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How often do you drink coffee?

NEVER!! :evil:
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Once in a while
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10%
Most days of the week
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Every day, at least once
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Hold on, I'm making more right now... :oops:
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Wed Jun 10, 2020 7:11 pm

If you like weak coffee, you might consider the "cans". The post-war change in US coffee was not just the kind of coffee (less arabica, more robusta) and the percolators, it was also a significantly more dilute brew. All goes together - the best arabica coffee these days is evaluated for how it's going to taste at ca. 2 tbsp / 6 oz., and people who dilute it in a lot more water are kind of wasting their money. Folgers says 1 tbsp, for "regular" coffee, and if that's where you are, maybe their coffee is for you.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby GC » Wed Jun 10, 2020 10:21 pm

Why would anyone like weak coffee?
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:33 pm

GC wrote:I drink their coffee at home, but at the stores it's way, way too strong.

GC wrote:Why would anyone like weak coffee?


I sure don't know. It's hard to even figure out what people like. I can't remember ever experiencing "too strong" coffee, it's hard for me to even imagine how such a thing could be.

But the story I've heard, is that the Navy liked it, because the boys could drink gallons of it and sweat it out down in the engine room, and not have fits from too much caffeine. Most of them came home, with an acquired taste for weak coffee.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby GC » Thu Jun 11, 2020 12:04 am

I've gotten black coffee so strong from my local Sbux that was as strong a concentrate for cold brew. I generally have them put about an inch and a half of ice in the bottom to thin it and get it cool enough to drink immediately. Everybody's got their own taste. When I make coffee for other people they generally like it, or are too polite to go "THIS SUX!"

The navy story is interesting. I can see how that would work.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby dgpretzel » Thu Jun 11, 2020 1:49 pm

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BopEuph wrote:They overroast their beans to the point that it tastes like it's burnt.


I have always agreed with this. And yet I must have gotten used to it, because now the regular coffee I get other places just tastes like hot colored water. I do NOT get a real coffee flavor out of typical coffee.

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Hence, "Charbucks", as that firm is known by many.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby nworbekim » Thu Jun 11, 2020 3:23 pm

i found some starbuck pods that say they're twice the caffeine as regular...
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Re: Coffee?

Postby bort » Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:25 pm

The most coffee I've ever drank...

It was 5 years ago today. My wife was in labor with our first son (ended up being about 40 hours of labor :shock:), his birthday is tomorrow, but we were at the hospital for probably close to 2 full days before he was born. My wife made it clear that if she was going to be awake, so would I. Her room was directly across the hall from the break room... I'm pretty sure I drank an entire box of K-cups during that time. And only stopped because they ran out.

My son was born, it was a glorious and happy day (in the middle of the night). They wouldn't let me stay overnight, so I had to leave the hospital around 3am, and could come back at 6am. I completely crashed when I got home, and woke up around 8am to my phone ringing non-stop and my wife asking where I was.

Good times. Thanks, coffee.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Fri Jun 12, 2020 9:22 am

GC wrote:I've gotten black coffee so strong from my local Sbux that was as strong a concentrate for cold brew. I generally have them put about an inch and a half of ice in the bottom to thin it and get it cool enough to drink immediately.


People who are coffee enthusiasts like we're tuba enthusiasts, often will seek out some alternative to Starbucks - in their home town, but when out in the previously unexplored world, they're a safe bet, because no matter where you go, they're remarkably consistent. The very same whether you're in downtown Seattle, the Miami airport, inside a grocery store in a small town in upstate NY, etc. Used to be that way, anyway. That makes them a shining beacon when for example you may have found yourself in a locality where people customarily brew their coffee real weak.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Doug Elliott » Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:09 am

I always make it a point to check out the local coffee shops when I'm travelling. I wish I actually kept a list, but two that stand out are Kaffeine Coffee in Indianapolis, and Arusha Coffee in Belton TX. In case any of you guys are familiar with them.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:55 pm

This is an absurd tangent, but as luck would have it, these packages of yerba mate appeared on my doorstep this afternoon, and I'm here to tell you, it is now less of a mystery why it's a popular drink in South America. (The stuff I've had before reminded me for some reason of an army surplus store.) Legitimate tangent because it has caffeine - also theobromine and theophylline, as in chocolate and tea respectively, but more caffeine and less of the others. Might be something to look into, for those who don't like strong tasting coffee or beer - it's real mild.

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Re: Coffee?

Postby Rick Denney » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:16 am

nworbekim wrote:i found some starbuck pods that say they're twice the caffeine as regular...


I don't think so, though they obviously put something highly addictive in them--maybe cocaine.

But all their coffee uses arabica beans, and robusta beans usually have more caffeine for a given strength, at least as I understand it. So, the thin percolated coffee from Folgers and Maxwell House may actually have more caffeine than Starbucks, despite being thinner and lacking much flavor.

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Re: Coffee?

Postby bloke » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:19 am

I'm trying to wean myself off...

As an example, so far today (now: 9 A.M.) I've only had about 1-1/2 quarts.

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Re: Coffee?

Postby Rick Denney » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:22 am

Donn wrote:
GC wrote:I've gotten black coffee so strong from my local Sbux that was as strong a concentrate for cold brew. I generally have them put about an inch and a half of ice in the bottom to thin it and get it cool enough to drink immediately.


People who are coffee enthusiasts like we're tuba enthusiasts, often will seek out some alternative to Starbucks - in their home town, but when out in the previously unexplored world, they're a safe bet, because no matter where you go, they're remarkably consistent. The very same whether you're in downtown Seattle, the Miami airport, inside a grocery store in a small town in upstate NY, etc. Used to be that way, anyway. That makes them a shining beacon when for example you may have found yourself in a locality where people customarily brew their coffee real weak.


Back before the pandemic, I often got coffee at a little independent shop in the nearby town, which is just down the street from Starbucks. But the reason is that it was more of a living-room atmosphere and everyone who goes there knows each other, from the high-school kids to the guy I usually chatted with--a retired Wall Street trader. Of course, "living-room atmosphere" is incompatible with social distancing, and though they are serving take-out, they are taking a hit. I buy coffee there is often as I can. But I have to say that I prefer the stronger taste of Starbucks. And whatever they add to make it addictive.

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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:31 am

Caffeine content is not particularly a constant in arabica beans. It's rarely so much different that I notice it, but it has been that weak sometimes in Ethiopian origins, and that strong in Brazilian. Starbucks may have a vague idea how much caffeine they're getting in their blends, if they work as hard at consistency as I think they do, but if they are guaranteeing a double dose for this other product, I suspect they're spiking it.

The "cans" used to use robusta, but they depend on heavy processing for their consistency, and they can and do use whatever's cheap. I believe these days they use more arabica than they used to. Illy on the other hand, may following Italian tradition still use a certain amount of robusta for taste and body.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby ken k » Fri Jun 26, 2020 10:30 pm

I have been making cold brew every morning, and let it steep till the next morning. I warm some up to drink with breakfast, the rest I drink cold though out the day. I put whipped cream in the hot coffee, and almond milk in the cold, no sugar (that is what the donut or cookie is for....) The cold brew is less acidic, and I usually make "half-caf." Also much cheaper than buying it at DD or SB.

People have been touting the health benefits and/or detriments of coffee for decades. I figure for as long as people have been drinking it, someone would have figured out if it were bad for you by now. While it may not be good for you, it probably isn't all that bad either....

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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:14 pm

It's definitely good for you.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby GC » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:49 am

Too much can cause you problems if you're caffeine sensitive or if you have an acid-sensitive stomach, but there are ways around both of them. Research has come up with a fair number of benefits over the last few years, which definitely made me happy. A couple of decades ago it was considered less good for your health, but that was around the era when fat-free diets thought to be good.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Ace » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:17 pm

PEET'S coffee company, headquartered in Berkeley, started in the 1960's and quickly became a local favorite.  They have now expanded to several states and may be headed toward national availability.  This is strong coffee with a great taste.  I first tried the product in the late 1970's when I bought a large container of PEET's whilst my wife and I were on our way to a Cal vs Iowa basketball game.  After consuming that coffee I felt as if I could go out onto the court and single-handedly defeat Iowa.   I couldn't sleep that night and did a lot of "dribbling".
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Re: Coffee?

Postby Donn » Sat Jun 27, 2020 4:30 pm

That's where the Starbucks founders learned to roast their beans just short of cinders.
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Re: Coffee?

Postby tubeast » Wed Jul 01, 2020 3:59 am

Life is too short to have bad coffee.

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Variation of different coffee brands, beans and roast types specified for portafilter brewing.
I have no preferences, just try to avoid cheap junk and occasionally grant local micro-roasters some revenue.
This is set to work only on weekends so I have time to set the thing to work and appreciate the product.

At work I have the choice of three Systems, mentioned in order of increasing appreciation/frequency of use:
- Nespresso tabs (Ugh!!)
- instant coffee from vending machine (the type that is subject to generic Slapstick on Police TV-Series from 70s and 80s)
- automatic Espresso brewer with integrated "grind per serving" mill. Best variant, closest to workplace, gets frequented about 4 times a day.
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