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So how important is coffee to you?

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

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

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

You can get immunities like that?

That explains alot.

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

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

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

Coffee is laxative.

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

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

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

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

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

coffee

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

hoochie coochie

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

fat

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

it takes like one second!

lag∞n, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:46 (two weeks ago) link

fair enough. i thought i would've gotten a scale by now to do all that. but it's winter and want the cof asap in the morning so i just keep making turkish coffee with cardamom in the morning. that is literally <2 minutes from start to finish

medicate for all (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:55 (two weeks ago) link

sorry second (superfluous) "in the morning"

medicate for all (outdoor_miner), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:56 (two weeks ago) link

I don't measure, just use a scoop and eyeball the amount to generally correlate with the amount of water I use

Dan S, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:57 (two weeks ago) link

post, yeah I don't measure coffee. I just kind of eyeball it. I try not to make it for anyone else or even myself if I can get away with it.

Yerac, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 23:57 (two weeks ago) link

I think somewhere above or another another thread I was complaining about a previous roommate throwing out hot water in a kettle, after I just made myself coffee, every single time because they needed the water to be the perfect temp and needed to start the boiling from scratch. I always had to walk away. I already have my subjects I am very uptight about and coffee is not one of them.

Yerac, Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:01 (one week ago) link

scoop and "close enough" temperature is fine, pre-ground is fine, the planet is dying for gods sake

Banáná hÉireann (darraghmac), Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:03 (one week ago) link

yes x2

Dan S, Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:05 (one week ago) link

I always scoop in a little bit more when I have guests because most of my friends like really strong coffee

Dan S, Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:05 (one week ago) link

Planet is dying so I take pleasure in the things I can such as makin coffee like I’m a damn scientist

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:01 (one week ago) link

not saying u have to measure i actually do not even possess a scale rn but i have measured in the past and tuning yr recipe can make u a nice cup of coffee if u like such things, and its not much effort

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:02 (one week ago) link

and then if u get some diff beans and feel like the brew is too weak or whatever u have a baseline to adjust from

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:03 (one week ago) link

Ha, I wrote the exact same thing as silby. So many things in life I can't control - the least I can do is take a few extra seconds to make a perfect cup each morning.

beard papa, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:04 (one week ago) link

the coffee thing im actually a psycho for is a burr grinder, if i didnt have one id def 1000x rather grind at the store than use a blade grinder

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:05 (one week ago) link

id rather have no coffee device and just make cowboy coffee (which is awesome tbf) and have a burr grinder than not have the grinder

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:07 (one week ago) link

I successfully cleaned out my dumb blade grinder and now I have a nice spice mill

babu frik fan account (mh), Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:10 (one week ago) link

what kind do you use?

beard papa, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:12 (one week ago) link

capresso infinity, its a really nice device

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:14 (one week ago) link

is it easy to clean? one thing I love about my Hario Mini is how I can take the whole thing apart and clean every component.

beard papa, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:17 (one week ago) link

it doesnt really need to be cleaned i mean ill wipe it down but i just let the grinder do its thing not sure how hard it is to take apart

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:19 (one week ago) link

I have never thought about cleaning my coffee maker

Dan S, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:22 (one week ago) link

I think I have a cuisinart burr grinder. maybe i should try to clean it.

Yerac, Thursday, 16 January 2020 01:49 (one week ago) link

I clean my grinder every few months with gentle dish soap and I’m always excited for those first couple of cups. It makes a difference.

beard papa, Thursday, 16 January 2020 02:04 (one week ago) link

Of course you measure the grounds - otherwise you are the furtherst Barbarians the huns have yet blessed

| (Latham Green), Friday, 17 January 2020 19:57 (one week ago) link

Interested in knowing how much people weigh out per cup.

beard papa, Friday, 17 January 2020 22:18 (one week ago) link

my personal measurement is 1 and a half tablespoons per cup of water

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Friday, 17 January 2020 22:21 (one week ago) link

4 minutes in the french press

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Friday, 17 January 2020 22:22 (one week ago) link

For pourover I do 15 or 16 mL per gram of coffee.

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 17 January 2020 22:45 (one week ago) link

i do 4mins too, my phone now recommends the timer to me in the morning

lag∞n, Friday, 17 January 2020 22:45 (one week ago) link

my chemex for two

36 g beans med-fine ground fresh
50 mL water to bloom for 30 seconds
550 mL water poured over grounds slowly for about two minutes, trying to gently agitate the grounds all the while
a minute of waiting for coffee to fill chemex

My daily is Counter Culture’s Hologram blend, which is plus/minus a Mocha Java style, for not too much money.

rb (soda), Friday, 17 January 2020 23:35 (one week ago) link

my roommate that i was silently judging for wasting already heated water, she and her bf, who was always over, were a chemex couple. she gave him a key to our place without telling me so he would let himself in, not say anything and just disappear into her bedroom like the dude living in the closet in Real Genius. I kind of hated him.

Yerac, Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:06 (one week ago) link

36g coffee is also what I use to make enough for two regular size mugs. I don't weigh the water, but I do pour over into a carafe with a line on the side that I aim for.

o. nate, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:21 (one week ago) link

I have a Moccamaster drip coffee maker, I use pre-ground Peet's French Roast and don't really carefully measure the grounds or the water, but I think I have a sense about what is the right amount. I prepare the coffee maker at night before I go to bed and start it when I get up in the morning. it's easy and I like the coffee

Dan S, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:42 (one week ago) link

I decided long ago that my coffee grinder is reserved for spices

Dan S, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:54 (one week ago) link

I use the scoop that copes with the coffee apparatus

babu frik fan account (mh), Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:15 (one week ago) link

comes with it. then I cope

babu frik fan account (mh), Saturday, 18 January 2020 04:15 (one week ago) link

beans beans good for the scoop
the more you drink em the more you poop

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:14 (one week ago) link

Everyone says my cafetière coffee is like drinking mud and they’re right. Palpitations and/or heartburn and gtfo. I drink one cup a day.

steer karma (gyac), Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:25 (one week ago) link

NO coffee since my ablation for atrial fibbing in august -- EXCEPT for a 10-day burst at the start of the year to get two big long complex drafts of pieces (one on terry riley, one on the fall) finished and in to their deadlines (the riley requires much more work inc being much shorter lol)

during the full drought i was back in hospital for a week post-ablation with atrial flutter in september, this is now controlled by meds and not life-threatening but also an indication the ablation didn't really work (it's pooooossible the symptoms were exacerbated by the wine i drank at a birthday picnic but i choose not to confront this issue, also it's not like a drink that much or that cutting down on red wine at picnics is anything like as tough as cutting out coffee) (also red wine is good for the heart, observe the french, voila)

during the 10-day burst i was pleased to note i was not getting palps or other amplified symptoms -- to start i felt p good in fact, focused and un-achey etc. toward the end i was getting the usual morning sliuggishness and coming off caffeine i got the usual headaches, which have only just now dissipated tbrr.

my conclusion is that coffee actually has little unacceptable impact on my heart symptoms -- my main consultant agrees but he is VERY relaxed and laissez faire and dare i say it dodgy abt self-medication via non-pharmaceutical means viz alcohol and weed lol (i have not gone down these routes in any sustained sense). basically my beta blockers leave me a bit tired, and coffeee counters this at point of consumption but then leaves me even more tired later plus less likely to sleep soundly. off it i sleep well.

mark s, Saturday, 18 January 2020 11:54 (one week ago) link

in general feel like if coffee is fucking w yr sleep u gotta get off it or drink less sleep is so important

i know for a lot of ppl it irritates their anxiety which is also bad

besides that its a blessing of course

lag∞n, Saturday, 18 January 2020 19:13 (one week ago) link

place enough grounds in yrou palm to create a vision of yrou successful mountain - sniff- add three more grounds - done

| (Latham Green), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:24 (one week ago) link

I haven't gotten myself a bag of fancy-pants single-origin coffee in a really long time, been just drinking Starbucks Via at home and Keurig at work. Literally nowhere in my neighborhood sells good whole bean coffee. Thinking I should order one next time we do fresh direct.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:20 (one week ago) link

i gave up getting nice coffee for the house because I'm never up in enough time during the week and I'm enough of a douche to care about the coffee not tasting as good in the weeks following it being roasted

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:21 (one week ago) link

so i just have tim horton's as i arrive at my office

bidenfan69420 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:22 (one week ago) link

I def favor the convenience of Via on weekdays while trying to get the kids to school, and the freeness of keurig at work, but I'd like a nicer cup on weekends at least.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:27 (one week ago) link

da good bean r good def havent had them for a while due to my location sniff

lag∞n, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:46 (one week ago) link

My local stores' idea of "good" coffee is like "GOWANUS GOLD GENERIC DARK ROAST 100% GROUND COFFEE"

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 23:55 (one week ago) link

I have a cold brew bucket contraption that allows me to make a batch of fancy coffee and use it intermittently for a few weeks to supplement the daily French press coffee

It makes having a fancy cup much easier!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:36 (one week ago) link

I have found the best way to make coffee in the office is using a black plastic filter cone (cost: GBP2.00), filter papers (GBP1.00 for a pack of 40) and whatever bulk ground coffee the company buys. Better flavour than a cafetiere, miles easier to clean, and no-one else is likely to use/break/steal it.

fetter, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 08:17 (one week ago) link

is Death Wish Coffee a british cherished tradition? It was in the Britty area at Hannaford

| (Latham Green), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 21:17 (one week ago) link


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