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Discussion in 'Food and Beverage' started by ocnbrze, May 22, 2021.

  1. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    hey guys,
    so i have a Keurig coffee maker. its ok. i'm kind of over k-cups. ssure they are convenient, but does not make great coffee.

    any recommendations? i'm thinking old school and go with a coffee grinder and a french press.
     


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  2. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Espresso It's Spanish.
    Not sure how they heat though? Stove.
     
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  3. olbriar

    olbriar  
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    I love my coffee but I've never been into exotic grinds. I drink Folgers... sorry. However I am a real tea lover and found a local shop that stocks just about every tea known to man. Love the place big time. I have to walk past their coffee counter to get to the tea room. The aroma is to die for. I've been super tempted to get into their coffees but so ignorant I'm afraid I'll spend a lot of $ in getting around the learning curve. All this is leading to I would suggest finding a local coffee outlet. Mine grinds their own coffee and will blend whatever you want. A ten dollar drip coffee maker with some fresh ground beans of your choice would seem a great way to get some super good cup o joe. My local outlet is called the Spice Merchant. They sell all sorts of fresh spices, coffee beans, and teas and all the brewers and serving sets you can imagine. I'm betting there is some place local to you that is quite similar.
     
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  4. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    I am sooooo over overpriced coffee.

    I am a caffiene addict, and so require large amounts of coffee/tea just to function at all.

    Believe it or not, you may be surprised to discover that INSTANT COFFEE can be quite tasty and satisfying.

    It sounds counterintuitive, I know, but time spent testing brands, types, and mix ratios can be most rewarding.

    Not to mention that this time will very soon be reclaimed because you no longer need to wait for a brew.

    Nescafe Classico and Brenner (Aldi's store brand) are my current staples, and if purchased at Aldi's the price is quite reasonable.

    I know that if you compare the prices of instant to ground coffee, it seems that instant is much more expensive.

    But that is only when you look at a price per ounce comparison.
    That is not a fair comparison at all, because nobody is gobbling down ounce after ounce of used coffee grounds- meanwhile, every smidgeon of instant coffee is able to be consumed.

    A fair comparison would be to make the recommended serving ratio for an entire package of each, and see which makes more useable product.

    From this point of view, and joined with the other benefits, instant costs close to the same or less than grounds.
     
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  5. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    the problem with them grinding the beans is that they have a very short shelf life. keeping the beans intact will allow you to keep more beans longer without a loss in flavor.

    which brings me to why i think a coffee grinder and a french press might be my best option. but i love gadgets (you guys should know that). i am just wondering if there is a great coffee maker out there that can deliver. price is not necessarily an option. i'm looking for something that is fast and convenient without losing flavor.

    this looks interesting:

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    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ninja-...black-stainless-steel/6346475.p?skuId=6346475
     
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  6. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    i will have to admit, it has been awhile since i had instant coffee. i'm kind of a coffee snob having been a barista in my college days.......so i'm not sure on instant coffees. but it is something that i will look into.
     
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  7. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert


    Yet another reason to try instant.
    My post above became longer than expected, and I was going to bring the whole thing about 'freshness' to bear, but thought that the post was already long enough.
     
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  8. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert


    I worked in a coffee house, and they snubbed my instant.

    Once, I took them up on an offer, because I was bring a half gallon of coffee with me to work (addict? Me? Nooooo...)

    Well, they asked me what I wanted.
    I said, what is the strongest that you got?

    "How about an expresso?"
    "I guess I can try it."

    ...
    "You mean that is all? One little shot?!? You realize that,besides the caffiene, this is how I hydrate? I need more to drink than a couple of ounces."

    "Just give it a chance."

    I pounded down the expresso, which did not taste bad, but was not as good as I had expected (considering price, effort, machinery, etc.) and waited.
    Nothing.

    Not enough caffiene to stimulate, not enough fluid to satisfy a thirst.
    So why drink it?

    So, they made me a 6 shot expesso.
    I was literally drinking a full coffee cup of expresso and not feeling much at the end.

    It just did not do much for me, plus I was still thirsty.

    I had an Italian friend in high school, and his mom had a coffee maker from Italy.
    It was like a pot inside a pot, and there were considerable grounds in the finished product.

    THAT was 'real' coffee.

    No way I could pound that stuff down like I do with what I have had since.

    If you like machinery, and the 'art' of coffee, you could enjoy the simplicity of the stainless steel pot she had, and the unique setting set she used to serve the coffee.
    I wished I remember exactly what it was called.
     
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  9. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    ??????
     
  10. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Tastes so good.
     
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  11. ozonetrooper

    ozonetrooper Android Enthusiast

    I do gourmet coffees with a drip maker.

    It is the small 4 cup maker and I usually drink two pots every morning.

    My fav is the Hazelnut/creme flavours !
     
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  12. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Fresh ground coffee is always the best. I don't know what is the best coffee maker is because I'm a keurig user. The only coffee I spend for would be wawa coffee (which is rare) but even then they have free coffee Tuesdays so I don't spend a penny.
     
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  13. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    wawa coffee? whats that?
     
  14. Clementine_3

    Clementine_3 Extreme Android User
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    Whole beans from the local roaster shop ground every morning in my burr grinder and made through a drip machine. Best coffee ever!
    But. The grinder makes a huge mess so I've been getting ground lately. Deciding if it's worth the compromise...
     
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  15. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    yeah that is the other thing i need to look for....a grinder.
     
  16. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    I like 3 or 4 cups every morning. The boss Lady gave me a keurig, for Christmas, a couple years back. Generally pick up a decent Dark or Italian roast in the K cups. It took me a while but I finally figured out the reusable cups and I pretty much go with the Folgers Black Silk blend.
    Works for me.
     
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  17. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    3 or 4 cups per morning? damn!!! do you get good sleep at night? LOL

    i have a a Yeti 20 oz tumbler that i use for coffee in the morning. i rarely finishes it in the morning. i usually sip it thru out the day.....any more than that i'm up all night.
     
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  18. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    I used to rely upon a Bunn 12-cup drip coffee maker for my daily coffee addiction but years ago switched to an AeroPress, a loose variant to a French Press. I really like my AeroPress, it's a good alternative to make just one or two large cups at a time. And it's way to get familiar with just how to make a cup of coffee visually because it's very manual process. So don't bother with an AeroPress or a French Press if you just prefer to hit a button and a few minutes later your coffee ready for you.
    I'd also suggest getting a good, burr grinder and avoid those tall, cylindrical grinders that use a little spinning blade to do the grinding. A good burr grinder will allow you adjust the grind size incrementally, with those spinning blade grinders you have less control over the grind size (grind longer for finer,shorter for more coarse)
    And don't ignore all the other other variables involved (i.e. coffee beans come in a wide variety of sizes and densities, along with being roasted in different light-medium-dark categories.) Of course that all sounds like the typical coffee snobbish verbage but believe what you want or don't. Anyway, a good burr grinder will allow you to adjust the grind size to suit your needs, depending on the particular batch of beans you're grinding. Take a look at this model as an example:
    https://www.amazon.com/Coffee-Burr-...ocphy=9021527&hvtargid=pla-304063310867&psc=1
    The one I have goes back years and can't even find it any longer but this one has a lot of similarities. It's a pretty basic model and a manual grinder, you might prefer getting a more advanced, powered one. When my grinder finally fails, I'll look into a powered replacement. I'm getting older as is my arm. Coffee purists insist that a 'perfect cup' requires fresh beans and only grind enough to make one batch of coffee, but my taste buds are getting old too so I tend to grind coffee in weekly batches and if my coffee isn't as good after a week or so, I can't tell the difference anyway.
    Some of others have commented they just use store-bought, ground coffee. Every so often I'll just pick up a bag of ground coffee myself and have no complaints about the coffee made with it. But a good coffee maker and a good grinder are the best option if you like to dabble with different coffee beans from different locales. Especially your grinder, because control over grind size at a granular (bad pun intended) level can affect the taste in interesting ways.
     
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  19. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!
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    yeah so i'm hinting more of the drip coffee maker.....though i might look into the aeropress as you suggested @svim. i forgot to mention that i live with my mom, so i need to have something simple that she can use as well. and thanx for the suggestion for the burr grinder.

    so far the ninja is looking like my best option.
     
  20. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    Yep. I sleep fairly decent at night. When I say 3-4 cups, that's, say, 2 of my 20 ounce cups. The second thing I do, every morning, is fill it up.

    And if you're wondering, what the first thing is, it's cleaning the cat box.
     
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  21. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

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    Forgot you are on the west coast.
    Wawa is a convenience store chain like 7-11.
    The food and coffee is really good and usually cheaper gas.

    They give free coffee any size on Tuesdays thru their app.
     
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  22. PitCarver

    PitCarver Android Expert

    No Wawa's around me either.
    I've stopped in when we're in Pennsylvania, and they do have fairly good coffee.
     
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  23. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    Espresso machine with Italian roast (I grind the beans fresh.)
     
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  24. Milo Williamson

    Milo Williamson Android Expert

    We had use a free bee one thanks to my Aunt, we kept it over here about a spell down here, it was amazing flavor, depending on the flavor you chose, also we have a minature one that can just do a cup at a time, the only draw back was how to lift it up and turn it off, before you get water dripping down :)
    Sorry late to the party this way , had ours for a spell, when she did give it us for free.. But the cost of the cups were just too expensive, think we kept a full box of the donut flavored ones.
     
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