what kind of interest there would be in a once-a-week meeting over coffee, most likely in San Isidro at Starbucks to discuss things and life in Lima....let me know if there is any interest....and bmike1, this is not an attempt to set you up for a kidnapping.....



Starbucks San Isidro on Tuesday 4.00pm is good for me. See you there. It might be worth popping it in the calendar.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby Kelly » Thu May 12, 2011 8:15 am

Each and every Tuesday at 4pm - I will add it to the expat calendar then. I'd recommend that each week someone make a post here on Monday or Tuesday as a reminder.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby musiclover » Thu May 12, 2011 9:07 am

Awesome!!!
So glad we arrived at a date/time....this will be the first expat event I can actually make it to in a few years, yay! Okay, which Starbucks, there are three in San Isidro...I know, I know, I'm a junkie what can I say?!!!!
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Thu May 12, 2011 10:33 am

There are now two Starbucks on Av Begonias, the older one next to Ripley and the new one across from Tottus - the newer one has more room and seating so I suggest that one. I couldn't find it listed yet so I will find out and post the exact address.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby GianO » Thu May 12, 2011 11:26 am

I like the suggestion, I wouldn't mind participating one day myself once I'm settled in.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby americorps » Thu May 12, 2011 11:58 am

I think it is a great idea.

I would like to suggest maybe a themed topic of conversation..to start off those more timid.

My suggestion for the first round would be reasons not to live in Tarapoto.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Thu May 12, 2011 12:21 pm

americorps wrote:I think it is a great idea.

I would like to suggest maybe a themed topic of conversation..to start off those more timid.

My suggestion for the first round would be reasons not to live in Tarapoto.


Tarapoto Where is that??????????????????

Marco let us know. Mike has given me his cel number if you want to go ahead with the kidnap. I have oiled the cuffs. Ha Ha (Ja Ja)
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby markr » Thu May 12, 2011 1:09 pm

americorps wrote:I think it is a great idea.

I would like to suggest maybe a themed topic of conversation..to start off those more timid.

My suggestion for the first round would be reasons not to live in Tarapoto.


Very good idea, but I would have thought that those who wish to attend might want to spend an hour or so chatting and getting to know each other. I think your suggested topic would only lead to a very short conversation with a pre determined conclusion.
May I suggest, as a topic, the joys of living in Lima :D
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Thu May 12, 2011 1:12 pm

adrian Thorne wrote:Marco let us know. Mike has given me his cel number if you want to go ahead with the kidnap. I have oiled the cuffs. Ha Ha (Ja Ja)


Well, I was reading in the News & Views, maybe we should find out what condition Mike's kidneys are in?? :wink:
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Thu May 12, 2011 1:13 pm

adrian Thorne wrote:
Tarapoto Where is that??????????????????

Marco let us know. Mike has given me his cel number if you want to go ahead with the kidnap. I have oiled the cuffs. Ha Ha (Ja Ja)


Adrian, there's an old chinese proverb. ''Engage brain before open mouth.''
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby americorps » Thu May 12, 2011 1:17 pm

MarcoPE wrote:
Well, I was reading in the News & Views, maybe we should find out what condition Mike's kidneys are in?? :wink:


I am a rather large guy, so please, can we avoid pishtaco as a point of conversation?
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby mammalu » Thu May 12, 2011 1:20 pm

You guys are hilarious! Hope you have a good time!
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby Frans » Thu May 12, 2011 2:43 pm

And I can join virtually... In starbucks they have WIFI.... then with a camera I can join from Nigeria...

Or is my proposal nuts..... A virtual coffee group....
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Thu May 12, 2011 3:38 pm

I`ll be there too.

Bmike, how much ransom can we get for you?
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Frans wrote:And I can join virtually... In starbucks they have WIFI.... then with a camera I can join from Nigeria...

Or is my proposal nuts..... A virtual coffee group....


Frans a good idea. I will bring the laptop with a big chain and padlock. Late or Cafachino
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Thu May 12, 2011 6:37 pm

markr wrote:
americorps wrote:I think it is a great idea.

I would like to suggest maybe a themed topic of conversation..to start off those more timid.

My suggestion for the first round would be reasons not to live in Tarapoto.


Very good idea, but I would have thought that those who wish to attend might want to spend an hour or so chatting and getting to know each other. I think your suggested topic would only lead to a very short conversation with a pre determined conclusion.
May I suggest, as a topic, the joys of living in Lima :D


Great idea Mark. As long as we don't get derailed like the various attempts on this thread. Marc I have rung Mike but he is tied up on Tuesday. I think the Mafia have an interest as well. I give him another buzz on Monday. See you all on Tuesday.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby euroman » Thu May 12, 2011 10:00 pm

I cannot drink coffee for health reasons, do they also sell other drinks? I am in Lima next week for 2 weeks.
I would like to come to the coffee group. We can have fun. I'll bring a cake with me for us to share.
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Postby bmike1 » Thu May 12, 2011 10:34 pm

Sorry about foiling your plans guys but I am in a spanish class every weekday afternoon. So you can only kidnap me on the weekend.
As for other drinks they serve tea and some other drink that I can't recall the name of. It is like flavored syrups squirted into whatever you want them to squirt them into.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Thu May 12, 2011 11:38 pm

For those that don't drink coffee, they have a list of some of the coffee alternatives on their website here: http://www.starbucks.com.pe/content/pag ... b=3&pID=31
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Fri May 13, 2011 2:12 pm

UPDATE: Beginning on March 19, 2012, following discussions with the regular members, the weekly coffee group will be moving to La Molina. We will now meet at the Starbucks located at Los Frutales and Javier Prado (Camacho, Av. Los Frutales 1170, La Molina [Cruce con Javier Prado Este]). The time will remain at 4pm on Mondays.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby melima » Mon May 16, 2011 12:50 pm

Hello. Is this weekly coffee group still meeting at Starbucks in San Isidro? I just moved to Lima and am interested in joining in.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Mon May 16, 2011 10:47 pm

melima wrote:Hello. Is this weekly coffee group still meeting at Starbucks in San Isidro?


Well, I can't speak for everyone but I will be there at 4pm.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby americorps » Mon May 16, 2011 11:02 pm

I was planning on going...

Probably wont if Euroman is singing....

But regardless, I have to work tomorrow now so can not make it.

Enjoy.
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Postby Kelly » Mon May 16, 2011 11:55 pm

I'm going to do my best to show up.
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Postby markr » Tue May 17, 2011 12:35 am

Kelly wrote:I'm going to do my best to show up.

If euroman's there, playing his guitar and singing, he'll probably show everyone up :lol:
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Postby adrian Thorne » Tue May 17, 2011 6:32 am

markr wrote:
Kelly wrote:I'm going to do my best to show up.

If euroman's there, playing his guitar and singing, he'll probably show everyone up :lol:


It is ok. I am looking forward to meeting OBL (Euroman)In the present circumstances I hear he is keeping a low profile, so may not bring his guitar. We cauld always have a whip around if he forgets his 1 sol coffee.

euroman wrote:Unless you are prepared to pay the bill, it will be hard to get people into that place. I heard they charge 5 soles for a coffee I often drink a nice cup of coffee at a nice pasteleria in my neigboorhood for 1 sol.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby MarcoPE » Tue May 17, 2011 7:38 am

markr wrote:If euroman's there


Well, he will only make it as far as Tottus because of the free samples :)
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Tue May 17, 2011 10:51 am

MarcoPE wrote:
markr wrote:If euroman's there


Well, he will only make it as far as Tottus because of the free samples :)



euroman wrote:When I lived in San Miguel, I always went to the supermarkets like Wong, Tottus and Metro at weekends.
It's always full of impulsadores who offer you free samples of food and drinks.

I often tried so many samples so I had eaten enough. I went home without buying anything.
During the week, there are less pushing free samples in your hands so I bought things.

Tottus is the best. Especially the meat and cheese section. Frankfurters, sausages, cheeses are offered for free. At the fruit section, the fresh piña is delicious.

The wine section is probably the most popular tasting section too.


Perhaps OBL can pop in to Tottus, stash a few bits and pieces then we can have a party. I am sure Starbucks will lend us a few glasses for the vino.
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Re: a weekly coffee group

Postby adrian Thorne » Tue May 17, 2011 10:37 pm

MarcoPE thank you very much. My wife and I were there and had a great time. \i am afraid it did swing around to discussing our favourite subject Euroman and it was such a shame he did not turn up. It would have been good to listen to one of his arias but never mind. Perhaps next time.
I am looking forward to the next one. Well done MarcoPE

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