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Old 03-04-2008, 01:42 PM   #99
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It sure seems that there is a pattern here on the type of maker; percolator seems to be up front not far behind french press, but most important which coffee brand are folks using? Buying beans or grounds?
Grounds baby, nutt'n but "fresh" grounds.

The finer the grind the better the coffee, thru that Chemex filter>>
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I use a lexan french press that I purchased for backpack camping. It makes superb coffee. Because I am always the first up by at least an hour or two, I hate to make any noise or turn on any lights, so, I prepare everything the night before. I'm always anxious to get outside and see the sunrise, so I turn on the teakettle, walk the dogs, pour the water into the press, bring it (it's unbreakable) outside, press it when it is ready, then pour it into an insulated carafe. Then I can stroll down to the edge of the lake..................It keeps hot for a few hours. (It never lasts that long, though!)
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Old 03-04-2008, 02:02 PM   #101
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It sure seems that there is a pattern here on the type of maker; percolator seems to be up front not far behind french press, but most important which coffee brand are folks using? Buying beans or grounds?
Rick & Sandi--Beans all the way.......My favorites are Kirkland's House Blend (a Starbucks-roasted product) or the Kirkland Guatemalan Beans. (The Best!!!! I can't get them anymore at Costco, though.) If I bring these, I grind enough for the week or weekend before I go. If I don't have time, I bring Green Mountain Coffee Roasters house blend, but it just isn't as rich as I like.

Has anyone tried the hand crank backpacker's coffee bean grinder? I purchased one for a backpacking trip a few years ago, but it just doesn't grind them fine enough.....and it's ALOT of work!
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Old 03-04-2008, 03:41 PM   #102
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Has anyone tried the hand crank backpacker's coffee bean grinder? I purchased one for a backpacking trip a few years ago, but it just doesn't grind them fine enough.....and it's ALOT of work!
Mom bought us another Cuisinart electric grinder for the AS but I would like to see your handcranker! We don't always have 110 when we camp.
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Prefer beans, ground of coarse, very week coffee if you don't
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:16 PM   #104
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Coffee Brand: Peet's Peet's Peet's. We usually pack 10 pounds to take with us on vacation in the summer. We get it ground because we go through so much and keep it in the freezer. I used to buy beans and use an English Spong hand grinder, which was great but sooooo slow. We use the same grind for our Rowenta drip machine as for our Gaggia expresso machine. I used to work at a espresso place near UC Berkeley, and we're kind of coffee fetishists.
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Coffee Brand: Peet's Peet's Peet's. We usually pack 10 pounds to take with us on vacation in the summer. We get it ground because we go through so much and keep it in the freezer. I used to buy beans and use an English Spong hand grinder, which was great but sooooo slow. We use the same grind for our Rowenta drip machine as for our Gaggia expresso machine. I used to work at a espresso place near UC Berkeley, and we're kind of coffee fetishists.
Peet's is a really good coffee. I also like Tully's. We used to get Spinelli's shipped to us from San Francisco on a regular basis. Once Tully's bought out Spinelli's we quit getting it.

As for beans... we uses to have a burr grinder and ground it fresh for every pot. We finally got tired of the mess on the counter and got rid of it.
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Question: Any favorite coffees for a percolator? If we use the same brand that we use in our standard coffee pot in the house, it's just not as good. My parents used to use a percolator when they camped and I remember it tasted pretty good...so it's the coffee not the device.
We swear by Trader Joe's Italian roast, perk grind. The best coffee we've ever had, and a constant item on our boondocking trips. Percolator never fails us either! To get the most flavor from the coffee/percolator combination, you may have to experiment with perking time. For a "six-cup" volume of coffee, we get great results with 10-15 min. of perking (after the perking starts). Good luck; there's nothing like watching the sunrise with a great cup 'o joe!
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Beans are nice but we dry camp alot w/o a generator so I always pack my pre-ground Starbucks coffee.

Starbucks + french press = strong coffee
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I just can't do the French Press thing... Need my coffee HOT
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I just can't do the French Press thing... Need my coffee HOT
With a french press, you can make coffee as HOT as you like. It is dependent upon how much you heat up the water. A couple of tips:

1) Use an insulated press, if possible
2) Pre-heat the press with hot water from the tap while you are waiting for the water to boil

The coffee from my press is so hot it would burn my mouth if I drank it right away.
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Yup, I just pre-heat the press and it makes extremely hot coffee.

I like the Kirkland Guatemalan beans too, and one of our local grocery stores (H.E.B. for those who know Texas) does a nice job with their store varieties as well.

But if you want to buy pre-ground for the sake of convenience, then I've seldom had better than Community Coffee. It's from Louisiana and you can find it many places in the South.
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I just can't do the French Press thing... Need my coffee HOT
Right-on.

Hot,strong and black!!!
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Right-on.

Hot,strong and black!!!
You got that right, When it cools, get more
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