Coffee love

Nick Goracke

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My setup is pretty simple.

Aeropress
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Freshly roasted beans from Dunn Bros.
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Baratza Encore grinder
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When I first got serious about improving my coffee quality, a friend recommended the Aeropress to me. I initially blew it off because it looked like a gimmick. After spending some time on the coffeegeek forums reading countless positive reviews, I decided to give it a shot, and I'm really really happy with it. I prefer the coffee I make with it (using the same beans and a worse grinder) to the coffee my local Dunn Bros. make.

Fresh whole beans, however, are the single biggest improvement I made to my home-made coffee.

For years, I bought Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou Coffee, and other store brands at the grocery store and never thought much of it. I often bought pre-ground coffee too because it seemed more convenient. I couldn't taste the difference between various origin beans or blends or roasts unless they were side-by-side.

The first time I purchased fresh roasted beans, ground enough for 1 cup of coffee in my crappy little 1970's blade-grinder (which I received as a joke secret santa gift), and put it through my just-purchased Aeropress... it was amazing! Coffee went from being a caffeine laced, bitter drink that I paired with sweet desserts or breakfast to something that was really tasty on its own. I've tried going back to pre-ground beans or grocery store-bought whole beans multiple times (freshly roasted beans cost ~2x more and require an extra stop), and I just can't do it - the difference is overwhelming. It's not just me, either - everyone who has a cup of coffee at my house will (unprovoked) comment on how much better it is than what they normally drink.

I don't know why this surprised me. I'm not shocked when a fresh strawberry tastes better than a frozen one. I don't prefer freeze-dried fish to fresh. And I don't let meat sit in my fridge for weeks expecting the flavor to not degrade.

The grinder... I dunno. I honestly can't taste the difference between different grind settings, but it looks nice and is much, much cleaner and quieter than the old one. Eventually, I want to brew my own espresso, and I'm sure the finer settings will be necessary then.

Speaking of espresso, I really really want this machine (manual sounds fun, and it just looks so awesome).

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Lovecraft0110

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I am sipping a doppio made with this:

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Great machine, inexpensive but well put together. Has great reviews from people who have them in offices and such, very reliable.

This is my brand of choice:

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I'm totally addicted! :D
 

Adderall

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I have used this thread to order some beans and see what I like.


lately I just make a few of these per day:

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I'm not using the steamer because it's hot outside...
 

StevenK

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The smell of freshly ground coffee is one of the greatest smells on earth. Unfortunately despite trying repeatedly I hate the taste so don't touch it at all. Same with fried mushrooms and pipe tobacco.
 

cannonball

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We just downgraded to the bottom of the barrel k-cups at work. Walgreens brand and they smell like burnt popcorn after brewing.
 

Average Joe

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i've been meaning to get into better ways of brewing

i personally love a good cup of coffee but i never put real thought into making it

i have a Keurig and always start the morning off with a cup (i've tried just about every type of K-Cup i can find locally) and then another when i get home from work (or just in the afternoon if i'm off)

i like the setup Nick has, especially the Aeropress

i'd probably still use the Keurig in the morning since i work real early hours, but i'd definitely like to spend time making a quality cup in the afternoon
 

goombakid

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I also got one of these machines from my in-laws. The discs are awesome and all, brews a perfect latte and all, but the discs were getting pricey. I'm enjoying my drip coffee, ATM, but I'd always want to add an espresso shot to my coffee in the morning.
 

FilthyRear

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Pictures of coffee makers

my coffee maker is made by cuisinart and it cost me $40 at walmart. it shits on all y'alls coffee makers. im happy with it.
 

cannonball

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My hario mini mill arrived today. That thing is awesome. Grinds like a champ and comes apart so easily to wash. What setting do you use chipperkwah for doing coarse grind? I tried 10 clicks from fully closed and it seemed to work well for the french press.

I know you have a different model, but how long does the burr usually last before needing to be replaced?
 

Normdog

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If I’m in a hurry, sometimes I’ll make some coffee with this stuff


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Heinz

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I mostly drink freeze dried coffee, Moccona medium roast.
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Alright it's not REAL coffee but its better than a lot of others. I've got a Breville Percolator for when I want real coffee.
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skam

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I've been through quite a few different coffee makers but I always end up going back to the Aeropress. Right now I use that with a Dualit burr grinder for when I'm making one just for myself, then if I'm making for others I'll brew in an Espro press pot.
 
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