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    I'm getting flashbacks to my parents house...
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    Ian, are those arabica beans from near Chiang Mai? From what I'm reading, they should be low in acid, which is important to me. What's the best roast to bring the full flavor out, while leaving the unique taste?
    Yes, that's them. We use a blend here - oh well, here goes the trade secret - a blend of Italian and French roasts. Both have similar acidity levels, but the French roast has more "body".

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    We've used an AeroPress piston for going on four years. Costs about $30.



    There's a barrel with a filter holder (paper filters, R) that threads on. The plunger has a rubber tip. The funnel is for smaller-mouthed mugs. We use a long-handled spoon rather than the plastic stirrer. Makes wonderful coffee, very quickly, and is simple to clean. We usually get a couple days out of a filter. It's good for camping or boat trips, too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    The sad thing is, even at a "French" roast level, you've pretty much lost the unique flavor of the bean, and you're left with a generic "coffee" flavor. If the beans are taken to the "Italian" roast level, they're little bits of charcoal mere seconds away from spontaneous combustion. Try blending your French with a Full City roast. You'll actually taste the flavor of the coffee bean.


    The reason for a dark roast is that if makes the caffeine in the bean more soluble. If you want caffeine, go to robusta varieties. They have much higher levels of caffeine than die arabica varieties.

    Stick with the lighter roasts for flavor.
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    It does the job. It makes a cup cup with a nice oil slick on top. If you can’t see an oil slick on the surface, dump it out and start again. . . We’ve been looking for something more exotic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    Yeah, I remember Chemex pots, but I don't remember that kind of price!

    BTW, I said I have a vacuum pot. It's more accurate to say it's a siphon brewer:

    Who makes that one?

    I have a similar thing by cona
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    We have an Atomic. But I rarely use it as the local cafes make great coffee..... and I don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    The sad thing is, even at a "French" roast level, you've pretty much lost the unique flavor of the bean, and you're left with a generic "coffee" flavor. If the beans are taken to the "Italian" roast level, they're little bits of charcoal mere seconds away from spontaneous combustion. Try blending your French with a Full City roast. You'll actually taste the flavor of the coffee bean.

    Pretty hard to tell the difference here. Two beans at random (first two out) from our Italian roast and two from our French. Fresh bags opened today. Care to guess?

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    Cremina machine, (custom glass tamper I made at a friend’s glass blowing studio) with a Elma grinder or a french press and a spong grinder. 260C8399-40CA-4835-96DC-DFA06CFD8357.jpgE5B13CC0-1A66-465C-990A-C80EECD9DDF1.jpg566AD592-36A3-4868-ADC1-8E09DF464685.jpg

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    Saw some being grown when we traveled the old Elephant Trail to Burma last week. Here's Tum with a small coffee bush



    The backdrop to where that bush is. There's tigers in them thar hills


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    Many places where they grow the stuff, this is the standard 'coffee machine'` known as a 'chorreador, or 'dribbler', literally. Not high-tech, but it does a very good job.

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    been waiting for keith to post his dirty sock pics
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Hey, it works. Just use a fairly clean sock.
    Last edited by Keith Wilson; 10-30-2019 at 07:37 AM.
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    25 years ago I found a Gevalia coupon in a magazine, sent it in, received a nice dark green plastic "10-Cup" Krups machine and a couple pounds of some sort of Gevalia beans.

    Makes 4 Cups of coffee, at least the kind of cups that work in the cup holder in the car.

    I tend to buy the unbleached filters for it.

    As for the beans, well that's another matter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    As for the beans, well that's another matter.
    it's okay emily, we're all coffee snobs here. . .
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Does a Melitta 1-cup plastic filter holder qualify as a "machine"? I have two for when I have company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    Mine is a Yama. It helps to preheat the water to save on butane.
    Thanks.
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    I want to wake up to the sound of a coffee percolator. Surely there's a phone app for that?

    I've been discouraged from having coffee apparatus at home, as "we have enough clutter on the kitchen counters already". We have two toasters, but whatever.

    Here in the office, I've been gently lobbying for us to ditch the keurig machine and get a nespresso. As I'm typing this, I dunno why I've been so gentle about it.
    I'm just going to order a nespresso and see to it that some inexplicable tragedy befalls the keurig the next day.
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    I have a 30+ YO Krups auto drip/espresso & ditched paper filters & went with a stainless one. Haven't bought a filter in 5 years.

    I got it 15 years ago from friends who thought it was too old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    have you tried adding whiskey, whisky, or rum
    Prefer cognac almost gives it a chocolate taste.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icyb View Post
    Prefer cognac almost gives it a chocolate taste.
    Grappa is the thing to add.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    The sad thing is, even at a "French" roast level, you've pretty much lost the unique flavor of the bean, and you're left with a generic "coffee" flavor. If the beans are taken to the "Italian" roast level, they're little bits of charcoal mere seconds away from spontaneous combustion. Try blending your French with a Full City roast. You'll actually taste the flavor of the coffee bean.


    Yep, that's why I roast my own beans too. Don't do many blends, mostly single origin stuff. Lighter roasts too to leave a little more residual sweetness. Ethiopians are my favorite.

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    I have one of these:



    Since it is a stove top I use it on my boat as well as at home.
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    I've been using the 4-cup version of this for many years:



    I used to be a purist and properly grind my beans, but I've gotten lazy and just use pregound and just pour from the press through an additional (metal) filter into my travel mug...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Z View Post
    More complex? If so, thank goodness. Now, we have access to many single origin coffee beans. My stomach can't handle any central or south American grown coffee beans due to the high acid (which are the major part of most blends), but I can now buy many different single origin coffees from the Pacific islands that have full body and very little acid.
    You can't make good coffee with bad beans.
    More complex was not meant to imply either better or worse, just more complex.
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    Got to thinking of a few cups of coffee that for some reason stand out in my memory.

    As a teenager my family tied up to dock in Great Kills harbor, and we had lunch at a small place there. For whatever reason, I really enjoyed the coffee I got. Later, my friend and I anchored in a harbor on Long Island Sound and took the dink to the beach where there was a small food shack. Hamburger was quite good, but the coffee really stood out.

    Much later driving of route 22 with another friend we stopped for dinner and that coffee was great. Don't remember where we stopped,

    Don't know if it was the coffee or the surroundings. but I still remember those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Many places where they grow the stuff, this is the standard 'coffee machine'` known as a 'chorreador, or 'dribbler', literally. Not high-tech, but it does a very good job.

    Yes, I made pour-over with a clean sock one long weekend when the coffee got packed, but the gear didn't.
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    What a variety of coffee devices we use!

    Here's the one I use for cold brew in the hot weather. 20 oz. in theory --

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pless View Post
    been waiting for keith to post his dirty sock pics
    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Wilson View Post
    Hey, it works. Just use a fairly clean sock.
    *I've been told* that if you wear the sock first (preferably in a sweaty boot), you get robusta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarkey View Post
    Grappa is the thing to add.
    Thank you, will definitely look into it.

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    i have a few old lever espresso machines,
    coupled with my old Dutch hand grinder they can make beautiful coffee..







    my favorite would have to be this little La Pavoni from 1964

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clarkey View Post
    Grappa is the thing to add.

    Friend of mine went to cooking school in Paris. About 10 am, they'd take a break and head across the street to the local café for a café correctivo - espresso improved by the addition of a shot of marc de Bourgogne, the Burgundian equivalent of grappa (much tastier in my opinion)
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    Quote Originally Posted by coelcanth View Post
    i have a few old lever espresso machines,
    coupled with my old Dutch hand grinder they can make beautiful coffee..



    my favorite would have to be this little La Pavoni from 1964
    I've always wanted a La Pavoni.
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