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Re: Coffee

Postby Mothra » Mon Dec 29, 2014 10:27 am

Kayma wrote:I bought a french press for myself my wife for Christmas. I guess everyone knows this already, but Keurig coffee, it turns out, kinda sucks.

Keurig coffee is bad, but you don't know bad coffee until you've tried one of those Keurig-like drip machines, where you fill up the cup section with whatever coffee grinds you have and let it do its thing. The idea is supposed to be that you "reuse" the same cup, instead of buying new cups, but yeah. It is bad.

Somehow worse is the machine we have at my work, where you use little disposable cloth-filter "pods" instead of k-cups. It's way more environmentally friendly, since the pods aren't plastic, but yeah, it tastes like garbage.

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Re: Coffee

Postby zaratustra » Mon Dec 29, 2014 11:53 am

are moka pots just a brazilian/european thing? Never had an issue with the coffee that comes out of them.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Mothra » Mon Dec 29, 2014 1:48 pm

Moka pots are seen as a fancier French thing 'round these parts. It makes a good cup, they're just expensive.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Rico » Tue Dec 30, 2014 6:24 pm

Mothra wrote:
Kayma wrote:I bought a french press for myself my wife for Christmas. I guess everyone knows this already, but Keurig coffee, it turns out, kinda sucks.

Keurig coffee is bad, but you don't know bad coffee until you've tried one of those Keurig-like drip machines, where you fill up the cup section with whatever coffee grinds you have and let it do its thing. The idea is supposed to be that you "reuse" the same cup, instead of buying new cups, but yeah. It is bad.

Somehow worse is the machine we have at my work, where you use little disposable cloth-filter "pods" instead of k-cups. It's way more environmentally friendly, since the pods aren't plastic, but yeah, it tastes like garbage.

You can coax something that's almost not shit out of the refillable K-cups if you put in half-instant, but yes, those things are an abomination unto the Coffee Lord.

I am tempted to give Aeropress a try, I love my French press except for the last couple sips of chalk.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Mothra » Tue Dec 30, 2014 7:21 pm

I'm not totally sold on the thing just yet, but... it makes a good cup, and the fact that you can control each part of it (how long it steeps, how quickly and forcefully you can press water through the grinds, what temperature you add the water at) makes me feel like I can adjust it. I am always in a rush in the morning, so, I haven't really been experimenting, but it's promising, especially for the price.

That said, I have no idea if the French Press is just flat-out better.

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Re: Coffee

Postby TA » Tue Dec 30, 2014 8:08 pm

What I usually did with my Aeropress was grind two scoops of beans and put that in, fill it with boiling water to the 4 line, and press immediately. Then top the cup off with water and/or a little milk. Steeping it is an interesting idea though.

It's a great product for the all of $20 it takes to get one.
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Re: Coffee

Postby Thad » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:07 pm

So after a few weeks of my cold brew coming out kinda chalky, I read some more guides on how to get it done right. I'd been putting the grounds in first, water on top, and then shaking the jar, but most every set of instructions I've read since says to put the water in first and the grounds on top.

So I figured out, over the course of a few tries, what the right amount of water was to put in before my beans. I got it down to where I was pretty consistent.

And then I got new beans and they're not working the same at all. Using the same amount of water, the same amount of beans, and the same grind, I'm now winding up with a heap of grounds that ends up piled way above the top of the jar and has to be pushed down with the lid (resulting in plenty of spilling in the process, and less than complete saturation of the grounds on the top).

My guess is that it's because the new beans are dark roast. Dark roast beans are oilier and I'm supposing that means they don't absorb water as rapidly as light and medium roast beans. But that's just a guess; it's not like I've got a bunch of different brands and a bunch of different roasts lined up so I can isolate the variable conclusively.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Kazz » Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:41 am

i'm glad nobody else knows what to do with their time on Earth either
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Re: Coffee

Postby Thad » Thu Mar 26, 2015 11:42 am

If it weren't for coffee, I'd be spending a lot more of my time on Earth sleeping.

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Re: Coffee

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Re: Coffee

Postby Mothra » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:17 pm

So, my mom got the Chemex coffee maker a while back, and every time I'm back home I try it. Really not impressed.

I guess it's just a standard drip coffee, but man, the coffee comes out really weak and watery. Picking different grinds helps a bit, though not nearly enough.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Silversong » Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:13 pm

From what baristas have explained to me, Chemex coffee is specifically supposed to produce the "cleanest" cup. Very little body, clearest flavor notes, due to very fine filtering. Not my thing either, I like aeropress. Been using french press at home to make 2 or 4 cups and finally have the hang of it.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Mothra » Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:50 pm

Amazon.com wrote:The BIGGER Better Nut Milk Bag from Amazon is on its way!


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So I bought one of these the other day at the recommendation of my brother, for straining out the grinds from a large batch of cold brew (which I tend to make on Sundays for the rest of the week).

It's gotta be better than the awkward three-mason-jars-straining-at-a-time thing I'm doing now.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Silversong » Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:59 am

I have a cold brew drip coffee maker at home, it makes the most amazing stuff. Diluted with milk it just tastes almost chocolatey.

I also started using a Royal Belgian Balance Siphon to make hot coffee at home. (Mine is made of brass, but otherwise the same model as the video.) Y'know, for when making a cup of coffee doesn't feel enough like performance art. But seriously, it makes really good coffee. I get all my coffee beans from the local roaster, and we have an electric grinder with settings from espresso to French press.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Mothra » Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:10 am

Mmm... genuinely considering that. I make a lot of cold brew this time of year.

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Re: Coffee

Postby Silversong » Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:50 pm

Whoa, I am drinking tea made from dried coffee cherries for the first time, and it is....way better than I expected? Rich and dark and a little tangy, but no coffee-ish aftertaste.

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