Lets talk about COFFEE

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  1. indesertum

    indesertum Senior member

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    i've been brewing upside down using stock paper filters. i'll try it with more steep time and fiddle with dilution. thanks

    the dry process beans i've had have a real fruit jerky kind of quality to them that i really enjoyed. i've been wanting to try sweet maria's beans. might try some of those.
     


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    A Y Senior member

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    Good. Let us know how it goes. Do you mean the beans that Sweet Maria's roasts, or the green beans that you roast yourself?

    I'm pretty lucky that I have a local shop (http://handlebarcoffeeroasters.myshopify.com/) that orders from Coffee Shrub (the commercial arm of Sweet Maria's), roasts every week, and believes in light roasting. I just got a Rwanda Coko Cooperative bean from them. It's a washed Bourbon grown at 2000 meters. It is a really picky bean, and is the one where 1 click on the Hario makes a huge difference. At its best, it has a tea-like delicacy with some floral notes mixed with raisins or figs and brown sugar. It is really something else, but if you're used to a really muscular coffee (like Peet's Arabian Mocha Sanani), it can be like drinking hot water.

    edit: just found the cupping notes for this bean: http://www.coffeeshrub.com/shrub/coffee/rwanda-coko-cooperative
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I use Despos technique which works great. The grinds that I see VLSI using are much too fine, imo. Basically what I do is make the kettle boil, remove from heat source, then grind the beans and dose into the french press, by this time the water is off the boil and a good temp. I pour half the water in and let it "bloom". After a minute pour the rest of the water in, stir short, but quick with something wooden and put the lid on the french press and push it down about 1/2". After 3 minutes, slowly press down plunger and serve.
     


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    Axelman 17 Senior member

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    Just found out a Stumptown is opening in the West Village, literally one block from my apartment. I believe its their first standalone store in Manhattan. I havent loved the Stumptown beans I have purchased previously but hard to beat that convenience :slayer:
     


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    indesertum Senior member

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    i just realized sweet maria's various beans are mostly green. :( dont have a roaster and it appears coffee shrub only sells in 30 plus pound bags.
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Well technically there is a stumptown connected to the Ace Hotel. I find that for some reason Stumptown beans don't last very long after roast date so make sure you are getting fresh beans by checking the dates. I personally like their African coffee's.
     


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    any Greek/turkish coffee drinkers here? coffee is mixed into boiling water cooked in an Ibrik?
     


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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My girlfriend is into it. Can't find beans from Turkey that she is insistant on. She always doesn't want to order online.
     


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    My father likes it Arab/African or whatever style. Lots of coffee in a glass, boil water, pour over the coffee, let steep. The coffee powder will sink to the ground.

    Of course, he loves espresso, but he doesn't have an espresso machine.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This guy that I work with from some eastern european country says he used to grind coffee with a mortar and pestal and just put it in a cup, pour boiling water over it and drink it.
     


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    IIRC it has to be a pretty fine grind. Otherwise it won't sink and you will have lots of coffee dregs in your mouth when drinking.
     


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    Does anyone own or have any experience with the Atomic brewer?
     


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    The way I do it is to mix the water and very finely-ground coffee (a dark roast will suffice), and then bring the mixture to a boil. Wait a minute or two, pour the coffee slowely into a mug, and add suger.
     


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    This is true to an extent. I only have an electric blade grinder right now (although I'm looking into a hand grinder or mortar/pestle), so it gives a pretty rough chop, which isn't great for turkish/greek coffee. But, the grounds will typically settle within a minute or two.
     


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    I'm a big fan, like to add a few cardamom pods to the water before i boil it. There's a thread on coffee made this way
     
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