So, How Do You Coffee?

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  1. TokyoPortrait

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    Cos, like, it’s a verb…

    Hi.

    My coffee history is perhaps a little unusual or atypical.

    I don’t really remember, but I tried coffee just once as a preteen (or teen?) and immediately thought, yuk, this is just dirty hot water.

    Now of course I realise it was instant, which in fact actually is just dirty hot water.

    In my late thirties when visiting my mother, I noticed her drinking instant coffee. So, wanting to do something nice for her, I did a brief bit of Googling and found that, of the limited things available in her wee rural town, a French Press would make better coffee. So I got it (only one in stock) & proceeded from there. Naturally, I tried some too, for the second time in my life, and this time realised, oh, not so bad. And hey, what’s that buzz I’m feeling?

    Thus, my journey began. Returning home, I discovered that by luck we have a highly rated roaster just down the road. Also, living in Japan, I went into the whole third wave thing and I’m pretty good at pour over with my preferred V60 and I do well with cold brew too from my Iwaki. This journey also entailed two step-ups along the way in machine grinder quality.

    But espresso remained an elusive thing. Mostly down to the astounding cost of proper espresso machines here. Astounding elsewhere, astounding plus here.

    I made do with a cheap machine and very average results, until it broke.

    The other day, I got a Pro2 manual espresso machine by Flair. And two days later, The Royal manual grinder, also by Flair, as my grinder wasn’t cutting it (fine enough :)).

    So, proper espresso capability - but like a Telecaster, great tool but unforgiving, and results are ultimately down to the operator.

    About five days in now and very much still a work in progress. I think it always will be - polishing that eternal diamond.

    So, how do you coffee?


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    Pax/
    Dean
     
  2. loopfinding

    loopfinding Friend of Leo's

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    Back home, bustelo and a breville machine. Here just lavazza and pour over. I should probably get a machine again.

    I just drink a basic espresso coffee with some milk poured in, regardless of how it’s made. Some of the spanish brands like marcilla or the nestle fare are awful though.
     
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  3. stormsedge

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    Black and Decker $22 coffee maker...Folgers...black...the first cup gets a tsp of coconut oil.
     
  4. J. Bonkosky

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    I get local roasted beans and grind them course. Then I put them in the basket of my Presto 12 cup percolator and let her rip. 5 minutes later I have strong but not bitter coffee. I drink it black.
     
  5. tenthstreet

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    I've become a pour over person since the pandemic started. Hario v60 and a Baratza Encore grinder are my go-tos, and I buy coffee from a website that works as a partner with a bunch of local roasters across the US. All good stuff, although to others it probably looks like I'm a character in Breaking Bad...that or Bunsen Honeydew from The Muppets.
     
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    I acquired the addiction with my Mom’s percolated coffee when I was about 12.
    Back then, I drank it like my Mom, with milk and occasionally half & half.
    Mr. Coffee was my next step, when I was out of my folk’s.
    It was my go-to before my current Kuerig contraption.
    Anyways, I’m firmly and happily addicted 50+ years.
    I use the short/strong setting with boring old (but good) Folgers.
    Wakes the old man up every morning.
     
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  7. Killing Floor

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    Moka Pot.
    Mine is light blue but let’s just say it’s Daphne since this is TDPRI.

    I also use a press when I need more.

    I take mine black.
     
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  9. Rustbucket

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    Strong, black, flavorful. My programmed drip machine doubles as my alarm clock. The sound and smell wake me up.
     
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    my signal flow: dark roasted whole beans > Baratza grinder > Delonghi espresso machine > for lattes or shots depending on mood & state of immediacy > bloodstream
     
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    Yes :rolleyes:

    Cone style (Melitta, Krups, etc) drip coffee maker, Gevalia Traditional Roast.....hot and black.
     
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    Electric percolator with no-name, store brand decaf (HEB for you Texans). I have it on a timer, so it's ready when I get up.

    I do love a nice cup of coffee, but I had to switch to decaf quite a few years ago. I have a genetic tremor (kind of a pre-Parkinson's) that runs in my family, so I can't have any caffeine any more. I used to shake like a leaf on a tree! Actually affected my guitar playing too.

    I have about 2 cups a day, and my wife drinks probably 6+. That's another reason we switched to cheaper coffee.

    I drink it with a bit of sweetener and milk. I love full cream in it, but my waist line doesn't.

    I used to grind my own beans (still have the grinder and French press) and once in a blue moon I'll treat myself.

    I'm envious of all you die hard coffee fans!

    Cheers,
    Doug
     
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  14. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    Cool

    (doh, just hit ‘post’ instead of ‘preview’)

    I’m a long time user of the V60 and I have the same grinder too - although it’s rebranded here under Kalita. I checked with Baratza though, exact same machine, just a deal Baratza do for the Japan market.

    It’s perfect for pour over and cold brew, but won’t really do the espresso end unfortunately. Hence my new hand grinder.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Ya can't beat cowboy coffee

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    Folgers made weak in cheap coffee maker.
     
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    I love a really good cup of black coffee. However, I am way too cheap and lazy to buy and operate the machinery needed for a really good cup, so I settle for decent quality beans and a B&D drip. Timer is essential so that it can be ready to go when I stumble out of bed.

    If it was just me, I love my AeroPress, but that’s a bit of a hassle when the Mrs. and myself drink two big cups each in the AM.
     
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    I am a fan of the 'french press'. The first cup is pure magic, the second cup is okay, and after that the coffee shops are usually open
     
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    My daughter bought me this cold brew coffee maker. I like it best in the summer when I don't want anything hot!

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  20. TokyoPortrait

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    Hi.

    That’s a bummer, I’m really sorry to hear that.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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