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    A Thread About COFFEE

    Having been told that I am an artist when it comes to brewing coffee, I'm just curious: to those of you who are specialty coffee inclined, what do you LIKE a lot and do you drink that on a regular basis or settle for something less spectacular?

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    I prefer Colombian, a strong brewed coffe with a little kick. (I used to refer to "Juan Valdez" as my boyfriend, LOL!) At the grocery store, I usually choose Yuban's Dark Roast. They recently came out with a Pacific Coast blend which is pretty good, too. When the wallet is tight, I will buy Safeway's store brand Colombian, which is actually pretty good for generic.

    Out on the town, I prefer Tully's or Peet's. I will try to find a local Mom and Pop coffee place in Portland, now that I've moved back. I try to avoid Starbucks like the plague, but sometimes, it can't be helped. I've been stuck in too many airports with Starbucks being the only option, and I simply MUST have my coffee!

    I am no "coffee snob", though. I am pretty happy with anything strong and dark. No wimpy French Roast for me! (Not that there's anything wrong with France in general, of course!)
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    I just bought a bag of Moon Pie coffee. I mean- Moon Pie coffee!!! You can't not buy Moon Pie coffee.










    Moon Pie Coffee.

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    We had this conversation on the old site a few years ago - when you cocked a snoot at the fact that I confessed that I like Starbucks

    LOL

    I then asked you what coffee I should buy that is easily-obtainable and does not require a chef's degree to make. IIRC, the thread died and my question went unanswered.

    Right now, I'm using a Keurig system at home purely for convenience. But the damned thing keeps breaking (had it erplaced under warranty 7 times - count them, seven), so I'm open to guidance...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan Glenday View Post
    I like Starbucks
    Actually, Starbucks have come out with their light and medium roasts, which I don't hate. The big issue I had with their "regular" roast was that they charcoaled everything to death. If I want Espresso, I'll order Espresso.

    Now, with the medium roasts, you can actually taste the coffee.

    But, I'm still drinking a Vietnamese brand because I haven't been able to find anything I truly like in the supermarket since they stopped carrying my Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee--and, ordering that on-line is a bit more expensive than I can afford right now.

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    Just like my beer, the darker the better. My "go to" coffee is Pete's Major Dickason's Blend, but I usually but Starbuck's French roast in bulk when it's on sale at Costco.

    There are some coffee shops in the bay area that serve killer 'custom' coffee, but I usually just make it at home using a drip automatic coffee maker. Two reasons: 1) it saves a lot of money compared to buying it made by someone else every day and 2) I really enjoy that first cup of joe (or two) in the morning as I'm slowly coming to life again. I think my Hamilton Beach coffee maker sucks the big one but I don't usually have time to make it cup-by-cup. Plus I like the fact that (as much as I hate my coffee maker) I can set the coffee maker on a timer so that it is freshly brewed and ready to drink when I wake up in the morning (usually after too little sleep).

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    I had my first cup at 6 something this evening. Prior to that cup my head was pounding! As I have mentioned elsewhere, Dunkin Donuts coffee is horrible! McDonald's is my favorite from the fast food joints.

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    Oh, and I should mention that the best "gas station" coffee EVER is from the Terribles/Chevron chain in Las Vegas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunnibee View Post
    Oh, and I should mention that the best "gas station" coffee EVER is from the Terribles/Chevron chain in Las Vegas.
    Hahaha...so true re: "Chingon"! I love their coffee!

    I'm not what some would call a coffee snob, as I used to be a devout fan of what might still be known to this day among New Yorkers as "coffee, regular": diner coffee, cream, two sugars. I'll wrestle any coffee down my throat now, as long as it's not dark/strong. The trick for me, now, is finding a true non-dairy creamer that works (the Coffee-Mate types still have casein in them, and they taste awful).
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    My current bag-o-caffeine at home is 500g of "tanzania Brazil black" I bought at Brulerie St-Denis in my neighborhood. LOVE IT! The aroma is so intense, and it tastes just like a little bit of heaven in the morning.

    I've been buying this mix for a while, and I have them grind it up for regular paper filters. I keep the bag in a jar, as I was told that keeping ground coffee in the freezer is a myth and not the right thing to do.

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    ...although Indigo Coffee (out of Northampton, MA) is to die for.
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    G'Day Stacia!

    Ugggh, I just had a horrible cup of coffe from our building lobby... I think I'm gonna be sick...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck AzEee! View Post
    G'Day Stacia!

    Ugggh, I just had a horrible cup of coffe from our building lobby... I think I'm gonna be sick...
    Dollface! Howaya? You'll need a fifth of scotch to help that bad coffee along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by East New York View Post
    Dollface! Howaya? You'll need a fifth of scotch to help that bad coffee along.
    AYE! The way things are at my job right now, that sounds great! Chivas anyone?
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    Mostly just regular coffee (no decaf). I have a little Mr.Coffee drip type thingy. I usually get a couple of bricks of whatever's cheap (usually the stores brand). Folgers and all that stuff has gotten expensive. At work I usually have a couple of Capucinos from the el cheapo coffee vending machine. I like strong, Cuban coffee (it's just espresso with a little too much sugar) once in a while too.

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    I like the taste of darker roasts better but have recently switched to lighter roasts because it turns out they have more caffeine in them. Though I love my coffee it is first and foremost a caffeine delivery system.

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    Duncan said:
    > when you cocked a snoot at the fact that I confessed that I like Starbucks <

    I apologize, Duncan. And to anyone else I might ever have given the "coffee snob" treatment/righteous indignation air to, please, I beg of you, forgive me. (except Amy )

    I love Melissa's post about what she looks for and then what she sometimes will settle for that isn't as good but is still better than much of what's out there to her. We are ALL in the same boat - and even the stuff I currently buy wholesale for $13 to $16 per pound, at it's very best, is nowhere near as good as the $5.80 per pound wholesale coffees I used to get from 1997 till about 2007.

    I only have two tips for immediate improvement of your home coffee experience that apply to everyone:

    1) Heat of the brewing water - Bunn makes a home line that can be had for about $100 on sale that actually brews with water at about 205 degrees. Before that price tag causes you to rule it out, remember - it lasts between 5 and 7 years and is definitely "hot enough" - how often do you replace your $20 to $40 coffee brewers cuz they break or start losing heat when they have NEVER been "hot enough"?

    2) Water - whether purified with added minerals (Nestle Pure Life, Dasani, etc.) or spring water (any EXCEPT Poland Spring) or even filtered tap (provided you always change the filter at the recommended intervals), your coffee's taste will be tremendously improved by NOT expecting it to overcome the inherent problems in the unfiltered tap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post

    1) Heat of the brewing water - Bunn makes a home line that can be had for about $100 on sale that actually brews with water at about 205 degrees. Before that price tag causes you to rule it out, remember - it lasts between 5 and 7 years and is definitely "hot enough" - how often do you replace your $20 to $40 coffee brewers cuz they break or start losing heat when they have NEVER been "hot enough"?
    I don't have a Bunn - we have this guy. How can I tell if water has been heated enough? We have our heater plate set to Medium.


    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post
    2) Water - whether purified with added minerals (Nestle Pure Life, Dasani, etc.) or spring water (any EXCEPT Poland Spring) or even filtered tap (provided you always change the filter at the recommended intervals), your coffee's taste will be tremendously improved by NOT expecting it to overcome the inherent problems in the unfiltered tap.
    At your suggestion, this we started doing since NEARfest. We use Zepherhills spring water. When we got our most recent bag in, I nearly 'purged' the grinder after a good clean, but felt I didn't want to waste good beans.
    The downside of being better than everyone else is that people tend to assume you're pretentious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post
    Duncan said:
    > when you cocked a snoot at the fact that I confessed that I like Starbucks <

    I apologize, Duncan. And to anyone else I might ever have given the "coffee snob" treatment/righteous indignation air to, please, I beg of you, forgive me.
    NP - I was kidding. Seems almost everyone I know spurns Starbucks - yet the company keeps growing. (Brings Yogi Berra to mind: "No one goes there any more - it's too crowded".)

    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post
    I only have two tips for immediate improvement of your home coffee experience that apply to everyone:

    1) Heat of the brewing water - Bunn makes a home line that can be had for about $100 on sale that actually brews with water at about 205 degrees. Before that price tag causes you to rule it out, remember - it lasts between 5 and 7 years and is definitely "hot enough" - how often do you replace your $20 to $40 coffee brewers cuz they break or start losing heat when they have NEVER been "hot enough"?
    Interesting. My Keurig won't go that hot - gotta see if I can find another way to heat the water.

    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post
    2) Water - whether purified with added minerals (Nestle Pure Life, Dasani, etc.) or spring water (any EXCEPT Poland Spring) or even filtered tap (provided you always change the filter at the recommended intervals), your coffee's taste will be tremendously improved by NOT expecting it to overcome the inherent problems in the unfiltered tap.
    I always used filtered tap water - and the keurig has its own filter as well. I agree that it makes a difference - and the same is true of hot tea. Much better with filtered water.
    Regards,

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    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post
    Duncan said:

    2) Water - whether purified with added minerals (Nestle Pure Life, Dasani, etc.) or spring water (any EXCEPT Poland Spring) or even filtered tap (provided you always change the filter at the recommended intervals), your coffee's taste will be tremendously improved by NOT expecting it to overcome the inherent problems in the unfiltered tap.

    Good will towards coffee drinkers,
    I forget sometimes how lucky we are with our water, I can use it straight from the tap and it never interferes with the taste of the coffee and the coffee still tastes good after an hour. I lived in places where that was most definetly not the case.

    Other than that I use a plastic filter, filter paper and a heated mug or coffee pot and if I can afford it 002038.jpg

    Uschi

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    Quote Originally Posted by arabicadabra View Post
    ...I'm just curious: to those of you who are specialty coffee inclined, what do you LIKE a lot and do you drink that on a regular basis or settle for something less spectacular?
    I'll confess up front - I'm a Starbucks coffee guy. I like my one thermos full, consumed within a couple hours during the earlier part of my work day. I like dark and bold. I like brown or cane sugar, and cream. And it has to be perfect. I can easily wile away 3-4 minutes doctoring my coffee, adding diminishing amounts of sugar, stirring, taste-testing, until...it's ready to be uploaded to the thermos. Favourite blends would be christmas, anniversary, komodo dragon, verona, espresso, and french, followed by any other types within the bold spectrum. I really dug their limited offering "red" blend.

    I do enjoy other brands, such as Kicking Horse & Salt Spring Island. My wife has similar tastes, but divides her drinking between caffeinated and decaf. She was delighted to discover Kicking Horse, which already had bold blends such as Grizzly Claw and Kick-ass, recently came out with a half caff / half decaf blend. They call it "half-ass"!

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    Greg, you are not an artist - you are the master! The Bean Whisperer himself! Currently enjoying some Dallis Bros. I don't think I could ever go back. Usually I will have mine with creamer (Coffeemate) but with the Dallis I rather not distort the flavour so I've been more on a half/half kick and save the creamers for work coffee (blehhhhh) which need the extra flavour.

    Can't do straight milk in coffee - too watery.

    Oh and I like to enjoy it in my Marillion.com mug. Tho my Tigger mug and PT Deadwing or Incident mugs get some mileage too.
    The downside of being better than everyone else is that people tend to assume you're pretentious.

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    We have an older view of this. It has a built-in filter, built-in burr grinder, and a timer, so we wake up to a fresh pot of pretty darn good coffee (and hot) in the morning.

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    I usually take my coffee with milk but no sugar. But if I'll sometimes kick up a Starbucks coffee with

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Arnold View Post
    I like brown ... sugar
    (I'm referring to coffee sweetener! )

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Arnold View Post
    I can easily wile away 3-4 minutes doctoring my coffee
    I'm also very pedantic about how it's put together, and like to do it myself. I don't take 3-4 minutes - but it needs to be just-so.

    Dunkin' Donuts is the WORST - they ask if you want cream and sugar, and put it in for you. Blech !

    Quote Originally Posted by proggrl View Post
    Greg, you are ... The Bean Whisperer himself!


    That's why I'm still waiting for his suggestion on the best coffee to buy.
    Regards,

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    My brother roasts beans himself and has a $180 French Press. IMO if you're not willing to go that far you're not very serious.

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