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Old 08-01-2012, 07:27 PM   #15
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I am a coffee lover. I haven't boon docked yet but I have equipped the stream with a Bodum classic french press and used it several times during my shakedown camping experience this spring. The electric burr grinder is necessary (to me). It makes good coffee BUT last week there was a sale on uh hum, espresso machines; and one jumped out at me. Yes it uses power but its quick! Probably not a boon dock item at 900 watts but hey, that is what generators are for! I will say that after spending the week measuring the cabinets and talking to Whole Latte and Seattle Coffee, there are a few that potentially fit in our campers if you want fresh espresso coffee products not from a pod. The Gaggia Classic semi auto is small but has an aluminum boiler (easier to corrode - HA!) and the Saeco Via Venezia with a stainless boiler. There are also two new models by both companies that are also cheaper but they lack some elements like a brass portafilter or metal body - the Gaggia Espresso or Saeco Poemia. The Saecos aren't fussy about the grind. They last a long time. I have owned one for 12 years that was used in a restaurant for three years before that but unfortunately it is too big for the stream so a small new one was fitting.
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Old 08-01-2012, 08:59 PM   #16
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Is just me or does French Press just release too much acidic oil in the coffee? I love the concept but every cup I've ever had from a French Press was nothing to write home about... maybe I was doing something wrong.
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:07 PM   #17
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Oh boy, now all of these posts have got me thinkin'... what to do about my mornin' cup of joe...
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Dana/Olga: The secret to good French Press coffee is to use fresh beans just short of a dark roast with a medium grind. The fresher the better. Also do not use rolling boiling water, that is what brings out the acids that you find objectionable. Grounds go in, add water, stir and let sit for 3 or 4 minutes (too taste) and press. Enjoy!
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:14 PM   #19
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Dana/Olga: The secret to good French Press coffee is to use fresh beans just short of a dark roast with a medium grind. The fresher the better. Also do not use rolling boiling water, that is what brings out the acids that you find objectionable. Grounds go in, add water, stir and let sit for 3 or 4 minutes (too taste) and press. Enjoy!
Thanks.. may have to give it another try. We have a Cuisinart coffee maker at home that makes almost as good coffee as our Bunn used to. but i got tired of the Bunn water tank leaking after a few years.

right now we are using a little 5 cup coffee maker in the AS but have found that it makes Dunkin Dark Roast reasonably well.
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Is just me or does French Press just release too much acidic oil in the coffee? I love the concept but every cup I've ever had from a French Press was nothing to write home about... maybe I was doing something wrong.
As others have already posted, the grind and water are important. I would comment that the grind and coffee type is most important. French press coffee is better with a coarse grind that is not too oily. Lavazza Super Crema is a great coffee for french press.
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AeroPress supposedly makes close to a top rated cup of coffee -- and that's a problem for some -- it makes coffee a cup at a time. But I follow the AeroPress recommendation to use approx 180 water and I've seen more consistent results from my French press. I bring a teapot to a boil and then let it set 3-4 minutes -- close enough for me. That and a coarse grind doesn't give me an oily cup at all.

Medical press releases annoy me but I choose to believe the one I heard that coffee oils may actually be healthful. That suggestion and $5 will get you a latte at FourBucks.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:43 AM   #22
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Yeah, that is pretty funny, Purman. What sort of [home] bean roaster and would you recommend it to others? I'm tired of my drip maker, yet am resisting the Keurig at present (not that I really want to hijack thread, just learn the name of a quality piece of cookware or appliance) as I don't really want another electrical appliance aboard the TT.

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I use this roaster: Nesco pro Nesco Pro 800-watt Coffee Bean Roaster | Overstock.com

I want this roaster: New Hottop Digital Home Coffee Roaster KN-8828B-2-K on eBay!

The Nesco works great and does a good job of dark and light roast, or in between. But it only does a 1/3 of a pound at a time..

The hottop will do 1/2 pound there are others also. You can't beat fresh roasted beans. Beans loose flavor after a week of being roasted.
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Is just me or does French Press just release too much acidic oil in the coffee? I love the concept but every cup I've ever had from a French Press was nothing to write home about... maybe I was doing something wrong.
Maybe you have twisted taste buds?
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cup of hot water, stove or microwave. spoon of instant. sometimes we use the perc. from goodwill. Use a Kuerig in the office. Like the instant just as well.
cheap coffee, cheap wine with a great view and a trout stream suits me fine. I splurge on the fly rods and the flies.
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cup of hot water, stove or microwave. spoon of instant. sometimes we use the perc. from goodwill. Like the instant just as well.
cheap coffee, cheap wine with a great view and a trout stream suits me fine. I splurge on the fly rods and the flies.
I'm with Bill. Even take it to the point of throwing the coffee and a few eggshells in the pot and drinking with my teeth close together
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I'm with Bill. Even take it to the point of throwing the coffee and a few eggshells in the pot and drinking with my teeth close together
That's funny. Egg shells?
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That's funny. Egg shells?
The old timers when boiling coffee would always throw in egg shells as it is supposed to help settle the grounds to the bottom. Not sure why.
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That's funny. Egg shells?
Eggshells are alkaline, coffee is acidic. Alkaline neutralizes acid. Two eggshells per pot is about right; more is a waste, less won't do the job. We didn't need eggshells where I grew up in southwest Oklahoma. The water already had enough dissolved calcium (which is alkaline) that we got the same effect with plain water.

Caveat: Use fresh, raw egg shells, rinsed clean and crushed into moderately-sized flakes (not crushed to powder). Do not use the shells from boiled eggs. Eggshells from boiled eggs contain sulfur compounds which can flavor the coffee.
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