The coffee drinkers club thread.

JohnVF

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Not sure if I mentioned my French Press cleaning trick that I just picked up from a youtube video, that's basically converted me to only drinking French Press now that its super easy to clean it out. It's one of those "Doh! Of course!" things that I"m not sure why I never thought of it. No more scooping out the grinds with a spoon or flushing them down the toilet or dousing a poor houseplant with them so as to not clog the sink or disposal.

My grind for French Press is very coarse. And I have a cheap hand-held screen-mesh colander/strainer. After I've drunk the coffee from the French Press, I fill it back up with water, then pour the entire contents through the colander, the screen of which is fine enough to catch them. Water goes through, grinds stay in the colander (except for a bit of fine sludge that won't clog anything), and then I just let the colander drip dry in the sink for a bit before taking it over to the trash can, flipping it over, and cleanly and easily getting all the leftover grinds in the garbage.
 
I hardly drink any coffee EXCEPT I have most of a pot every single morning. And I have to have it au lait with Half and Half. The Mrs. drinks
one and a half cups and I drink the rest. Of a Bunn 10 cup filled to the top with water when brewing. We go through an amazing quantity of Half and Half, coffee beans, and filters. I have two young men in the house who also partake. If any of those items start running low the comm channels start buzzing.
 
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mred

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I hardly drink any coffee EXCEPT I have most of a pot every single morning. And I have to have it au lait with Half and Half. The Mrs. drinks
one and a half cups and I drink the rest. Of a Bunn 10 cup filled to the top with water when brewing. We go through an amazing quantity of Half and Half, coffee beans, and filters. I have two young men in the house who also partake. If any of those items start running low the comm channels start buzzing.
Lol.... sounds like me, I drink 10 of the 12 and Lucy gets 3 . Ofcourse the cup I use is a bit bigger than the makings for cup on the pot. Really like 4 average coffee cups
 
Lol.... sounds like me, I drink 10 of the 12 and Lucy gets 3 . Ofcourse the cup I use is a bit bigger than the makings for cup on the pot. Really like 4 average coffee cups
Exactly the situation at our house.
Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sorrento Plus Double-Wall Latte Glasses, 15 oz., Set of 2 | Sur La Table
She gets a 12 oz I get the 15 oz.
These allow me to preheat the half and half, in the wave, because her ladyship insists that the coffee be as hot as is humanly possible.

We previously used stainless steel mugs but I had to preheat hers with the hot water dispenser and heat the Half and Half in the wave in a different waveable cup. The Henckels mugs save a step.

My wealthy sister in law has some similar ones that are even more expensive. THEY are from Switzerland instead of chermany.
 
For me it's an Aero Press, and Breville burr grinder. For beanage I like the Starbucks French Roast from Costco. There are locally roasted coffees that I like more, but the Costco coffee is very good imho, and priced right (especially when on sale). I actually have a fairly hard time finding a dark-enough roast for my liking. The Aero Press is great, because it does brew under pressure, similar to an espresso shot, although much less pressure. This gets me something akin to an Americano. I either drink it black (mostly), or with turbinado sugar and frothed milk. Turbinado from Trader Joe's is far and away the best for this, as it has most of the natural molasses left in it for flavor.

One cup first thing in the morning, and I'm ready to go. Although a second cup has been known to make an appearance now and then...
 

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I haven’t had a great cup of coffee in weeks. California does a lot of things well. Coffee is not one of them.
 
For me it's an Aero Press, and Breville burr grinder. For beanage I like the Starbucks French Roast from Costco. There are locally roasted coffees that I like more, but the Costco coffee is very good imho, and priced right (especially when on sale). I actually have a fairly hard time finding a dark-enough roast for my liking. The Aero Press is great, because it does brew under pressure, similar to an espresso shot, although much less pressure. This gets me something akin to an Americano.
hey coolb- i like that same style of coffee - stronger than drip but not all the way to espresso. sometimes its called moka. that is definitely not mocha. i used to use aeropress too - but stumbled on the stovetop "espresso" pot. same deal, some pressure. this device makes very hot coffee - the hottest of anything ive seen. and tasty. thats the key of course.

great thread.
 
hey coolb- i like that same style of coffee - stronger than drip but not all the way to espresso. sometimes its called moka. that is definitely not mocha. i used to use aeropress too - but stumbled on the stovetop "espresso" pot. same deal, some pressure. this device makes very hot coffee - the hottest of anything ive seen. and tasty. thats the key of course.

great thread.
Moka pot! I used to use one, before I stumbled uponst the Aeropress... Funny, isn't it. I definitely like coffee from the Moka pot, and I even restored a vintage 8-cupper that I picked up in an antique store somewhere in Nebraska. But I'm not a nuclear-reaction-hot coffee drinker, so I had to let it sit a little while before I could drink it. Great flavor though.

Here is a fascinating article on the history and cultural significance of the Moka Express: The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot

And the obligatory photographic documentation of ye olde Aeropress in my kitchen:

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Moka pot! I used to use one, before I stumbled uponst the Aeropress... Funny, isn't it. I definitely like coffee from the Moka pot, and I even restored a vintage 8-cupper that I picked up in an antique store somewhere in Nebraska. But I'm not a nuclear-reaction-hot coffee drinker, so I had to let it sit a little while before I could drink it. Great flavor though.
Here is a fascinating article on the history and cultural significance of the Moka Express: The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot
my point with the hotness is that if coffee comes out too hot we can wait for it to cool. but if it comes out too cool --- no good options to reheat. also, i use creamer which has a cooling effect.

thanks for posting the moka pot article. after trying one, it makes sense to me that the moka pot would evolve from derision back to coffee nerd viability.

am continuing to be struck by the analogies b/w making coffee and playing music via stereo. the aereopress and moka pot may be the equivalent of a basic turntable - one might be belt and the other directdrive - they are hands-on, and get you into the sweet zone at low cost, and after this point, you pay a lot more for diminishing returns.
 

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The last time I tried to use a moka pot the gasket broke and when it reached a boil molten hot coffee lava spayed all over the kitchen. Which was kind of cool. It smelled nice.

Aero press and French Press for me now.
 

StevenZ

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Picked up some Starbucks Guatemala Antigua beans this morning. Good stuff, but quite expensive! Notes of chocolate come through pretty well. It's a very earthy taste and almost reminds me of Mexican chocolate. Would definitely buy again.
 

JohnVF

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I had a good friend who was a manager at a Starbucks. She'd give me bags of the Reserve beans...they were very good. I'm not a fan of most of their day to day stuff as I find most of it over-roasted for my taste, but the Reserve line was really good stuff. I'd heard, not from her, but elsewhere that for their normal blends they use about 10% great beans and 90% whatever so they can say in their marketing "Made with some of the finest beans in the world". I have no idea if that's true but it wouldn't surprise me given their predatory business practices against most of my favorite shops that they've put out of business.
 

mred

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I had a good friend who was a manager at a Starbucks. She'd give me bags of the Reserve beans...they were very good. I'm not a fan of most of their day to day stuff as I find most of it over-roasted for my taste, but the Reserve line was really good stuff. I'd heard, not from her, but elsewhere that for their normal blends they use about 10% great beans and 90% whatever so they can say in their marketing "Made with some of the finest beans in the world". I have no idea if that's true but it wouldn't surprise me given their predatory business practices against most of my favorite shops that they've put out of business.
I find their coffees over roasted also.
I think they blend a small part of good with a lot of cheaper over roasted beans for sure
 

Audionut

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And?
How was it?
Did it taste majestic?
It was excellent! Majestic indeed, I felt the urge to raise my pinky as I’d drink out of my cup.
Full disclosure; I usually enjoy my coffee with one raw sugar and a light splash of milk. This reminds me I have a humorous experience I had a while back; a very nice older lady offered to serve me some coffee, to which I said yes. She asked as to how I would like it, I replied one milk and two sugars....to which she responded wuss!🤣
 
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