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    Making Coffee

    I used to use a French Press. Then I used a coffee maker. I'd end up making and drinking too much.

    I tries the single cup drip funnels. They were messy with the wet filters and required more coffee to make a good cup.

    Now I put a cup of water in a Pyrex cup. Add coffee and stir. Then microwave for 5 minutes. I let sit for a minute and then drain through a stainless steel screen that was meant for kitchen sink drains.

    Minimizes the amount of coffee I use and I get the same brew every time. Easy cleanup, rinse in the sink.

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    I've been using a french press for about seven years now, more recently a stove top as well. Oddly enough my grinder (Baratza Virtuoso) is the most expensive piece of equipment I own, next to that it'd be a programmable kettle with a french press setting.

    When I initially got into grinding my own beans I had a pretty mediocre grinder, took me a long time to bite the bullet on an upgrade. Expensive (think it was just shy of 400 CDN), but it's a flawless grinder, and will likely last me well over a decade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Minimizes the amount of coffee I use and I get the same brew every time. Easy cleanup, rinse in the sink.
    Guess people have different priorities. I buy freshly roasted, unground beans. Can't imagine microwaving coffee making it taste very good, but if you were using something like grocery store grind then.. meh.

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    In the past I used Pete's. Tully's Starbucks and others.

    Now I use good old Maxwell House Columbian grocery store coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    In the past I used Pete's. Tully's Starbucks and others.

    Now I use good old Maxwell House Columbian grocery store coffee.
    I'm doomed to drink expensive coffee. I've been drinking it for so long now that the sheen's worn off, but when I've tried to switch back to cheaper varieties I find it undrinkable.

    For most people this isn't a problem because they add cream and sugar, which is how you make it palatable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    In the past I used Pete's. Tully's Starbucks and others.

    Now I use good old Maxwell House Columbian grocery store coffee.
    I'm doomed to drink expensive coffee. I've been drinking it for so long now that the sheen's worn off, but when I've tried to switch back to cheaper varieties I find it undrinkable.

    For most people this isn't a problem because they add cream and sugar, which is how you make it palatable.
    Black no cream or sugar. There are coffees I find undrinkable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by steve_bank View Post
    In the past I used Pete's. Tully's Starbucks and others.

    Now I use good old Maxwell House Columbian grocery store coffee.
    I'm doomed to drink expensive coffee. I've been drinking it for so long now that the sheen's worn off, but when I've tried to switch back to cheaper varieties I find it undrinkable.

    For most people this isn't a problem because they add cream and sugar, which is how you make it palatable.
    Black no cream or sugar. There are coffees I find undrinkable.
    To be fair undrinkable was a bit strong, I could drink grocery brand. But compared to freshly roasted beans it's a bit harsh, as tea-bags are to loose leaf tea.

    About a month ago I tried drinking a Tim Horton's coffee black.. that was undrinkable.

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    For many many years I have been grinding coffee beans with a cheap spinning blade grinder which produced mostly powder. I used a drip filter to keep the powder out of the coffee. Then thanks to a thread on these boards some months ago (thanks Rousseau) I learned about burr grinders and the idea of spending more than $15 for a grinder was presented to me. The result – I am now the very happy owner of a Baratza Encore (perhaps their starter model?). I drink French press on Sunday mornings when I make brunch for the Missus but for day to day I use a drip machine.

    Recently my old Krups filter machine broke down after many years faithful service and I replaced it with a Bunn. My review of the Bunn tends to be mixed. It brews a pot of coffee in 3 minutes, which is its claim to fame, but does so by keeping a tank of water hot all the time. Since I drink half a pot a day, this means the water is always a day old, sitting in the machine and keeping hot.

    However it payed off over the recent holiday when my daughter, son, and son-in-law visited for five days, all coffee drinkers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tharmas View Post
    The result – I am now the very happy owner of a Baratza Encore (perhaps their starter model?). I drink French press on Sunday mornings when I make brunch for the Missus but for day to day I use a drip machine.
    Glad to hear something I wrote here was of some use. The Encore is their entry-level model, but more entry-level to what coffee snobs would consider standard, rather than the sub 100 dollar category (which the snobs would avoid at all costs). When I was searching it had great reviews, but the Virtuoso was better for espresso so I indulged.

    Before that I was using one of these for a good long while, which was passable, but it made an uneven grind and produced a lot of dust, which the Virtuoso doesn't do at all.

    As an aside the guy who pointed me to Baratza Grinders gave me some espresso maker recommendations recently, too:

    Breville BES840CBXL Infuser Espresso Machine
    Gaggia Classic Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker.

    I go back and forth about it but so far haven't pulled the trigger on either of these. My stove-top makes pretty good strong coffee, will never break down, and is only about 25 bucks to replace. If I buy an espresso maker that's pretty much the point of no return when it comes to expenses. There's that and I also switched to half-decaf recently, so really what's the point of espresso.

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    No love for AeroPress? That's my go-to these days. I also have a French press and a drip machine that sprays the water on the grinds in a pourover-esque way apparently.

    I have a Baratza Virtuoso and I love it. Like my pal rousseau, I'm getting spoiled on the good stuff and right now I tend to hoover up anything unwashed from Ethiopia. I don't think there's room on my countertop for a dedicated espresso maker unfortunately, because I'm itching to get into that as well. The AeroPress can make strong, concentrated coffee that tastes somewhat similar to a shot of espresso, but the pressure is nowhere near high enough to get the same taste.

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