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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
My go to is Kicking Horse - Kick Ass made in a french press. Today it's grocery store brand west coast dark roast in a french press.


If the store brand is president's choice, I would agree it is an excellent coffee for something from the grocery store.

Thanks to Basecadet's reco, I am drinking espresso roasted by Ritual in California a week prior to it being flown in to Montreal. It is 22$ per 500grams but well worth it.
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Originally posted by billhike:
Starbucks Pike Place is my standard at home. I buy whole beans and grind fresh each time I make a pot.


That is the only coffee at Starbucks I do not like, and I really just can not drink it.

I stop at Starbucks Monday - Friday heading to the office and order their bold. On the weekends, we often enjoy coffee we have read about and ordered. We also enjoy espresso and cappuccino more on the weekends.

We have three different coffeemakers in our kitchen, and we get a few odd looks from time to time. Smile

A burr grinder is a must in my opinion for excellent coffee.
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That is the only coffee at Starbucks I do not like, and I really just can not drink it.



Interesting, as Pikes Place was assumed by many to be response by Starbucks to frequent criticism that they over-roast many of their coffees. I don't mind a dark roast, but do find some burnt flavors in some Starbucks coffees.

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A good burr grinder is a must in my opinion for excellent coffee.


Fixed. And TOTALLY agree.

This morning, Peets Major Dickason's Blend, fresh ground and French Pressed. Delish.

PH
The trends in specialty coffee the last 10 years have been a gradual move towards

- single origin coffees rather than blends
- traceability (to encourage higher quality and a better price for those willing to increase the effort
- a lighter roast
- freshly roasted by local roasters
- a focus on drip coffee more than espresso


Freshly roasted, quality coffee is a great treat. A number of micro roasteries are selling their coffee online. You can order excellent coffee and receive it just a couple of days out of the roaster at minimal cost and effort. Check out this list to find one near you:

http://www.home-barista.com/co...roasters-t12125.html
Ummm, Guatemalan Roll Eyes

Frankly, the options here boggle my mind. I've seen coffee from perhaps 10 different places, never mind the blends. I'm tempted to buy a little bit of each and taste them one by one to see if I like one better than another - just in time for me to go home and be unable to get any of them!
Kingofcool,

I literally just bought a Capresso Conical Burr Grinder online from CutleryandMore for $75 no tax, no shipping. It seems to be working very well. I did not want to try any of the $45 versions that are out there. I think the Capresso model might be 560? Anyway, it is the Black version, not stainless steel.

I have moved away from Starbucks the last year or so. I buy east african coffee's (yirgacheffe/kenya, other Ethiopian) single origins from Johnson Brothers, Counterculture, and Terroir.
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Originally posted by khmark7:
Picked up a coffee maker with a built-in burr grinder and love the new brew! Been buying coffee from some local shops that roast their own beans and trying some Central American beans (other than Colombia).


Not to nitpick, but I am in Central America, while Colombia is not Smile
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Originally posted by Gigond Ass:
Very fresh Ethiopian Yirgacheffe from a local coffee roaster.


GA, I am partial to the coffees of eastern Africa and I find the typical citrus notes play well against baked goods as a pairing.

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Originally posted by Mimik:
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Originally posted by Wine Canuck:
Today it's grocery store brand west coast dark roast in a french press.


If the store brand is president's choice, I would agree it is an excellent coffee for something from the grocery store.


Yes it is, and it's not bad value at all especially when the 2lb bag is on sale for $12.99. Tastes great when freshly burr ground and french pressed.

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Originally posted by kingofcool:
What's a good, affordable burr grinder?


I use a Cuisinart and it does a good job for about $50.

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Originally posted by bman:
Ummm, Guatemalan Roll Eyes


I have a friend who has said the same and is working on importing some to Ontario. What is the nature of your business in Guatemala?

Today is Starbucks Christmas blend. I really like it this year, reminiscent of my favourite; French Roast.
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Originally posted by khmark7:
Picked up a coffee maker with a built-in burr grinder and love the new brew! Been buying coffee from some local shops that roast their own beans and trying some Central American beans (other than Colombia).


Curious as to which shops and what your favorites are, if you don't mind sharing. Medium-bold is what I'd be interested in. Four Beans or Arcedium?
I'm a big fan of east African and Yemeni coffee and roast my own (in a mini-roaster). Unroasted beans, properly stored, can keep a long time, so I can have a selection and switch types each batch. I roast about once a week.

Favorites include Bugisu Sipi, Harrar, Yirgacheffe, Mokka.

I'm happy with my Capresso burr grinder.

Here's an excellent site for roasted beans and many other culinary goodies: http://www.smallspecialtiesgourmet.com/shop/

A great site for green beans and roasting info: http://www.sweetmarias.com/index.php (And they have a few roasted beans available at any time, plus a roasted beans of the week subscription option. Haven't tried either.)
In my Keurig, Roger's San Francisco Bay Fog Chaser and Rain Forest Blend One-cups, simply becuase I support their attempt to break the K-Cup monopoly that Keurig/Green Mountain has on coffee products for the Keurig brewer.

For my Senseo and Krups Home Cafe machines I make my own coffee pods. Currently I have Tully's French roast pods made up and a few Ambience Italian roast pods in the bottom of the jar from last week.
Still have yet to find anything that is better than locally fresh roasted espresso beans for my Rancilio Silvia. Close second was a fresh roast from the Green Beanery but, in a side by side, I still like the local bean better. My reco for a burr grinder is the Baratza Virtuoso. Not exactly cheap, but less than the Rancilio Rocky, and it seems to be holding up great after three years of use.
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
Double espresso using Starbuck's Komodo Dragon.

You could smell cinnamon as I was grinding the beans, and there are also hints of cinnamon on the palate. A spicy and nice shot this morning.

One of my favorites. Wink


Well, since you were kind enough to share this coffee with me... Cool
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Originally posted by NolanE:
I hope this fits into the elitist coffee thread well, but does anyone else use a Keurig and have a favorite K-cup?

Having the Starbucks Sumatra Dark now, went through a box super fast.


I'm far from a coffee elitist, but I've never had anything from a K-cup that was much better than mediocre.

PH
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Originally posted by NolanE:
Are French Presses very labor/time intensive?


Not at all. Well......maybe compared to a K-cup Wink but pretty quick and easy. And given the quality of the cup, well worth it. If you're OK with coffee solely as a caffiene delivery system, it's probably not for you. I can't imagine a wine lover with a decent palate not "getting" the difference.

PH
I can have my french press cleaned and ready to reload in a minute. Here's the drill. Do it right after you brew. This way the grounds are wet and loose and everything cleans easier. The coffee is hot as hell anyway, so by the time you're done cleaning your coffee is perfect.

Sink. Hot water. Spin the 3 parts off the stem of the plunger and hand wash quick. Rinse top of plunger and blast hot water into the carafe. Dump grounds and re-rinse to clean. Wipe everything down with paper towel. Donesky.....

PH
My neighbor showed me how to roast my own beans about a year ago, and ever since then nothing else compares. I love Intelligentsia (also roasted locally), and Major Dickason's Blend from Peet's, but anything I roasted yesterday is the best thing I could taste today. Drip in the mornings, French press on the weekends (and some afternoons).
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Originally posted by Ron Natalie:
I almost exclusive drink home roasted Kona that I buy the green beans from two of my favorite plantations in Hawaii (Lions Gate and Makapueo Farms).


Try Kona Mountain next time and let me know what you think.

I've never been a big fan of Lions Gate. Always came across to me as the Folgers of the Islands.

My favorite is Bong Brothers but I can't get them to answer the phone any longer.
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Originally posted by billhike:
A whole bunch of cafes even way out in the far suburbs are now brewing Intelligentsia. It's nice to see people leaning towards fuller flavors.


There are quite a few in the LA area as well.

My standard brew, when I have the time and the beans, is Intelligentsia El Diablo Dark Roast done in an espresso grind and brewed in my Saeco. Sometimes I'll do the Americano thing by adding the boiling water and on other occasions I'll just drink straight up. Another favorite coffee is (was) Leelanau Espresso Blend from Leelanau Coffee Roasting Company. I say "was" because I bought some this past summer while in Glen Arbor and the quality wasn't there as it had been. The Italian Roast was much richer. No sightings of Mario Batali in Glen Arbor though I've seen him there before.


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Originally posted by wineismylife:
My favorite is Bong Brothers but I can't get them to answer the phone any longer.


They're too busy doing bongs.
My beautiful daughter bought me a Coffee of the Month subscription for Christmas this year. I was a little nervous, since although she's an accomplished cook and a wine lover with a good little palate, she does not drink coffee. Crazy So I was prepared for some Vanilla Strawberry Pizza flavored decaf or something. Nope. Great coffee!!

This past week I've been drinking (and LOVING) the Huehuetenango in the first shipment I received. Next week, from the same box: Yirgacheffe. Should be a good month. Cool

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
Great coffee!!

This past week I've been drinking (and LOVING) the Huehuetenango in the first shipment I received. PH


The Huehuetenango; grown in the Cuchumatanes mountains Guatemala no? I am sure bman has had quite a few cups of this one.

BTW, just this weekend I had my first cup of Intelligentsia off a french press. I was really looking forward to it, but when I got it was a watered down catastrophe thanks to the good fellows at Founding Farmers in Potomac. What a waste!!!! Mad
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Originally posted by RightBankFan:
The Huehuetenango....mountains of Guatemala no?


That's the stuff. Really wonderful coffee. Medium bodied with some floral and fruity notes. I have enjoyed getting into more nuanced and medium roasted coffees over the past few years. Althought I still enjoy the occasionial very dark roasted coffee, I'm finding that many of these overroasted coffees are the Aussie Shiraz of the coffee world. Razz

PH
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Originally posted by TPEwinedrinker:
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Originally posted by winosaur:
How can you super-tasters drink Starbucks? I'm let down Confused

Blue Bottle!!!

Thank God you can ship coffee to Utah!

Blue Bottle is the most overrated coffee out there. If you are gonna knock Starbucks, at least choose a quality coffee like Intelligentsia or Verve.


Not knocking it, just looking for more interesting tasting notes, considering this is a board where some people can identify forest and bedroom floors.
Will try Intelligentsia, was actually looking for good recommendations, ordered some today. But won't indulge the comment that BB isn't "quality", my opinion.

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