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Coffee: Roast, Drink, Enjoy!

Cyrael

...we're shy.
(he/him)
Just spent this morning roasting up a couple pounds of coffee and thought it would be fun to make a thread about it.

Anyone have coffee opinions, experiences, etc. they want to talk about?
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
I'm running on 16oz of Death Wish today. (Plus heavy cream and some sweet n low.) That stuff's great.

 

Paul le Fou

AAAAAAAA
(He)
You roast your own beans?? Shit, that's hardcore.

I've amassed a decent collection. I start with a Baratza Encore electric burr grinder that I love very much, and I got it through their refurb program so it was cheaper than usual! The other part of my kit is a Bonavita gooseneck kettle.

I have a bunch of different brewing methods onhand - pourover cone, kalita wave dripper, aeropress, french press, vietnamese phin, and live with a keurig to boot. But really, it's been a long time since I used anything but the kalita wave dripper. Straight-forward, good, easy cleanup (probably the most important part tbh) and I can make a larger cup. Aeropress is neat but too many different parts to wash and store, and it's hard to make a bigger cup.

As for my beans, these days I order mostly from Kuma Coffee because they still have the best decaf I've been able to find to this day, they actually have a 50/50 caf/decaf blend, and the rest of their stuff is also good. Also, a bear
 

Issun

Could be a fren
I love beer but if I had to give up it or coffee I'd give up beer. There's just something about a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, or sitting with friends, or with pie. It's just the best.
 
(Almost) every morning I make a pot of iced coffee.

250g of ice cubes into the Chemex
Grind 46g of coffee
Heat water to 205 F
Bloom the coffee for ~45 seconds, then start pouring the rest of the water in, up to 520 mL in total
While the coffee's filtering through, go make breakfast

It's often the first thing I successfully complete each day (sometimes, the only thing), so it's valuable on that basis alone; but also, I like iced coffee.

At the moment I'm getting my beans from Blue Bottle via mail, but Paul mentioned Kuma Coffee and now I'm intrigued. Their subscriptions are a little cheaper...
 

Cyrael

...we're shy.
(he/him)
You roast your own beans?? Shit, that's hardcore.
I've been doing it for a bit as part of a side project to get off the ground here in Utah. Ramping up recently and selling locally! We will see how it goes etc. But I'm not here to shill my stuff but just to hear what people like.

I hadn't heard of a wave dripper before, but they look cool! My pour over game is pretty weak, and I am trying to figure out how to do better with it. Generally we use an old fashioned drip machine because both my wife and I drink coffee and need a decent amount.
 

Tiers in Rain

Gaming Replicant!
My sister roasts her own beans. I've never gone that far. Maybe one of these days when I have some extra time on my hands I can start that hobby. I love coffee more than most things but my methods are pretty simple. I buy whole bean, usually a dark roast, grind them myself, and brew with a french press. This is what I've done for the last 8 years or so. I could probably go more hardcore, just not ready for that yet.
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
I've been doing it for a bit as part of a side project to get off the ground here in Utah. Ramping up recently and selling locally! We will see how it goes etc. But I'm not here to shill my stuff but just to hear what people like.
That's friggin' cool! Where are you sourcing your beans?
 

Cyrael

...we're shy.
(he/him)
Today I am just sourcing through Coffee Shrub. Simple procedure and good options, and they are pretty helpful for a small time operation
 
I buy whole bean, usually a dark roast, grind them myself, and brew with a french press. This is what I've done for the last 8 years or so. I could probably go more hardcore, just not ready for that yet.
This is what I do as well. It's good enough for me.

During warmer times of the year, I also make cold brew concentrate so I can just add water for a cup of that instead.

We also have a Vietnamese coffee maker, but that's more for a special treat than normal use since it's basically an excuse to drink condensed milk.
 
True fact: Growing up my parents would make a pot of coffee on a Monday or whatever but usually not get through it. The next day whatever was left in the pot went into a saucepan for reheating and was , and even the next day this was repeated. I did not realize this was regarded as weird/gross until probably grad school when someone was horrified I did that.

I now make it fresh every day, but honestly buying good coffee is more of a social thing to support local places, fair wages, good harvesting, etc.
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
Today I am just sourcing through Coffee Shrub. Simple procedure and good options, and they are pretty helpful for a small time operation
Ah, I meant more along the lines of where your beans are from. Sumatra? Hawaii? Indonesia? Columbia? etc etc...
 

Cyrael

...we're shy.
(he/him)
Ah, I meant more along the lines of where your beans are from. Sumatra? Hawaii? Indonesia? Columbia? etc etc...
Oh whoops. Sorry for the misunderstanding.

Primarily I've been getting African and South American beans. Burundi and Guatemala for the most part. The nuances between the region (and the process of getting the beans dried and ready) are areas I am also working to improve my perception of.
 

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I like a nice mild roast and use a french press, but I'm all over the place on beans. Sometimes I just get whole bean Dunkin Donut beans and make that lol
 

Cyrael

...we're shy.
(he/him)
Did about 4lbs of Dark Roasted Burundi this weekend! Turned out really good with just enough hints of bittersweet chocolate coming through that I know I hit the temps just right.

 

spines

behold my godlike
(she/her, or something)
I bought a kinda shitty cheap grinder a few years ago, back when I was only making coffee at my old apartment like once a month or so. I'd pretty much always drink it at work, or buy it somewhere, but then this year happened and we started making coffee almost every day from home. So it stopped working after a month or two. So I'm looking for a grinder recommendation so I can start buying beans from local shops again instead of pre-ground at the supermarket. Ideally small, preferably non-electric, the kitchen here is not huge and we're already always cycling toasters and stuff through the wall plugs, haha. And I originally got a French press for the same reason, which is still what we use, although it sucks to clean those fine grounds out of it :v I'll have to check out some other manual methods sometime...

Still holding out for the electric kettle of my dreams too. I keep hoping I'll see one at h-mart that's just what I want, but they all seem to be on the small side.
 
@nijhazer I've had my eye on that kettle for a bit - pretty good price overall. You like it? Did you use another before?
I use this kettle every day, multiple times per day. I can't compare it to other pour-over kettles because this is my first non-electric kettle, but I like it far better than any electric kettle that I ever had.
 

SabreCat

Sabe, Inattentive Type
(they/them)
A friend gave me her little metal pour-over filter she wasn't using, and I've barely ever made coffee another way since. Such a pleasant way to brew a single cup at a time!
 
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