The coffee drinkers club thread.

adaug

Senior Member
+1 to being over audio debates. tubes vs SS, horns vs planars etc - all have their merits. arguing about which is "better" is like arguing over whether purple is better than orange.

the coffee discussion is fresher. but im guessing that after mulling it for 10 more years, burr vs blade will also seem stale :)
 

adaug

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Direct drive vs belt drive grinders?
ha yes! this thread is sort of pointing toward that specialty high end coffee-making products may be an upcoming niche market. burned out audiophiles need new places for our obsessions and our "investments."

waiting for a tube coffee-maker for more warmth and depth.
 

JohnVF

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I'm pretty sure there's a conical vs flat burr debate that goes on. There's also a hand-grinder crowd (I have two vintage ones, actually, rarely use them). So that would probably be your SET crowd. Of course there are brand-tribes, too. With the big grinders you have your Mazzer folks, there's probably a Mahlkonig fanbase, the audiophiles of the Espresso world? There's the pour-over folks... in coffee shop world, they've been quite a turnoff to me, but I don't mind when I do it myself, I have all the Hario stuff.
 

adaug

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I'm pretty sure there's a conical vs flat burr debate that goes on. There's also a hand-grinder crowd (I have two vintage ones, actually, rarely use them). So that would probably be your SET crowd. Of course there are brand-tribes, too. With the big grinders you have your Mazzer folks, there's probably a Mahlkonig fanbase, the audiophiles of the Espresso world? There's the pour-over folks... in coffee shop world, they've been quite a turnoff to me, but I don't mind when I do it myself, I have all the Hario stuff.
whoa! looks like i've only seen the tip of this iceberg. and that i'm not nearly as far up the mountain as i'd thought i was. actually i'm glad that there is much more to discover.

also went thru a hand grinder phase for a short while. but, turns out, manual grinding was not my fave thing to do first thing in the mornings.

playing music and drinking coffee are every day rituals and parts of life - these subjects are IMPORTANT :rolleyes:
 

JohnVF

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whoa! looks like i've only seen the tip of this iceberg. and that i'm not nearly as far up the mountain as i'd thought i was. actually i'm glad that there is much more to discover.

also went thru a hand grinder phase for a short while. but, turns out, manual grinding was not my fave thing to do first thing in the mornings.

playing music and drinking coffee are every day rituals and parts of life - these subjects are IMPORTANT :rolleyes:
I went to town out of curiosity and then pulled myself back. I just find it really interesting how this one simple thing can go so many different ways. For example, I cannot stand Intelligentsia Coffee, in Chicago, the way they make it. But at home, I love it. Just different tastes, but the same bean and roast starting out.
 

JohnVF

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First cup of real coffee at home in over a week. I had run out, had meant to buy some in Windsor, but the place closed earlier than I thought. Kept thinking "I"ll just exist on this Nespresso cup thing" as I have food and don't need to go to the grocery store.

This is SO good. And I turned on the main stereo for the first time in over a week. I don't think these two events are unrelated.

The Aeropress is an underrated device, and I really adore this new little grinder. Top that off with actually getting close to 8 hours of sleep (never ever happens), and I'm here to wish you all a happy Wednesday.
 

JohnVF

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I occasionally grind...and when I do...I have found that none did better than the ancient burr grinder I have on hand...
It will grind coarse for old perc-u-laters or to a fine powder for expresso machines. It can do it all!

I have a similar one...the novelty wore off after a bit, figuring I'd get one weird Popeye arm against my other super skinny one. But every so often I get it out when I want to just have the ritual. They can make a really fantastic grind.
 

JohnVF

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Changing it up a bit from my normal Starbucks dopio on the go....hopefully this isn’t viewed as the Crosley of the coffee world.

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Is that Dunkin?

For about 6 years of my last job there was a DD in my parking deck, had to walk past it to get out. So I got DD coffee every morning...and TWO donuts. The coffee wasn't bad but I think its hit or miss depending on the franchise.
 

Audionut

Next Round Is On Me
Is that Dunkin?

For about 6 years of my last job there was a DD in my parking deck, had to walk past it to get out. So I got DD coffee every morning...and TWO donuts. The coffee wasn't bad but I think its hit or miss depending on the franchise.
Definitely Dunkin. I’ve always steered clear until I was in a pinch and that was the closest coffee stop (plus, I wanted to stop eating Starbucks sandwiches that are prepackaged and frozen). Starbucks is hit and miss on their dopios too.
The espresso isn’t as strong tasting as Starbucks but it’s quite good. Their veggie burrito cups and sandwiches aren’t half bad either. I stay away from donuts (not good for the waste line).
 

Celt

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As far as kawfee on the go goes....I generally prefer Dunkin Donuts over Starbucks...which tastes burnt an rurnt to me.
 
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Kpatch

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Jamaican Blue is a damn fine brew!
Uncle Bingo is right on the money. Jamaican Blue is the best I’ve ever had. I’m presently at the Guelph Jazz Festival and the nice lady in the AirBnB always stocks Jamaican Blue in the rooms. Fantastic.

I won’t drink Starbucks, DD, McD’z but I will drink Tim Horton’s. The trick to drinking ANY vendor coffee is to
bring your own cup. The steaming hot coffee in those nasty non-recyclable paper cups will cause the bleach used to whiten those cups whiter than white to leach into your coffee. (Yes Virginia, commercial grade paper is made from wood chips and wood pulp is not naturally whiter than white.) Not good. Ditto and more so for the chemicals in the styrofoam cups. Best to use your own cup.
 

Prime Minister

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Uncle Bingo is right on the money. Jamaican Blue is the best I’ve ever had. I’m presently at the Guelph Jazz Festival and the nice lady in the AirBnB always stocks Jamaican Blue in the rooms. Fantastic.

I won’t drink Starbucks, DD, McD’z but I will drink Tim Horton’s. The trick to drinking ANY vendor coffee is to
bring your own cup. The steaming hot coffee in those nasty non-recyclable paper cups will cause the bleach used to whiten those cups whiter than white to leach into your coffee. (Yes Virginia, commercial grade paper is made from wood chips and wood pulp is not naturally whiter than white.) Not good. Ditto and more so for the chemicals in the styrofoam cups. Best to use your own cup.
As an aside, McDonald's Canada coffee is basically the same stuff used by Tim Hortons for the vast majority of their history. Not too many years ago, Tim's decided to start making their coffee themselves. They started their own roasting operations, launched it with a lot of bumps along the way, and nobody noticed. So much for the pallets of coffee drinking Canadians. I guess anything tastes the same once you make it a double double.

Anyway, seeing a good opportunity, McDonald's stepped in and made a deal with Mother Parker's, who made Tim's coffee since Tim was still playing hockey. Yup, McDonald's coffee in Canada is now closer to the taste of Tim Hortons, then Tim Hortons coffee is.
 
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