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24 Jul 2006, 18:35
I am a BIG coffee fan - I like to try various coffee's. My favorite flavor is Arabica, though Columbian come close 2nd.

What coffee flavors do you like? What brand do you prefer (I like gevalia.com, but they are expensive )? How do you drink your coffee (I drink it black)? Share your experience.

My favorite flavor - Arabica
my favorite brand - gevalia
my least preferred brand - starbucks (too expensive and not strong enough for my taste)

P.S. this is not for readymade coffee you can get at starbucks or seattle's best coffee. I really mean ground or whole bean which is used to make the coffee.

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24 Jul 2006, 23:27
monte bianco....
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â€œIf money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.â€

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25 Jul 2006, 07:58
I am not a "coffee bean" guru, but I love strong Peet's Coffee... forgot the last time I went to Startbucks for coffee... may be only for bathroom... their coffee is ridiculous... that's just my opinion

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25 Jul 2006, 08:40
u2lover wrote:
I am not a "coffee bean" guru, but I love strong Peet's Coffee... forgot the last time I went to Startbucks for coffee... may be only for bathroom... their coffee is ridiculous... that's just my opinion

Oh yes, I liked Peet's too. Unfortunately, I do not see many around where I live, but their coffee was definitely good.

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25 Jul 2006, 08:54
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u2lover wrote:
I am not a "coffee bean" guru, but I love strong Peet's Coffee... forgot the last time I went to Startbucks for coffee... may be only for bathroom... their coffee is ridiculous... that's just my opinion

Oh yes, I liked Peet's too. Unfortunately, I do not see many around where I live, but their coffee was definitely good.

that was me

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25 Jul 2006, 16:46
Yeah, Peets Coffee is good! There are a few in PDX.

I also like Stumptown (http://www.stumptowncoffee.com/) Coffee.

In Singapore I used to like Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (http://www.coffeebean.com/), unfortunately they doent seem to have a store where I live!

I hate Starbucks, though I frequent Starbucks (closest to my house and open 24 hrs). Its too acidic and has the highest concentration of caffeine - attributes of cheap coffee!

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25 Jul 2006, 16:51
I am not too knowledgeable about coffee and its intricacies... mostly am happy with the usual capuccino (either Peet's or Starbucks or my company cafeteria! )...

But question to all is :

a. What are the qualities of good/great coffee?
b. Is there any difference in the way it is served i.e. is black better than capuccino/espresso?
c. What is the best way to brew coffee? Drip etc?

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25 Jul 2006, 16:52
Oh I love Sleepy Monk... Its not a chain and I have seen only one store at Cannon Beach, OR

http://www.sleepymonkcoffee.com/

Oh I just love coffee!

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25 Jul 2006, 19:44
haas_mba07 wrote:
I am not too knowledgeable about coffee and its intricacies... mostly am happy with the usual capuccino (either Peet's or Starbucks or my company cafeteria! )...

But question to all is :

a. What are the qualities of good/great coffee?
b. Is there any difference in the way it is served i.e. is black better than capuccino/espresso?
c. What is the best way to brew coffee? Drip etc?

a) Yes - the quality depends a lot on where the beans are grown and how they are roasted. It also depends on how the ground coffee is stored after opening it. I prefer arabica coffee, but I know a lot of people who like Columbian as well. One of my friend gifted me a "grind-n-brew" machine, so basically I get fresh coffee beans and grind them at home, and them make fresh coffee from it. It ROCKS! Also, the temperature of water used, the machine used to make the coffee, etc make a difference too. Ideally, coffee is made from water that is slightly colder than room temperature, and is heated till it reaches slightly below boiling temperature before it is poured through the coffee filter. Also, once the coffee is grinded, it should be stored in an air-tight canister and refrigerated to preserve taste. The coffee must be consumed hot - reheating usually causes it to loose some flavor (and also I have heard that reheating coffee creates gas in body)

b) This is purely personal choice. I like really very very strong and dark coffee, so I prefer it black, with no sugar. My brother frowns when he sees black coffee - he thinks thats the worst way of having coffee. He drinks his coffee (and he drinks it rarely - I drink it almost everyday) with a LOT of sugar and milk (In India people usually make coffee with milk, not cream).

c) I don't claim to be a guru here, but I think drip works best for me. As I said above, I like to heat the water till just below boiling point, and then pass the water through the filter that has ground coffee. I am not sure if someone has a better way. Unfortunately, doing it correctly takes time, so I find myself using a automatic drip machine most of the time when I am "on the go".

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25 Jul 2006, 19:48
Anyone has tried Coffee bean and tea leaves in US? sm176811 says he liked the one in Singapore.. They do not have a store near where I live, but I see them a lot of times when I travel... may be I will try one next time :D

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25 Jul 2006, 19:48
Thanks MG ...

Next time I go out I will try a couple of different coffee types and see if I can actually discern the differences..

Thanks/

walletless wrote:
haas_mba07 wrote:
I am not too knowledgeable about coffee and its intricacies... mostly am happy with the usual capuccino (either Peet's or Starbucks or my company cafeteria! )...

But question to all is :

a. What are the qualities of good/great coffee?
b. Is there any difference in the way it is served i.e. is black better than capuccino/espresso?
c. What is the best way to brew coffee? Drip etc?

a) Yes - the quality depends a lot on where the beans are grown and how they are roasted. It also depends on how the ground coffee is stored after opening it. I prefer arabica coffee, but I know a lot of people who like Columbian as well. One of my friend gifted me a "grind-n-brew" machine, so basically I get fresh coffee beans and grind them at home, and them make fresh coffee from it. It ROCKS! Also, the temperature of water used, the machine used to make the coffee, etc make a difference too. Ideally, coffee is made from water that is slightly colder than room temperature, and is heated till it reaches slightly below boiling temperature before it is poured through the coffee filter. Also, once the coffee is grinded, it should be stored in an air-tight canister and refrigerated to preserve taste. The coffee must be consumed hot - reheating usually causes it to loose some flavor (and also I have heard that reheating coffee creates gas in body)

b) This is purely personal choice. I like really very very strong and dark coffee, so I prefer it black, with no sugar. My brother frowns when he sees black coffee - he thinks thats the worst way of having coffee. He drinks his coffee (and he drinks it rarely - I drink it almost everyday) with a LOT of sugar and milk (In India people usually make coffee with milk, not cream).

c) I don't claim to be a guru here, but I think drip works best for me. As I said above, I like to heat the water till just below boiling point, and then pass the water through the filter that has ground coffee. I am not sure if someone has a better way. Unfortunately, doing it correctly takes time, so I find myself using a automatic drip machine most of the time when I am "on the go".

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25 Jul 2006, 19:52
Also, if you guys have ever stayed at Hampton Inn.... their "Robust" coffee is really awesome. I think they would make more money if they were in coffee business rather than hotel/motel

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28 Jul 2006, 06:51
Oooh coffee talk.

My coffee machine cost more than my laptop. I'm a coffee DORK.

Illy coffee
and although its considered crap by almost every measure,
Segafredo

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29 Jul 2006, 00:13
i too am a big fan of Illy coffee..
got hooked up on it when i visited italy..oh i so miss the tiramisu and coffee....!!!

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29 Jul 2006, 06:58
Expresso!

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29 Jul 2006, 07:02
plain old nescafe..

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29 Jul 2006, 13:10

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29 Jul 2006, 13:11
willget800 wrote:
plain old nescafe..

Instant coffee... convinient... but somehow I do not like the taste... specially since I like to have it black with no sugar. Back in India, when I was not such a coffee addict, and used to have my coffee with milk/sugar, I loved nescafe though

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31 Jul 2006, 21:29
Anonymous wrote:

http://www.illy.com

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02 Aug 2006, 22:30
Anonymous wrote:
willget800 wrote:
plain old nescafe..

Instant coffee... convinient... but somehow I do not like the taste... specially since I like to have it black with no sugar. Back in India, when I was not such a coffee addict, and used to have my coffee with milk/sugar, I loved nescafe though

I used to drink the instant (3-in-1) Nestle Nescafe, that included milk, sugar and coffee, when I was in undergrad.. The coffee was not as good but it was the best I could afford, besides the strong dark coffee in the Hawker Centers of Singapore.

I remember making instant Nescafe in a public-toilet in Wales and also while camping in New Zealand. In NZ they have the same instant Nescafe coffee sold as a paste in a toothpaste like tube. U just need to add hot water and mix it!

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