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 use some random drip maker now as our water is soooo harsh with minerals here they get ruined early out

 


Have you considered using filtered water,  or bottled water for your coffee?  Besides being gentler on your machine,  the coffee flavor will likely be improved too. 
 

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post #32 of 55
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Yeah that's my gripe.  I toss my grounds in the compost heap.  But it's SO quick and fast and every cup is the first cup.



Have you tried the optional filter with your favorite ground coffee?  It solves the disposal issue and is quite a bit cheaper for those mornings when just a cup or two won't do.  I was disappointed with it until I found a great suggestion on a coffee forum:  Take an old KCup and remove the foil top and the filter inside.  Insert the used cup into the filter catridge before inserting the filter with your favorite coffee.  It seems to restrict the flow just enought to strengthen the brew a bit.  (I also tamp the coffee into the filter a bit, but remember reading somewhere that it could damage the machine.)


Edited by buckeye_hunter - 9/15/10 at 7:14am
post #33 of 55

Our espresso maker is down -- maybe for the count.  In the meantime we're using a French press with our big Pasquini "Moka" grinder, and a Cuisinart pour-over -- with the gold mesh screen and it's own little built in grinder. 

 

We get our coffee from Trader Joe and Tropicana (our neighborhood Lebanese / Russian / Armenian / Etc. Market.  We like the dark TJ in the giant can -- I forget the name, but it's not Fench Roast; and Joe's in the regular size can.  It's a sign to buy new coffee when we're half way through the Joe's.  We go for dark Columbian at Tropicana.  The quality is very good, and the prices are ridiculous. 

 

If you haven't explored ethnic groceries for their whole beans... Something to think about. 

 

If you like strong coffee, one trick you can try is to mix a can of some kind of "cafe latino" (we like La Llave, but Bustelo, Legal and the rest are just fine) with a decent US brand like Yuban, 50/50.  You'd be surprised.  

 

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post #34 of 55

I favor a French Press, and my wife and I drink a brand called Joffrey's out of Tampa Florida. I like to keep the $ in the state. Not the fanciest but consistent. Retails for about $8.95-9.95  full pound bag

It says its Breakfast Blend I used to use 8  O Clock. brand.

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post #35 of 55

2% milk and bottled orange juice with breakfast followed by two pots of pre-ground Wegman's store brand coffee made in a Mr. Coffee drip machine that's twenty years old if it's a day. The morning is more about quantity than quality for me. If I want coffee in the evening, I may drag out the Bodum French press and grind up some decent coffee for it. Never, ever in the mornings.

post #36 of 55

Nicko,

There's an interesting store 40 minutes from here, out in the country....that sells overages, scratch and dents,etc....you have to read expiration dates, know brands etc.  They always have different "gourmet, healthfood" as well as everyday products....it's like Christmas, you never know what you're going to get until you visit.   Anyway, Newman's breakfast blend organic green mountain 10oz for $2.99, 12 oz of Caribou Essential for $3.99, etc...there have been some really exceptional coffees flow through there.  There's a sister store outside of Rolla, Mo. Bet there is something comparable around Chicago.

It's a super way to get great products at a very discounted price.

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post #37 of 55

A fruit smoothie with whatever i have in the fruit bowl...

 

and some crappy coffee that they make at work

 

 

on the weekends, i'll fresh grind and french press some good coffee from Wegmans/Whole Foods.

post #38 of 55

Sometimes coffee, sometimes tea, sometimes only water with a little fresh squeezed lemon juice.

 

Coffee generally comes from local roasters, such as Peets, but sometimes I'll drink one of TJ's dark blends.

 

Tea varies by mood.

 

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post #39 of 55

Home roasted Guatmalan made in a french press

post #40 of 55

Green Tea, loose leaf Hojicha, unsweetened. I love coffee, but I got old and it does a number on my empty stomach. I can only do coffee after a big meal now :-(

post #41 of 55
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Have you tried the optional filter with your favorite ground coffee?  It solves the disposal issue and is quite a bit cheaper for those mornings when just a cup or two won't do.  I was disappointed with it until I found a great suggestion on a coffee forum:  Take an old KCup and remove the foil top and the filter inside.  Insert the used cup into the filter catridge before inserting the filter with your favorite coffee.  It seems to restrict the flow just enought to strengthen the brew a bit.  (I also tamp the coffee into the filter a bit, but remember reading somewhere that it could damage the machine.)

 

I tried the optional filter.  I suppose I just want it quick and easy.  Just seems like so much work!  ;)

post #42 of 55

Caribou Blend (ground from whole bean this a.m.) and brewed in a circa 1935 Wear Ever 8-cup aluminum Drip-o-Lator.  My next purchase is a Russell Hobbs electric kettle 'cause I'm tired of waiting for the old gas burners to boil a kettle of water the old fashioned way.  I also grind 1/2 stick of cinnamon to sprinkle on top of the ground coffee before brewing.  Add a little cream - nothin' better!

post #43 of 55

Organic Ugandan Peaberry brewed in a Chemex drip brewer. Just a little milk.

 

Life is too short to drink bad coffee, or exploit those who grow it.

post #44 of 55

Hair of the dog.

 

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post #45 of 55

Ha ha Chris!  In my younger days after some parties the hair of the the dog was great.. not that I'm older.. tea is perfect, thanks!  

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post #46 of 55

Lucky enough to have an electrical engineer as a boyfriend, we rigged up an old West Bend Poppery popcorn machine that is now an awesome coffee roaster. I've been buying a variety of beans to roast at home.

 

Right now, I've got some Aged Sumatra Lingtong Peaberry (2007 crop). Ground, then steeped in a french press with filtered water. Cream and a little sugar...That's the way to start your day!

 

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post #47 of 55

Another vote for Folgers 1/2 cafe, but brewed in my Krups (a little cream, no sugar)   Don't care for the "flavored" blends, but do enjoy Kona or Cafe du Monde occasionally. 

post #48 of 55
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Have you considered using filtered water,  or bottled water for your coffee?  Besides being gentler on your machine,  the coffee flavor will likely be improved too. 
 

yes, we have a filter on the kitchen faucet, but it still seems to have an incredible amount of calcification....now i use an electric kettle, which i love for all sorts of instant tea drinking,with 2 different drip plastic filters(the kind you put on top of a cup), cuz my husband drinks decaf and i drink regular.....i have a small espresso machine (2 cupper), and a small french press as well, for those mornings you just need an extra bit of help! bdl, i love cafe bustelo!.. when i still see it in the stores my hand always wants to grab it. i can open a can and be transported..kinda scares me its so cheap though...when i was little, my grandfather use to make me coffee by heating the milk on the stove, then adding the coffee(i think through a coffee sock), and a bit of sugar...felt very grown up with my fancy little cup!...really a rough kind of cappuccino, i guess.....think the cubans still make their coffee in a similar fashion.....cafe cubano!! use to make a cuban coffee brulee for the restaurant years back...ummm, maybe it'll make a comeback!
 

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post #49 of 55

cafe du monde run through a vietnamese coffee press with sweetened condensed milk

post #50 of 55

My dad loves his Keurig thing. I bought him a reusable filter that he can put his own coffee in and he really enjoys that. Maybe your sister would too. I found it at Bed Bath And Beyond for around $12.

 

I drink a medium roast from a local coffee shop. They sell all sorts of roasted coffees and tea blends and it's an adorable store. I keep chicory coffee on hand for afternoon Vietnamese Iced Coffees and espresso ground coffee for cubanos and lattes. I really like my coffee.

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post #51 of 55

had ethiopian coffee @ a ethiopian restaurant this morning ....great foam on top....didn't see how he made it.  Anyway was wonderful and a bargain, half the price of other coffee places.

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post #52 of 55

In the morning I drink "the breakfast of champions", Diet Mountain Dew.

 

I love coffee, but it usually gives me migraines. It's really torture when it smells so good and I can't drink it.


Edited by finecrumb - 9/19/10 at 11:18am
post #53 of 55

Good Old Fashion Coffee through a French Press.

post #54 of 55

Twinings Assam tea.  Strong, with a teeny splash of milk.

post #55 of 55

At home, Dark Roast (french press), At work, Espresso

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