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Old 02-12-2018, 03:51 AM   #113
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I'm not a coffee snob. I had a Keurig for years until I cleaned it and it never worked again. The coffee was always too weak, but that's the price I paid for convenience.
Now, I've been getting my morning cup of coffee by using a french press. It's okay.
But let's be honest, I want the flavor of going to Starbuck's and ordering cup of Sumatra. Bold!
I can't get that at home. (no, Starbucks beans in the grocery store don't make the same cup as you get at Starbuck's locations.)

Anyone come close? What's your secret?
French press makes one of the finest cups of coffee you can get. You are 3/4 of the way there. Go to Starbucks, since you like their beans, and ask them to grind for french press. Adjust the amt. you put in the press depending on how strong you like it.
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Happy to report that this works... just provide your preferred method to boil the water... still fine tuning the grind but first few shots were better than anything else I have used. The home espresso machine is still a notch better, but this is very close to it. Happy camper.

You see a lot of parts because I got the kit that comes with two brewing heads. So that I can make hers and his quickly and then worry about clean up.

17 grams of coffee seems to be the right amount to leave the needed space for the top screen.

And once you are done, it stores all neatly inside the carrying case... compact enough to take anywhere.
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Old 02-12-2018, 05:32 AM   #115
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Both my wife and I are particularly fussy about our coffee. We have used French presses, pod types and a number of pour over types. All make good coffee if you learn to use them well. We are now on our favorite and perhaps final iteration of the coffee-on-the-go setup. We have used the single cup Moccamaster brewer for some 3 years now, both at home and on the road. The weak link was always finding the “grind” you wanted while on the road. At home we use our burr grinder but it was too large and messy to contemplate traveling with in our Bambi.
The company Handground utilized a Kickstarter campaign and they actually created the perfect solution for us! It has proven to be the perfect companion to our Cup One Coffeemaker and coffee has never ever been so consistently perfect!!!
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PS the photos of the grinder are of the coffeemaker and grinder this morning. As soon as I finish this post I will enjoy my second cup.
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Same here, 17 grams is perfect. I've got nothing to add seems like you are on it. Tuning the grind is everything for me.

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Happy to report that this works... just provide your preferred method to boil the water... still fine tuning the grind but first few shots were better than anything else I have used. The home espresso machine is still a notch better, but this is very close to it. Happy camper.

You see a lot of parts because I got the kit that comes with two brewing heads. So that I can make hers and his quickly and then worry about clean up.

17 grams of coffee seems to be the right amount to leave the needed space for the top screen.

And once you are done, it stores all neatly inside the carrying case... compact enough to take anywhere.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:39 AM   #117
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Well I have to say this is all about coffee preference so for us we ONLY use a percolator. I know there are a lot of arguments on the “best tasting coffee” and for most coffee is simply a passion while others it is a necessity and we just cannot “brew” a better cup of joe than with our percolator. Plus we can use it anywhere.

Here is the percolator we use:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...e?ie=UTF8&th=1

Here is the manual grinder we use:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

And the best piece of this is of course the coffee supplier... Coffee Bean Direct, especially for there flavored coffee beans:

https://www.coffeebeandirect.com/cof...ed-coffee.html

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I'm not a coffee snob. I had a Keurig for years until I cleaned it and it never worked again. The coffee was always too weak, but that's the price I paid for convenience.
Now, I've been getting my morning cup of coffee by using a french press. It's okay.
But let's be honest, I want the flavor of going to Starbuck's and ordering cup of Sumatra. Bold!
I can't get that at home. (no, Starbucks beans in the grocery store don't make the same cup as you get at Starbuck's locations.)

Anyone come close? What's your secret?
After visiting New Orleans years ago and tasting Cafe Du Monde I have never bought anything else. Used to buy it off the shelf for about $10 but now order online for about $6. My electric percolator makes it as bold as I like it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:18 AM   #119
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17 grams of coffee seems to be the right amount to leave the needed space for the top screen.
17 grams = 1/2 oz. of coffee. That means if I buy a 12 oz bag of coffee, I should expect to get 24 cups from it. I have this "scoop" that came with the french press, and I use three, but I have no idea how much.
I know in a french press, 4 oz constitutes a cup. In my book, a cup is 16 oz., so my 4 cup press makes one cup for me. I boil a 16 oz bottle of water, so it fills the press nicely.

I have this grinder, although I'd rather buy 'ground', for convenience.
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I drink shots of espresso... so anywhere from 1 or 2 oz (1:1 or 1:2 brewing ratio)

Here is what I have tried so far...
  • Vivace Dolce Espresso. I really like this one. Started buying this one roasted from Vivace... then bought some green that sat at home for almost a year... just recently started roasting at home. I like this one a lot. Looking forward to some day being able to drink some at their location in Seattle.
  • Zaza's (local Cuban restaurant that sell their espresso blend beans). The cuban colada taste amazing with this bean. This is what I buy locally when I run out of beans at home... I need to find something that I can roast at home that taste like this...
  • Red Bird Brazil Sweet Blue. Almost like drinking a cup of chocolate with coffee. Wife loves it with milk... I can drink one every so often. Although good, I got tired of it quickly... nothing wrong with it, just can't drink it every day.
  • Nossa Familia Full Cycle - This was a recommendation from Home-Barista website, along with the Caffe Lusso... It was not for me...
  • Caffe Lusso Gran Miscela Carmo - everyone raves about this one... I have not been able to get something as good as the top two on this list.
  • Lavazza Super Crema Espresso - first one I bought that got me a decent shot... wife loves it with milk. I no longer make this for me. Finishing what we have in my wife's lattes and will not be buying again. Not because I don't like it, just that I prefer the top two on this list for now.
  • Klatch WBC - yeah, could not figure out why... not something that I can say wow me...
  • Counter Culture La Golondrina (not my cup of tea... really, to me, it tasted like tea... wife loved it)
  • Koffe Kult Dark Roast - very dissapointed with this one... tasted just like that first test I did with the Starbucks French roast... gave it to my father-in-law to use in the Delonghi
  • Several from George Howell - my taste buds are not as refine to appreciate these...
  • Scarlet City Wrap Drive - got a chance to drink this at their location (Emeryville, CA) and took some roasted bean home. I can describe it as similar to the Vivace Dolce... for some reason, it did not last long... after the first day or two, I could not pull a decent shot. Not matter how fine the shot just ran fast...

Last week I order some roasted beans from Black Stripe Coffee out of Canada to try... his Espresso Vegreville Gold offering...

I need to learn more of what it is that I like... meaning, need to find out what that Zaza or that Vivace blend is made off, to buy those green beans by the 25lbs bag... and roast at home. I am okay sticking with one coffee bean.

I was planning to buy the sampler from Sweet Maria's... this will help me decipher what green beans to buy... I want to find something similar to the top two on my list.
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I have this grinder, although I'd rather buy 'ground', for convenience.
If that is a blade grinder, I suggest getting a burr grinder... it will improve the taste of you coffee...

Blades are inconsistent (you get powder coffee and coarse in the same grind), heats the coffee too much... it is really not good for your beans

Also, grinding fresh beans, just before making the coffee, improves the taste. For me at least
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We have the 2007 T1N and love our Cuisinart DCC-450BK 4-Cup Coffeemaker with Stainless-Steel Carafe. We use a small grinder and have enough coffee for two normal cups. The carafe is metal so no issues with breakage. Uses standard #2 cone filters. It has served us well for 2+ years. We keep it on the counter over the stove glass on a silicone mat to keep it from sliding. Under $50. Works for us!
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WACHUKO - when you order from Sweet Maria's get a couple lbs of the Ethiopique blend (green) and roast to FC+++ Makes amazing espresso. Best shots, for me, are with a 4 to 5 day rest. That's what we have on our two week trip and it just keeps getting better.
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WACHUKO - when you order from Sweet Maria's get a couple lbs of the Ethiopique blend (green) and roast to FC+++ Makes amazing espresso. Best shots, for me, are with a 4 to 5 day rest. That's what we have on our two week trip and it just keeps getting better.
Will do!! Thank you!!

I did ordered the sample kit. Let's see what they include in there. Maybe that is one of the ones they send...
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Regarding grinders you get what you pay for as all grinders are not created equally. IMO if one truly likes there coffee they should purchase a grinder that really allows for different size grinds especially if you brew espresso and drip or even use a French Press as they all take a different grind. On the road I use my Lido hand held grinder as it allows me to accurately set the grind for the style of coffee I intend to brew. Again just my opinion
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Regarding the type of bean that you like I would recommend you go to a local roaster as most are able to yo where they source their beans from and IMO more important when they roast their beans. My Roaster roasts weekly so I always know the blend and it’s freshness
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