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    Anyone here use a French Press?


    I can't go back to drip now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaygokings! View Post
    Anyone here use a French Press?


    I can't go back to drip now

    i do regular drip, press and espresso... it depends what i want.

    one of the interview questions at my old job was - do you like lager, stout or ale?

    there was only one "wrong" answer to that, and there was a very right "best" answer as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    something i highly recommend, but caution that it takes some practice... it's something i've been doing for years that i learned while living in Seattle, and my coffee will kick any store bought coffee's ass 9-ways to Sunday.

    ask Kat, even.

    most markets have their bulk coffee next to all that stale s*** sitting on the shelf. there's plenty to chose from and it is almost ALWAYS on sale - usually at about a dollar less per pound than the abject s*** sitting just to the left.

    now, you grab a bag, fill it with a generous amount of Sumatra, smell it - getting a good idea of that "base" smell, and then start adding bits of other coffees (depending on what sounds interesting). as you're adding, periodically either shake the bag or mix the beans by hand and keep smelling - try to identify what you're missing, and add accordingly, not forgetting to add more Sumatra, but be sure to continue to keep mixing and smelling as you go.


    in the end, the amount of Sumatra in your blend should be at least 50% of the coffee. i remind you that i have done this for many many years and have found Sumatra to be the absolute best "foundation" as it's a smooth heavy-bodied coffee with low acidity.

    don't forget to add a little acid and maybe a touch of whatever Vanilla beans available. but most importantly, USE YOUR NOSE!
    I'm doing this the next time I go to the market. Thank you!

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    Conservatory For Coffee, Tea & Cocoa in Culver City - quality beans and excellent variety.

    Blue Bottle Coffee - Amazing coffee. Highly recommended. You have to order online since they are in the Bay Area.


    I mainly use a manual drip pot for brewing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gescom View Post
    i do regular drip, press and espresso... it depends what i want.

    one of the interview questions at my old job was - do you like lager, stout or ale?

    there was only one "wrong" answer to that, and there was a very right "best" answer as well.
    All stouts are ales, not all ales are stouts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie View Post
    All stouts are ales, not all ales are stouts.
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    it's the second part that is the distinction which made the boss frame the question in that manner... end result is he could have listed every form of beer imaginable and the "wrong" answer would have been the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnholyGoalie View Post
    All stouts are ales, not all ales are stouts.
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    I have two coffee makers in my house. One is a Tassimo for when I want espresso or a regular o' cup of joe. The bad thing is that the coffee pods taste like crap. They used to have Seattle's Best blends, and they were really good. The problem is finding them consistently. I'm not about to go online and buy the damn stuff and wait a week to have semi-instant coffee. That's just dumb. So the wifey and I went to BBB and bought a legit coffee maker. This thing rocks. It has a timer so I just set it up at night and the aroma of fresh brewed coffee wakes me up if my three alarm apps on my iPhone all get shut off in my sleep.
    My choice of brew is Starbucks Pike Roast. I fell in love with this about three months ago and haven't been able to get enough of it. When I was in Paris they didn't have it, and their coffee just tasted like garbage anyway, so I couldn't wait to get home and have a proper cup of coffee. I like to buy it by the pound at Starbucks and have them grind it. Once I got my ratio down of grounds to water, it comes out perfect every time. I actually made a scoop out of an old fruit cup so that I wouldn't have to waste time with counting scoops (and in my tired state at night, I usually forgot how many scoops I had in the filter at about 4). I also took an old glass water bottle and marked the line where I need to stop so that I have the EXACT perfect ratio. Now, my stuff at home tastes the same as it does at Starbucks. This saves me $$$ and time.
    If I run out of Starbucks coffee I get the Don Franciso as others have mentioned. That stuff's really good too.
    The one thing I can't get into is the flavored stuff. After the initial rush of flavoring, it tastes like cardboard. The only one that this didn't happen was the Cinnabon flafored coffee that a buddy at work gave me. I decided to go all in and buy the Cinnabon flavored creamer as well. This was a truly spectacular cup of coffee. That is if you wanted it to taste like you were eating a cinnamon roll with your cup of coffee. Sadly, I haven't been able to find where he bought it and the many attempts to repeat this were met with failure.

    Anyway, I love Starbucks coffee and Jones Roasters in Pasadena.

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    Pikes is great but can never quite get it to taste at home the way it does at sb. Don Francisco is always good for a change up.

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    I grind my own whole beans fresh and use Peet's Major Dickensen's Blend. Get it at the market.

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