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So a couple weeks ago I am at the Woodlands Market Street wondering around with the Mrs.  I play my own little game in my head of count the douchebags when I am in places like this.  I had a grand champion that day.

We are in Sur la Table and I am just meandering when I start looking at coffee makers.  They have a few of them that are $3,000.  I chuckle to myself thinking what schmuck would buy one of these.  Well the sales lady asks me if I wanted a cup, I decline.  Well the douche that climbed out of is Porsche SUV with some high maintenance girl says he would like some and he is thinking of purchasing said machine.  It was clearly an attempt to impress this girl he was with.  Wife and I chuckle.  That guy screamed deep in debt with no future savings or retirement with a false sense of wealth acting as if he is the man.  It was pretty fun to watch.

I have a nice coffee maker, having a cup as we speak.  There is no cup of coffee worth paying that much for.

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4 hours ago, Moby Ric said:

So a couple weeks ago I am at the Woodlands Market Street wondering around with the Mrs.  I play my own little game in my head of count the douchebags when I am in places like this.  I had a grand champion that day.

We are in Sur la Table and I am just meandering when I start looking at coffee makers.  They have a few of them that are $3,000.  I chuckle to myself thinking what schmuck would buy one of these.  Well the sales lady asks me if I wanted a cup, I decline.  Well the douche that climbed out of is Porsche SUV with some high maintenance girl says he would like some and he is thinking of purchasing said machine.  It was clearly an attempt to impress this girl he was with.  Wife and I chuckle.  That guy screamed deep in debt with no future savings or retirement with a false sense of wealth acting as if he is the man.  It was pretty fun to watch.

I have a nice coffee maker, having a cup as we speak.  There is no cup of coffee worth paying that much for.

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We dumped the key rig years ago for a delonghi expresso machine, then dumped it when wife developed sleep issues with caffeine. So we have a simple coffee maker. Had a cuisinart, now have a ninja which I like as the water tank comes off rather than filling it with a pot of water.

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I usually do a pourover with a Chemex filter, or a French press, but my wife got pissy and decided she wanted coffee fresh and hot when she wakes up (which is before me).

She bought a Mr. Coffee with an auto-timer.

Honestly, it produces a better cup than I expected.  Not bad enough for me to avoid an extra 15 minutes of sleep, that's for sure.

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1 hour ago, jimmyjazz said:

I usually do a pourover with a Chemex filter, or a French press, but my wife got pissy and decided she wanted coffee fresh and hot when she wakes up (which is before me).

She bought a Mr. Coffee with an auto-timer.

Honestly, it produces a better cup than I expected.  Not bad enough for me to avoid an extra 15 minutes of sleep, that's for sure.

Drip coffee is underrated.  And I don't even mean a machine that allows for bloom and rubs your shoulders while it works.  I mean hot water through good coffee, decently and freshly ground, through a paper filter.  I don't even care if the carafe is glass and heated because I'm drinking that stuff pretty soon after it drops.

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On 4/7/2022 at 8:22 AM, Moby Ric said:

I have a nice coffee maker, having a cup as we speak.  There is no cup of coffee worth paying that much for.

I agree with you.  Now consider the person who goes to Starbucks every day and orders a "venti" drip coffee.  That person spends almost $500 more per year than someone like me, who makes drip at home with good enough beans (assuming 3.4 lbs per month).  In six years, they could have bought that $3,000 coffee machine for the extra cash they drop by buying something they could make at home with a $100 machine.  And that's a pot of coffee vs. 20 oz. of coffee per day.  Buying coffee from a coffee shop daily is far way more wasteful over time than buying even a moderately expensive coffee maker.

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On 4/7/2022 at 1:24 AM, Dutchrudder said:

I got my Moccamaster this week, and it is awesome! Love the coffee smell throughout the kitchen/living room area in the morning.  I can make as little as 2 cups up to ~12 cups at a time!  I bought some Pete's Brazilian grounds off Amazon to start out, but that was an accident, because I bought a grinder I wanted to use.  Will do better with my next purchase and get some beans. The Pete's coffee isn't anything spectacular, but it's better tasting when I brew it at home than anything I got from a local coffee shop around here. 

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Anyone have coffee bean recs for purchase online or in-store?  I hear HEB has pretty good bean options.  

If HEB is open, they/Central Market have a good selection of coffee. Both in their bulk bins and bagged coffees, most of which are from higher quality roasters and have a "roasted on" date stamped on the bag.  If you look carefully, you can usually find beans roasted within seven days. 

Nice setup, btw.  I use an Encore for my brewed coffee/french press, and it works well.  What ratio are you using for the Moccamaster (coffee:water)?

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Thanks for the beans recommendations, I'll see what I can find around me. We don't have a Randall's out here in Cypress, but the HEB does have some beans to choose from.  They have a Central Market medium French roast I'm going to try grinding next time I make a grocery run.

What do you guys do with the used coffee grounds?  I'm saving mine in a tin can, because I'm told they are great to add to your flower beds as extra fertilizer.  

Do you just toss the paper coffee filter after it's used?  I looked it up today, and if you get the Moccamaster brand filters, they are actually biodegradable. So you don't even have to clean out the grounds, just dump the whole thing in a container, and toss it in the flower beds next time you plant some stuff, or bury it wherever you want.  

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To accompany the Technivorm Moccamaster, we recommend these premium paper filters because they are made in the Netherlands using Technivorm's specifications. Bonded without any chemicals or glues, the filters are naturally whitened using an oxygen-based method, which is better for the environment than using bleach.

FYI, the Moccamaster only comes with 3 filters in the box, so you should buy a pack when you order the machine. 100 filters of their brand is only $5. A tip I learned, is that you should rinse both sides of the filter with water before brewing, and that will remove any paper particles that may drip into your coffee and alter the flavor. 

I really love this machine so far. It's super easy to use, and every time I use it, I'm amazed at how fast it churns out the coffee. I usually brew 4-6 cups in the morning to share with my wife, and we finish that by 9am.  The warming plate keeps the pot at 140-145 degrees, which is ready to drink as soon as you pour it. So after dropping off the kids in the morning, I come home and grab a cup that's ready to be drank and get to work. No burning flavor from overcooking it so far. If I want more, I can add some more water to the hopper and push the on/off button to re-engage the process. The flavor doesn't seem to change too much after that initial brew, even if I don't add more grounds. 

I have been cleaning the pot, stem and filter holder every day after use. Do you guys do that, or just every few days?  

I know some people complained about having to use a spoon to move the grounds in the filter to ensure they are all saturated and used. I haven't had an issue with that, but I also don't make a full pot every time. I'm thinking the volume of grounds may play a role in whether or not that's an issue. 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Chopper said:

Anderson's Coffee in Austin roasts 2x per week and ships direct from the store to many Texans who've moved away from Austin. Awesome store on Kerby Lane, has been there for decades.

Interesting... here's the link for anyone who wants it:  https://andersonscoffee.com/product-category/coffee/

What coffees do you get from them? 
What level grind do you get? 

I was thinking it would be best to get whole beans and grind it when I actually want to use it, since that tends to preserve the freshness of it.  They have a great variety of choices here, and I would like to try a couple once I finish the 2 bags I have right now.  

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On 4/7/2022 at 5:54 AM, WhatTheBuck said:

The grocery stores nearby used to have a bulk section of coffee beans. They had those brown paper bags with embedded twist ties for sealing them. And they had a grinder if you wanted to grind them at the store. Those disappeared years ago. I can’t recall when and I don’t know why, but there is now a section devoted to Starbucks coffee and I can’t help but wonder if the two aren’t connected. (Sort of how it’s hard to find a decent straw broom but there’s a whole Swiffer section now.) I used to love to get my Mocha Java there. It sucks that they stopped offering that.

I can drive down to Stauf’s in Grandview, a suburb not far from the OSU campus, where they roast their own beans and have a wide selection. But I do that more for special occasions. Like getting some Jamaican Blue Mountain beans for the holidays. Day in, day out, it’s not really a practical solution.

Browsing the whole beans in the store now, the options are limited. I haven’t sampled many. But I’ve tried the Eight O’Clock brand and it doesn’t suck. It’s okay. These days I’m more inclined to drink Bigelow’s Earl Grey tea in the morning. But the Eight O’Clock whole bean coffee is decent if I’m in the mood.

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Get the Eight  O'Clock Colombian Peaks. Best store bought coffee ever. If you can't find it you can order it from Staples.

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54 minutes ago, DougO said:

Get the Eight  O'Clock Colombian Peaks. Best store bought coffee ever. If you can't find it you can order it from Staples.

Staples? The office supply store?

I have the original medium blend Eight O’Clock variety and it’s fine. I’ll look for the Colombian Peaks.

I still miss my Mocha Java. 

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11 hours ago, Dutchrudder said:

What coffees do you get from them? 
What level grind do you get? 

Typically the Costa Rican flora whole bean, But if they don't have that I'll get any of their city roasts (lighter than Italian but darker than medium) for espresso. Their clerks are very helpful and knowledgeable though if you call 'em up for advice. A couple have worked there for years. Some of Mr. Anderson's story is that after he finished serving in Vietnam ~1970 he was trying to figure out what to do. He read an article about a new coffee shop that the founder of Peet's (Mr. Peet) had opened in CA and he called him up and asked if he could learn from him. He went out there for something like a 6 month apprenticeship to learn roasting. He's an awesome dude and if you are in Austin it is a treat to just walk in that that smallish store - the incredible scent of roasted beans, the old hardwood flooring, the informal stacks of imported candies. They have a brewed coffee of the day but don't offer other coffee drinks - mostly beans but some tea, chocolates and accessories, as well. He's also done so much to keep his coffee prices as low as possible over the years.

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Reusable K Cup user over here. Fight me. It’s much better than the extremely expensive automatic coffee machine in my office. It makes a decent cup of coffee, but it does get a little sandy at the very bottom of the cup. 
 

I’ve working my way through the donut chains. Tim Horton’s, Dunkin’, and Krispy Kreme. I’ve liked the Krispy Kreme the best thus far. It’s one of the highlights of my day, especially in the summer when it is very slow around the office. 
 

I’ll definitely try the Randall’s organic coffee referenced upthread. I shop there pretty frequently. 
 

I was an occasional Starbucks guy, but I’ll go with the locals first if I can. Greenway Coffee makes a pretty outstanding flat white and oat milk latte. 

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On 4/7/2022 at 8:22 AM, Moby Ric said:

So a couple weeks ago I am at the Woodlands Market Street wondering around with the Mrs.  I play my own little game in my head of count the douchebags when I am in places like this.  I had a grand champion that day.

We are in Sur la Table and I am just meandering when I start looking at coffee makers.  They have a few of them that are $3,000.  I chuckle to myself thinking what schmuck would buy one of these.  Well the sales lady asks me if I wanted a cup, I decline.  Well the douche that climbed out of is Porsche SUV with some high maintenance girl says he would like some and he is thinking of purchasing said machine.  It was clearly an attempt to impress this girl he was with.  Wife and I chuckle.  That guy screamed deep in debt with no future savings or retirement with a false sense of wealth acting as if he is the man.  It was pretty fun to watch.

I have a nice coffee maker, having a cup as we speak.  There is no cup of coffee worth paying that much for.

You turned down a free cup from that machine, so you have no fucking idea.

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I've been loosely skipping through.   I'd like to replace my 3 machines.  I have a Keurig single.  I have a drip. and I have a Nespresso.   Which makes the best freaking coffee but those pods are crazy expensive.  And they are taking up a ton of space on my counter.   Is there one machine that replace all three? 

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Those makes different types of coffee, so it's comparing apples to apricots.

 

for drip/pourover, i find v60 the neatest.  drip directly into mug.  use paper filter, and toss filter when done.  no need to clean the actual device itself.

Hario ESD-01TB-EX V60 02 Pour Over Kit

a neat one for small shots is an electric turkish coffee machine.  its basically just a heating plate on a cup.  pour ground coffee in it, add water, press button, done.  then rinse the cup.  super easy to use

Beko Turkish Coffee Maker - Nouri Brothers

 

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So, coffee experts -- what's your go-to weight ratio of water to coffee?  I see references to "17:1:", and honestly, that's too strong for my tastes.  That said, I had a lot of good coffee in NYC last week and have amped up my preference a bit.  I'm currently at 25:1, medium grind on a burr grinder, pour-over method.  Seems pretty dialed in.

Am I missing part of the equation with the grind size?  I heat the water to steaming (~ 200 F) in a stovetop kettle.

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3 hours ago, midtown said:

I've been loosely skipping through.   I'd like to replace my 3 machines.  I have a Keurig single.  I have a drip. and I have a Nespresso.   Which makes the best freaking coffee but those pods are crazy expensive.  And they are taking up a ton of space on my counter.   Is there one machine that replace all three? 

Expensive but does the job very well. Much much better than any pods and you can try different types of beans.

https://www.delonghi.com/en-us/la-specialista-prestigio-espresso-machine-with-smart-tamping-station-and-dual-heating-system-stainless-steel-ec9355m/p/EC9355M

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5 hours ago, midtown said:

I've been loosely skipping through.   I'd like to replace my 3 machines.  I have a Keurig single.  I have a drip. and I have a Nespresso.   Which makes the best freaking coffee but those pods are crazy expensive.  And they are taking up a ton of space on my counter.   Is there one machine that replace all three? 

 

costco runs a box or two on sale monthly. the neuman's own pods are very good

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21 hours ago, 52-80 said:

for drip/pourover, i find v60 the neatest.  drip directly into mug.  use paper filter, and toss filter when done.  no need to clean the actual device itself.

 

Same idea for me but I use a Mellita pour over.  Takes 2 or 3 minutes and makes good coffee.  It doesn't clear off the counter much though since I use and electric kettle and grinder with it.  

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20 hours ago, jimmyjazz said:

So, coffee experts -- what's your go-to weight ratio of water to coffee?  I see references to "17:1:", and honestly, that's too strong for my tastes.  That said, I had a lot of good coffee in NYC last week and have amped up my preference a bit.  I'm currently at 25:1, medium grind on a burr grinder, pour-over method.  Seems pretty dialed in.

Am I missing part of the equation with the grind size?  I heat the water to steaming (~ 200 F) in a stovetop kettle.

The generally recommended ratio is 1:15 - 1:17 (g coffee : ml water).  Lower ratio for french press, higher for drip/V60.  Myself, I typically stay around 30g coffee : 500ml water with a brew time around 3:30 - 4 mins (dark roasts typically brew faster than light).

Long answer: I'll let James Hoffman explain...

As with anything coffee, though, let your tastebuds be your guide.  If 1:25 tastes great to you, then roll with it.

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On 8/25/2022 at 2:03 PM, midtown said:

I've been loosely skipping through.   I'd like to replace my 3 machines.  I have a Keurig single.  I have a drip. and I have a Nespresso.   Which makes the best freaking coffee but those pods are crazy expensive.  And they are taking up a ton of space on my counter.   Is there one machine that replace all three? 

 

21 hours ago, 52-80 said:

Those makes different types of coffee, so it's comparing apples to apricots.

 

for drip/pourover, i find v60 the neatest.  drip directly into mug.  use paper filter, and toss filter when done.  no need to clean the actual device itself.

Hario ESD-01TB-EX V60 02 Pour Over Kit

 

Second vote for V60.  All you need is a grinder, a V60 dripper, a hot water kettle, and papers.  Oh, and a reasonably accurate digital scale that reads down to 0.1g (I found one on Amazon for $12 that works great). The V60 produces damn good coffee and, once you have the technique down, can be easily scaled and adjusted to your taste). The dripper itself is pretty cheap and lasts forever (I use a plastic one for two reasons: it doesn't absorb heat like a ceramic, and my butterfinger ass is prone to dropping things).  Note: not all V60 papers are created equal.  Try and get ones made in Japan.

Brewing a V60 is more time-consuming than popping in a K-cup or Nespresso pod, but I find it a very much worth it.  Grinding beans fresh and immediately brewing them up is one of life's pleasurers.

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I recently learned that my brother-in-law has moved on to the using the included, mesh filter that came with his drip machine.  I'm a paper filter guy for the brighter, slightly sweeter cup of coffee without the silt in the bottom.  If I want the oils, I'll pull a shot of espresso.  If I want the oils and to pick the silt out of my teeth, I'll hit up a French press.  But for drip, I'm a paper filter guy.  Anyone have a strong opinion on this?

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I've found that Sprouts grocery stores have a pretty good selection of whole bean you can buy in bulk. Not as good as most local craft roasters, but significantly cheaper and noticeably better than the mass marketed stuff. I mix it into my rotation every now and then to save a few bucks. There's a local roaster that sells whole beans cheaper than their regular stuff because the beans are misshapen or something, tastes as good to me.

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9 minutes ago, TonyTexas said:

I like paper filters because cleanup is much easier. 

I bought this when my My Cafe wen't out and it says it doesn't need a paper filter but it really does. A bunch of the grounds get through even with a course grind. I found some small filters that work perfect and its easy cleanup.

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On 4/10/2022 at 9:54 AM, Chopper said:

Typically the Costa Rican flora whole bean, But if they don't have that I'll get any of their city roasts (lighter than Italian but darker than medium) for espresso. Their clerks are very helpful and knowledgeable though if you call 'em up for advice. A couple have worked there for years. Some of Mr. Anderson's story is that after he finished serving in Vietnam ~1970 he was trying to figure out what to do. He read an article about a new coffee shop that the founder of Peet's (Mr. Peet) had opened in CA and he called him up and asked if he could learn from him. He went out there for something like a 6 month apprenticeship to learn roasting. He's an awesome dude and if you are in Austin it is a treat to just walk in that that smallish store - the incredible scent of roasted beans, the old hardwood flooring, the informal stacks of imported candies. They have a brewed coffee of the day but don't offer other coffee drinks - mostly beans but some tea, chocolates and accessories, as well. He's also done so much to keep his coffee prices as low as possible over the years.

I went to High School with one of his kids. 

I have a french press, moka pot, and a aero press, but 95% of the time, I use a Mr. Coffee drip. My wife is from the Pacific NW and likes her coffee hair on your titties strong.  So I just make the coffee as strong as humanly possible, with good dark roast beans.  I'm a mesh filter guy because I like the oils.  If you aren't vibrating and about to shit your pants halfway through your second cup, I haven't done my job right. Use a Thermos, prewarmed, to hold the coffee after the pot is brewed. Never had a complaint and most people make a point of asking if I'm making coffee when they crash at Castle Bates for the night. 

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I have most of the brewing accoutrement, but honestly, we end up using the Mr. Coffee most days, since my wife bought it and wants fresh coffee when our alarm goes off.  It's OK.  If I have a say in it, I'll do a pour-over, often just using a stainless steel filter.

I think I'm too old to care any more. 

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I just started following coffeegeek on Post and they've been talking about their new article on the aeropress and the results of some time-consuming and detailed experimentation they've been doing. Just fyi for anyone interested.

AeroPress Inverted Brew Method
A brewing method developed over 15 years to mimic the cup output of a Clover Coffee Maker

You might find this Inverted AeroPress How To a bit different from most others online. That’s because our goal here is to replicate the best brews produced by a $10,000 (in 2006) Clover coffee maker (NY Times article, we’re including a gift link so you can read it for free). I’ll explain more below.

For this How To, we’re using the following coffee and equipment:

You might find this Inverted AeroPress How To a bit different from most others online. That’s because our goal here is to replicate the best brews produced by a $10,000 (in 2006) Clover coffee maker (NY Times article, we’re including a gift link so you can read it for free). I’ll explain more below.

For this How To, we’re using the following coffee and equipment:

  • Coffee Used: Praga Anaerobic Natural Colombian from our favourite coffee supplier, Social Coffee Co., based out of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
  • Filter Used: We’re using the Able Brewing DISK Fine in our demonstration. A permanent metal filter is a requirement to get the most out of this brewing method (The new AeroPress metal filter will do nicely too).
  • Coffee Grinder: For this demonstration, we’re using the Baratza Virtuoso+ Grinder (it’s recent First Look was published on CoffeeGeek), though any good quality grinder from $99 up will do, or a hand cranked grinder.
  • Kettle: Again, any water kettle will do, even a $15 stovetop kettle. We’re using the O-Kettle (here’s our First Look) with temperatures set to 208F.
  • Scale Used: We’re using a trusty, beat up, 15 year old $12 .1 gram scale in this demonstration. Any basic kitchen scale will do.
  • The AeroPress: You can do this tutorial with a standard AeroPress ($35), or an AeroPress Go ($40), keeping in mind the Go version brews slightly less coffee.

full article https://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/aeropress-inverted-brew-method-how-to/

 

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On 4/7/2022 at 2:59 PM, Texzilla58 said:

We dumped the key rig years ago for a delonghi expresso machine, then dumped it when wife developed sleep issues with caffeine. So we have a simple coffee maker. Had a cuisinart, now have a ninja which I like as the water tank comes off rather than filling it with a pot of water.

I like my Ninja, but that cleaning process is a bitch.

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So, when "The Vid" began to hit the US hard (as an aside, the first case of The Vid was diagnosed in the US three years ago on this date), a smaller client began to wind up its operations to close its office.

Since I had been their mouthpiece for a number of years, their CEO offered me their coffee maker. I'm not much of a coffee drinker (for some reason, I don't need caffeine to wake up) But, naturally, I said sure, why not?

Brought it home, set it up and just for grins, looked it up on the Interwebz... and found ...

$3000.00 !!!!

It basically does everything but give an early morning hummer!

And for my fellow Dallasites, if your machine whatever it is needs repair work, the folks at Espresso RMI on Vantage just off of HellBJ do a great job.

 

coffee.pdf

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On 1/19/2023 at 7:44 AM, dcbc said:

I recently learned that my brother-in-law has moved on to the using the included, mesh filter that came with his drip machine.  I'm a paper filter guy for the brighter, slightly sweeter cup of coffee without the silt in the bottom.  If I want the oils, I'll pull a shot of espresso.  If I want the oils and to pick the silt out of my teeth, I'll hit up a French press.  But for drip, I'm a paper filter guy.  Anyone have a strong opinion on this?

We have been doing it several years.  No coffee is too strong for my wife and I have gotten used to it also.

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Bought a Gaggia to complement the Moccamaster, which doesn't make sense when it's just me or my son making a cup.  It's a far superior espresso pull to the two old Saecos I had, but the milk wand is a pain in the ass.  You have to let it heat up twice to do a decent cupful of milk - sometimes three times.  Takes forever.  The product is better but you have to earn it.  

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Love hearing coffee recs.

I'm typically not a flavored coffee guy, at all, but we went to New Mexico last year and came back with New Mexico Pinon Coffee which is fantastic.

I've used an aeropress for the last 10 years and love it, although it can be annoying only getting one mug at a time.

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9 hours ago, Liquor and Poker said:

Bought a Gaggia to complement the Moccamaster, which doesn't make sense when it's just me or my son making a cup.  It's a far superior espresso pull to the two old Saecos I had, but the milk wand is a pain in the ass.  You have to let it heat up twice to do a decent cupful of milk - sometimes three times.  Takes forever.  The product is better but you have to earn it.  

Does it have an auto frother on the wand or something?  Mine just has the wand (though I think I could add an auto frother).  I've had no trouble getting milk plenty hot with it.

 

Also, doesn't Saeco own Gaggia?

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