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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 04-12-2014, 03:51 AM
 
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The reason that it is very hard for most people to brew good coffee at home, despite the quality of the beans, is their coffee maker doesn't heat the water hot enough. This crosses the gamut from cheap makers to the very expensive. Their guts are all mostly the same and essentially consist of a thermo-siphon made mostly of plastic. They fall far short of the 192F-195F needed to brew coffee.

At one point, a couple of years ago there was only one brand that would reach and hold the required temps, the Technovorm. This unfortunately is an expensive coffee maker, but if you are spending a lot of money on beans, then it would be worth it. Your other option is to learn to use a vac pot, but good stainless steel vac pots are hard to find these days They make excellent coffee however.

The other option are the K-cup brewers. These do reasonably well with brew temps, but the issue there is the coffee. Ground coffee goes rancid rather fast and purchasing it in those cups, you are paying prices far more than it's worth if you were buying the beans. It's best if you fill your own cups.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I don't use a coffee maker. I put a filter in a melitta cone, put in the coffee beans, and pour hot water from a kettle. It's pretty easy if you're making just one or two cups.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:00 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I drank different Starbucks flavors starting in 1993, when they rescued us from the "flavored" coffee that had become endemic in Washington, DC. I drank two cups a day until 2003, when I got bronchitis at Thanksgiving, coffee tasted awful, and I drank tea for ten years. In late 2013, I started to drink coffee again, but only a cup a day, made in a Melitta single-cup cone. I've tried Starbucks Pike Place Roast, which I like a lot, some from Trader Joe's and a local supermarket. I haven't yet found one I like more than Pike Place, but I mean to buy a bag of Intelligentsia next. When I was younger, I bought coffee at McNulty's in Greenwich Village, but I don't live there anymore.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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I'm not picky, I can drink store brands and they're fine with me. Right now I'm drinking Krispy Kreme coffee I bought at Sams.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:03 PM
 
Location: In a house
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My favorite "Brand name" coffee is Cafe du Monde, but I can't get it locally. And so my usual go-to supermarket coffee is 8 o'Clock unless the Big Y's "Full Circle" organic Sumatra is on sale. Then that becomes my favorite. Big Y is the supermarket here.

When I want "quality" small-batch coffee, I prefer Willoughby's Sumatra Mandeling. They roast it fresh once a week on site.
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:27 PM
 
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I've grown a strong preference for 7 Eleven's coffee lately. The only brewed coffee that actually keeps me awake! (Important since I do labor work at 2am). Does anyone know where their coffee is from? What could make it better than other brewed coffee's?
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Old 05-29-2014, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Encino, CA
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Instant - Tasters Choice French Roast (in the dark brown container)

Beans/Ground - starbucks and some of the darker roast beans found at Whole Foods.
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Old 05-29-2014, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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I've grown a strong preference for 7 Eleven's coffee lately. The only brewed coffee that actually keeps me awake! (Important since I do labor work at 2am). Does anyone know where their coffee is from? What could make it better than other brewed coffee's?
I don't know what 7-11 uses, but there are 2 species of coffee beans. I think 7-11 probably uses the latter:

1-Arabica coffee is preferred by many for taste, is more expensive, and has less caffeine.
2-Robusta coffee has more caffeine and costs less. This is what is used in traditional coffees such as Maxwell House.

People's taste buds vary a lot and if you prefer robusta, there are advantages. When I want a lot of caffeine, I prefer strong espresso made from Arabica.

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Old 09-15-2014, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Trader Joe's Wake Up Blend and Breakfast Blend. Both are good medium roasted coffees that are Fair Trade (no slave labor) and at a very good price. Not a fan of the slave labor thing, but I am also on a budget. Starbuck's burns their coffee IMHO, but many people like burnt coffee. We now have a Pete's in our area and they also burn their coffees. Way overpriced, but I am used to Trader Joe's, so I like value.
Now I understand why some people claim dark roast ruins the coffee flavor. My supplier got caught in a contract dispute with their ware house, and I ended up buying Kivu "Seattle's Best" dark roast. It was horrible, roasted to death and burned. It's possible to have a mellow dark roast, but I guess it's harder than I realized.
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:07 AM
 
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This is my favorite Coffee | Metropolis Coffee Company Chicago
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