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In pursuit of the best home brew cup of Joe. I'd have to give it to AeroPress with the French Press coming in a close 2nd. What you say coffee hounds? What technique works for you?
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Spends on mood. I’ve nearly every type of contraption for making coffee: cuisnart drip brewer, espresso maker with steam wand, double steel walled insulated French press, pour over cone, copper turskish coffee maker, chemex pour over urn, grandma’s stove top percolater, and stove top Italian espresso maker.

Best coffee I make is in French Press, though it took me some time to get use to the tase. The coffee steeps in a press, so you get more oils, and it does have a different taste.

I love setting up my coffee maker to have coffee brewed and ready when I get up, so that’s my default.

When in mood, my favorite is Turkish coffee,,thick, strong..mmmm

An odd guilty pleasure I have is making occasional cup of instant. It reminds me of the coffee from the old machines that kept me going though college.

My caffeine addiction was so bad at one point, I was able to drink a double espresso at midnight, and able to fall asleep 30 ministers later. But I was also having dizzy spells. Talking with doc, I mentioned my coffee drinking habits. He told me to cut back. So now I limit myself to 2-3 cups before noon...sigh.
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. . . I've nearly every type of contraption for making coffee: cuisnart drip brewer, espresso maker with steam wand, double steel walled insulated French press, pour over cone, copper turskish coffee maker, chemex pour over urn, grandma's stove top percolater, and stove top Italian espresso maker.



And you haven't tried homemade cold brew? Why not give that a shot?
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Now we've finally come to a topic I can 'talk with'! 😳

"..a double espresso at midnight,"
Oh, I know the itch,...twitch(!).

For me, it starts with the beans.
I like to grind 'em fresh,
..with an old hand crank box,..
neatly queezed between my legs.

Lavazza,...beans.
Luigi Lavazza.
Luigi figured out,
if you roast the beans twice(!),
soaking them in water once,
they MALT!
,...get sweet.
He patented the process.
He also sells,...
A De-CAFFINATED BEAN!
Yeahhhhh!
(a round of mid-night espressi, for imgic and me!)

Brewing,..
I'm using a Bailetti induction cooker, right now.
Not bad.
It doesn't get the full 8 bars,
for a perfect espresso,..
but,...
it's cheap,..
always works,..
and I can clean it in my sink.

On top of the C8H10N4O2,
I kinda like a nice heap of hot foamy milk.
Hold the sugar.
Make sure everything is really hot.
,...there is peace in my world.
Thanks for asking.
Gallagher

p.s.: In moments when there is NO peace, to be found,..
a little shot of scotch whiskey.
,...before the milk.
Four days of rain?
,..forget the milk.
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Imgic...I hear great things about the Chemex pour over. Were you impressed?

Opus...Cold brew does rock as a treat, but part of the attraction of a cup of Joe is the warmth I think.

gallagher...nailed it with grinding beans fresh. Job 1 for sure imo. Great post!
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Opus...Cold brew does rock as a treat, but part of the attraction of a cup of Joe is the warmth I think.



Perhaps I am wrong, but I was under the impression that coffee brewed "cold" could be heated after it was brewed and served hot.
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Hi Opus. I misinterpreted as ice coffee.
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I was not impressed with Chemex. Didn’t notice much difference from $2 plaric funnel pour over gizmo from grocery store.

I have done homemade iced coffee. In summer I take left overs from morning pot and make coffee ice cubes. Then do the grounds in cold water and let sit for 24 hours...but only in refrigerator. My wife saw an article about guy who got fatally sick drinking sun tea he’d left in the sun for the day and developed some rare bacteria...so if I leave coffee out, she puts it in fridge (damn internet).

Recently at local coffee shop I saw Espresso con panna. Two shots of espresso poured over mounds of whipped cream. Served in a clear glass, it was beautiful. But I ended up hating it. Was difficult to eat...too thick to drink, too hard to spoon up. Cream broke down, felt grainy, espresso got cold. Did not find it enjoyable.

A few years back, while in Knoxville Tennessee I stopped in small coffee shop near the University of Tennessee. They had Kopi Luwak on the menu. Produced in Sourheast Asian, it’s where civets (small mammals) eat coffee berries. They’re digestive systems strip away the fruit, but the beans are left intact and excreted. Collected, washed, and roasted, it’s supposed to be some of the worlds best coffee. It cost $26 for small French press...who could pass it up? It did not taste all that different than any Sumatra blend I’ve had in the past. And certainly not worth the price in my opinion. But it makes for a great story....
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. . . and it was made from poop. Smile
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Thank you for the surprising Chemex review imgic.

Should be on everyone's Bucket List eh Opus.
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. . . and it was made from poop. Smile


Yeah, I have to admit, it was some sh!tty coffee..
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Well,...WHILE,..we're telling 'bad-coffee-storys',
let me get this one in.
I read it in a thirty year old, 'english' Reader's Digest,
...sitting in a Café in Poland(!).

This guys goes into a gas station,
after 'filling it up',...
and orders himself a cup of Joe-to-go.
A quick sip, before putting the lid on,
he shakes his head and murmers:
"God,...how old is this coffee?...!?"

The young guy behind the counter,
straight face,...a bit scared, responds:
"I don't know. I've only been working here for two weeks!"

, . . . . . . . . ö . . . .

kopi luwak.
Imgic, 'me like you', I had to try a cup as well. (😕)
I think I got lucky. 🙂
Mine tasted 'öK'.
I think you've got to experiment around with it, though.
...drink five or six cups...
in order to get the milk,..sugar....levels.
I usually drink,....pretty 'dark'.
The next time I try,....{can afford} a kopi luwak,
I'll sweeten things, and tan it.
And buy a big cheap chocolait-chip cookie(!),
to eat with it!

,....spread the bread. ☕️ 🍪
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The only good advice my father ever gave me was to drink my coffee black. That way you’re never disappointed if there’s no cream or sugar...
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."
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