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Food Let's get it percolatin' - how do you take your coffee?

Discussion in 'Tilted Food' started by DamnitAll, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. IanBrianna

    IanBrianna New Member

    The only good dark roast in Norway: Zoegas Skanerost. Drip. First thing in the morning (in fact, now). Two big mugs. With Viking Melk, sort of like evap.
    Then I am ready to face reality, if there is such a thing.

    "If you ever get to heaven,
    Then do me a favor, Pards:
    Find the guy what invented coffee,
    And give 'im m' best regards."

    - P.C. Wren
  2. Borla

    Borla Moderator Staff Member

    I was gifted a French Press today, and a gift card to Laughing Man.

    Anyone have any tips for a French Press newb?

    Or anyone order from Laughing Man before and have thoughts or recommendations?
  3. Baraka_Guru

    Baraka_Guru Möderätor Staff Member

    Lots of coffee connoisseur sites have good instructions.

    Generally, though, be sure to use freshly (and coarsely) ground coffee, like, seconds after grinding it. Use a burr grinder. Try to use coffee beans up before they're more than a week old. Maybe no more than ten days.

    This stuff isn't absolutely necessary, but it will keep you on track for brewing the perfect cup.
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  4. DAKA


    I LOVE coffee, hot, iced...whatever.....But, I think there is an awful lot of hype about buying, keeping and brewing.
    As long as you use "good" coffee, fresh water...filtered(!) you will get good coffee...
    Then there is the...outrageously expensive Starbucks vs moderately expensive Dunkin' controversy .....gimmie a break...
  5. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member

    Starbucks is actually quite cheap for mid tier grocery store coffee. It usually runs about 6.99/12 oz. on sale, which is a dollar cheaper than Tully's or Peets.

    And it's much cheaper than buying Stumptown at 11.99/12 oz.

    POPEYE Very Tilted

    I drink coffee daily, as in 7 days a week. mostly in the morning times. I prefer it dark and strong
  7. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & be quiet.

    Large City, TX
    I agree about the hype.

    I/We brew very strong dark roast coffee, commercial preground weekday mornings, freshly ground from beans on the weekeends. The type of grinder makes no real difference as long as you use the coffee immediately; we use the twirling blade ones.

    I've never been impressed the french press. One of my XBILs used to prefer perculators, his coffee always tasted very good.
  8. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member

    Actually, a burr grinder allows you to get a more even grind, which is much harder to achieve with a blade grinder, unless you are well-practiced at it. Plus, the burr grinder allows me to press a button and not dink around with trying to pulse the grinder to get an even grind. I had to use a blade grinder this last weekend to make coffee at the in-laws, and I would never go back. I still own a Braun, though, as it is good for grinding spices.
  9. redux

    redux Very Tilted

    Foggy Bottom
    Peet's Major Dickason's blend (dark roast) is my favorite and has been on what seems like permanent sale at Safeway for $7.99/12 oz.
  10. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & be quiet.

    Large City, TX
    Right now I'm enjoying some very strong coffee made from freshly ground (used an antiquated :rolleyes: blade grinder) from beans (Sam's Club brand Daily Chef French Roast, 40 oz for $14.99). Doctored with sugar & whole milk the way I like it.
  11. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member

    That's our favorite grocery store coffee, but the Safeway here doesn't carry it, so we always have to buy it at Kroger.
  12. itwasme

    itwasme But you'll never prove it.

    In the wind
    I bought 3 bags of flavored Folgers coffee grounds at Fred Meyer recently. The peanut butter cookie one is iffy. I could take it or leave it. Now I'm mixing the sugar cookie one with the caramel drizzle one, and I like it. The lady I carpool with and my ex-husband both enjoy it. They both skip the BlackRock / Starbucks lines and get there coffee here now. It's okay with me since they chip in. It's only $7/bag, but I have to use twice the amount of coffee grounds to get a good flavored pot.
  13. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member

    I've been buying coffee at Trader Joe's lately. Their Bali Blue Moon is excellent, as is their Ethiopian, but what is really awesome for flavor and price point is their Kenyan.
  14. DAKA


    I love.......COFFEE ......COFFEE, ..... Coffee flavored Coffee....Pumpkin, Peanut butter, Caramel......OMFG.......
    BUT, we are getting a Trader Joes's right around the corner.....(hmmm...used to be Toys r Us ??)
    And I will try the Kenyan and the Ethopian ..... Hurry up and build it already......
  15. snowy

    snowy so kawaii Staff Member

    TJs is awesome. The nuts, baby kale, cheese selection, frozen foods, and soy-flax tortilla chips keep me going over and over again.
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  16. AlterMoose

    AlterMoose Slightly Tilted

    Aye, Trader Joe's good. I've enjoyed some few of their coffee offerings (cofferings?).
    Right now, however, I'm rather enamoured with my fair trade Kona from Fresh Thyme market. Generally, I don't go for Fresh Thyme in my area, since the cramped aisles & perpetual crowds make it an anxiety sufferer's nightmare. But the price on their bulk coffee is beyond compare.
    Kona. Percolated. Black. Repeat until pot/thermos is empty.
  17. Chris Noyb

    Chris Noyb Get in, buckle up, hang on, & be quiet.

    Large City, TX

    Maxwell House NEW Intense Bold looks identical to & tastes just like Maxwell House French Roast.
  18. martian

    martian Server Monkey Staff Member


    I still have the drip coffee maker but as of Saturday it's been sitting idle. I picked up a french press and have been quite enjoying the caffeinated beverages that produces. I'm working on a bag of beans from the bulk food store right now (good but not great) and am finding that hand grinding the beans for a two-cup french press extraction is quite feasible. I put the kettle on, get to grinding, and will be done before the water boils.

    This might all change in December when my mornings get decidedly less leisurely. I do have an electric burr grinder as well so if it comes down to it I can delegate that part of the process.
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  19. redravin

    redravin Cynical Optimist Donor

    I have the Cuisinart version of the pod coffee maker.
    It serves its purpose but I'm thinking about investing in a little espresso maker.
  20. martian

    martian Server Monkey Staff Member

    We have a Keurig. I'm not overly impressed with it. The coffee is alright but the whole thing feels kind of wasteful to me. Those little plastic cups just rub me the wrong way.

    I've been reading about the possibility of using coffee grounds in my garden. Something to try in the spring, perhaps.
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