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shotgunshooter3shotgunshooter3 Senior MemberGlobal NomadPosts: 6,052 Senior Member
Specifically, what brands/grinds/brews you like
and how you like them. 

This is a spin-off of the breakfast thread, but coffee is such a hot topic there that I felt it deserved its own thread. 

For my personal preference, I generally take my coffee black, but if the brew came out bitter a little creamer to take the edge off. I prefer light to medium roasts, but won't turn down a dark roast. I also enjoy espresso, and until very recently had regular access to an espresso machine at work. 

I've found that the brewing method is as important, if not more so, than the coffee itself. If I have the time, and am making one cup for myself, pour-over is the way to go. Otherwise I'll usually resort to a normal drip brewer. 

For grab and go, particularly in the early mornings before working out, cold brew is another great option and very easy to make yourself. 
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,141 Senior Member
    One of my favorite subjects!!! I’ll be back when I have more time 😁

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,141 Senior Member
    To start, I’m partial to the Latin brands of espresso.  They tend to be roasted medium as opposed to the Italian ones that are burned to charcoal taste.

    Llave is particularly good and you can brew it as strong as you want and it’ll never taste bitter.  Bustello is pretty good but the taste is a little on the mild side for me.  Pico is good too but I’ve not had it in a few years and brands change.  Thanks love Puertorican coffees but they can be tricky to find because of their small production.

    I like the aluminum Italian espresso stovetop pots for an occasional cup but I also brew them in a French press when I want more that a cup or two.  What makes “old” coffee taste bad is leaving it on a drip coffee maker burner for a while.  You can leave a French press on the counter and just reheat your next cup in the microwave and it’ll be nearly as good as when fresh brewed.  AND I the French press allows me to brew as strong as I want.

    Fine grind allows you to get more of the flavor out of the coffee but it also clogs up the screen in a French press so many folks prefer a coarser ground for those.  The easy answer is stir the hot water as you pour into the press to make sure the coffee completely soaks into it and right before you plunge the press stir the coffee again with a spoon and you’ll break that puck that forms in top.  Then the screen will plunge easy.

    I love my coffee plain and black or espresso with a little sugar or a good latte every once in a while, especially when smoking a cigar.  They go hand in hand.

    It’s a °IIIII° thing 😎

  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Manistee Natl ForestPosts: 18,229 Senior Member
    Our daily brew is 8 O'Clock....for special occasions I like Jamaican Blue Mountain....My favorite road coffee is Wesco Dark Roast...
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 9,620 Senior Member
    Medium roasts have more caffeine and flavor than stuff turned into charcoal. 

    Buy it ground, set it up at night in the the drip machine with a pinch of salt. Throw the switch when I wake up.  Add milk & sugar.  I'm here for the caffeine, not the experience.  If you can run a French press or deal with elaborate pre-soak CO2 venting processes at 5am, then you have no actual need of coffee.

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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,141 Senior Member
    One of the best cups I’ve ever had was out of a big coffee pot hanging over an open fire and it was Folgers.  The guy had a trick of pouring a little cold water into it and it made the grounds sink so the coffee was clear and flavorful!

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  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,255 Senior Member
    I am pretty plebeian in my coffee tastes, and pretty much match Bigslug.  Coffee is a caffeine delivery vehicle.  I drink mine black with no sugar, and if you want it fancy with sugar, dairy, flavorings, etc… then you should have just bought a coke.

    That said, there are flavors and preferences that I have been growing over the last 30 years of being addicted to morning caffeine.  Lately I have been working my way through the menu on a local coffee roaster called “Third Coast Coffee Roasters” ( https://thirdcoastcoffee.com/ ) that is insanely local to me, and they have some really good blends.  My wife is a coffee snob, and really likes the “El Guapo” blend and the Honey Process Honduras single varietal.   Me- I just like supporting local companies and entrepreneurs.  Plus, their shop smells REALLY good when I go in to get a pound of beans.

    Black coffee, hot.  Sometimes some Cold brew black coffee…. Thats about the extent of my preferences.
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  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Colorado SpringsPosts: 7,801 Senior Member
    Another vote for Cafe La Llave. Brewed strong and black in an old-fashioned electric perculator.

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  • NNNN Senior Member NCPosts: 25,200 Senior Member
    I have to use half-cafe; so I just use Folgers since it is readily available.
  • ilove22silove22s Senior Member OregonPosts: 1,521 Senior Member
    in general i like mochas.  If its store bought or home made, its my go-to morning/late morning coffee drink.

    if there isnt any mochas, then i will try to make my own or just go with black.

    if i can get a Borgia, that will be #1 since its not found in alot of places or they dont make it like i had with a real orange.

    then there is a mexican mocha that is spicy and has some zing.  I forget the name (maybe mexican mocha), but more or less the expresso is poured through some hot pepper seeds like you get with a pizza and you make a mocha with that.  If its done right, its not so spicy you cant drink it, but the zing comes on slow, just so you know its not a "normal" mocha.

    I had some expresso in many places but the best i had so far was in italy.  not sure what/why, but the expresso was not bitter like the times i had it in other places including the USA.

    And i almost forgot.  Turkish Coffee.  Its the stuff thats boiled (forever?) in a copper pot?  but it comes out like Texas crude and its finely ground beans where the crude has some grit.  But i found it really tasty and not bitter (at least what i had) and different.

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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Swampland, FLAPosts: 5,094 Senior Member
    To start, I’m partial to the Latin brands of espresso.  They tend to be roasted medium as opposed to the Italian ones that are burned to charcoal taste.

    Llave is particularly good and you can brew it as strong as you want and it’ll never taste bitter.  Bustello is pretty good but the taste is a little on the mild side for me. 
    I much prefer Puerto Rician or Cuban coffee , My favorite is Cafe Cubano, thats the very strong black coffee served in a small paper cup, I like mine with 2 sugar cubes.

  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Posts: 4,141 Senior Member
    And now I’ll be heretic.  Of the different Black Rifle Coffees I’ve tried about half of them have met my expectations, but several of them have been mostly tasteless so I’m not an automatic fan boy.

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  • rbsivleyrbsivley Senior Member The Heart of DixiePosts: 1,259 Senior Member
    edited May 17 #14
     I drink mine black sometimes if it's to bitter I'll add a little salt. The Major I worked for in Iraq gave me a Capresso brand machine when we came home in 04. He was a wealthy Reservist. Thing cost a few hundred bucks. I had it for several years then one day I dropped the sugar canister on top of it and it all crystalized in the works.
    I usually drink the cheapest.

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Western IdahoPosts: 2,459 Senior Member
    There us a brand I have found recently. Stumptown. I have had about 5 different ones from them and they are universally great. It's the first brand that light roasts and the coffee is actually lighter. Have tried the Colombian, Ethiopian (in now), and have another on roast next. 

    Wife got me a grinder for Xmas and I grind it for the aeropress. $30 for the aeropress and I got the grinder from Bed bath and beyond for $80 with coupon. Conical burr grinder and the catch cup is metal so for less annoying mess with static and plastic cups. 

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  • JaphyJaphy Posts: 397 Member
    We use a molita medium roast coarse grind through a brown paper filter. Water matters a Britta filter makes a significant difference. We heat the water in a kettle to boil then let it cool for 3 or 4 minutes. 
  • JayJay Senior Member New Mexico/TexasPosts: 4,511 Senior Member
    Like a couple of the others, it's all about the caffeine for me.  When I smoked, a cup of coffee and a cigarette was something I always really enjoyed to start the day.  Now, it's boring old Folgers classic in a drip machine or I have a new machine that has a small basket for the coffee on the side to brew single cups.  I get it ready the night before and have it set on a timer to brew 15 minutes before my alarm.  Only thing I add to it is some cool water to make it drinkable, down a big cup of it and I'm ready to get ready...
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