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Started by Sabacious on Jul 26, 2014 11:26:50 PM
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons

A place to drone on about coffee, not coffee machines. Once you've got your Miele or Dyson what do you put in it?

Blue Mountain beans roasted in selvedge denim by a tattooed moustachioed ukelele-wielding artisan? Nescafe and Coffeemate?

Of all the unchristian beverages that ever passed your lips, this is the place to post insufferable guff and pretentious drivel about it.

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Sabacious - 26 Jul 2014 23:28:48 (#1 of 793)

So trundling home I dropped in on the hispter beanery and have arrived home with some Indian Monsoon Malabar and some top(ish) grade Kenyan beans.

City roasts, Vienna roasts, its a nomenclature minefield out there.

WibbleAgain - 26 Jul 2014 23:32:43 (#2 of 793)

Very prosaic Waitose Sumatra Mandheling is good enough for me.

Sabacious - 27 Jul 2014 00:35:15 (#3 of 793)

That was a correct response, thankyou.

WibbleAgain - 27 Jul 2014 00:41:45 (#4 of 793)

I noticed this at Waitrose for the first time and was tempted to try it because it looked such good value, but it's a very large tin so I didn't. Just found it's got rather good reviews:

http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Espresso-Roasted--Ground-Coffee-Waitrose/39788011?ULP_CAMPAIGN_ID=3&gclid=Cj0K
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Has anyone else tried it?

Verdigris - 27 Jul 2014 00:46:36 (#5 of 793)

Rave Italian Job. Roasted and despatched the same day, arrive the next.

Sabacious - 27 Jul 2014 00:50:56 (#6 of 793)

100% Arabica Waitrose coffee. I'm yet to be convinced on the benefit of throwing in Robusta, unless you're showing off your fancy shmancy espresso machine and want a nice crema.

Verdigris - 27 Jul 2014 01:00:07 (#7 of 793)

I'm yet to be convinced on the benefit of throwing in Robusta, unless you're showing off your fancy shmancy espresso machine and want a nice crema.



I like a nice crema, me. IJ is 100% Robusta but not in the least bitter about it. I was wondering whether to invest in Rave's Arabica ( Signature and Mocha Java) blends earlier this evening but my "careful" streak has voted for the bangs-per-buck of the "blow your doors off" variety.

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Sabacious - 27 Jul 2014 02:15:07 (#9 of 793)

The cafetiere has been well and truly retired with the arrival of the Aeropress.

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Sabacious - 27 Jul 2014 03:47:27 (#11 of 793)

Been at the Nescafe again?

Ricolas - 27 Jul 2014 09:10:04 (#12 of 793)

The cafetiere was retired years ago mainly because I prefer - on a day to day basis - filter coffee. This is of course marks me out as the terrible prole that I am.

The thing is, it is the type I always tend back to. My Krups espresso machine was given to a friend, and the stove-top espresso is rarely used. Not real espresso anyway imo.

I do have a glass vacuum coffee machine which I wheel out when people some for supper, but it is more of a specator thing that useful (although it does make very pleasant coffee.)

So filter it is. And for the main part I tend to drink Monsoon Malabar from Whittards, which I buy in reasonable bulk. The filter machine has a burr grinder built in, which at the moment is kaput, so I am using a normal spice grinder, which is fine for filter (but not, obviously, for espresso as it has a less consitant grind.)

Ricolas - 27 Jul 2014 09:11:14 (#13 of 793)

I keep a packet of Lazazza ground de-caff (and if I could get the beans I would) for when things get to tingle and my hands shake too much to type.

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Moschops - 27 Jul 2014 09:19:34 (#15 of 793)

Carte Noire I think this is. It's ok.

DejaLu - 27 Jul 2014 09:24:37 (#16 of 793)

Cafedirect medium roast, made in a cafetiere. The filter machine doesn't see much action these days and the Nespresso machine only comes out for guests.

Ricolas - 27 Jul 2014 09:36:13 (#17 of 793)

Whilst mildly intrigued by nespreso machines, the unneccessary waste - and cost! - puts me off.

predicated - 27 Jul 2014 09:45:34 (#18 of 793)

Trusty battered and much renovated Moka, various supermarket Brazilian blends - ASDA ES , LIDL Santos being two of the more readily available and quaffable brands.

RosyLovelady - 27 Jul 2014 10:19:12 (#19 of 793)

Blue Mountain was more widely available in the 1960s and it was popularised then by Len Deighton in The Ipcress File. At the time it seemed particularly good, but when I tried it again more recently it seemed remarkable only for its smoothness; the flavour was a bit ordinary. The price, of course, was a joke.

Ricolas - 27 Jul 2014 10:22:06 (#20 of 793)

remarkable only for its smoothness; the flavour was a bit ordinary. The price, of course, was a joke.

When I last had Blue Mountain (a while ago) I was incredibly careful about how I made it, water temp, grind, the works.

I am afraid that despite all that, I agree with you.

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