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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 (seventeen years ago) link

coffee

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

this shit is not good for you

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

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

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

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

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

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

^^^^^^great album

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

How do I shot water

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

My aero press has big gouges along the inside where the grounds must have scraped the plastic so I can’t try any of the interred methods - the seal isn’t tight enough.

Also a kitchen scale is one of those things that I never thought much of until I got one and I weigh EVERYTHING now. It is truly one of the most (subtly) life changing items I own.

joygoat, Friday, 16 October 2020 12:00 (one week ago) link

Fixed myself the usual cup of moka this morning, and it's just so much more flavourful than the AeroPress. I'll give it another shot after lunch.

pomenitul, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:15 (one week ago) link

ime you do need to let it steep a good 3 mins or so. And use the scoop they provide - which is a bit more coffee than most people are used to using for 1 cup of coffee.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 16 October 2020 13:28 (one week ago) link

I did use their scoop, yes, but I only stirred it for 10 seconds before pressing the plunger per AP's instructions, so I'll try your suggestion, thanks.

pomenitul, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:37 (one week ago) link

RN I'm back to using the french press. It's not my favorite way, as I find it a little inconsistent, and I find that when I use enough grinds to get the strength I like it takes on a bit of an earthy/muddy quality. But it's good. I've been using Partners beans I got on sale and they are roughly comparable in quality to Colombe, Stumptown etc, maybe not quite as good but in that tier.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 16 October 2020 13:44 (one week ago) link

areopress claiming to be espresso is dumb but you can make a nice cup of cof w it

lag∞n, Friday, 16 October 2020 13:46 (one week ago) link

bonavita dripper weekdays, bolsita weekends. French press is just too complicated

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:02 (one week ago) link

when my in-laws are in town i use a cafetière (french press) with a ruff grind and you know what? it’s good

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:47 (one week ago) link

wtf is "complicated" about a french press?

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 16 October 2020 14:55 (one week ago) link

compared to a canvas sock, plenty. Try it out y'all

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 16 October 2020 15:30 (one week ago) link

cowboy coffee or gtfo

brimstead, Friday, 16 October 2020 17:31 (one week ago) link

lol hadn't seen that before. Boiling the coffee before the sock? Gross! I've been doing the Costa Rica sock method. Coffee into sock and pour water through it, into cup. A little finer grind than for French Press.

I have an infinity grinder! I'm down!

maf you one two (maffew12), Friday, 16 October 2020 17:46 (one week ago) link

70% chemex
10% aeropress
10% vietnamese cafe style phin
10% cold brew

rb (soda), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:27 (one week ago) link

I steep in Aero for ~1 minute. With my grind (medium-fine) it gets bitter if I do much more. I like to try a lot of new beans, so I adjust my method accordingly. If it's still too weak after a minute, I'll use a finer grind or more beans. Full disclosure, though: I always drink it black, and I generally prefer a lighter roast and more "fruit-forward" tasting beans.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 19:53 (one week ago) link

also water temp makes a big difference for me. I'm not too picky about it: 160-180 F is fine, but hotter than that result in bitterness.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 19:54 (one week ago) link

love that coffee

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 16 October 2020 20:02 (one week ago) link

I have a decidedly non-fancy, non-gooseneck electric kettle. Ideal temp for me seems to be to let it reach boiling, then open the lid and let steam out for like 2 mins.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Friday, 16 October 2020 21:21 (one week ago) link

I do the same with mine. I don't actually take the temp or anything, but when I first started doing this I used to and that resulted in ideal temperature.

A friend of mine came up with a really finicky Aeropress method that I keep meaning to try: You have to have a steel filter. Put the Aeropress on top of the cup, put the grinds in, pour the water in, let it steep for about 20 secs. Stir it, then put the plunger in as softly as you can and use whatever vacuum has built up to very gently suck the steeping grinds up a centimeter or so, so that water is no longer dripping through the grounds into the cup. Then, you dump whatever is in the cup (this is key), let it sit for a minute or so, then press it. His whole theory is that you want to get rid of that first bit of water that runs through the grounds without properly steeping.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 22:08 (one week ago) link

i know it's cliche to be like just make your damn coffee and drink it life is too short for that bullshit but sheesh come on

Give me a Chad Smith-type feel (map), Friday, 16 October 2020 22:13 (one week ago) link

no that’s pretty much exactly what i do (except i let it sit longer) except for ditching what made it into the cup why because i can’t find it in my heart to lose precious cof

my temp method for the water is to pour the boiling water into the mug, let it sit for...... i dunno, whatever, which not only saps the heat from the water but heats up the mug to keep my coffee hotter longer *taps head *

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 16 October 2020 22:24 (one week ago) link

i know it's cliche to be like just make your damn coffee and drink it life is too short for that bullshit but sheesh come on

Hah, it takes > 5 minutes and I enjoy the ritual. And, coffee is worth the little extra effort it takes to make a proper cup. I only drink a cup in the morning, and an optional post-lunch. That first gulp of morning coffee is pretty much my favorite moment of the day, so I don't mind perfecting it. One reason I started doing it this way was to use my own laziness to cut down on coffee. If I required 3 cups a day this method would not be sustainable and I'd be drinking from a Mr Coffee or whatever.

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 23:38 (one week ago) link

Tracer, my friend who shared that method with me just told me he now uses one of these and swears by it. My curiosity is piqued!

beard papa, Friday, 16 October 2020 23:41 (one week ago) link

I've only ever done the inverted method with the Aeropress. The other way frankly looks more difficult to me. I'd be worried about trying to seat the plunger when the tube is already full of hot water and coffee grounds. Even doing the inverted way, I knocked it over once, and hot water and coffee grounds went all over the counter, got inside my electronic scale, which gave me a scare for about a day until it dried out and started working again.

o. nate, Saturday, 17 October 2020 21:59 (one week ago) link

I have no idea what changed – or, indeed, if anything changed at all – but my last two attempts yielded much better results, using the default method.

pomenitul, Saturday, 17 October 2020 22:10 (one week ago) link

Life is too short NOT to do all that you can to ensure a superior cof

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 18 October 2020 02:29 (one week ago) link

I know I badmouthed the World Aeropress Championship recipes, but the 2017 from Paulina Miczka is now my gospel

lukas, Sunday, 18 October 2020 02:35 (one week ago) link

brewing a nice cup of cof, how pleasant honestly

lag∞n, Sunday, 18 October 2020 02:35 (one week ago) link

Behold how good and how pleasant it is

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 18 October 2020 13:46 (one week ago) link

Btw guess what I’m doing right now

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Sunday, 18 October 2020 13:47 (one week ago) link

https://i.ibb.co/7J5wTGr/0-BFB2114-DE12-4-E8-F-8-F85-D949293-E41-FA.jpg

cof check

lag∞n, Sunday, 18 October 2020 14:55 (one week ago) link

Still sipping hot coffee I made 2 hours ago thanks to a yeti mug.

beard papa, Sunday, 18 October 2020 17:48 (one week ago) link

a cute and nice mug

lag∞n, Sunday, 18 October 2020 20:00 (one week ago) link

we don't talk much about here about how we take our cof. i'm forcing myself to drink it black because i'm trying to eliminate sugar as best i can, and i don't like any other sweeteners, natural or otherwise. no cream/milk/soy/oat/almond etc

cream/sugar for you guys?

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:14 (one week ago) link

the only time i have milk is if i'm ordering a flat white or a machiatto. at home it is always, always black.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:27 (one week ago) link

do you sweeten your espresso drinks TH?

rip van wanko, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:37 (one week ago) link

the only time i have milk is if i'm ordering a flat white or a machiatto. at home it is always, always black.

Substitute cappuccino for flat white and this is me.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:46 (one week ago) link

do you sweeten your espresso drinks TH?

if i'm at a snooty 3rd-wave coffee shop, no. if i'm at a caff, yes.

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 13:29 (one week ago) link

i take my coffee w a fairly good glug of cream - most often no sugar, but sometimes just a touch of sugar if it’s not a very nice batch of beans

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:02 (one week ago) link

lattes though, i hardly ever have sugar unless it’s a little raw sugar sprinkled on top

terminators of endearment (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:03 (one week ago) link

sometimes half n half sometimes black sometimes a lil sugar depending

lag∞n, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:03 (one week ago) link

if you can get just the right amount of sugar where it brings out the natural sweetness of the brew without tasting like sugar thats very nice

lag∞n, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:04 (one week ago) link

almost never drink espresso drinks

lag∞n, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

For hot coffee, I always drink it black. If its iced or cold brew, I usually add whole milk.

o. nate, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:41 (one week ago) link

Same here. Black if hot, tiny splash of whole milk and a tsp of simple syrup if iced.

beard papa, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 17:45 (one week ago) link

milk in coffee is weird to me, gotta be that half + half

lag∞n, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 18:07 (one week ago) link

*unless steamed milk

lag∞n, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 18:08 (one week ago) link

Anything from 1% to whole milk works for me. I'll do half and half if no options but it's a little too rich.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 18:19 (one week ago) link

Sometimes when I run out of milk I put cocoa powder and sugar in my coffee, it's delicious, like a dark chocolate mocha

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 21 October 2020 18:20 (one week ago) link

coffee

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all cats are beautiful (silby), Tuesday, 27 October 2020 01:15 (yesterday) link

Sometimes I drink too much coffee just because it's there and it's something to have, and then I wind up getting irritable. I had to really practice mindfulness today when I started getting edgy, that I shouldn't drink more and try to focus on regulating my mood instead. It worked but it took a few hours for the already excess caffeine to leave my system.

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