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So how important is coffee to you?

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

You really ARE the ILE equivalent of the Metro free newspaper, ace.

Sarah, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I tried it when I was a kid and thought it was the vilest substance on earth and vowed never to touch it again. Then. when I was about 17, i had a school project which involved staying up half the night to complete it, so I drank black coffeee to keep me awake. During my student days coffee became more or less essential. This was the way it stayed until a few weeks ago when I began to experience really extreme pains in my lower gut which the doctor diagnosed and irregular, involuntary spasms in my colon. I;'ve stayed off the cofee ever since. I thought that I would suffer really bad withdrawal symptoms but have actually found it quite bearable to avoid coffee. Now, when I would've had a cup of coffee I have a glass of water instead.

MarkH, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Coffee = gut pain and the shakes for me, so it is very important in the sense that it is vital I avoid it.

RickyT, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Thought I had sworn it off 4-evah, became sadly addicted again about 6 weeks ago.

Nicole, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Ah the shakes are part of the FUN. Although I must beware of morning coffee, especially fellow ILE-ers who make extremely good morning coffee, as it starts me off on the road to COFFEE MADNESS. Leading to me feeling very sick therefore having to eat something leading to drinking more coffee leading to the TWITCHING AND THE hyperdrive sequence (commence, hit it Pinback)!

Sarah, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Coffee is one of the joys of my existence, only it is difficult to get a nice flat white round here.

A friend of mine got a job in Starbucks in the US once, and she said that iced coffee over there was just coffee poured over ice. Is that true? Here it involves ice cream and other stuff

Menelaus Darcy, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Yes that's true. When you involve ice cream and stuff it becomes a milk shake.

Samantha, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Iced coffee American style: crushed ice, coffee, milk. Maybe sugar.

Iced coffee everywhere else is a frappe: cream, crushed ice, sugar, coffee.

Ice cream in coffee is a milkshake, only if you BLEND it.

suzy, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I would suck the ass of a bleeding camel if i knew it had coffee in it.

Geoff, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I'm drinking coffee right now. my day off so far has been unproductive. I got up at 2 and had a horrible greasy lunch where my friend works. I dont have the car today cos my brother took it so I'm stranded. I was going to get the bus to college but I'm lazy. Its been a hectic week and I'm now rambling on.......

Ronan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Geoff, that's officially the most disgusting thing I ever heard.

I drink at least one cup of coffee a day. But I'm not addicted to it, like I can go for like 3 months without coffee, and then take it up again like that. I do that all the time. I apparently have some sort of caffiene immunity in my blood from my mom drinking like 5 pots a day while she was pregnant with me.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

One "cup"? Surely one "pot" is more ILE standards. THIS REMINDS ME I was suposed to nick someones coffee machine but I have not done so yet maybe I should remedy this.

(At this point, Sarah remembers she does not even have a kettle)...

Sarah, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

You can get immunities like that?

That explains alot.

Ronan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Never had the need to live off of it or anything. Very tasty, though, and good in various combinations. My preferred morning wake-up liquid is orange juice.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I make my own orange juice every morning with one of those funny machines. It's also my excercise for the day.

Ronan, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I have three coffeemakers, ALL of them have broken carafes. It sucks. When they weren't broken I made good cappucino.

Ally, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

DECAF!

I like coffee because it's the water of flavored beverages. A judicious amount of cream & sugar, and it's like drinking sweet warmth (which, right now, is fantastic).

Caffeine & me had a nasty break-up about 2 or 3 years ago. We still hook up every so often, but it's always a quickie, and nothing too serious. We have an understanding. Back in college, though, I was all about COKE - I constructed a tower wall of cans from the cases (cases!) of soda I downed on a daily basis. Now, my stomach winces every time I think of eating ... well, anything. But the drug used to LOVE me, oh yeah.

David Raposa, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

only drink it if there's *nothing* else as it is satan's brew. and when i do drink it i go doubly mad as i have to put loads of sugar in to take away the taste. caffiene and sugar frenzy = DUD.

katie, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

yayyyy - i grossed ally out...time for another camel.

Geoff, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Coffee is horrible. I never drink it. I've never had more than 3 cups in my entire life...smells great, tastes foul.

james, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I don't like coffee. I have long since sold my soul to The Coca-Cola Corporation of America. It serves all my caffeinous needs.

Tom, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Coffee is laxative.

Helen Fordsdale, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Seattle is home to excellent coffee... there's about 5 coffeehouses for every 1 fast food chain restaurant here. I'm not kidding.

Naturally, I got hooked on the sauce (my form: white chocolate mocha) for a while, but I quit right around the WTC tragedy. There was no need to make myself more tense, when I was already too tense.

I do think the smell of coffee is far, far better than the taste, though.

Brian MacDonald, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

(oh christ , haven't we been thu this already!)

Mike Hanle y, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

I like the kind that tastes more than hot sweet light stuff than dark bitter actual COFFEE. And I hate hate hate Turkish coffee. I couldn't even gulp down a tiny cup to get my fortune read from it.

Maria, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

Was up to about 4 XL's and a bottle of Jolt in high school, now Im down to about 2 XL Tim Hortons a day or homebrewed equivalent.

Lived ontop of a coffee shop for awhile and the smell in the morning of four pots brewing at once was amazing.

Mr Noodles, Wednesday, 17 October 2001 00:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one year passes...
What was this lost news story about?

N. (nickdastoor), Friday, 23 May 2003 01:49 (eighteen years ago) link

coffee

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Friday, 23 May 2003 02:05 (eighteen years ago) link

four years pass...

I feel like a douche ordering breves and even more of a couche since no one here knows what they are or how to make them. But they are so yum that I don't mind my true doucheness shining through.

Abbott, Friday, 28 September 2007 20:07 (thirteen years ago) link

hoochie coochie

carne asada, Friday, 28 September 2007 20:09 (thirteen years ago) link

fat

Abbott, Friday, 28 September 2007 20:09 (thirteen years ago) link

oh wow this is the 3rd thread this week where i've written what i wrote 6 years ago and been shocked! now i LOVE turkish coffee and real coffee without lots of syrups and crap in it!

Maria, Friday, 28 September 2007 20:57 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

i like this essay. bring on the 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine.

tipsy mothra, Friday, 23 November 2007 18:17 (thirteen years ago) link

that is good. she never quite says it, but i like the idea of coffee as being partially responsible for the enlightenment.

negotiable, Friday, 23 November 2007 19:20 (thirteen years ago) link

It is difficult, at best, to get a good cup of coffee in San Francisco. Why this is, I have no idea.

libcrypt, Sunday, 25 November 2007 21:06 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Hypercoffee

So far, the Clover is still something of a cult object, with just over 200 machines scattered around the world. But it might soon become a common sight: Starbucks has just bought two.

Designed by three Stanford graduates, it lets the user program every feature of the brewing process, including temperature, water dose and extraction time. (It even has an Ethernet connection that can feed a complete record of its configurations to a Web database.) Not only is each cup brewed to order, but the way each cup is brewed can be tailored to a particular bean — light or dark roast, acidic or sweet, and so on.

The Clover works something like an inverted French press: coffee grounds go into a brew chamber, hot water shoots in and a powerful piston slowly lifts and plunges a filter, forcing the coffee out through a nozzle in the front. The final step, when a cake of spent grounds rises majestically to the top, is so titillating to coffee fanatics that one of them posted a clip of it on YouTube.

“There is some gee-whizness to it,” said Doug Zell, a founder of Intelligentsia. “But hopefully the focus goes back to the cup of coffee.”

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 24 January 2008 19:12 (thirteen years ago) link

In the grand tradition of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_room_coffee_pot";>Trojan Room coffee pot</a>.

In the meantime, coffee? Yes please!

j.lu, Thursday, 24 January 2008 19:55 (thirteen years ago) link

this shit is not good for you

and what, Thursday, 24 January 2008 19:57 (thirteen years ago) link

but it's the future! of shit that's not good for you

rrrobyn, Thursday, 24 January 2008 20:26 (thirteen years ago) link

(It even has an Ethernet connection that can feed a complete record of its configurations to a Web database.)

Oh ffs.

stevienixed, Thursday, 24 January 2008 20:38 (thirteen years ago) link

this shit is not good for you

They can take my coffee away...when they pry my cold dead fingers off the cup.

j.lu, Thursday, 24 January 2008 20:43 (thirteen years ago) link

Hahaha the last sentence on the first para made me think somehow the last automatic step the machine did was upload a video of itself to Youtube.

Abbott, Friday, 25 January 2008 00:55 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.discostyle.com/discochart/191-200/192b.jpg

deej, Friday, 25 January 2008 01:00 (thirteen years ago) link

http://www.discostyle.com/discochart/191-200/192.jpg

^^^^^^great album

deej, Friday, 25 January 2008 01:00 (thirteen years ago) link

Oh, man, I would pay nearly anything for a coffeemaker that was constantly uploading pictures of itself to its MySpace page and stuff

nabisco, Friday, 25 January 2008 02:01 (thirteen years ago) link

"got wasteed with the toaster last nite, LOL, i was still makin irish coffee in the morning . man im so bord now, why is the water hear so HARD"

nabisco, Friday, 25 January 2008 02:03 (thirteen years ago) link

BREWMACHINE'S BLOG

MADE COFFEE

Category: Dining
Current mood: Silly

I made the coffee. I made it. I shot the water into it. Now it is coffee. This was 121º F. It is coffee now. I made the coffee. See my Flicker account.

<link to video>

Abbott, Friday, 25 January 2008 02:05 (thirteen years ago) link

How do I shot water

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 January 2008 02:20 (thirteen years ago) link

one month passes...

Okay, I'm DESPERATE. I want a proper cappuccino/caffe latte maker. So I need a cappuccino machine, right? Anyone have any ideas on which one to get? I don't want one which uses Nespresso (fuck that). Pads are alright but a bonus, not the main thing.

*sigh*

stevienixed, Thursday, 13 March 2008 18:48 (thirteen years ago) link

i’m doing 2 cups of drip in the morning
then a latte in the afternoon, usually after i finish work

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:46 (four months ago) link

1 cup in the morning, then a small espresso-type drink after lunch. I used to crash in the afternoon, now that's pretty rare. Dunno if that has to do with caffeine consumption.

lukas, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:54 (four months ago) link

2-3 cofs in the a.m.

1 cof in the p.m.

feels good man

One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:04 (four months ago) link

1.5-2 cofs in the a.m.
1 8 oz capp at 2pm

Unlikely to change because why?

mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:33 (four months ago) link

Pret has this deal in NY now where you can get unlimited drip coffees for $10 a month

calstars, Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:36 (four months ago) link

when i drip you drip we drip

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:54 (four months ago) link

Pret coffee is solid, I would absolutely do that if I still worked near a Pret.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:55 (four months ago) link

Right now my typical consumption is one first thing in the morning, another around maybe 11, and potentially one in the afternoon depending how much I'm working.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:56 (four months ago) link

I agree Pret cof is good. Used to be my regular go-to when I worked near one, definitely preferable to Starbucks.

o. nate, Thursday, 29 April 2021 21:20 (four months ago) link

Oh and I got the Fellow Prismo (attachment to Aeropress to make espresso-like cof.) I tried it today and it was good.

Pain in the ass to hand-grind 20g to espresso grind levels, though. I could feel the desire for an electric grinder arise. I'll put a vise in my kitchen to hold my hand grinder before I buy an expensive-ass electric espresso grinder though.

lukas, Thursday, 29 April 2021 22:28 (four months ago) link

lol i tried a hand grinder once, that belonged to someone else, and the length of time to grind one cup's worth of coffee was comical - i honestly felt that i was the victim of a joke

One Of The Bad Guys (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 29 April 2021 22:41 (four months ago) link

It's totally fine if you're grinding for just a cup of coffee!

For espresso though ... uh ... maybe I'll get used to it?

lukas, Thursday, 29 April 2021 22:43 (four months ago) link

Do you have to grind it that fine for the Prismo? I thought they were just a way to do a right-side-up Aeropress without the water running through the grounds into the cup. I was thinking about getting one, but as a hand grinder, that makes me less interested.

beard papa, Friday, 30 April 2021 06:35 (four months ago) link

I've mentioned before but I've been using the same Krups grinder since 2003. I know how many seconds to grind the beans to get to the desired state depending on brew method. I will cry when it dies.

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Friday, 30 April 2021 12:10 (four months ago) link

(also worth mentioning is that I've lived in 20+ different places since 2003, so my dedication to coffee and fresh ground beans is thoroughly understood)

it's like edging for your mind (the table is the table), Friday, 30 April 2021 12:11 (four months ago) link

I agree Pret cof is good. Used to be my regular go-to when I worked near one, definitely preferable to Starbucks.

― o. nate, Thursday, 29 April 2021 21:20 (yesterday) link

We were really excited when they added Prets to some of the NJ Turnpike rest stops since that's our route on the way to my folks (not only best coffee option but best food option). We had a running joke where we would prattle on about Pret like effete city snobs (which I guess we are) whenever we approached a rest stop.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 30 April 2021 12:18 (four months ago) link

I'm definitely an effete snob when it comes to coffee. I've accepted my fate. I used to be perfectly happy with burnt truck-stop coffee, but my eyes of been opened and I can't go back. Of the NYC chains that are relatively easy to find in midtown, for drip coffee, my top 3 were Bluestone Lane (priciest), Gregory's, and Pret (best value). Luckily I could usually find at least one of those nearby, or sometimes a smaller boutique shop.

o. nate, Friday, 30 April 2021 13:14 (four months ago) link

Recently I splurged and bought a 1/2 lb of Maui estate beans. I think it's the most expensive variety my coffee shop sells, and they only carry it at Easter and Christmas. I found the taste to be very light with what I'd call a slight sourness compared to my usual Papua New Guinea bean. I liked it more the more times I tried it, but I won't make a habit of it because of the availability issue (I guess I could order some but I'm faithful to my neighborhood coffee shop) and overall I still prefer my Papua, which also is about 1/2 the price.

Josefa, Friday, 30 April 2021 14:57 (four months ago) link

i have had the same blend autoshipping to me every two weeks from Olympia Coffee Roasters for basically the whole pandemic, it's fine, I had a moment yesterday where I desperately wanted diner coffee and eggs and hash browns and felt like I would gladly saw off my own leg to go eat at a breakfast place

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 30 April 2021 15:09 (four months ago) link

soon

lag∞n, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:12 (four months ago) link

not that soon I'll have to ease back into that, my first priority is having friends over and hugging them

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 30 April 2021 15:14 (four months ago) link

to each his own i guess

lag∞n, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:15 (four months ago) link

I mean I’m still gonna feel like it’s sketch to sit and eat at a restaurant until I’m not just maximally immune but the actual caseload in the area is much lower, presumably the likelihood of breakthrough infection increases with exposure events. Even if it just goes from 0.0001 to 0.001. Idk, I’ll go back to brunch maybe in the fall.

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 30 April 2021 15:29 (four months ago) link

I've had brunch sitting outside a couple of times this spring. It didn't feel too sketchy.

o. nate, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:33 (four months ago) link

i was just making a joke about preferring friendship to diner food, but also it does seem like things will be under control (in america) before the fall (professional opinion)

lag∞n, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:34 (four months ago) link

Diner WITH friends is pretty unbeatable

calstars, Friday, 30 April 2021 15:55 (four months ago) link

its true

lag∞n, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:23 (four months ago) link

one of my complaints with the culinary explosion which im mostly very cool with because i love food is people have gotten a little too into the food and are somewhat ignorant of the purpose of the event

lag∞n, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:25 (four months ago) link

We need to keep some basic-ass breakfast places going

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 30 April 2021 16:26 (four months ago) link

love diner breakfast

lag∞n, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:29 (four months ago) link

one of the like five good things about America

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Friday, 30 April 2021 16:41 (four months ago) link

Do you have to grind it that fine for the Prismo? I thought they were just a way to do a right-side-up Aeropress without the water running through the grounds into the cup. I was thinking about getting one, but as a hand grinder, that makes me less interested.

― beard papa, Thursday, April 29, 2021 11:35 PM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

No, you only need to grind that fine if you want to approximate espresso. (Which it does surprisingly well.)

lukas, Friday, 30 April 2021 16:42 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

Mccafe medium roast ground coffee is low key excellence

calstars, Sunday, 30 May 2021 11:53 (three months ago) link

What is the rationale behind blooming via 1) a tiny bit of water for one minute, then pouring the rest over vs. 2) pouring all the water over and stirring after one minute? I've always done #2 but seems like #1 is how most people suggest.

ヽ(´ー`)┌ (CompuPost), Sunday, 30 May 2021 13:06 (three months ago) link

i dont think it matters

lag∞n, Sunday, 30 May 2021 14:01 (three months ago) link

blooming lets the co2 escape when the hot water hits the grounds (this matters less for old beans), and you won't get proper extraction til the co2 is out.

wmlynch, Sunday, 30 May 2021 20:24 (three months ago) link

xp I have always vouched for McDonald's coffee - my go-to anytime there isn't "good" coffee around.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 31 May 2021 02:54 (three months ago) link

Man alive, suburban coffee cognoscenti

calstars, Monday, 31 May 2021 20:50 (three months ago) link

McDonalds can be a lifesaver in parts of the world that are not coffee-centric

lukas, Monday, 31 May 2021 22:21 (three months ago) link

otm

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 31 May 2021 22:35 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I can definitely relate to the bottom right before I have my morning coffee. How are you feeling today? 😂 pic.twitter.com/p59T1XFs9Y

— Kyle MacLachlan (@Kyle_MacLachlan) August 9, 2021

cerebral halsey (rip van wanko), Monday, 9 August 2021 20:08 (one month ago) link

lol

calstars, Monday, 9 August 2021 20:18 (one month ago) link

Quit coffee about 6 months ago after being big coffee guy into very small batch new guinea, oaxaca, diff ethiopian women's collective farms etc. w/e and yeah it's had a huge positive impact on my mind and ability to get through the day. It's a shame, but whatever. I have a cup of matcha a couple times a week. Anyway, yeah, quitting coffee and intermittent fasting really cleared up a bunch of diff things that were going on with me

Bongo Jongus, Monday, 9 August 2021 20:26 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

It's kind of crazy how much difference the water quality can make to the taste of coffee. I've always been too cheap to use bottled water to make coffee, but it doesn't make sense to pay good money for beans and then use lousy tap water that ruins the flavor.

o. nate, Friday, 10 September 2021 20:06 (one week ago) link

get a charcoal filter jug thing
cheaper than bottled water for sure

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 10 September 2021 22:55 (one week ago) link

ban bottled water too

call all destroyer, Friday, 10 September 2021 23:14 (one week ago) link

I absolutely love my tap but the very sporadic “btw you shouldn’t have drank it last week because it had the chlorine of pool water, sorry about the stomach issues” notification makes me question my choices

mh, Saturday, 11 September 2021 02:15 (one week ago) link

The water utility sends us a very smug mailer every year about our water quality with gorgeous photos of our protected watershed and I’m smug as a result and brew my coffee with it right out of the tap

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Saturday, 11 September 2021 05:32 (one week ago) link

I installed a decent inline filter on my cold water line in the kitchen so my whining is mostly unjustified

mh, Saturday, 11 September 2021 16:33 (one week ago) link

I have one of those Brita water pitcher filters. Maybe I should upgrade to a better one. I noticed the taste especially last week because (1) we'd just come back from a vacation in the mountains, where the tap water was very good and (2) there had been a boil water advisory before we got back and as a result I think the water had even more chlorine in it than usual.

o. nate, Monday, 13 September 2021 20:56 (one week ago) link


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