Coffee snobs

Discussion in 'The Mainboard' started by High Cotton, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. ned's head

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  2. FelipeG

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    Any of you guys used one of these. The wife picked up one awhile back. It definitely cleans up the sediments that some folks don't like with a French press.

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  3. pratyk

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    I used a muslin / cheese cloth for cold brews. This looks like a better form factor
     
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  4. TAS

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    me too :)
    What's your chemex technique?
     
  5. DuffandMuff

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    Got my V60 and the other crap. What are the best step by step directions for making my first pour over tomorrow morning?
     
  6. AlternativeFactsRule

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  7. Jorts

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    I’ve enjoyed this method recently

     
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  8. MODEVIL

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    This is what I do but heard good things about 4:6

     
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  9. Eamudo229

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    It’s been a revelation to me. So adaptable. I feel I can dial in the particular flavor I am looking for much easier with this method than any others I have tried.
     
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  10. Jorts

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    Big fan of this one as well, especially if I’m brewing 500mg+

     
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  11. ned's head

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    I've settled in on the rao method
     
  12. infected donkey

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    Just went down to onyx and got a bag of geometry and a nitro cold brew to go.
     
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  13. ned's head

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    Getting back into roasting. Had terrible luck with the behmor. Wish I wouldn't have fumbled the freshroast into a million pieces.
     
  14. FelipeG

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    My haul from last month's trip to Panama. Didn't make it out to the farms this time but I picked these up at the grocery. They are not Elida's $500 or $800 Geishas but I did get a bag of Janson's Geisha.

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  15. cutig

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    Love the fresh roast. Finally got a little consistency in my roasting. Need to get one of the expanded chambers now.
     
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  16. ned's head

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    Those are supposed to be great. I'm going to wait until October when they release their newest usb controlled model. If that sucks, I'll probably just get the 540 that just came out.
     
  17. DUCKMOUTH

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    Pretty much only grind Southern Pecan beans now.

    Such a great flavor if you don’t add anything to coffee
     
  18. pratyk

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    Welp.. My current Breville Infuser's sputtering along on its death march and I ended up splurging on a Profitec Pro 300..
     
  19. Eathan Edwards

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    Let's say hypothetically you needed to pick a coffee and espresso brand that was approachable yet hinted at pretentiousness for commercial use:

    Open to suggestions - I have to get 6 quotes due to the deal structure so any input is appreciated.
     
  20. ned's head

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    I would think you would want to search the roasters that are in your city and use those, for freshness purposes. If you have more than 6, I bet someone in here would have an opinion on some
     
  21. pratyk

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    Just beans or equipment as well?

    Where are you based out of? Local or semi-local is always best.
     
  22. MODEVIL

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    Check out common room roasters in Newport. They are expanding their distribution in LA.

    https://commonroomroasters.com/wholesale-1

    Other ideas

    Go get em tiger

    Steady State in North county San Diego.

    Portola coffee in Costa Mesa
     
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  23. Eathan Edwards

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    LA - I've always used Illy and they lease me the equipment for free but their response time has been horrendous so I'm having to re-evaluate this time around.
     
  24. pratyk

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    Portola and Steady State have already been mentioned.

    I like Verve & Augie's as well from LA & Bird Rock from SD.

    I've heard of Four Barrel and Dark Horse but never tried anything from them.

    Nothing fancy but West Coast Roasting is solid choice for 1 LB bags.
     
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  25. MODEVIL

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    The main guy with Common Room Roasters will be obsessed with being associated with a cool new bar. He's gotten himself into Lido House (new hotel in Newport) and took over as Sidecar donuts coffee supplier from Stumptown. He's Australian and the brand does have that sort of cool pretentiousness that you are looking for Eathan Edwards
     
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  26. Eathan Edwards

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    Yea and we’re doing second location in about 8-10 months so it would be a sweet deal for the right brand.

    PM me if you have a contact - otherwise I’ll drop in and get one.
     
  27. ashy larry

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    got an lb of counter culture rwanda for $10 so im throwing together a batch of cold brew
     
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  28. pratyk

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    The shiny new toy has arrived..
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  29. DuffandMuff

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    Went to steady state for the first time Saturday morning.
     
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  30. MODEVIL

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    What did you have?
     
  31. Jorts

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    :lovelove:
     
  32. DuffandMuff

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    I got the nitro cold brew and it was delicious. Friend got a pour over...want to say it was an Ethiopian? I had some of that as well, but wasn’t overly impressed by it.

    Picked up the Costa Rica Las Lajas Honey from Lofty on Thursday. Been great so far.

    Enjoyed an espresso from Bird Rock yesterday before hitting the beach.
     
  33. MODEVIL

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    I like their space traveler blend. I had a cortado that was good. Didn’t get a pour over but I generally avoid them now in shops because quality machines are better.
     
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  34. hawkeyeOUTeast

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    Haven’t read through this entire thread, but recently was given a Delonghi coffee/espresso maker. I have only ever had cheap Keurigs. I know this new machine isn’t anything great but I’m trying to take baby steps. I drink 5 shots over ice each morning for speed and convenience and would like to stop buying that drink from a shop. What do I need to get started? I don’t want to spend a ton, as I may not end up enjoying this hobby as much as I think I will, so I’d like recommendations for a beginner. What type of beans (I like strong, oily, bold flavor)? What’s a good beginner grinder? What else do I need? Thanks tMB coffee experts.
     
  35. infected donkey

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    Cheapest route would be hand grinder, and aero press.
     
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  36. infected donkey

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    And still make quality stuff. At my new job I’m the coffee snob who aeropresses a cup instead of drink the free provided shit.
     
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  37. ned's head

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    Your challenge with espresso is that you need a really good grinder to do it right. A hand grinder gives you the best bang for your buck, but I'd still be prepared to pay $150. I'd search r/coffee for good models, but you'll probably see a lot of lido, Helor, and commandante.

    Or, if that's too steep, search Craigslist/facebook/offer up and post here if you see any potential used models. We can tell you if it'll do the job
     
  38. pratyk

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    What's your budget for the grinder? I have a Breville Smart Grinder Pro that has been used to grind < 15 lbs of coffee. It is pretty good to get started for espresso and for kalita / v60 / aeropress as well.

    https://www.breville.com/us/en/products/coffee-grinders/bcg820.html

    If you have any interest, we can work something out.
     
  39. Jorts

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    Wife just got this for me & pretty much a game changer for coffee on-the-go. No more leaks, and more importantly, no more penny after taste due to ceramic interior.


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  40. MODEVIL

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  41. Tommy Jefferson

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    Came to this thread looking for French press recs but it looks like most of you are doing pour overs.

    Is there a reason I’d chose one over the other?
     
  42. WhiskeyDelta

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    These days I drink about 2/3 of my French press with breakfast, put the rest in the fridge, and use the rest for iced coffee at lunch
     
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  43. ned's head

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    French press has a lower price of entry if you're buying all new equipment. I like pour over better, but both can be quite good.
     
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  44. MODEVIL

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    yep. Do the James Hoffman French Press method. I like French press but prefer the clean cup from a v60 or Kalita Wave.
     
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  45. infected donkey

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    Going to have to take a stroll down to Onyx and get some more beans this morning just ground up my last bit of geometry.
     
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  46. TAS

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    Can anyone recommend a cheap ish scale that measures to the whole gram and reads instantaneous (doesn't jump 8-15 g) at a time? My old scale broke and I'm finding out most of the cheap ones just jump around randomly

    I like the hario that everyone mentions but it looks a bit too small for my kettle
     
  47. ned's head

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    I've always used the cheap American scales on amazon. I've had better luck with those than can be plugged in, rather than battery powered, for some reason
     
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  48. Jorts

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    Jennings CJ-4000 Compact Digital Weigh Scale 4000g x 0.5g PCS JScale Black AC Adapter
     
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  49. Jorts

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    Wait, why are you weighing your kettle?
     
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