What coffee are you drinking just now?

Discussion in 'suburban75' started by Voley, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I'm taking a punt on this :-

    Has Bean Coffee — El Salvador Finca Argentina Washed Bourbon

    "Milk chocolate, caramel, orange, green apple." :hmm:

    And since Amazon refuse to let me have any paper filters because they're an "add-on" item and I don't buy enough other Amazon stuff to make up the order, I've ordered a couple of stainless steel mesh filters.
    I've been using the same paper filter for weeks now ...
     
  2. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I should have bought a stainless steel Aeropress filter yonks ago - given I used to love my cafétière with its bonus gritty bits - though the gritty bits are much finer in this case.

    Cheapest ones I could find on Amazon (I wanted them quickly) -

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    The beans are very nice too - inverted method (no choice with metal filter) - infused for nearly 2 minutes.
    I get the "milk chocolate", and possibly the "orange" - but it's not excessively acidic.

    It went down very well with hot seeded wholemeal, PNB and Vitam-R - and although my head is spinning a bit, I've ground another half scoop to go with Seville marmalade - rather than re-infuse the grounds...
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2018
  3. maomao

    maomao 四月她爹

    Been using them for a while. Definitely a tastier brew.
     
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  4. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    I’m usually a bit wary of unmilked espresso, bc when it goes wrong it’s fucking awful.

    However, due to the usual march of eventually-smashed glasses, combined with a move to my “nazi war memorabilia” machine (which makes smaller shots, and so requires more cups for the same qty of beans), led me to use the glass on the left yesterday.

    And the shot was actually, genuinely, fucking tremendous. One of the three or four best coffees of my adult life. Clear, sharp, bright, fruity, acidic. Barely a hint of bitterness. Chuffing perfections.

    So this morning, one somewhat milky brew (the first, coldest, and sourest of the lot); two macchiatos; and another - frankly outstanding - espresso.

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  5. MadeInBedlam

    MadeInBedlam Arm the mentally ill

    Black. Two spoonfuls of Lidl instant. Getting (even more) hairs on my chest.
     
  6. pogofish

    pogofish Testicle Hairstyle

    Managed to get two packets of medium roast Eastern Ghats organic again ground this time but when whizzed up a bit more in a cheap grinder, rhey make for a coffee that is as delicious and distinctive as ever. :)
     
  7. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

  8. magneze

    magneze mnemonic beef

    I'm no longer drinking more than 1 cup a day first thing. I am sleeping so much better.
     
  9. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Same, but that's why I'm now much more of a coffee snob and buy ridiculously expensive beans. I want that one cup to be good.
     
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  10. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    "In the cup expect hot chocolate with hazelnut, and a Jammy Dodger aftertaste."

    :hmm:
    I'm somewhat "with lurgy" today ...

    It's got a fair bit of deeply caramelised fruit and a long-lasting acidity ... which is normally not my thing, but it's fairly well balanced with the chocolatey bit - I was going to say "cocoa" rather than hot chocolate - but I haven't had dairy with my cocoa for nearly 40 years .. so perhaps "cocoa made with milk and no extra sweetener".

    All in all very interesting and not as bland as I expect from Brazil - though I've probably only bought beans once or twice and only know it from posh instant.

    Like wine, I only have coffee with food and I'm all out of Vitam-R yeast extract so I won't be able to give a definitive review until the local deli gets some in ... first impressions were with wholemeal toast and rather naturally sweet "Suma" peanut butter...

    EDIT :-

    Just had it with wholemeal toast and Seville marmalade - works very well. :)
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2018
  11. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    The current compromise in the house (ie: we both like it, even though we each have different favourites) is Union's Foundation. That's got quite the cocoa/chocolate aftertaste to it. In a nice way.
     
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  12. danny la rouge

    danny la rouge Hoc vellum voluntater album mansum est

    A caffe freddo made with Bolivia Villa Tunari roasted by Glen Lyon, ground with a Polex Mini hand ginder, brewed with a Bialetti Moka, poured over ice, served in a tall glass.
     
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  13. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    I've decided the funky Brazillian is too acidic, so I've ordered some of the costa rica I was enjoying a couple of months ago ...
     
  14. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

  15. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

  16. Fez909

    Fez909 toilet expert

    Cold brew - fill me in.

    I'm sure it's been asked on here, but it's a big thread.

    1) What's the minimum I can leave it?
    2) Should it be at room temp when brewing, the cold-it up (down?) when consuming?
    3) Or should I just leave it in the fridge?
    4) How long does it last? Can I make a mahoosive batch and it last me a few days?
    5) Same ratio of coffee : water as when making 'normal' coffee? I use an aeropress with two scoops per cup for reference

    Thanks, coffee nerds.
     
  17. mrs quoad

    mrs quoad Well-Known Member

    If that looks appealing, IMO it’s worth mentioning that square mile do a 1kg monthly subscription for £25.

    Though on that note, tbh I’m not rating the change they’ve made to their red brick blend. It was brewing up beautifully as both filter and espresso - lovely fruity acidic notes, just fucking lush no matter what I did to it. But the new blend is, frankly, just worse. All-round worse. Bitter, flat, almost undrinkable without milk, prone to instant under or over extraction even with milk, literally impossible to put through a filter any which ways, and joyless in my currently-favourite espresso machine. I might crank up the other one, tbh, as it can be better with bland, bitter and less fruity brews. Sigh.

    I’m actually using the dregs of June’s shipping, as I’d rather drink that than July’s new batch. Bleh.
     
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  18. Chz

    Chz Stark Raving Sane

    Well, that's one of the things about Red Brick being seasonal. But thanks muchly for the heads-up, as I was just about to throw it into the mix of things. I'd gone to a Spiller & Tait, Union Foundation, Red Brick sort of cycle.
     
  19. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    Guatemala El Bosque seems to have vanished off the face of the earth and Hasbean have run out of Costa rica, so I ordered some El Salvador from my local supplier.
    Initially more highly roasted than I like, but as per usual, I adjusted to it and found they'd probably extracted every bit of flavour from the beans.

    To my jaded palate:- the darkest of dark chocolate with just enough acidity to keep it interesting - without the tongue-curlding acidity that I don't like.
    Fruity ? I couldn't tell you what sort.

    So very nice - though they don't use letterbox-friendly packaging so I had to collect my 300g of beans from the sorting office.
    £9.90 delivered in a couple of days.
    59.4p per 3/4 mug.

    El Borbollon — TwoDay Coffee Roasters
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2018
  20. Reno

    Reno The In Kraut

    Lidl`s own brand filter coffee.
     
  21. Poi E

    Poi E Pessimism: a valuable protection against quackery.

    "workshop cerro de jesus" from nicaragua. found the beans at the back of the fridge. black. strong. good.
     
  22. Voley

    Voley Ramoner

    Same here. 'French Blend.' A quid forty for a packet or thereabouts, I think. Good value.
     
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  23. LeytonCatLady

    LeytonCatLady Well-Known Member

    Morrisons Gold. I prefer instant to "real" stuff.
     
  24. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    Has Bean Coffee — Bolivia Finca Las Alasitas Washed Caturra

    "In the cup this reminds me of a melted dark chocolate cookie. It's got great texture - thick and gloopy - with a mix of dark chocolate and treacle sweetness, before a shoulder of biscuit on the finish"

    Certainly plenty of sweet dark chocolate - no sign of the biscuity finish :hmm:

    I've made it four times now and probably due to what I'm eating this morning I notice there's actually a fair amount of acidity - which I usually avoid - but it doesn't detract from it.
     
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  25. Hassan I Sabha

    Hassan I Sabha Kick Muck !

    Foundry have a couple of great Guatamalan coffees at the moment, both great in a V60

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  26. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    nom :)
     
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Sainsbury's Espresso coffee beans ("Strength 5"). I really like the stuff.
     
  28. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    this is like reading a Guardian article ...
     
  29. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Decaf Nescafé
     
  30. gentlegreen

    gentlegreen sproutarian

    Darn.

    Before I could order a second lot of the chocolatey Bolivian, they've sold out :(

    But this sounds promising :-

    :)

    Has Bean Coffee — Bolivia Finca El Fuerte Washed Caturra
     

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