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SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
edited January 2013 in The cake stop
What beans / grinds do we all prefer?

What are the relative merits and tastes of different beans?

Any suggestions for the perfect coffee?

Good starting points?

Where do you buy yours from?

And anything else coffee related...!

Thought it would be nice to have a thread to discuss it here!
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  • willhubwillhub Posts: 821
    23 seconds.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,599
    Depends on what you read.

    If you read the Dailly Heil, it will just be any old instant censored .
    The express, it wil be out of a machine.
    The Grauniad (and we aren't all tw4ts willhub) its a difficult choice between buying coffee from nations ruled by despots that taste good and fair trade coffees which are bland but more ehtical.
    The Sun - whatever Sally Spanker or Rebecca Rumpty Tumpty trolly dolly serves up to you, dressed in fishnet tights.
    The Torygraph - Good god no sir, mine will be a cup of tea
    The FT - Extra extra strong and black, interspersed with cans of red bull
    The Independant - Well its more a case of "I don't know whether I want a coffee or a tea, perhaps some Ginseng, no wait... a fruit smoothie, no - change that. I'd like a hot chocolate...on second thoughts...forget it, ask me later".
    The Observer - They just watch those horrible hypocrits drink and buy their coffee in Starbucks.
    The Mirror - Instant one day, real coffee the next and so on.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • n1ckstern1ckster Posts: 158
    For me, it's Lavazza Qualità Rossa, bought ready ground from Tesco, and brewed in a stove top espresso kettle; drank short in a small espresso mug or with added milk (full fat, of course).

    Nick
  • tim wandtim wand Posts: 2,945
    Apparently it all revolves around equatorial positioning.

    Asia Pacific growing region will yield Sumatran charachterised beans which are full bodied with low acidity, ideal for late night diner parties and spicy foods.

    African beans are medium bodied medium and acidity, Floral tasting and citrus (Good all rounders) Kenyan and Ethiopian.

    Latin American beans (Guatemala/Colombia) are medium bodied but high acidity with earthy tastes.ar

    Thats single origin coffees, Most now days are blended to give a characteristics of each region and bean.

    Mrs W works for the tax dodgers so shes quite passionate about Coffee.
  • byke68byke68 Posts: 1,070
    Secteur wrote:
    What beans / grinds do we all prefer? - Tried loads of different types, no particular favorite

    What are the relative merits and tastes of different beans? - Whatever your taste buds like

    Any suggestions for the perfect coffee? - as above

    Good starting points? - buy 100g of different types at a time (if you can) to get used to various beans/blends

    Where do you buy yours from? - Pumphreys up here in the North-east - there is a web-site. Waitrose

    And anything else coffee related...! - No

    Thought it would be nice to have a thread to discuss it here!
    - indeed it would :)
    Cannondale Trail 6 - censored brakes!
    Cannondale CAAD8
  • smoggystevesmoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    n1ckster wrote:
    For me, it's Lavazza Qualità Rossa, bought ready ground from Tesco, and brewed in a stove top espresso kettle; drank short in a small espresso mug or with added milk (full fat, of course).

    Nick

    Funny I just bought exactly one of them and use that brand of espresso too. Awesome bits of kit. Get a milk foamer too to make cappuccinos.
  • SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
    As I am new to this, I am amazed how different coffees can taste.

    I started with a straight forward grind from M&S, and it tastes lovely.

    My missus just brought home one from Brazil, and it tastes (and looks) utterly different (but enjoyable).

    PS I only drink espresso, so can probably taste it more.
  • HoopdriverHoopdriver Posts: 2,023
    Ethiopian Harar Longberry or Yemen Matari - my two favourites
  • Cafe Direct Rich Roast. I can't face the day without two enormous mugs of strong coffee first thing.
    Is the gorilla tired yet?
  • Secteur, are you looking for brewed coffee or espresso suggestions?

    What's your budget? I can suggest a number of options for freshly brewed, starting from about £40 up to several £000's for the dream machine and grinder for espresso setups.

    The middle ground is an Aeropress and a hand grinder. Approx investment is £50 and you can enjoy a range of tastes. There is no option to steam milk with this setup though.

    I run a Coffee Forum with over 4000 members who are as passionate about coffee as we are about bikes.

    Any questions just ask away
  • simona75simona75 Posts: 336
    I love the at home versions of Dunkin Donuts coffee. Always try to bring some back from the US when I go
  • +1 for Lavazza and a stove top pot.

    I sometimes make it into a cappuccino by foaming up the milk in a normal coffee press, microwaving it for 45secs (no metal on my press) and mixing.
  • Another +1 for Lavazza. The Cafe Espresso in the black packet is a winner if you like a thick crema.
  • ilm_zero7ilm_zero7 Posts: 2,213
    favourite beans - love the IKEA strong beans for our bean to cup
    favourite high st - Nero (by a mile)
    favourite other - nespresso pods
    http://veloviewer.com/SigImage.php?a=3370a&r=3&c=5&u=M&g=p&f=abcdefghij&z=a.png
    Wiliers: Cento Uno/Superleggera R and Zero 7. Bianchi Infinito CV and Oltre XR2
  • willhubwillhub Posts: 821
    Union coffee is very nice.
  • getnoticed wrote:
    Secteur, are you looking for brewed coffee or espresso suggestions?

    What's your budget? I can suggest a number of options for freshly brewed, starting from about £40 up to several £000's for the dream machine and grinder for espresso setups.

    The middle ground is an Aeropress and a hand grinder. Approx investment is £50 and you can enjoy a range of tastes. There is no option to steam milk with this setup though.

    I run a Coffee Forum with over 4000 members who are as passionate about coffee as we are about bikes.

    Any questions just ask away


    Have you tried Nescafe, readily available from most supermarkets and cheaper than what your currently paying, feel free to let your pals on the other forum know, HTH.
  • MattC59MattC59 Posts: 5,433
    Tea
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    Faith is the denial of observation so that Belief can be preserved
  • RDWRDW Posts: 1,900
    Beans for espresso from Square Mile (usually Red Brick) Monmouth (usually Monmouth Espresso blend), occasionally Hasbean or Londinium. The Algerian Coffee Stores do good old-school roasts like the Formula Rossa blend that is nice in moka pots:

    http://shop.squaremilecoffee.com/
    http://www.monmouthcoffee.co.uk/
    http://www.hasbean.co.uk/
    http://londiniumespresso.com/
    http://www.algcoffee.co.uk/
  • RDWRDW Posts: 1,900
    edited December 2012
    Espresso machine is a Gaggia Classic; replaced their silly pressurised filter baskets (and 'perfect crema' widgets) with a standard double basket. Also use a Bialetti Brikka moka pot (the one with a weighted pressure valve), sometimes a Bodum french press, Swissgold filter or Aeropress (is it just me, or does this look like the 'Swedish Enlarger Pump' from Austin Powers?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WCvULMRUq8 ).

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Classic-RI8161- ... B0000C72XS
    http://www.xpresscoffeeuk.co.uk/product ... t---double
    http://www.gallacoffee.co.uk/acatalog/b ... rikka.html
    http://www.bodum.com/gb/en-us/shop/prodlist/87/
    http://www.swissgold.com/
    http://www.aeropresscoffee.co.uk/

    I want one of these:

    http://mypressi.com/

    Espresso grinder is an Iberital MC2. Because it's designed to make very fine adjustments in grind, it's hard to switch quickly to the coarser grind you need for the Brikka or filter coffee. For these I just use a cheap Krups blade grinder:

    http://www.happydonkey.co.uk/iberital-mc2-grinders.html
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Krups-Twin-Blad ... B00004SPEU

    For major coffee geekery, see:

    http://coffeeforums.co.uk/

    Do not mention Nescafe there...

    Edit: I think this is actually the same forum getnoticed was too polite to link to.
  • SecteurSecteur Posts: 1,971
    getnoticed wrote:
    Secteur, are you looking for brewed coffee or espresso suggestions?

    What's your budget? I can suggest a number of options for freshly brewed, starting from about £40 up to several £000's for the dream machine and grinder for espresso setups.

    The middle ground is an Aeropress and a hand grinder. Approx investment is £50 and you can enjoy a range of tastes. There is no option to steam milk with this setup though.

    I run a Coffee Forum with over 4000 members who are as passionate about coffee as we are about bikes.

    Any questions just ask away


    Just general coffee chat...

    I only drink espresso and i have a baby gaggia (courtesy of Father Christmas!) which i love!
  • smoggystevesmoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    Think I may start a thread on boobies!!!
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,590
    pauldavid wrote:
    Have you tried Nescafe, readily available from most supermarkets and cheaper than what your currently paying, feel free to let your pals on the other forum know, HTH.

    Brown. Check.
    Hot. Check.
    Wet. Check.

    And that's about it.
    Ben

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  • smoggystevesmoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    Brown. Check.
    Hot. Check.
    Wet. Check.

    And that's about it.

    You talking coffee or boobies?
  • Ben6899Ben6899 Posts: 8,590
    Brown. Check.
    Hot. Check.
    Wet. Check.

    And that's about it.

    You talking coffee or boobies?

    I was actually talking about coffee, but I suppose some of that applies to boobies as well. Depends what one prefers.
    Ben

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  • Indeed that link is the one. I wasn't sure what the rules were on self promotion so chose not to.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 41,599
    Lavazza is my prefered choice done on a stove top. However, the Qualita d'Oro is the best but v. expensive so the Rossa or Nero tends to get bought instead.
    If you have friends going to Italy for hols, ask them to buy you some coffee as their prices are so much better than the UK. There is an Italian brand called Splendid. The Aroma Classico is perfect for cafetieres.
    That my two pence worth.
    seanoconn - gruagach craic!
  • smoggystevesmoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    Has anyone any experience of using this?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bialetti-Brikka-Espresso-Maker-Cream/dp/B0001DJT7G/ref=sr_1_19?ie=UTF8&qid=1356879045&sr=8-19

    Its the model up from mine. Its got a crema unit. Just want to know if its worthwhile. I am a lone espresso drinker in my house. Wife would prefer to drink powdered rubbish, but she's German so what does she know? I get on reall well mith my Bailetti Mokka but would upgrade if its worth the punt.
  • @pauldavid; whist Nescafe is, indeed, widely available and entirely satisfactory; have you encountered 'Kenco'? It shares many of the characteristics of the other brand but may be considered an alternative.

    The discerning consumption of our daily refreshments does add a special quality to ones life.
    'fool'
  • Hi, I've only just started drinking coffee so would like as many hints and tips as possible. I have it without milk and sugar. My wife has one of those cafetiere things. Lavazza is getting a thumbs up here. How many scoops should I put in the pot?
    @JaunePeril

    Winner of the Bike Radar Pro Race Wiggins Hour Prediction Competition
  • rodgers73rodgers73 Posts: 2,626
    Decaf.
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