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  • 03-08-2013, 03:05 PM
    I have never had a cup of coffee a day in my life, but my parents and GF are coffee junkies and all of them like this in the french press to start their mornings. Maybe not the fanciest, but they all seem to enjoy it.

    Déclenchez vos émotions avec les cafés Carte Noire
  • 11-17-2012, 03:35 AM
    Haha! I just ordered 30kg of the 2012 Honduras Cup of Excellence #2 coffee. I always provide something good, but this is exceptional.
  • 11-06-2012, 09:30 AM
    I have had aged Indonesians, and Monsooned Malabar coffees from India. In my opinion it creates a 'different' flavor, but age is the enemy of coffee. Because the flavors molecules and aromatics of coffee are partly oil-based, rancidity is an issue, and most of the flavor components degrade fairly quickly. This is why the trend in the US is toward packing green beans in plastic or mylar, and even freezing them, to preserve the delicate flavors the growers work so hard to cultivate and leave intact on the way to us roasters.

    I do enjoy pu-erh tea, however.
  • 11-06-2012, 04:19 AM
    poison - have you had the aged coffee beans they serve in Tokyo? (i know a few state-side guys are beginning to age the raw beans; but, in Tokyo, you can buy 10/20/50 year-old coffee.) theory, like any aging/fermenting (tea, etc) is that the bean gets much more complex in flavor.

    curious if you've tried them or not.

    - chuck
  • 11-01-2012, 03:47 PM
    Anyone else need help in here?
  • 10-23-2012, 05:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by nickmb View Post
    Great Info here!

    Thanks for writing that up, I appreciate that.

    Where would you recommend me going to see these in person?

    any stores carry these? (dept stores?)

    I would like to perhaps keep the budget at 500 max, as this will be my first machine and as i am not fully sure I will wake up and take upon the habit every morning to actually make it!

    Thanks in advance
    My pleasure!

    Stores don't usually carry either, and I really try to discourage visiting stores anyway: inevitably, some dumbass salesperson will talk you into what they think is better (ie, what they actually carry), and you'll walk home with a nightmare setup. Keep in mind I have used the items I recommend, and speak from agonizing, painful experience. In addition, I am a coffee roaster, and it's my job to know this stuff. Learn from my mistakes and experience (and realize I do not make a dime off these recommendations).

    The Baratza/Gaggia combo is right around $500. You'll want a tamper, as well, but those are cheap. You could buy the Baratza Virtuoso (non-Preciso version) for $220 or so, but...never skimp on the grinder, unless you absolutely can't swing the extra $70. What happens is people eventually want to upgrade machines, but their grinder is not up to snuff, so they have to drop another $300-$1200. Spending the $70 now means you won't have to do that later, and you'll know the grinder will never be holding you back.
  • 10-23-2012, 04:56 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by TechArt Dreamer View Post
    I've always had a hankering to try coffee, but never bothered. Anyone have any good recommendations for someone who's never had it before, something that taste good haha.

    You can make just about any coffee taste good (or ruin it) depending on your personal tastes. Add enough creamer, sugar, or milk and you can usually make it appeal to anyone willing to try it. Some may argue it's not coffee, but for a quick fix I will always goto Dunkin' Donuts. I love their Hazelnut iced coffee with some skim milk and sugar in it.
  • 10-23-2012, 04:27 PM
    TechArt Dreamer
    I've always had a hankering to try coffee, but never bothered. Anyone have any good recommendations for someone who's never had it before, something that taste good haha.

  • 10-23-2012, 04:22 PM
    I love coffee....cant function without one in the AM. I have some family that lives in Hawaii so they ship me over some Kona coffee they get from the plantations over there. I really enjoy it.
  • 10-23-2012, 03:47 PM
    Love my coffee. Snickerdoodle coffee is a warm reminder of the wonders of chemistry.
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