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Old 01-03-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: South GA
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I do not drink coffee and as such, I do not make a really good cup - except by accident! My DH loves coffee. Please tell me the best coffee to buy and what else you do to make it "perfect". Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:22 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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My coffee gets rave reviews. I grind the beans for each pot, use cold, filtered tap water, make it strong, and once it's made I immediately put it into a thermal carafe. I never ever ever keep it on the warmer.
I always use an Arabica species bean, never a Robusto.

These are the two main types of coffee I buy:

The dark roast from: Caffe Ibis Coffee Roasting Company, specializing in Triple Certified Coffee, Organic Coffee, Fair Trade Coffee, and Shade Grown Coffee (http://www.caffeibis.com/index/index.htm - broken link)

The regular traditional kind from: New Mexico Pinon Coffee Company: Department: 'NM Piñon Coffee'

In a pinch, I'll buy a can of ground Folgers Black Silk. It's not a bad coffee for what it is.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:26 PM
 
Location: South GA
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Thanks!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:29 PM
 
Location: southern california
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not a secret
$300 capresso #455 coffee team therm
and a cuisinart grinder
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:30 PM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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I do not drink coffee and as such, I do not make a really good cup - except by accident! My DH loves coffee. Please tell me the best coffee to buy and what else you do to make it "perfect". Thanks!
Gee Kats, that question is about as open ended as asking what one's favorite kind of jewelry is. (Do you like white gold, yellow gold, rose gold, silver, platinum, titanium, pearls, precious stones, semiprecious stones, no stones, necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings?)

There are many different types of roasts which make up coffee. These roasts could be considered extra bold, dark, medium, light, and also come flavored, decaf and half decaf.

One example of an extra bold roast would be Timothy's Rain Forest Expresso. It has a very full-bodied taste. There are other extra bolds which have what is described as a syrupy taste, or a spicy (ie cedarwood), sweet and powerful taste, or a vibrant acidity, or a smoky finish. The coffee may be a smooth blend, with intense flavor and sweet notes.

A dark roast may have a combination of smoky intensity and caramel sweetness, or other sweet, pungent aromatics. In this group there are several coffees which are Turkish-style roasts or are made using Parisian roasting techniques (even though the coffee may be Colombian). There is coffee in this category which has slight acidity, can have bittersweet nuances, be woodsy, and/or have lingering bodies.

In the medium roast category, there are coffees which have subtle hints of chocolate and caramel, others which have a touch of French Roast, combinations of aromatic Costa Rican and smoky Guatemalan coffee beans, there are mocha javas with a blend of Ethiopian and Sumatran coffees and there are even floral blends, such as Tully's Kona Blend medium bodied roast. Tully's also makes an Evergreen Blend, which is a medium roast balanced with hints of cocoa and finishes with wine-like notes.

Among the light roasts are varying types, including ones which can be described as having sparkling acidity, with a warm, chocolaty finish, others that are aromatic masterpieces, with a hint of citrus, and still others that could be described as having a fruity blend with a slightly nutty finish.

Flavored coffees can be anything from French vanilla, to mocha nut fudge, to southern pecan, butter toffee, hazelnut, caramel vanilla cream, mudslides, Irish creme flavor, macadamia nut, creme brulee, etc.

Now that I've told you waaaaaay more than you wanted to know, my suggestion would be to as DH what his fav kind of coffee is. Maybe it's Maxwell House or Dunkin Donuts or perhaps a gourmet coffee blend. Also ask him how strong he likes his coffee; tell us too what kind of coffee pot you will be using. I could help you much better with that as a starting point.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: South GA
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Well, ok then! LOL I guess what I should have said was that I would love to make a great cup of coffee, without having to buy coffee at gourmet shops or investing in some sort of expensive apparatus. Just a good old fashioned cup of joe. I know some folks add a pinch of this or that, or only use certain coffees. Would like to be able to buy the coffee at a supermarket if possible. Gosh, didn't mean to open a can of worms!
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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In Louisiana, the main brand to buy is Community Coffee. It comes in different levels of roast and Chicory or New Orleans blend. Most here buy the dark roast. We don't bother with the coffee maker or coffee ground instructions. To us (my family), the instructions are wrong. To get a nice smooth tasting coffee use one level table spoon (measuring spoon) per two cups (per coffee maker marker) of coffee. Don't buy Folgers. I swear they thin out their coffee with some sort of additives. Sometimes it smells like overcooked popcorn. If you can, use filtered water to fill the coffee maker. If you don't have Community Coffee then I don't know which to recommend. I've tried several but always go back to Community.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Find out which store brand he likes and try following my brewing instructions. Oh, my wife would kill me if I didn't mention this. She swears by adding a few shakes of salt in with the coffee grounds to cut the bitterness. I never do. If you make your coffee daily, don't forget to clean the coffee maker at least once a month. Follow instructions in the owners manual (usually involves vineger) or get some Brew Rite.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I buy coffee beans and grind them fresh every morning for my coffee. I used to buy a rainforest/fair trade brand of beans but for the past year I've been buying Patriot Blend at Sam's Club. It's a California company that roasts its own beans and donates coffee to our troops in the Middle East with every purchase.

The secret is grinding the coffee fresh from the beans, using cold spring water to make the coffee, and keeping the beans fresh by storing them in the fridge.
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Old 01-03-2009, 09:48 PM
 
Location: GLAMA
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Should I store my coffee beans in the fridge?
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