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Posted 01 January 2015 - 01:13 PM

Having my 1st cup of coffee for the new year and trying a dancing goat blend I got for christmas. Gotta say, that blend is righteous! What a way to start the new year.



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Posted 01 January 2015 - 01:23 PM

Dancing goat blend? Those black drops are not coffee beens dude...

 

 

Nah just kidding, nothing beats a good cup of coffee when you need it most. Whether it's in the morning or after days in the cold. Too bad good coffee is so damn expensive, so for daily use I just use a capsule based coffee machine which is fairly good (sure beats the ones with tabs etc) as I'm the only coffee drinker in the house. Nothing beats plain oldschool manually brewed coffee though. I had an italian at work which brought his own beans and had a small coffee maker for on the stove. Nothing fancy, but it's darn good coffee.. much better than all the fancy stylish capsule based "premium coffee" brands.

 

Here in Europe good coffee if found in the south. Nothing beats a good espresso or lungo. Somehow the italians, spaniards, portugese and greek people have a far much better understanding what's good.


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Posted 01 January 2015 - 04:00 PM

Started '15 w/ a Columbian ...

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 04:29 PM

Started '15 w/ a Columbian ...

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Oh boy does that look good! Cheers Buddy!



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Posted 01 January 2015 - 05:49 PM

dancing goat is roasted in British Columbia, Canada. that region has a number of companies that import beans then roast them, it became very popular a few years ago - i know nothing about roasting coffee, not even what equipment is involved. i am sure i can find a youtube video though.

 

i am sure it is getting more difficult for the small custom organic roaster to supply a clientele with all the new coffee maker companies pushing out machines and then the small single cup sizes that are readily available in all grocers including the wall of varieties found at places like costco.

 

i started my day with beans that i ground from a bag that i get from our local costco, the product is a kirkland lake brand but says it is a starbucks house blend packaged for kirkland lake.

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 07:04 PM

Sweet Maria's is a great resource for getting started ...
https://www.sweetmarias.com/store/

You can going w/ one of these, for $20, or even just a baking sheet too really ...
http://www.amazon.co...4_t3_B00NSQ634K

I picked up one of these a while back, for roasting my own, but have used it often for popcorn and not yet for coffee ...
http://www.amazon.co...XBZMN1QKFQTC27M

It looks to have been replaced with this variant ...
http://www.amazon.co...4_t3_B00608D66G

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Posted 01 January 2015 - 08:04 PM

For me, I have to have chicory in my coffee. We actually have CDM brand shipped from New Orleans to Virginia via Amazon prime.


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 02:30 AM

Sweet Maria's is a great resource for getting started ...
https://www.sweetmarias.com/store/

You can going w/ one of these, for $20, or even just a baking sheet too really ...
http://www.amazon.co...4_t3_B00NSQ634K

I picked up one of these a while back, for roasting my own, but have used it often for popcorn and not yet for coffee ...
http://www.amazon.co...XBZMN1QKFQTC27M

It looks to have been replaced with this variant ...
http://www.amazon.co...4_t3_B00608D66G

Cheers!

You know, I would have never thought about roasting my own beans. Thanks for info you posted. What and idea!


For me, I have to have chicory in my coffee. We actually have CDM brand shipped from New Orleans to Virginia via Amazon prime.

The minute I saw chicory I knew you were from the south. I loved living in Virgina when I was stationed there at Ft Lee. Some of the best time I can remember!



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Posted 02 January 2015 - 03:10 AM

I love my coffee, and my coffee machine.

 

Before I got my coffee machine I found a cafe that brewed a coffee I loved. The coffee beans they used were "Coffico" Dolce blend which are 100% Arabica beans. They cost AU $30 per 1kg, which works out to AU$0.08 per cup set to the maximum amount of coffee (9 grams) per cup, on my machine. 

 

I have tried many various beans and blends but still find myself going back to Coffico. Problem is, all beans smell great, but it's almost impossible to know what they taste like until you try them.

 

My best advice with beans would be to try brewed coffee from various cafes/sources and buy the beans that make that cup of coffee that you love best.

 

My coffee machine is a Saeco Royal Cappuccino. I have had many compliments on my coffee machine but I think that it all comes down to the beans that you use.

 

 

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 04:36 AM

Brewing apparatus can definitely affect the final cupping of a bean. Siphon coffee vs French Press is night and day apart, genuinely. And espresso is a whole separate beast all together. Good beans are like good genetics, but you still need execution I'm afraid ...

That said, you can make an excellent cup of coffee by way of Aeropres for like $30 or whatever they run, so it's not a matter of equipment cost, so much as it's proper profiling to whatever equipment you're using ...

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Posted 02 January 2015 - 05:32 AM

GM I was talking more of comparable machines or styles of brewing, but you make a valid point.

 

 

Ha, having a cup right now!!


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 05:35 AM

The ground (fine or course), age (coffee oxidates), method of brewing, water temp (is not allowed to boil anymore).. everything has to be perfect for the best coffee..

Though imho you can still get very decent coffee from capsule machines or even instant coffee these days. It's not perfect, but there's just a lot of crap coffee out there.

Here it depends per region. For example, regular coffee in the netherlands and germany is a mix of arabica and robusta, though the mix ratio is different, making a huge different taste. If you are used to one, it's hard to like the other one.
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Posted 02 January 2015 - 08:48 AM

My Grandparents had a coffee farm in Kona, Hi. many years back. I still remember helping pick the beans. Man those were good times!



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Posted 02 January 2015 - 10:28 AM

'ello love

 

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and 'ello to what I have to assume is a startingly cute Vietnamese girl in the background :D


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 09:15 PM

'ello love

 

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and 'ello to what I have to assume is a startingly cute Vietnamese girl in the background :D

As long as she didn't bring the coffee beans from Vietnam! That crap is nasty! :rofl:


My Grandparents had a coffee farm in Kona, Hi. many years back. I still remember helping pick the beans. Man those were good times!

One of the pricier coffees. ;)


The ground (fine or course), age (coffee oxidates), method of brewing, water temp (is not allowed to boil anymore).. everything has to be perfect for the best coffee..

Though imho you can still get very decent coffee from capsule machines or even instant coffee these days. It's not perfect, but there's just a lot of crap coffee out there.

Here it depends per region. For example, regular coffee in the netherlands and germany is a mix of arabica and robusta, though the mix ratio is different, making a huge different taste. If you are used to one, it's hard to like the other one.

Robusta is the worst coffee. I see the Vietnam Robusta every day at work and it's used as a filler in cheap coffees like Maxwell House.


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Posted 02 January 2015 - 11:17 PM

Maxwell house is what I drink in the morning lol. I like to drink alot of coffee and Maxwell house doesn't give me the jitters like others.


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 12:03 AM

I have found most Vietnamese coffee to be very bitter. I was given a 500g bag of grounds from Vietnam I'm reluctant to try.


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 12:10 AM

I have found most Vietnamese coffee to be very bitter. I was given a 500g bag of grounds from Vietnam I'm reluctant to try.

Just try it and you might be surprised. If it taste bad just put some creamer and it all taste the same. I need to buy some bustelo and bust out the espresso maker.


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Posted 03 January 2015 - 12:56 AM

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 04:57 AM

About robusta, I'm acquinted with the taste and learned to like it. Also a good Italianen ristretto has both arabica and robusta in them. Though arabica should be the dominant one.

Yes, it's a cheaper bean but gives a little sharp taste and a nice crema layer. I find coffee rather flat or boring without it. I totally understand why other people might not like it though, especially people from the US.

US regular coffee tastes very mellow or even watery in my eyes. Though strangely popular starbucks coffee doesn't make my heart go faster either. Nothing beats an Italian Black coffee (ristretto, espresso or lungo) with freshly roasted and ground to order beans. If you ever visit Italy, go to Südtirol and visit Stadtcafe Citta in Bozen (Bolzano).

My ex father in law had a 3500 euro coffee machine (combo of a mid life crisis and a wellfilled bank account) and ordered vacuum sealed beans from all over the world. Including ones shit out by cats, birds, fermented beans, blends and rare varieties etc. I'm not lying if I say I only liked 10% of the coffees he brewed. Though he had a (imho) superb blend of arabica and robusta.. It was just a supermarket premium blend, lavazza super crema (he always declared me a culinary barbarian).

Nothing beats taste I guess...

Edit; about that vietnamese stuff, it tends to come with shit loads of condensed Milk to compensate for the coffee flavor. I think that already sums it up.

Edit2; just noticed the chicory. Why the hell would you put a vegetable in your coffee? I now imagine the Irish putting potatoes in their coffee. Though it did spark my interest, How is it done?

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