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What's the best coffee you can brew at home?

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Created December 03, 2011 at 5:55 PM

What's the best coffee you can brew at home?

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on November 28, 2012
at 07:57 AM

We had fun playing with a capsule machine when we visited my BIL last year, but the plastic waste just appalled me! And the cost! Plus, you are committed to one company for all your coffee in many cases. That seems like a step backwards to a time when Ma Bell owned the phone hard wired into your house (most of you are probably too young . . .).

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(19235)

on February 20, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Indeed that is so :)

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on February 20, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Nice manual burr grinder, you must be a coffee purist.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:55 PM

raydawg, i was just in the Village on Sunday, we shop in a little coffee store there (which also has an online shop), the kona was $24.99lb, and the jamaican blue mountain was $49/lb. we treated ourselves to a half pound of the kona, and we bought some monsoon malabar as well at $9.99/lb. blue mountain is very light, very smooth, but i think it has a very different flavor profile then sumatra.... anyway if you want to treat yourself (or ask for as a gift), order from porto rico importing.

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on December 05, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Well I figure its still cheaper than starbuck's :)

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on December 05, 2011
at 04:40 PM

I LOVE the Nespresso and want one. But at one dollar per cup of coffee, my husband and I would spend $4-5 a day on coffee. Wish those little capsules were cheaper!

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on December 04, 2011
at 05:58 PM

French press all the way for me as well. Cooks Illustrated had a good step by step guide to perfect french press coffee that might be on their site?

51602d606442284ee36eb286de9decaa

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I have a Bodum 1L and a generic single cup one for work. I like the Bodum, but as long as you check the quality of the filter piece you should be ok with anything you find.

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on December 04, 2011
at 01:20 PM

...then wander over to The Original for poutine?...Dan & Louis or the Bijou for oysters?...gotta stay away from those doughnuts...foggy brain starting to clear...

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on December 04, 2011
at 01:09 PM

The good old Swedish gasoline. We used to order Gevalia for the free Krups coffeemakers.

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on December 04, 2011
at 01:06 PM

Love the Aeropress - makes amazing coffee with fresh beans.

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:29 AM

The dash of salt works in already-brewed coffee, too.

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on December 04, 2011
at 06:00 AM

<3 hario. totally adored the clever coffee dripper - had one for tea and one for coffee, but the goddamn lids on both just kept on breaking. so back to my happy time ceramic pour-over and chemex.

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on December 04, 2011
at 05:13 AM

SO Sick of stumptown! Arg- *I'll have a double espresso with self actualization.*

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:30 AM

shall we discuss rosewood stampers!?!?!? <3 hario. totally adored the clever coffee dripper - had one for tea and one for coffee, but the goddamn lids on both just kept on breaking. so back to my happy time ceramic pour-over and chemex :)

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on December 04, 2011
at 04:09 AM

Stumptown led me to the alter of the coffee bean. Bless them!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Coffee snob :)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Chemex make good coffee.

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on December 03, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I'd love to get some Kona but the prices are insane. I've tried blue mountain coffee while on a trip to Jamaica, but it's not much better than the stuff I get from Costco (Sumatra). Kona however, is to kill for.

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:42 PM

This coffee is actually pretty good.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:17 PM

+1 for the french press. I really have to get one... Any recommendations?

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Haha! I do a "sophisticated" blend of Dunkin Dark Roast with Maxwell House Decaf. Actually, whatever is on sale works for me...

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:14 PM

A dash of salt in the coffee grounds prior to brewing is something I learned from a gourmet chef, It's cuts the bitterness considerably.

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51602d606442284ee36eb286de9decaa

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on December 03, 2011
at 06:05 PM

That depends on how you prepare your coffee really. I prefer buying my beans whole, grinding them coarsely at home and brewing them in a french press. Gives you a lot of control over the brew and is just so tasty and fresh!

51602d606442284ee36eb286de9decaa

(80)

on December 04, 2011
at 04:08 PM

I have a Bodum 1L and a generic single cup one for work. I like the Bodum, but as long as you check the quality of the filter piece you should be ok with anything you find.

Ecc6aa6f4a961fbfce510bda4bd84916

(451)

on December 04, 2011
at 05:58 PM

French press all the way for me as well. Cooks Illustrated had a good step by step guide to perfect french press coffee that might be on their site?

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:17 PM

+1 for the french press. I really have to get one... Any recommendations?

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Wow, I now realize I am an ignorant pawn of corporate America. I buy Folger's Columbian at Safeway. :O

I must say, though, that in the morning it tastes pretty good to me--although the heavy cream and unprocessed honey probably help. :-))

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:16 PM

Haha! I do a "sophisticated" blend of Dunkin Dark Roast with Maxwell House Decaf. Actually, whatever is on sale works for me...

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on December 03, 2011
at 07:20 PM

I roast my own with beans from www.sweetmarias.com ... then I make espresso with them using a manual, lever driven Italian machine called a La Pavoni. It's "primal" espresso. :-)

Espresso, especially, wants fresh beans. When I roast them myself, I know exactly how old they are.

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Coffee snob :)

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on December 04, 2011
at 06:28 PM

Maybe not the best but pretty good.

  • Good quality freshly roasted coffee beans.

  • A burr grinder. Mine is a Hario Mini Mill, provides good exercise grinding the beans.

  • Bodum Columbia double walled cafetiere keeps the coffee hot.

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6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on February 20, 2012
at 02:38 AM

Nice manual burr grinder, you must be a coffee purist.

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on February 20, 2012
at 06:53 PM

Indeed that is so :)

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:20 AM

I tried every organic medium to dark roast at Trader Joe's, and the Bolivian won out for both my husband and I, with the Sumatran and French Roast coming in second.

I use an Aeropress for brewing, but I'm thinking about switching to a Chemex. I'd like to get more plastic out of our life, plus it takes like 10 minutes (of active prep time, not just pour-and-forget) every morning to make coffees. And it uses a lot of coffee. But nothing I've found beats the Aeropress in taste and coffee strength (which is perfect for iced coffee).

And a burr grinder for fresh ground beans is a must :)

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on December 04, 2011
at 12:57 AM

Chemex make good coffee.

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on December 04, 2011
at 01:06 PM

Love the Aeropress - makes amazing coffee with fresh beans.

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on December 03, 2011
at 10:32 PM

Stumptown. The line to the barista was all 30 something 120 pound guys about 6 feet tall in black pegged levis. They might have been paleo I but I have my doubts. No question about whether they knew which coffee was best.

For home use I use the house blend ground coarse and French pressed. The best drip perk is from a Technivorm, but too spendy right now.

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:09 AM

Stumptown led me to the alter of the coffee bean. Bless them!

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(10611)

on December 04, 2011
at 01:20 PM

...then wander over to The Original for poutine?...Dan & Louis or the Bijou for oysters?...gotta stay away from those doughnuts...foggy brain starting to clear...

C0fcb48d7da4f76fac17318efd2cd6b8

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on December 04, 2011
at 05:13 AM

SO Sick of stumptown! Arg- *I'll have a double espresso with self actualization.*

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:14 PM

Trader Joe's French Roast! Best coffee I've ever had, just with a regular drip machine.

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:42 PM

This coffee is actually pretty good.

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Cdee7454bccdc4ac14ec23b9657eb573

on December 04, 2011
at 07:32 AM

I used to grind the beans. Now I just use Gevalia; just as good and comes in a variety of flavors. We get it mailed to the house.

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on December 04, 2011
at 01:09 PM

The good old Swedish gasoline. We used to order Gevalia for the free Krups coffeemakers.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 04, 2011
at 03:54 AM

There will never be a definitive answer to this question. Like tea, it is purely personal taste and preference.

For me, I have three methods: Chemex. Pour over. French Press. For the beans it's all over the place: Stumptown, Oslo, Vivace, Cafe Vita, Grumpy, Counter Culture, Blue Bottle, Trader Joe's Costa Rican Tarrazu. All different grinds, different roasting. Beans are kept in a Mason jar in a dark cupboard.

I just make for myself and only have one big fat delicious cup on the days that I don't have tea. I love the pour-over method and Chemex is truly superior. French press is fantastic as well but I actually hate having to take it apart to clean so it doesn't come out that often. So for the most part its split between Chemex and pour-over.

Coffee is my treat and one of the few $$ indulgences that I allow myself right now so no messing around :)

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on December 03, 2011
at 10:25 PM

The "correct" response to any "which is best" or "which is worst" question, can only be:

Best, or worst, in terms of which particular criteria?

Distinctions matter. Best taste? Requires a particular observer with particular tastes. Same with every other criterion I'm aware of, including political considerations like Fair Trade.

One thing 10 blind tasters have in common is a palette. Even more common thing: their palette is unique.

This particular observer is fond of espresso blends, for instance Peet's Espresso Forte. Tastes great in French press at home as well as home espresso machine.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on December 04, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Nespresso machine. Put in the capsule, out comes the espresso. Little machine from heaven. You can dial the darkness of your brew from the color of the capsule.

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on December 05, 2011
at 04:40 PM

I LOVE the Nespresso and want one. But at one dollar per cup of coffee, my husband and I would spend $4-5 a day on coffee. Wish those little capsules were cheaper!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on December 05, 2011
at 07:34 PM

Well I figure its still cheaper than starbuck's :)

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on November 28, 2012
at 07:57 AM

We had fun playing with a capsule machine when we visited my BIL last year, but the plastic waste just appalled me! And the cost! Plus, you are committed to one company for all your coffee in many cases. That seems like a step backwards to a time when Ma Bell owned the phone hard wired into your house (most of you are probably too young . . .).

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D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

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on December 04, 2011
at 04:15 AM

Good beans (eg. home roasted and City or City+, or Stumptown) done in a Clever Coffee Dripper. I have had very expensive french presses, and I think that 12 dollar piece of plastic beats the pants off most french press coffee. I love Hario V60 pourover but don't have the patience for one at home. A burr grinder is important. Raw cream and a bit of coconut sugar - but that's a concession to being a supertaster with a sweet tooth - my coffee does NOT need it. Purrrrrrrr......

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 04, 2011
at 06:00 AM

<3 hario. totally adored the clever coffee dripper - had one for tea and one for coffee, but the goddamn lids on both just kept on breaking. so back to my happy time ceramic pour-over and chemex.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on December 04, 2011
at 04:30 AM

shall we discuss rosewood stampers!?!?!? <3 hario. totally adored the clever coffee dripper - had one for tea and one for coffee, but the goddamn lids on both just kept on breaking. so back to my happy time ceramic pour-over and chemex :)

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on December 04, 2011
at 03:59 AM

I love grinding fresh blue bottle coffee beans and brewing a pot in the my french press. For my tastes, I use 5 Tbsp of coffee per 30 oz. I steep it for 4 min and 30 seconds. It's so incredibly smooth and flavorful. It's like wine in that you can pick up other flavors. Mmmmmm

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on December 03, 2011
at 09:29 PM

Not really a coffee snob myself. I've settled on Cafe Bustelo as my brand of choice. Dark and mild is what I like. I dislike light roasts because they turn out very acidic and too caffeinated.

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on December 03, 2011
at 08:39 PM

Coffee is really a taste preference, but I can offer some ideas:

If you like smooth, Kona bean (not kona blend), jamaican high mountain or jamaican blue mountain.

A real treat is a bean "Monsoon Malabar", it's hard to find in a store, but you can get it online.

Consumers Reports always rates Chock Full Of Nut's pretty highly.

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on December 03, 2011
at 11:28 PM

I'd love to get some Kona but the prices are insane. I've tried blue mountain coffee while on a trip to Jamaica, but it's not much better than the stuff I get from Costco (Sumatra). Kona however, is to kill for.

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on December 06, 2011
at 05:55 PM

raydawg, i was just in the Village on Sunday, we shop in a little coffee store there (which also has an online shop), the kona was $24.99lb, and the jamaican blue mountain was $49/lb. we treated ourselves to a half pound of the kona, and we bought some monsoon malabar as well at $9.99/lb. blue mountain is very light, very smooth, but i think it has a very different flavor profile then sumatra.... anyway if you want to treat yourself (or ask for as a gift), order from porto rico importing.

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on December 03, 2011
at 06:50 PM

A friend of mine roasts his own beans. In my experience, his coffee is as good as it gets.

http://coffeeproject.com/shop/magento/index.php

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on December 03, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I like the poor mans espresso made with a mocha pot. My favorite! If you can roast and grind your own beans that is were you really extract the most flavor from. The freshness of the roast is important and they say you should not grind your beans until just before brewing. Mmmmmmmm....coffee.

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on December 03, 2011
at 06:18 PM

Toddy cold brewed coffee!!!

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on November 27, 2012
at 08:55 PM

i use organo gold. its the best. its healthy http://mycapturepage.com/cp23.php?id=470

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