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Old 03-12-2007, 07:26 PM   #21
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I've never been much of a coffee drinker. Well, when I worked at the hospital it was the fuel that kept us going. When I quit working there, I lost 15 pounds. I suspect the lack of "cream and sugar with a little coffee" was the reason.

Here, since our house isn't air-conditioned, we only drink coffee in the colder months and then just on Sunday with breakfast.

I do have to say that we are coffee pot junkies. We have a Bunn and an assortment of other electric and vintage makers, along with a French press. Now, the French press does make a fabulous cup of coffee. Depending on our mood, we'll make coffee using one of our devices.

We tend to like dark roast over other blends and only care for the flavored ones as dessert. We are from the "if you want coffee" school, just have coffee.

We also prefer to use whole beans and grind them ourselves. Our grinder is an old Braun that is at least 30 years old. It's been a real trooper.

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Old 03-13-2007, 03:24 AM   #22
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Today is the coffee pot day since I dont want to make time for the press. I LOVE dark roast and would never even consider drinking instant coffee! Back home I would add FF Vanilla Coffeemate, which they dont have here. So I gave up all creamer and now I'm a 3 sugar girl in 1 large cup! I can only drink that 1 large cup, cant keep drinking it during the day.

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Old 03-13-2007, 05:04 AM   #23
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Hello Redkitty

I love coffee too.
I think it does not matter which coffee maker, that coffee is made in, as long as it is made with fresh coffee grinds. And, I like them to come from beans, with a strong flavour. I dont like mild coffee much.

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Old 03-13-2007, 08:26 AM   #24
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Like Katie E, I am not much of a coffee drinker also. Even though I have previously worked for a major importer and exporter of coffee & other spices, and tasted gourmet coffee like Emerald Mountain, Kenyan AA, Italian Dark Roast, Aged Sumatra Mandeling to name a few, my daily cuppa is now Nescafe with sugar and milk and 'coffeelite' made from natural herbs. During trips, I will resort to the South-East Asian convenience of the 3-in-1 (coffee, sugar and creamer) sachets.
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Old 03-13-2007, 10:00 AM   #25
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Boufa, I was expecting you to tell us how great Greek coffee is. Because it is! This was altogether a dangerous thread for me to look at as I've just spent the last half hour or so looking up websites where I can buy a briki from. Tin-lined copper, stainless steel, what about a grinder, could it really grind the coffee fine enough...? Questions, questions.

Anyway, at the moment I drink very, very milky coffee made with espresso coffee. No sugar. Two thereof in the morning and none for the rest of the day. But I could easily drink a metrio right now... Oh dear.
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:57 AM   #26
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Snoop, it goes to show that things don't turn out always according to expectations. In fact, they rarely ever do. As for your best source of briki, any supermarket or convenience store would do here. Unfortunately, this may not be the case where you live. The trick is to find a suitably small pot that can take more or less the exact amount of coffee you intend to make. Here you can find them for 1, 2, or rarely for 3 or 4 cups of Greek coffee. The most important feature of these little coffee pots (brikia) is that the the side of the pot is not vertical but tapers gently inward and at the top flares out again. This shape is important to get the Greek coffee you make to foam. Any coffee pot of this shape and appropriate size would do just fine regardless of the material of construction.
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Old 03-13-2007, 12:36 PM   #27
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Well, People, more power to you for stickin to the plain coffee thing. We drank so much coffee in college, I don't really care for it anymore. We just purchased a 5c auto drip maker, and have a pot btwn 2 of us in the AM, but it is a precursor to our lattes. Being a starbucks freak for 15 years now, we have invested in a latte machine, no not the big one Santa is bringing me for xmas next year, but the little krups. We get the starbucks espresso, 3 of the syrups, I make my own caramel sauce for the macchiatos. Each of us has one a day, sometimes 2.
My current favorite is a cinnamon caramel macchiato w/ extra caramel sauce (you sub the cinnamon syrup for the vanilla syrup.)
At starbucks, my favorite is a quad venti or triple grande 2% no whip 1 pump raspberry white mocha, or same cinnamon spice white mocha, or their cinnamon dolce is a good one too. I love their green tea frappes...
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:39 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Loprraine
Black, with just a bit of sugar. I love the French press also, unfortunately, don't have one!
Eggg-zactly the same for me!

Think I need to do something about that.
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Old 03-24-2007, 12:10 AM   #29
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This is my kinda thread ... when I lived at home (growing up) and the days (Sundays) I wasn't working or in college, my mom & I could down a 12 cup pot in no time flat. These days, since I live next to Central Market, I really enjoy the flavored stuff. The brand (vice) of choice is Lola Savannah. They put out sample packages for .99 and for me, it makes 3 pots, or there abouts. I used to drink it 'straight' up, but when my mom got addicted to Starbucks Sumatra, I started doing a drop or 2 of cream, and a scoop of sugar. Mom likes home brewed Starbucks, not the stuff @ the store. Oh, and our favorite Lola Savannah flavor is 'Cosy Winter's Night', esp. since in Texas, we only have 2 of those per year!!!!!
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Old 03-24-2007, 12:35 AM   #30
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Originally Posted by Harborwitch
2 cups of black coffee every morning. During the week I usually make it, fresh ground and made in a Chemex coffee maker. Can't give a brand - we buy our beans green and roast usually 2 or 3 times a week. Depends of the beans. We used to do a lot of dark roasts, but lately we've been roasting a little lighter - to get more of the flavor components. It was fun a couple weeks ago - we had a coffee that had a distinct blueberry taste - it was so fun, and even better cold than hot - I hope I can get more so we can have it iced this summer.
I've been away and so missed this thread 'til now. Like Harborwitch, I drink it black, fresh ground, and home-roasted. I enjoy being able to compare the taste of beans from various locations and sources. There aren't many of us home-roasters around because people think it's too troublesome and time-consuming, but it really is not. I spend ten minutes a week roasting and the morning grind takes less time than separating and inserting a coffee filter.

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