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Tom Young

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Re: coffee
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2014, 11:30:16 am »

Slight topic swerve.....

For those of us who drink very strong coffee with milk (and sugar)

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Re: coffee
« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2014, 11:41:54 am »

All of the cheap drip coffee makers use similar technology and make very good coffee. The small water heat element that pushes small amounts of near boiling water up a tube to drip into the grounds can deliver near perfect temperature water from optimal brewing. However the heating element is not very robust so they only have a half life of several years.

 I won't quibble over the several good ways to brew coffee (other than perk), but the common theme is not overheating the brewed coffee.

Coffee loses flavor pretty rapidly after grinding, so grinding your beans just before brewing reduces that loss. A similar but not as rapid mechanism for flavor degradation occurs after roasting. Green beans can be stored for years, but after roasting it is best consumed in days. So I roast my own every few days. 

My favorite source for green beans is  http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.greencoffee.mvc.php

I am often a two pot a day coffee drinker. Leaded hi-test for my morning jolt, and Decaf for a second late-afternoon pot, so I can actually get to sleep at night. They make some very good quality water-process decaf coffee. The mass market decafs generally start with inferior beans. Buying green and roasting yourself you can get high quality decaf too. 

In hot weather I will make cold coffee the easy way. Grind up the grounds then put them in a suitable container to hold a pot's worth of cold water. Then I let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. To consume the next day I just pour the mix into my pour over coffee filter to remove the grounds. Easy peasy and no special hardware required.

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PS: I use RO filtered water... the real coffee purists insist that filtered water is not as good as having some mineral content in the water. I am not that tweaky.

[edit] you can somewhat modulate the amount of caffeine in roasted coffee by how long (dark) you roast the beans. The longer the bean is roasted the less caffeine remains, while I do not know how significant this is... most people modulate caffeine by ground coffee to water ratio  [/edit]
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Re: coffee
« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2014, 11:45:10 am »


this is how I make it. Anybody else a coffee Luddite?


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I'm on the other end of the coffee spectrum. :-) Keurig with a reusable filter cup brewing Starbucks Pike Place Roast coffee.



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Re: coffee
« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2014, 12:20:52 pm »

French Press for me most days, espresso when I feel like it.

I have been considering roasting my beans, but for now, Costco has the great price on very decent beans.  You can get fair trade coffee, roasted by Starbucks (I know, no real advantage there), and it's basically ten bucks for two pounds of beans.  They offer a decent variety, maybe 4 different bean/roast combinations.

Espresso - right now I have some Illi beans.  Machine is a budget DeLonghi, top rated on Amazon for espresso under $100.  Grinder is Capresso, again, top rated on Amazon under $100.

I typically drink it black, but I often make cappuccino when I make espresso.
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Re: coffee
« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2014, 01:50:23 pm »

Night, in a foxhole.  Instant coffee in packets and a canteen; no fires allowed.  Bad guys may or may not be in the vicinity.  Knock back the coffee powder, and wash it down with canteen water.  It's hard to be a "coffee snob" after that, although I have actually had worse coffee since then.
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Re: coffee
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2014, 01:55:53 pm »

Russ , we would just tuck it under the lip like chewing tobacco and let it dissolve.

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Re: coffee
« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2014, 03:01:11 pm »

Night, in a foxhole.  Instant coffee in packets and a canteen; no fires allowed.  Bad guys may or may not be in the vicinity.  Knock back the coffee powder, and wash it down with canteen water.  It's hard to be a "coffee snob" after that, although I have actually had worse coffee since then.
Yup C-RAT coffee is far from the worst...

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Re: coffee
« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2014, 03:04:07 pm »

It all tastes like the worst thing in the world to me, doesn't matter if it's cheap supermarket instant or properly brewed from freshly roast and ground beans.


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Re: coffee
« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2014, 10:19:43 pm »

I used a French press before the percolator and I use the Wolfgang puck single serving machine at work. I use 1 teaspoon coffee per 2 cups of water and just use my nose and eyes to tell when it's done. The big trick is setting the heat so that the percolator works but the coffee doesn't boil.
I usually go French press, but this thread inspired me to drag out my grandmother's old stovetop percolator this morning.

I think I should have let it perk longer... pretty weak.
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Re: coffee
« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2014, 10:48:17 pm »

Russ , we would just tuck it under the lip like chewing tobacco and let it dissolve.

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I've been using BUNN coffee makers for years now. I like the way they spray the water through the grounds, never burn them, and make 10 cups in less than 2 minutes. A little pricey but worth the money.
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