Nice read, thanks! I had a similar experience when I went in 2000. Some of the best herb I smoked at the cup, wasn't even in the cup! Some of the small, hole-in-the-wall shops, had better herb then the shops involved with the cup. I talked to the locals about it and they laughed, they understand it's just a tourist thing. Don't get me wrong Amsterdam has some of the dankest shit on earth, just have to look for it, like anywhere else.