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Let's talk COFFEE! What kind do you drink?

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Created March 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Straight up coffee - I don't care for cream/sugar or any additives in my coffee - what kind/brand do you recommend? Also, I had a "hazelnut coffee" this morning @ Coffee Bean [was running late to work], I'm aware this is flavored, how bad was it -exactly- for a paleo?

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Glither -absolutely about coffee. Shame on you for thinking dirty! haha!

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on March 23, 2012
at 04:49 AM

love, married, play the field, like em strong and dark... You're talking about coffee, right?

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on March 23, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Hahahaha. Nice an easy.

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on March 23, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Like @ Intelligensia?

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:57 PM

sounds like heaven!

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on March 22, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Yeah I know what you mean. Everyone who comes over is always like, WTF is this?!

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Coffee Snob Here. I love Sweet Maria's and home roast too. I then add butter or coconut oil and Dagoba 100% dark chocolate in my espresso.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:23 PM

The only thing nescafe is good for is making coffee flavored ice cream

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:58 AM

herkimer is sooooo god...oops, i meant good.

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Stumptown is what got me into drinking coffee. Before that I thought all coffee tasted pretty bad.

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Great recommendations. In general, small-batch roasters are the best for quality (and sustainability). I typically get my beans from Victrola, Cafe Vita (which also has an NYC location now), or Herkimer (http://www.herkimercoffee.com/hc_dev/order.php) which has an online store. As for preparation, French press and pour-over, all the way.

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at 04:39 PM

I didn't think Upgraded coffee came in ground-style. I think they leave it in whole bean form, so that it doesn't go rancid as quickly. (The oils in ground coffee tend to go rancid sort of like nuts can).

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:55 PM

I'm very into coffee and I've tried some of the great roasters on the scene today. Handsome coffee roasters out of LA is amazing. If you live in the Northwest, Stumptown out of Portland has gotten national attention for their coffee. They have a roaster in NYC and a number of shops carry their coffee in the city. If you live in the Midwest, Intelligentsia out of Chicago is a premier coffee roaster. In Boston there is Barismo and in San Fran there is Blue Bottle and Ritual coffee. All are excellent. In the Mid Atlantic there is Counter Culture, which is considered one of the first in fine origin fair trade coffee roasters. There is so many great coffees out there, it all depends on your tastes. Do you like bold full body coffees or a lighter citrus roast? I personally like coffees from Ethiopia. They typically are on the lighter side and very bright with some berry taste. All of these coffee roasting coffees don't need any sugar or creme because of their pure perfection. Here is a link to the top 6 roasters and a NY Times review of the coffee scene. I hope this helps.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/dining/10coffee.html?pagewanted=all

http://store.bluebottlecoffee.net/StoreFront.bok

http://counterculturecoffee.com/index.php

http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/

http://stumptowncoffee.com/

http://www.handsomecoffee.com/

http://ritualroasters.com/

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Stumptown is what got me into drinking coffee. Before that I thought all coffee tasted pretty bad.

0a31b8309ef49bd18cd21d87d3b0b38d

(426)

on March 20, 2012
at 07:37 PM

Great recommendations. In general, small-batch roasters are the best for quality (and sustainability). I typically get my beans from Victrola, Cafe Vita (which also has an NYC location now), or Herkimer (http://www.herkimercoffee.com/hc_dev/order.php) which has an online store. As for preparation, French press and pour-over, all the way.

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on March 21, 2012
at 04:58 AM

herkimer is sooooo god...oops, i meant good.

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:00 AM

I normally buy fresh single origin whole beans from my local grocery store, but when I feel like splurging for some better tasting beans I like to buy Panama Elida Estate Reserve beans or some India A Elkhill Estate beans. Both of these coffees are really good but not too expensive and both can be found online for less than 15.00/lb. (excluding shipping costs).

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:41 PM

I commented to another poster's answer about the local brands I like, but that leads to this comment, which is that the best coffee, regardless of where you live, tends to be from roasters that produce in small batches, have single-origin coffees available, and have not just fair-trade but direct-trade relationships with the plantations that produce their green. Not only is the quality typically higher, but this coffee is usually the most environmentally friendly and the most human friendly (in terms of fostering truly fair trade and better working conditions for coffee growers and their staff).

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on March 22, 2012
at 08:06 PM

Confessions of a coffee player...

I have a Gaggia classic espresso machine and Gaggia grinder to make my morning americano's with. I love this moderately priced setup and will no longer drink any pre-made coffee at any shop. I fresh grind daily, and usually add -gelatin (for flexibility), coconut (for ramping up that metabolism), honey (for sticky things) and heavy cream (no explanation necessary).

I am not married to one brand..I play the field.... While I always buy whole bean espresso, I buy a different kind every time. Sometimes from local roasters, sometimes online. I like em strong and dark. Maybe someday I will settle down with a variety that I can see partaking of for a longer commitment, but until then variety is the spice of life!

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on March 23, 2012
at 05:45 PM

Glither -absolutely about coffee. Shame on you for thinking dirty! haha!

Medium avatar

(3029)

on March 23, 2012
at 04:49 AM

love, married, play the field, like em strong and dark... You're talking about coffee, right?

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:34 PM

I tend to drink either Bulletproof-Upgraded or a locally-roasted, shade-grown, low-mycotoxin coffee that I get from a local vendor.

I also prefer to either "aeropress" or French-press my coffee, though I've had good success with both of these with a re-usable Keurig filter at work as well.

I tend to have mine with either a home-made coconut creamer, with butter (a la 'bulletproof'), or with heavy cream, depending on the circumstances, but both of these are the ONLY coffees I've ever had that I could drink black, or black with just a dusting of cinnamon.

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on March 20, 2012
at 09:32 PM

I look for coffee that is certified organic (generally shade-grown) and certified Fair Trade. And dark roast because that's all I like. After that, I'm looking for what's less expensive in whatever store I'm in.

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on March 20, 2012
at 08:33 PM

Dunkin Donuts Regular Blend with Cream and Coconut oil!

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:34 PM

Ok, I'll risk being the coffee snob--we order green beans and roast them ourselves, in a deep cast iron pan. Sweet Maria's or Coffee Bean Corral are good places. Lately we've been lazy and just bought Green MT Coffee or something similar (roasted in VT), but we just ordered some green beans the other day...

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on March 22, 2012
at 03:57 PM

sounds like heaven!

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:40 PM

Coffee Snob Here. I love Sweet Maria's and home roast too. I then add butter or coconut oil and Dagoba 100% dark chocolate in my espresso.

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on March 20, 2012
at 06:27 PM

At the office, I drink the Office Coffee (Peet's). Not outstanding, but it has the advantage of being free to me. If you don't prefer anything in your coffee/black coffee, the quality is going to matter A LOT. Both quality and brewing technique will matter. I'd go for Illy. It's consistently delicious and robust without any bitterness. I made it in a moka pot/espresso cooker. Now I just stick with Office Coffee and make something like Eight o' Clock at home only on weekends. I was in LOVE with Celestial Seasonings organic/shade grown/fare trade coffees. They were whole-bean and so excellent. They discontinued it! Woe was me. I haven't found a good organic coffee since. They have all tasted worse than Starbux!

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:23 PM

We get our coffee from a local small-batch roaster - Coffee Roasters of Florida (www.coffeeroastersofflorida.com) - who has the smoothest espresso blend I've ever tried.

We travel to Raleigh, NC a lot and when I'm there I really like Larry's Beans (www.larrysbeans.com). When we travel elsewhere (domestically - when we travel internationally its generally to Central or South America and the coffee is good wherever we go) I either bring my own baggie of coffee, try to find a local roaster or do without (painful!)

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on March 20, 2012
at 10:03 PM

nescafe instant. super easy, no clean up, pretty tasty. black.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:23 PM

The only thing nescafe is good for is making coffee flavored ice cream

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on March 22, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Yeah I know what you mean. Everyone who comes over is always like, WTF is this?!

Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on March 23, 2012
at 02:59 AM

Hahahaha. Nice an easy.

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:24 PM

Hands down OQ Coffee is the best, great roasters, and better than fair trade as Ben helps growers build their business, Great coffee, great company

http://oqcoffee.com/

check them out.

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on March 20, 2012
at 07:23 PM

They are having issues keeping it in stock, but TJs has a nice Guatemalan wet processed whole bean.

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on March 20, 2012
at 05:35 PM

I really prefer cold-brewed coffee, the flavor is so intense. Also do standard "drip" coffee, I'm not picky. I've tried most all brands of grocery store coffee, and prefer Cafe Bustelo personally (it also happens to be nearly the cheapest).

Cream is all it needs really, but sometimes a bit of honey or turbinado sugar is good too.

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I've been drinking Gevalia coffee. I ordered some Upgraded Coffee, but I thought I ordered it ground and I got beans so I haven't tried it yet.

For a mug I add a bulging tbsp of heavy cream and a tsp of honey. I take nearly an hour to sip a mug, so 3 mugs kills the entire morning.

I find the whole ritual very soothing. It remains to be seen whether my habit will continue past May when we start breaking 100F every day. Last year I put the coffee away and drank water.

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:39 PM

I didn't think Upgraded coffee came in ground-style. I think they leave it in whole bean form, so that it doesn't go rancid as quickly. (The oils in ground coffee tend to go rancid sort of like nuts can).

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:03 PM

I come from a long line of Swedish coffee addicts, so this is my kind of question.

Coffee is flavored with various natural and not-so-natural oils that coat the beans to make whatever flavor profile the chemists want. I can't say if that's damaging to your health, but I tend to avoid the fancy flavored stuff because 1. I can't imagine that "Strawberry Vanilla" coffee is anywhere close to being a natural food product and 2. I can't imagine that "Strawberry Vanilla" coffee can possibly taste good.

While Boyer's French Roast coffee is my old standby, I am lucky enough to have a lot of travelers in my family who like to bring back coffees from exotic locales, such as Belize, Brazil, and Indonesia. It's fun to try things directly from the source.

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on March 23, 2012
at 03:34 AM

I usually have certified organic freeze-dried instant coffee, with some butter. Any thoughts on this?

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on March 23, 2012
at 01:55 AM

Peets Major Dickason's blend, french press, every day, usually black, with a dab of heavy cream maybe twice a month when the mood strikes me.

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on March 22, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Good old Community from Louisiana. Between blend. I like dark, she likes medium so this fills the bill for us. We buy it 10 bags at a time and they send it to us automatically. BTW, it still comes in 1 lb bags which I like.

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:43 PM

starbucks italian or french roast

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on March 20, 2012
at 04:07 PM

I hand-pour my coffee, and I add in a hearty amount of cream and coconut oil.

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on March 23, 2012
at 02:21 AM

Like @ Intelligensia?

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on November 27, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I drink Organo Gold. It's very healthy and is good for you http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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