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Old 02-21-2010, 03:09 PM
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Default what is the best roast: a coffee thread

Here's a thread for everything coffee related (except the morbid kind)! What brewing methods do you prefer? Do you take it black or with creamer? What are your favorite beans? Do you grind your own beans or do you buy the pre-ground stuff? Feel free to discuss drinks that use coffee in their creation!

My typical cuppa joe consists of preground Starbucks Christmas Blend with two packets of Equal and Cinnamon-Vanilla fat free CoffeeMate creamer.

It's good stuff!
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:19 PM
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Irish coffee, otherwise I'd much rather have tea.

In other words I don't really care for coffee but put enough whiskey, sugar and cream in it and you might get me interested.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:21 PM
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Black, except during Christmas time when CoffeeMate's peppermint mocha creamer is available. Grinding your own beans is absolutely amazing, but especially now that I live on my own I just get the cheapest shit available.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:22 PM
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Didn't we have one of those a couple of months ago?

(Sorry to be That Guy).
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:24 PM
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I have no idea.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:26 PM
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Yeah.

(Not to discourage you, Fox-Boy Wonder).
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:32 PM
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SDMX was right about you Shinji... as always.

I take it black now because I'm a manly man who's scared of sugar and calories.

When it comes to energy drinks I almost always choose the coffee versions for fear of acid reflux.
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:35 PM
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Yeah.

(Not to discourage you, Fox-Boy Wonder).
I hardly ever go into that subforum =P

(Also, I just wanted to use "what is the best roast" but thought that talking about roast turkey or roast beef would be dumb)
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Old 02-21-2010, 03:58 PM
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Strong dark roast preference here. Wish I could find a lighter roast that didn't make me gag when taken black. I like medium to high quality stuff black, and the not so great (but great priced!) stuff with light flavored creamer. Like hazlenut in particular. Love my French Press over my drip maker, but rarely have the time for the 'french.

The occasional iced mocha is a good treat.

Trader Joes stores rock for Coffee.
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Old 02-21-2010, 04:28 PM
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I take it black, and use pre-ground stuff, but I'm still trying to find a brand that I really like. There's always just something I don't really like about them, and I don't remember offhand which ones I've already tried, and I don't remember what I liked/disliked about them.

Oh well! I guess I'll grab a bag when I go to Walmart tonight and try posting about it, and maybe some of you coffee experts can give me some direction.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:28 PM
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Starbuck's coffee is shit pure and simple. Powdered creamer is as well. I take mine with sugar and milk. Generally, I only like it in the evening, especially after a good meal. As far as beans are concerned, I find Ethiopian Yergacheffee to be my favorite.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:53 PM
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What brewing methods do you prefer?
Anything but drip. I favor the French press when I want black coffee and the Vietnamese steel filter when I want sweet coffee, but I'm also equipped with a Turkish ibrik and a moka pot when the need arises. I grind my own with a Capresso burr grinder. I like the Trader Joe's Scandinavian Blend in the press and Trung Nguyen beans for Vietnamese coffee. My next coffee-related implement will be one of these.

Sadly, I seem to have lost my ability to handle caffeine within the last year. I get the shakes if I have coffee before the afternoon. Morning coffee really screws up my day. It has become an after-dinner thing for me.
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:23 PM
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I like the crappy black stuff that comes out of a vending machine way too hot. That shit will wake you up.
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I am the anti-purist. I drink froofy things full of cream and sugar and flavorings. Made out of Decaf because I've lost all tolerance to caffeine after giving up soda, and now it does unpleasant things to me.

My wife, however, buys nice beans from a local shop and makes french press stuff at home. She's also experimented with cold-brew and Turkish, which are both pretty tasty.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:32 AM
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Gimme a light roast* from La Colombe in Center City, Philadelphia. perfection in a cup.

*Note! Lighter roasts have more caffeine!
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:52 AM
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So after trying a few different brands and types of coffee, I have only found one that I truly enjoy: McDonald's coffee. It's kind of embarrassing, but it's just so damn good. I want to know what specific brand and flavor and type of roast they use, but Google has given me inconsistent answers. So I turn to you, Talking Time. Help! I must have it.
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Old 04-12-2010, 07:57 AM
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If you can't come up with a better answer sooner, I think a friend of mine actually worked at a McCafe for a while... she might know.
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French press is the way to go for me, strong with half & half and sugar, stirred with a wooden spoon. I've also had roommates who have owned a moka pot and aeropress, and those methods are great as well, but not my favorite.

My relationship with coffee is kind of weird. I'm a fairly nervous person, so I've rarely felt "wired" like so many other people do, but it definitely has a psychological effect on me in that the day doesn't feel like it's really started before I've had a cup. Plus I really, really love the taste and always have.
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So what's the deal with decaf? A lot of people hate on it. Is it because it tastes much worse than caffeinated coffee? I've never had it, but I would think coffee that tastes just as good but without caffeine would be pretty nice.
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I drink decaf whenever I drink coffee now, because I lost my caffeine tolerance and it does terrible things to me. I didn't notice much difference in taste when I switched, but this is probably because my coffee drinks tend to be full of cream and sugar and extra flavors. I imagine someone who takes it black would have a much easier time noticing.
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I was drinking decaf for a while for health reasons, and I got used to it, but it tastes like what I imagine replicator food must taste like. Not bad, per se, but just kind of empty.
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So, yesterday, my friends and I walked to the campus starbucks, and I saw that the recommended drink of the day was an "iced carmel macchiato", and I remarked "I wonder if I could get that frozen instead"

one of my friends turns to me and gives me this DEADLY SERIOUS look
"no, you can't do that, that's not what the drink is"

And I am totally confused because I just drink coffees that I know will be nummy and sweet like candy, and kinda ignore everything beyond that complexity of definition

But he proceeded to explain that "macchiato" refers to the process by which it is made, something to do with milk sitting on the bottom and espresso on top, and that if I wanted something frozen, it would have to be mixed(!!). So I asked why you couldn't crush the ice separately and then build the drink on this, and he shook his head and gave up on me.

Help me build my coffee cred. I don't speak espresso. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALL OF THIS
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Old 04-16-2011, 03:30 PM
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Help me build my coffee cred. I don't speak espresso. WHAT IS THE MEANING OF ALL OF THIS
The purpose is to justify the insane prices they pay at Starbucks for their snobbery-in-a-cup.
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Here is a summary of the ingredients for the different drinks:


And the table here describes the order that the ingredients are added.
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The purpose is to justify the insane prices they pay at Starbucks for their snobbery-in-a-cup.
I don't think it's snobbery, I think it's like a religious cult you do not want to fuck with.
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Here is a summary of the ingredients for the different drinks:


And the table here describes the order that the ingredients are added.
That's a really spiffy breakdown.

I have one of these and it's great:

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Old 04-16-2011, 05:44 PM
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ye gods, and people can actually taste the difference between all of those?

For the example of my story, my "iced caramel macchiato" had white (milk foam?) on the bottom and brown (espresso?) on top. which is upside down from the chart
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Old 04-16-2011, 06:24 PM
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What's really amazing is that the only difference between a cafe latte and a cappuccino is the amount of steamed milk you use. Why not just say "extra steamed milk" when ordering a cappuccino? Why do we need to pretend it's an entirely different drink?

COFFEE RAAAAAGE
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I have one of these and it's great:

My girlfriend swears by hers, says it's the most convenient appliance she owns.

HOWAYYVER - -

Did you know that when you drink coffee it turns your bones into a spongy, porous material, and that certain chemicals in coffee turn into bleach and hydrogen peroxide in your stomach once you drink theeeeeeem
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nothin' wrong with a little H2O2~~~~
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