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11 years ago
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http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides
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11 years ago
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yum.. I want to try turkish coffee.
I've had a thick korean coffee before and a few vietnamese ones :D
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11 years ago
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Is Columbian coffee really what every makes it out to be?
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11 years ago
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i'm a huge espresso fan... regular "coffee" not so much.
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11 years ago
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oh and dp- turkish coffee is great. its more like mediterranean coffee though, had it in crete when i was there
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11 years ago
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totally feeling the americano i'm sipping
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11 years ago
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... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
> regular "coffee" not so much.

:( The hate-quotes make me sad.
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11 years ago
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am I a bad coffee drinker because I use a coffee maker? I don't ever do anything fancy; I just make a cup of Newman's Own coffee and drink it black. there's also this brand called Chock Full o' Nuts that's not bad and is really cheap.

I just like coffee, I don't really know that much about it.
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11 years ago
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so you just mean drip coffee, nestor?
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11 years ago
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a bad coffee drinker? no. i want to get a drip machine for ease of use in the morning. plus i get sick of cleaning my french press all the time.

> Newman's Own coffee

i've never seen this. i wonder what it's like.

> Chock Full o' Nuts that's not bad

yeah, it's not bad for pre-ground coffee, iirc.
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11 years ago
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i don't hate drip coffee

just the idea that coffee = drip coffee.
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11 years ago
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oh.
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11 years ago
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Newman's Own is by far the best coffee I've ever had. not that that's saying too much, but it's still damn good.

I've never ground my own. some day when I have my own place maybe I'll get more into coffee stuff. for now I'm happy with my coffee maker.
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11 years ago
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and when I'm talking about Newman's Own coffee, I mean the Special Blend one: http://www.nemerchandising.com/images/newmans_newbag.jpg

I haven't had any of the other ones like Decaf or Columbian Especial.
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11 years ago
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i'm drinking cowboy coffee today because our drip maker is in such horrible shape.

i'm trying to cut some costs and the $2 a day for a large americano was hurting
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11 years ago
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this morning i washed down caffeine pills with a cup of cowboy coffee

simulated triple americano :o
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11 years ago
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synthetic americano?

in any case i'm feeling totally irritable and itchy.
lucas's avatar
11 years ago
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haha
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11 years ago
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so last night i won a 'leadership award' at my faculty's student society appreciation dinner (perhaps they are trying to get me to stay at queens)

in it was a $10 sbux gift certificate. on the back it says to register on the sbux website.

apparently you can set it up to automatically reload money on it - no fumbling with cash - brilliant idea in my mind. not sure if i will want to do it, as i only have a month left in kingston and london has some filthy awesome coffee shops that i'd much rather support (or i'll just get my espresso machine from my parents house and do it right).
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11 years ago
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congratulations on the award!
lucas's avatar
10 years ago
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stumptown has their guide online now!

http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/guides

i have the booklet version, compliments of dp.
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10 years ago
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... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
Neat!
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10 years ago
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i'm at the best cafe in bozeman, and i just witnessed this:
1. a man asks for a latte, "blazing hot."
2. a barista makes it, hands it to him, telling him that it was "boiling."

what? seriously?

HERE IS A TIP: NEVER BOIL MILK.

i've gotten too many fucking lattes with skin here. i'll call that the foremost sin.
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10 years ago
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people should just buy vacuum flasks instead of heating everything up so much
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10 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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just made coffee at home for the first time in a while. loving it.
lucas's avatar
10 years ago
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i just made melitta and added a shot of jameson's. lovin' it.
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10 years ago
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morning routine

open eyes to iphone alarm (klaxons, and not the band). 50% chance of yelling a swear word.
get up, go to bathroom, choke down 400mg caffeine pills. crawl back into bed and set alarm for 20 minutes later.
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10 years ago
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that is horrible.
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10 years ago
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hehe, i'm just not a morning person.
Étrangère's avatar
10 years ago
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I am not a robot...
jesus

so how do you feel when you wake up 20 mins later?
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10 years ago
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when i was a freshman, this one time i woke up in the morning for class after only four hours of sleep. i was utterly exhausted, so i chugged a rockstar. but then i accidentally fell back asleep and slept through my classes. :(

as long as the second alarm works, i think the caffeine will have started to act, and it'd be easier.

is that the case, nestorius?
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10 years ago
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i sleep about 4-6 hours every weeknight.

honestly, i don't feel good in the "morning" even when i wake up at 2 in the afternoon after sleeping for 12 hours. i just feel way more awake at night then i do in the morning.
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10 years ago
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I slept two hours last night. then I called in sick to work and slept for seven more.
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10 years ago
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... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
psh... suckers with your "jobs" and "alarm clocks".
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10 years ago
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Martin
> honestly, i don't feel good in the "morning" even when i wake up at 2 in the afternoon after
> sleeping for 12 hours. i just feel way more awake at night then i do in the morning.

I have the same thing, at evening/night I feel so much more active and think much clearer.
It's because of the natural rhythm in the body, apparently it's genetic so you can't really change it by will... :-(
Also, I'm late at work soooo often ... And they don't buy the genetic excuse :-(

Anyway ... Back on topic ...

I Like coffee, but like asem I just use normal ``drip coffee'' ... I do have a few antique coffee grounders I inherited from my grandfather a few months ago ...

I used to have a percolator, loved it ... I always had to think about Twin Peaks thought (``Don't think that boys, there was a fish in the percolator'').
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10 years ago
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i misjudged the grind, grimy press coffee :P
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10 years ago
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so i am sitting in this coffee shop in livingston and there is this guy like 80 years old that comes in every day unsteadily with his cane and sits at a table and has two or three cups of coffee and some animal crackers. after him coming in for months like this rain or snow the owner decides today he is going to sit down with this old man and tell him that he is allowed one free refill but any more than that will cost him 50 cents from now on. the old man is hard of hearing and so the owner basically has to talk loud enough for everybody in the shop to hear. butthe old man never once had asked for refills, he just sat and when the baristas weren't attending other customers they would go out of their way to refill his coffee.
Étrangère's avatar
10 years ago
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I am not a robot...
:(
Fsmart's avatar
10 years ago
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coffee shop owners are dicks
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10 years ago
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new method: wake up at 6:40 (felt remarkably good at that time. note: must estimate REM cycle). take 400mg caffeine. fall back asleep. natural wakeup 1 hr 15 minutes later. feel great (a little wired though)
lucas's avatar
10 years ago
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.. 400mg?! that is a lot.
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10 years ago
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4 cups worth. doesn't really bother me
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10 years ago
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basically waking up naturally (even if it is with caffeine) feels so much better than waking up to an alarm.
Étrangère's avatar
10 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
you should just inject the stuff straight into your veins
bluet's avatar
10 years ago
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Get a caffeine pump. :)
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10 years ago
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300mg does not wake me up on its own. the alarm did, ouch
lucas's avatar
10 years ago
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the owner of rockford coffee gave me a tip the other day: chemex coffeemakers.

http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/Coffeemakers.htm

they're lovely.
lucas's avatar
10 years ago
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chemex patents:
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=NyNFAAAAEBAJ
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=N7hcAAAAEBAJ
http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=E2FoAAAAEBAJ

HOLY SHIT--YES!
http://boingboing.net/2009/08/18/chemex-coffee-brewin.html !!!!!

also:
http://coffeegeek.com/reviews/drip/chemex_drip_device
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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grinder ideas:

capresso infinity $90
baratza maestro $100
baratza maestro plus $150
baratza virtuoso $200
gaggia mdf $300
rancilio rocky $350
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9 years ago
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I may have inadvertently become dependent on coffee. I didn't have any one day last week and felt like absolute shit at work. then I got a cup. might have been partly because I was hungry too.
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9 years ago
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i quit coffee a few weeks ago. might start again when a few long-term projects are over otherwise i'll be crazy stressed
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9 years ago
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Had some coffee before my exam today.
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9 years ago
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the law is no protection
I'm having a roll and Vitamin Water this morning instead of a bagel and coffee. I feel healthy.
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9 years ago
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I am not a robot...
I had a bagel. An onion bagel. Guess how my breath smells right now.

Also had excedrin for breakfast the last two days. It's sort of like drinking coffee...there's one cup's worth of caffeine in each dose!
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9 years ago
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I ate an awesome breakfast sandwich this morning, and now that I think about it I realize that is all I have eaten today.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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this is a cool video about sourcing: http://vimeo.com/8638230

cross-ref
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9 years ago
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http://www.brewmethods.com/
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
the law is no protection
does anyone else drink dunkin donuts coffee sometimes? it is so unbelievably awful.
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
the law is no protection
but I like the cup.
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9 years ago
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the only time i have ever had dunkin donuts was in boston last february.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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i like burger king coffee sometimes.
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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hmm, I've never had bk coffee. mcdonald's coffee is good; it's paul newman's brand.
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9 years ago
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are you sure that isn't just at select locations? i'll go try mccafe again, but last time it was utter shit.
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9 years ago
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bk coffee has a surprising amount of flavor.

i thought dunkin donuts was supposed to be good? haven't tried it.
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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where'd you get that idea? they're popular, and the donuts are ok, but everything else is pretty mediocre.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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target sells dunkin donuts coffee, fwiw
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9 years ago
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i'm not sure, it's what i've heard sparsely through my days.

oh has anyone had to do 7eleven coffee. saved my ass during finals before but i'm sure it's considered terrible.
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9 years ago
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I've done 7-11 coffee. I think it's better than dunkin donuts.
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9 years ago
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Étrangère
I am not a robot...
has anyone made their own coffee ice cream? my mom used to when we were still in Africa. I don't usually like coffee, but that shit was amazing.
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9 years ago
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ooh that sounds like a really good idea.
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9 years ago
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chemex gear is now available via amazon fulfillment!

http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1264453415/?me=AZ … 4%3AChemex

i'm going to ask the seller if he or she will be selling these anytime soon:

pre-folded filter squares (oxygen-cleansed) [FS-100]

six cup glass-handle-series coffeemaker [CM-6GH]
eight cup glass-handle-series coffeemaker [CM-8GH]
ten cup glass-handle-series coffeemaker [CM-10GH]
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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i want amazon prime (fulfillment) lovin'. but this seller has good reviews, reasonable shipping rates, and gives a free pack of filters with the chemex!

http://www.125west.com/p-3086-chemex-glasswor … maker.aspx
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
the law is no protection
I broke my coffee pot. I am in the market for a percolator now.
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9 years ago
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want a chemex? i'll sell you mine for cheap
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9 years ago
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here is a photo of my new chemex 10-cup with glass handle.
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9 years ago
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asemisldkfj
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I finally got a glass percolator! it's a 6-cup pyrex. I got it on ebay.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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huh.
andyp's avatar
9 years ago
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nothing is wrong - what are you scared of?
coffee had in a hand-thrown cup is at least 50% tastier.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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and 50% colder
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9 years ago
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lucas
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or just preheat your cup, idiot larz
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9 years ago
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sorry, bro
 
9 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
Does anyone want beans sent to them? I work for a pretty slick company that roasts all of our coffee here in Calgary. I would love to share some of the current joy in my life with some rad people I've known on and off for the last 5 years!
phi_'s avatar
9 years ago
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phi_
... and let the Earth be silent after ye.
I do. That'd be pretty neat.
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9 years ago
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po box 1744
san jose, ca, usa 95109

send me a return addr for the bill <3
 
9 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
phi_ can you send me an address?

dp or you could send me some beans... from ritual coffee roasters!
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9 years ago
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sounds good whats the addr?
 
9 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
You'll get it when I send the coffee, I'll grab a bag tomorrow.
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9 years ago
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the law is no protection
I guess I need a grinder.
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9 years ago
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thanks karpet!
 
9 years ago
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awesomeness!
dp - beans sent. I used the cheapest method possible, hopefully you'll still have some time to enjoy the beans.

asemi - Get a grinder ASAP! and a good one to boot, its the most important part of your home set up.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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get a rancilio rocky like me. :)
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9 years ago
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nothing is wrong - what are you scared of?
i think i'm going to buy one of these Bialetti moka makers:
http://www.amazon.com/Bialetti-Express-3-Cup- … B0000CF3Q6

used one in new zealand quite a bit and it made the best coffee i've had. anyone else used this kind before?
 
9 years ago
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awesomeness!
I've got a giant one of those at home, something like 10 cup. I've also used the really tiny one 2 cup? They're pretty fun, and make a ridiculously thick and tiny cup of coffee.
lucas's avatar
9 years ago
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i had one when i was really young. it was fun.

i don't know how seriously coffee connoisseurs regard them, though
andyp's avatar
9 years ago
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nothing is wrong - what are you scared of?
I bought one today, the 6 cup. walked into a kitchen supply store just to see if they had it, and it was only $5 more than on amazon! good enough. time to test it out ;D
 
9 years ago
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karpet
awesomeness!
gl! hope you enjoy your coffee!
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9 years ago
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andyp
nothing is wrong - what are you scared of?
made a cup this morning... im no coffee snob but damn thats some tasty coffee! used organic espresso beans freshly ground.
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8 years ago
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the law is no protection
this equal exchange french roast I'm drinking at work right now is pretty close to perfect.
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7 years ago
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so i got home late last night from work and my hario arrived, along with some new beans. my first brew was barely drinkable (it was literally the first cup of manually ground / non auto drip coffee i have EVER made!).

i think the grind was WAY too coarse and as a result the brew time was far too short, like 1 minute instead of the 3 to 4 that i've read. i'll need to practice on grind size tomorrow.

my brew temperature may have been too low as well, i transferred the water from an electric kettle to a pyrex measuring cup that wasn't pre-heated.
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7 years ago
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did a finer grind last night and it tasted a lot better, although at the end the flow got choked up and i had to pull the filter out before all the water had gone through. need to go a little coarser, i guess.
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2 months ago
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Martin
Buy an AeroPress if you haven't already. Damn good coffee for $30.