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post #121 of 2933
Starbucks recently offered an incentive to try 8 of their bold blends, if you drank a cup of their 'bold pick of the week' each week they offered you a pound of their coffee free.

My work area is connected to a starbucks, so i took advantage.

I like the Italian Roast and Cafe Estima blends they offer.

My wife and I usually buy Kenya AA from wherever we happen to be having coffee.

-rF
post #122 of 2933
I love Stumptown's espresso at the Ace. I'll go out of my way to start my day there if I already have something big planned for the day, and I want to start it off perfect.
post #123 of 2933
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Originally Posted by ryansmith View Post
I love Stumptown's espresso at the Ace. I'll go out of my way to start my day there if I already have something big planned for the day, and I want to start it off perfect.

+1
post #124 of 2933
I forgot about Cultiva coffee in Lincoln,NE. Its some of the best i've had in my limited exposure to good coffee.
post #125 of 2933
We have one of these at work, a Saeco Incanto Sirius: http://www.creativecookware.com/incanto.htm

I use it to make Americanos every morning -- the beans are just the generic espresso beans from Fortinos. I like mine with cream, no sugar.

At home I use an AeroPress from whatever crappy pre-ground stuff the wife brings home.
post #126 of 2933
guys, i've been drinking starbucks via instant for the past two days i live in seattle guys
post #127 of 2933
David Lynch's Damn Fine Coffee



lefty
post #128 of 2933
Currently working through a pound of Sumatra Mandheling from a local cafe.

Anyone else use a siphon pot? Smoothest coffee I've ever managed to make--almost to a fault. Sort of takes the bite out of all but the smokiest dark roasts.
post #129 of 2933
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I got a PIDed Silvia and Rocky. I usually get my beans from Cafe Grumpy, Gimme, or sometimes Joe's. If you don't live near a roaster, i suggest you order beans from www.roaste.com or www.gocoffeego.com.

My 2 favorites in NY. Been ordering Leftist online for a while, thinking about switching to Stumptown for beans.
Stopped buying beans from Grumpy when they started roasting their own. They haven't been able to match the flavor they had when Novo was roasting for them. Their Heartbreaker is still my favorite espresso bean but I can't replicate their shots at home using it.
Took the espresso class at Grumpy. Only 3 of us but we pulled shots for 2 hours in the back room and learned a few things.

Pick up a copy of "Cafe Life New York" you will find a bunch of lesser known, out of the way coffee shops in NY.
post #130 of 2933
So I found an old Stella coffee maker at my house today exactly the same as this picture. I am new to the quality coffee game as I am used to using a senseo. Could someone explain to me how to properly make a cup of coffee with it. I would also like recommendations for some good quality coffee to order.
post #131 of 2933
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Originally Posted by zhf200 View Post
I got a PIDed Silvia and Rocky. I usually get my beans from Cafe Grumpy, Gimme, or sometimes Joe's. If you don't live near a roaster, i suggest you order beans from www.roaste.com or www.gocoffeego.com.

Did you PID it yourself? Is there is a noticeable difference?
post #132 of 2933
Not sure which coffee thread to post this stuff, but this one seems good.

Blind shootout of beans from a bunch of really well-known Northern California (mostly San Francisco) coffee roasters, most of which are no longer available due to limited production:
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San Francisco has always been a coffee town. Around 1900, one of the Hills brothers invented the vacuum tin here, drastically improving the freshness of beans. In 1966, Alfred Peet kicked off the coffee roasting movement in America from his little shop in Berkeley. After that though, SF coffee took a back seat to cities such as Seattle and Portland. But those days are over. Audacious roasters like Ritual, Four Barrel, and Blue Bottle have put the Bay Area back on the map, leading some critics to claim it may be America's new premier coffee capital.

But is there truly a best—or is everyone a winner? To find out, we pitted seven of the Bay Area's top roasters against each other in a blind taste test (with Peet's thrown in for fun). Aside from that one ringer, the results were very close. Turns out in the world of third-wave coffee, the competition is stiff.

http://ht.ly/6gVFE

It's also a good guide to coffee in the area if you're travelling there.

The Nordic Barista Cup 2011 has videos on several subjects that touch on various coffee subjects in high detail:

http://vimeo.com/user5169572

I've only watched the espresso and coffee bean chemistry ones, and they are very, very interesting if you're into that kind of thing. The comments on extreme dosing (21 g grounds in a portafilter) as well as grinder deficiencies are very interesting.

Also it was eye-opening that most pro baristas who work in the boutique shops (and therefore the obsessive types who care and attend these kinds of conferences) don't get anywhere close to 80 percent of their espressos right. I thought I was picky before I heard this, but the randomness of getting a good pull seems to be pretty pervasive. From my own experience, 40 percent is about right. The Aeropress, OTOH, is closer to 90 percent, and its faults are very easy to fix.

--Andre
post #133 of 2933
Is anyone into coffee syphons?



Got one from Hario. Sadly the beamer heater can only be purchased if you have a license.
post #134 of 2933
The Blue Bottle Mint Plaza shop has a 5-light siphon bar that they claim is the only one of its kind in the US. Their method is a little different than what's in that video. They fill the lower bulb with water, and the water percolates up to the top. They don't measure temperature either, but I imagine that's not realistic in a shop where you may have to serve many of these.

The last time I visited the Venice Intelligentsia, I wanted to punch one of the baristas in the face for his overwhelming smugness (but it wasn't this guy).

--Andre
post #135 of 2933
Blue Bottle, my own grinder and a syphon or Aeropress.

Going to buy the wife a real espresso machine for xmas.
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