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Re: Coffee

Postby chiggins » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:23 am

jnecessary wrote:8'oclock has some good beans...lately we just get the preground Bustello and make cappuccino every morning.


I found Bustello in NY, ran out of the beans we usually used and grabbed a can at the bodega on the corner. It's not the best coffee I've ever had, but it's got something no other coffee has, very addictive.
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Re: Coffee

Postby chiggins » Thu Oct 29, 2009 5:31 am

ferretdance03 wrote:I must admit, I am intrigue by the French press, but have never used one. Someone care to enlighten me? Benefits? Drawbacks?


It's steeped rather than filtered. There's a barrista here somewhere that probably knows what compounds you get out of it that you don't get from pouring the water through the grounds, I just know I like it. It's just a pitcher that can get put away when you're done with it, and I like having the counter space, and you don't have to keep buying filters for it. There's steel versions you can get through REI that are kinda handy for camping too.

You throw your grounds into the carafe, fill it with sub-boiling water, or boiling if you're lazy like me, but 180 degree is supposed to be the right temp. If you uuse one of those fancy electric kettles with a temp control, that part's easy. Stir it (or don't, again, if you're lazy), put the lid on with the plunger up. Let it kick back for 4min or more, sink the plunger and the screen takes all the grounds to the bottom.

It's a very good cup of coffee.
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Re: Coffee

Postby some call me...tim? » Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:42 am

I've come around to not enjoying standard drip coffee anymore. I used to think that my coffee maker did just fine, french press was nice, but more work. But, the coffee here at my work is a sort of mechanized french press/esspresso machine and I've gotten accustomed to it. Now when I use my Mr. Coffee, or have any other type of drip-machine coffee, it tastes acrid and bitter, less of the "true flavor" of coffee. I think a lot of it has to do with the filter keeping back the oils, but also, the constant heat of the hotplate underneath gives it a stale kind of taste. Now my Mr. Coffee just collects dust, and I only use my press, even though it's crappy and needs to be replaced.

I saw an Alton Brown show on coffee, and the way he said to do it, is the old fashioned way of just pouring hot water straight over grounds in a mesh net, into a vacuum carafe. Cap it off and you're good to go for hours. Also, an interesting thing he pointed out was that a lot of people don't like the bitterness of coffee, so use less grounds per pot. He said that this just ends up making weaker and more bitter coffee, and so then people have to add a bunch of cream and sugar to make it palatable--basically, you get less of the "good stuff" and more of the "bad". I've made coffee this way before (without the carafe though), and it does make a REALLY good cup of coffee.
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Re: Coffee

Postby tgm » Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:30 am

I've started to like the manual drip method (needs more grounds than usual to get good flavor) since the biggest downside of the French press is the cleanup. With the manual drip, I just go straight into my thermal pot throw away the filter and I'm done.

Also, moving to a Burr mill grinder was a huge improvement over the whirly blades.
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Re: Coffee

Postby BLURR » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:34 pm

I work for an international company...and we have a developer that flies in every few months...and brings me a couple bags of Carte Noire. This stuff is gooooood.
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Re: Coffee

Postby domromer » Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:48 pm

Starbucks just came out with an instant coffee. It's amazing for instant. I don't drink strarbucks much but it tastes excatly like thier standard drip coffee to me.
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Re: Coffee

Postby tgm » Mon Nov 02, 2009 9:32 pm

Agreed. For instant it's drinkable, but I took the A/B test and could easily tell the difference. Regular coffee is still much better. But for camping, or friends' houses that don't drink coffee, it can be a good fix.
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Re: Coffee

Postby RustyP » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:00 pm

tgm wrote:Agreed. For instant it's drinkable, but I took the A/B test and could easily tell the difference. Regular coffee is still much better. But for camping, or friends' houses that don't drink coffee, it can be a good fix.

My girlfriend works for starbucks...she's actually at a training seminar about the instant coffee ("Via") right now. Not bad when you want some coffee fast, but it can't compare to a good cup of Sumatra Mandehling brewed in the french press. It works really well in baked goods and bbq rubs, by the way.
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Re: Coffee

Postby jnecessary » Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:31 pm

Interesting...I was thinking of buying bulk on Ebay because the coffee machine at work sucks so bad. I have a few here now, they are very good for what it is..instant coffee.
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Re: Coffee

Postby uNicedmeMan » Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:55 am

chiggins wrote:
tgm wrote:I'm a coffee snob. I grind from beans (old school hand crank burr grinder) every pot and use a manual drip or french press method.


I get up around 6 most mornings, my wife isn't usually up for another hour or so after that. We picked up one of these thermos french presses, and the pot I make at quarter after 6 is still piping hot an hour later, which makes her a little less angry at the world for having to be up.


Swooped up one of those french presses. Where do you fellas normally get your beans? Supermarket, interwebz???
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Re: Coffee

Postby MonsterX12 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:01 am

I am another french press user. The darker the better.
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Re: Coffee

Postby chiggins » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:35 am

uNicedmeMan wrote:Swooped up one of those french presses. Where do you fellas normally get your beans? Supermarket, interwebz???


We've been getting 5lb bags from Dean's Beans. Coffee's good and we typically order sugar from them too, which gets it down to around $8/lb with shipping.
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Re: Coffee

Postby tgm » Wed Nov 18, 2009 9:50 am

I just get my from the grocery store (Sam's Club usually) for my regular beans. If I'm feeling really snobby I'll get some from a local coffee shop, one that roasts the beans there so they're fresh. If you're a super coffee snob, that's the only way to go (like fresh produce), but since I'm lazy I just rely on a good air tight container to hold the beans in.

Simply using good filtered water and grinding your own beans makes a world of difference.

I really do recommend trying a burr grinder too instead of the blade grinders. They are usually a bit more expensive than the $20 Braun (which works), but you get a much more consistent grind which makes for more consistent cups of coffee. It takes a few pots to figure out how much beans and what grind setting but once you've got it figured out, you're set.


Another alternative is Toddy coffee. http://www.toddycafe.com/
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Re: Coffee

Postby disc junkie » Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:17 am

Im partial to ethiopian beans myself and I urchase them from a local coffee shop regularly.

http://www.sweetmarias.com/coffee.africa.ethiopia.php

I would love to have some Australian beans but apparently I can not get them in the U.S.
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Re: Coffee

Postby Will Aubrey » Thu Nov 19, 2009 1:15 am

Folgers or Kroger coffee singles. BLACK
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