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Let's talk about coffee!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Ironbar, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Why not? It'll take our minds off worthless, POS politicians.

    I used to be a coffee Neanderthal. I couldn't tell the difference between a macchiato and Maxwell House. For the longest time I used to drink Starbucks because I worked across the street from one. I never knew why people always called them "Char-bucks" until I took the plunge and started branching out.

    It was like a revelation! Starbucks sells all sort of coffee and coffee drinks, but no matter which one you buy, they all taste the same- burned! From Christmas Blend to Ethiopian, makes no difference- they all taste like they were roasted in hell.

    Nowadays I'm very partial to Central American coffee's, and blends made from those countries. And then of course there's my all time favorite: KONA! Can't really afford Kona Coffee all the time, but man I wish I could.

    So what are your fav's and why?
     
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  2. jfw

    jfw Clackamas county Active Member

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    Good thread, but I am not too much of a coffee snob. It all kinda taste the same to me.. Frappucinos are awesome!
     
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  3. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    My Wife and I are Starbucks snobs. She likes her 16oz shot in the dark and I prefer soy lattes.
    Regular coffee choice is Starbucks French or Italian roast!
     
  4. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    308, like I said, I used to be the exact same as you & your wife. Have you tried any of the coffee offerings at Peet's perchance?

    As for you jfw, (and I'll state right up front that I'm not a Peet's 'ho), I'd suggest going to Peet's and trying their Mocha Freddo offering. Once you do, you'll not want a Frappuccio again!
     
  5. justinsyndicate

    justinsyndicate Jantzen Beach New Member

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    Public domain in downtown Portland is the place to get yourself a real cup of coffee. Order a single-origin cup from their slow bar; it's incredible. Any place that offers Chemex service you should take them up on. Ristretto and Fresh Pot make decent pour-overs, too. Starbucks is to coffee what Mcdonalds is to hamburgers: if you want a real one, go elsewhere.
     
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  6. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    I personaly only drink coffee.. no milk or added flavours.
    I realllllllyyyy dont like char-bucks coffee at all.

    Black and strong usually. sludge cups are good! (four shots esspreso in a 16 oz cup of coffee.)
    I tend to like the african beans best. Favorite is the KenyaAA.
    If you make coffee in a french press you should give peaberry beans a shot.

    I also roast my own beans, have a coffee roaster next to the coffee mill nest to the esspresso machine next to the drip that is nest to the french press that is next to the electric percilator.... Ect. ect..

    I love coffee.!
     
  7. justinsyndicate

    justinsyndicate Jantzen Beach New Member

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    Peets. The coffee on their shelves on average was roasted 18 months ago. Nevermind that it's all over-roasted, scorched, and oily.
     
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  8. jfw

    jfw Clackamas county Active Member

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    I will definitely try that out!
     
  9. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    A fan of Seattles Best level 3 here. Just never could understand how the apprentice roasters rejects (french roast) ever got popular. You ever wonder why the French got such a reputation for sauces and gravies? It was because of their need to cover up the smell and taste of rancid meat. Same thing with french roast coffee. Cheap, over roasted beans all have the same taste, regardless of quality, so it's a cheap way to cover low quality and roasters mistakes.
     
  10. Certaindeaf

    Certaindeaf SE Portland Well-Known Member

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    Don't you guys roast your own beans in an airpopper every morning? Heathens!

    just kidding
     
  11. justinsyndicate

    justinsyndicate Jantzen Beach New Member

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    I tried roasting in a popcorn popper a couple of times. Even rigged some dryer vent hardware to mitigate smoke and chaff. It was drinkable, sort of! Now I just leave it to the guys at Stumptown.
     
  12. gehrheart

    gehrheart fidalgo island Well-Known Member

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    Not every mornin'.. usually save that for the weekends when there is more time. :)
     
  13. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hey, I'd drink Kona Coffee every day if I could, but at $32.00 a pound- not gonna' happen!
     
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  14. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for tip! I'm going to check them out!
     
  15. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Definitely like Peets and their Apple Turnovers are to die for.
    It seems like their coffee has more caffeine by the way digestive system reacts...lol
     
  16. Dunerunner

    Dunerunner You'll Never Know Well-Known Member

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    Sumatran is my favorite coffee, when not roasted to a char. I used to refer to Starbucks as Charbucks. Used to roast my own, but weather ate my roaster. KIVU Sumatra Mandheling is a medium roast, is available at most stores and is my go to morning and evening coffee of choice. :thumbup:
     
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  17. John Gault

    John Gault clackamas county Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Can't hardly get through the day without my STUMP TOWN COFFEE !!!

    If anyone is interested there is a place in Boring, OR that roasts and sells whole coffee beans as a secondary side line business. It's called BORING BARK. They typically have large potato sack size bags with beans from several countries there.

    Lastly, Yes KONA but just like in the 80's Hawaiian is expensive and hard to come by.
     
  18. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Colombia Supremo

    End of discussion :cool:
     
  19. the puma

    the puma Oregon City Active Member

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    Ristretto Roasters (NE 42/Fremont, N Williams/Beech) - they roast their own
    Extracto (NE 29/Killingsworth) - they roast their own
    Barista (NE 17/Alberta, NW 13/Hoyt) - they use a rotating variety of top quality beans
    Coava (SE Grand/Main) - they roast their own
    Heart (E Burnside/22) - they roast their own
    Crema (SE 28/Ankeny) - they use Stumptown
    Albina Press (N Albina/Blandena, SE 52/Hawthorne) - they use Stumptown
    Stumptown (a bunch)

    These are a few of my favorite places
     
  20. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Can't function at peak without it.. a little rice milk added and I'm GTG