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Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:54 am UTC
by Maple_fish
When I was in Bali I had some of that monkey/cat poo coffee. Couldn't really see what the fuss is about though. Butter fried coffee from Sabah is still my favourite :3

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 6:56 am UTC
by poxic
Maple_fish wrote:Butter fried coffee from Sabah

:shock:

Do tell...

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:03 am UTC
by Maple_fish
poxic wrote:
Maple_fish wrote:Butter fried coffee from Sabah

:shock:

Do tell...


Well, after the beans cooked with butter (and vanilla I think) during the roasting process. The stuff is then ground down to a fine powder for export. Brewing requires a special 'wind-sock' like filter to collect the powder. Basically, the flavour is strong and creamy even though the coffee itself is very black. And its delicious. Very happy when I can get my hands on a pack :D

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:59 am UTC
by Nath
Vohu Manah wrote:I am getting good results from it, but I don't know how well this grinder would work for something other than espresso or Turkish, as manual grinders tend to have problems with coarser grinds. This one has a mechanism to improve coarse grind quality, but you still don't quite get the evenness expected from an expensive electric grinder, although hand grinders will produce fine grinds comparable to a $500 Mazzer

Neat. Manual drip likes a reasonably fine grind, so maybe a hand grinder will work.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:21 am UTC
by Nath
dubsola wrote:
Nath wrote:Really? I like Vietnamese coffee, but I don't think I've ever had it with spices. And based on my experience with Trader Joe's spiced 'holiday blend' or some such, I'd have thought 'the right amount of spices' would be 'none at all'.

I have. Well, I'm not sure if they added spices or if it was the flavour of the coffee, but it certainly did have *something*. I generally don't like flavoured coffee but this was pretty good.

Pardon the double post. I just had some Vietnamese coffee today, and I think the 'something' in question is chicory.

Strangely, I never noticed the similarities between Vietnamese and south Indian coffee. They are made with basically the same piece of equipment, but finished differently. The Vietnamese method is to stir in some condensed milk. In India, they add a small amount of strong coffee to sweetened fresh milk, and pour it back and forth between two tumblers to make it foamy. Sort of a budget cappuccino.

I wonder why the slow drip filter thing they use doesn't overextract the coffee. The water is in contact with the coffee for quite a long time. Do they just use cooler water?

Re: Coffee

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 4:05 am UTC
by Maple_fish
Ooooh, I do love Vietnamese slow-drip coffees! Guess you just chose what kind of restaurant I go to for lunch :P

Re: Coffee

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 7:21 am UTC
by KallistiEngel
I drink it black. Always. Unless it's diner coffee, in which case I'll add a single creamer to it. I'm crazy, but I'm not suicidal.

As for espresso drinks: Americano for me. Fuller body than a regular cuppa joe and a richer taste. I'd go for shots of espresso, but part of the enjoyment of coffee for me is having something I can sip on for maybe 15-30 minutes. And I really can't do that with espresso shots. Also, not a big fan of sugars or milk/cream in my coffee, so lattes and anything of that ilk are out.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Thu Feb 11, 2010 1:01 pm UTC
by Nath
KallistiEngel wrote:I drink it black. Always. Unless it's diner coffee, in which case I'll add a single creamer to it. I'm crazy, but I'm not suicidal.

Huh. Most of the diner coffee I've had was weak and watery, not bitter; creamer would make it even less coffee-ish.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Feb 12, 2010 1:39 am UTC
by KallistiEngel
Nath wrote:
KallistiEngel wrote:I drink it black. Always. Unless it's diner coffee, in which case I'll add a single creamer to it. I'm crazy, but I'm not suicidal.

Huh. Most of the diner coffee I've had was weak and watery, not bitter; creamer would make it even less coffee-ish.

Weak and watery or burnt. Either way I'm gonna need something in it.

And I now have to taste test the coffee at work before I get myself a full cup. We've got some Sumatran that I like, and some other kind that tastes like cardboard. Burnt cardboard at that. And the Sumatran is rarely labelled as anything more than "coffee" like the other one. I work in a dining hall, so we always have dispenser-containers full of coffee.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
by pooteeweet
Maple_fish wrote:
poxic wrote:
Maple_fish wrote:Butter fried coffee from Sabah

:shock:

Do tell...


Well, after the beans cooked with butter (and vanilla I think) during the roasting process. The stuff is then ground down to a fine powder for export. Brewing requires a special 'wind-sock' like filter to collect the powder. Basically, the flavour is strong and creamy even though the coffee itself is very black. And its delicious. Very happy when I can get my hands on a pack :D



WHAT.

Where and how would I go about procuring some of this magical stuff?

Aaagh! Google is no help at all! Apparently nobody knows about this.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
by Coffee
My name would be rather ironic if I didn't like coffe wouldn't it.

I buy green beans from Sweet Maria's and home roast. I use a burr grinder and an aeropress to brew. If I'm brewing a full thermos I'll use a large french-press.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
by reiselaender
I definitely love coffee. Can't live without it.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 2:16 am UTC
by superdemongob
Is it bad that although i ADORE coffee and can't live without the caffeine, i hate everything else that is coffee flavoured (such as chocolates and cakes etc.).

The same flavour in the drink would make me swoon but in a cake would annoy me.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:41 am UTC
by Coffee
reiselaender wrote:I definitely love coffee. Can't live without it.

*blush*

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sat May 01, 2010 5:46 pm UTC
by reiselaender
superdemongob wrote:Is it bad that although i ADORE coffee and can't live without the caffeine, i hate everything else that is coffee flavoured (such as chocolates and cakes etc.).

The same flavour in the drink would make me swoon but in a cake would annoy me.



You should try coffee with almond syrup. I really like adding it to my coffee. Some people say i've got weird taste.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 6:28 am UTC
by KallistiEngel
reiselaender wrote:You should try coffee with almond syrup. I really like adding it to my coffee. Some people say i've got weird taste.

That's not all that weird. Amaretto creamer is pretty common. And considering Amaretto is an almond liqueur....

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sun May 02, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
by Amarantha
Ya, my Dad likes hazelnut liqueur in his coffee, which is a bit like amaretto but sweeter and less marzipan-y.

And then of course there are the drunken versions of affogato...

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed May 12, 2010 9:17 am UTC
by darjeeling
I like the Nespresso pods for home use, but coffee's evil and those pods make it too easy to drink too much!

Starbucks house blend is swill. I like my black Americanos strong and hot. The ones at Starbucks are neither of those :P Still a nice place to hang out, though.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Thu May 13, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
by Coffee Stain
I'm all about black coffee. It seems to me like cream and sugar are to a coffee like A1 is to a steak. A crutch to mask a bad one.

Although, I suppose I don't mind drinking a bad batch of black coffee either.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Mon May 17, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
by Dason
Coffee Stain wrote:I'm all about black coffee. It seems to me like cream and sugar are to a coffee like A1 is to a steak. A crutch to mask a bad one.

Although, I suppose I don't mind drinking a bad batch of black coffee either.

I feel about the same way. I typically drink my coffee black unless I'm drinking the coffee from the lounge or some that was bought at a gas station. Then I feel justified in throwing a cream and sugar in there.

I was just wondering if anybody every tosses a touch of salt into their coffee? I heard that it can take a particularly bitter cup of coffee and make it a little more manageable but if you don't toss too much in you don't taste any salt. Anybody have experience with this?

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 12:14 pm UTC
by dubsola
Dason wrote:a touch of salt into their coffee

I've never tried it myself, but I have read that before. Apparently it's a navy thing.

Coffee Stain wrote:I'm all about black coffee. It seems to me like cream and sugar are to a coffee like A1 is to a steak. A crutch to mask a bad one.

I prefer my filter coffee black, so in that sense I agree with you. But what about milky coffees like lattes, cappuccinos or macchiatos? They are all fantastic. I used to have lots of sugar in my coffee, probably to mask the bitterness, but now if I drink a really well-made latte (I like it with two shots and not too much milk) it tastes sweet even without sugar.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed May 19, 2010 4:30 pm UTC
by J the Ninja
So my favorite coffee shop recently brought cold brew back after hiding it all winter (check them out if you are north of Portland, God this place has so much good coffee, I love it)

Holy shit, this stuff IS amazing. They have started selling a home cold brewer, and I am seriously thinking of picking one up. It's $40, and grind type supposedly doesn't matter. So I could probably get away with blade grinding fresh. WIN. As I understand it, I could always mix it with hot water if I did want hot coffee, although I honestly prefer cold a lot of the time.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sun May 30, 2010 5:10 am UTC
by modularblues
Man, if I drink coffee too fast, it makes me all jittery and unable to focus... so I only sip it when absolutely necessary, like all-nighter for stuff due the next day.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 2:35 am UTC
by Odd_nonposter
Maxwell house made in a Mr. coffee drip maker.
Not snobbish at all. Although, I do know shit when I taste it. those stupid coffee singles must be dust swept off of the floor.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:38 am UTC
by Sasha
I like my coffee like I like my women: Covered in bees.
No, seriously, I like my coffee hot and black. Dark as I can get my machine to go.
for me, the Starbucks crap ruins the two appeals of coffee: its heat and its bitterness. If I want something cold and sweet, I will sit down and make some black tea.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 4:43 pm UTC
by mosc
Sasha wrote:I like my coffee like I like my women: Covered in bees.
No, seriously, I like my coffee hot and black. Dark as I can get my machine to go.
for me, the Starbucks crap ruins the two appeals of coffee: its heat and its bitterness. If I want something cold and sweet, I will sit down and make some black tea.

My father in law uses a similar yet more disturbing version of that:
"I like my coffee like I like my women: Hot, Black, and Nasty."

Re: Coffee

Posted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:26 pm UTC
by Zohar
There's also "Ground up and stuck in the freezer"

Re: Coffee

Posted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 6:44 am UTC
by |Erasmus|
Sasha wrote:for me, the Starbucks crap ruins the two appeals of coffee: its heat and its bitterness. If I want something cold and sweet, I will sit down and make some black tea.

If you buy their iced or blended crap or whatever, sure, i guess (never tried one, as I also don't want something cold and sweet when I get coffee).

Not defending starbucks here, but my experience with coffee at all those chain coffee places (not sure i've ever been to a starbucks... there are very few of them around here any more) is that they hand you a mug of slightly bitter (with no discernable flavour) boiling water. Coffee should not be served that hot, and it should have some damn flavour.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 2:06 pm UTC
by psykx
I've definitely had worse coffee than Starbucks but I've definitely had better, I even prefer the Nero chain which I find does a pretty well rounded simple cup of coffee. My ex-girlfriend actually preferred Starbucks coffee, but she had little taste, think she just liked some of the overly sweet and fatty chilled coffees which Nero didn't do.

If your ever in bristol, uk you should definitely check out extract coffee http://www.extractcoffee.co.uk. There is a little stall at the bottom of park street, between 8.30 and about 3 on weekdays and they sell the "best" coffee I've ever tasted. They import and roast the beans themselves, roasting twice a week and never letting you drink coffee that been ground more than 2 hours before. In my last office we could all tell who made the coffee that day by who made it :D we think it was mostly down to how hard they tamped it.

In fact the coffee and the work load at the time meant I drank far too much of it, I've recently "given up" coffee. Which means I drink coffee once a week or once a fortnight and make sure it's damn good and I enjoy buzzing for a day. I was having problems sleeping and being irritable and wanted to lower my cortisol levels (stress) and blood sugar levels (diet). I feel much better from it. If you wan to know more check out he recent lifehacker article about it.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
by KallistiEngel
I spent the last month in Greece and grew accustomed to drinking Greek coffee every morning. I'd like to start making it myself now that I'm back in the US. I have Greek coffee (gift from a friend before I left), and a set of cups and saucers, now I just need to get a pot for making it. But I'm having trouble deciding whether I should go with a more traditional copper pot like this, or a stainless steel one like this since I've heard stainless is more durable. Anyone have any suggestions or experience with this?

EDIT: I wound up buying one, so this part's no longer necessary. It's a brass one, durable like stainless, but more decorative and also heats up slower supposedly making a better cup.

Sasha wrote:I like my coffee like I like my women: Covered in bees.
No, seriously, I like my coffee hot and black. Dark as I can get my machine to go.
for me, the Starbucks crap ruins the two appeals of coffee: its heat and its bitterness. If I want something cold and sweet, I will sit down and make some black tea.

I've tried Starbucks' brewed coffee in the States and it's not very good. The only reason I got it at all was because I had friends who worked there, so I got my coffee free. I wouldn't pay for it. When I was in Athens, the only place I could find Wifi was Starbucks. To sit down, you have to order something, generally. I ordered a Greek coffee as was my standard being in Greece. What I ended up with did not in any way resemble the Greek coffee I'd become familiar with over the past month. Rather than a puck of finely ground coffee at the bottom of the cup, it had a thick sludge at the top of the cup. And when I say thick, I mean I was actually wondering if the drinkable coffee was under that or if it was the coffee. I drink my coffee black. But coffee is usually a more brownish color. Looking at a cup that seems almost like it's full of pitch is not appetizing. Drinking the stuff was even worse. So apparently Starbucks can fuck up the definition of coffee in any country.

Zohar wrote:There's also "Ground up and stuck in the freezer"

Once, my friends and I filled up a classroom-size whiteboard with "I like my women like I like my coffee...." things. A couple of the most grotesque ones to come out of that were "Superheated and forced through a series of pipes" and "Cold and seeping into the carpet". Wish I still had that whole list.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:10 am UTC
by pooteeweet
I still desperately want to know more about the butter-fried Sabah coffee, if anyone who posts on this thread is ever capable of shedding some light on that situation.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Wed Aug 25, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
by Coffee
Ditto. My google-fu is pretty strong, but I've not been able to find anything about that.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:11 am UTC
by KallistiEngel
I'll third that, it sounds pretty delicious.

And on another coffee-related note, I got my ibrik today! My first day off of work for the semester is tomorrow, as will be my first attempt at Greek coffee. It arrived just in time. :)

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:24 am UTC
by Nath
How are you grinding? Getting a uniform grind fine enough for Greek coffee can be tricky.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:02 am UTC
by furyguitar
I worked in Starbucks for something like 3 years. Never cared much for their brewed coffee, but my favorite espresso concoction was a Black and White Mocha - which does not exist on the menu. I'd have tall, soy (damn you lactose intolerance!), 2 pumps of mocha, 2 pumps of white mocha, whipped, and chocolate drizzle. It's a beautiful thing. White mocha's too sweet, regular mocha is too bitter, but put em together...!

As for coffee coffee, I tend to like the Latin American coffees. I didn't start drinking coffee until I was visiting my wife's family in Brazil and it was one of those "when in Rome" moments where everyone else was having it. I drink it black w sugar. I used to be a snob about what coffees I would buy to brew at home, but now I buy and love Dunkin Donuts whole bean coffee and grind my portion before each use.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:18 am UTC
by KallistiEngel
Nath wrote:How are you grinding? Getting a uniform grind fine enough for Greek coffee can be tricky.

I was given a half-pound of pre-ground Greek coffee before leaving Greece. I will be using that. In the future, I'm not sure. There are a few places around me that have machine grinders, so maybe one of those places? I know one of them has a Turkish/Greek coffee setting.

furyguitar wrote:I drink it black w sugar.

"Black as night, sweet as sin"?

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 6:47 am UTC
by Nath
A hand grinder might be a good option (see earlier in this thread). Not the most efficient way to grind beans, but it'd fit nicely into the coffee-making ritual. Or you could even go really old school, and grind with a mortar and pestle. Either way should give you better results than asking someone else to grind them in advance.

You know, I don't think I've actually had good Greek coffee. I've lived in the middle east and visited Greece and Turkey, but that was all before I got into coffee. Greek restaurants here serve a version, but I doubt they do it justice.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:02 am UTC
by KallistiEngel
I've never actually seen Greek coffee served in the States, but had heard of it. I might be able to find it in bigger cities, but nowhere around here. My first encounter with it was on the shores of Skala Eressos and I fell in love with it. Now auto-drip coffee seems too weak and espresso seems too bitter by comparison. And unfortunately those are my only options most of the time.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 11:18 am UTC
by semicharmed
Oh man I got a box from my mom yesterday and it was filled with goodness, including 6(!!!) pounds of my favourite coffee.

Where I am, Jacob's instant is the fancy stuff, and as soon as my bottle of that is used up, I'm making myself a big, giant pot of what my mom sent. And will probably drink the whole thing right quick, depending on how much milk I have.

For the record, what she sent is Community Coffee, New Orleans blend.

Re: Coffee

Posted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 2:17 pm UTC
by furyguitar
Besides for waking up, is coffee a part of any other ritual anyone has? For example, whenever I meet with my co-writer to write music, I have to have coffee with me. It's as if I believe I won't be able to come up with anything worthwhile, or be able to play the piano/guitar unless I have my fuel.