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Old 05-01-2015, 08:01 AM   #379
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Back in the late sixtys and early seventys we had a couple of what we called coffee houses near the Kent State campus. Good coffee, black beans and rice and someone playing guitar in the corner. My God that was a long time ago. Sorry for the hijack. Peace,jim
Gosh, I was thinking about the early 60's...in a classmates basement apartment, coffee, other items, and music..... then Milwaukee in 1965, and finally NC in late 60's....

Excuse me, I now have to go find my "I have fallen and can't get up" button.
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Old 05-01-2015, 08:09 AM   #380
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I forgot about all the smoke in these places! Not like today, at least in Florida. I haven't been up! like I was in those days for years and years.
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Old 05-17-2015, 02:45 AM   #381
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Continued hijack: Yeah, man, those coffeehouses were groovy
Un-hijack: On vacation now in a Kauai timeshare: could not get the moho over here reasonably, but I brought My Aeropress and some fresh Peet's coffee. The second morning I poured in the water, stirred the grounds and then got busy with other things. A few minutes later I found that most of the water had dripped down so I did not have to press out the brew.

Because of the extended water-to-grounds time the brew had more caffeine, knocked me back briefly the first time, great buzz, kind of like those multiple double espressos in the coffee houses years ago.

Now that is SOP: pour in the water, then slice the bread for the toaster and other prep items while gravity does the work.
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Old 05-17-2015, 06:11 AM   #382
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My problem with the aero press is that it drips too fast- unless I use two filters.

Wait a minute- you brought coffee to Hawaii??? Can you say "Kona"?


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Old 05-17-2015, 06:55 AM   #383
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Listen to your friends Wayne and Sam.
If you adore coffee, then I recommend to do the bulk of your souvenir shopping at the ABC store or Safeway. OH that Kona Coffee and a Macadamia Nut Sticky Bun. Pure Heaven.
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Old 05-17-2015, 02:29 PM   #384
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My problem with the aero press is that it drips too fast- unless I use two filters. ...

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Just use a finer grind. Preferred contact time with the water is something like 20 seconds. If you grind to Ethopian fineness the paper filters will plug and extract will not be possible. I grind to about an expresso fineness, and can keep contact with with the water to a little over 20 seconds. Much longer than that and you begin to extract some of the bitter oils.
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Old 05-17-2015, 03:25 PM   #385
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I also enjoy Kona Coffee, but it is now getting to be very expensive, upwards of 30 dollars a pound or more. Most of what you see in the ABC stores and here back in the States is a blend of which only about 10% is Kona Coffee.
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Old 05-17-2015, 04:12 PM   #386
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Simple bliss...

After decades of grinding my own premium beans every morning, I finally grew tired of the process... and discovered that the K-cup brewers can make a fantastic tasting cup of coffee... quite surprising to me.

I drink coffee and tea. My wife drinks tea, cocoa, and other brewed beverages.

We discovered the Bunn MyCafe, single cup brewer. It's simple. Fast. Extremely convenient. Versatile. 4 drawers you can use depending on how and what you want to brew: K-cup, Coffee pouch, raw grind, and hot-water. It has a pulse mode which injects a little water at a time into the K-cup, let's it brew for a few seconds, then a little more, then some brew, then a little more. It extends the K-cup brewing time from a once-through all at once, to pulses. Great for tea. I don't find the pulse mode needed for great coffee. The coffee from it is great and the tea, not bad.

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Old 05-17-2015, 04:27 PM   #387
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DHart - that's interesting, I hadn't heard of that machine.

Do you have a favorite k-cup?

I find the San Francisco Bay (I think that's the brand) k-cups are the best. Instead of the plastic cup usually associated with the pods, the bottom of their "cup" is almost like a fabric coffee filter. I love the convenience of the Keurig but found all the plastic k-cups have one "flavor note" that is consistent across all brands and I'm guessing it's the plastic.
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DHart - that's interesting, I hadn't heard of that machine.

Do you have a favorite k-cup?

I find the San Francisco Bay (I think that's the brand) k-cups are the best. Instead of the plastic cup usually associated with the pods, the bottom of their "cup" is almost like a fabric coffee filter. I love the convenience of the Keurig but found all the plastic k-cups have one "flavor note" that is consistent across all brands and I'm guessing it's the plastic.
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As you probably know, Bunn "knows from coffee". And their little MyCafe is compact, versatile, and brews great coffee from a variety of packaged and raw methods. I think it's a great, compact, convenient way to make coffee/tea/cocoa/other brews in the close quarters of an RV. And every cup is fresh-brewed... no carafe sitting around losing flavor every minute it sits on the burner.

I have found several that I really like. And I'm quite surprised at how good the coffee from these easy K-cups can be. Not quite as good as grinding your own, but very good - good enough, anyway, and so incredibly convenient, quick, and easy that I don't bother with grinding anymore - especially when on-the-road.

K-Cups I'm currently rotating, depending on the mood of the day:

Peets Cafe Domingo
Starbucks Rwanda Rift Valley
Green Mountain Nantucket Blend
Green Mountain Three Continent Blend
Starbucks Veranda Blend

If you like Dark Roasts, Peets has some that is about as good as it gets.

I will definitely give the San Francisco Bay brand a try!
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I have to say that one qualifier for "Good coffeemaker" should be ease of setup. I am a coffee freak and have three makers in my AS. I usually go with the Via Venezia but it gets old dragging it out and setting it up. I still find that aeropress pretty cool.

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mine does not drip at all. The extraction begins when I start pressing and counting. We should have an aero press brewing convention!

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Most of what you see in the ABC stores and here back in the States is a blend of which only about 10% is Kona Coffee.
I do not know about ABC stores but you are correct on the percentage; however, you can find bags that list the percentage. When we went to Hawaii they had it actually separated by percentage in one store. I got 100%. I found it really gave me a buzz and often a headache. Powerful stuff.

On coffee taste: We had a "coffee" at my house a few years ago. There were several coffees represented- Asian, African, South American, etc. I learned that my favorites were South American. It was carmel-like with deep coffee flavoring. The one Mexican blend someone had from Starbucks was good- low acid. Interestingly the Asian ones had an earthy almost dirt-like taste to me while the African/Middle Easterns were fruity or woody. We had about 4 blends per region. Most everyone liked the S.A. or African the best.
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Good coffee maker for a trailer?

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Continued hijack: Yeah, man, those coffeehouses were groovy
Un-hijack: On vacation now in a Kauai timeshare: could not get the moho over here reasonably, but I brought My Aeropress and some fresh Peet's coffee. The second morning I poured in the water, stirred the grounds and then got busy with other things. A few minutes later I found that most of the water had dripped down so I did not have to press out the brew.

Because of the extended water-to-grounds time the brew had more caffeine, knocked me back briefly the first time, great buzz, kind of like those multiple double espressos in the coffee houses years ago.

Now that is SOP: pour in the water, then slice the bread for the toaster and other prep items while gravity does the work.

Hi Terra Yacht,

If you are still lucky enough to be in Kauai ( our favorite island ).... recommend stopping by Kauai Coffee Co. http://kauaicoffee.com/our-hawaiian-coffees/ just west of Poipu.
We always stop in after our first morning breakfast for a visit, tasting on their deck and purchase coffee for our Kauai stay.
Particularly enjoy their seasonal Peaberry coffees if you enjoy medium roast....highly recommend!

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This is the Bunn Single-Cup brewing machine and the Breville Tea Brewer. We have the Bunn on a separate base that is on rollers, so you can roll the MyCafe toward you for use and roll it back toward the wall when not in use.

There are so many tasty things you can brew with the K-Cup design that we keep a selection of our favorites on hand with this rotating holder on the left.

The silver base with slots in it can be removed for brewing into a tall cup.

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Hi Terra Yacht,

If you are still lucky enough to be in Kauai ( our favorite island ).... recommend stopping by Kauai Coffee Co. Hawaiian Coffee | 100% Kauai Coffees | Blue Mountain Coffee | Peaberry Coffee just west of Poipu.
We always stop in after our first morning breakfast for a visit, tasting on their deck and purchase coffee for our Kauai stay.
Particularly enjoy their seasonal Peaberry coffees if you enjoy medium roast....highly recommend!

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We are in Poipu and went by Kauai Coffee on Friday, hope to get there later this week.

Keys to good coffee are freshness: how long since the beans were roasted, and how long since they were ground. One of the obsessive coffee shop owners (Blue Bottle coffee) was asked about the maximum desirable time between grinding and brewing, and he suggested "about 10 seconds." I didn't bring a grinder, but the pound of Peet's Ethiopian was roasted the week before I bought them.

I prefer the fresh taste and dark roast from my local Peet's stores but look forward to another local brew.

I saw a little shiny metal trailer that was set up to sell food, like most are these days, will try and get a photo of it this week.
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