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Re: Any coffee geeks here?
medic8r #301864 04/14/10 02:20 PM
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No doubt, especially if it is mixed with some Stoli.


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Re: Any coffee geeks here?
Ken.C #301866 04/14/10 02:32 PM
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Oh dear, the sleeping pedant has awoken again. "Chai" is the Indian word for tea. In the Western world we've taken it to mean tea with spices, sugar and milk. Still there's no need to say "chai tea", as that means "tea tea".

Peter, did you find the Republic before or after I first mentioned it here? They do have such excellent tea though, I've tried other brands since discovering them, but have always come back. I'm done exploring now, and will just stay with them.

The Republic's Green Chai is one of my favorites, but I make it without milk (I simply will not tolerate lactose). Still add sugar, though, that seems to bring out the spices even more.


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Re: Any coffee geeks here?
ClubNeon #301871 04/14/10 02:37 PM
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Yeah, I've noticed that the sweeter I make it, the more spiced it is. I shall avoid calling it "chai tea" in the future.


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Ken.C #301872 04/14/10 02:39 PM
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I only get the urge to drink chai tea while I'm wiring with plenum cable.... Anyone else?


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Ken.C #301874 04/14/10 02:57 PM
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I once ordered chai tea from the cafe at the La Brea Tar Pits. I paid by entering my ATM PIN number on the keypad.


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pmbuko #301875 04/14/10 02:58 PM
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Good thing the NIC card on this ATM machine PIN number keypad was functionally operational.


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Ken.C #301876 04/14/10 03:00 PM
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People say these kinds of verbal mistakes on a regular daily basis.


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pmbuko #301877 04/14/10 03:04 PM
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Naturally while they're speaking, of course.

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Re: Any coffee geeks here?
PeterChenoweth #301879 04/14/10 03:16 PM
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 Originally Posted By: PeterChenoweth


I'm pretty good at consistently banging out shots that are nearly entirely thick & rich tiger-striped crema. Thought it took about 3 months of daily practice to hone in on the right grind & tamp pressure settings.

It's all up to the quality of the beans & roast. I'm pretty picky about my beans these days. I've got about four specialty roasters from whom I order beans; Northwest Coffee Roasting and Kaldi Coffee Company from St. Louis, MO, Metropolis Coffee Roasting from Chicago, IL, or Kind Coffee in Estes Park, CO. All four offer, IMHO, exquisite and flavorful beans roasted absolutely perfectly at reasonable prices.


Thanks Peter.

Have any tips to share for pulling a consistent shot? I’m just learning and my shots are all over the board. I am using between 16-18 grams of coffee, attempting to use 30 pounds of tamping pressure and shooting for 30 seconds to get a 2.5 oz double, which includes the cap of crema.

I had a hell of time with the tamp. I ended up buying one of those tamping mats that clicks when you reach your adjust pressure. I had to take the silly thing to the gym and use dumbbells to set it for 30 pounds, but it does help some. I still manage to screw up the tamps though….

I’ll have to try your sources of beans. Any particular roasts I should try first? I’m really not sure exactly what characteristics I prefer yet. My morning drink is a 16 oz latte. Two double shots of espresso and some combination of flavoring. I usually throw a scoop of white chocolate powder in. On my days off or evenings, I drink latte’s without any flavoring or just straight espresso. The one thing I do not like, is a bitter finish.

You tea toddling, crumpet munching, doily making sissies start your own thread…. .

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Ken.C #301880 04/14/10 03:18 PM
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Now, that was awesome. \:D Thanks guys.

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