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#301269 - 04/10/10 04:40 PM Any coffee geeks here?
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4114
Loc: Up yonder

Over the past ten years or so, I’ve progressed from drinking two pots of disgustingly dark and thick military brew, to better drip, to a French press, to super-automatic machines to my latest over the top purchase of a semi-auto machine and grinder. I am officially a coffee geek now. I have a new found respect for baristas that can pull a good shot, shot after shot. I can’t…..yet.

Anyone else taken this path who has a pallet for a really good cup of espresso? If so, a thread for sharing tips, advice and bean recommendations may be in order.

#301271 - 04/10/10 04:45 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
RickF Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Can't help you there Mike, after all of these years I just did start drinking coffee a month or so ago and I'm trying to figure if I like straight black or with cream and sugar.
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#301294 - 04/10/10 07:27 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: RickF]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8462
Loc: Tacoma
I'm too cheap to buy a semi-automatic machine and too lazy to pull shots manually.

I drink about a quart of good drip coffee (black) a day.

I keep trying to find coffee I like better than good Columbian, but I haven't found it, yet.
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#301296 - 04/10/10 07:35 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 09/27/04
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Loc: Central NH
Ditto Tom on his last two counts.
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#301299 - 04/10/10 08:18 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Registered: 07/20/06
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Loc: Richland, WA, USA
I never seem to drink coffee in its pure form, but I do like coffee-flavored things. I like a good coffee ice cream. I'm sure this makes me a coffee blasphemer.

Mark, I'm glad the sig is lasting as long as it is. It still cracks me up.

#301304 - 04/10/10 09:01 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: CV]
Ya_basta Offline

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 4210
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I've turned into quite the coffee connoisseur. I was actually perusing web sites yesterday looking for some fair trade organic whole beans.

Although nothing to special, this is what I have for a coffee maker. Freshly ground whole bean coffee sure does make a difference. The aroma alone is something to desire.

As far as beans go, I've been buying my coffee from Costco, and it's actually really good.

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#301306 - 04/10/10 09:13 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: Ya_basta]
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We tend to drink what I refer to as "hot coffee ice cream." Lots of cream, lots of sugar, weak coffee. However, the better the coffee is, the better this tastes. We tend to buy Caribou coffees, light to medium roast.
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#301307 - 04/10/10 09:21 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: Ya_basta]
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Registered: 06/22/03
Posts: 6776
Loc: The Peoples Republic of Il.

Kirkland is a real a good brand imo Cam. For every day drinking I don't bother to buy anything special. On occasion we get a gourmet brand. Last time we bought some from Traders Joes house brand, it was quite good.

Our coffee machine is a Bunn. That's the only brand we have had in the past 20 years or so. They seem to last a lot longer than the others.

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#301310 - 04/10/10 09:33 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: Wid]
Ya_basta Offline

Registered: 06/23/07
Posts: 4210
Loc: Sitting down somewhere
I just came across this web site. I haven't checked it out to see what it has to offer, as I've literally just stumbled across it, but it looks like it has a wealth of information.
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#301320 - 04/10/10 10:47 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: Ya_basta]
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Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 4106
Loc: Porch,enjoying Bombay Sapphire
If you are interested in getting into making quality espresso, it takes a commitment. First you need to be willing to spend a little cash. Trying to get a quality espresso out of a $100 investment is just not going to cut it. Research, research and do more research.

1) Source good quality beans - online shopping comes in very handy here.

2) Espresso Machine - There are a few entry level models by Saeco, Rancilio Silvia that are quality machines but do have a learning curve and require practice.

3) Grinder - often the most overlooked area and one of the most important steps to making a quality shot.

4) Trial, Error and Patience - Mistakes are good. In the end your hard work will be paid of with very high quality coffee but this part requires commitment.

If your not willing to do the work or get bored of new things quickly I wouldn't recommend investing money into espresso.
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