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post #1156 of 2559
I don't find the Lido to be much more difficult than my Porlex. Right off the bat it was pretty familiar to use after years of using a Porlex.

The glass canister at the bottom screws off nicely and the whole contraption feels much more substantial/weighty. The size and weight of it is fine for me but I was a bit surprised by how substantial it is when it showed up. So wherever you keep your grinder, keep in mind that you'll need a little more space for the Lido. It's not just the height, but also for the handle which, while removable, isn't meant to be taken off after you grind (as opposed to the Porlex handle that just slides off after you're done).

The only difference in my grinding routine compared to the Porlex is that I've found that giving the Lido a couple knocks after I'm done grinding prevents the last few grounds from getting caught up in the burr adjustment screw which sits just below the burrs (the Porlex adjustment screw also sits right below the burrs but it doesn't seem to catch as many grinds). Sort of a trivial issue really.

The one thing I haven't tried to do yet is take it apart. It doesn't seem like it would be difficult to do, but it seems slightly more complicated than the Porlex, which doesn't require any tools to take apart and clean.
post #1157 of 2559
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Originally Posted by Knowledge is King View Post

I don't find the Lido to be much more difficult than my Porlex. Right off the bat it was pretty familiar to use after years of using a Porlex.

I ordered the Lido today based on your helpful comments. I thank you. My wallet not so much.
post #1158 of 2559
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Originally Posted by Knowledge is King View Post

I don't find the Lido to be much more difficult than my Porlex. Right off the bat it was pretty familiar to use after years of using a Porlex.

Thanks. It's good to know that it's not as inconvenient as that thread made it sound.

Now for something a little different: the top 33 coffee shops in America. I'm not sure how they evaluated this, or even who the field of candidates includes, but now I know why food people feel top 100 restaurant lists are stupid. But for everyone's edification, here is the article and the list of coffee shops:

http://www.thedailymeal.com/americas-best-coffee-shops

1. Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia
2. Gimme! Coffee, New York
3. Barista, Portland, Ore.
4. Courier Coffee Roasters, Portland, Ore.
5. Café Grumpy, New York City
6. Lamill Coffee Boutique, Los Angeles
7. Stumptown, Various Locations
8. Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco
9. Joe the Art of Coffee, New York and Philadelphia
10. Intelligentsia, Various Locations
11. Commonplace Coffee Co. House and Roasters, Pittsburgh
12. Milstead & Co., Seattle
13. Everyman Espresso, New York City
14. Peregrine Espresso, Washington, D.C.
15. Artifact Coffee, Baltimore
16. PT’s at College Hill, Topeka, Kan.
17. Victrola Coffee, Seattle
18. The Wormhole, Chicago
19. Caffé Medici, Austin, Texas
20. Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder, Colo.
21. Ipsento, Chicago
22. Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, Calif.
23. Spyhouse Coffee, Minneapolis
24. Panther Coffee, Miami
25. Happy Coffee Co., Denver
26. Blue Bottle Coffee, Various Locations
27. Kaffe 1668, New York City
28. Abraço Espresso, New York City
29. Condesa Coffee, Atlanta
30. Zoka Coffee, Seattle
31. Octane Coffee, Atlanta
32. Sola Coffee, Raleigh, N.C.
33. Town Hall Coffee Co., Merion Station, Penn.
post #1159 of 2559
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Originally Posted by A Y View Post

Thanks. It's good to know that it's not as inconvenient as that thread made it sound.

Now for something a little different: the top 33 coffee shops in America. I'm not sure how they evaluated this, or even who the field of candidates includes, but now I know why food people feel top 100 restaurant lists are stupid. But for everyone's edification, here is the article and the list of coffee shops:

http://www.thedailymeal.com/americas-best-coffee-shops

1. Ultimo Coffee, Philadelphia
2. Gimme! Coffee, New York
3. Barista, Portland, Ore.
4. Courier Coffee Roasters, Portland, Ore.
5. Café Grumpy, New York City
6. Lamill Coffee Boutique, Los Angeles
7. Stumptown, Various Locations
8. Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco
9. Joe the Art of Coffee, New York and Philadelphia
10. Intelligentsia, Various Locations
11. Commonplace Coffee Co. House and Roasters, Pittsburgh
12. Milstead & Co., Seattle
13. Everyman Espresso, New York City
14. Peregrine Espresso, Washington, D.C.
15. Artifact Coffee, Baltimore
16. PT’s at College Hill, Topeka, Kan.
17. Victrola Coffee, Seattle
18. The Wormhole, Chicago
19. Caffé Medici, Austin, Texas
20. Boxcar Coffee Roasters, Boulder, Colo.
21. Ipsento, Chicago
22. Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, Calif.
23. Spyhouse Coffee, Minneapolis
24. Panther Coffee, Miami
25. Happy Coffee Co., Denver
26. Blue Bottle Coffee, Various Locations
27. Kaffe 1668, New York City
28. Abraço Espresso, New York City
29. Condesa Coffee, Atlanta
30. Zoka Coffee, Seattle
31. Octane Coffee, Atlanta
32. Sola Coffee, Raleigh, N.C.
33. Town Hall Coffee Co., Merion Station, Penn.

Gimme! Coffee, really? I have never went to there as a student in Cornell (they originated from Ithaca), guess I can try them out in NYC this time around. Not sure about the entire list, but I can definitely confirm Cafe Grumpy and Joe's Art of Coffee are both excellent with Cafe Grumpy having the upper hand
post #1160 of 2559
Gimme is my favorite roaster. I disagree with the Everyman Espresso on that list. They are just ok. I think Variety Cafe should be on that list in Brooklyn.
post #1161 of 2559
I had a good americano from Gimme! the other day (Mott St.) . I rarely order espresso or drinks derived from it so I can't comment much on the consistency there though.

As for Gimme's hot coffee (I'll get to the cold coffee in sec), I've got a lot of experience, all at the Mott St. location. I can tell it's quality coffee which makes me want to like it, but it just doesn't suit my taste. I've tried nearly every coffee they offer, brewed in every which way, and they are distinctive but I never really love any of them. It's not surprising to me that other people like it though. I can't help but admit that I like the coffees from someone like Counter Culture more.

As for Gimme's cold brewed coffee, they do a great job. Last summer they were cold brewing a coffee called Miravalle from El Salvador and it was awesome -- like concord grape juice coffee almost. Somehow they avoid the chocolate-whiskey flavors that a lot of other cold brews develop.

Not related to their coffee, I can't get over how slow Gimme can be sometimes (again, Mott St. location). It's shocking how long they can take so if I see more than a few people in there, I just keep walking. There's plenty of other good coffee nearby.
post #1162 of 2559
Funny, I am always underwhelmed by Counter Culture coffee.
post #1163 of 2559
Today I bought a canister of Blue Bottle's (stupidly expensive) Ethiopian Nekisse. It's got a lot of natural sweetness and a lot of blueberry/berry overtones. A really good coffee but it's too expensive to buy repeatedly. If you're in the mood to splurge though, I'd definitely recommend it. Brewed it in a Clever for 3:30, 24g of coffee, 400g of water at 93 celsius.
post #1164 of 2559
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Funny, I am always underwhelmed by Counter Culture coffee.

I haven't been to one of the retail locations, but I wasn't a big fan of most of their beans. Maybe too Third Wave for me.
post #1165 of 2559
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Funny, I am always underwhelmed by Counter Culture coffee.

I think Gimme is more distinct than Counter Culture that's for sure. They do a good job of offering distinct Central and South American coffees. As for African coffees though, I usually prefer Counter Culture and my bias in general is for African coffees. Gimme has very few African coffees which led me to ask the barista's about it once like 5 years ago. They said that it was mostly a price issue.

Edit: part of the problem with the cafes that serve Counter Culture is that they always serve the cheaper beans as the daily brew. You never get to try some of their better coffees unless you buy the beans and brew at home
post #1166 of 2559
The fact that Joe is on there at all tells you the list is crap.
post #1167 of 2559
I'm not a big coffee buff, but I prefer Ipsento to Wormhole. I usually just get this.

post #1168 of 2559
I'd be more interested in seeing a list of top roasters
post #1169 of 2559
I just made some instant coffee. It's decent and only makes me shit several hours later in the afternoons.
post #1170 of 2559
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Originally Posted by Knowledge is King View Post

I think Gimme is more distinct than Counter Culture that's for sure. They do a good job of offering distinct Central and South American coffees. As for African coffees though, I usually prefer Counter Culture and my bias in general is for African coffees. Gimme has very few African coffees which led me to ask the barista's about it once like 5 years ago. They said that it was mostly a price issue.

Edit: part of the problem with the cafes that serve Counter Culture is that they always serve the cheaper beans as the daily brew. You never get to try some of their better coffees unless you buy the beans and brew at home

I like Stumptown for African coffees.
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