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View Poll Results: Favorite coffee?
Chock full o'Nuts 1 1.30%
Dunkin Donuts 7 9.09%
Folgers 6 7.79%
Maxwell House 4 5.19%
MJB 0 0%
Nescafé 0 0%
Hill's Brothers 0 0%
Starbuck's 7 9.09%
Other 52 67.53%
Voters: 77. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-05-2014, 10:26 AM
 
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Stumptown French roast, fresh roasted and ground at home for every pot. Here in the PNW we know coffee. The rest of the country is hopeless.
I could counter with saying that if your actually choosing a french roast as your preferred coffee choice from Stumptown, it's you that's hopeless, but I won't go there.

Suggesting the PNW "knows" coffee better than other parts of the US is like saying Los Angeles "knows" Mexican food or Chicago "knows" pizza better than anywhere else.

Ain't true. Sorry.

What the PNW "knows" most is a specific roast style that's darker that they foisted on the rest of us with Starbucks & Seattle's Best. Stumptown is a great roaster, no doubt, but french roasting their beans defeats the purpose of what they really offer, which is exceptional high-grown, single-source beans with unique flavor profiles that shouldn't be over-roasted. Stumptown made their reputation based on lighter roasting and presenting the nuances of the beans they select. If you're gonna spend $16-$22 per pound on coffee, you might as well try drinking the coffees the way the roasters want those presented.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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Peet's is the best quality coffee brand, though I do enjoy Trader Joe's coffees as well for sustainability purposes.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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I voted OTHER because I don't care for the burnt taste of Starbucks, and all of the other containers of ground coffee taste alike.

I prefer French Roast over the others, grind my own beans IF they smell good out of the bins at the grocery stores. If I have to buy them pre-packaged, just about any private label house brand of whole beans on sale will do. Last resort is ground coffee.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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I voted OTHER because I don't care for the burnt taste of Starbucks, and all of the other containers of ground coffee taste alike.

I prefer French Roast over the others, grind my own beans IF they smell good out of the bins at the grocery stores. If I have to buy them pre-packaged, just about any private label house brand of whole beans on sale will do. Last resort is ground coffee.
Is grinding your own beans worth it? How big a difference does it make in the taste? I have a grinder still in the box, but have been too lazy to use it as yet.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Jollyville, TX
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Is grinding your own beans worth it? How big a difference does it make in the taste? I have a grinder still in the box, but have been too lazy to use it as yet.
Once I started grinding my own, I found I preferred it over pre-ground coffee. I used to have an awesome coffee maker that would grind the beans and then make the coffee on a timer but it quit working and the company sold out and doesn't make the same ones anymore. I don't like the way the Cuisinart grind 'n brews work. So, now I have a countertop grinder that has a setting for the number of cups and I grind the beans before I go to bed and program the coffee pot for 6 AM. It's not quite as good as freshly ground, but it's the best I can do and still have my coffee ready when I wake up.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:51 AM
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Location: Pittsburgh
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...for my Keurig.
Goodness I hate those dumb machines. Talk about a massive polluting device! Why not get a French Press? They don't need that dumb plastic holder that ends up in the ocean.
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Old 04-05-2014, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Sinkholeville
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Grinding my own beans takes up to 15 seconds, depending on how fine/strong I want it. Brief noise.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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Peet's when it's on sale, New England Coffee, Green Mountain Coffee. Mostly around here the restaurants have Green Mountain.

I can't drink Starbucks--it tasted burnt the one time I tried it.

Most of the time as long as it's from arabica beans the coffee seems to be okay
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:36 PM
 
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I voted OTHER because I don't care for the burnt taste of Starbucks, and all of the other containers of ground coffee taste alike.

I prefer French Roast over the others, grind my own beans IF they smell good out of the bins at the grocery stores. If I have to buy them pre-packaged, just about any private label house brand of whole beans on sale will do. Last resort is ground coffee.
Interesting. To me, french roast = burnt. If I can smell carbon, it's overroasted.

Some people like that, but IMO it makes little or no sense to pay a premium for it. If one is going to pay a premium for a coffee, I would think it would be to taste what the actual bean/farm/origin offers, thus it only makes sense to buy it roasted lighter. Once you get to french roast, it almost doesn't matter what the source of the bean is. A 95 point coffee would taste about the same as an 80 point coffee since you've roasted out what makes the more expensive beans unique. Just my opinion. YMMV.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I don't really care for coffee. I have a Keurig so I can have specialty blends when I do have it. I think "Christmas blend" should be available all year round. ;-) I also like Pumpkin spice and Hazelnut. The machine would be a total waste of money if I only used it for coffee though. I probably have about 4-5 cups a year.
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