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Lets talk about COFFEE

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Flambeur, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. lenahan

    lenahan Senior member

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    i went to Picholine on 64th tonight with my favorite (Paternal) Aunt and Uncle. The French Press they offer is amazing. Truthfully, I drink coffee like water, good or bad, if you call it coffee and I will drink it. Truthfully, as a college student who uses the stuff for survival, I am not picky. Turkish Coffee is very good, VERY Strong. More of a paste than a liquid, though.
     


  2. Samovar McGee

    Samovar McGee Senior member

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    My current french press is an older model from Ikea. No plastic in the spout filter or plunger, which I like. That stainless steel version looks beautiful.
     
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  3. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That's partly why I prefer the stainless, the plunger is metal and not plastic. You can also heat the press with hot water before you make coffee and it keeps the coffee hot, has some insulated function. Looks better too. Got the stainless after breaking a couple of the glass presses.
     


  4. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I just read this blog post about how normal French press methods underextract coffee:

    http://www.jimseven.com/2010/11/04/cupping-vs-french-press/

    Ideal extraction is between 18 to 22 percent, with many people believing 19 to be the best.

    His recommendations are to decrease grind size, and really up the steep time --- 10 minutes or more!
     
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  5. Samovar McGee

    Samovar McGee Senior member

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    That post really takes it to the next level. I press at 3 minutes, on the dot.
     


  6. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    what is a break and clean. i tried googling but no luck

    also from i understood cupping was a way to taste coffee, not a way to brew it. what's a cupping grind or a cupping brew
     
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  7. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    Here's a good explanation of cupping (and a lot of other coffee things in general):

    http://www.coffeereview.com/reference.cfm?ID=33

    Break & clean:

    The cupping grind is between espresso and FP, depending on a bunch of other things. It's not a normal way to brew coffee, but it's technically a brewing method. I think he was just using it as a reference.
     


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    akatsuki Senior member

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    Agreed. This is far superior. Probably end up using the Aeropress more.

    About to buy my wife a prosumer espresso machine for Christmas - Izzo Alex Duetto II...

    [​IMG]
     
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  9. Despos

    Despos Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Just read up a bit about Izzo Alex Duetto II. Sounds great. How did you decide on this machine and did you look at the La Spaziale S1 Vivialdi Version II?
    Want to upgrade my machine but it doesn't help that you can't use the machine before buying or at least I don't know where this can be done. Would you mind sharing how you decided on which machine you wanted?
     


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    Stazy Senior member

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    Nice looking machine :)

    This morning's shot...
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  11. mr.orange

    mr.orange Senior member

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    My friends and I are doing the whole Secret Santa deal and I made it known, through a social network, that I wanted a French Press. Hopefully whoever got me is resourceful and not oblivious to my post hehe.

    I like the stainless steel press, but I think it's much more interesting to see the coffee grinds and the water being separated.
     


  12. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That among other little things here and there. I think we both know good coffee, but what we prefer to drink is different.
     


  13. A Y

    A Y Senior member

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    I'm kind of over espresso, because I think gentler brewing methods express the character of the coffee bean better. Here are two strange bedmates:

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    The Starbucks reserve coffees made on their Clover system aren't bad. It's still a bit inconsistent: I've had the same bean taste great one day, and then be fairly overextracted the next day. I guess you can still punch in the wrong numbers into a Clover, or the grind size could be set wrong, but it's a pretty nice cup of coffee when it's right. I've had the Ethiopian Harrar, the Honduras something or other, and now the Kenya Tana River. I'm basically going through all their bean selections.

    The Honduras is my favorite so far, when they do it right. The roast is darker, and the subtler flavors don't stand out in such bold relief as a greener roast, but it still has a really pleasant balance with almost no bitterness --- there's a caramelly sweetness that's really nice. The biggest problem so far is the barista getting your order right since it appears not very many people order this.

    The thing on the right is the uber-$$$ limited-edition Geisha that Verve just released. It just came today, and I can't wait to try it out. I'll be trying it out on the Aeropress, Clever Coffee Dripper, and maybe Espro French Press. (Yes, that is a typo on the label.)
     
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    After following and reading about coffee, I've started to drink some coffee black.
    McD still requires cream and sugar though. :embar:
     


  15. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    ^get a french press or aeropress and some quality beans

    i wish they had the clover system everywhere. i go to a starbucks to steal wifi and all i can get is bitter overroasted drip coffee
     
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