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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    My available methods of making coffee at home now include.
    A French press (more than one, actually)...
    Ditto:
    • A classic old one with a worn bakelite(?) knob for caffeine,
    • A vintage one in silver-plate and silver knob from the '50s for decaf (other residents are on notice), and
    • A double capacity one for those long days.

    Lately, Sumatra Mandehling has been my beans of choice. I don't know what they're categorized as, but I like them.

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    While I mostly get my caffeine from yerba mate these days, I use a Bialetti when I want coffee (I grind it but don't roast it). I like it black and alternate between the unfiltered moka pot and filtered. To make filtered, I cut a paper filter to the diameter of the grounds holder and adhere it to the filter plate by dampening it. Then, I assemble the Bialetti and make it the normal way. It removed the thicker oils but leaves the deep flavor.... I'm on the fence about which way I prefer, unfiltered or filtered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    While I mostly get my caffeine from yerba mate these days, I use a Bialetti when I want coffee (I grind it but don't roast it). I like it black and alternate between the unfiltered moka pot and filtered. To make filtered, I cut a paper filter to the diameter of the grounds holder and adhere it to the filter plate by dampening it. Then, I assemble the Bialetti and make it the normal way. It removed the thicker oils but leaves the deep flavor.... I'm on the fence about which way I prefer, unfiltered or filtered.

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    filtered, all the way for me

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    Switched to an Elektra MCAL espresso machine during the pandemic. Espresso is my choice nearly all the time. My backup methods are still turkish & moka pot, usually turkish. In fact, since my grinder is under repair, iím making turkish this week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
    While I mostly get my caffeine from yerba mate these days, I use a Bialetti when I want coffee (I grind it but don't roast it). I like it black and alternate between the unfiltered moka pot and filtered. To make filtered, I cut a paper filter to the diameter of the grounds holder and adhere it to the filter plate by dampening it. Then, I assemble the Bialetti and make it the normal way. It removed the thicker oils but leaves the deep flavor.... I'm on the fence about which way I prefer, unfiltered or filtered.

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    filtered, all the way for me
    With the Bialetti, with the paper filter placed on the metal filterplate?

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    A: No it isn't.
    M: Yes it is! It's not just contradiction.
    A: Look, if I argue with you, I must take up a contrary position.
    M: Yes, but that's not just saying 'No it isn't.'
    A: Yes it is!
    M: No it isn't!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lloyd View Post
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    While I mostly get my caffeine from yerba mate these days, I use a Bialetti when I want coffee (I grind it but don't roast it). I like it black and alternate between the unfiltered moka pot and filtered. To make filtered, I cut a paper filter to the diameter of the grounds holder and adhere it to the filter plate by dampening it. Then, I assemble the Bialetti and make it the normal way. It removed the thicker oils but leaves the deep flavor.... I'm on the fence about which way I prefer, unfiltered or filtered.

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    filtered, all the way for me
    With the Bialetti, with the paper filter placed on the metal filterplate?

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    No, sorry, I just meant that I prefer filtered coffee to remove some of the more bitter oils. I have gone back to pour-overs at home. I just use a cheap steel cone with micro-mesh. Works great. My wife doesn't drink coffee, so there is only me to brew for....

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    I've become a total coffee heathen. We have every device imaginable for making it, and my husband still generally uses a steel filter for himself, but I now drink almost exclusively instant. Very good instant, but instant nonetheless. I don't enjoy the oiliness of anything else any more*.

    I'll still have a shot of espresso if I'm out, but just can't be bothered with anything else.

    I am (even with instant) very fussy about where my coffee has been grown, and only really like beans from as far north of the equator, with a huge preference for Latin American and Caribbean varieties. Must be organic too.

    * When I'm home in Antigua, we just get Leeward Island grown green coffee, usually from Dominica (NOT the DR), pan roast it and grind it at home. Now that really is delicious...

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    I guess I am a vintage person. I like my ancient Bialetti stovetop Moka pot. Sometimes I use sweetened condensed milk instead of creamer.

    Whatís nice about the Moka pot is that I can use pretty much everything from Folgers in a red bucket to fancy self-ground coffee, and it works great. Aside from changing the filter / seal and cleaning the pressure relief, it is pretty much maintenance free.

    One note - keep the coffee grounds out of the threads. The pot really needs a good seal to function right.

    And the coffee? Like a fine, smooth, fountain pen ink, maybe even Graf von Faber Castell. Good coffee goes hand in hand with fountain pens and good ink (and maybe a slice of toasted sourdough with butter and raspberry preserves).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Radonactionservices View Post
    I guess I am a vintage person. I like my ancient Bialetti stovetop Moka pot. Sometimes I use sweetened condensed milk instead of creamer.

    Whatís nice about the Moka pot is that I can use pretty much everything from Folgers in a red bucket to fancy self-ground coffee, and it works great. Aside from changing the filter / seal and cleaning the pressure relief, it is pretty much maintenance free.

    One note - keep the coffee grounds out of the threads. The pot really needs a good seal to function right.

    And the coffee? Like a fine, smooth, fountain pen ink, maybe even Graf von Faber Castell. Good coffee goes hand in hand with fountain pens and good ink (and maybe a slice of toasted sourdough with butter and raspberry preserves).


    I am too a fan of this pot.

    I just had my coffee and it is done by a Italian Coffee single /double maker ( ""Bialetti stovetop Moka pot coffee maker" ) with some strong powdered cloves to give extra aroma .

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    My available methods of making coffee at home now include.
    A French press (more than one, actually)...
    Ditto:
    • A classic old one with a worn bakelite(?) knob for caffeine,
    • A vintage one in silver-plate and silver knob from the '50s for decaf (other residents are on notice), and
    • A double capacity one for those long days.

    Lately, Sumatra Mandehling has been my beans of choice. I don't know what they're categorized as, but I like them.
    They used to be my favorite.
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    I'm an equal opportunity coffee drinker. I will drink it however I can. My daily go to is French press and K cup at school. At home French press and pour over.

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    Has the individual who came up with flavored coffee ever been punished?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Has the individual who came up with flavored coffee ever been punished?

    https://www.bettys.co.uk/yorkshire-tea-biscuit-brew

    There is biscuit/cookie flavoured tea, also very strange but not bad at all, without milk or sugar, for that cup of tea at 11.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Has the individual who came up with flavored coffee ever been punished?
    Now that is an idea I raise my mug o joe to!

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    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Switched to an Elektra MCAL espresso machine during the pandemic. Espresso is my choice nearly all the time. My backup methods are still turkish & moka pot, usually turkish. In fact, since my grinder is under repair, iím making turkish this week.
    That's a manual machine it seems...did you ever have an automatic one (where the pressure level is not under your manual control?), and if so is the manual really worth it? If I'm only making lattes and cappuccinos regularly, will I even notice all the extra flavor extracted? I've found the steamed milk somewhat moderates/covers some unwanted flavors/characteristics but not others...a good shot will still shine, but a strange one might be tolerable. Of course, severely under or over-extracted shots seem to still suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fountainpenkid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by guyy View Post
    Switched to an Elektra MCAL espresso machine during the pandemic. Espresso is my choice nearly all the time. My backup methods are still turkish & moka pot, usually turkish. In fact, since my grinder is under repair, iím making turkish this week.
    That's a manual machine it seems...did you ever have an automatic one (where the pressure level is not under your manual control?), and if so is the manual really worth it? If I'm only making lattes and cappuccinos regularly, will I even notice all the extra flavor extracted? I've found the steamed milk somewhat moderates/covers some unwanted flavors/characteristics but not others...a good shot will still shine, but a strange one might be tolerable. Of course, severely under or over-extracted shots seem to still suck.
    Yes, they MCAL is manual. I wouldnít have anything else. Once you have your technique down you can be very consistent with a manual machine. A good grinder is a must of course, but thatís the case for any espresso machine. I donít make many milk drinks, just once in a while for guests.

    The MCAL is a little easier to operate in that itís a spring lever machine. Supposedly the pressure supplied by the spring varies in exactly the way youíd want it to for optimal extraction. I donít know how true that is but it does make good coffee.

    Iíve been using & maintaining manual machines for decades. The simplicity appeals to me, especially on the maintenance front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Kaputnik View Post
    My available methods of making coffee at home now include.
    A French press (more than one, actually)...
    Ditto:
    • A classic old one with a worn bakelite(?) knob for caffeine,
    • A vintage one in silver-plate and silver knob from the '50s for decaf (other residents are on notice), and
    • A double capacity one for those long days.

    Lately, Sumatra Mandehling has been my beans of choice. I don't know what they're categorized as, but I like them.
    Do you put anything in your coffee Fred?

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    I used to have a little espresso maker. I'd make shot after shot and fill my mug as if it was regular coffee, and still wouldn't feel a thing! That was 10 years ago. Now I'm old and drink decaf only. I make starbucks or dunkin decaf in a French press and leave it on my counter and drink from it over the course of a few days... I don't set the bar very high for myself anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrayonAngelss View Post
    ...Do you put anything in your coffee Fred?
    Nada. Just black, please.

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    After doing a little reading about Vietnamese coffee, I ordered a Vietnamese coffee blend (whole beans, of course). Apparently, traditional Vietnamese coffee uses Robusta beans, which I have heard are more bitter than the Arabica ones we're used to in America. Still, I've never tried them, and am curious. The coffee I ordered is a blend of Arabica and Robusta.

    I did not order a phin, which is the distinctive Vietnamese type of pour over maker. If I can't make something to my taste with the Moka pot, then a different type of coffee maker probably isn't going to help. Still, I was interested to learn about it.
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