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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:05 am

sugar, coffee, whisky or liquor of choice, turn a spoon upside down and run the cream slowly over the spoon, and it should float with no problem.

would suggest heavy cream ??????

guessing that the more "liquid" the cream the more likely it is to sink..

and who doesn't like the big blobby cream better anyway ...

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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby westham,eggyandchips on Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:47 am

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Famed for its Tea. I love a bit of this from a cafetiere :thup: .
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby szola on Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:37 am

Good to see you back on here Cuenca :thup:

I remember the coffee from both Equador and Guatemala as the Dog's.
Still haven't tried the local ones in Indonesia. On the bucket list.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby The Collector on Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:51 am

szola wrote:
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I also have one of these, or something so similar that only the logo separates them. Makes the best espresso I have tasted at home. Currently using ground coffee in black foil bag (sorry, not that fussed about brands).

If looking to make a pot of coffee then I will go back to the trusty Melite filter machine. Got one as a wedding present over 25 years ago and still going strong.

The outlaws bought us a Lavazza machine with the capsules as a Xmas present. Generally makes awful coffee and very hard to distinguish between the different coloured capsules for most awfulness.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby rare as rockinghorse shat on Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:15 am

Denzil wrote:I find for the chains Nero is the best of the bunch.


Completely agree and see someone else has said the very same.
I'd like to think that I know a decent cup of coffee but always nice to see a bit of reassurance.

I just drink 'regular' coffee. I don't know precisely what you would call it - filter, americano, ground etc
I don't ever have lattes, mochas, cuppacino etc

I have a Dolce Gusto pod machine and use Grande, Americano and Preludios (which are a tad more like filter coffee). They are decent enough - certainly a huge step above instant crap - but they can become a bit sickly.

We do also buy fresh coffee and use our cafetiere, though I am quite hit and miss with it because I can't seem to nail a consistent approach.
It may specify '1 tablespoon per person' as an example, but then it has no specific amount of water you put in.
Do you put a tad more coffee in for a stronger cup, or do you just leave it longer?

I like a strong coffee but don't like it being stewed, same theory as tea - hate a strong stewed cup of tea, but prefer a nicely balanced strong tea.

I boil my kettle, leave it for a few minutes and also pour it on to the back of a spoon into the cafetiere, stir it and leave for 3-4 mins.
One time it will come out too watery, another time taste like tar.
I don't geddit.

Anyone got a foolproof method? I like a fairly big cup of coffee, though not a huge mug.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Coops on Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:51 am

RAS buy an Aeropress, you will never look back. 30 seconds from kettle to cup, consistent results every time.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby szola on Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:15 am

Can vouch for the Aeropress maker. Makes a good cup each time. :thup:
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby rare as rockinghorse shat on Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:17 am

Cheers - will look into that.

It says 'pour in hot water' - how hot is hot?
Then it says 'top up with hot water' after - again, this is open to interpretation.

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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Hammer1972 on Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:31 am

As with all coffee makers, the grind is important - if it is too coarse the coffee will be too watery - although you do need a fairly coarse grind for a cafetiere..

And yes, either using more coffee or less water will result in a stronger brew. It's not an exact science and there is no single right answer.

Hot usually means just off the boil.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby FreeWheeling on Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:55 am

szola wrote:I

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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby szola on Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:59 am

Coffee from Yemen is another one worth trying out :thup:
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Coops on Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:26 pm

rare as rockinghorse shat wrote:Cheers - will look into that.

It says 'pour in hot water' - how hot is hot?
Then it says 'top up with hot water' after - again, this is open to interpretation.

Can you tell I struggle with the slightest bit of ambiguity in instruction? Image



I usually boil the kettle and then leave it with the lid off for a minute of 2 to cool down (you want it a few degrees under boiling).
I never top up with hot water, but then I like my coffee really strong. When you get an Aeropress you can play about a bit until you hit on what is right for you.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Cockneyboy311 on Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:17 pm

Mega Ron wrote:
Tesco finest Colombian is my favourite


Are you still talking about coffee Ron? :D
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Mega Ron on Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:52 pm

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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby mushy on Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:05 pm

If you ever get the chance Jamaica Blue Mountain is the finest coffee even known to man.
Used to be freely available over here (Sainsburys) but once the Japanese market got hold of it the price went sky high and you dont see it anymore.
Am not sure why its so special, something to do with it being grown at a certain height on mountains gives it a unique taste.
Currently I use Tassimo pods, the Kenco Colombian variety seem to suit me best
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby rare as rockinghorse shat on Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:12 pm

Always find Lavazza coffee to be a personal favourite of mine.

I've had coffee in lots of places around the world, decent coffee too, but the best coffees I ever had were from the station cafe in Leigh on Sea station where the owners, a Turkish group of guys, served Lavazza through their machine.

Not there any more unfortunately.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:27 pm

szola wrote:I

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FreeWheeling wrote:Had one of those ****ers explode on me in a holiday rental in Italy, the mess it made was unbelievable


Me too !!!!!

spent about an hour plus cleaning up...I couldn't believe how far the coffee grounds traveled !!!!!!!

:o

shame because it made a smashing cup of coffee !!!!!!
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Chinners92 on Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:01 pm

White Goodman wrote:Anyone ever been over to Monmouth Coffee Shop near Borough Market?


Went to go in there on Wednesday funnily enough, but it was rammed and we wanted to sit down.

Agree Cafe Nero is the best coffee of the chains. I like a double macchiato - it's a double espresso with a touch of frothed milk and it's perfect.

Sourced Market - there's one in St. Pancras - does really good coffee also.
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby FreeWheeling on Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:03 pm

The rental place I was in was whitewashed, the whole kitchen was **** brown by the time I had cleaned up, I suspect it was a paint job in the end :lol:
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Re: The Coffee thread

Postby Cuenca 'ammer on Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:16 pm

My "explosion" was here in Cuenca, and I was renting a room in a house. When I tried to wipe the walls and ceiling, I am sure it was "whitewash" that was used, as more "paint" came off than coffee.....

:lol:

I told the lady lodger who was with me in the kitchen when it happened not to say anything.

Needless to say she blabbed.
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