Anyone a fan of Arabic coffee? I was taken by surprise the first time I tried it since it was a lot more tea-like than I anticipated. I usually drink coffee so black and thick it resembles a cup of tar, but occasionally I enjoy some lighter stuff.
I was enjoying the coffee thread at morenetz so lets keep it going... Gonna go enjoy an iced Vietnamese coffee right now I think.
Anyone a fan of Arabic coffee? I was taken by surprise the first time I tried it since it was a lot more tea-like than I anticipated. I usually drink coffee so black and thick it resembles a cup of tar, but occasionally I enjoy some lighter stuff.
Kirkland Supremo Bean dark roast fine ground is exceptional. It comes in a 3 pound can!
If you can find somewhere that makes it try a Turkish coffee or grab an Ibruk off of amazon and give it a try, amazing flavor, tiny cup but so worth it.
I am not a coffee drinker at all, but when we have guests that stay with us I pick up a bag of Duncan Donuts Coffee. They are always surprised at how good it is. Nothing exotic of course but a safe choice I guess.
Looking for a recommendation for an espresso type machine. The wife and I are looking to get one for her mother. Would like something with pretty straight forward/simple operation, under $1k.
Saw that today. Probably tastes great if you can get over the whole it comes from an elephants ass thing.
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I have a keurig
Fucking love my hot water with a hint of flavor
I use permanent press, as well as grind eight o clock brand generally. I usually follow the 1 scoop per cup rule, but even with experimentation for almost a year, I have yet to find the mix I want lol. It always tastes somewhat...watered down I guess?
Been looking for a new (drip) coffee, very slowly, as I like to use the old bag before I buy a new one. Been going from brand to brand in the hopes that I stumble upon something brain-shattering. Seattle's best Henry's Blend was shitty as fuck, Gevalia's Antigua was my old favorite, but I think I've gotten over it, Dunkin' Donuts Hazelnut is just okay, local organic farmer's market brand was on the shitty side.... still looking :/
I french press 99% of the time, I know I suck at making drip coffee but it always gives a better cup in my opinion, especially if you get some decent beans and grind them right before. Blond is pretty much just a lighter roast so less bitter and lighter taste. Starbucks blond is actually pretty good, light nutty taste, if you like it stronger I wouldn't bother. For the big brands dunkin donuts is not bad, I do enjoy most of Pete's and honestly the big SF bag at Costco is good too. If you can find a local roaster even better and usually not more expensive.
if your looking for an expresso machine costco has a decent range from anywhere between 150 and 1500 Seco is a pretty decent brand
lower end http://www.costco.com/Saeco-Odea-Gir....11737794.html
Higher end http://www.costco.com/Saeco-Incanto-....11680177.html
Ugh you guys are making me want some Starbucks (White Chocolate Mocha double shot pls).
Ill second the Dunkin' Donuts and 8 O' Clock brands. Good stuff.
If you have a Marshalls/Homegoods store near you they have a pretty wide selection of coffee.
That better come with an amazing lifetime warranty.
Illy stuff from Brazil. I don't have too much experience with different aspects of coffee, but the machine is pretty straight forward and it's tasted good so far.
I just tried the salted caramel mocha creamer and its amazing. If this shit is going away after xmas im going to be pissed. As far as coffee I normally just go with the San Francisco bay hazelnut from Costco, everything else that taste better takes to much time to prepare for how much coffee I go through
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Go to grocery store, look for dark roast. See almost nothing, and nothing that is coarse grind. Racist coffee selection. Decide to use the "pour by the pound" spout and grind it in their machine. I see beans but nothing comes out. Try another, nothing comes out. Hit it. Pound it. Nothing. Ok back to prebagged coffee. "Oh I can just get whole bean and open it and grind it in their machine." Do that, machine overflows bag, look in machine and notice there's like 3 bags worth of coffee beans backed up in there. Leave wasted bag of coffee behind. Store out like $15 because of me. Finally get 8 o'clock dark italian roast.
I don't like French press coffee. I know it is popular, but I just don't like the...texture? of it. It's hard to put my finger right on it, but I think it is because it contains significantly more oil than drip or steam coffee.
If you're the type to roast your own beans, check out this guy's coffee. It's good, and his green beans are crazy cheap.
I have been thinking about trying a vacuum brewer. Has anyone tried one of these? If I were to spend 3k on a coffee maker it would have to be for this one.
If the coffee sucked at least I would be left with a work of art or something I could sell in order to get a decent coffee maker.
Was in Jamaica earlier this year and picked up a fuckton of this stuff while there. It was (relatively) expensive, but its probably my favorite coffee. Has a really nice mellow taste. Almost out now though, and will need to order some more soon.
Vacuum brewing is awesome, but it needn't be that expensive. The Bodum models are like $80, and there are a few that are like $20 (but use a disposable filter, which you can actually replace with a glass rod filter from an older model that is no longer made, just check eBay). Done properly it completely eliminates the bitterness of over/under brewing. I know exactly zero people who drink black coffee normally, but everyone will drink my vacuum brewed stuff black. Grind size is really important though, you need to get a burr grinder so all the grounds are the same size if you want to do it and grind at home.
I'll actually post the chart in Modernist Cuisine when I get a chance, it is really informative about what makes coffee good (and not good).
Thinking about picking up a Keurig Vue, anyone try one?
I don't know the difference between the Keurig models, is the Vue newer? So far my experience with Keurig is that it is super convenient but the output is really watered down and not very good.
In the low end segment: Dolce Gusto - Anyone recommend one of the 30 blend options? I got a Piccolo.
It uses a new type of dispenser cup too, so you can't use existing K-Cups with one. The availability of the Vue-type packages is limited so far but should improve with time.
I probably wouldn't get one yet until the variety of coffee is there.
Well i'm going to dump my keurig and get this:
along with a http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Being an avid coffee drinker I don't know why I didn't use this in the first place.
I just picked up an AeroPress along with a ceramic grinder a couple of days ago, and it makes a pretty tasty cup of coffee. I got some single-estate Colombian beans, and it's better than the pre-ground grocery store stuff (imo).
This guy talks a lot about the mold content of coffee and recommends single estate as a way minimize the mold (of course, he also sells coffee).
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I like my Keurig machine as long as I stick to bold/dark roast coffees. Any mild/medium or light roast is just way too watery for my liking when processed through a Keurig machine.
Yeah, picking bold or extra bold helps a lot. They actually have more coffee in the K-cup, so the brewing process lasts longer.
at work, the coffee bistro (term used loosely) had horrid coffee. cream and sugar didn't help, so I gave up and just drank it black as i really only wanted the caffeine. then i started to prefer it w/o the sugar and cream. now, it's the only way I drink coffee and find I can appreciate different coffees more.
if i'm at a nice resturant, i'll always go for the french press w/ desert. usually drink it all by myself.
at home, budget restrictions and the quantity my wife and i consume limit what we get. we work from home, so most days 12 cups is gone by lunch. most days its folgers i know i know... sometimes dunkin donuts brand. which is surprisingly better at home than from the dunkin donuts that's just 1 mile from our home. maybe cause we make it stronger, just a standard drip maker.
I'm in Singapore, and I'm looking for a quality but not to terribly expensive coffee maker to use when guests come over. Any suggestions?
It's similar to drip coffee, but the difference is in the control. Temperature, amount of water, and brew time are all in your control.
First time I had a pour-over cup was in Seattle, and it was literally the best cup I've had. Like I said before, it's fussy and slow, but the quality is worth the time investment, imo.
In my admittedly limited experience, bean quality seems to make the most immediate difference in the final product.
If you are going to go with a Keurig then use the Barista Prima line of K-Cups. By far the best coffee that comes from a pod... which still isn't as good as brewing a pot but its much easier.
I drink Coffee the only manly way.... i put hot water in my mouth and Coffee Grounds... and just shake my head...
Apologies if it was posted somewhere else, did a quick search and didn't see anything(didn't look too hard).
I've recently gotten into french pressing my morning coffee, and I'm wondering if anyone can suggest a good brand, or a specific type of coffee bean they enjoy. I'm more than happy to grind it myself each morning, as I've heard that lowers the amount of flavor you lose from the bean.
Bought a french press. Probably one of the best purchases I've made in a looong time. I don't think I've ever enjoyed coffee black until now.
I thought it was just the decent coffee I had purchased, but I stole some plain jane Folgers from work to test it out and it was pretty good too.
I can't drink the coffee at work from the regular machine anymore. If assholes could be liquefied and turned into a beverage, that's what work coffee tastes like now. I've been running home on lunch breaks to make some and take it in the last couple days =/
E: I've been just rinsing out the carafe and wiping it with a dish cloth after using the thing. I've always been told not to use soap in coffee carafes for whatever reason. Is it fine to use soap or is it a bad idea?
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You are so fancy compared to us spics. I grind my own beans but I use an aluminum stove top expresso machine which might not be good but its just what I know .(Its what my great grandparents used when I was a kid). We even make the foam by pouring the first bit of oil thick coffee into equal parts sugar and agitating the hell out of it in a metal cup.
Has anyone that has used or uses the stove top and tried another method that came out "better"? I know for sure the coffee that comes out of every Cuban store in Miami tastes better than my own but they use the big expresso machines.
To echo what someone else said, using good beans is the biggest factor in making good coffee. Stumptown and Portland Roasting are two good options that I know of here in the NW, and likely available elsewhere. Also, the bulletproof coffee mentioned earlier is great in the morning, really nice for fat burning. Kerrygold butter is amazing, I use it pretty much every time I cook. I'm not sure how much the whole mold thing factors in, but I know that I feel pretty sick when I drink coffee from Starbucks, or McDonalds, or other cheap coffee, but not when I drink quality stuff.
Thanks man, that website schooled me with their brewing guides and I went ahead and ordered the Columbia Jordan.
Coffee made in a French press is good, but it has a heavier and more oily taste, which not everyone likes. Plus there is some evidence that filtered coffee has more health benefits. Reading about bulletproof coffee should turn up that info.
I hate Keurig coffee usually tastes like watery shit, but the nespresso commercial gets me interested, anyone have any experience with them, especially the latissima range? For regular coffee I'm happy French pressing but I would like a noce easy cappuccino or late whenever the mood hits me.
So Kuerig's patent on their little K-Cup design expired late in 2012, companies don't have to license the KCup design to market and sell coffee for KCup brewers anymore. Now I'm starting to see some significantly cheaper KCup coffee varieties in stores that use their own design(usually more of a mesh/filter container than pure plastic like a KCup)
Up until this year, you were usually doing well to find KCups in bulk for much less than 50 cents apiece, with brands like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts being more like 75 cents a pop. You generally need some crazy sale and coupon stacking to get KCups down in the 30-40cent apiece range.
Went to Costco yesterday and they have a new brand I hadn't seen before, San Francisco Bay(French Roast flavor), and they were only $25 for 80, regular price, no coupon or anything. Picked them up to try and they are actually some of the better KCups I've had. Pretty strong/bold flavor, without being bitter(which is a problem for a lot of stronger-flavored KCups). Easily on par with the better brands like Starbucks or Newmans Own in my opinion, and much. much cheaper. Still not the greatest cup of coffee in the world, but at least it's quick and now relatively cheap.
My Costco has had San Francisco Bay coffee for a long time I always enjoyed it, never tried the K cups but the brand is good especially for bulk brand.
Meh, Kuerig works great for what it is, a cup of coffee that can be made quickly. I only need 1 cup before I head out the door to work, can put it on right before I walk out the door, and by the time I track down my keys, phone, wallet, etc, it's done and I'm out the door. Zero effort, and a whole extra pot doesn't go to waste. I like it.
I am always surprised to see american drinking large cup of coffee all day long....
Here in europe, we generally just drink a couple of espresso a day. I generally only drink 3 cups a day max, normally 2.
French press coffee is interesting but it lacks the intense richness of an espresso. I have tried also the vacuum thing, it was a big disappointment.
I really enjoy "AAA" blue mountain coffee, but out of about 10 stores I have tried, only one was good, standard blue mountain is just soso. Considering the price, I buy that rarely ( basically 15€-25€ per 125 gr ).
Otherwise, I am drinking generally mocha kind of coffee (the bean, not the coffee with chocolate). I buy sometimes some ethiopan wild bonga forest coffee, a coffee full of surprise.
Nespresso coffees are also good, but they end up too "standardized" after a while.
And a last thing, no sugar, no cream in my coffee.
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I tried a cup yesterday at Starbucks from their new Clover brewing system which according to the girl is a vacume. It was ok maybe a little better than a normal cup and not as good as other vacume cups I have had or even most French press which is my go to usually. For the price though, which was tue same as an esspresso drink I would much rather have a late or cappuccino.
Also just going to throw out my all time favorite though I almost never get it due to the amount of sugar but I had one the other day and man do I love a nice esspresso con pana.
Yep it is just like geniva or HK, Starbucks is not about getting good coffer, Starbucks = convenience as in there is always one around the corner
BTW, so I'm a SB drinker, even at home. My preference is Dark Espresso. Anyone have any none-SB recommendations that you think I would like?
We don't have DD and McDonald's is definitely blegh, but we are starting to get almost as many Pete's which I personally find to be better quality but I know alot of people who think it is too strong. If you like strong I would recommend Pete's or if you really want to go a little out of the way try to find local roasters, we have a couple where I am and they consistently make better beans for at home than the chains. Again just my opinion. Also if you are looking for a tasty sweet more deserts than coffee drink l, look for a Dutch Bro's neat you, I don't go there if I just want coffee but for a mocha it is my favorite.
You all are crazy. McDonald's coffee reigns supreme in the world of cheap, convenience coffees. Starbucks is shit.
mcdonalds is very consistent, dunno who knows tim hortons here but they have good coffee buts its so fucken inconsistent it pisses me off.
We have Dunkins in MA every half mile pretty much. Their coffee is terrible and I'm sincerely not a coffee snob. It's so bad...
Does anyone use a combo automatic coffee maker + grinder? (for example: this one)
I drink 5 - 10 cups of black coffee a day at work, and I'd like to get something for home that I can use on the weekends. I'm not too keen on manually grinding the beans and using a French press, so I'd prefer an automatic solution. Mainly, I want something that will make a good cup of coffee and also won't grind so loudly that it wakes up the entire house.
Unlike Europeans, we Americans drink coffee because we have to work, also unlike Europeans, so sometimes we end up drinking more. I personally find Starbucks best for convenience, as McDonald's flavored lattes tend to be a bit on the too sweet side.
Not sure if they have philz coffee outside of sf but that's my goto when I feel like snobbin it up. Blue bottle and 4 barrel are also far superior to sb.
Something about peet's doesn't sit well with me - its like their beans or over roasted? Or something
I use a burr grinder on Saturdays to grind a week's worth of beans and I store that in an airtight jar. Then I use one of these: Eko-Brew
and a Keurig to brew a cup. Since beans are fresher and cheaper, and the eko-brew cup is essentially forever, and I'm making only one cup when I want it and not a whole pot, I'm getting a fresh and cheap cup of coffee.
My roommate got a keuring a while back so we have been drinking that for a bit. At first I kind of liked the convenience but recently got sick of the taste. Went out and got some beans from F&E today and fired up the burr grinder, man what a difference in taste. Nothing beats fresh ground beans even if the beans themselves aren't that fresh.
for me you need the absolute basics, stuff you can control and that's 2 things
i put water first because like 90% of what you're drinking is water anyway, so have good water, now you don't have to pour evian down the coffee machine everytime you make something, a cheap brita pitcher for 15 bucks will turn tap water into, good enough.
what these filters do is just remove a bit of clorine and particulates, i mean you get your water from pipes that are 10s or 20s or maybe even 100 years old, you're gonna have particulates in there.
a simple HM Digital TDS-EZ Water Quality TDS Tester, 0-9990 ppm Measurement Range, 1 ppm Resolution, +/- 3% Readout Accuracy - Amazon.com
will tell you how much particulates you got, heck if your tap water tastes metallic, or your hair after a shower is a big lump (your wives/gf's will be the first to tell you the water sucks) at least you'll know that much. (i.e. hard water)
when i travel, i make my coffee with water bottles tho. (it's just easier)
beans... you know imo as long as they are whole beans and in those airtight bags (not the paper mache kind) with that little plastic knob at the top (all bagged coffees that are airtight sealed have this, this is so that co2 gases can escape the bag, and not burst the bag after a few months storage i think, plus less co2 gassey taste i guess) it's all good.
again i said whole bean, preground is shit, you can't treat coffee like day old refidgerated pizza, when you make coffee, you gotta have whole beans and grind them minutes before brew, the instant a bean is ground, it's on a timer of death.
so to make my life easy when i travel my coffee pack is usually
1 hario mini (it fits right inside the aeropress)
paper filters (i'm not really a paper snob, and i actually hate sludge and grinds in my coffee)
i'll buy bottled water (or a jug) at the destination grocerystore and see if there's a big supermarket that carries whole bean bagged coffee. (or really, i could just buy my own unopened bag and take it with me, if i know the destination and some places really don't care whole beans, they'll always have ground tho)
after that it's all manual stuff for me at home.
i don't take milk with my coffee (it's black or a tiny bit of cream for me) but if a friend comes over, i have milk or parmalot around. i don't have an espresso machine any more (tired of the tamping, knocking... blah blah) so if they want frothed milk, i'll put the milk in my bodum french press, microwave it put the cover on and pump it up and down for like 30s, get's pretty frothy.
(i use the french press for frothing, brewing/serving tea and if some oddball wants french pressed coffee, it's there, it's pretty versatile)
i mean thats half the cost of those high end pro-sumer espresso machines anyway, they have double boilers and shit just so you can steam milk at the same time
otherwise you can just get this Capresso frothPRO : Amazon.com : Kitchen Dining
and it'll froth and heat up your milk for you, unattended, those froth wands (bodum has a wand attachment also) require attention and holding a button, the capresso doesn't.
and for a grinder i just use the bigger hario with a nut and hand drill mod, you don't "need" a 500 dollar grinder, it does look better than a hario attached to a hand drill tho, ha.
aeropress/melitta/hario60 (sometimes the moka) is what i use at home, no big crazy machines anymore. actually i stayed at a marriott got used to the cheap ass 15$ mr coffee, it dripped pretty well and it just had 1 button, on/off, and the way it drips/percolates it kind of blooms the grinds pretty well, i saw passed by it while i was blackfriday shopping and just got it, it works nice... altho the brewing temp isn't ideal. it's at 170f, it really should be 200f (snobs say 202f, fucking christ), so i just put in half room temp water and half already boiled kettle water, comes out 190ish.
i think i'll get an espresso machine again soon, i think imo as long as it's a pump (not steam, pump = more bar pressure but of course costs more)
i'm thinking about this
the most entry level pump around, reviews are good, it is of course not fancy, it's not even a single boiler, it uses a thermo block (or coils) pretty sure the basket is pressurized, my grinds are good enough that i won't need the pressurized basket, and i think you can mod it out.
coffee imo is about control, with that i have a basic digital scale, heck you should have one anyone if you cook for measurement and if you're a baker, necessity (i think mine is one for mail, it's pretty old)
a water tester
and a temp gun, to measure heat. (i actually need a real temp gun, i'm just using some radio shack gun my wife had lying around and it maxes out at 200, it says high, ha)
I love coffee, but traveling with a mobile barista kit in my luggage is a tad bit extreme.
@lanx - A little rambly, but a good post overall.
I used to have a $600 pump espresso machine, but the results were too inconsistent for me, so I sold it and switched to Nespresso. If I ever get another home espresso machine, it'll have a double boiler.
I also used to hand pour coffee for my wife and I every morning (4 cups), but got tired of the fuss and just switched back to our old 12-cup Kitchen Aid. The difference in the resulting coffee is minimal (biggest difference being the reusable gold filter letting sludge through), but it's just less of a hassle at 5:30 in the morning.
yea i used to hand pour melitta/v60 in the morning as well, that just took forever. actually living in a hotel with my wife for a month is why i got to using the cheap ass mr coffee and appreciating it. at first i'd mini hario grind to aeropress and use a melitta at the same time. then i got tired of grinding, saw a 10$ blade grinder and use that (it's actually pretty nice, i use it for a spice grinder now) to pregrind and then hario grind ha.
then i thought, this is silly, i'm using this mr coffee to boil water and it goes through this nice caraffe (i mean it's nice for a hotel, but it was a marriott). so i used my melitta filters ( you can sorta make those cone filters work with baskets by pressing them to form, worked pretty well) and since then at home, i just pre boil some water with my electric kettle, use my hario, put a filter in, fill up the tank in the mr coffee, and just switch it on, this all takes 1min, and i can go cook eggs or prep something else.
hell a replacement caraffe costs 10bucks, it's better for me to just buy a new machine for 15bucks.
You're a lunatic
Got this today and love it: Amazon.com: DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System: Kitchen Dining
I'm a latte drinker and it does a good job. You can adjust how much froth, milk, coffee it uses so you can customize it to taste.
I was looking at getting that one of those but i was hoping to get a review on here since i was so disipointed in kurig. Thanks for posting i am also a late drinker.
Yesh, to much for me to spend on coffee. Hope it lasts you awhile!
Nespresso also has a deal going where if you buy a machine by the 26th of this month you can register to get $75 credited to your account to buy coffee or accessories with.
you guys interested in refilling the nespresso pods? there's a subjective (i say subjective cuz in the end the girl sells her companys pods) comparison
Nespresso Refillable, Reusable capsules Review: BigSis, Emohome, Ne-cap, Mycoffeestar, Capsulin - YouTube
(there's 2 more follow up vids in the description)
i guess since they're overseas only, they have facebook checkout page... i've never seen a buy from facebook page before, but it looks legit and it uses paypal
last time i checked nespresso pods were 75c or 1buck each?
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