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Title: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on November 25, 2011, 11:58:50 AM
I've been buying some coffee from these guys.  I am drinking some freshly ground and brewed Sumatran.

They are serious about roasting coffee.

https://justlovecoffee.com/

http://vimeo.com/27775493


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on November 27, 2011, 09:43:43 PM
Does serious translate into good?  French roast is my mug o' happiness in the morning.   And from Starbucks, no less.  I know, I know, so many people hate Starbucks, but it suits my palate, and from Costco it is actually pretty cheap.  Fresh ground and then put through the French press.  Lot's of French for me I guess.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on November 27, 2011, 10:59:24 PM
Ryler that sounds like a seriously good cup of joe to me :+1:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on November 28, 2011, 01:17:06 AM
Does serious translate into good?  French roast is my mug o' happiness in the morning.   And from Starbucks, no less.  I know, I know, so many people hate Starbucks, but it suits my palate, and from Costco it is actually pretty cheap.  Fresh ground and then put through the French press.  Lot's of French for me I guess.

Costco's own Kirkland brand is roasted by Starbucks and is a nice full bodied coffee. Our favorite from Costco is the Sumatra when they have it, when its in season we usually stock up on it.
There's nothing like grinding your own right before you brew it.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Barefoot Rob on November 28, 2011, 04:00:46 AM
When I can't get Jamican Blue MT. I seem to have a thing for our supermarket breakfest roast.I drink alot of coffee even though I've been told not to,then again I still smoke hand rolled cig's.I know discusting but I'm cute so I get forgiven for it.I think its a blue's guitar playing thing even though I play more then just the blue's.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: broKen on November 28, 2011, 06:19:27 AM
Eight oclock whole bean is darn good for us poor boys. Beats the pystinky out of Folgers or Max's.  :donut :donut2 :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 28, 2011, 02:33:34 PM
Eight oclock whole bean is darn good for us poor boys. Beats the pystinky out of Folgers or Max's.  :donut :donut2 :coffee
:+1:  Got 3/4 pound of the decaf (gasp!) and I have to agree with you.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on November 28, 2011, 06:59:18 PM
Eight oclock whole bean is darn good for us poor boys. Beats the pystinky out of Folgers or Max's.  :donut :donut2 :coffee

 :+1: I always liked their French Roast.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on November 28, 2011, 10:24:02 PM
I am currently drinking some freshly ground and brewed Trader Joe's French Roast (decaf--don't want to be up all night  :ohmy:).


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on November 30, 2011, 12:04:59 AM
If you want cheaper coffee, better coffee, and want a NEW hobby, try roasting your own at home.  It is very easy to do.  Green coffee beans store for a long time and roast in less than 15 minutes for a half-pound or so.

I've been doing it for at least 5 years, starting with a simple thrift-store air corn popper.  Now I roast about 1/2# at a time but can do 1# if needed, in the Behmor 1600 roaster.  Attached are three photos of the Behmor ($300 new) and one of the very fancy Hottop roaster ($800) which does up to 1/2# at a time.

Green beans are available all over the Internet (I like sweetmaria.com for their selection and quality of bean) and the variety is amazing.




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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on November 30, 2011, 01:18:07 AM
If you want cheaper coffee, better coffee, and want a NEW hobby, try roasting your own at home.  It is very easy to do.  Green coffee beans store for a long time and roast in less than 15 minutes for a half-pound or so.

I've been doing it for at least 5 years, starting with a simple thrift-store air corn popper.  Now I roast about 1/2# at a time but can do 1# if needed, in the Behmor 1600 roaster.  Attached are three photos of the Behmor ($300 new) and one of the very fancy Hottop roaster ($800) which does up to 1/2# at a time.

Green beans are available all over the Internet (I like sweetmaria.com for their selection and quality of bean) and the variety is amazing.





Very interesting!!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: broKen on November 30, 2011, 05:49:09 AM
If you want cheaper coffee, better coffee, and want a NEW hobby, try roasting your own at home.  It is very easy to do.  Green coffee beans store for a long time and roast in less than 15 minutes for a half-pound or so.

I've been doing it for at least 5 years, starting with a simple thrift-store air corn popper.  Now I roast about 1/2# at a time but can do 1# if needed, in the Behmor 1600 roaster.  Attached are three photos of the Behmor ($300 new) and one of the very fancy Hottop roaster ($800) which does up to 1/2# at a time.

Green beans are available all over the Internet (I like sweetmaria.com for their selection and quality of bean) and the variety is amazing.





Thanks for that interesting bit of information but I think I'll pass. It's trouble enough for me to grind beans every morn.  Lay Z


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 30, 2011, 01:00:34 PM
Roasting would be fun but I know I don't have time for it. I don't even have time to grind my own beans, and when I do I never taste the difference.  These days I'm making up my own blends of various Community Coffee varieties. This morning I'm enjoying a bit of their Cafe Special mixed with Hotel Blend. There are many possible combinations, and since all their coffee tastes great, there's no way to mix up a bad batch.  I was converted to Eight O'Clock (which I don't consider "cheap," by the way. Folgers and Max House are cheap to me) but I moved back to Community after a bit. Been drinking it for years and couldn't stay away for long as it's an old favorite.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: boat on November 30, 2011, 04:56:18 PM
Ya' know.... I grind my own beans, not too infrequently, and I've never wanted to admit I can't taste the difference either.  Does this come into play more if you've had the beans/coffee for a while - I mean do whole beans store better?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: tuffythepug on November 30, 2011, 06:05:11 PM
My perennial favorite coffee is Peete's Coffee   "Major Dickason's Blend".  We always buy whole bean and grind it ourselves.  My wife really likes flavored coffee beans like chocolate raspberry, Hazelnut, or more recently, pumpkin spice.    This coffee is not my "cup of tea" you might say.  :arrow   I'll drink it but I don't much care for it.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Glennd on November 30, 2011, 07:05:54 PM
Roasting would be fun but I know I don't have time for it. I don't even have time to grind my own beans, and when I do I never taste the difference.  These days I'm making up my own blends of various Community Coffee varieties. This morning I'm enjoying a bit of their Cafe Special mixed with Hotel Blend. There are many possible combinations, and since all their coffee tastes great, there's no way to mix up a bad batch.  I was converted to Eight O'Clock (which I don't consider "cheap," by the way. Folgers and Max House are cheap to me) but I moved back to Community after a bit. Been drinking it for years and couldn't stay away for long as it's an old favorite.
You must live in Louisiana are else have connection to the state. I love Community coffee and have enjoyed it fo many years. Always had trouble finding it when away from home.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 30, 2011, 07:29:33 PM
You must live in Louisiana are else have connection to the state. I love Community coffee and have enjoyed it fo many years. Always had trouble finding it when away from home.
I live in Texas and it's available pretty much everywhere here. I'd mail order it if I lived in a place where it was not sold. I think there is some kind of mail order deal on their website.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 30, 2011, 07:33:17 PM
Ya' know.... I grind my own beans, not too infrequently, and I've never wanted to admit I can't taste the difference either.  Does this come into play more if you've had the beans/coffee for a while - I mean do whole beans store better?

Actually, my experience has been that pre-ground coffee has longer shelf life for similar taste, but that a freshly ground from newly roasted beans is heaven.

It's like strings:

Elixir:  Long playing life with similar tone - maybe don't sound absolutely the best right out of the package, but the axe sounds consistently good for a longer time with them.

Other, non-coated strings:  Sounds brilliant and pure out of the package, but for some, they age quickly to have less top end much more quickly than Elixir strings.

So, pre-ground packaged coffee is not unlike Elixir strings, whereas freshly roasted whole bean is like a premium non-coated strings - requires change-out more frequently.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: carruth on November 30, 2011, 08:08:31 PM
Put the strings through the coffee grinder, add hot water, and let us all know how it tastes.   


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: HAMFIST on November 30, 2011, 10:36:54 PM
Sumatran is fine coffee. Used to get it at a little shop where, if you ask for a single cup, the guy takes a bag of beans out of the freezer, grinds your beans and brews it for you. It was mind altering.

Drinking stuff out of the Keurig these days. Not the same.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on November 30, 2011, 10:58:00 PM
Ya' know.... I grind my own beans, not too infrequently, and I've never wanted to admit I can't taste the difference either.  Does this come into play more if you've had the beans/coffee for a while - I mean do whole beans store better?

I've found that if you open a can of pre-ground  Maxwell House it smells good and tastes good for a few days then starts to lose its smell and tastes stale. As long as the beans are in a sealed container they seem to last weeks for me, in other words they still smell and taste good when they are freshly ground. YMMV


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: broKen on December 01, 2011, 07:43:12 AM
One of the best things you can do for a great cup of coffee is start with very good water. When I'm at my folks place in rural PA, the coffee is always great. Their water is straight from a spring, sweet and clean. Where I grew up, I often drank from spring fed creeks. Best water anywhere.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on December 01, 2011, 10:24:03 AM
One of the best things you can do for a great cup of coffee is start with very good water. When I'm at my folks place in rural PA, the coffee is always great. Their water is straight from a spring, sweet and clean. Where I grew up, I often drank from spring fed creeks. Best water anywhere.

Very nice.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on December 01, 2011, 02:31:48 PM
There is a "Rule of 15" we coffee geeks (www.coffeegeek.com) use:  
Use the coffee up to:

15 months after the beans were harvested,
15 days after beans were roasted,
15 minutes after the beans were ground.

If you are happy with your coffee experience, then just laugh at the rule.  But just like us guitar geeks talking Sitka or Englemann, RW or Hog, Lights or Mediums, Slot or Paddle, Bone or Tusq, Forward or Backward scalloping, etc., there is a whole 'nother level of coffee enjoyment.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rwskaggs on December 01, 2011, 03:05:07 PM
After a bit of research on coffee ROASTING (my next step - I already have a 35 year old Braun coffee grinder that's still wonderful...) I came across this website:  http://www.sweetmarias.com/airpop/airpopmethod.php

Apparently you can use certain popcorn hot-air popping machines to roast green coffee beans to perfection.  The brand of machine doesn't matter, as long as the hot air comes in from the SIDES at the bottom of the chamber.  Does no more than 4 oz. at a time, but that's about my morning two large cups' worth!

I'm going to try it! :whistling:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 01, 2011, 07:05:47 PM
After a bit of research on coffee ROASTING (my next step - I already have a 35 year old Braun coffee grinder that's still wonderful...) I came across this website:  http://www.sweetmarias.com/airpop/airpopmethod.php

Apparently you can use certain popcorn hot-air popping machines to roast green coffee beans to perfection.  The brand of machine doesn't matter, as long as the hot air comes in from the SIDES at the bottom of the chamber.  Does no more than 4 oz. at a time, but that's about my morning two large cups' worth!

I'm going to try it! :whistling:

My cousin does this and likes the taste.  Check your local Goodwill store for hot air poppers.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on December 01, 2011, 08:22:43 PM
Air poppers:  good used ones are:
Poppery II
Poppery I (rare but the best popper for coffee roasting)
Popcorn Pumper
Proctor Silex

The good used ones are at least 1200W and made in the USA. 

Discard the plastic top and wedge a soup can in the top to enlarge the roasting chamber.  Keep the lid attached so you can somewhat regulate the heat.  Use a long extension cord if the roasts finish too quickly.  A popper roast should last more than 6 minutes, perhaps up to 9 or 10.  YMMV.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rwskaggs on December 01, 2011, 08:38:48 PM
 :coffee :coffee :coffee......Who'd have thunk it?    :winkin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: dcarey on December 01, 2011, 09:19:32 PM
Haven't tried roasting our own (yet) because we're usually too busy with other things. We do, however buy roasted beans from
Austin Roasting Co. in Texas. I have nothing but good to say about them.
We usually buy in 5lb bulk packs, and invariably return to Central American coffees.
Costa Rica Tres Rios & Terrazu
Guatemalan Antigua

Jess, the owner is constantly getting new beans from various suppliers and will include samples for us to try.

We're very satisfied customers!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Denis on December 02, 2011, 12:33:33 PM
Mmmm...coffee...make mine black, no sugar... :coffee

 :donut :donut2 :donut :donut2

 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 02, 2011, 12:57:41 PM
Mmmm...coffee...make mine black, no sugar... :coffee

 :donut :donut2 :donut :donut2

 
Amen.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 02, 2011, 01:06:30 PM
Mmmm...coffee...make mine black, no sugar... :coffee

 :donut :donut2 :donut :donut2

 

That is the only way to drink coffee. Just add STRONG to the list. Sitting here enjoying a French Press of  Maragogype as I type!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Denis on December 02, 2011, 02:51:08 PM
Years ago, I was lots of cream, lots of sugar...then for a long time, it was just cream.  Once you get the taste for black, unsweetened coffee, there's no turning back.  I do like the occasional latte or cappuccino thought.   :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 02, 2011, 03:18:10 PM
I splash a little whole milk in my coffee at home, but during the day when I'm working it's black, as it's not convenient to carry milk around, and powdered creamers are unthinkable to me.  I got to where I prefer black during the day, especially if I'm drinking out of my old black thermos lid.  But at home, out of my white coffee mugs, I like the look of the lightened coffee with the splash of milk.  Black doesn't taste right at home, and anything other than black doesn't taste right away from home. Odd, I know.  But I never put sugar in coffee, no matter where I'm at.

I will say that this time of year I do like to stop by the Green Machine for one of those pumpkin lattes, or the occasional ginerbread latte.  Like egg nog, the season seems to call for it.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Denis on December 02, 2011, 07:35:19 PM
While I'm aware of my caffeine addiction, I try to limit myself to no more than 2-3 cups a day.  More than that and I'm shaking all day


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: dcarey on December 02, 2011, 09:33:51 PM
While I'm aware of my caffeine addiction, I try to limit myself to no more than 2-3 cups a day.  More than that and I'm shaking all day

That happened to me today...and guess what I was doing this morning? Working on modifications to surface mount technology
circuit boards.  The biggest components were the size of a grain of rice!

It didn't go well.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 02, 2011, 10:21:17 PM
I don't mind the taste of our well water up north but it makes horrible coffee so we use bottled water for coffee there. At home we have a reverse osmosis system for drinking water and coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on December 02, 2011, 10:31:38 PM
Great feedback on this thread.  Have a  :coffee on me  :thumb


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rwskaggs on December 03, 2011, 12:15:12 AM
I don't mind the taste of our well water up north but it makes horrible coffee so we use bottled water for coffee there. At home we have a reverse osmosis system for drinking water and coffee.

I love the RO system we've had for two years...after an eternity of living on sulfur well water, it's like heaven!  Best coffee, tea, Crystal lite, ...whatever!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Barefoot Rob on December 03, 2011, 03:31:12 AM
20 years ago my doc told me to cut down on my coffee intake.I went from about 36 cups a day to 3 a day.Now I'm up to about 20 and feel great.I do get the shake's now and then but a cup of coffee cure's them.I can quit most things but coffee and cig's are not on my list of quiting anytime soon.I know the smoking thing is dicusting too most but ...what can you do. :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee.Oh ya I'm a wuss black with 1 teasoon of brown sugar.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: broKen on December 03, 2011, 06:43:18 AM
....Oh ya I'm a wuss black with 1 teasoon of brown sugar.


I haven't sweetened coffee since I was a youngster, but I might give that a try.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Barefoot Rob on December 03, 2011, 03:24:45 PM
Don't use a heaping teaspoon as brown sugar is sweeter then bleached white sugar.A level teaspoon with a small hump does the trick.As a matter of fact I'm drinking or was drinking a cup but now its empty :crying: BUTTTTTTTT I have more time for a refill. :nanadance :nanadance :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :nanadance.Even better there's cold pizza in the kitchen time for my morning veggie's :wave.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 03, 2011, 03:59:05 PM
Few combinations in life rival that of a cigarette and a cup of coffee.  I haven't smoked in eleven years and sometimes still remember the sensation of morning coffee and a morning smoke.  Pipe smoking and a coffee comes close. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: k4df4l on December 03, 2011, 06:21:41 PM
Started out with a heat gun and stainless steel bowl, cast iron skillet on the stove top during bad weather.  These days I have a Behmor and it's as easy as making toast. 

Home roasting isn't for everyone but if you really love coffee, you gotta give it a shot.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 03, 2011, 08:35:04 PM
Started out with a heat gun and stainless steel bowl, cast iron skillet on the stove top during bad weather.  These days I have a Behmor and it's as easy as making toast. 

Home roasting isn't for everyone but if you really love coffee, you gotta give it a shot.
  Well after this post, I gotta try roasting now. We use Ruta Maya Coffee roasted here in Austin for about 20 years now. We grind our own beans and definitely I taste the difference from pre-ground.

   I've bought three Bodum travel presses recently and tried them for coffee, but prefer my brewer better. But I really enjoy making REALLY strong Chai in the Bodum and letting the tea stay in the bottom while I enjoy the drink. Then at the end I manipulate the screen and allow the few ounces of trapped Chai to flow around the screen. WOW! So much flavor your tongue gets a buzz :ph34r:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 03, 2011, 11:00:01 PM
  Pipe smoking and a coffee comes close. 

Sounds like a coffee bong.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 03, 2011, 11:03:22 PM
  Just came back from shopping and bought a big bag of 8 O clock coffee, French roast whole bean. I got it from the recommendations in this thread. Hope it's good.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 03, 2011, 11:14:47 PM
  Just came back from shopping and bought a big bag of 8 O clock coffee, French roast whole bean. I got it from the recommendations in this thread. Hope it's good.
Grind some up and let us know what you think.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 03, 2011, 11:33:14 PM
Grind some up and let us know what you think.
Yup, in the morning. It's cause I trust you Roger, that I got this.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 04, 2011, 12:19:34 AM
Yup, in the morning. It's cause I trust you Roger, that I got this.

Oh no!  :ohmy:   please don't hit the ignore button if you are not satisfied. Just PM me and I'll give you my shipping address, you can put it in the OM21 case and send it to me (I'll pay for the coffee).  :roll


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: broKen on December 04, 2011, 02:17:04 AM

I haven't sweetened coffee since I was a youngster, but I might give that a try.


Ooops! I lied, on some occasions I put a large scoop of vanilla ice cream in a mug of coffee. puddygood!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on December 04, 2011, 10:43:32 AM
Just ground and brewed some Trader Joe's Italian Roast--good to the last drop!

Does anyone use the Keurig coffee maker?  Looks a lot more expensive than grinding and brewing yourself.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 04, 2011, 02:17:01 PM
Just ground and brewed some Trader Joe's Italian Roast--good to the last drop!

Does anyone use the Keurig coffee maker?  Looks a lot more expensive than grinding and brewing yourself.


Trader Joe's is my dealer. They got me hooked on the Bali Blue Moon and the Maragogype as my regular brews, but they have such a great selection, at comparatively good pricing, that ya just never know what errant can or two will end up in the cart!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 04, 2011, 10:47:29 PM
Oh no!  :ohmy:   please don't hit the ignore button if you are not satisfied. Just PM me and I'll give you my shipping address, you can put it in the OM21 case and send it to me (I'll pay for the coffee).  :roll
  Well I liked the 8 O clock French roast and so did my wife.  So I guess I'll keep the java and the OM-21 :guitar :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 05, 2011, 05:58:07 PM
I might try some Eight O'Clock French Roast in my press over the holidays.  I get a lot of days off that time of year and like to experiment with cooking and things during the holiday. I think this year I'll add some different coffees to the festivities. I haven't made a pot from my press in a couple years.  I always like it with real whipping cream when the coffee's made extra strong.  Starbucks has a blend called Komodo Dragon that makes a great press pot of coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on December 05, 2011, 10:17:36 PM
Just ground and brewed some Trader Joe's Italian Roast--good to the last drop!

Does anyone use the Keurig coffee maker?  Looks a lot more expensive than grinding and brewing yourself.

I love the Keurig idea, but you just get screwed on the Kcup rations.  I can't make myself do it


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 09, 2011, 03:57:06 PM
Ahhh....content!

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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 09, 2011, 06:22:10 PM
I love the Keurig idea, but you just get screwed on the Kcup rations.  I can't make myself do it

That's why people use these:  http://www.amazon.com/ekobrew-Refillable-Keurig-Brewers-1-Count/dp/B0051SU0OW/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323454890&sr=8-2


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: dcarey on December 10, 2011, 05:46:51 PM
  Well after this post, I gotta try roasting now. We use Ruta Maya Coffee roasted here in Austin for about 20 years now. We grind our own beans and definitely I taste the difference from pre-ground.

   I've bought three Bodum travel presses recently and tried them for coffee, but prefer my brewer better. But I really enjoy making REALLY strong Chai in the Bodum and letting the tea stay in the bottom while I enjoy the drink. Then at the end I manipulate the screen and allow the few ounces of trapped Chai to flow around the screen. WOW! So much flavor your tongue gets a buzz :ph34r:

We get all of our coffee from the Austin Roasting Co.
Grind our own, but haven't yet tried roasting our own.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 10, 2011, 05:56:49 PM
   I just made my first cup of "Safeway Select" KONA. It is really a great tasting brew, but expensive unless you catch it on sale. Very smooth and no taste of acid.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 10, 2011, 09:05:42 PM
I just got a pound of Starbucks espresso roast ground and made a latte with half whole milk and half whipping cream.  Man, what a great drink!  The holidays always make me want fresh espresso drinks.  And tonight it'll be brown ale.  Merry Christmas!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 20, 2011, 05:55:28 PM
Costco has the Sumatra in stock. This is by far our favorite coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 21, 2011, 06:07:49 PM
Bought a sack of old school Eight O'Clock regular roast yesterday.  Just sounded good. And it is!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 21, 2011, 08:29:36 PM
Bought a sack of old school Eight O'Clock regular roast yesterday.  Just sounded good. And it is!

For six years, I worked 4-12 shift in the area penitentiary, "old school Eight O'Clock" was a good friend to our crew. It was a great value. I probably became a true coffee degenerate sipping that stuff for those years inside those walls. Sometimes, I would get a small giggle at the irony of sipping the house brand coffee of the Great Atlantic and Pacific TEA Company...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 21, 2011, 08:53:12 PM
  "old school Eight O'Clock" is what my mom in law has. I remember thinking that it was a tasty brew, for a pre-ground coffee sitting out on a shelf by the coffee pot.

   I keep my beans in the freezer, sealed tight, until I grind a small amount and use filtered water to make an exceptional cup. Some of the friends that frequent my house will gather round that pot till it's done to get their first cup. I know it has a deeper richer flavor by doing those things.
     But it's like a laminate versus solid body guitar, one may be hard to tell from the other based on tone alone.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 21, 2011, 11:23:42 PM
I believe that originally the Eight O'Clock brand was only available at A&P supermarket until they went belly up. I could be wrong though, it might have been a regional thing.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 21, 2011, 11:47:34 PM
I believe that originally the Eight O'Clock brand was only available at A&P supermarket until they went belly up. I could be wrong though, it might have been a regional thing.

Yup, it was the house brand.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 22, 2011, 12:20:14 AM
I believe that originally the Eight O'Clock brand was only available at A&P supermarket until they went belly up. I could be wrong though, it might have been a regional thing.
  I think that is where I got hooked on coffee. I just had a "way back" memory of that huge red coffee grinder at A&P. And the smell was just fantastic, though I had never drank any coffee yet.
    I also remember the 5 cent coke machine at A&P and thought it was wrong when they raised the price to 6 cents.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 22, 2011, 11:43:58 AM
Dan, our town used to have an A&P and it had that giant red coffee grinder as well! I never saw 5 cent Cokes, but the town Electric Maintainence  building was on my way to and from middle school and the worker dudes used to let me and my buddy get 10 cent Coke bottles from their machine on the way home from school.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 22, 2011, 12:59:24 PM
Immensely enjoying my Eight O'Clock brew this morning.  Especially after a pipeful of English Toffee blend 'backer.
 :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: boat on December 22, 2011, 01:30:36 PM
Bought a sack of old school Eight O'Clock regular roast yesterday.  Just sounded good. And it is!
Somebody gave me some Eight O'Clock -- I'll buy more when it's gone...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 22, 2011, 09:49:33 PM
I'm on my second pot of Eight O'Clock today.  A wonderful cup of basic coffee.

By the way, I like what Dan said about the difference between laminate guitars and solid ones applied to the idea of coffee.  They both have their place.  I have a laminate guitar that I sometimes prefer over my Larrivee.  But there are times when only the Larrivee will do: most times, actually.  But I look at coffees like Eight O'Clock and Community as my Larrivee D-03BW.  It's a very nice instrument that will serve one well for the entirety of life.  The super coffees (home-roasted, high-end, etc.) would be like an Olson, Charis, or Huss and Dalton, and even some Larrivees.  They are above the rest but don't get used everyday by most folks.  Laminate guitars would be coffees like Folgers, Max House, et al.  But some folks even love that stuff dearly.  There's enough coffee and guitars to go around for all, thank goodness. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on December 22, 2011, 11:07:20 PM
Just picked up a pound of the Starbucks Christmas Blend.  I'll be grinding and brewing some for tomorrow morning.  I guess this has been the Starbucks Christmas Blend for 25 years now.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on December 23, 2011, 12:50:27 AM
I finally got around to roasting some green beans.  After 3 days of de-gassing the beans are really good.  The Starbucks Christmas blend was decent but definitely not fresh.

I've been using the new (to me) Aeropress to make the coffee.  It's a really cool all made in USA way of making espresso-like condensed coffee.  Add water or steamed milk (or frothy milk) to suit your tastebuds.  A smoooother cup of coffee I haven't had.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on December 23, 2011, 02:11:19 AM
I'm on my second pot of Eight O'Clock today.  A wonderful cup of basic coffee.

By the way, I like what Dan said about the difference between laminate guitars and solid ones applied to the idea of coffee.  They both have their place.  I have a laminate guitar that I sometimes prefer over my Larrivee.  But there are times when only the Larrivee will do: most times, actually.  But I look at coffees like Eight O'Clock and Community as my Larrivee D-03BW.  It's a very nice instrument that will serve one well for the entirety of life.  The super coffees (home-roasted, high-end, etc.) would be like an Olson, Charis, or Huss and Dalton, and even some Larrivees.  They are above the rest but don't get used everyday by most folks.  Laminate guitars would be coffees like Folgers, Max House, et al.  But some folks even love that stuff dearly.  There's enough coffee and guitars to go around for all, thank goodness. 

Now I got all confused, I plugged my coffee pot into my amp and put my guitar in the coffee grinder.  What a mess.....


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 23, 2011, 03:14:55 AM
Now I got all confused, I plugged my coffee pot into my amp and put my guitar in the coffee grinder.  What a mess.....
 Roger you may have had too many cups of Java  :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :roll


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 23, 2011, 10:11:52 PM
 Roger you may have had too many cups of Java  :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :roll

Does such a number exist???


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 11, 2012, 07:10:43 PM
Eight O'Clock Columbian is now in rotation at our household.  Very tasty, just dark enough roast, etc.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 11, 2012, 07:28:24 PM
Eight O'Clock Columbian is now in rotation at our household.  Very tasty, just dark enough roast, etc.

-Scott
Good stuff. Drank a lot of it last year.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on January 12, 2012, 12:47:27 PM
MMMMMMM, Yummy and the second full press of the morning is steeping:




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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 12, 2012, 01:25:16 PM
   I was browsing through the shelves at Goodwill yesterday and found a Bodum french press in perfect condition for $1.99. Gotta love it. :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on January 12, 2012, 01:32:30 PM
   I was browsing through the shelves at Goodwill yesterday and found a Bodum french press in perfect condition for $1.99. Gotta love it. :coffee

Sweet deal Dan! I have a nice quart sized Bodum and I am in the process of emptying the second press as I type...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: MC13 on January 12, 2012, 03:47:26 PM
I thought this was fun and worth sharing in the thread:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhdCslFcKFU

 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 12, 2012, 09:12:16 PM
Sweet deal Dan! I have a nice quart sized Bodum and I am in the process of emptying the second press as I type...
   I am enjoying some from the press right now. Mine is about 28ozs. So maybe they are the same thing. It sure works well. :coffee :thumbsup


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on January 13, 2012, 01:52:07 AM
One or two others have suggested home roasting - fun, fun, fun.  I use a heat gun and a stainless steel bowl.  sweetmarias is the way to go for green beans.  I've yet to perfect my roasting process, but I'm getting better.  Once I learn how to manual roast, I'm looking at one of the turbo oven based roasters (home built - google KKTO roaster).  

For ordering, Raven's Brew and Intelligentsia are my favorties, although Intelligentsia is significantly more expensive than they used to be (even factoring in the rise in cost of beans).  However, they KNOW their coffee.  They originated in Chicago, but now I think they are in LA and NY.  

Don't like Starbucks near as much, but I am a patron.  I feel they take their roasts just a little too far.  I look forward to trying some of their new Blonde roasts.  Enjoying Starbucks with GeeNorm makes it taste better though.

Great home roasting info in many places but an Aussie site - coffeesnobs - has a bunch of info on the KKTO and a Corretto (Bread Machine based) roaster.  Well worth reading the forums there for the adventuresome home roaster with grand ideas.

Brewing?  Press pot, Chemex and vacuum pot are my three preferred methods with the latter two being the most fun.  Drinking a cup of Chemex brewed coffee right now.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on January 13, 2012, 02:15:43 AM
There is a "Rule of 15" we coffee geeks (www.coffeegeek.com) use:  
Use the coffee up to:

15 months after the beans were harvested,
15 days after beans were roasted,
15 minutes after the beans were ground.

If you are happy with your coffee experience, then just laugh at the rule.  But just like us guitar geeks talking Sitka or Englemann, RW or Hog, Lights or Mediums, Slot or Paddle, Bone or Tusq, Forward or Backward scalloping, etc., there is a whole 'nother level of coffee enjoyment.



Well, it's good to see another coffeegeek here.  That site has cost me hundreds of dollars though (but not as much money as this site has cost me   :bgrin:).

Most "common" coffee drinkers don't really believe the rule of 15's, but from first hand experience, at least the latter two are very close to reality.  Not sure about the first because, although I know sweetmarias turns their beans fairly often, I really don't know the age of any of the green beans I've roasted. 




Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 13, 2012, 03:04:03 AM
There are different levels of enjoyment for sure. Generaly if it's fresh brewed with good quality water I can enjoy a cup in most places. But I am real picky.

At home I grind my beans and filter my water. Even the carafe is never heated, that changes the chemical makeup of coffee drastically.

I have men who come over a few times a week in the mornings for prayer and bible reading. (sometimes I'll play a tune or two).
Anyway they really love my coffee. But in a group I go to once a week it's the worst coffee in the USA. I've had worse, but that was in Moscow, years ago. Nasty stuff. :yak:

  So on Thursday I bring my Bodum "GIVE UP BAD COFFEE FOR GOOD" cup. It has had a few comments :whistling:

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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rwskaggs on January 13, 2012, 04:04:33 AM
Try one of the Liquid Planet French Press Coffee Mugs - I use one several times daily for my 'fix' after roasting and grinding the "rule of 15's beans"....

http://www.liquidplanet.com/estore/product.php?productid=193&cat=0&page=1



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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 13, 2012, 02:00:00 PM
There are different levels of enjoyment for sure. Generaly if it's fresh brewed with good quality water I can enjoy a cup in most places. But I am real picky.

At home I grind my beans and filter my water. Even the carafe is never heated, that changes the chemical makeup of coffee drastically.

I have men who come over a few times a week in the mornings for prayer and bible reading. (sometimes I'll play a tune or two).
Anyway they really love my coffee. But in a group I go to once a week it's the worst coffee in the USA. I've had worse, but that was in Moscow, years ago. Nasty stuff. :yak:

  So on Thursday I bring my Bodum "GIVE UP BAD COFFEE FOR GOOD" cup. It has had a few comments :whistling:

I had one of these.  Be very careful of the hinge on the lid - it breaks VERY easily - it's a thin, perhaps 1/2mm wide piece of plastic on the spout cover that snaps into the lid.  I ended up throwing mine away because I kind of need the spout closed to 'stir' by swirl - well, without that spout being closed, it defeats that purpose.  I wrote a note to Bodum about it and never got any response back.  I won't be buying another one.

Also, the silicone rubber gasket that is supposed to keep the grounds in the bottom while pressing eventually wore out after a few months of time and it started letting too many grounds past it during press.  I need fiber in my diet, but I prefer to get it from grains, not grounds.

Here's hoping you have better luck with yours.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 13, 2012, 03:25:38 PM
   I have three of the Bodum travel cups. I don't use them everyday and suppose they will last a long time. I really like them for making tea on the run. Throw some tea bags in add hot water and close the lid. It works extremely well for herb teas and I make Chia in them as well.
   These cups fit our console cup holders best as well.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: LeftyBlake on January 13, 2012, 07:46:41 PM
My grandma got me a really nice French press for Christmas this year. I haven't used it yet because my dad always has coffee ready in the pot when I wake up in the morning, but I've been itching to try it.

As for coffee, lately we've been drinking Kona in my house. We get our coffee from a grocery store here in western Washington called Haggen, and the brand is Terravida, which is based out of Bellingham, Washington. It's really cheap compared to a lot of the other stuff and very, very good. They have an all organic coffee called the Sunrise Blend that is my favorite. If any of you guys live in Western Wa, I recommend going to Haggen/Top Foods and grabbing some of this coffee if you've never had it.

Time to go refill my cup!  :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 13, 2012, 07:54:50 PM
My grandma got me a really nice French press for Christmas this year. I haven't used it yet because my dad always has coffee ready in the pot when I wake up in the morning, but I've been itching to try it.

As for coffee, lately we've been drinking Kona in my house. We get our coffee from a grocery store here in western Washington called Haggen, and the brand is Terravida, which is based out of Bellingham, Washington. It's really cheap compared to a lot of the other stuff and very, very good. They have an all organic coffee called the Sunrise Blend that is my favorite. If any of you guys live in Western Wa, I recommend going to Haggen/Top Foods and grabbing some of this coffee if you've never had it.

Time to go refill my cup!  :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee
   You will really like the French press. I just made some in mine and drank it all down so fast, I may just have to make some more.
    I grind my beans course for the press and use a locally roasted bean "Ruta Maya". It makes a top shelf cup a jo :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on January 13, 2012, 09:34:10 PM
 :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee

Must resist urge to make one more press...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 13, 2012, 09:40:13 PM
:coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee

Must resist urge to make one more press...
OK, that did it. Out with the press, for just one more fresh brew :coffee


 :winkin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 14, 2012, 03:34:17 AM
All this talk of press pots sent me to the store. I scored a lb of Peets French Roast for my press. Also got some whole whipping cream to mix in it. Can hardly wait till breakfast.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on January 14, 2012, 02:15:43 PM
creature,
I assume breakfast has come and gone, so what's the verdict?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 14, 2012, 03:23:17 PM
All this talk of press pots sent me to the store. I scored a lb of Peets French Roast for my press. Also got some whole whipping cream to mix in it. Can hardly wait till breakfast.

I don't know if you have it in stores near you, but if you have a large hispanic community nearby you might have this:  Mexican Table Cream is outstanding as a coffee creamer.  Many brands available. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 14, 2012, 04:00:45 PM
ryler, the verdict is that I've enjoyed (now two) of best pots of coffee I've had in a long time.  I think I'll start using my press on the weekends as a treat and use the perk the rest of the week.  

rockstar, I live in North Texas, so saying we have a large Hispanic community is a bit of an understatement.  I'll look for that cream next time I'm at my favorite Tex-Mex grocery store.  Thanks for the tip. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 14, 2012, 06:25:52 PM
ryler, the verdict is that I've enjoyed (now two) of best pots of coffee I've had in a long time.  I think I'll start using my press on the weekends as a treat and use the perk the rest of the week. 

rockstar, I live in North Texas, so saying we have a large Hispanic community is a bit of an understatement.  I'll look for that cream next time I'm at my favorite Tex-Mex grocery store.  Thanks for the tip. 
  You mean like HEB?


  Gonna brew some press coffee now. :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 14, 2012, 06:39:14 PM
  You mean like HEB?


  Gonna brew some press coffee now. :coffee
We have HEB around here, but I think there are more of them the further down you go on I-35, near where you are.  I heard Central Market is owned by HEB too.  There's a nice Mex. grocery store near my home called Elrod's. They have Mexican Coca-Cola and those big puffy shortbread cookies that you can only get at such a place.  I'm sure this cream will be there if it's anywhere around here. 

Man, that press coffee is rich.  You get all the oils and flavors.  Went very well with my pipe this morning. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 14, 2012, 06:46:11 PM
We have HEB around here, but I think there are more of them the further down you go on I-35, near where you are.  I heard Central Market is owned by HEB too.  There's a nice Mex. grocery store near my home called Elrod's. They have Mexican Coca-Cola and those big puffy shortbread cookies that you can only get at such a place.  I'm sure this cream will be there if it's anywhere around here. 

Man, that press coffee is rich.  You get all the oils and flavors.  Went very well with my pipe this morning. 
  HEB is always so packed with people, I go to Randall's instead to avoid the throng. But HEB does cater to the Hispanic community so they have many items from the Mexican culture.
      Central Market is owned by HEB and they have lots of upscale goodies and a fine restaurant as well.
  Time to enjoy my brew.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 15, 2012, 12:14:45 AM
We have HEB around here, but I think there are more of them the further down you go on I-35, near where you are.  I heard Central Market is owned by HEB too.  There's a nice Mex. grocery store near my home called Elrod's. They have Mexican Coca-Cola and those big puffy shortbread cookies that you can only get at such a place.  I'm sure this cream will be there if it's anywhere around here. 

Man, that press coffee is rich.  You get all the oils and flavors.  Went very well with my pipe this morning. 

You will be looking for something like this:

http://www.mexgrocer.com/42743-12316.html?productid=42743-12316&channelid=FROOG&utm_source=CSEs&utm_medium=GoogleShopping&utm_campaign=MexGrocerCSE

Don't get sour cream - sometimes in the same type of container.  You are looking for fresca, or table cream on the label.  Our local Wal-Mart sometimes has this in the dairy section.  We have a giant Rancho Liborio store which has all kinds of brands of this type of cream, but those are limited to the west, as far as I know.  You will be able to get these at small local neighborhood hispanic markets - we had several back in MI where I could buy this.

Another way to use this which we learned in Mexico:  tostadas with this cream spread on top, then crumbled queso fresco on top of that, then chili powder on top - yummy.  Even better is to fry up some chorizo, drain, then sprinkle on top, add some lettuce, tasty.





Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on January 15, 2012, 12:52:06 AM
Man, that press coffee is rich.  You get all the oils and flavors.  Went very well with my pipe this morning.  

Yup. That's what keeps me drinking three or four quarts a day!



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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 17, 2012, 01:46:57 PM
Just noticed this as I was grinding the Eight o'Clock beans.  Package contents are 11 oz, not 12 like most other grocery store coffee packages, even the last package of Eight o'Clock.  Sneaky?  Yes.  I think I bought my last package of Eight o'Clock.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 17, 2012, 03:16:17 PM
Yes, that bugs me too. Even my dear old Community finally ditched its true pound a while back. Money, money, money!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 17, 2012, 04:34:53 PM
It's not just coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: dcarey on January 17, 2012, 09:11:03 PM
I go to Austin Roasting Company for my coffee (Usually Costa Rican Tres Rios).
Roasted as you like, sold by the POUND, and free shipping when buying in bulk (5 pounds).
http://www.austinroastingcompany.com/
Tell Jesse I sent you!



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 26, 2012, 08:11:15 PM
I'm on my second bag of Peet's French Roast. The press is seeing a lot of use around my house. I served some to guests recently and everyone loved it.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on January 26, 2012, 10:39:32 PM
I just bought some great freshly roasted beans from beanstockroasters.com  In fact, I just took a sip of decaf that truly tastes like regular  :+1:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 26, 2012, 11:15:52 PM
Tonight: coffee in the press and homemade oatmeal cookies.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Anders451 on January 27, 2012, 12:00:00 AM
I'm studying for exams and my hands are shaking. Just the way it is supposed to be  :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 27, 2012, 12:51:25 AM
  Just pressed some chia and added Masala and blue agave. MMMMM good. I know it ain't Java, but it's good. :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on January 27, 2012, 01:15:26 AM
My latest coffee ritual is using the Aeropress to make a delicious smooth condensed coffee topped with foam or foamy milk from the Aerocchino milk frother.

BTW, the new Starbucks "Blonde" roast is pretty good, definitely smoother and less sharper than their usual "char"bucks blend.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 27, 2012, 03:36:11 AM
Am I the only one that still use's the old style campfire perculator?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 27, 2012, 12:04:39 PM
Am I the only one that still use's the old style campfire perculator?
Nope. I use one every day for my usual coffee. Thought I was the only one!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on January 28, 2012, 02:45:41 PM
I've asked this before, but I'll try again:  My Bodum french press has a great design for the plunger.  The screen is encased in a circle of plastic and that section of it cannot be disassembled.  My husband's press has the screen squeezed between two pieces of metal; this design means that after every use the grounds get caught between the screen and its supporting metal structure.  You have to disassemble it to wash out the grounds. Also, the screen exceeds the circumfrence of the metal structure and loses its shape when pressed down into the carafe.  It's stupid.  Mine is smart.  My press is older and I can't find one with that sort of plunger design from Bodum anymore.  Anyone know of a different brand which doesn't have a stupid plunger design?  Yes, this really matters to me.

Oh, and P.S. to creature:  Somewhere on this forum you posted the view from your reading chair.  It's of your dining room.  I have  had it as my desktop image now for a couple of weeks.  Love that picture.  My husband saw it and now wants to live in your house.  Would you mind that?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 28, 2012, 02:50:13 PM
  A simple solution on the press may be Goodwill or some other thrift store. My Bodum press has a great screen on it and cost me a whole $1.99. I use it all the time. Love those kinda deals. This one looked like it had never been used.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 28, 2012, 04:18:48 PM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kVUAywdV620/TxEMqFO_x2I/AAAAAAAAAGY/4zLzLTEwSnE/s1600/IMG_0032.JPG)
It's our formal living room/dining room.  It's a fairly large room and I was over in the "reading section" when I took the pic (on my iPhone).  Great place for reading, pipe smoking, and playing music.  I think it might be a bit cramped in our little 1750 sq. ft. house with your hubby, but you all would be welcome anytime for coffee and guitar time.  When we moved in the place was all white walls and plain as can be.  My wife has a real gift.  She made the curtains by hand and rescued all the antique furniture from various death sentences.  The table is over 100 years old, and our piano, which you cannot see in the pic, was made in New York in 1898.  Still plays and sounds like a dream, at least when my wife plays it.  

On topic:
French Press is seeing much use on the fine Saturday.  


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 28, 2012, 04:24:21 PM
This is the type of press I use.  The screen is encased and stays rigid and in place when pressed, and doesn't come apart.  I've had mine for over ten years with no trouble.  I highly recommend this design. 
(http://www.thebrauncoffeemakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/French-Press-Coffee-Maker-Overview-2318.jpg)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 28, 2012, 04:25:58 PM
This is the type of press I use.  The screen is encased and stays rigid and in place when pressed, and doesn't come apart.  I've had mine for over ten years with no trouble.  I highly recommend this design. 
(http://www.thebrauncoffeemakers.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/French-Press-Coffee-Maker-Overview-2318.jpg)
  My screen looks just like that, but the press is different.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 30, 2012, 04:35:20 PM
Enjoying some Boyer's Kona Blend Medium Roast.  Pretty smooth and inexpensive as well.  Full 12 oz packages.  Can be had at your Kroger stores affiliates in the Western US and perhaps towards midwest.  Not enjoying a pack of Gevalia Columbian that was on-sale at the same time.  Too much citrus/acid notes.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 30, 2012, 04:51:55 PM
Gevalia used to have an Italian Roast that was prett amazing. Back when it was all mail order. Haven't bought any in years. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on January 31, 2012, 01:37:57 AM
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kVUAywdV620/TxEMqFO_x2I/AAAAAAAAAGY/4zLzLTEwSnE/s1600/IMG_0032.JPG)
It's our formal living room/dining room.  It's a fairly large room and I was over in the "reading section" when I took the pic (on my iPhone).  Great place for reading, pipe smoking, and playing music.  I think it might be a bit cramped in our little 1750 sq. ft. house with your hubby, but you all would be welcome anytime for coffee and guitar time.  When we moved in the place was all white walls and plain as can be.  My wife has a real gift.  She made the curtains by hand and rescued all the antique furniture from various death sentences.  The table is over 100 years old, and our piano, which you cannot see in the pic, was made in New York in 1898.  Still plays and sounds like a dream, at least when my wife plays it.  

On topic:
French Press is seeing much use on the fine Saturday.  
Yup, that's the photo.  Okay, I"ll let my husband know not to pack his bags and move in.  Talk about making the most of your square footage.  Nice job, Mrs. Creature.

And my french press plunger device is the same as yours, but the screen gets all mangled from the push down/pull up motion.  I guess no one else gets the grounds in between, either.  I'm just a freak.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on February 11, 2012, 02:14:34 AM
  Here's some interesting Coffee trivia I read today. CONSUMERS REPORT did a blind taste test and Starbucks Columbia Medium rated a good cup of coffee. Cost: $14.60 per pound.

     BUT Walmart sells GREAT VALUE Columbia Medium for only $4.42 a pound and received the same rating.

        I do believe on my next trip to Walmart I'll pick up some of this inexpensive brew and give it a try. :thumbsup


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on February 11, 2012, 04:26:59 AM
  Here's some interesting Coffee trivia I read today. CONSUMERS REPORT did a blind taste test and Starbucks Columbia Medium rated a good cup of coffee. Cost: $14.60 per pound.

     BUT Walmart sells GREAT VALUE Columbia Medium for only $4.42 a pound and received the same rating.

        I do believe on my next trip to Walmart I'll pick up some of this inexpensive brew and give it a try. :thumbsup

CR taste testers have never been close to my preferences.  Hopefully you won't be wasting money on cheaper beans.  As a 6 year coffee roaster geek, I can assure you that freshness is usually the winner in taste tests.  A hot air popcorn popper can make a really great tasting roast in 8 minutes (wait a day or two before brewing, though, for best flavor).  Most coffee you buy is way past roast date.

That is, unless you have a small roaster shop nearby that can sell you the truly fresh stuff. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 11, 2012, 05:10:37 AM
Here is something lame. I bought some Columbia Eight O'clock and some regular. Both on sale. Both the same price. When I got home and was emptying them into my containers I keep coffee in, I noticed the bags: regular was 12 oz. Columbian was 11 oz.  Pretty slick.
  :yawn


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on February 11, 2012, 01:12:59 PM
Here is something lame. I bought some Columbia Eight O'clock and some regular. Both on sale. Both the same price. When I got home and was emptying them into my containers I keep coffee in, I noticed the bags: regular was 12 oz. Columbian was 11 oz.  Pretty slick.
  :yawn

Slick--and deceptive--marketing.  Buyer beware.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 11, 2012, 02:51:42 PM
Slick--and deceptive--marketing.  Buyer beware.
Indeed.  Honestly, I'm willing to cut them some slack as I know all are tying to make a living, etc.  It just seems that all measures are taken to make them look identical, when in fact the buyer is getting less product.  At any rate, I'm enjoying a cup of the Columbian as I type. 

I also notice this recently with the Aldi grocery store.  Their prices are lower and it always amazed me how much cheaper their brands were while still remaining quite good. Then I was going through the mountain of kids cereal in my cupboard.  For some reason I noticed a box of Kellog's cereal - 13 oz (or so, not the point).  Aldi cereal - 11 oz.  What the? I thought.  Then I looked at others in the cupboard and it was the same with the potato chips as the cereal.  Then it hit me how they do it: they sell cheaper because you're getting less product.  There's always a catch it seems. 

O well.  Time for my pipe...

 :wave


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: OutWithTheBlue on February 11, 2012, 10:00:03 PM
I finally tried some blue mountain jamaican coffee. wow.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: futboljim on February 12, 2012, 01:03:32 AM
CR taste testers have never been close to my preferences.  Hopefully you won't be wasting money on cheaper beans.  As a 6 year coffee roaster geek, I can assure you that freshness is usually the winner in taste tests.  A hot air popcorn popper can make a really great tasting roast in 8 minutes (wait a day or two before brewing, though, for best flavor).  Most coffee you buy is way past roast date.

That is, unless you have a small roaster shop nearby that can sell you the truly fresh stuff.

Too true

I have bought my last two batches from redbird coffee in bozeman.  Jeff roasts to order, prices are pretty darn good, and it makes a helluva shot of espresso, as well as a good cup of pressed coffee.  Price is pretty good, too, 51.50 for five pounds, inc shipping



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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on February 12, 2012, 02:25:30 AM
I finally tried some blue mountain jamaican coffee. wow.

My favorite coffee... and James Bond's favorite favorite as well...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: kvader on February 27, 2012, 03:23:30 PM
I've always liked the lighter/medium roasts. I think my favorite is the Costa Rican peabeary from Gevalia. Lately I have been using this bulk coffee from Sams Club called Member's Mark. It's fair trade and a medium roast. It's actually really good.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on February 27, 2012, 03:37:14 PM
Heading to Costco today for more Ruta Maya.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: tuffythepug on February 27, 2012, 03:58:25 PM
I finally tried some blue mountain jamaican coffee. wow.

Oddly, you are better off buying Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee here in the USA than you are in Jamaica.   In Jamaica where controls are severely lacking they can sell any old coffee beans as "Blue Mountain Coffee"  and any old cheap cigars as "Cuban" with counterfeit labels on them.   I purchased some Blue Mountain coffee beans in Jamaica and when I ground the beans and made a pot of coffee it tasted nothing like "real" Blue Mountain coffee I was familiar with.   The same was true of a few "cuban" cigars I sampled.   

Some of the best coffee I've tasted was in the Kona region of Hawaii.   Maybe it was the setting in which I drank it though  :bgrin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 27, 2012, 04:00:31 PM
 Feeling a but adventurous yesterday, and I've been bored of late with Eight oClock and Community blends. Picked up a can (should've been my first clue) of Chock Full o Nuts original. Brewed up some this morning. Simply dreadful stuff. Also bought a can of Melita Columbian. Haven't tried it yet. I'm not hopeful after the other experiment though.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on February 28, 2012, 05:09:42 AM
I spent the better part of the last week at the National Hearing Conservation Association annual meeting/expo in New Orleans (why they decided to have it immediately after Mardi Gras is beyond me).  The hotel served Community brand coffee and it was quite tasty.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on February 28, 2012, 11:44:56 AM
I have a head-cold right now, so I am enjoying some coffee simply for its warmth.  I wish I could taste it though  :crying:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on February 28, 2012, 02:27:54 PM
I have a head-cold right now, so I am enjoying some coffee simply for its warmth.  I wish I could taste it though  :crying:
   Throat Tamer herb tea by Celestial Seasonings is a fav of mine for head and throat issues.

           Enjoying a cup of Sumatra right now myself.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: CZERO9RW on February 28, 2012, 03:43:23 PM
I have a head-cold right now, so I am enjoying some coffee simply for its warmth.  I wish I could taste it though  :crying:

A good, stiff, and steaming mug of PG Tips with a heaping tablespoon of some local, raw/unfiltered honey knocks any cold, or allergy attack right into the dirt!  :thumb


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 28, 2012, 05:48:34 PM
PG Tips is a fave around our house.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on February 28, 2012, 10:13:14 PM
Looks like great stuff.  Love the video.

http://www.pgtips.co.uk/


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 28, 2012, 11:04:54 PM
Looks like great stuff. 

It is. PG turned me into a tea drinker.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on February 28, 2012, 11:34:34 PM
  My son is a PG drinker. He orders cases on-line.  I like my Chai mid mornings or early PM. I make my own with India tea and Tea Masala. Then sweeten with Agave squeezens and lots of 1/2 and 1/2. The little lady always wants some as well.

   I made a few bad batches before getting it right. I also use my Bodum press for this Chai. It works very well.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 29, 2012, 04:02:29 PM
  My son is a PG drinker. He orders cases on-line.  I like my Chai mid mornings or early PM. I make my own with India tea and Tea Masala. Then sweeten with Agave squeezens and lots of 1/2 and 1/2. The little lady always wants some as well.

   I made a few bad batches before getting it right. I also use my Bodum press for this Chai. It works very well.
My wife likes Tazo chai from the carton. Steamed up with whole milk and vanilla syrup.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on March 04, 2012, 05:17:15 AM
Someone here said that they found a nice french press at a local thrift shop.  Well, looky here at the ARC store today I got a 1L Bodum french press that cleaned up real nice for $4.

It's a Brazil model, but 1L instead of the 3cup version (I have one of those at work!).

This is the same ARC store where I bought a Pearl Cajon drum for $40 last year, brand spanking new.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on March 04, 2012, 10:47:00 AM
Good find Scott.  A guy at work was using the AeroPress the other day.  He said this worked quite well.

I just ground, brewed and am drinking some Trader Joe's Organic Cafe Pajaro blend.  It is an EXTRA dark roast.  I bet it would taste even better made through a press.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on March 04, 2012, 04:03:21 PM
Scott, excellent find. 

There's a chain of dairy stores here in the Southwest called Braum's.  It's a family-owned deal where they have their own dairy.  The reason they're only in the SW is because they only put a store within a day's drive of their farm in Oklahoma.  Pretty cool deal and their products are great.  I bought a bag of their coffee the other day and was blown away.  I don't think for a second they really went into the coffee-roasting business, so I know this is likely something bagged up elsewhere and sold under the Braum's label.  Either way it's very good.  If you have a Braum's near you, give it a try. 

(http://www.miocoalition.com/assets/images/companies/logo_braums3.gif)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on March 10, 2012, 05:06:54 PM
My wife likes Tazo chai from the carton. Steamed up with whole milk and vanilla syrup.
   My wife still has some Tazo in the fridge, but since I nailed the art of French press Chai, she prefers mine, thank you.

It is. PG turned me into a tea drinker.
   It wasn't PG Tips for me, but it has been a great encouragement in that direction. I just bought a 1.5 kg bag of loose PG Tips (3.3 lbs.) I thought it was a bit pricey at over twice the others on the shelves, but it is a super smooth tea and I don't reget spending more for it.

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Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 10, 2012, 12:34:53 AM
Im a huge coffee snob.  I often work for coffee roasters, mostly for the eprk of the free coffee.  I love my coffee.  Look up stumptown.  look up intelligencia.  who else?  blue bottle out of san fransisco may be available in other places.  Theres so much good micro roasted coffee out there.  Light roasts are superior!!! they showcase a brilliant bean... Dark roasts hide mediocrity in carbonic ash flavor. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on April 10, 2012, 01:18:54 AM
Im a huge coffee snob.  I often work for coffee roasters, mostly for the eprk of the free coffee.  I love my coffee.  Look up stumptown.  look up intelligencia.  who else?  blue bottle out of san fransisco may be available in other places.  Theres so much good micro roasted coffee out there.  Light roasts are superior!!! they showcase a brilliant bean... Dark roasts hide mediocrity in carbonic ash flavor. 
  I believe you are on to something here. We bought a dark roast of our favorite local Austin roaster "Ruta Maya", and I think you described the flavor. We went back today and got more of the medium roast.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 10, 2012, 02:23:17 AM
yeah, sometimes they call that a roasty flavor, and honestly, i like a good cup of french/dark roast coffee at an old school diner every now and again too.  it has its appeal.  But once i tasted coffees that were as good as chocolate and wine... i just cant go back... at home i french press, or aero press, or do a 2 cup pour over.  I need a better grinder.  using a burr grinder would greatly improve my coffee.  but they are pricey...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on April 10, 2012, 06:59:50 PM
I used to love darker roasts but now they just taste burned to me. Not sure if the coffee has changed or if I've changed.


Title: Re: Re: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: k4df4l on April 10, 2012, 07:38:50 PM
I've asked this before, but I'll try again:  My Bodum french press has a great design for the plunger.  The screen is encased in a circle of plastic and that section of it cannot be disassembled.  My husband's press has the screen squeezed between two pieces of metal; this design means that after every use the grounds get caught between the screen and its supporting metal structure.  You have to disassemble it to wash out the grounds. Also, the screen exceeds the circumfrence of the metal structure and loses its shape when pressed down into the carafe.  It's stupid.  Mine is smart.  My press is older and I can't find one with that sort of plunger design from Bodum anymore.  Anyone know of a different brand which doesn't have a stupid plunger design?  Yes, this really matters to me.

Oh, and P.S. to creature:  Somewhere on this forum you posted the view from your reading chair.  It's of your dining room.  I have  had it as my desktop image now for a couple of weeks.  Love that picture.  My husband saw it and now wants to live in your house.  Would you mind that?

Replacement screens and assemblies are available for those. (and you might find them cheaper elsewhere idk)

 http://www.sweetmarias.com/sweetmarias/coffee-brewers/french-presses.html?source=grid

Sent from my ADR6400L using Tapatalk 2


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on April 15, 2012, 03:00:56 PM
For those who like the Techniform or Bonavita, check out this new product from Behmor:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otWCirV2yeg

Full control of pre-soak time and temperature are rather amazing for a product priced somewhere around $200 (I think).

For now, though, I'm getting great coffee from the Aeropress.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 15, 2012, 03:19:14 PM
Yes!!! another Aeropress fanatic.  the cheapest and easiest method for one amazing cup of coffee.  I even have down a 2 cup method now.  I used to think of my Aeropress as a camping or travel coffee maker, but now that i bought the metal screen to fit into it instead of using the paper every day, i use it often at home.  Just brewed some light roasted Costa Rican Don Mayo.  Such a lush south american coffee with lots of fruity notes normally reserved for african coffees.

Id recommend the metal screen for your aeropress Prof Stack.

they can be found at espressoparts.com

im buzzing on my 3rd cup now...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on April 16, 2012, 02:48:04 AM
Yes!!! another Aeropress fanatic.  the cheapest and easiest method for one amazing cup of coffee.  I even have down a 2 cup method now.  I used to think of my Aeropress as a camping or travel coffee maker, but now that i bought the metal screen to fit into it instead of using the paper every day, i use it often at home.  Just brewed some light roasted Costa Rican Don Mayo.  Such a lush south american coffee with lots of fruity notes normally reserved for african coffees.

I recommend the metal screen for your Aeropress, Prof Stack.  They can be found at espressoparts.com

I'm buzzing on my 3rd cup now...
Heh, the video from Seattle Coffee Gear comparing the paper and metal filters found the owner preferring the paper filter for smoothness of taste.  That's the way I currently like my coffee, having just sold the espresso maker.  I use the paper filters for 4 or 5 times before replacing with a new one.  But I have looked into the metal filters and might spring for it, just for the variety.  Thanks!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on April 16, 2012, 04:05:51 AM
This is a friend's local 'micro-roasting' operation:  http://smoothgroovecoffee.com/ 

I hadn't bought from him in awhile, but Friday evening he dropped off a 1/2 pound of Ethiopian Harar Longberry in a medium/dark roast and oh my is it delicioso from ye goode olde Mr. Coffee drip coffee maker. 

I asked him how much green beans he buys and he says he never buys more than 5 lb at a time.  His prices are reasonable as well.  I also think his logo is cool.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 17, 2012, 06:42:31 PM
thanks rockstarnot, good link, i sent em an email to see what they are about...  when you say local, where approximately?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on April 17, 2012, 07:46:14 PM
thanks rockstarnot, good link, i sent em an email to see what they are about...  when you say local, where approximately?


Colorado Springs, CO - though Eric does ship across the US.  He also has a coffee club where you sign up for a regular shipment of his choosing every so often.  Eric's a great electric guitar player, singer/songwriter as well.

-Scott



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 17, 2012, 08:16:48 PM
Id say its a tossup of paper over metal and which tastes better, funny too, because when you look at the pour over filters, there is all sorts of discussion about bleached Vs unbleached and metal vs paper.  I have seen all of the answers be the right one, i use the metal so i don't have to buy more paper.  I use the paper when i feel like something different, but i never notice the difference...  ive cupped hundreds of coffees and done hundreds of tastings.  If i were really paying attention, im sure the difference is there, but my morning cup is so damn good with paper or metal, i dont count hairs and dont consider that element to be a major flavor factor when compared to coffee, brew time and brew temp, and even the speed with which you press your aero press has more affect on flavor


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on April 17, 2012, 11:09:14 PM
So, where does one buy one of these Aeropress thingamajigs?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on April 18, 2012, 01:33:55 AM
So, where does one buy one of these Aeropress thingamajigs?

Lots of places.  Try Amazon.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 18, 2012, 02:26:52 AM
its real easy to use too, and it basically cleans itself.  you just grind coffee, heat water, put in coffee, put in water, and press.  It forms a little "puck" of coffee that you juts dump in the bin or compost or garden and its almost clean.  its at least camping clean.  makes a strong or weak cup depending on how much coffee you use.  i use 16 - 20 grams per biggish mug.  ground around what you would for drip, maybe a touch more fine.  use water that is just cooler than boiling.  i usually boil it then wait 1 minute.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on April 18, 2012, 04:28:58 AM
Here's my Aeropress ritual:  (it's all automatic now, so don't let all these steps confuse you)
- Heat a cup of water in the microwave.  Pour half of the water into the inverted tubes, resting the cap on tap with filter in place.
- Grind 10g of beans (Zassenhaus hand grinder).
- Heat a half-cup of water to 200F or so.
- Remove the water from the now warmed up tubes. 
- Dump the ground coffee into the tube.
- Add the water, stir briefly to mix well.
- Stir for 10-15 seconds.  Put the cap on.
- Bring the cup over the cap and turn it all over.
- Press the nectar into the cup. 
- Add hot water to taste (I usually have a small amount of hot frothed milk).
- Clean up, very fast with this system.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on April 18, 2012, 01:44:22 PM
I don't want to be a coffee snob, but I'm finding that as I get older, I'm getting that way.  Right now, I have 3 means of manufacture:

1.  A Mr. Coffee automatic drip.  Disappointing.  I had a very cheap old cone filter type drip maker that seemed to do a much better job - in-laws were visiting and accidentally broke the carafe. 
2.  8 'cup' Bodum French press  (cup in quotes because they are 4 oz. cups, I believe)
3.  3 'cup' Bodum French press at work.

While I like the flavor from 3 cup, the 8 cup doesn't work well for small batches - always weak for just a few cups.  I'm also tired of getting 'fiber' with my coffee.  No matter how coarse I grind, I always have to 'chew' the last half of a cup from the presses.

So, I may be ready to move on.  The Aeropress sounds very nice.  I became spoiled I suppose, at my previous place of employment where we had an automatic Capresso machine in the building, and for 25 cents, one could have a burr-ground espresso as fresh as one can imagine.  It was also where I learned that I really shouldn't do a double.  Heart-racing caffeine injections don't sit well with me  :wacko:

So, this Aeropress thing sounds interesting.  I may ask for one for Father's day.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on April 18, 2012, 01:54:07 PM
I had a small Bodum press that I never could make a decent cup with. Got rid of it. The large one, as you point out, won't make a decent small batch. That's why mine sees little use. My stovetop perk makes great large and small pots.  I brewed up a medium roast this morning and mixed in some raw whole cow milk in the first cup. The best cup I've had in years. Scored the raw milk locally. Try it if you like creamy coffee. Can't stand all that fake cream. It's either milk or black for me.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Denis on April 18, 2012, 03:09:35 PM
I had a small Bodum press that I never could make a decent cup with. Got rid of it. The large one, as you point out, won't make a decent small batch. That's why mine sees little use. My stovetop perk makes great large and small pots.  I brewed up a medium roast this morning and mixed in some raw whole cow milk in the first cup. The best cup I've had in years. Scored the raw milk locally. Try it if you like creamy coffee. Can't stand all that fake cream. It's either milk or black for me.

I haven't used any dairy or whitener in my coffee for a few years now.  There's nothing as satisfying as a good hot cup of black coffee!  Although, I do like a good latte from time to time.  I have a stainless steel Bialetti stove-top espresso maker at home that I should really spruce up.  Man, that thing make stupendous coffee. 



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on April 18, 2012, 03:14:10 PM
I haven't used any dairy or whitener in my coffee for a few years now.  There's nothing as satisfying as a good hot cup of black coffee!  Although, I do like a good latte from time to time.  I have a stainless steel Bialetti stove-top espresso maker at home that I should really spruce up.  Man, that thing make stupendous coffee. 


  I have an espresso maker. I hooked up a hose to the spigot and added a fitting to go in the 12th or 14th fret hole I drill out to loosen the neck joint for removal. It works really well. :thumbsup


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on April 21, 2012, 08:17:32 PM
You persuasive people have given me AAS.  (Careful how you pronounce that. ) Aeropress Acquisition Syndrome.  It's on order.  I'll let you know how it compares to the ever-so-messy but ever-so-tasty french press.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 21, 2012, 08:52:03 PM
Hey Ryler, they are different, you will not get the texture from the Aeropress that you do from the French press. 

but what you do get is a bit cleaner flavors, very good aroma, and the ease of 1 cup at a time with fast cleanup.

Also, dont be afraid to go outside the directions they give you.  I found the need to use hotter water, something like 195 -200.  I also let mine brew just a bit before pressing.  You can use more or less water or coffee for different effects.  sometimes i use just 1/3 of the chamber full of water to make an "Americano" style drink, and sometimes i use it to brew true coffee and fill the chamber.

So dont get frustrated if it doesnt work right the first time, i had to play a bit to get it right, but now its one of my faves.

I did french press this morning though  :whistling:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on April 21, 2012, 09:23:41 PM
Thanks, funkstar.  I'll bear that in mind and tweak to taste.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on April 22, 2012, 01:40:01 AM
Hey Ryler, they are different, you will not get the texture from the Aeropress that you do from the French press. 

but what you do get is a bit cleaner flavors, very good aroma, and the ease of 1 cup at a time with fast cleanup.

Also, dont be afraid to go outside the directions they give you.  I found the need to use hotter water, something like 195 -200.  I also let mine brew just a bit before pressing.  You can use more or less water or coffee for different effects.  sometimes i use just 1/3 of the chamber full of water to make an "Americano" style drink, and sometimes i use it to brew true coffee and fill the chamber.

So dont get frustrated if it doesnt work right the first time, i had to play a bit to get it right, but now its one of my faves....
Well stated.  I use the inverted method to get a very clean cup and less crud on the filter, which I reuse about 3 times. 

When you're ready to try the inverted method, do a Youtube search about it.  It's pretty easy.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 22, 2012, 02:36:39 PM
yeah, i usually do the inverted method to let it brew a bit longer, like a french press.  But mine broke yesterday, haha, was drying it, and i dropped it and it must have hit the floor just right.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on April 22, 2012, 03:03:38 PM
yeah, i usually do the inverted method to let it brew a bit longer, like a french press.  But mine broke yesterday, haha, was drying it, and i dropped it and it must have hit the floor just right.
Now that's just weird.  The AP is pretty darn indestructible.  They are pretty cheap on Amazon.  I got a 2 for 1 when I bought it, so a new box is ready if this one ever bites the dust.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on April 22, 2012, 04:04:47 PM
On the road, McDonalds :thumb


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on April 22, 2012, 04:10:45 PM
it is weird, and i was crushed.  to be honest, i was kinda shaking it to shake some of the water off before drying it with a towel.  during a downward shake, it slipped out of my grip and struck the floor with a bit more force than gravity.  Oops, not quite indestructible.  Ill get another here soon.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on April 22, 2012, 05:01:14 PM
MMMMMMM, Yummy and the second full press of the morning is steeping:




My wife picked some of this up yesterday and it is quite good.

(http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=38518.0;attach=13419;image)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on April 22, 2012, 05:07:36 PM
On the road, McDonalds :thumb
My choice when on the road too. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on April 22, 2012, 06:16:00 PM
My wife picked some of this up yesterday and it is quite good.

(http://www.larriveeforum.com/smf/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=38518.0;attach=13419;image)

I currently buy all my coffee from Trader Joes.  It is great coffee and well-priced.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on May 08, 2012, 05:02:11 AM
I got an Aeropress over the weekend.  I'm trying to understand how the inverted method does anything different than the 'normal' method, other than you can let the water mix with the grounds for a longer period of time since no leakage occurs through the filter.

Any other reasons why doing the inverted method may be better?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on May 09, 2012, 02:11:58 AM
I got an Aeropress over the weekend.  I'm trying to understand how the inverted method does anything different than the 'normal' method, other than you can let the water mix with the grounds for a longer period of time since no leakage occurs through the filter.

Any other reasons why doing the inverted method may be better?
Sure.  Look at the sides of the tube when you turn the Aeropress over to press out the nectar.  Notice the sediment that is left.  None of that will get through the filter and into your coffee.  You only get the essense, or something like that.  When I do it this way and use 180F water, I get a really nice and smooth cup.  Much hotter than 180F and the coffee doesn't taste as good (to me).

Also, this way you can resuse the filter a few more times, since it stays cleaner.

Anyway, it works well for me.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on May 09, 2012, 04:35:19 AM
Sure.  Look at the sides of the tube when you turn the Aeropress over to press out the nectar.  Notice the sediment that is left.  None of that will get through the filter and into your coffee.  You only get the essense, or something like that.  When I do it this way and use 180F water, I get a really nice and smooth cup.  Much hotter than 180F and the coffee doesn't taste as good (to me).

Also, this way you can resuse the filter a few more times, since it stays cleaner.

Anyway, it works well for me.

I guess I need to see the difference visually because when I see 'inverted method' videos, they are all flipping the rig over and pressing anyways.  You must be doing something different.  Also, I don't know what sediment you are referring to on the sides of the tube  - I see none.  How the filter remains cleaner is also a mystery to me - I must be missing something.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on May 11, 2012, 11:57:11 PM
Y'all, I just don't fit in.  I got the Aeropress and I hated it.  The flavor of the coffee was good, but the french press was just easier to use.  Not easier to clean up, mind you.  But easier to make the coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on May 12, 2012, 01:53:15 AM
I guess I need to see the difference visually because when I see 'inverted method' videos, they are all flipping the rig over and pressing anyways.  You must be doing something different.  Also, I don't know what sediment you are referring to on the sides of the tube  - I see none.  How the filter remains cleaner is also a mystery to me - I must be missing something.
The advantages to the inverted method are:
1 - No leakage while the coffee is being agitated (this is the main reason, imho)
2 - More coffee particulates are held back from the press.  On my newish Aeropress, they stick to the side while the fluid level is pressed. 
3 - The filter stays a little cleaner and so can be used a few more times before discarding.  I usually use a filter 4-5 times.

The box says the water should be at 175F for best flavor.  I like it closer to 180F, but YMMV.  Some people like to pour the water into the chamber just off a boil.  Since I roast the green beans, I like to get more of the varietal nature of the bean to come through.  Most of my roasts are single origin beans.

Right now I have no plans to get another caffeine delivery system.  I don't miss the Gaggia lever machine I sold a couple of months ago.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on May 13, 2012, 12:54:42 AM
The advantages to the inverted method are:

2 - More coffee particulates are held back from the press.  On my newish Aeropress, they stick to the side while the fluid level is pressed. 
3 - The filter stays a little cleaner and so can be used a few more times before discarding.  I usually use a filter 4-5 times.


i'm still not following this - I get no particulates on 'sides' - the plunger wipes the whole thing and pushes everything through the filter.  I don't see particulates on any 'sides' wherever the sides may be.

I also don't understand how the filter stays cleaner - the same amount of water and coffee are being pressed through it, right?

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on May 13, 2012, 04:40:54 PM
So sorry for the confusion.

When I turn the AP over, before pressing, some of the particulates are on the side.  I only press until the water is through, so the particulates don't get on the puck.  The filter is usually pretty clean and can be reused a few times (depending on how cheap I am) after rinsing. 

It's not as big a deal as I made it sound.  But for me, it makes a cleaner cup.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on May 13, 2012, 05:28:34 PM
you got rid of a gaggia lever?  Man, im envious.  I can't wait to buy my first house and install one in the kitchen.  Gaggia levers are my dream.  I love pulling shots on lever machines.  Or a synesso. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on May 17, 2012, 03:48:30 PM
After reading Uncle's sleep issue in another thread came across Drink More Coffee, Live Longer  Study (http://healthland.time.com/2012/05/17/coffee-drink-more-live-longer/) recently released.

So have a   :coffee

For me just never acquired the taste  :yak:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on May 17, 2012, 03:51:30 PM
  I just finished off some French Press coffee. Really good stuff after driving for two days and not having a good cup this morning until I got home and made it. :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on May 17, 2012, 04:28:13 PM
 :thumb :coffee :donut2 :donut :coffee

Also just pressed through some nectar of the gods.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: placoustic11 on May 18, 2012, 01:53:18 AM
 :donut :donut :donut :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee I absolutely must have my french roast as soon as I get up.Routine;Get up go to livingroom computer on,bathroom,kitchen press coffee machine" on " button,back to computer look at larrivees for sale on several sites,back to kitchen pour coffee ,cream, 1 sugar, stir, drink, life begins.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on July 14, 2012, 03:35:02 PM
Aeropress update:  I saw a video with another twist in using the AP.

- No inversion used.
- Use it as the directions show on the package (water temp 170 to 200, ymmv).  But,
- after stirring (agitating) for 10-15 seconds push the top on just enough to seal the tube.
- Let the stirred coffee sit for 50 seconds or more.  The vacuum will keep any liquid from dripping out.
- Press slowly to extract the coffee.

The resulting brew tastes better (to me, anyway) and the puck is more solid than usual.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Hooked on July 18, 2012, 12:50:38 PM
Roasting would be fun but I know I don't have time for it. I don't even have time to grind my own beans, and when I do I never taste the difference.  These days I'm making up my own blends of various Community Coffee varieties. This morning I'm enjoying a bit of their Cafe Special mixed with Hotel Blend. There are many possible combinations, and since all their coffee tastes great, there's no way to mix up a bad batch.  I was converted to Eight O'Clock (which I don't consider "cheap," by the way. Folgers and Max House are cheap to me) but I moved back to Community after a bit. Been drinking it for years and couldn't stay away for long as it's an old favorite.

Community Coffee! Old New Orleans memories are flooding back!  :+1: :gotdonuts: (Beignets?)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on July 18, 2012, 01:40:31 PM
  Just a note, we have converted 100% to French press for a month or so now. We use our Bodum that makes 2 large mugs of coffee per pot.
   On our recent three week road trip we used it every day at relatives houses, motels and cabins. While in West Virginia the power went out for many days (it was still out when we left), but we heated water in a pot on the deck grille (propane).
   It was the one "luxury" we had. A really good cup a joe, whenever we wanted. :+1:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: vacapicker on July 18, 2012, 02:25:51 PM
  Just a note, we have converted 100% to French press for a month or so now. We use our Bodum that makes 2 large mugs of coffee per pot.
   On our recent three week road trip we used it every day at relatives houses, motels and cabins. While in West Virginia the power went out for many days (it was still out when we left), but we heated water in a pot on the deck grille (propane).
   It was the one "luxury" we had. A really good cup a joe, whenever we wanted. :+1:

We take along my propane single burner and water kettle.  People think we're excessive...until we make the java!  "Petes" is our favorite brand.   :winkin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on July 18, 2012, 04:39:27 PM
Peet's French Roast in the press is a favorite of mine.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: funkstarfish on July 25, 2012, 04:59:12 PM
I have been using a Pour Over coffee system made for me by a friend.  I grind 30 grams coffee and pour 500 grams water slowly over the top, through a special paper filter.  Cleanest and tastiest cup (2 cups) ever, and so easy to do.  Cleanup is a breeze too.

I get my coffee from these guys down the street.
http://obliquecoffeeroasters.com/
  I live in Portland, with tons of good coffee, and this puts most to shame.  John roasts up the most fantastic single origin coffees.  His Brazil Arco Iris and Mexico Nayarit natural process are both fantastic coffees.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: CJ on July 25, 2012, 05:39:21 PM
I read a forum for low carb dieters and this morning saw a thread that made me shudder ...

Some of the hard-core dieters as so regulate their carb and fat intake, that they add a teaspoon of coconut oil to a cup of coffee, claiming it tastes good and to get the recommended 3 Tbsp coconut oil per day, for brain health, digestion and regularity (which is a problem for low-carbers). An even smaller group of the hard-core LC dieters add a tsp of cocoa butter. Such requires constant stirring I surmise.

I'll try anything once, but on first blush, it sounds like a strange way to ruin a good cup of coffee.

Time for me to order again, from http://www.klatchroasting.com    ... my wife is a big fan of their golden pecan roast, so it's our staple. But as often as I order, I choose a couple 1 lb bags of something unique. The Amaro Gayo was wonderful.

...

Now that the low-carb diet has messed up my gallbladder, I'm on the hunt for a good decaf. Haven't found one yet.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on July 25, 2012, 05:46:59 PM
We are trying the Zone diet and so far I have gained a little weight. But a lot has to be adjusted in our eating habits.
                  But my coffee is off limits :cop: Gotta have my Jo :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: CJ on July 26, 2012, 02:29:45 AM
Well, this thread inspired me today ...

I ordered 10 lbs of the golden pecan, and 12 oz. bags of 4 different decaf coffees: Decaf Colombia Supremo, Decaf Colombian Las Serranias, Decaf Klatch House Blend, and Sleeping Goat Blend.

The latter sounds interesting per the description:

Quote
A full bodied blend dating back to the beginning of coffee, when it was discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi

Since the wife retired list month, we've been drinking our usual blend every morning and in the late afternoon have been brewing a 2nd pot ... then stay up until 1am or otherwise bounce off the walls. Hence trying out some decaf blends. I'm too old to be up that late.  :blush:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: bgfish on July 27, 2012, 02:05:41 PM
Trader Joes French roast with an extra scoop!!!!!


Title: Re: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on July 27, 2012, 02:54:43 PM
I have mainly had dark roast coffee.  But I am really enjoying the flavor difference with milder roasts.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on July 27, 2012, 09:46:05 PM


Since the wife retired list month, we've been drinking our usual blend every morning and in the late afternoon have been brewing a 2nd pot ... then stay up until 1am or otherwise bounce off the walls. Hence trying out some decaf blends. I'm too old to be up that late.  :blush:

I have my last cup at about 1:00am and am sound asleep by 2:00am.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on July 28, 2012, 09:12:58 PM
With this summer heat, I have actually strayed from the fold and bought Iced Coffee a couple of times in the past month and enjoyed it.  This morning, I made some espresso with the Aeropress, then added COLD water up to an Americano, tossed in some cubes and some creamer/sugar and yum.

Will likely be repeating this as long as it's predicted to be above 90.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on July 29, 2012, 02:35:00 AM
With this summer heat, I have actually strayed from the fold and bought Iced Coffee a couple of times in the past month and enjoyed it.  This morning, I made some espresso with the Aeropress, then added COLD water up to an Americano, tossed in some cubes and some creamer/sugar and yum.

Will likely be repeating this as long as it's predicted to be above 90.

-Scott
Did you incorrectly spell yum when you meant rum?   :humour:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on July 29, 2012, 03:24:26 PM
With this summer heat, I have actually strayed from the fold and bought Iced Coffee a couple of times in the past month and enjoyed it.  This morning, I made some espresso with the Aeropress, then added COLD water up to an Americano, tossed in some cubes and some creamer/sugar and yum.

Will likely be repeating this as long as it's predicted to be above 90.

-Scott
Above 90? Ha!  That's considered catching a break here in Texas.  Yesterday I got in my car outside of work, which stays parked on a blacktop parking lot in direct sunlight, and the temp gauge read 121.  If we get a 90 degree day in July or August it feels like spring.  I have to admit that I get thoroughly sick of the Texas heat.  Last summer was absolutely brutal. 

I have also been enjoying iced coffee this summer.  I get a pound of espresso from the Green Machine and brew up shots at home.  I like to add half whole cream and half whole milk for mine.  Very good stuff. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on July 29, 2012, 05:18:56 PM
 :+1: on the Texas heat. It gets very old in the dog days.
Iced coffee or a Frappe are nice in the heat.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on July 30, 2012, 04:26:39 AM
I'm not trying to derail the thread into who has hotter temps, in our part of CO, we are not even close - I love the weather here, but hotter days don't make me pine for the java.

I always thought Iced coffee was kind of weird, but I get it now.  That's all I was trying to say.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on July 30, 2012, 11:41:25 AM
I'm not trying to derail the thread into who has hotter temps, in our part of CO, we are not even close - I love the weather here, but hotter days don't make me pine for the java.

I always thought Iced coffee was kind of weird, but I get it now.  That's all I was trying to say.

-Scott
Got it. Guess I just wanted to whine a little about the heat.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on July 30, 2012, 03:54:31 PM
It's funny, you rarely hear the Canadians whining about the cold in the winter.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on July 30, 2012, 04:11:26 PM
It's funny, you rarely hear the Canadians whining about the cold in the winter.

It's hard to be blustery with blue lips...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on July 30, 2012, 04:23:21 PM
It's hard to be blustery with blue lips...
   YUP.
                       http://www.jacklondons.net/buildafire.html


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on July 30, 2012, 04:56:57 PM
Got it. Guess I just wanted to whine a little about the heat.

I think you folks have earned it time and again.  We have partner businesses all over TX and I forget what the string of 100+ days was last summer in many parts of the republic, but I recall it was way too many.  And for alot of you, you can't even say:  "But it's a dry heat"



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 24, 2012, 03:32:44 PM
resurrecting this thread as a Christmas thank you to those of you who lauded the Aeropress.

This Christmas Eve morning, as I'm trying to wrap up all of my family's outstanding medical bills/insurance submissions/etc.  (Those of you with 'high-deductible' insurance plans probably understand the accounting responsibilities placed on the end user of the plan) I'm enjoying a fresh espresso that would cost me probably the better side of 5$.

There's very little coffee that I've cranked through this thing that doesn't end up in a rich enjoyable cup.  I can even say that I've fine ground Folger's and Maxwell House and used it with much more than serviceable results.

I've had it since April or so, and I've not even begun to make a dent in the filter stack supplied with it - I reuse them 3 or 4 times each, with no noticeable degredation in flavor.  Here in CO, once you rinse the filter, it's only an hour or two before it's dry and ready for the next use.  It does require wetting on re-use, as it shrinks a bit with the drying.  The re-wetting quickly blooms it back to original size and ready to use.

The extravagant use of beans is the only negative to this thing - but even then, my guess is that my costs are roughly $0.25-$0.50/cup.  And no waiting in line at Starbucks for a burnt flavor dibble-dopp, double-pop, cream on top without a belly flop little sing-song rhyme that I hear people proudly recite proudly in front of and behind me in line when I've had a giftcard or coupon for Starbucks.

So, a Merry Christmas and a thank you to all who sang the praises of the Aeropress - a very happy customer here indeed.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 24, 2012, 03:42:26 PM
I have thought of this thread as well. In a way it changed my coffee prep habits as well. We no longer use a brewer at all. For about six months now we have been using two bodum press pots.
Also I have the habit of drinking a cup of Jo first and then switching to tea, I'm drinking a big cup of PG Tips teas now that was made in the second press pot. The tea habit really kicked in when we spent three weeks in N.Z. and just kept going.
I do still enjoy coffee first thing though.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: brandon on December 24, 2012, 03:49:19 PM
I'll have to look into this aeropress device. I love coffee first thing in the morning and then sometimes around 6-7 p.m. as well. I'm not too particular of the brand of coffee as long as it is medium to dark roast.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on December 24, 2012, 04:17:25 PM
Merry Coffee Christmas!

I bought two metal filters designed for the Aeropress, the Able (silver) filter and the Kaffeologie filter. 

Both allow more body into the cup, which for some coffee is a good thing.  The paper filters produce the smoothest cup.

Both filters are USA made, like the Aeropress, for those of us who care about such things.  They're about $12 each.  There are a few other filters out there.

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k409/prof_stack/ablefilters_zps48502802.jpg)   (http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k409/prof_stack/kaffeologiefilter_zpsa64d8715.jpg)

With the inverted method, I use water at about 185F and agitate for 5 sec.  The coffee then steeps for a minute before agitating again.  Then I put the lid and cup on top and carefully turn over, and press.  Works for me. 

:coffee  :coffee  :coffee  :coffee  :coffee  :coffee  :coffee  :coffee  :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on December 24, 2012, 05:40:22 PM

... I use water at about 185F ...

I enjoy my aeropress on occasion.

Have you ever tried increasing your temp a little?  Typically the recommended brewing temp for coffee is between 195-205F - the right temperature for proper extraction.  That is particularly the reason why I use a Technivorm for auto drip.  Most auto drip machines cannot reach this temp range.  The Technivorm is one of only 4 home drip machines certified by SCAA to brew within this range. 




Title: Re: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on December 24, 2012, 06:48:35 PM
I will check out the Technivorm.  I am getting close to needing a new coffee machine.


Title: Re: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on December 24, 2012, 07:59:38 PM
I will check out the Technivorm.  I am getting close to needing a new coffee machine.

http://scaa.org/?page=cert2

Not saying the Technivorm is right brewer for everyone.  Also, I would assume there are some other makers out there that haven't submitted their brewers for certification, but I can say out of the several mid-range brewers (say $150-$350) that I've tried, it certainly heats the water better than any other.  It is fast too and I think it brews a very nice cup.  It has been the official brewer for several years in at least the Specialty Coffee Assn. of Europe competition.  Not sure about the SCAA.

I almost went with the Bonavita shown on the link above - it's less expensive.  But I figured if I played a Larrivee, might as well drink coffee from a Technivorm. 

I must say though, my favorite drip method is a Chemex manual pour over brewer.  It's more hassle though that the Technivorm so I only use the Chemex on an occasional Saturday morning.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 24, 2012, 08:27:57 PM
With my Aeropress, I've never measured temp.  I get to full boil then remove from heat for 1 minute as per the Aeropress suggested method,  then pour over the grinds, stir for a count to about 20 seconds using the highly accurate: one thousand one, one thousand two.... method.  Press the thing in about 10-15 seconds, and then doctor per the mood of the day - add some of the hot water for americano, add cream and sugar, whatever.  Not had a bitter cup yet.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on December 24, 2012, 10:13:36 PM
With my Aeropress, I've never measured temp.  I get to full boil then remove from heat for 1 minute as per the Aeropress suggested method,  then pour over the grinds, stir for a count to about 20 seconds using the highly accurate: one thousand one, one thousand two.... method.  Press the thing in about 10-15 seconds, and then doctor per the mood of the day - add some of the hot water for americano, add cream and sugar, whatever.  Not had a bitter cup yet.


  And you can do all this BEFORE you have had your first cup of coffee?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on December 24, 2012, 11:03:46 PM
I enjoy my aeropress on occasion.

Have you ever tried increasing your temp a little?  Typically the recommended brewing temp for coffee is between 195-205F - the right temperature for proper extraction.  That is particularly the reason why I use a Technivorm for auto drip.  Most auto drip machines cannot reach this temp range.  The Technivorm is one of only 4 home drip machines certified by SCAA to brew within this range.

I've used temps from off-boil to 175F (the inventor's recommendation).  It's fun to experiment.  I don't have a favorite temperature.

Check out the Behmor Brazen brewer ($200).  You set brewing temperature (one degree Fahrenheit increments), pre-soak time (in seconds), and it calibrates for boiling temperature AND altitude to ensure accuracy.  I've got one and it is pretty remarkable how much one or two degrees can affect flavor.  I didn't imagine it would make much of a difference.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: AgeOfEmpires on December 25, 2012, 01:56:20 AM
Check out the Behmor Brazen brewer ($200).  You set brewing temperature (one degree Fahrenheit increments), pre-soak time (in seconds), and it calibrates for boiling temperature AND altitude to ensure accuracy.  I've got one and it is pretty remarkable how much one or two degrees can affect flavor.  I didn't imagine it would make much of a difference.

I'll have to do a little searching around to check out that device.

Yeah, the variabilities are endless, but there is a definite spectrum where things taste right to me.  This is part of what fascinates me about coffee - origin, brew method, etc. all lead to a nice challenge.  I've also tossed in roasting of green beans on occasion.  Quite an art form, if you ask me, but one well worth developing for the very best cup.

Another factor, of course, is the grind size and quality.  That's actually my weak point, IMO.  I've got a decent slow speed burr grinder, but nothing like one of the Mazzer's or MACAP's.  Fortunately for me, mine works ok for drip and press coffee.  Whenever I can afford a decent espresso machine, I'll have to budget for an improved grinder too.  Skimping on the quality of the grinder is sort of like buying a nice camera body, but not putting money into the lenses at the same time.  Little good does a nice espresso machine serve you without a high quality grind.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 26, 2012, 06:14:48 AM
  And you can do all this BEFORE you have had your first cup of coffee?

Honestly, there really isn't a comparison to your standard drip cup of coffee.  From the Aeropress, the coffee flavor is deep and wide, without bitterness.  It's like a very intense hot-cocoa flavor for the most part.

So, yes, the flavor is worth it - and that's basically all I have for the day, versus multi-cups of java.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on January 18, 2013, 03:04:06 AM
The Prof_Stack household just got another jolt of caffeine with this new lever espresso machine, a Ponte Vecchio Lusso. 

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k409/prof_stack/Lusso5_zps897d7a40.jpg)

...complete with German made hand grinder from Zassenhaus.  The coffee was roasted at home.

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k409/prof_stack/Lusso4_zps659b3adf.jpg)

Great espresso, lots of steaming power for latte art, and way cool retro styling.   :cheers


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 18, 2013, 03:11:28 AM
Very nice.   :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on January 18, 2013, 11:50:33 AM
prof_stack my mouth is literally salivating right now!!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on January 18, 2013, 02:46:37 PM
prof_stack my mouth is literally salivating right now!!
Heh, this morning's Sumatra is amazingly smooth, but bursting with flavor.  I'm surprised how much more I like the coffee coming from this machine.  The Aeropress is lonely right now, but will be used again.

BTW, it cost no more than a 03 series with typical online discount.  I got it here in Seattle. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 19, 2013, 05:20:01 PM

BTW, it cost no more than a 03 series with typical online discount.  I got it here in Seattle. 

So you didn't buy it to save the cost of buying coffee at the 7-11.   :winkin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 19, 2013, 08:30:37 PM
  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. :whistling:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on January 20, 2013, 03:38:12 AM
  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. :whistling:
Funny that.  Today I visited a fellow coffee geek who just got a $2500 lever espresso machine made in London.  Coupled with a $900 hand-grinder, he makes my coffee hobby seem downright ghetto!   :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 20, 2013, 03:05:44 PM
  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. :whistling:
Works for me.  Must be a Texas thing. 
 :wave


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 20, 2013, 03:09:11 PM
Works for me.  Must be a Texas thing. 
 :wave

Hey Community coffee lovers.  I have access to a big cache of expired ground Community coffee for cheap.  Should I bother with any of it?  Which blend would you recommend?

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on January 20, 2013, 06:07:54 PM
  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. :whistling:
Could have used one of those this morning, sans power because of the high winds. 20 F here right now, supposed to get down to 3 F tomorrow.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 21, 2013, 04:00:20 PM
Hey Community coffee lovers.  I have access to a big cache of expired ground Community coffee for cheap.  Should I bother with any of it?  Which blend would you recommend?

-Scott
I like their Colombian and Dark.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 23, 2013, 03:35:00 PM
   Enjoying my second cup of smooth "Great Value" 100 percent Columbian  :coffee :coffee   I made it in a French press though, with filtered water.
My wife enjoyed her three cups as well. I think I paid less than $3.75 for a pound of this at Wal-Mart. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 23, 2013, 06:24:15 PM
   Enjoying my second cup of smooth "Great Value" 100 percent Columbian  :coffee :coffee   I made it in a French press though, with filtered water.
My wife enjoyed her three cups as well. I think I paid less than $3.75 for a pound of this at Wal-Mart. 
Part of their "unfair trade" line?  Ha!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: NotRevGDavis on January 23, 2013, 07:44:20 PM
  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. :whistling:

Got my Peet's $4 plastic #4 basket and my $0.025 recycled filters to strain my $16.00 a pound Sumatra Blue Batak.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 24, 2013, 12:01:22 AM
Works for me.  Must be a Texas thing. 
 :wave

Well, I'm gonna try the Great Value stuff in my Aeropress.  I will buy store-brand any chance I get because in most cases it's from the same factory/source as the brand names.  However, what I'm finding is that the local Kroger chain, King Soopers, doesn't have entry-level store brand whole bean coffee.

They have their 'Private Selection' brand which is almost always priced higher than nearly every other brand name except Peet's and DazBog (which is a local roaster in Denver).  I can usually get a good deal on the Gevalia, for which their French Roast is excellent - not burned like Shizzle-bux.

I also like the Eight-o-Clock Columbian, but they are pulling a little packaging game where they've shaved an ounce or two off their net weight.  I think they sell in 10 or 11 oz. bags now, instead of the typical 12 oz bags which at one time I thought were 16 oz. bags.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on January 24, 2013, 11:57:23 AM
Anybody prefer organic over non-organic?  I've read that coffee growers use lots of pesticides.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 24, 2013, 12:32:44 PM
Well, I'm gonna try the Great Value stuff in my Aeropress.  I will buy store-brand any chance I get because in most cases it's from the same factory/source as the brand names.  However, what I'm finding is that the local Kroger chain, King Soopers, doesn't have entry-level store brand whole bean coffee.

They have their 'Private Selection' brand which is almost always priced higher than nearly every other brand name except Peet's and DazBog (which is a local roaster in Denver).  I can usually get a good deal on the Gevalia, for which their French Roast is excellent - not burned like Shizzle-bux.

I also like the Eight-o-Clock Columbian, but they are pulling a little packaging game where they've shaved an ounce or two off their net weight.  I think they sell in 10 or 11 oz. bags now, instead of the typical 12 oz bags which at one time I thought were 16 oz. bags.

-Scott
I've also noticed the packaging sham with Eight O'Clock.  Pretty disappointing.   

Regarding the Great Value brand, I don't shop at Walmart but I don't mind store brand blends if they're good.  I know a family that buys pretty much everything at a close out grocery store and they hardly ever drink the same kind of coffee since they just get what's there.  I've handsome pretty good stuff at their house. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 24, 2013, 02:11:29 PM
I've also noticed the packaging sham with Eight O'Clock.  Pretty disappointing.   

Regarding the Great Value brand, I don't shop at Walmart but I don't mind store brand blends if they're good.  I know a family that buys pretty much everything at a close out grocery store and they hardly ever drink the same kind of coffee since they just get what's there.  I've handsome pretty good stuff at their house. 

That's the type of store where the expired Community is right now.  I get gourmet overstock food and beverages there for pennies on the dollar.

Regarding Wal-Mart; there are business practices by them that turn my stomach, and then others that I wish the rest of the retail world would follow.  They are the largest employer in the US by quite a large margin.  Their employees deserve a health care plan that should be available through sheer size negotiation with insurance companies just like Wal-Mart's ability to negotiate prices based on massive buying power.  However, last I checked, most of those employees do not have any measurable benefits.  But I haven't checked lately.

Wal-Mart got 'green' religion perhaps 5-7 years ago and as a retailer is probably the leader in energy conservation and landfill waste reduction and sustainability efforts.  Wal-Mart understands that operating a company this way can save them money - which is really what any for-profit business is about, making profits - I'm o.k. with that.  Wal-Mart doesn't get credit for their sustainability efforts, perhaps because of the perception of their 'evilness' (earned in some respects) overrides any good that they actually do.

Lots of coffee companies brag on about how much they care about the farmer in the Amazon rain forest, etc.  It wouldn't surprise me if the Great Value sourced beans benefit those farmers the most.

Here's WalMart's own telling of this story - can't speak for it's accuracy, but I wish more companies had real action plans in place and could see the real profit-making benefits of operating with sustainability as a key business goal.  http://corporate.walmart.com/global-responsibility/environment-sustainability  And a blog that claims WalMart is doing the opposite:  http://grist.org/business-technology/top-10-ways-walmart-is-failing-on-sustainability/

I don't work for them nor know anyone who does at a corporate level, btw.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 24, 2013, 02:20:40 PM
The coffee is good :humour:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Walkerman on January 24, 2013, 02:21:18 PM
".....Their employees deserve a health care plan that should be available through sheer size negotiation with insurance companies just like Wal-Mart's ability to negotiate prices based on massive buying power.  However, last I checked, most of those employees do not have any measurable benefits.  But I haven't checked lately......"

You obviously haven't read the provisions of Obamacare....but then, neither did our representatives before they voted for it.  In a few years, employer provided private insurance will no longer exist.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 24, 2013, 02:26:16 PM
All I said was Wal mart had good inexpensive coffee.  :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on January 24, 2013, 03:02:04 PM
This thread is veering down the banishment road. I have a lot to add to the political discussion, but I am refraining, because of my love of coffee and the little nuggets I get from the thread. However, I am not really all that good at keeping my "mouth" shut. Lets stick to coffee discussion here and keep the politics out of the thread, please?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 24, 2013, 03:05:23 PM
This thread is veering down the banishment road. I have a lot to add to the political discussion, but I am refraining, because of my love of coffee and the little nuggets I get from the thread. However, I am not really all that good at keeping my "mouth" shut. Lets stick to coffee discussion here and keep the politics out of the thread, please?

Yup, me too. I could belly ache till the cows come home.  :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on January 24, 2013, 03:34:41 PM
I'm drinking a Sumatra-bean latte, from beans I roasted last week.  It is fabulous.  This new lever machine is amazing.

Home roasting is really easy and cheap to start.  Then the hobby can escalate to fancier roasters which cost from $300 to over $2,000.

Kind of sounds like guitar hobbies!   :coffee 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 24, 2013, 03:37:38 PM
I'm drinking a Sumatra-bean latte, from beans I roasted last week.  It is fabulous.  This new lever machine is amazing.

Home roasting is really easy and cheap to start.  Then the hobby can escalate to fancier roasters which cost from $300 to over $2,000.

Kind of sounds like guitar hobbies!   :coffee 
   I'm still searching for that old campfire perk pot  :wave


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on January 24, 2013, 03:40:11 PM
I'm drinking a Sumatra-bean latte, from beans I roasted last week.  It is fabulous.  This new lever machine is amazing.

Home roasting is really easy and cheap to start.  Then the hobby can escalate to fancier roasters which cost from $300 to over $2,000.

Kind of sounds like guitar hobbies!   :coffee 


I just don't have time to get into the fancy stuff. My coffee addiction is far to severe to be worrying about perfect temps, home roasting, lever machines and such. If I got into all that stuff, it would be like a herion addict growing their own poppies...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 24, 2013, 06:04:42 PM
I'm not a Walmart fan but I've grown weary of such battles.  There is a local Walmart Neighborhood Market near the house that my wife likes to go in sometimes.  I figure I can go in there with her, hold hands, get along, be glad to be married to someone I love who loves me, or I can get all sour and fight my invisible war that no one cares about save me.  Having said that I go in there a handful of times a year, but never in the "real" Walmart.  The people in there scare me. 
 :wave

I mostly shop at my local Tom Thumb store.  Nice place.  Nice folks.  Nice stuff.  I usually run into people I know while in there.  This thread makes me realize I've never tried their store blend coffees, but I will remedy that.  I've mostly been drinking coffee from my local Braum's, a family-owned dairy/ice cream store chain out of Oklahoma. 

I'd like to learn more about home roasting beans.  Isn't it pretty easy using old popcorn machines, which are easily found at thrift stores?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 24, 2013, 06:54:22 PM
I'm not a Walmart fan but I've grown weary of such battles.  There is a local Walmart Neighborhood Market near the house that my wife likes to go in sometimes.  I figure I can go in there with her, hold hands, get along, be glad to be married to someone I love who loves me, or I can get all sour and fight my invisible war that no one cares about save me.  Having said that I go in there a handful of times a year, but never in the "real" Walmart.  The people in there scare me. 
 :wave

I mostly shop at my local Tom Thumb store.  Nice place.  Nice folks.  Nice stuff.  I usually run into people I know while in there.  This thread makes me realize I've never tried their store blend coffees, but I will remedy that.  I've mostly been drinking coffee from my local Braum's, a family-owned dairy/ice cream store chain out of Oklahoma. 

I'd like to learn more about home roasting beans.  Isn't it pretty easy using old popcorn machines, which are easily found at thrift stores?
I enjoyed your post. :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on January 24, 2013, 10:21:32 PM
This is the best thread I've started on the forum.  :thumbsup

I just picked up some Starbucks Italian Roast that was on sale for $9.50/lb.  I ran out of the Cafe Pajaro I normally get from Trader Joe's.

The older I get, the more content I am with simple pleasure--such as a good cup of coffee and conversation with a friend.

 :coffee :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 25, 2013, 03:05:29 AM


The older I get, the more content I am with simple pleasure--such as a good cup of coffee and conversation with a friend.

 :coffee :coffee :coffee
Man after my own heart. 

I scored some "Java Delight" Columbian roast at my local Albertsons tonight.   Has a nice, dry-ish scent, like if mahogany were a coffee (works in my mind). Bag was 5.49 which is a good price.  It's basically their store brand.  This thread inspired me. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Barefoot Rob on January 25, 2013, 03:32:21 AM
   I'm still searching for that old campfire perk pot  :wave

My wife got mine at a camping store,its a small one only 4-5 mugs but it does the job.If I ever really take a day off I'm going to check Goodwill and maybe some second hand {anyique} store's for a bigger one.I also have plans of buying anotherone from a camping supply store.Oh ya I still use paper filters in mine because after a while those really small grinds do get to be a bother.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 25, 2013, 01:01:41 PM
Cabela'a sells a couple different perks. Nice too.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 25, 2013, 03:10:46 PM
   I'm about to take a road trip and I'll not be in any hurry so I'll stop and browse in the small towns along the way. I did find a large stainless pot but the parts were missing so I left that one.
   Albertsons left our part of Austin, HEB just outdid them. I think it's time to try some less expensive brews though. The one we had been drinking for many years "Ruta Maya", just doesn't seem to taste as good to me as it used to. In a blind taste test this Walmart Columbian would probably win.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 25, 2013, 03:22:05 PM
HEB's are hard to find this far north up I-35, though there are a few.  I've been enjoying this Java Delight Columbian today.  Haven't had a blend I liked so well for a long time.  Makes me rethink the whole idea of cheap blends.  Much higher-end coffee is just too rich for me anymore.  Lots of oils and it seems harder on my stomach than once upon a time.  I think I'll make this the year of cheap coffee.  Just can't do it with beer though...
 :cheers


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 25, 2013, 03:30:39 PM
  One of my daughters lives in the mid-cities and I'll stop by and see her, so maybe I can find an Albertsons and acquire some Java Delight. When we had an Albertsons down here I went there all the time to avoid the crush of people that always comes along with HEB.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 25, 2013, 04:12:13 PM
I'm in the Mid Cities (Euless). There are two Albertsons in my city, as well as in the other surrounding cities.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Walkerman on January 25, 2013, 07:49:44 PM
I'm a coffee lightweight.  I use a Keurig maker, and whatever coffee is less expensive.  But then, I put creamer in it so what the hey.  And I limit myself to one cup in the morning.  That's it.  Once in a very rare while, when it cold or raining on a weekend, I'll have an afternoon cup, which I take black.  I simply drank too much coffee in my younger days (either worked swing or graveyard shifts).  Now it's time to mellow out.  I just opened a bag of Starbuck's Blonde blend.  I'll try it black this weekend.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 27, 2013, 01:38:28 AM
Stopped at Albertson's to get the Java Delight special - 8.99/lb at our Albertson's.  Then thought I would give the Wal-Mart Great Value, but they only had pre-ground.  Ended up buying a 12 oz pack of Eight o-Clock French Roast for $5.48 at Wal-Mart.  Interesting that either the Eight-o-Clock 'normal' or Columbian was an 11 oz bag.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on January 27, 2013, 01:55:53 AM
Yea, the Walmart Columbian is pre ground, so we use our CUISINART with a paper filter.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on January 27, 2013, 04:43:56 AM
I get all my coffee already ground.  Tried grinding years ago and always ruined the beans.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Walkerman on January 27, 2013, 01:40:13 PM
Grind?  I'm supposed to grind the beans before I use them.  I wonder if that's why my joe tastes so weak.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: vacapicker on January 27, 2013, 06:07:41 PM
Grind?  I'm supposed to grind the beans before I use them.  I wonder if that's why my joe tastes so weak.

LOL...........I worked with an old timer that took the coffee pot and threw the whole beans in and boiled the water...........gawd it was bad!  :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Burntreynolds on February 01, 2013, 02:25:58 AM
Costco's Kirkland beans, best bang for the buck!
 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on February 09, 2013, 05:16:46 PM
  OK, that's it, the WalMart coffee is out a here. It's not consistent and this last can is awful. Back to my "Ruta Maya" whole beans. We still have a large bag left and I'm brewing some up right now. :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on February 09, 2013, 05:39:49 PM
 OK, that's it, the WalMart coffee is out a here. It's not consistent and this last can is awful. Back to my "Ruta Maya" whole beans. We still have a large bag left and I'm brewing some up right now. :coffee

Life's too short to drink bad coffee!!   :thumbsup


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: noyage on February 09, 2013, 07:17:08 PM
Costco's Kirkland beans, best bang for the buck!

We get the BJ's equivalent - Columbian.  Grind them and use one of these percolators:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/410L5uqRfqL._SY355_.jpg)

Hits the spot esp on days like today.  Only 1/3 done removing 36" of snow from the driveway...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on February 09, 2013, 07:36:04 PM
I've noticed inconsistency in some of my favorite brands too. Keeps me trying other things.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on February 09, 2013, 11:47:59 PM
If you want better tasting coffee, get a better grinder!  The grinder IS more important than the brewing machine.

How about a new Pharos hand-grinder for $250 (made in USA) or a Zassenhaus hand-grinder (Germany) for $90.  Both are burr grinders with amazing consistency of grinds.

Toss out that whirley-blade cheapo that heats the beans and pulls away the aroma from the cup and leaves you with rocks and dust for the grind.

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k409/prof_stack/Coffee/PharosmeetsZassenhaus_zpsf3de67ed.jpg)

Don't gasp at the prices.  The newest coffee geek hand-grinder (HG-1) has 81mm burrs and a $900 price tag.  It's getting rave reviews.  I'll stick with the Zassenhaus.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: noyage on February 10, 2013, 02:11:48 AM
If you want better tasting coffee, get a better grinder!  The grinder IS more important than the brewing machine.

How about a new Pharos hand-grinder for $250 (made in USA) or a Zassenhaus hand-grinder (Germany) for $90.  Both are burr grinders with amazing consistency of grinds.

Toss out that whirley-blade cheapo that heats the beans and pulls away the aroma from the cup and leaves you with rocks and dust for the grind.

Don't gasp at the prices.  The newest coffee geek hand-grinder (HG-1) has 81mm burrs and a $900 price tag.  It's getting rave reviews.  I'll stick with the Zassenhaus.

That Pharos is beautiful.  I have the whirley-blade cheapo thing and it's better than the pre-ground but I imagine those hand-grinders kick it up another notch.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on March 09, 2013, 04:09:19 PM
If you want better tasting coffee, get a better grinder!  The grinder IS more important than the brewing machine.

How about a new Pharos hand-grinder for $250 (made in USA) or a Zassenhaus hand-grinder (Germany) for $90.  Both are burr grinders with amazing consistency of grinds.

Toss out that whirley-blade cheapo that heats the beans and pulls away the aroma from the cup and leaves you with rocks and dust for the grind.

(http://i326.photobucket.com/albums/k409/prof_stack/Coffee/PharosmeetsZassenhaus_zpsf3de67ed.jpg)

Don't gasp at the prices.  The newest coffee geek hand-grinder (HG-1) has 81mm burrs and a $900 price tag.  It's getting rave reviews.  I'll stick with the Zassenhaus.
I really like the idea and style of the one on the right (German?).  I'd like to learn more about these.  Looked on Amazon and there appears to be many cheapos on the market. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Hooked on March 09, 2013, 10:39:10 PM
Like guitars, some of y'all are a cut waaay above me in coffee. Grew up drinking stove top perked or dripped Community Coffee (& chickory) in New Orleans. Dad made it strong enough to stand up the spoon. 21 Army years later, we tend toward the BJ's Kona during the week and then I'll grind up an Indonesian blend when I can find it, Sulawesi or New Guinea Peaberry from Starbucks is my usual.

As with the rest of the Forum - this is a great bunch of folks!

(http://i1263.photobucket.com/albums/ii631/Lance2377/beignets_zps97ef744b.jpg)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on March 10, 2013, 12:30:06 AM
I really like the idea and style of the one on the right (German?).  I'd like to learn more about these.  Looked on Amazon and there appears to be many cheapos on the market.
Yes, there are many cheap grinders out there. 

Yeah, that's my Zassenhaus on the right, and it grinds for espresso very, very well.

Zassenhaus grinders come in two varieties today, their made in China line and their made in Germany top line.  sweetmaria.com has some of their better grinders.  I buy a lot of green beans for roasting from them.

Also, check out the LIDO hand-grinders from the same company (OphanEspresso) that makes the PHAROS.  They are located in Idaho and make their stuff right there.

OR, you could check eBay for used ones, some of which are older but still very good.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on March 10, 2013, 05:17:31 AM
Yes, there are many cheap grinders out there.  

Yeah, that's my Zassenhaus on the right, and it grinds for espresso very, very well.

Zassenhaus grinders come in two varieties today, their made in China line and their made in Germany top line.  sweetmaria.com has some of their better grinders.  I buy a lot of green beans for roasting from them.

Also, check out the LIDO hand-grinders from the same company (OphanEspresso) that makes the PHAROS.  They are located in Idaho and make their stuff right there.

OR, you could check eBay for used ones, some of which are older but still very good.
Thanks for the info.  I'm a grinder novice.  Had one of those top-loading bean-burners years ago and threw it away after a couple tries.  So all my coffee comes already ground, but I've sensed for a while (now thanks to this thread) that I'm missing out.  I have a question:  You say the German grinds well for espresso.  That's great since I brew espresso sometimes.  But can I also grind regular coffee too?  More specifically for my old stovetop perc?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on March 10, 2013, 05:24:41 AM
Thanks for the info.  I'm a grinder novice.  Had one of those top-loading bean-burners years ago and threw it away after a couple tries.  So all my coffee comes already ground, but I've sensed for a while (now thanks to this thread) that I'm missing out.  I have a question:  You say the German grinds well for espresso.  That's great since I brew espresso sometimes.  But can I also grind regular coffee too?  More specifically for my old stovetop perc?
Yes, the hand-grinder are easily and quickly adjustable to other (more coarse) types of grinds. 

BUT, if you brew a lot of coffee each day, you might get tired of all the hand-grinding.  7g for a single shot espresso is 30 turns.  Multiply that up for 50g or so for a full pot.  That would get old rather quickly. 

If that be the case, you can get a decent cheap electric burr grinder for less than $120 or so.  If you want to up the ante, the sky is the limit.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 09, 2013, 02:18:29 AM
Can someone provide the Pros & Cons of a Coffee Press vs an everyday filtered coffe maker  :?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on September 09, 2013, 03:03:06 AM
Can someone provide the Pros & Cons of a Coffee Press vs an everyday filtered coffe maker  :?
Sure, I'll try.

Coffee Press
+ More control over the final product (timing, temperature)
+ Thicker, fuller coffee
- More muss and fuss
- Breakage possible (the glass can slip out of the holder).

Filtered coffee maker
+ Set it and Forget it (even better with a auto-start timer)
+ Consistent
+ More filtering means less cholesterol producing lipids in the coffee
- Routine maintenance required
- Cost of paper filters


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 09, 2013, 11:27:35 AM
Thanks Norm that is helpful.

Another probably basic question re Coffee Presses - what are the features in presses  makiing one a Good - Better and Best Coffee Press :?

Finally can anyone recommend one - preferably one made in USA or Europe - I know a huge request in this day and age  :?



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on September 09, 2013, 01:26:42 PM
Thanks Norm that is helpful.

Another probably basic question re Coffee Presses - what are the features in presses  makiing one a Good - Better and Best Coffee Press :?

Finally can anyone recommend one - preferably one made in USA or Europe - I know a huge request in this day and age  :?



Several of us here at ye olde Larrivée forums use the Aeropress to make near espresso with no bitterness, and no 'roughage' that you get with most French pressed coffee.  http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm

I learned about it in this thread.  I don't bother with Charbucks, with drip made coffee, gave my Bodum Brasil french press away, etc.  It kind of spoils you - so be prepared for that.  I'm not sure if it's made in the USA or not.  Certainly engineered here.  No 'made in anywhere' stuff on the  main parts as far as I can tell.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 09, 2013, 05:28:19 PM
Scott, they appear to be made in the USA and exactly what I was after!!! Thanks


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on September 09, 2013, 11:13:18 PM
Joyce, I have been using this press for about the last five or six years: http://bodum.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/10096-364US4/


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: El Cajone on September 10, 2013, 01:27:13 PM
Get the Aeropress, biggest improvement I ever made to the taste of coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: SMan on September 10, 2013, 02:55:46 PM



Alternatley, get in touch with your inner cowboy and throw the grounds in the bottom of a pot  of boiling water . . .  :guitar


Reminds me of the coffee they made in the Army.  :yak:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Barefoot Rob on September 10, 2013, 05:50:21 PM
A camping perc style is all that's needed take it from someone who drinks 15-20 cups a day both caff and decaff.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on September 10, 2013, 06:09:39 PM
I love my quart French Press. It's quick and easy to brew and quick add easy to clean. The polycarbonate outer sleeve insulates and helps keep the glass beaker from getting broken. I have cut way back on my coffee consumption and try to stick to just two quarts a day... :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on September 10, 2013, 06:34:49 PM
I love my quart French Press. It's quick and easy to brew and quick add easy to clean. The polycarbonate outer sleeve insulates and helps keep the glass beaker from getting broken. I have cut way back on my coffee consumption and try to stick to just two quarts a day... :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll :roll
I use the same and have cut back to two Large cups. Think Larrivee Forum cups.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on September 10, 2013, 08:34:40 PM
This is the Bodum French Press model I gave away after using my Aeropress for about a week. (http://bodum.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/10938-01B/)

This is the Bodum mini press that just sits on my bookshelf at work now doing nothing - and it was a Valentine's Day gift from my wife. (http://bodum.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/1783-01/)

Lots of folks in our area swearing by 'pourover' methodology.  It would have to be pretty danged good for me to give up the Aeropress method.

I finally bought my Aeropress after having my first cup from it at a relatively large local roaster (good but not cork-sniffer unnecessary exclusivity) started offering Aeropressed coffee and the local news radio station was going to do an event there focusing on the Aeropress.  Yes, I heard about it first from my fellow forumites, but tasting was believing.  So I bought it local.

Haven't looked back since.   Raise your hand if you simply love the essence of coffee flavor.  Raise your hand if bitterness is one downside.  That bitterness thing, you can pretty much forget about it if you follow the instructions even somewhat closely.  Warning, the Aeropress uses copious amounts of coffee for the yield, but the flavor is very intense.  To make coffee from the nectar, you can go 3-1 water to nectar ratio and still have pretty strong taste going on.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on September 11, 2013, 03:21:43 AM
A camping perc style is all that's needed take it from someone who drinks 15-20 cups a day both caff and decaff.
I sure enjoy my old perc.  Had it about 12 yrs now.  It's all scarred from campouts over the years and the grime never fully washes off, but I wouldn't trade for it. I still like a press pot from time to time too though.  This is my old perc


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: raytheprinter on September 11, 2013, 12:38:33 PM
I am on my second package of Peets . I am enjoying the House Blend this time around. Very good ,,fresh ground beans smell so good!javascript:void(0);javascript:void(0);


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on September 11, 2013, 12:51:17 PM
Peet's makes an excellent French Roast for the press.  I'll usually treat myself to a pound or two around the holidays.  Add a splash of heavy whipping cream to a cup and you're in for a treat. 
 :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 25, 2013, 12:08:14 AM
Just a brief update I ended up going with the Aeropress  I am not much of a drinker myself got it really for visitors and have turned more than 5 additional sales by serving it up. ( use the inverted method :-). My sister is a real coffee snob and had never heard of them and was very impressed. Her favorite coffee being Kick--CENSORED- said the Aeropress  kicks--CENSORED-.

Thanks folks for the recommendation and other info provided here in assisting me with this decision.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on December 08, 2013, 04:47:39 PM
I recently got a Bialetti Moka Express stovetop perc.  This is a small pot that makes about 6 oz. of highly concentrated coffee.  Along with a hand-pumped milk frother, this is some of the best coffee I've ever had.  So far I've tried some of the fancy canned Italian blends and some reg dark roast Community Coffee: it all takes great.  I highly recommend this method for something different.

(http://limeworld.com/img/bialetti-moka.jpg)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 25, 2014, 09:55:00 PM
Just a little love for the folks here who turned me on to the Aeropress about a year and a half ago.  Had an entirely delicious mug this AM made with store brand bulk Kona blend from the local 'granola' type grocery store.  Liquid dark chocolate is what comes out of this thing, with no bitterness.  What a great invention!  If the guy just had better graphic design on his packaging, he would sell millions of these.

His website looks straight out of 1992:  http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm

Packaging is the same lame lack of creative design other than it being a hexagonal cylinder box - which has to cost him quite a bit to get that thing punched and folded/glued.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on March 05, 2014, 12:09:17 AM
Aeropress - an interesting article (http://priceonomics.com/the-invention-of-the-aeropress/)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Queequeg on March 05, 2014, 01:07:06 PM
Aeropress - an interesting article (http://priceonomics.com/the-invention-of-the-aeropress/)
Interesting, indeed.
In other news, just heard that the new Keurig machines (you know, those one-cup coffee pod servers) will embed a DRM chip in there, so you can't buy non-Keurig pods for it.

You will recall "Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a class of technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders, and individuals with the intent to control the use of digital content and devices after sale. Discs with DRM schemes are not legitimately standards-compliant Compact Discs (CDs) but are rather CD-ROM media. Therefore they all lack the CD logotype found on discs which follow the standard (known as Red Book). Therefore these CDs could not be played on all CD players or personal computers. Personal computers running Microsoft Windows would sometimes even crash when attempting to play the CDs.
Many online music stores employ DRM to restrict usage of music purchased and downloaded online.
Prior to 2009, Apple's iTunes Store utilized the FairPlay DRM system for music. Apple did not license its DRM to other companies, so only Apple devices and Apples QuickTime media player could play iTunes music."
source: WIKI


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on April 21, 2014, 07:09:45 PM
(edited, added to the list)
Short list of coffees I have tried and like in my Aeropress:

Kroger store brand "Private Selection" Kona Blend http://www.privateselection.com/artisan-products/gourmet-beverages/coffee/kona-blend-coffee/
Kroger store brand "Private Selection" Sumatra Mandheling (can't find a link)

(BTW Kroger stores are nationwide under a huge list of other brands:  King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Ralph's, Smith's, etc.)

Boyer's Kona Blend http://www.boyerscoffee.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=84  King Soopers and Sam's club sell this brand in CO, not sure about elsewhere)
Switchback Roasters Guatamala Huehuetanango http://switchbackroasters.myshopify.com/ (currently not available)
Sprouts market Kona Blend: https://www.sprouts.com/departments/bulk-foods;jsessionid=16AAA44B7BAA56DBC87A01F425B093B4-n1 (coffee not listed specifically)
Gevalia French Roast: http://www.gevalia.com/Gevalia-In-Store/gevalia-instore,default,pg.html
Gevalia Traditional Roast: http://www.gevalia.com/Gevalia-In-Store/gevalia-instore,default,pg.html
Starbucks Italian Roast: http://www.starbucks.com/coffee/dark/italian-roast
Starbucks Cafe Verona: http://www.starbucksstore.com/caff%C3%A8-verona/VM_CAFFEVERONA,default,pd.html
Daz Bog White Nights Espresso Roast:  http://store.dazbog.com/white-nights-espresso--12-oz-bag.html
Daz Bog Brazil Santos:  http://store.dazbog.com/brazilian-santos-12-oz-bag.html

FYI Daz Bog is the bulk coffee available at Kroger-affiliated stores in Colorado.  Right now (April 26th) most of them are only 8$/lb whole bean.  If you are ever on a layover in Denver International Airport, Daz Bog has a shop in Concourse C near gate C47.

List of coffees I've tried in my Aeropress which were ok, and definitely better than drip (I mill these into espresso grind fine-ness):
Folgers
Maxwell House

List of coffees I've tried in my Aeropress and wouldn't try again:



I consider the Aeropress to be the coffee world equivalent of a great microphone pre-amp:  You can make a cheap mic sound decent using a great pre-amp, and you will almost always make an expensive mic sound crummy using a crummy pre-amp.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on June 02, 2014, 04:13:33 PM
After a long time of loving coffee, I've finally started grinding my own beans. Man, what a difference!  I'm grinding in my VitaMix blender. Works very well.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on June 02, 2014, 07:52:21 PM
After a long time of loving coffee, I've finally started grinding my own beans. Man, what a difference!  I'm grinding in my VitaMix blender. Works very well.
Well bought a Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder about a month ago for company that likes coffee. Felt pretty good about the deal. Tho its neat and does a nice job I never even considered using the Vitamix  :wacko: Don't feel so good about the grinder purchase anymore   :crying:

Sure do luv my Vitamix tho  :thumbsup


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on June 02, 2014, 08:22:56 PM
The VitaMix does it all! Great investment. No regrets.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on June 02, 2014, 10:51:29 PM
I've been grinding my beans everyday for years.  Can't imagine going back to pre-ground coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on June 03, 2014, 12:29:33 AM
I've been grinding my beans everyday for years.  Can't imagine going back to pre-ground coffee.
         Ditto :thumbsup


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: carruth on June 03, 2014, 12:42:52 AM
Purchased an aeropress three months ago on the recommendations in this thread. I react big time to caffiene, so like to brew my own coffee so I know what is being consummed. :coffee :coffee :coffee    The aeropress is simply amazing and makes wonderful coffee.   :+1:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on June 03, 2014, 02:09:17 AM
After a long time of loving coffee, I've finally started grinding my own beans. Man, what a difference!  I'm grinding in my VitaMix blender. Works very well.
Unless the Vitamix has a burr grinder set, you're not getting the best coffee flavor you can.  Especially if you are doing espresso. 

The blenders tend to reduce the beans to "dust and rocks" and also heat them.  You gain coffee aroma in the blender but lose it in the cup.

The coffee forums' mantra is "Grinder first, beans second, machine third.  An entry level burr grinder is around $100.  Then you can pick your price point and pay. 

Like guitars, the coffee equipment hobby can be addicting.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on June 03, 2014, 04:57:52 AM
I'm "pulse blending" with VitaMix to avoid burning beans and getting a pretty good grind. Good enough for me anyway.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on June 03, 2014, 10:54:26 AM
By the way, I found an interesting website seattlecoffegear.com

Lots of interesting products.  Many of the products have videos that demo and detail them.

I recently bought the Technivorm Moccamaster KBT741 from them.  Haven't set it up yet.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on September 04, 2014, 11:05:34 AM
I was in a Bed Bath & Beyond about a month ago and they had the Aeropress in stock, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I have been using a quart sized Bodum Young coffee press for the last seven years or so. I will say that the Aeropress does make a nice cup of Joe, using either the traditional or inverted methods, and differing times for the steep. However, it is back in its box and my Young press is back on the counter. I just can't justify the increased costs in coffee using the Aeoropress. I drink a lot of coffee and generally use a pound of coffee every 10-12 days using my Young press. Using the Aeropress, I was blowing through a pound of coffee every four to five days. I'll use the Aeropress on those occasions when I want to make a nice cappuccino or latte, but otherwise, it is my trusty Young press for my day to day coffee addiction.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on September 04, 2014, 01:46:55 PM
I was in a Bed Bath & Beyond about a month ago and they had the Aeropress in stock, so I decided to give it a whirl.  I have been using a quart sized Bodum Young coffee press for the last seven years or so. I will say that the Aeropress does make a nice cup of Joe, using either the traditional or inverted methods, and differing times for the steep. However, it is back in its box and my Young press is back on the counter. I just can't justify the increased costs in coffee using the Aeoropress. I drink a lot of coffee and generally use a pound of every 10-12 days using my Young press. Using the Aeropress, I was blowing through a pound of coffee every four to five days. I'll use the Aeropress on those occasions when I want to make a nice cappuccino or latte, but otherwise, it is my trusty Young press for my day to day coffee addiction.
Interesting observation never thought of the Aeropress using more coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mikeymac on September 04, 2014, 02:53:35 PM
Here's a stock photo of our high tech coffee brewer - makes a great cup (or 10) of plain ol' black coffee!  :whistling:

(You could say we're into "vintage coffee brewing".)



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on September 04, 2014, 05:44:06 PM
Here's a stock photo of our high tech coffee brewer - makes a great cup (or 10) of plain ol' black coffee!  :whistling:

(You could say we're into "vintage coffee brewing".)




I nearly always drink my Joe straight black, as well. On a rare occasion, I like to have a cappuccino or latte with around four shots of espresso, some whipped cream, and some nutmeg and cinnamon.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ducktrapper on September 04, 2014, 06:07:28 PM
I've finally found some decent coffee at a decent price here in Central Wisconsin. I was buying Gevalia which is good but @ $7.00ish for 12 ounces, a little dear. I found, at Fleet/Farm of all places (I LOVE Fleet/Farm), some Costa Rican and also Jamaican Blue Mtn. coffee from a brand called Magnum Exotics. Regularly $6.99 for a full pound, recently on sale for $4.99. I bought a lot. Very good stuff!
It's already ground but I get bored with grinding my morning brew. If the coffee is fresh, I don't find all that much difference to tell you the truth. Oh the shame!   :blush:       


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on September 04, 2014, 08:56:42 PM
These days I'm grinding up Eight O'Clock Columbia Roast in the VitaMix (8 seconds will perfectly grind a pound) and brewing in a stovetop drip Guardian pot from the 40s. Best coffee I've ever had at home.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on September 04, 2014, 09:51:26 PM
I just had some Eight O'clock Italian Roast that was great.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 03, 2014, 04:43:19 AM
There's snow again on Pikes Peak (at least for a couple days), so it's time to have morning joe again in these parts.  I'm trying something new; pre-brewing the nectar in my Aeropress, storing in the fridge, for a simple hot-water add in the AM.

I just started a new job that has me leaving the house between 6:15 and 6:30, and so given the fact that I like sleep alot, I'm trying to cut down on the morning java routine time.

Aeropress fans talk about how they make their espresso and then chill it, for later use by simply adding hot water to make Americano style coffee.  I've not done this, but tonight, I made a batch of espresso using two Aeropress scoops of unground dark-roast Seattle's best, mixed with 1.5 scoops of Folger's, ground to a fine espresso grind, on the Aeropress and stored it in a Mason jar in the fridge.  I'm going to try the Americano thing tomorrow AM, and again on Saturday - to see how well it holds up.

Will report back here with thumbs up or down.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on October 03, 2014, 11:05:42 AM

Will report back here with thumbs up or down.
Looking forward to your findings

The mix that you make ( seems like a lot of coffee) how many cups do you get from that  :?

And what exactly is your procedure  :?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 03, 2014, 09:53:55 PM
There's snow again on Pikes Peak (at least for a couple days), so it's time to have morning joe again in these parts.  I'm trying something new; pre-brewing the nectar in my Aeropress, storing in the fridge, for a simple hot-water add in the AM.

I just started a new job that has me leaving the house between 6:15 and 6:30, and so given the fact that I like sleep alot, I'm trying to cut down on the morning java routine time.

Aeropress fans talk about how they make their espresso and then chill it, for later use by simply adding hot water to make Americano style coffee.  I've not done this, but tonight, I made a batch of espresso using two Aeropress scoops of unground dark-roast Seattle's best, mixed with 1.5 scoops of Folger's, ground to a fine espresso grind, on the Aeropress and stored it in a Mason jar in the fridge.  I'm going to try the Americano thing tomorrow AM, and again on Saturday - to see how well it holds up.

Will report back here with thumbs up or down.
Congrats on the job!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 03, 2014, 11:52:57 PM
Looking forward to your findings

The mix that you make ( seems like a lot of coffee) how many cups do you get from that  :?

And what exactly is your procedure  :?

One of the downsides of Aeropress is that it uses what some may consider an extravagant amount of beans per fluid oz yield.  In this regard, as far as I can tell, it's pretty similar to an espresso machine, and while not exactly the same as espresso that results, it has a very high flavor concentration with almost no bitterness no matter what type of coffee used.  I follow the Aeropress instructions to make 'Americano', by adding hot water to the 'nectar' from the pressing operation.

The amount that I used yields 2 pretty full mugs of intensely flavored coffee; somewhere between an espresso and your average drip-brew coffee.

First impression; it's hard to judge the amount of hot water to add to the chilled nectar for the right mix.  What I had today was not quite as strong as what I'm used to with Aeropress americano method.  And not quite as warm.  Have to play a little with the off-boil time.  Aeropress users will understand this.

For new readers to this thread, the key to the Aeropress is the very limited time that hot water is in contact with grounds, as well as pretty high pressure forcing the water through the beans.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on October 03, 2014, 11:57:45 PM
Y'all have talked me out of this latest and greatest coffee maker. I'll stick to my fine French press, thank you very much.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 04, 2014, 03:40:05 PM
@dependan, just an FYI - I'm experimenting with the Aeropress.  The 'normal' way of using it yields the best tasting coffee I've ever made at home.  I even gave my Bodum Brazil french press away.  The Aeropress does lend itself to experimentation and many folks that use it try different ways.

Day 2 update:

This method that I tried, basically pressing a double shot espresso in the evening, chilling it for use as the nectar for two different Americanos and the following two days, is too fidgety for me because I can't add the small amount of hot water to the nectar to yield the right flavor AND the right sipping temperature. 

I'm going back to the tried and true way.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on October 23, 2014, 06:43:03 PM
I broke out the AeroPress today, because; it is a six shot espresso, cappuccino, kind of rainy afternoon today!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on October 23, 2014, 09:21:30 PM
Looks good GA-ME   :coffee  Sippin' on a cup right now too  :smile:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 24, 2014, 02:18:24 AM
GA-ME, how do you do your frothy milk?  Something you can do while the water is boiling for the Aeropress?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on October 24, 2014, 06:24:55 PM
GA-ME, how do you do your frothy milk?  Something you can do while the water is boiling for the Aeropress?

Scott, I use a KitchenAid immersion blender to froth the milk. I put the milk in the microwave for 60-90 seconds, depending on the amount of milk, and then froth it up.


http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-2-speed-Immersion-Blender/dp/B00BR140BQ


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on October 26, 2014, 05:27:35 AM
How do you stop the static electricity problem with the coffee grinders? The grounds always grip to all the plastic in the reservoir, makes a mess when you remove the lid to dump the grounds.  Anybody got a trick to eliminate this?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 26, 2014, 10:20:02 PM
How do you stop the static electricity problem with the coffee grinders? The grounds always grip to all the plastic in the reservoir, makes a mess when you remove the lid to dump the grounds.  Anybody got a trick to eliminate this?

I have a little brush I used to sweep things out.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: KenHolden on October 27, 2014, 01:06:17 PM
For my grinder and the static, I stir the grounds with a metal knife and you can get everything out of the corners of the grinder cup.


I have a french press, and the aeropress. Both give me good coffee when i have the time to make it. 


Recently, I switched to decaf, and I've been lucky to find good tasting coffee beans without the caffeine.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 28, 2014, 03:49:59 AM
For my grinder and the static, I stir the grounds with a metal knife and you can get everything out of the corners of the grinder cup.


I have a french press, and the aeropress. Both give me good coffee when i have the time to make it. 


Recently, I switched to decaf, and I've been lucky to find good tasting coffee beans without the caffeine.

Do share, please - I can't take caffeine after about 2 in the afternoon.  I've tried a couple of grocery-store available decaf coffees and have been disappointed.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on October 28, 2014, 07:17:51 AM
Okay, a little out of left field here, but someone I work with told me that the darker or I guess, more roasted a coffee is, the less caffeine it contains because the roasting process destroys some of the caffeine.  Is that true?  If it is, then maybe there is a good compromise between decaff and aggressively roasted coffee??


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mr_LV19E on October 28, 2014, 02:29:20 PM
Do share, please - I can't take caffeine after about 2 in the afternoon.  I've tried a couple of grocery-store available decaf coffees and have been disappointed.

Scott, I drink the Kirkland brand Decaf from Costco. I really like it as long as it is ground fresh.  Good price too.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: KenHolden on October 28, 2014, 02:52:23 PM
I was a fan of the darker roasted coffee before the switch to the decaf.   

There's 3 brands that I've been enjoying since the switch mid August.

Starbucks does a few decaf beans, I've been enjoying the Decaf Sumatra blend.   They have a decaf espresso roast, and the house blend in decaf as well

Just Us Coffee out of Nova Scotia have a nice decaf french roast, plus many more roasts/blends   www.justuscoffee.com

Kicking Horse Coffee's decaf has been doing a good job for the past few weeks     www.kickinghorsecoffee.com






Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 28, 2014, 04:10:36 PM
Many folks think they're getting more caffeine with, say, espresso, because the taste is so strong, but in reality you're drinking less coffee with an espresso shot vs a mug of breakfast coffee.  I've always been under the impression that beans are very similar but the roasting process makes for the different tastes, strength in flavor, etc.  My personal favorite blend is Columbian Roast. It's a perfect middle of the road taste to me. YMMV.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on October 28, 2014, 11:00:22 PM
Many folks think they're getting more caffeine with, say, espresso, because the taste is so strong, but in reality you're drinking less coffee with an espresso shot vs a mug of breakfast coffee. 

Unless, you consume espresso like I do. Generally, I'll have multiple shots which EQUAL the volume of a regular cup of Americano style Joe!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 29, 2014, 12:43:12 AM
Espresso also can have lower caffeine because their is less cooking 'time', hot water in contact with the beans - at least I heard that somewhere so it must be true!  :tongue:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 29, 2014, 03:15:03 AM
At work we have a nice break room setup provided by the company.  There's a very nice Commercial-sized Bunn maker that the company bought for us.  Pretty cool gesture.  Someone brings in those massive plastic cans of old school Folger's. And made in the Bunn it's really not so bad.  I bring my own coffee a lot, usually Eight O'Clock Columbian, and it's excellent.  It's odd but I'm becoming less a coffee snob all the time and these days will pretty much drink whatever.  I do drawn the line with "flavored" coffee.
 :yak:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on November 01, 2014, 12:41:10 AM
I bring my own coffee a lot, usually Eight O'Clock Columbian, and it's excellent. 

My regular bean has been Daily Chef Columbian Supreme for quite a while now. It's the Sam's Club brand and it's $14.96 for a 2 1/2 pound bag of beans. I grind it in the store to a fine consistency, but not quite espresso ground. It is quite good. I usually keep a small canister on the counter and freeze the remainder.  When I want a treat, I buy a locally roasted brand called Navigator. The fellow that roasts the coffee restored an old gas fired roaster and built a nice building for roasting behind his coffee shop. I usually get his Bolivian bean which is done to medium roast. When that bean is jut right it is nearly like drinking liquid chocolate. It really makes an exceptional cup of Joe. That bean is $10.00 a pound and I generally try and get it on the roasting day. I have them grind it at the store.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 01, 2014, 01:51:11 AM
My regular bean has been Daily Chef Columbian Supreme for quite a while now. It's the Sam's Club brand and it's $14.96 for a 2 1/2 pound bag of beans. I grind it in the store to a fine consistency, but not quite espresso ground. It is quite good. I usually keep a small canister on the counter and freeze the remainder.  When I want a treat, I buy a locally roasted brand called Navigator. The fellow that roasts the coffee restored an old gas fired roaster and built a nice building for roasting behind his coffee shop. I usually get his Bolivian bean which is done to medium roast. When that bean is jut right it is nearly like drinking liquid chocolate. It really makes an exceptional cup of Joe. That bean is $10.00 a pound and I generally try and get it on the roasting day. I have them grind it at the store.

There's a Denver based roaster called Boyer's Coffee which sells in the local Kroger affiliated grocers and believe it or not, they also sell 2.5 lb bags at Sam's Club for around $18.  My favorite of theirs is their Kona blend which is at Sam's.

I just don't consume it fast enough to make the 2.5 lb bag purchase before the beans get stale.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 01, 2014, 02:29:18 AM
I haven't ever gotten into the local roaster thing but I should give it a try.  There are some local shops that I've heard do good work, but with a large family with young children, I hardly ever go out for coffee anymore (it's usually shakes with the family) and when I do it's a drive thru at the Green Machine for a 1.98 cup of Pike Blend.  It's supposed to be Med roast but is as strong as a lot of darks.

Regarding buying large bags off coffee: This Bunn unit at work is a large commercial machine that takes a LOT of coffee to make a full pot, and I cannot figure out how to make smaller pots. I'm going through beans like crazy here.  Side note: I take a lot of the grounds home and throw them in my yard. The Texas soil loves coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on November 01, 2014, 11:42:19 AM
I recently bought 10 bags of Organic Sumatra.  Once a year Beanstock Roasters located on Cape Cod has a sale.  During the sale each bag costs $7.99 instead of $11.29.  It's soooo good.

http://www.beanstockcoffee.com/pages/products/product.php?product_id=2929

I also received the Technivorm Moccamaster as a Christmas gift last year.  I haven't used it yet (waiting for my current machine to halt to a grind :winkin:).

https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/technivorm-moccamaster-kbt741-black-or-polished-silver

By the way, the Seattle Coffee Gear website has lots of videos embedded into each product.  They do a great--and humorous--job on their demos.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on November 01, 2014, 03:44:05 PM
I just don't consume it fast enough to make the 2.5 lb bag purchase before the beans get stale.

I wish I had that "problem!" If I use the AeroPress daily, I go through a 2 1/2 pound bag in a week. I bought a one pound bag of the Bolivian bean last Saturday, because my brother was up Saturday and Sunday, helping with some home improvement projects, and because a couple of my wife's friends were stopping by en-route from D.C. back to NYC.  I thought I'd make good coffee and cappuccinos for everyone as a treat. The entire pound was gone by mid-afternoon Sunday.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on November 01, 2014, 03:56:23 PM
Strings, I used to drink a LOT of Sumatra. Trader Joe's had a fair trade Sumatra that used to run $4.99 a 12 ounce can. I'd grind it at the store and freeze several canisters for use later. However, over the last couple of years, the price has crept up to $8.99 a can and it just isn't cost competitive with the Sam's brand or the locally roasted Navigator beans. The Navigator bans are so good, it almost makes me want to grind the beans fresh, at home. However, the practical side of me knows that I drink far to much coffee to do so. Unless, I find an old Eight O'clock grinder on craigslist for a nice price!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 01, 2014, 06:38:38 PM
I wish I had that "problem!" If I use the AeroPress daily, I go through a 2 1/2 pound bag in a week. I bought a one pound bag of the Bolivian bean last Saturday, because my brother was up Saturday and Sunday, helping with some home improvement projects, and because a couple of my wife's friends were stopping by en-route from D.C. back to NYC.  I thought I'd make good coffee and cappuccinos for everyone as a treat. The entire pound was gone by mid-afternoon Sunday.

That's a lot of coffee consumption!!!  Even with the extravagant use of beans that the Aeropress requires.  A 12 oz bag lasts me between 10-14 days, but that's just one press per day using two aeropress scoops of unground beans.  I can't drink much more than that without the caffeine giving me racing heart-beat or visual migraines - I can stave off the visual migraines by drinking lots of water.  I do live in CO at about 6500 ft elevation, where the relative humidity averages only 50%, so a good deal of water goes right out the body through the skin each day.  With caffeine as a diuretic, gotta keep the fluid levels high.

-Scott


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on November 02, 2014, 01:45:10 PM
  A 12 oz bag lasts me between 10-14 days, but that's just one press per day using two aeropress scoops of unground beans. 

Scott, I use two AeroPress scoops of finely ground coffee for each 16oz Americano I drink. I fill the chamber with enough water, just off a rolling boil, to barely cover the grounds, let it "bloom" for about 15-20 seconds, fill the press to the absolute top of the chamber, stir for a 30 count, then press into my mug. I top off the mug with water. I have been using filtered water in the kettle as well. I go through so much coffee, because I have 6-10, 16 oz Americanos per day. My wife also has one Americano in the morning, but she has me use just one scoop for her brew, because she gets VERY jittery using the amount of grounds I use. Hello, my name is Jon, coffee has mad my life unmanageable...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 04, 2014, 04:09:36 AM
Gotta give props to the 8 O'Clock Columbian Whole Bean I bought last night.  But, they are sneaky.  The bag is an 11 oz. bag, when 12 oz. is the standard off-the-shelf size right now and has been for years.

With the skimp of the 1 oz, it's still considerably cheaper than other national whole bean brands for that general quantity, and the roast is better IMO. 

GA-ME, if they have it in your area, give the Boyer's a try from Sam's Club.  The Kona blend is good as is their columbian (can't remember what they call it).

I'll have to give your Aeropress method a try.  I don't do the extra water in the press, I top off in the mug after pressing the 'recommended' amount.

I'm not sure I could even see straight if I had 6-10 16 oz coffees of any type per day.  My eyes would be floating let alone the effects of the caffeine.  How do you find time to make that much coffee with the Aeropress?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 04, 2014, 07:22:35 AM
Gotta give props to the 8 O'Clock Columbian Whole Bean I bought last night.  But, they are sneaky.  The bag is an 11 oz. bag, when 12 oz. is the standard off-the-shelf size right now and has been for years.

With the skimp of the 1 oz, it's still considerably cheaper than other national whole bean brands for that general quantity, and the roast is better IMO. 

GA-ME, if they have it in your area, give the Boyer's a try from Sam's Club.  The Kona blend is good as is their columbian (can't remember what they call it).

I'll have to give your Aeropress method a try.  I don't do the extra water in the press, I top off in the mug after pressing the 'recommended' amount.

I'm not sure I could even see straight if I had 6-10 16 oz coffees of any type per day.  My eyes would be floating let alone the effects of the caffeine.  How do you find time to make that much coffee with the Aeropress?
The Eight O'Clock Columbian has become my favorite coffee.  Tons of flavor there, esp when I grind the beans myself.  And yes, a sneaky trick on their part. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on November 04, 2014, 07:49:14 PM
GA-ME, if they have it in your area, give the Boyer's a try from Sam's Club.  The Kona blend is good as is their columbian (can't remember what they call it).

I'll have to give your Aeropress method a try.  I don't do the extra water in the press, I top off in the mug after pressing the 'recommended' amount.

I'm not sure I could even see straight if I had 6-10 16 oz coffees of any type per day.  My eyes would be floating let alone the effects of the caffeine.  How do you find time to make that much coffee with the Aeropress?

It only takes about a minute, or so, to make an Aeropress Americano. I keep a kettle of filtered water on a low simmer, from  the time I wake, until I switch to drinking water around noon. Our Sam's Club doesn't stock the Boyer's beans. In whole bean bags, they have a breakfast blend, a Columbian Supreme, and a French Roast, all of which are the Sam's, Daily Chef, brand. The only other whole bean choice, at this Sam's Club, is Starbuck's brand beans.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 05, 2014, 12:33:57 AM
It only takes about a minute, or so, to make an Aeropress Americano. I keep a kettle of filtered water on a low simmer, from I the time I wake, until I switch to drinking water around noon. Our Sam's Club doesn't stock the Boyer's beans. In whole bean bags, they have a breakfast blend, a Columbian Supreme, and a French Roast, all of which are the Sam's, Daily Chef, brand. The only other whole bean choice, at this Sam's Club, is Starbuck's brand beans.

I do Americano - but I add the water after I press the 'recipe' amount.  Today I tried your method and I didn't taste much difference but unless I actually made the two methods simultaneously, my palate is not sensitive enough to probably tell the difference from day-to-day.

I do avoid 'Charbux' for the most part. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Katty on November 16, 2014, 05:03:45 PM
Hi guys  :wave
as I see there are a lot of coffee experts among you   :wink:
So,would u recommend French Press (http://coffeehit.co.uk/hario-french-press?___SID=U) ?
Thanks a lot.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on November 16, 2014, 07:45:42 PM
Hi guys  :wave
as I see there are a lot of coffee experts among you   :wink:
So,would u recommend French Press (http://coffeehit.co.uk/hario-french-press?___SID=U) ?
Thanks a lot.

We use the small french press occassionaly.But we use the larger size eveyday.We like them a lot.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 16, 2014, 08:43:48 PM
It's odd but I only use a French Press in winter.  Same goes for my Bialetti stovetop espresso pot.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on November 16, 2014, 08:48:35 PM
It's odd but I only use a French Press in winter.  Same goes for my Bialetti stovetop espresso pot.
But you have one of the old style stove top perculators.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 16, 2014, 09:30:29 PM
But you have one of the old style stove top perculators.
Yes. I use it for everyday, "regular" coffee, like most ppl use a drip. But the press and the Bialetti don't see much use outside the cold weather months.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on October 17, 2015, 02:33:07 PM
Hard to believe that this thread has not been used for 11 months.  Let's fix that straightaway.

Today I did something non-typical for me:  I bought a 12 oz. bag of Starbucks beans; Peak Place.  On sale at the local grocery store for $5.99 for the 12 oz bag.  I steer away from Charbucks in general, but Peak Place is supposed to be medium roast (it isn't, it's a pretty dark roast).

Brought it home and poured the bag into an empty can that used to house 14 oz of Trader Joe's Honduran whole-bean coffee.  I've used that can several times for whatever whole bean coffee I happened to purchase for probably 6 months.

Here's the weird thing, the 12 oz. of the Starbucks Peak Place FILLED THE CAN TO THE BRIM.  The can was empty - that's why I bought the package of Starbucks - I was out of beans.

Those of you that are more afficionados, is there this big of a difference in bean volume vs. bean weight?  If I recall correctly, even the Trader Joe's 14 oz of beans did not fill up the can as much as this 12 oz package of Starbucks.

I used my normal unground bean volume for my recipe and it tasted fine - I might actually make the Peak Place a normal part of the rotation here if it's on sale.

Has anyone ever seen this before?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 18, 2015, 01:52:16 PM
"Charbucks."   :laughin:   

I rarely buy anything from them because it's expensive and I'm almost always let down by it.  However, they do make a good French Roast, and in winter I like their Komodo Dragon blend in my press, but it's up near $15 a pound, so I usually only get it around the holidays as a treat. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ducktrapper on October 18, 2015, 02:04:15 PM
Hi guys  :wave
as I see there are a lot of coffee experts among you   :wink:
So,would u recommend French Press (http://coffeehit.co.uk/hario-french-press?___SID=U) ?
Thanks a lot.

Do you mean the French Mess? Ridiculous way to make coffee, in my humble opinion, unless you have someone to clean it up for you. Coffee's alright but nothing special. I stayed with friends last year and it was all they used. Are coffee grounds actually good for drains? I must say I didn't like it. Give me a filter any day.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 18, 2015, 02:07:31 PM
Do you mean the French Mess? Ridiculous way to make coffee, in my humble opinion, unless you have someone to clean it up for you. Coffee's alright but nothing special. I stayed with friends last year and it was all they used. Are coffee grounds actually good for drains? I must say I didn't like it. Give me a filter any day.
French Press surely is a messy and laborious way to make coffee, but (at least to my taste) it's pretty wonderful stuff.  For some reason I only use mine in winter though.  And as for the grounds, I always toss them in the yard, even my everyday grounds from my perc pot.  It's great for the soil. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 20, 2015, 03:28:09 PM
We have a local discount grocery store that sells a lot of stuff from restaurant suppliers.  Some of this stuff is close to going out of date, dented, and lots of it is in bulk.  I recently scored a 5 lb. bag of Luzianne whole beans for $15!  I ground up a little bit of it and made a pot on the stovetop perc.  Very good, and that is a ridiculously low price for good beans.  If it would have been bad it would have been a waste of $15, but I took the gamble and it worked out.   I also bought a bag of no-name French roast beans there once that were so stale they weren't good for anything.  Like I said, a gamble. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Mikeymac on October 20, 2015, 07:33:37 PM

 And as for the grounds, I always toss them in the yard, even my everyday grounds from my perc pot.  It's great for the soil. 


I should start doing this - thanks.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on October 20, 2015, 08:57:17 PM
I should start doing this - thanks.


I had a bald spot in my St Augustine that I resurrected using exclusively coffee grounds.  The caffeine is a stimulant for the soil. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on November 30, 2015, 05:16:32 PM
Does anyone using the AeroPress have issues with the interior of the press scratching badly? Mine have scratched pretty seriously and I have given up on them after the third one did this. I've went back to my Bodum Young press. I still miss making afternoon latte and cappuccinos with the AeroPress though.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 03, 2015, 12:17:42 AM
Does anyone using the AeroPress have issues with the interior of the press scratching badly? Mine have scratched pretty seriously and I have given up on them after the third one did this. I've went back to my Bodum Young press. I still miss making afternoon latte and cappuccinos with the AeroPress though.
Mine is scratched bit works fine


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: GA-ME on December 03, 2015, 05:58:00 PM
Mine is scratched bit works fine

 It seems like about three months is the life for the press under my usage schedule. Initially, the scratches don't seem to effect the use, then, gradually, they seem to get deeper and deeper, until the plunger seal fails and the pressure forces coffee upward and starts creating a hazard with the hot liquids. It's a shame, because it sure does make a darn fine cup of Joe.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on December 04, 2015, 06:06:09 AM
It seems like about three months is the life for the press under my usage schedule. Initially, the scratches don't seem to effect the use, then, gradually, they seem to get deeper and deeper, until the plunger seal fails and the pressure forces coffee upward and starts creating a hazard with the hot liquids. It's a shame, because it sure does make a darn fine cup of Joe.

Mine gets one push a day.  I've had it about 3 years.  But I have always cleaned the plunger rubber seal after every use - not saying you don't.  I also notice that if I grind to a powder, it's REALLY hard to push down.

I also usually just do a two scoop of whole beans.  Three scoops causes more need for the downward pressure.  It does make great coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on December 29, 2015, 08:37:50 PM
I clean the Aeropress rubber part after each use and rinse out the tubes.  Don't store the plunger inside the tube, but keep it out.  So far, after 5 years of using it, is not showing signs of needing to be replaced.

One add-on item that I bought via Kickstarter and now available on their site is the Spressa press for the Aeropress.  It helps to make the press smoother, and easier with espresso level grinds, which I use for it and the espresso lever machine.  I don't want to adjust the grind setting.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Paraclete on March 12, 2016, 06:56:02 AM
Alright...must resurrect this thread...after all, I live in a county that has (or at least at one point had) the most espresso stands per capita.  I don't think I am ever more than 5 minutes away from one, unless I go to really remote areas.  And 5 minutes is almost venturing into caffeine withdrawal country!

Very pleased to see so many into the Aeropress.  It's been my favorite way to brew coffee since about 2010.  I noticed a few people mentioning scratches or splits in the chambers of their presses.  Mine scratched, then developed little splits and cracks.  I emailed customer service to find out if it was still safe to use.  They sent me a new chamber for free. :thumb

Also, do you guys really use that much coffee in it?  I use one scoop of freshly ground San Francisco Bay beans from Costco per mug, fill the barrel almost to the top with water, stir it 20 seconds, pop the plunger on, let it sit a bit, then push.  I started out using a ton of coffee but then figured out that you don't actually need that much to make a decent cup of coffee.

I used to do the French press thing.  It's too messy.  Used to do cone coffee.  That's messy too.  So it's Aeropress for me....unless I splurge on espresso, or drink too much coffee at church.

 :coffee :donut


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on March 12, 2016, 05:26:06 PM
Coffee at church explains your username Paraclete :).


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Paraclete on March 13, 2016, 06:21:37 AM
Coffee at church explains your username Paraclete :).

It does indeed!  It's actually the name of my fiddle/uke duo.  As a duo my friend and I play favorites from jazz standards to Beatles tunes, to Broadway stuff, pop tunes, etc...mostly done in our own swing style.  But we also are both part of the church worship team every Sunday morning.  We've got an amazing group of kitchen volunteers who have coffee ready to go by the time we get done with rehearsal before the service.  Have to keep the musicians caffeinated!   :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on April 22, 2016, 05:06:51 AM
Aeropress - try stirring for 2 minutes before pushing the plunger.  This pretty much requires the inverted method, my usual. 

Recently, I'm back to using a Ponte Vecchio Lusso lever machine to make the coffee.  It takes less beans than the AP and give a strong flavor.  But the AP gets 2-3 uses per week.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Danny on April 22, 2016, 02:05:09 PM
I use a Bodum French press every morning. I find its more important to have the right beans and purified water.
   Ruta Maya, which is roasted in Austin has been my favorite for years. When the owner first opened a small shop in the downtown warehouse district over 20 years ago I leased him a small ice machine. (200-400 lbs. a day) He has a much larger operation now and has his coffee in the large grocery stores and Costco or Sams. I prefer the medium roast.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: George on April 22, 2016, 02:11:17 PM
I told my doctor on Monday that I had cut back to two very large cups of coffee per morning (my baby daughter gave me this cup made at Exit 82 Art in Austin, TX for Christmas).  He told me to drink more coffee, that it is good for you...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Walkerman on April 23, 2016, 01:22:55 PM
I use a Keurig with the biodegradable coffee thingys from Costco. $0.27 per cup.  It is fine to my palate.  And hassle free.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Paraclete on April 23, 2016, 02:08:56 PM
Aeropress - try stirring for 2 minutes before pushing the plunger.  This pretty much requires the inverted method, my usual. 

Recently, I'm back to using a Ponte Vecchio Lusso lever machine to make the coffee.  It takes less beans than the AP and give a strong flavor.  But the AP gets 2-3 uses per week.

I keep meaning to start doing the inverted method.  But I'm such a creature of habit that I kind of make coffee on auto pilot.  One of these days, if I get a morning off (due to rain since I work outdoors), I'll get around to it.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on April 23, 2016, 02:47:21 PM
I use a Keurig with the biodegradable coffee thingys from Costco. $0.27 per cup.  It is fine to my palate.  And hassle free.

Good price.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Walkerman on April 23, 2016, 03:36:01 PM
Good price.

Not only that, Walkerwoman empties all of the grounds out of the little cups and uses them in her garden.  Saves on fertilizer.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: mike in lytle on April 23, 2016, 06:41:32 PM
I use a Keurig with the biodegradable coffee thingys from Costco. $0.27 per cup.  It is fine to my palate.  And hassle free.
:donut :donut2 :coffee :donut2 :donut
And I use an ancient Mr. Coffee with a plastic mesh filter from HEB. My palate prefers Folgers Classic Roast. The Mr. Coffee has the added technical benefit of purifying the water during the boiling process and depositing the minerals in layers on the boiler element, from where they can be conveniently removed by vinegar once a month. The grounds are tossed in the yard.

The cost per cup is very low.
Mike
L-05


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: George on April 23, 2016, 09:15:24 PM
:donut :donut2 :coffee :donut2 :donut
And I use an ancient Mr. Coffee with a plastic mesh filter from HEB. My palate prefers Folgers Classic Roast. The Mr. Coffee has the added technical benefit of purifying the water during the boiling process and depositing the minerals in layers on the boiler element, from where they can be conveniently removed by vinegar once a month. The grounds are tossed in the yard.

The cost per cup is very low.
Mike
L-05

Very cool Mike!  My preference is Community Coffee, breakfast blend... :thumb


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: mike in lytle on April 24, 2016, 12:18:43 AM
Very cool Mike!  My preference is Community Coffee, breakfast blend... :thumb
:donut :donut2 :coffee :donut2 :donut
The high regard which I have for you just went up.
Mike
L-05


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on July 27, 2016, 06:15:54 PM
My coffee habit just took a big (and final) jump, with a 65th birthday gift.  From the factory in Milano, to the "I Drink Coffee" store in Ontario, to my kitchen in Seattle.  70# beast makes cafe-quality coffee, every time.

(http://i.imgur.com/B8lsKty.jpg)


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ryler on July 27, 2016, 11:55:23 PM
Whoa, that's quite a machine!


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on July 28, 2016, 02:22:19 AM
That's one serious-looking coffee machine.  Congrats on your 65th.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: L07 Shooting Star on July 28, 2016, 05:56:40 AM
Are you going to have to renovate your kitchen to accommodate it?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: prof_stack on July 28, 2016, 07:42:40 PM
Are you going to have to renovate your kitchen to accommodate it?
Not really.  It does take more real estate than the smaller machine it replaces, but the taste is way more than worth it.

I was looking at a 40-series Larrivee beforehand, but decided against it, for now...


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 13, 2016, 03:16:36 PM
Still using my Aeropress and enjoying the results.  Thanks to whomever it was in this thread years ago that brought it up and piqued my interest.  I'm still using the first pack of filters that came with it.  I use them for about a week at a time, one press per day.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ducktrapper on November 13, 2016, 06:47:09 PM
Hmmm. Real coffee lovers just love coffee. We don't no stinkin' fancy brands or machines. Hell, we'll drink the sludge that comes from coin dispensers ... and love it!   :laughin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: B0WIE on November 13, 2016, 08:33:28 PM
I know there's a lot of Canadians here so I'll recommend Kicking Horse coffee. Best I've ever had, and it's available down here in the states too.  No gut rot feeling. I grind it fresh and French press it. Turned me into a coffee drinker.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on November 13, 2016, 08:54:53 PM
I know there's a lot of Canadians here so I'll recommend Kicking Horse coffee. Best I've ever had, and it's available down here in the states too. 
Yes lots of luv for that brand up this way.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 14, 2016, 03:26:41 AM
Hmmm. Real coffee lovers just love coffee. We don't no stinkin' fancy brands or machines. Hell, we'll drink the sludge that comes from coin dispensers ... and love it!   :laughin:
I detect that perhaps you are inferring a cork-sniffery in my comment.  However, I bet the Aeropress is a simpler 'machine' than whatever most might be using to make their coffee.  Even a stove-top percolator has more parts than the Aeropress.  Folgers is often the fodder for mine.

I'm a guitar lover, but I'll take a Larry over a First Act any day of the week.



Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: B0WIE on November 14, 2016, 03:32:06 AM
Looked up Aeropress. Is there anything that separates it from a traditional French press besides the filter?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ducktrapper on November 14, 2016, 01:58:52 PM
I detect that perhaps you are inferring a cork-sniffery in my comment.  However, I bet the Aeropress is a simpler 'machine' than whatever most might be using to make their coffee.  Even a stove-top percolator has more parts than the Aeropress.  Folgers is often the fodder for mine.

I'm a guitar lover, but I'll take a Larry over a First Act any day of the week.



I didn't mean anyone's comment in particular. Just the general direction of the conversation. Of course, I like good coffee but as a coffee lover, I'm willing to drink mostly anything black and kind of warm and have. It was meant to be funny. Didn't mean to offend.   :cheers

My wife claims to love wine but mostly she hates all but one brand of Beaujolais.   :laughin:   


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 14, 2016, 03:31:17 PM
Looked up Aeropress. Is there anything that separates it from a traditional French press besides the filter?

The main difference besides the filter is the very short time that the hot water is in contact with the grounds. Aeropress is much more like an espresso machine than a French press. French press is coarse ground, longer steep time. Aeropress is very fine grounds, very short steep time.

I sold my Bodum Brasil French Press about a week after getting my Aeropress.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: B0WIE on November 14, 2016, 03:58:49 PM
The main difference besides the filter is the very short time that the hot water is in contact with the grounds. Aeropress is much more like an espresso machine than a French press. French press is coarse ground, longer steep time. Aeropress is very fine grounds, very short steep time.

I sold my Bodum Brasil French Press about a week after getting my Aeropress.

Not sure what is meant by finer grounds as that's dictated by the grinder. I tend to prefer fine grounds in a French press with a longer steep time at slightly lower temperatures for a smoother taste.  My wife brews hot/fast and it drives me nuts.

Sounds like its not for me (especially because I hate filters) but thanks for the info! I appreciate it.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: JOYCEfromNS on November 14, 2016, 05:25:03 PM

Sounds like its not for me (especially because I hate filters) but thanks for the info! I appreciate it.
I have yet to meet a coffee "snob" who after trying the aeropress are won over. For the low $ investment you might wanna giver a try.

There is a stainless steel filter option that I'm told works equally well if that makes a difference


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 14, 2016, 05:48:48 PM
I've been using a $10 camping perc for 15 years now.  When people come over and have coffee I always get compliments.  It doesn't take much to make great coffee.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: mike in lytle on November 14, 2016, 07:47:20 PM
I have yet to meet a coffee "snob" who after trying the aeropress are won over. For the low $ investment you might wanna giver a try.
There is a stainless steel filter option that I'm told works equally well if that makes a difference
:coffee :coffee :donut2 :donut
Okay, being of open mind, I went and read about the aeropress on their website. Watching the video takes longer than Mr. Coffee to make 4 cups.
We recently replaced our ancient white Mr. Coffee with a new black Mr. Coffee that cost 14 dollars. It uses the same parts and uses the same pot.
Mr. Coffee heats up his own water, all I have to do is pour the cold water in.
Clean up is a snap, since I just tap out the grounds from, then rinse, our plastic filter into an old coffee container. Grounds used in the yard.
And it is not true the Mr. Coffee over extracts the middle of the coffee and under extracts the edges. The boiling water is sprayed over the grounds in a haphazard manner and extracts the coffee evenly for a smooth, satisfying brew with no extra effort on my part.
Mike
L-05


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: ducktrapper on November 14, 2016, 09:50:59 PM
:coffee :coffee :donut2 :donut
Okay, being of open mind, I went and read about the aeropress on their website. Watching the video takes longer than Mr. Coffee to make 4 cups.
We recently replaced our ancient white Mr. Coffee with a new black Mr. Coffee that cost 14 dollars. It uses the same parts and uses the same pot.
Mr. Coffee heats up his own water, all I have to do is pour the cold water in.
Clean up is a snap, since I just tap out the grounds from, then rinse, our plastic filter into an old coffee container. Grounds used in the yard.
And it is not true the Mr. Coffee over extracts the middle of the coffee and under extracts the edges. The boiling water is sprayed over the grounds in a haphazard manner and extracts the coffee evenly for a smooth, satisfying brew with no extra effort on my part.
Mike
L-05

I'm with you on that having both a 12 and 4 cup Mr. C. Works for me. My wife uses a Keurig but I don't like it. I don't think the water makes enough contact with the grounds. It always tastes weak to me. And it's expensive. The trick to making good coffee, for the most part, is using enough coffee. Which means at least a tablespoon per cup.  :beer    


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on November 14, 2016, 11:32:07 PM
We have a 12 cup Mr. Coffee. Wife uses it everyday. I posted my thanks earlier this week because of how much I have enjoyed the coffee from the Aeropress these past 4 years or so. I don't think I would have ever heard of it had it not been for this thread. Not trying to evangelize for it, just expressing thanks. I happen to like trying different ways of making coffee and this one is my favorite.  I love coffee for the flavor not so much the quantity. I think I read somewhere back maybe 10 pages that GA-ME uses 3 or 4 presses per day from his Aeropress.  I would never fall asleep in a day if I drank that much. 😳  The way I love coffee is different than the way others love it. That's ok with me


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Strings4Him on November 15, 2016, 04:05:10 PM
I recently decided drinking coffee from ceramic mugs instead of stainless steel.  The coffee tastes better and I've found the diminishing temp of the coffee actually allows more of the flavor to be tasted.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Caleb on November 15, 2016, 05:59:02 PM
When at work I use my grandpa's old Thermos from the 60s.   I usually use the plastic lid as my mug but recently switched to a ceramic mug.  The taste is MUCH better.  I've not used stainless steel in years but I used to have one of those ubiquitous carry-along mugs and I remember the coffee tasting pretty bad. 


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 02, 2017, 04:18:07 PM
On a rare weekday day-off, I'm perusing the forum here, realizing once again I'm enjoying a cuppa joe from my Aeropress - and giving thanks to whomever it was that first posted in this thread about it and to all of those others that chimed in their support.

So, to whomever it was - thanks again.  :cheers


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on January 22, 2017, 12:17:16 AM
Latest beans:
Mt. Comfort Peru, 2.5 lb bag from Sam's for $9.81.  Verdict is still out as to whether it was a good buy.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Codycoat on January 26, 2017, 04:32:40 PM
Hey all,

While I am a novice guitar player I am a Certified Coffee Expert. This discussion is right up my alley.  :bgrin: I used to work in the coffee business; I've picked it, processed it, roasted it, graded it, blind taste tested it, taught appreciation of it, ground it, brewed it and ENJOYED it! I used to train franchisees on everything from cupping coffee to getting the right grind. It was and is a real passion of mine although I left the business a while back.

My favourite coffee comes from La Minita in Costa Rica but I enjoy coffee from all over the world. I use a single cup cone filter every morning because I like to switch around the varietals and don't want to brew a full pot at a time. I used to drink about 10-12 cups a day but now it's just a couple.  :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee :coffee


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: rockstar_not on May 11, 2017, 02:31:55 AM
Latest beans:
Mt. Comfort Peru, 2.5 lb bag from Sam's for $9.81.  Verdict is still out as to whether it was a good buy.

Verdict was in a few months back - I'll pass in the future.  I'm back to Boyer's Kona Blend from Sam's.  Actually, I did buy a 14 oz canister of Bolivian from Trader Joe's in between. (coffee is pretty good, and it's a reusable canister that I use for convenience with the 2.5 lb bag from Boyer's).  Still using the Aeropress - thanks again to whomever it was in this threat that suggested it so many years ago.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Paraclete on May 12, 2017, 01:51:05 PM
Mmmmmm....coffee!  I love my Aeropress too.  Sadly I have no time to go coffee shopping or testing.  I'm still just getting the big bags of San Francisco Bay at Costco.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Walkerman on May 12, 2017, 05:16:19 PM
Me, I use keurig and Costco's house dark blend.  I smile every time I pass a Starbucks and think about all of the money I have saved.


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: markj on May 14, 2017, 04:45:20 PM
Aeropress user here for about 3 or 4 years now I suppose. We have a a couple of local places that sell really good "locally" roasted coffee beans. All Fair Trade, Organic, no puppies harmed, etc. By locally, I mean about an hour away.

I smile every time I see someone using a Keurig, and think about all of the money I have saved.  :laughin:


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: skyline on May 23, 2017, 07:53:38 PM
I smile every time I see someone using a Keurig, and think about all of the money I have saved.  :laughin:

not to mention all the landfill space, and possibly multiple gastro-intestinal problems from ingesting the byproducts of super-heated plastics . . .


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: eded on May 23, 2017, 08:29:45 PM
Aeropress user here for about 3 or 4 years now I suppose. We have a a couple of local places that sell really good "locally" roasted coffee beans. All Fair Trade, Organic, no puppies harmed, etc. By locally, I mean about an hour away.

I smile every time I see someone using a Keurig, and think about all of the money I have saved.  :laughin:

My local roaster is about 1.2 miles.  If I don't stop on the way home, I'll often walk there.  Unfortunately, they are moving a quarter mile farther away sometime this summer.  Or, considering the extra exercise, maybe fortunately!

I look at the Keurigs and both money and landfill concerns keep me from even considering them.  At our summer cabin, we switched to a French press.  It makes decent coffee.  Since I usually wake up earlier than my wife, I think I'm going to get an insulated press.

Ed


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: skyline on May 24, 2017, 12:37:29 AM
My local roaster is about 1.2 miles.  If I don't stop on the way home, I'll often walk there.  Unfortunately, they are moving a quarter mile farther away sometime this summer.  Or, considering the extra exercise, maybe fortunately!

I look at the Keurigs and both money and landfill concerns keep me from even considering them.  At our summer cabin, we switched to a French press.  It makes decent coffee.  Since I usually wake up earlier than my wife, I think I'm going to get an insulated press.

Ed

I've somehow acquired two of these Porlex Grinder (http://www.eightouncecoffee.ca/index.cfm/product/79/porlex-tall-hand-grinder.cfm) because the sound of electric grinders drove me and my family around the bend.

We use them with plain old Melita bamboo baseed filters which we composte in the back yard .  maybe there will be a behavioural adjsutment in the local squirrel population next century, but it's nothing to compare to the problems that kuerig is encourang


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: Paraclete on May 25, 2017, 02:15:52 PM
I'm not a fan of Keurig at all, but don't they make reusable filter cups?


Title: Re: Coffee Lovers
Post by: eded on May 25, 2017, 04:50:08 PM
I'm not a fan of Keurig at all, but don't they make reusable filter cups?

That's true...  if not them, there are 3rd party vendors who do.

Ed