Coffee drinkers appreciation thread!

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 14 Jul 2008 09:32:35 12,752 posts
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    As the name suggests, this is the thread were edu-mu-cated folk share their coffee recommendations.

    Over the weekend I bought a Krups coffee grinder from Debenhams (for around ~60 yoyos), and the difference in the taste and texture is amazing. The taste is much better and the texture seems more creamy.

    Coffee bean I'm using is from this group (Java Republic Roasting Company).

    I remember drinking a coffee from Tesco's, can't remember the name, that stuff was gorgeous, it had a really oaky woody flavour.

    Do you lot buy your coffee online or in bricks n' mortar establishments?
  • Spanky 14 Jul 2008 09:35:05 14,567 posts
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    Ach i've just got some illy espresso shizzle in the house.

    I buy most of my coffee made out of shops... current fave is the Market Coffee House at spitalfields... fuckin nom nom. Best coffee i've found in london so far.... and tea for that matter.

    Plubs

  • faux-C 14 Jul 2008 09:37:04 9,516 posts
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    I always get my coffee from Monmouth Coffee Company. They have an obscene number of varieties that changes quite a bit. Its a lovely little shop too.

    There's a website, but I don't think you can buy online.
  • kalel 14 Jul 2008 09:42:29 89,142 posts
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    I generally go to Coffee Republic, it's the best balance of distance and quality of coffee.

    At home I get mine from my local Italian deli, who does the best home blend I've ever tasted.
  • Spanky 14 Jul 2008 09:43:44 14,567 posts
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    I tried a coffee from cafe nero yesterday... fucking awful dishwasher coffee. You've been warned.

    Plubs

  • mouse Moderator 14 Jul 2008 09:43:45 10,310 posts
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    Yes, I like coffee.
  • mouse Moderator 14 Jul 2008 09:44:55 10,310 posts
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    Spanky wrote:
    I tried a coffee from cafe nero yesterday... fucking awful dishwasher coffee. You've been warned.

    OMG this guy is serios. Hideous shite that I have to drink when I'm desperate. That said, their apricot croissants are supreme.
  • Deleted user 14 July 2008 09:46:45
    BravoGolf wrote:
    As the name suggests, this is the thread were edu-mu-cated folk share their coffee recommendations.
    You mean this thread isn't for recommending people to drink coffee with?!?

    /leaves

    /slams door
  • Jeepers 14 Jul 2008 09:46:59 13,224 posts
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    If you're ever on Platform 12/13 at Kings Cross, have an espresso from the stand at the near-end of the platform. They make the nicest espresso I've ever had (in England).

    I've cut down massively on my coffee drinking - I used to have maybe 4-6 double espresso per day. Since cutting that back to one or two a week, I've noticed I'm waking up vastly more alert and not having that fading feeling mid-afternoon. On the other hand, I miss that lovely bitter, creamy caffeine hit when I wake up.
  • THFourteen 14 Jul 2008 09:47:05 34,184 posts
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    funny, i have always liked the smell of coffee, but found it far too bitter unless i add cr"ploads of sugar to it.

    i really like tea though :)
  • Spanky 14 Jul 2008 09:50:56 14,567 posts
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    mouse wrote:
    OMG this guy is serios.
    Thas right! Only high street chain that seems to give me a good coffee is Costa...

    Plubs

  • askew 14 Jul 2008 09:51:07 12,541 posts
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    I bought one of these oven-top devices yesterday, like a little metal teapot for making espresso. _
  • Sandbox 14 Jul 2008 09:53:09 340 posts
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    After years of nagging from the better half about my coffee machines (generally large, noisy and spread grains over a fair bit of the kitchen) I went for a Nespresso machine.

    This after I drunkenly filled the bean hopper of my last machine with water.

    It's alright, machine is tiny, quick to start up and the coffee is very nice, not the best but always fresh and smooth. Only problem is the cost of the pods, and the fact that you have to get them on-line, works out about 25p a cup.
  • mouse Moderator 14 Jul 2008 09:53:58 10,310 posts
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    askew wrote:
    I bought one of these oven-top devices yesterday, like a little metal teapot for making espresso. _

    I had one of these for a long while but I kept forgetting to clean it, and it went moldy, and then my girlfriend threw it out and won't let me buy another one.
  • Spanky 14 Jul 2008 09:59:59 14,567 posts
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    Phwoar!

    /robo-chubby

    Plubs

  • kalel 14 Jul 2008 10:07:34 89,142 posts
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    mouse wrote:
    askew wrote:
    I bought one of these oven-top devices yesterday, like a little metal teapot for making espresso. _

    I had one of these for a long while but I kept forgetting to clean it, and it went moldy, and then my girlfriend threw it out and won't let me buy another one.

    You're not really supposed to clean them anyway tbh.
  • Spanky 14 Jul 2008 10:10:04 14,567 posts
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    You are meant to use them regularly though ain't'cha? I'm no fan of espresso anyway so no great loss.

    Plubs

  • mouse Moderator 14 Jul 2008 10:13:22 10,310 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    mouse wrote:
    askew wrote:
    I bought one of these oven-top devices yesterday, like a little metal teapot for making espresso. _

    I had one of these for a long while but I kept forgetting to clean it, and it went moldy, and then my girlfriend threw it out and won't let me buy another one.

    You're not really supposed to clean them anyway tbh.

    Ok, but you're not meant to let them get moldy :)
  • KingOfSpain 14 Jul 2008 10:15:20 5,187 posts
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    We have recently bought one of these for the office at work. Its really good. A lot better than I had expected, while also being really easy to clean and keep tidy.
  • Tonka 14 Jul 2008 10:19:46 21,129 posts
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    BravoGolf wrote:
    Over the weekend I bought a Krups coffee grinder from Debenhams (for around ~60 yoyos), and the difference in the taste and texture is amazing. The taste is less better and the texture seems more creamy.

    Worse.

    :p

    I miss French press coffee. Oh if I had a jug full of Five Estates on my desk instead of satchels of Nescafe... ;_; I have even sunken so low that I go to Starbucks to get a "proper" cup of joe.

    The downside of living in China. Guess I should take up tea drinking.

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  • mrharvest 14 Jul 2008 10:21:40 5,200 posts
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    I get my beans from Hasbean. Steve is very quick with his service and he's dedicated to stocking only the stuff he believes is good quality and value for money.

    Currently drinking this.
  • Tonka 14 Jul 2008 10:22:17 21,129 posts
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    TBH, the best coffee is at my parents house. They say 90% of the taste is down to the water and everytime I drink coffee back home I get this pang of nostalgia.

    Huge cup and then my moms home made bread and loads of cheese. Ahhh cheese.. man I haven't had cheese in ages.

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  • Lateralaus 14 Jul 2008 10:22:45 1,091 posts
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    I add a spoonful of coffee (preferable kenko smooth) and two spoonfuls of canderel (Sugar makes it too sickening) then add a small amount of milk and stir the life out of it and once the kettle boils, simple fill with hot water and enjoy :D
  • Jeepers 14 Jul 2008 10:34:59 13,224 posts
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    Tonka wrote:
    TBH, the best coffee is at my parents house. They say 90% of the taste is down to the water and everytime I drink coffee back home I get this pang of nostalgia.

    Good tip - a water filter is a cheap way of improving the taste (and look) of your coffee.
  • askew 14 Jul 2008 10:42:28 12,541 posts
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    Heh. We have these wooden stirring sticks at work. You put them in, and all these bubbles come off and the stick wilts. It's a reet turn off.
  • pjmaybe 14 Jul 2008 10:44:37 70,676 posts
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    I couldn't survive without our cheap piece of shit coffee machine. It cost about 15 quid and just makes filter stuff. I usually fill it with Taylors stuff and just let it brew during the day till it's like American Cop Show coffee. Thick, strong and liable to burn a hole through your gut but DANG that's good coffee.
  • askew 14 Jul 2008 10:46:04 12,541 posts
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    Aha.
  • BanjoMan 14 Jul 2008 11:15:28 13,730 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    You're not really supposed to clean them anyway tbh.
    You sure are. The rubber seal needs replacing every now and then, and the metal filter gets clogged. I was told by Bialetti to fillit with half water, half lemon juice and run it through on the stove. It worked.

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  • pjmaybe 14 Jul 2008 11:41:56 70,676 posts
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    Dunno if anyone here sells 'em but if you're into flavoured coffees, Yank style then I can heartily recommend Gloria Jean beans. Particularly the White Russian flavoured ones...

    NUM NUM!
  • Shinji 14 Jul 2008 11:47:35 5,903 posts
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    Seconded on whoever mentioned the Monmouth Coffee Company - absolutely amazing beans, and the shop itself is nice too. The staff all really know their beans (sorry) and can talk you through what's available and work out what will suit you best.

    Coffee, Cake & Kink over on Endell Street uses Monmouth beans, and do some of the nicest iced coffees in London (tall glasses full of coffee ice pieces, with fresh hot coffee poured over them at your table). There's also a Monmouth cafe at Borough Market which is a fair bit bigger than the Covent Garden store, and I believe that Flat White, an awesome little cafe over at the far end of Soho, also uses Monmouth beans. Yum.

    Of the high street chains, only Costa makes decent coffees - Starbucks is nice for "coffee flavoured" sweet drinks every now and then, but their actual hot coffees are fucking awful :/
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