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#1

Member
SE NH
In the mornings I prepare breakfast to go. For my wife and daughter that includes a travel mug of coffee. They both prefer differing strengths.

I use a small 2 cup coffee maker.

I place a filter in the maker. I also put one in the travel mug as a holder. This will get transferred to the coffee maker for the second brewing.
In each I place the preferred amount of sugar.
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On top of that goes the ground coffee - again in the preferred strength for the end drinker.
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Next is water in the coffee maker. I leave a little water in the pot and add creamer.
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Put the pot on and hit the "brew" button. The hot plate heats the pot before any coffee drips down. Hence the extra water in the pot with the creamer. Before I added that step the creamer would scorch.

Then just pour into the travel mug a coffee ready to go.
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I then use the second pre-filled filter and start the next pot for my daughter. And yes, Mamma always gets the first cup Smile
Both my wife and daughter say the coffee stays hotter and more importantly, tastes better than if cream and sugar is added after the brewing.

Phil
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#2

Member
Ferndale, MI
That's interesting. I'll have to try that one morning. I am trying to wean myself off of putting sugar in my coffee though...
- Jeff
#3

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
(06-15-2016, 03:06 AM)wyze0ne Wrote: That's interesting. I'll have to try that one morning. I am trying to wean myself off of putting sugar in my coffee though...

I come from a family of sweets lovers and still love them.  However, just before I left for college in 1963 my mother happened to mention that if I started drinking coffee there (I wasn't a big coffee drinker at that point) and learned to drink it black, I would not want to put sugar in it.  Sure enough, coffee became my morning drink of choice and I tried drinking it black, with sugar, with milk or cream, and with milk or cream and sugar.  Within a few days I found I could drink and enjoy the coffee black or with milk/cream but not sugar.  To this day, I do not like sugar in my coffee.
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#4

Brother
East of Indiana
I still love sugar in my coffee.

I've tried to drink it with no sugar, but I don't like it that way.

What I do is make two cups. The first is with sugar, and the second is without.

I still love that sugar.
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#5

Brother
East of Indiana
[Image: aALYMMV.jpg]Here is a Coffee Joke.

I hope this Joke gets liked.
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#6

Member
Nashville, TN
I have been roasting my own coffee for several years and have much knowledge about getting the perfect cup. A great cup of coffee is an important part of my morning routine.

I'm happy to post info if there is interest in getting a better cup of coffee. I certainly will say this. There is nothing prestigious about a great cup of coffee. I recently posted on my other hobby forum that someone who is happy with and enjoys coffee made in a $10 pot with whatever coffee is on sale at Walmart should stick with that.

The best way I can describe a great cup of coffee is to talk about a glass of iced tea. Think for a moment about a glass of iced tea from a quality restaurant. There are no negative tastes - you don't taste bitter or burned, or sour or any other negative tastes. Coffee is exactly the same. A great cup of coffee, while much stronger and full bodied than a glass of iced tea, has no negative tastes.

I have no need to put cream and sugar in my coffee made at home as it tastes great. When getting coffee in public, I have to put cream and sugar in it to be able to drink it.

Anyway, as mentioned, I'm happy to share if there is interest
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#7

Near-Newbie
North Texas
Pete,

I would like to hear your coffee routine. While I have no desire to roast my own beans, I do grind them. Thanks in advance...
Alan
#8

scentless shaver
Oakland, ME
I'd also like to see your method, Pete. Life is too short to drink bad coffee!

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#9

Member
Nashville, TN
Coffee

A properly made cup of coffee when consumed black with taste excellent and smooth with no bitterness, unpleasant after taste, burned taste and no sourness.  There are many, many more taste descriptions, but this gives you a basic idea.

Most folks will not want to roast their own, though I’m happy to share about that if their is interest.

The least expensive way to do the best job you can do at home is to get a quality burr grinder and use it with a French press, Aero Press or pour over. Any of the Baratza grinders are fine for making coffee with one of the devices just mentioned. I have three French Presses, which allows me to cycle them and run then through the dishwasher rather than hand wash.

Here is a link to a good one. The traditional ones look better, though the plastic on this one protects the beaker better:
https://www.amazon.com/French-Coffee-Esp...ench+press

Note: Only use plastic or wooden spoons in your French press - the beakers break easily.

The entry level Baratza will most likely last you a lifetime, $129 with Prime shipping at Amazon. This grinder won’t perform well for grinding coffee for espresso.
I use a French Press.

So, to make great coffee at home:

1.  Coffee should have been roasted between 2 and 8 days ago.
2. Use a coarse grind and grind while the water is heating. Use 51 or 52 grams of coffee for a liter press. Make less coffee with 7-8 grams of coffee per 7 oz of water.
3. While some people use different temperatures, the Gold Standard for years has been 200 degrees.  Once a quart of water comes off boil, it will be at 200 degrees in about 10 seconds.  We all have different senses of taste, so there is nothing wrong with experimenting.
3. I'm going to describe the French press.  Pour the 200 degree coffee over the coursely ground coffee.  Give it a brief stir and put the top on. 
4. Use an electronic timer set for 4 minutes.  Making it without a timer is a great way to get poor results.
5. Get the coffee away from the grounds once the timer goes off.  I make a quart, putting what will fit in a cup and the rest in a Yeti.
Note: Do you use and like coffee like Maxwell House? If so, the French press will improve the cup. Start with the time at 3:30 and experiment. As it doesn’t have a coarse grind, it won’t take as long.

Now, talking about purchasing properly roasted coffee.  Roasting coffee is not easy.  It is complicated.  Many people roast coffee professionally that have no business doing so.  Nobody gets a great roast every time.   Expect to pay $20 for twelve ounces of the primo, though you can get good results with whatever you like. Remember, the test.  A great cup of coffee should have none of the negative tastes I described above when consumed black.

When selecting a coffee pot, drip is better than a percolator or Kourig.  The coffee pots sold at WalMart and Target won't make a really good cup of coffee as they don't get the water hot enough.  I would guess that a coffee pot that will get the coffee hot enough would be $200 or more.  I can make recommendations if anyone is interested.
Some people feel like a French press takes too long, though It’s pretty quick. You can do other things like brush your teeth or pick out clothes while the water heats and the coffee brews.

Sweet Maria’s, https://www.sweetmarias.com/ , is a very reliable source for information. While they focus on the home roaster, they have a lot of information on making a great cup. They also sell roasted coffee. I have no doubt that their roasted coffee is awesome.

Here is a link to an article they have on using the French press:
https://legacy.sweetmarias.com/brewinstr...hpress.php
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#10

Near-Newbie
North Texas
Thanks, Pete!
Alan


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