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Postby graybeard » Wed Aug 30, 2006 6:58 am

I too drink copious amounts of coffee in the morning. I'm not a connoisseur by any means, probably the coffee equivalent of a BMC drinker for beer. I usually drink Yuban prepared in a drip coffee maker.
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Postby cooldaddybeck » Wed Aug 30, 2006 7:36 am

When I have the time I like to roast my own coffee. From time to time I'll get a triple espresso at the local (Gizzi's) coffee shop, and I'll slum with the drip coffee at the office when I'm lazy.
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Postby BeerBiker » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:00 am

I like to freebase Taster's Choice. It's a little harsh at first, but once you get used to it, the rush is unbelievable. If I'm in a big hurry, though, I just put a pinch between my cheek and gum and I'm good to go!

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Postby Roger456 » Wed Aug 30, 2006 10:20 am

I will get a withdrawl headache at around 3pm if I don't have a morning cup.

I buy from a local coffee shop/roaster, almost always a particular espresso roast. I try to get an order in on Friday/Saturday for their Sunday roast. I pick it up on Monday AM.

I generally bring the bag to work where I've started drinking most of my coffee. We have a pretty fancy automated machine, though I prefer my single-cup cone brew.
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Postby baltobrewer » Wed Aug 30, 2006 1:43 pm

I love coffee. The stronger and richer the better. Work coffee sucks, so I just bought a Z&D roaster and a hearthware burr grinder and am going to try my hand at home roasting.

Hope that it produces some good results. I really would like to be able to make coffee-shop quality coffee at home & work, so we'll see....
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Postby maybock » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:22 pm

I love coffee too. I admit I drink Foldgers. I have 2 or three cups in the morning and more througout the day. My parents own a latte stand that does pretty well, and I'm there quite a bit. My favorite type of coffe is a really good high quality French Roast. The roastier the better.

Can't say I like coffee more than beer though....... I don't think I like any food or drink more than beer--not even close. :wink:
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Postby Mark » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:30 pm

I don't have a roaster but I'd sure like one. But right now I don't have the time to bother with it. We have Starbucks at work on on the weekend I brew up a pot of Kona in the morning. I've been looking at those french press things. How do they work and are they worth the effort?
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Postby gfoster » Wed Aug 30, 2006 3:47 pm

French presses are easy peezy, Mark, and very much worth the effort.

You basically just add the ground coffee to the press, add your hot water, stir it up, put the lid back on and let it stand covered (don't push the plunger down). Let it steep for 5 minutes, then push the plunger down and you are done. Pour off a cup full, lean back and savor.

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Postby Mark » Wed Aug 30, 2006 4:25 pm

Looks like I'll be getting a new burr grinder and french press coffee maker then. My Mom went to the casino in Alabama this past weekend and won $850 on a slot machine and she sent me $100. Takes care of that Ben Franklin.
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Postby Roger456 » Thu Aug 31, 2006 9:02 am

I've never been a fan of the French Press because I don't really like any sediment in my cup. I also hated cleaning the damn thing out.

I think the key to making a good cup of coffee with a cone is to have a cone with only one hole so that it slowly drips into the cup. Make one cup at a time, and make it stronger than you might like, dilute with hot water. Plenty of body, no grit.
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Postby BrewGuy » Thu Aug 31, 2006 10:21 am

Is there some brands or styles of french press that work better? Ideally ones that won't break the bank?
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Postby Mark » Thu Aug 31, 2006 2:17 pm

Just got home with my new French Press. I made one cup and did it wrong some I'm going back for more. I read that most people that complain about the sludge don't know what they're doing and using too fine a crush. I crushed mine at the store on the coarsest setting and got very little sediment, just a fine layer of dust on the bottom of the mug.

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