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Old 05-13-2019, 01:32 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I ground my own beans for many years, over that time wore out 3 grinders, 4 drip coffeemakers and 3 espresso machines. Eventually I realized that I only drank more than one cup on the weekends, and was wasting a lot of coffee, and happened to pass by a demo on the Nespresso machines. Look for a Nespresso Boutique, which is at a few of the larger Macy's stores (here it's in Bellevue Square Mall). They made me a cup and I was blown away by the taste, and the thick layer of crema on top. After several years now I have narrowed down my favorite coffee flavors, but far away the best is their Cuban, which they just brought back after a hiatus. This machine does both coffee and espresso with the same pods, most coffee is 8 oz but some make 14 oz.
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Old Today, 08:35 AM
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I have become a coffee snob since moving to, and working in, Indonesia. Up until last year I would willingly drink instant coffee, although it wasn't my first choice. I can even remember the exact moment I really started to appreciate decent coffee. I think it was watching the intensity the two guys put into making my espresso, from making sure the water was the exact temperature needed to tamping down the coffee in the press. It is pretty amazing how a really good cup of coffee can change your perspective.

I've invested in an Aeropress(awesome) and bought a pour over doohickey(good but I don't really understand the big hubbub) and a Vietnamese drip filter(not bad but I've only tried it with condensed milk). I want to pick up a siphon coffee maker and possibly a moka pot. I may even buy a Rokpresso manual espresso maker before I leave.

I grind 200g bags of beans from East Timor for my morning(drip coffee maker) and afternoon(French press) coffee during the work week. It's a decent daily drink but nothing exceptional. On weekends and holidays when I have the time, I grind by the cup and usually use the Aeropress. I use an electric metal blade(I know, bad) grinder to grind the weekday coffee and I have a hand grinder to make single cups.

Right now I think my favorite coffee is whole bean Excelso Kalosi Toraja but I really enjoyed some beans I picked up from a small coffee shop in Sumatra. Aceh Gayo is another variety that shows up in my rotation regularly.
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Old Today, 07:57 PM
Location: Illinois
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Our main go-to bean variety is dark roast Sumatran Mandheling, and another favorite is Indian Monsooned Malabar. There are so many excellent varieties each with it's own uniqueness.
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