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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 08-31-2009, 01:20 PM Thread Starter
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I wonder what kind of coffee you guys prefer and what do you guys use to brew your coffee?

I had lately tried single serving coffee from Keurig machine and I’m not that impressed, but I did try Cappuccino coffee from Tassimo Braun machine and wow.

Who's using Tassimo T-disks coffee makers?

I like French vanilla, hazelnut, cappuccino and lattés.
French vanilla from the Mobil gas station is the best.

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I'm still running a well seasoned 20+ year old Mr. Coffee, and my current swill is made up of Steward's Private Blend that you can get at Jewel.

I'm thinking of hitting up our local coffee guy for something finer though.

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I use a kona blend that I get at Sam's club. I have a Cuisinart grind-n-brew.

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Rancilio Rocky Grinder w/ Silvia Machine.



Coffee Guy's stuff is top freakin' notch. The Brothers' Blend is AMAZING. Highly recommended.

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I use Dunkin Donuts whole bean coffee (2lbs/$10.99 is hard to pass up). If I remember right I have a Braun grinder and a black and decker coffee maker with a thermal caraffe. I much prefer whole bean coffee, and I really don't care for the flavored crap. It is often there to hide the crappy beans they use to make it.

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Oh, of anything, I really need to invest in a good grinder. I have two that are not really adjustable...one turns everything into a puree, the other a fine powder. (sigh)

I still daydream of picking up another vintage Mr Coffee, gutting it for parts and Steampunking a coffee maker that looks as good as it brews.

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Oh, of anything, I really need to invest in a good grinder. I have two that are not really adjustable...one turns everything into a puree, the other a fine powder. (sigh)
The grinder makes the biggest difference. Stay away from blade type grinders because they all suck.

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Oh, of anything, I really need to invest in a good grinder. I have two that are not really adjustable...one turns everything into a puree, the other a fine powder. (sigh)

I still daydream of picking up another vintage Mr Coffee, gutting it for parts and Steampunking a coffee maker that looks as good as it brews.
the knock off magic bullet at walgreens works wonders on coffee beans. And it makes really good salsa.

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A good grinder is essential, you have to get a burr grinder of some sort so you can adjust your grind and get repeatable results. I look at brewing as a chemical reaction, you have soluble compounds inside the coffee some add desirable qualities some undesirable. Water is your solvent you want it to be just a bit off boil about 202deg if you brew too hot you get that sour or bitter taste, if you brew too cool you get no body, watery weak coffee. Keep your water temp consistent then you can tune the grind so you get what you want out of the bean and leave what you don't want.

Rob's got the right setup for a home espresso setup. You can spend more but you get diminishing returns. I use a french press to brew at home, really that a teapot and a good burr grinder is all you need for good brewed coffee. I am ordering some Cafe Solo Brewers for the holidays the draw is that they will hold temperature during brewing better and filter out sediment better than most french presses.

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I am ordering some Cafe Solo Brewers for the holidays the draw is that they will hold temperature during brewing better and filter out sediment better than most french presses.
Do you have a price point on those yet?

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there are other threads on this with a loth of info.

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I just ordered this up. All I drink anymore is iced coffee and I am wanting to buy Rob's set up above when I get the cash (for iced espresso).

This might do the trick for my iced drinks though. No waste and lasts for weeks.

http://www.toddycafe.com/
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I just ordered this up. All I drink anymore is iced coffee and I am wanting to buy Rob's set up above when I get the cash (for iced espresso).

This might do the trick for my iced drinks though. No waste and lasts for weeks.

http://www.toddycafe.com/
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Now you can create a 'coffeehouse' coffee - served steaming hot or iced cold, and in the comfort of your home - for much less than expensive signature coffee drinks!

As important as those fresh roasted beans are to your cup of coffee, it's what you do with them that counts the most.

In 1964, as a chemical engineering graduate of Cornell, Todd Simpson developed and patented a cold brew system that, using regular coffee beans, creates a superior-tasting cup of steaming HOT coffee. And, with 67% LESS ACID than coffee made by conventional hot brew methods, it's easier on sensitive stomachs.

The Toddy coffee maker extracts the coffee bean's true delicious flavor and eliminates much of the acidity, producing a bold, super-smooth coffee that can be served one cup at a time.

The Toddy brewer is also ideal for making tea - served hot or over ice.
MORE COLD BREW INFO

What's in the box: Brewing Container with Handle, Glass Decanter with Lid, Reusable Filters (2), Rubber Stopper (1), Instructions & Recipe Guide.
I'm not sure how they can make the coffee less acidic with just a different brand of coffee maker. Unless either the filters (or some other physical method) are filtering out the acid, or like Coffee Guy said, it's a temperature thing.

Charbucks kills me with their bitter, burnt coffee. But some of the finer ones know about temp and brew time.

So, Coffee Guy (or anyone else), what grinder should I be looking at? I want something good that will last me a really long time, do the job well, but that I won't be paying 50% of the cost into the name on the front.

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Ah, not sure about the acidity thing, just the cold brewing process that is interesting to me. Also it makes a concentrated coffee mix. We'll see.
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Do you have a price point on those yet?
The current US distributor is pulling the line and I'm trying to get a good deal on some closeouts, They retail for around $100 I'd like to be able to sell some for less than $60 and keep a decent stock for use in the cafe but we'll see what happens.

Toddy coffee is great for cold drinks, it is less acidic because of the extraction temp. If you're really sensitive to acidity you can even add hot water to the concentrate and get a pretty decent cup of hot coffee. If you're looking for coffee that is lower in acidity look at coffees sources form Indonesia. Ive got a great coffee from the Purosa Highlands of Papau New Guinea that is very full bodied and low in acidity.

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I have been using a little one cup espresso maker made by GSI, $20, and either Lavazza Espresso coffee or believe it or not Starbuck's Espresso that was on sale at Jewel for $6.99 a pound. I also have a ancient Moulinex grinder, that is older than most people on this board. Just saying you don't need expensive equipment to make a fine cup of espresso.

PS I also have a Mr Coffee...best $20.00 I have spent....even has a timer!
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Is your little GSI like a Moka Pot? That's the way most Italians start their day at home.

Yes, its like a Moka. It makes one double shot of espresso in 90 seconds. I also have a stove top Atomic espresso/cappuccino maker, but it does 8 double shots or 4 cappuccinos at a time, too much for me...but it is a work of art
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Oh, of anything, I really need to invest in a good grinder. I have two that are not really adjustable...one turns everything into a puree, the other a fine powder. (sigh)

I still daydream of picking up another vintage Mr Coffee, gutting it for parts and Steampunking a coffee maker that looks as good as it brews.
Eric, I don't know if they still make the Moulinex, but I have been happy with it for the last 20 years, I only use it for regular drip coffee or my french press....espresso I buy whole beans and use the grinder at their store

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Yes, its like a Moka. It makes one double shot of espresso in 90 seconds. I also have a stove top Atomic espresso/cappuccino maker, but it does 8 double shots or 4 cappuccinos at a time, too much for me...but it is a work of art
That's really cool I need to start collecting stuff like that for display at our next shop.

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