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post #781 of 2578
Rejoice San Francisco coffee drinkers! This blog talks about what seems like all of the cafes in town, and strikes a grumpy tone when appropriate:

http://theshot.coffeeratings.com/

Here's a post that debunks 3rd waveisms: http://theshot.coffeeratings.com/2009/03/third-wave-social-fads/ In another post they call the owners of Sightglass "name brand fad whores" for having both a Strada and a Slayer in their cafe.

They also have an extensive index of coffee shops in the city and nearby, sortable by neighborhood: http://www.coffeeratings.com/
post #782 of 2578
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Also, your problem might be that you are using pre-ground coffee. Does it taste better if you buy whole beans and grind right before you brew?

 It certainly does.  Roasted coffee beans go stale over time as they lose CO2, and grinding the beans just compounds the effect.  It's always best to use a good burr grinder and grind within a few minutes of brewing.

post #783 of 2578

Kahls kaffe' a swedish brand. I always take in chocolate beans, can't drink anything else now. I pay extra so they can ship it, since they don't sell it outside Sweden.

post #784 of 2578
Another thing I've noticed with the Aeropress - does anyone get water filtering through while its supposed to be steeping? My latest batch from Whole Foods, a medium ethopian, is filtering out about 1/3 of the way before I can even do anything about it.
post #785 of 2578
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Another thing I've noticed with the Aeropress - does anyone get water filtering through while its supposed to be steeping? My latest batch from Whole Foods, a medium ethopian, is filtering out about 1/3 of the way before I can even do anything about it.

That's why people flip it upside down.
post #786 of 2578
FYI for NYC residents or visitors, the New York Coffee Guide book is now available:

http://www.newyorkcoffeeguide.com/Home.aspx
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post #788 of 2578

Like this idea for a simple quick coffee. But do it taste well...?

post #789 of 2578

Good god, just go to starbucks.

post #790 of 2578
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lefty

I feel like I read it someplace before...
post #791 of 2578
An interesting article about the search for more genetic diversity in coffee plants to make more productive and hardier hybrids. I'm not sure how long the WSJ will keep the article open, so read it while you can.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303644004577520483945763696.html
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Companies are turning to exploration to ensure future coffee supplies because production has leveled off even as demand has increased, causing coffee-bean prices to quadruple since 2001.

The world consumed 17.6 billion pounds of coffee beans last year, up from 2.6 billion in 1982, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department. But production in Colombia, which provides 10% of the world's Arabica beans, has dropped 36% since 2005. Output in Brazil, the world's leading Arabica producer, recently hit a four-year low.

Many factors are causing coffee's problems, experts say, including climate changes in some coffee-growing areas and population growth in Central America, which has led to pressure to convert coffee plots into housing and shopping malls.

Coffee historians believe most of the world's Arabica coffee crop shares genetic ancestry with two 18th century plants: one brought to Europe from Indonesia, and another taken from Yemen and cultivated in Brazil.

That's why some coffee-industry experts favor expanding the varieties of coffee being cultivated and crossbreeding plants to strengthen them. "The holy grail is a heat-resistant varietal that provides quality coffee," says Patrick Criteser, chief executive of Coffee Bean International, which supplies the private-label coffees to such retailers as Target and Kroger and is part of World Coffee Research. "If we could develop that, it would solve a lot of our problems."
post #792 of 2578
Just got in my Able metal Aeropress filter. Interesting brewing instructions they include with the filter:

18g coffee
220g water poured slowly for 30 seconds
wait 50 seconds
stir gently for 10 seconds
plunge slowly for 40 seconds

Seems to fly in the of most other recipes with the length of time used.
post #793 of 2578
Maxwell instant coffee is all I got when I had to fight for a next day's exam...
Friends around me don't drink coffee as  often as I do. 
I was wondering that is it lame to drink instant coffee?..
post #794 of 2578
Yes, it is.
post #795 of 2578
The first time I succeeded in anything close to "latte art". shog[1].gif No real shape, but the frothed milk broke through the crema.. I guess you guys know what I'm talking about. Ignore the 2-3 bigger bubbles please!

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