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Paul Pless
09-04-2008, 06:52 AM
Good

elf
09-04-2008, 06:54 AM
vastly better than politics

JTA
09-04-2008, 06:57 AM
Had my first cup out of a french press a couple of weeks ago. Really good coffee. I think I might get one. Anyone else out there have a french press?

Jack

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-04-2008, 07:03 AM
... Anyone else out there have a french press?

Jack

Glad to see you back.

Yup - good way to make coffee but not as much fun as
http://estb.msn.com/i/52/90E1AD7C8611AC67FF992D73FE8C5.jpg

Joe (SoCal)
09-04-2008, 07:07 AM
Pot brewing now. I'll be on the road today visiting clients and droping off proposals. Got the travel mug ready and cup holders in the Volvo ( God that car is a great comfy solid driving car )

Bill R
09-04-2008, 07:41 AM
Lifeblood of the broadcast industry. My coffee cup is a permanent attachment to my hand.

That is the one vice I have never been able to give up.

Tylerdurden
09-04-2008, 07:42 AM
On my third. Just have to have it.:D

Katherine
09-04-2008, 07:44 AM
Paul and I both have french presses. They do make a nice cup of coffee.

TimH
09-04-2008, 07:46 AM
just brewing up a pot. Weather sure has changed. Remnants of Gustav I guess.

Milo Christensen
09-04-2008, 07:46 AM
Who needs coffee to get fired up today!!!! Just listen to Governor Palin's sound bites!!! Pit bull with lipstick!!! Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!!

Popeye
09-04-2008, 07:47 AM
you can simply throw a handful of crushed beans in a pot of hot water , steep and decant it

incredibly , it works

Bruce Taylor
09-04-2008, 07:48 AM
Full of anitioxidants, too. :)

Ours comes from a treacherous, old Mokita espresso machine.

When I feel rich again, I'm buying a plain-jane Rancilio:

http://www.rancilio.com/img/rancilio/2/img_product/img_model/1138032678000_silvia_02.jpg

The Bigfella
09-04-2008, 07:49 AM
What a good idea. Time for a decaf. Its pushing 10pm after all

Joe (SoCal)
09-04-2008, 07:51 AM
Who needs coffee to get fired up today!!!! Just listen to Governor Palin's sound bites!!! Pit bull with lipstick!!! Yeeeeeehaaaaaaa!!!

Howard Dean is that you ?

Milo Christensen
09-04-2008, 07:54 AM
Oh man, Joe, I am so fired up this morning. Is this a great morning, or what? Of course, I've also had two cups before leaving the house and a half a Stanley stainless steel Thermos - Maxwell House with sugar.

Is Dean screaming again? He's starting to see it coming, is he?

Tylerdurden
09-04-2008, 07:57 AM
Oh man, Joe, I am so fired up this morning. Is this a great morning, or what? Of course, I've also had two cups before leaving the house and a half a Stanley stainless steel Thermos - Maxwell House with sugar.

Is Dean screaming again? He's starting to see it coming, is he?

Milo try Decaf. I am sure most here agree it would be helpful:D

Milo Christensen
09-04-2008, 07:59 AM
Decaf? Ptooooey! Yuck! Dude I am so fired up today. To tell you the truth, until last night, I was getting a little depressed.

The Bigfella
09-04-2008, 07:59 AM
So - anyone bidding to be #6 on the bye bye list today - or are you guys going to start playing nice?

Tylerdurden
09-04-2008, 08:01 AM
Decaf? Ptooooey! Yuck! Dude I am so fired up today. To tell you the truth, until last night, I was getting a little depressed.


Did you get some? What happened last night?

The Bigfella
09-04-2008, 08:04 AM
Hey - speaking of coffee - I remember driving through the Highlands in Papua New Guinea - and sitting beside the road would be groups of women and children sorting the coffee beans out on a tarp. I don't think they were making union wages.

Rigadog
09-04-2008, 08:06 AM
I have a cheap Krups (vintage), dead simple, nothing can break. It actually make a good espresso. I get coffee locally from "La Prima" for $6/lb. I love coffee.

That being said, Here is the rig I covet:

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Milo Christensen
09-04-2008, 08:08 AM
Did you get some? What happened last night?

Be cool with all this, Marilyn is thinking of joining the forum, and if she does, you better run for cover. She's still really angry with you for the ladyboy stuff.

No chance of romance last night, Marilyn was glued to the speech. If you think I'm fired up, you should see her.

Tylerdurden
09-04-2008, 08:13 AM
Be cool with all this, Marilyn is thinking of joining the forum, and if she does, you better run for cover. She's still really angry with you for the ladyboy stuff.

No chance of romance last night, Marilyn was glued to the speech. If you think I'm fired up, you should see her.

Tell here the ladyboy stuff is all in jest. One must have a thick skin to run with the dogs here. Whats the big deal about the speech?
Its one big dog and pony show anyhow and has no relevance in our lives. Doesn't matter who gets in as its all the same show, just different actors.
Do you really think anyone will give us back our liberty's?

Mrleft8
09-04-2008, 08:32 AM
Pot brewing now. I'll be on the road today visiting clients and droping off proposals. Got the travel mug ready and cup holders in the Volvo ( God that car is a great comfy solid driving car )

Try not to park this one on it's roof....:D
(Did you ever do a carfax report on it yet?)

Duncan Gibbs
09-04-2008, 08:36 AM
I want one of these:

http://www.fantes.com/images/atomic-espresso-cx-66.jpg

At the moment I'm using one of these:

http://www.fantes.com/images/14015espr-stove.jpg

Down to two strong long blacks in the morning. Used to be about five to six back in my Uni days down in Melbourne.

Nicholas Scheuer
09-04-2008, 08:37 AM
We use a Bodun French Press exclusively when out in our Yawl.

We just boiling the water first in a whistling tea kettle on the gimballed stove, pour it into the Press, let it sit several minutes, and voila! Great coffee.

We use a more complicated electric coffee maker at home.

Moby Nick

Hwyl
09-04-2008, 09:05 AM
Paul and I both have french presses. They do make a nice cup of coffee.

Help: I'm being attacked by double entendre's

Mrleft8
09-04-2008, 09:09 AM
Are those entendres possesive? ;)

Wayne Jeffers
09-04-2008, 09:25 AM
I pretty much gave up coffee when I retired. Now I make a pot of tea in the morning. I have a cup of coffee only on rare occasions now.

I never understood the attraction of exotic coffee machines, but to each his own. For me, it was always Maxwell House brewed in a drip pot. Black. No cream. No sugar. No artificial flavors added. Coffee should be coffee, not soda pop.

And I see the fad of fancy coffees at $5.00 a cup as simply the latest means of effecting the inevitable separation of a fool and his money.

Now, back to my tea. :D

Wayne

Donn
09-04-2008, 09:29 AM
For me, it was always Maxwell House brewed in a drip pot.

No wonder you gave it up.:eek:

cs
09-04-2008, 09:33 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/35/70038278_0b086b4291.jpg

Chad

Bruce Taylor
09-04-2008, 09:36 AM
No wonder you gave it up.:eek:

LOL

I don't need a piece stovetop sculpture like the Atomic moka-maker Duncan posted, but if the machine doesn't emit espresso I don't want it. I acquired my addiction at the age of twelve. The Tabac around the corner from my school wouldn't let us play the pinball machine unless we bought something. Shots of espresso were just 80 centimes.

The pinball machine was a Gottlieb "Kings and Queens." I'd kinda like to have one of those, too:

http://mirror1.ipdb.org/images/1381/Backglass2.jpg

Scott Rosen
09-04-2008, 09:52 AM
I've been addicted since I was about 12. Coffee's the best legal drug out there.

I have two cups at home before work, five or six at work, and maybe an esspresso or two at home after work.

I brew mine one cup at a time with a Mellita one cup filter thingy. I have a french press, but I like the Mellita better.

I buy my coffee, whole bean, from Zabar's. I grind up a couple of days' supply at a time. Best coffee I've ever had, and it's only about $8.00 US a pound (that's a real pound, not the 13 ounce "pound" sold by most).

They now say coffee's good for you. Antioxidants and the like. Whatever. I'm not gonna stop drinking it no matter what.

Wayne Jeffers
09-04-2008, 10:05 AM
No wonder you gave it up.:eek:

Actually, it had more to do with coffeeís effect on my stomach and the fact that I like tea better anyway.

I canít help but wonder how many of the folks using the fancy coffee machines brew their coffee using municipal tap water. In my experience, the quality of the water used matters at least as much as the method of brewing the coffee. Iím lucky at the house here in Ohio that I have great spring water, which makes great coffee, IMO. Iíve tried espresso made with municipal tap water and I found it hard to get past the foul taste of the water.

Wayne

jlaprad
09-04-2008, 10:16 AM
Anybody else like KONA? I'm of to get a cup...

Donn
09-04-2008, 10:19 AM
I brew my coffee with bottled spring water and beans freshly ground for each pot. While cheap and plentiful, our municipal water just doesn't cut it for drinking or brewing.

I use good (not excessive) quality beans (Dunk's is my favorite), and brew it in a Bunn similar to the one pictured above. It's the best coffee maker I've found, primarily because it's fast. It's fast because it stores pre-heated water, and dispenses it when fresh cold water is poured in.

Two ~20oz mugs a day, one with a little milk and one with a little Carolans, Emmets or Bailey's. Then I switch to tea or water.

I consider myself lucky coffee doesn't bother my stomach. Too much, however will over-activate my nerves, so I seldom drink it after mid-morning. I love espresso, but I find it too addictive.

Paul Pless
09-04-2008, 10:22 AM
Coffee's the best legal drug out there.Right after beer.;)

Donn
09-04-2008, 10:26 AM
I don't drink enough beer for it to qualify as a drug. I'd give it up way before coffee.

hansp77
09-04-2008, 10:47 AM
I've managed restaurants and spent way too many years behind an espresso machine- had just about every gadget above, pictured and not pictured- but now days my coffee making style is much simpler and cruder.... tastes better too IMO.

I get whole beans (a couple of types of fairtrade organic)
I grind it fresh,
I pile a heap in a big mug, sometimes more sometimes less,
I put two teaspoons of dark sugar into it,
I fill it with boiling water (Melbourne tap water is fantastic),
I stir occasionally until all the coffee has sunk and I drink down to just before I get to the muddy grinds... occasionally until just after:D

So simple, makes little mess, and tastes fantastic.

For my stomach and nerves, one big cup in the morning is my limit. After that it is tea.

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
09-04-2008, 10:49 AM
Well it's free beer for breakfast at "The Pub" today fella's.
Lefty said so.
I'll have coffee for dinner.
burp*

Popeye
09-04-2008, 10:53 AM
the roasted barley they use in guinness makes a nice coffee substitute

but thats neither here nor there

Bill R
09-04-2008, 11:07 AM
Best cup of coffee ever in my 40 years, 30 of which have been spent drinking coffee-

Courtesy of the WBF's own Hughman at his shop.

Dunno what made it so good- musta been the sawdust :)

paladin
09-04-2008, 11:19 AM
I prefer the Kona, black, no sugar or cream, grind my own beans same day, use filtered spring water....I have a couple of cups in the morning.....and every other day a cup or two at evening.....I boil my water first in a stainless kettle and use an old stainless steel drip coffee maker with an added malitta filter.

Wayne Jeffers
09-04-2008, 11:41 AM
.....I boil my water first in a stainless kettle and use an old stainless steel drip coffee maker with an added malitta filter.

You're showing your age now, Chuck. I thought I was the only one who still used a real drip coffee maker, i.e., not a "Mr. Coffee" or similar.

I bet 99% don't even know what you're talking about. If they're old enough, chances are that their mothers used a percolator not a drip pot.

Wayne

paladin
09-04-2008, 11:48 AM
I've heard that comment a lot....I got my beans from the plantations in the mountains in Vietnam, and kept the same coffee pot for the last 40 years or so, and the old tin measuring cup that I have was my great grandmothers, and it came to Okiehoma in the land run of '89 (that's 1889)

pipefitter
09-04-2008, 12:01 PM
The first thing that my gfriend and I instantly found we had in common is that we both make each cup of coffee fresh and that we both knew how to make the other's perfectly. It's so nice not to have to make every cup every time you want one. We both are always thinking about having one at the same time etc.

I also agree about the Bunn machines being fast. Even their home version of the machine is fast and very hot. So fast in fact that they have to make port in the dispenser larger than typical machines. The other fast home counter top machine on the market is the Proctor Silex which also makes a hotter cup of coffee. Faster machines stir up the grounds more in the basket than the slower ones which also helps to make a better cup.

I still hold true to the Folgers 100% Colombian as my mainstay brand. Sure, the gourmet coffees are better but I still like having a utility brand that is consistently common so that there isn't so much of a disappointment when I am at the mercy of getting coffee out. It's the only Folgers that I like. The Folgers classic, Maxwell House regular etc have a funky after taste I can't deal with.

On an average I drink about 3-4 cups/day.

Scott Rosen
09-04-2008, 12:12 PM
Am I the only person on earth who doesn't like Dunkin's coffee? They make it way too weak. I've never bought the beans, though.

Yeadon
09-04-2008, 12:18 PM
Bialetti is how I roll.

pipefitter
09-04-2008, 12:24 PM
Am I the only person on earth who doesn't like Dunkin's coffee? They make it way too weak. I've never bought the beans, though.

I don't care for it either. I have tried to like it hoping for the best when out and about. The last time we traveled, we did not have one good cup of coffee the whole week. We decided then that next time we will bring our own. I would rather have luke warm, day old home brew from a thermos.

The549
09-04-2008, 01:08 PM
I do not deal well with caffeine as I easily become addicted and then get headaches when I don't have my fix for the day. Can anyone recommend a truly rich and smooth tasting decaf? Cuz I haven't found one yet...

Canoez
09-04-2008, 01:21 PM
I like my coffee, too - not excessively, but I enjoy a good cup. We actually got rid of a decent Krups drip coffee maker in favor of a French press. I think the French press makes better tasting coffee and is easier to deal with.

Even though I'm not an over-the-top coffee person, this is in my cubicle:

http://www.mountyscorner.com/images/coffee_2.jpg

Popeye
09-04-2008, 01:46 PM
had good luck with the organic low acid coffee's , even the dark roast

http://content.costco.ca/Images/Content/ProductLarge/167818cLL.jpg

Popeye
09-04-2008, 01:50 PM
and the other thing i hear , someone mentioned, a good paper filter takes out the 'oils' , not good for you and can cause 'heartburn'

Bark
09-04-2008, 01:56 PM
Am I the only person on earth who doesn't like Dunkin's coffee? They make it way too weak.

Agree completely.

SMARTINSEN
09-04-2008, 02:17 PM
DD coffee is pretty wimpy, and I believe that ELF is on-record about that too. We have used a French press with freshly ground beans for years. Way more better than Mr. Coffee and his ilk.

I like Costa Rican coffee. My SIL just got back from Maui, and brought us back a present of Kona coffee. That was good too.

About the only thing that I do not like about my older Volvo is the complete lack of cup holders. Evidently the Swedes do not like to drink and drive.

The best travel mug that I have found is called Thermoserv. It WILL NOT tip over. Plus it is made in the USA. Most of the stainless travel mugs, and a lot of the plastic, are from China. The only place that I have been able to find them on line (without having to buy a wholesale lot) is from Woodworker's Supply.

BTW you can make tea in a french press, too.

Joe (SoCal)
09-04-2008, 02:28 PM
Maxwellhouse ™

http://www.viewpoints.com/images/review/2008/12/4/1200135319-41903_full.jpg

$5 at Walmart

Canoez
09-04-2008, 02:48 PM
Maxwellhouse ô

http://www.viewpoints.com/images/review/2008/12/4/1200135319-41903_full.jpg

$5 at Walmart

http://static.flickr.com/15/92261116_999e1458c8.jpg

Hughman
09-04-2008, 03:16 PM
Best cup of coffee ever in my 40 years, 30 of which have been spent drinking coffee-

Courtesy of the WBF's own Hughman at his shop.

Dunno what made it so good- musta been the sawdust :)

That was a french press pot, and Rock City coffee, the local roaster. The smell of roasting beans is in the air often here, alternated with the smell of the seaweed processor factory, depending on the wind direction.

http://www.rockcitycoffee.com/

Oh, and the sawdust, too. I think it was either horseflesh mahogany, or walnut that day......coulda been locust :eek:

Thanks Bill, see you soon!

:)

Wayne Jeffers
09-04-2008, 03:37 PM
Maxwellhouse ô

http://www.viewpoints.com/images/review/2008/12/4/1200135319-41903_full.jpg

$5 at Walmart

Joe,

I love ya, man, but somehow it's hard to envision you drinking non-yuppie coffee.

BTW, "Masterblend" is not real coffee. I wouldn't touch the stuff. Maxwell House does make real coffee, though it costs a little more.

Wayne

Bark
09-04-2008, 04:10 PM
I'm not so sure about the French Press. We use it sometimes, but I find the flavor to be .... "chalky" is the only word that comes to mind.

If someone has found a travel mug that absolutely positively will not leak all over me when I take a sip, I'd like to hear about it. We probably have half a dozen travel mugs, all of different designs, and every single one of them leaks.

Paul Pless
09-04-2008, 04:28 PM
If someone has found a travel mug that absolutely positively will not leak all over me when I take a sip, I'd like to hear about it. here ya go: link (http://images.buycostumes.com/mgen/merchandiser/23252.jpg)

P.I. Stazzer-Newt
09-04-2008, 05:31 PM
Lunatic Finge
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/basegear_2017_55376116 (http://www.basegear.com/press-bot-coffee-press-nalgene.html)

John B
09-04-2008, 05:40 PM
What's a french press ? note ,I'm asking this rather than googling it .I'm not proud ,and also I haven't had enough coffee yet.

Donn
09-04-2008, 05:45 PM
What's a french press ? note ,I'm asking this rather than googling it .I'm not proud ,and also I haven't had enough coffee yet.

A company which publishes books in a strange language, only works 30 hours a week, and drinks great wine.

John B
09-04-2008, 05:54 PM
Thank goodness for that, I thought it must be something you did at the gym .

ucb4ume
09-04-2008, 06:02 PM
Community Coffee - it's a staple here in Louisiana

http://i131.photobucket.com/albums/p300/ucb4ume/cafe-special-coffee-1855-s.gif

John B
09-04-2008, 06:08 PM
No , I'm coffee deprived and I feel I should be able to inflict this state on others.;)
However, since you guys ( who I usually depend on for knowledge , discussion, dispute and consensus) have seen fit to withold this vital information from me I have actually been forced to type it into google.
Its plunger coffee.
Strangely enough, its also
http://www.netfit.co.uk/fitness/exercises/triceps/french-press.htm

http://www.netfit.co.uk/assets/sb_french.jpg

Chris Coose
09-04-2008, 06:11 PM
Joe, do you shop at walmart?

Donn
09-04-2008, 06:19 PM
No , I'm coffee deprived and I feel I should be able to inflict this state on others.

Lord, man! It's 28 minutes since your first post to the thread, and still no coffee!?! :eek:

You need a faster coffee maker.

Paul G.
09-04-2008, 06:39 PM
Expresso is the only way to fully savour the delights of coffee. All other methods pale in comparison. You can drip it, press it, boil it or dunkin dungnut it but until you have had expresso youve only had your training wheels on!

As a sidenote here in nz we used to have coffee lounges that sold filter coffee and cut sandwiches. That style of coffee was the acme at the time. Now there are real coffee machines everywhere. Were not going back!

John B
09-04-2008, 06:55 PM
acme, I love that word.

Reminds me of wile e coyote and the roadrunner.

C. Ross
09-04-2008, 07:07 PM
Duncan Donuts coffee tastes like it was brewed in a Lutheran church basement. That is not a compliment.

You can get a perfectly good cheap French press from Ikea for $10 or so.

Vietnamese coffee holds me in its thrall, and may be my undoing.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Viet-coffee.jpg/300px-Viet-coffee.jpg

Beowolf
09-04-2008, 07:09 PM
I'll agree with the posts above:

Kona is king.

Sumatra is a fair 2nd.

Dunkin' Donuts is crap.

During the school year, I brew one travel mug for the commute (45 min). Occasionally, there's a handful of us who, on a whim, will wing by Bigby's and grab cups for all of us (Hmmm, maybe I need to do that tomorrow...) on the way to work.

During the summer, I'll consume one pot of coffee between 7:00 and 11:00 each day. In the shop that takes me from Morning Edition through the Diane Rehm show.

The549
09-04-2008, 07:45 PM
Duncan Donuts coffee tastes like it was brewed in a Lutheran church basement. That is not a compliment.

You can get a perfectly good cheap French press from Ikea for $10 or so.

Vietnamese coffee holds me in its thrall, and may be my undoing.


Speaking of, after coming back from Thailand I no longer have a problem using sweet and condensed milk and drenching coffee with sugar. Love Thai coffee! :cool:
However I like chocolate milk somewhat bitter. :confused:

Kaa
09-04-2008, 08:23 PM
Speaking of coffee, I much prefer mud :-)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TAGXRV6QL._SL500_AA280_.jpg


Acceptable coffee also can be made to come out of these:
http://www.1stincoffee.com/product_images/elektra/bigs1.jpg

Kaa

hansp77
09-04-2008, 08:24 PM
I do not deal well with caffeine as I easily become addicted and then get headaches when I don't have my fix for the day. Can anyone recommend a truly rich and smooth tasting decaf? Cuz I haven't found one yet...


If you can't/shouldn't do the caffeine, you might want to try something else... have you tried Dandelion tea/coffee? You can make that through an espresso machine, or get instant powdered stuff. It is a bit different, but then you can get used to it, and with skills, a good LSD (Latte Soy Dandelion) can be delicious. Of course it can be made horribly as well- it is much easier to stuff up than coffee.
Also, the biggest benefit is that Dandelion tea is very very good for you (for you Liver IIRC).

Scott Rosen
09-04-2008, 10:14 PM
Speaking of coffee, I much prefer mud :-)

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41TAGXRV6QL._SL500_AA280_.jpg


Kaa

I figured someone would mention Turkish coffee.

I love espresso, too. But the cups are way too small . . .

Canoez
09-04-2008, 10:22 PM
I once worked in a camp kitchen. We had one of the nice Bunn industrial coffee makers - makes a decent cup. We had gotten in a new lot of coffee from a new source and one of the guys in the kitchen found an interesting can and put the usual measure in the machine, which had a fine mesh filter. The coffee was about the consistency of Jell-O (tm) pudding.

Turns out the coffee was Turkish coffee - stuff looked like black flour in the can.

I think the kitchen staff drank the stuff anyway.:o

Bruce Taylor
09-04-2008, 10:25 PM
I figured someone would mention Turkish coffee.

I love espresso, too. But the cups are way too small . . .

Doubles stretched to about 5 oz. hit the sweet spot, for me.

I've had "Turkish" coffee in half a dozen Eastern European countries, but couldn't find it it in Turkey.

pipefitter
09-04-2008, 10:27 PM
Espresso. . . every day for lunch we used to stop by this Cuban sandwich place on Columbus Dr. in Tampa and the line would be out the door and half way around the building outside. We would order 2 espressos each while we waited for our order which was a Cuban sandwich or Cuban toast. My work partner would drink those 2 little shots and never shut up for the rest of the day no matter how much we begged. Last time I saw him he told me he really liked Red Bull. Lord help whoever he's working with now.

Scott Rosen
09-04-2008, 10:33 PM
My work partner would drink those 2 little shots and never shut up for the rest of the day no matter how much we begged. Last time I saw him he told me he really liked Red Bull. Lord help whoever he's working with now.

You know you're a real coffee addict when you get calmer and more relaxed with each cup. I can drink it before bed.

If I miss a day -- haven't in years -- I get the worst headache, dizzyness and nausea.

JimD
09-04-2008, 10:38 PM
Melita plastic drip cone by the cup or pot for me. Swmbo is a tea person.

hansp77
09-04-2008, 10:42 PM
You can get a perfectly good cheap French press from Ikea for $10 or so.

Vietnamese coffee holds me in its thrall, and may be my undoing.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b7/Viet-coffee.jpg/300px-Viet-coffee.jpg

I knew I enjoyed your posts for a reason;)

Vietnamese coffee changed my world... but, and this is a big but... you just haven't lived until you have tried good Laotian coffee.
If you can find some it is more than worth the effort.
Though I can get the 'French Presses' from our local 'Vietnam Town', and Vietnamese coffee, I haven't yet found anywhere yet to get Laotian coffee. In Laos they filter it for you out the back (unlike in Vietnam you get it still dripping) and they give you a massive big dish-like tea cup of it. Black and strong and thick as syrup, chocolaty, yet so smooth... far superior to Vietnamese coffee IMHO.

I enjoy a good Vietnamese iced coffee (like your picture) once a week or more when I go to get my Phở (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ph%E1%BB%9F) fix.
Our 'Vietnam Town' (Victoria St) is only a 5-10 minute bike ride from me.:)

pipefitter
09-04-2008, 10:45 PM
You know you're a real coffee addict when you get calmer and more relaxed with each cup. I can drink it before bed.

If I miss a day -- haven't in years -- I get the worst headache, dizzyness and nausea.

Same here. Sometimes it has the opposite intended effect. My girlfriend is the same way but compared to me, she's a heavy hitter. She starts out her morning with a cup of coffee and a tall glass of home brewed iced tea side by side. I have tried laying off the coffee at night and it made no difference whatsoever. I don't get the headaches or side effects that I know of if I don't drink it. Still better than drinking soft drinks.

AussieBarney
09-05-2008, 06:54 AM
In the late nineties I was under contract to G.E. Medical Systems and I used to reload the coffee pot when I visited the office. After I did this two or three times I was barred from ever touching the pot again. The ginger beers reckoned I made it too strong for their delicate little American tummies:D:eek:. If it wont melt the head off a 4 pound lump hammer in under two minutes its too weak:D:p I grew up on coffee. We used to have a pot cooking on the back of the stove all day and it was like asphalt cutback by teatime but it had to be drunk anyhow. And I stayed awake on it when I drove semis on the interstate. Coffe is nectar of the gods

Popeye
09-05-2008, 07:38 AM
Dandelion tea is very very good for you (for you Liver IIRC).it has inulin (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inulin), a type of water soluble fiber

you can even make it yourself from dandelion roots , dried and then roasted

Joe (SoCal)
09-05-2008, 07:41 AM
Joe, do you shop at walmart?

Yea when the OVERPRICED local Foodtown is charging me 40% more for the same item and close at 9pm and dosn't have the pasta I like or the dog food lucky likes or a case of buck shot at 3 am that I need. Ok just kidding about that last one ;).

But yea WM is great. I also shop at the local farmers market when I can or remember ( limited days and hrs)

Regarding my coffee choice, I used to be a grind my own, purchased beens roasted on the premis of an old coffee purveyor in NYC, only use a French press and filtered water coffee snob. Now I just wand a couple of cups and out the door to work. I'm over my yuppy snob past ;)