I've Become A Coffee Snob!

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  1. Astrophy
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    In the past 10 years with the popularity of Starbucks, Peets, and Micro-roasters I've become a huge coffee snob!! Post about your passion for coffee... likes/dislikes...

    Favorite blends:
    Sumatra
    Arabian-Mocha Java
    Sulawesi Toraja

    Favorite Roasters:
    The Roasterie
    PT's Coffee (often ranking in the top 10 on coffeereview.com)
    Peet's Coffee (PM me for an easy hack for free shipping)

    Favorite Brewing Methods:
    Chemex
    French Press
    Clover machine

    If you want to see the Clover machine in action: http://www.twitvid.com/AGXVC One of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. I believe there are 400 machines out there that were sold before Starbucks bought them out. The downside to the french press and clover is that there is no paper filter and I've read about the negative health effects of coffee when not using a paper filter during brewing.

    I'm a big fan of getting really fresh coffee. Peets ships theirs usually a day within roasting, but are a bit over priced for what you are getting. PT's is one of the nations best roasters and I can pick them up locally along with the Roasterie coffee. I'm always learning, if you have any interesting types of coffee, brewing methods, etc please post!
     
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    I like Blue Mountain.
     
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    Just down the street from home is a fantastic local independent coffee house. They use a 50 year old Probat manual roaster to hand control and fine-tune every batch to perfection.

    I only recently became a coffee snob. At one time I would drink any coffee as long as it was hot and black. I finally realized I should consume much less coffee and will now only drink it if I actually like the taste and smell.
     
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    I bring bags of espresso home from Italy; there is a small local roaster in Lucca that I really like.

    For my standard American drip coffee, I drink whatever is cheap. [​IMG]
     
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    I am partial to Peet's! Especially Major Dickason's blend!
     
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    Rancilio Sylvia, latest espresso machine (Starbucks and Krups were not winners)
    Bodum French press
    Chemex rarely used
    Mr. Coffee not sure why it's taking up space
    Various beans from Sweet Maria's
    Some sort of roaster - in the bowels of the garage, I've never seen it
    Overpriced burr grinder.

    It's about the hobby, not the coffee [​IMG]
     
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    Nespresso Citiz!!! (I know, I'm lazy.... but its better than 4bucks, and only 55cents a shot!)
     
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    I have a Capresso superautomatic I bought in 2003. Still kicking. In a way I hope it would die so I could justify getting a new machine, but it still makes a fine cup of coffee and cleans up (pretty much) after itself.

    I typically use Caribou Decaf Espresso in it. I'd rather not drink decaf, but I've suffered some heart palpitations from too much caffeine and I find it's just easier (after the 4 days of headaches I had) to drink decaf -- and the stuff from Caribou made in this machine tastes pretty darn good.
     
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    The Sylvia is a great machine for the price. I've ordered several items from Sweet Maria's, it's a pretty decent site, great if you want to start roasting your own beans. I'm using a capresso conical burr grinder right now.
     
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    Given your espresso standards, I must say I'm surprised by the second statement! [​IMG]
     
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    Quality, not quantity, when I'm in Italy or continuing my Italy lifestyle in the US.
    Quantity, not Quality, when I'm being American.
    [​IMG]
     
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    I can't deal with bad US coffee ... the stuff in the coffeemaker at the office is not something I'm willing to ingest. I've resorted to Starbucks Via instant to have something tolerable. :rolleyes:
     
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    Coffee.....I much prefer tea
     
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    Whenever I'm in the office in the UK, I drink tea. They use instant coffee there (blech). I do like some of the UK coffee chains, like Costa and Caffe Nero. It's a bit of a ritual to stop for one on the way to the office and then go for a walk in the afternoon for another one.
     
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    Gotta go make a pot. I'm suffering from a bout of PCS

    Pre Caffeine Syndrome
     
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    I second the aeropress. I roast my own coffee from Sweet Maria's in a popcorn popper. At home I use a Technivorm, the only coffee maker approved by the SCAA, but at work I use my Aeropress with great results to make 1 cup at a time.
     
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    I admit that I am a coffee snob! Kona, Costa Rica, Ethiopia....strong and sweet for me [​IMG]
     
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    Caffe Vita in Seattle. I love the Queen City blend.
     
  20. Didn't realize you had a Silvia, too! The Hawaiian has been asking me to teach him how to use it, but so far I am only letting him turn it on in the morning to warm up when I'm not awake yet. ;)

    Silvia and Mazzer Mini at home, Capresso burr grinder in the office with a french press.
     
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    You rule! Our Silvia migrated to the garage/"exercise pavilion" during a kitchen remodel and has remained there. So you have to walk 30 feet in the sunshine for your morning java. I have no idea how to use it and am willing to play silly and have the cappuchino delivered.

    Keep that Hawaiian under strict control - they tend to drift toward the beach if not watched carefully. Not that that's bad .....
     
  22. You know, that might actually be the smarter strategy... but it's too late now.
     
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    My preference is Turkish coffee when home. I enjoy the Sahadi brand the most. I do like Starbucks while traveling.
     
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    Anyone have recommendations on a 1-2 cup coffee maker? I'd like to replace my stepfather's machine in the coming months. Would like to avoid any machines that use a pod and would like something that uses a paper filter. Price is not an issue, but would like something that isn't made for large amounts of coffee. Something kind of cool looking would be great!
     
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    Hypocaffeinaemia?
     
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