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Old 03-12-2007, 06:37 AM   #1
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The Coffee Thread!

Hello fellow coffee connoisseurs!

How do you take your coffee??? Black? Cream? Sugar?

I'm living in a country full of tea and instant coffee! Instant coffee!! Blah! Yes we have loads of Starbucks, but I make my own coffee, grinding fresh beans and using a drip coffee maker. My lovely parents ship me care packages full of Extra Dark French Roast beans from Trader Joes. YUM. I also love other varieties, but I dont wanna ask for other blends! (I miss Peets...mmmm)

Recently I starting using a Boudin French Press and I cant decided if I like it better than the drip. Thoughts?




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Old 03-12-2007, 07:14 AM   #2
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I think the French press needs a coarse grind. I LOVE French press coffee--few cups are better than those from a French press, I think.
I have recently gotten coffee at Sam's--can't quite give the name, but it's organic and fair traded, and an espresso dark roast. I ground it for espresso and make it both as espresso and in my Krups automatic drip. DEEElicious coffee. Always black for me.
Costco's Kirkland brand coffee from Starbucks is also good.
I actively dislike flavored coffees of any kind--yuck!!
A really delicious coffee available online is Cafe Britt. It is an organic coffee plantation in Costa Rica that we visited. The coffee is SO smooth--they have in some manner roasted/removed the acidic part of coffee. Their espresso roast is particularly delicious.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:37 AM   #3
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Black, with just a bit of sugar. I love the French press also, unfortunately, don't have one!
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:40 AM   #4
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Oh redkitty, porr you, you are getting the worst of UK aren't you! Believe it or not we do get some nice coffees, I'll put my thinking cap on as to where I would be coffee shopping if I were in Bristol proper, but, er, nowhere springs to mind :( Have you tried sourcing UK merchants online? Cheaper than having your parents send you some, and may be fun exploring other tastes? (of a decent quality of course)

I love French press, or in England, cafetiere coffee. Its also very, very easy to make a passable cup. Some lucky soulds, like my sister can make an amazing cup with the cheapest ground beans with this method, and people think it is a much better bean than she has used.

Instant is quite a different drink. I LOVE coffee, and I luckily have a DH who learnt from his Italian childhood to make a superb cup any way I want it and who makes me a delicious cup most mornings. I also keep instant and have a cup of that most days too, but I consider it a very very different drink, not coffee even! But I do know a lot of, particularly older, lower income bracket Brits, who, because it was never available, have never developed a tatse for REAL coffee, and for whom instant is the only doable drink.
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Old 03-12-2007, 07:56 AM   #5
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My coffee of choice is..Coffee and Chicory...brewed strong with a bit of cream!! Delicious.
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:05 AM   #6
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I drink my coffee black. I don't care for the "flavored" coffees but, I do enjoy frosty coffee drinks in the summer.I can't start the day without coffee and the concensus around here is I shouldn't even try!!!!;)Love and energy, Vicki
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:17 AM   #7
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I take mine black and slightly strong if I can. Unfortunately, the coffee maker is on the fritz and I'm drinking warm well water with instant coffee. Gad, this stuff is vile.
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Old 03-12-2007, 09:10 AM   #8
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I take a bit of coffee with my top milk. I need my coffee daily. I use an old fashioned drip coffee maker. Heat the water to 185*F and pour through the cylindar where the grounds are. I have started to mix cinnamon with the grounds, pretty good. The coffee maker works with no electricity, very important to a person who needs coffee daily and whose power goes off with great regularity.

This is a picture of the type of coffee maker I use, it is made by Porcelier, was made in the 1930's to the 1950's. The only thing that can go wrong is if you break them. But I have that covered, I have about 10 of these units.
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Strong black and 3 sugars, freshly ground each morning (mostly done on Auto-Pilot), and consumed in total Silence.
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My absolute favorite is Turkish Coffee!!! Everything else pales in comparison. Only problem is I haven't mastered it at home as of yet (Getting closer though), so I have to go to a wonderful cafe that serves it.

As for my weekly coffee- I use a grind and brew drip coffee maker with a whole bean espresso roast from a local store. I do add a flavored cream(Internatioal Delight) in the morning. If drinking in the afternoon or evening I my coffee is black usually with something sweet.

On the weekends I use my French Press and prefer this to drip coffee maker, but too time consuming during the week and I can't set it the night before.

I only like one flavored coffee that is served at a local cafe- Hazelnut, otherwise would never buy flavored coffee.
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