Coffee thread (any takers?)

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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby Dig It » Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:57 am

So I got a big bag of Guatemalan Beans and as I am grinding some I am reading the bag. It says not to use soft water. What the shit is with that? Anyone know why it's not suggested to use soft water in your brews?
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby BLURR » Thu Aug 18, 2011 1:57 pm

RustyP wrote:Tried the cold brew a few times this week. First time I forgot to cover the bottle before sticking it in the fridge and it sat next to some uncovered, really pungent garlic aioli all night and took on some garlicy smells...not so good. Next time I did it right and it was great...thanks for the tip!


Cold brew is great. I could drink it all day long and not get heartburn from it. Rustyp, did you just use a bowl or something to brew it in? Or did you buy a cold brew "system"?
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby RustyP » Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:46 pm

No cold brew system. I just googled "cold brew coffee" and found recipes that called for simply soaking coarsely ground beans in water for ~12hrs. I did just that, then ran it through a fine mesh strainer to remove the dregs. Tasted good to me (aside from the Limited Editon, garlic scented first run ;))...is there a noticeable difference with a "system"?
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby rusch_bag » Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:06 pm

I got one of those gas station cappuccinos the other day. I think it was english toffee. Pretty good.
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby jubuttib » Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:09 pm

Dig It wrote:So I got a big bag of Guatemalan Beans and as I am grinding some I am reading the bag. It says not to use soft water. What the shit is with that? Anyone know why it's not suggested to use soft water in your brews?
Hard Water (rich in minerals, such as spring water) will generally produce a better tasting coffee then soft water (such as water treated by RO systems or the use of distilled water). It is the minerals in water that will bring out the aroma of coffee.
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby JR » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:41 am

jubuttib wrote:
Dig It wrote:So I got a big bag of Guatemalan Beans and as I am grinding some I am reading the bag. It says not to use soft water. What the shit is with that? Anyone know why it's not suggested to use soft water in your brews?
Hard Water (rich in minerals, such as spring water) will generally produce a better tasting coffee then soft water (such as water treated by RO systems or the use of distilled water). It is the minerals in water that will bring out the aroma of coffee.


Finnish high end coffee + granite? Granite is the most common stone in Finland. Do you have the minerals? It would be a funny line to a female barista :-)
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby Dig It » Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:34 pm

"Excuse me Mr. Barista, can I get some Basalt and Gneiss in my water for that Latte?"
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Re: Coffee thread (any takers?)

Postby BradC » Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:24 am

Agree on the percolator for home brews.

Nothing thought tastes better than some good coarse grounds brewed up next to the campfire with a Jetboil and french press. Just something about waking up in the woods with a fresh hot cup next to a fire...
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