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#1 OFFLINE   lewmur

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 02:33 PM

Us single people have a problem getting a good cup of coffee at home.  Making a "pot" of coffee is a total waste and "single cup" coffee makers tend to be very expensive.  That has pretty much relegated us to using "instant".  Yeck!!! :'(   Then, while searching eBay for single cup makers, I came across this simple device.   You can actually make a good cup of coffee with it.

When my wife was alive, she had a method a making coffee in an old New Orleans creole way.  Instead of brewing a "pot" of coffee, she'd make "coffee syrup".  She'd use a pound of CDM regular and a quarter of a pound of CDM with chickory to make a quart of syrup.  She'd place the grounds in a "drip" pot with the paper filter and heat a quart of water in a pan.  The pan was NEVER allowed to boil.  (Boiling releases the acid in the grounds.)  She'd then pour the water through the grounds, pour the coffee back into the pan, re-heat it back to a simmer and pour it back through the groundd.  This process was repeated several times in order to make the "coffee syrup".

The syrup then went into the refrigerator and when you wanted a cup of coffee, you'd pour about a quarter of a cup into a sauce pan then use either milk, water or a combination of the two to equal a full cup and heat it to a simmer.  You could also use a microwave for this step. You could "regulate" how strong the coffee was simply by adjusting the amount of syrup you used.  You could get a good strong cup without any bitter flavor at all.  Personally, I liked mine with about half syrup and half milk.

Using the device from eBay, you can apply the same principles.  Heat the water ONLY to a simmer and adjust the strength by how many times you reheat and pour back trough the grounds as well as the amount of grounds you use.  Of course, the quality of your results will also depend on the quality of the coffee you purchased.

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 03:40 PM

There is  a product on sale in the British isles .Very similar to the brew your wife used to make . The local equivalent is known by the trade name IREL...a teaspoon of which actually made a passable cup of coffee. Robert Roberts make something similar across the stream . Interesting post man.
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Posted 25 September 2015 - 08:18 PM

Some of us drink a whole pot of coffee..... I actually drink about 1.5 pots a day.
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Posted 25 September 2015 - 08:33 PM

I have a little 4-cup electric drip thingie. I make 2 cups, which is a large mug, for breakfast. Unfortunately, I've had to go to decaf with advancing years--I rarely drink regular coffee any more. I do buy good, dark-roast decaf and grind it each day, so it's drinkable, but I do miss the strong coffee I used to be able to tolerate.
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Posted 25 September 2015 - 08:40 PM

The darker and the stronger the better in my opinion. I want to take the first sip and instantly be wired... B)
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Posted 26 September 2015 - 04:12 PM

I have to cut back on my usual 10/15 mugs a day . The stomach has recently been complaining just after the first of the day. So that has been replaced by a big mug of irish breakfast tea . Now I'm down to 6/10 mugs a day . Has anyone ever got headaches when not drinking coffee for a day or two . ?
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Posted 26 September 2015 - 07:24 PM

View PostCapt.Crow, on 26 September 2015 - 04:12 PM, said:

I have to cut back on my usual 10/15 mugs a day . The stomach has recently been complaining just after the first of the day. So that has been replaced by a big mug of irish breakfast tea . Now I'm down to 6/10 mugs a day . Has anyone ever got headaches when not drinking coffee for a day or two . ?

I have before and I think that it is due to your body being used to massive caffeine intake at a certain time. Caffeine is like any other drug, you go through withdraws
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Posted 26 September 2015 - 08:18 PM

View PostCapt.Crow, on 26 September 2015 - 04:12 PM, said:

Has anyone ever got headaches when not drinking coffee for a day or two . ?
Yep, it's the caffeine withdrawal according to my doctor. He warned me about that when I switched to decaf, although it didn't happen to me.
EDIT: Sorry, Josh, you already posted what I just said. :>

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 04:11 AM

View Postsecuritybreach, on 25 September 2015 - 08:40 PM, said:

The darker and the stronger the better in my opinion. I want to take the first sip and instantly be wired... B)

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 04:20 AM

I bought meself a Aero Press after a discussion here some time ago.

http://www.aeropresscoffee.co.uk/

Quick and easy to use and rinse out. I make a big cup of coffee every day and have only used three filters as you can rinse them and reuse.

Makes the best coffee. I took it with me on a trip a couple of weeks ago and it was a real treat waking up in a hotel and drinking a decent brew in bed. :breakfast:
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Posted 27 September 2015 - 09:53 AM

Looks and operates similar to a French Press coffee maker. My brother is a one cup a day coffee drinker and uses one. I'm a full carafe coffee drinker - 3 18oz mugs in the morning - and use a Cuisinart drip brewer with an insulated carafe - no heater under the carafe - to hold the brewed coffee, and a reusable metal screen filter. 100% Colombian bean coffee grounds, brewed very strong. :thumbup:
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Posted 27 September 2015 - 12:32 PM

My Jim and I used to go through a ton of coffee every day (many pots) back when we smoked it was part of the ritual.


My doctor said I needed to cut down a while back due to hot flashes being much worse when I drank coffee (he said it was that), and eventually I saw that it was true that when I drank coffee I would have stronger hot flashes.

I started drinking  more herbal teas to compensate for the lesser amounts of coffee I was drinking ... still had my morning jolt though.

When we stopped smoking, we also drank even less and less coffee because it made us want to smoke since they were constantly linked.

So now I drink some coffee once in a while. I am actually drinking more coffee since my sister is at the treatment center than I have been since we sit around quite a bit :lol:

But generally I drink more teas (Spiced Chai, Peppermint, Earl Grey, etc.) then coffee. The Keurig at the Inn we are staying at makes coffee and tea which is very nice. But they are not an option at home. Way too expensive.

Friends of ours started making it in a French Press and that is a very nice method. I wish that coffee thing would be one that sits OVER the cup of coffee instead of inside the cup.
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Posted 27 September 2015 - 12:42 PM

There is an old saw in N.O. about the best way to cook red beans and rice.  The answer?  "The way my granma did."  But probably only in N.O. (or maybe Miami) would that same thing apply to coffee.  My grandmother wasn't from N.O., so I deferred to my wife's.  

At one time the vast majority of the coffee imported to the U.S. came through the port of N.O. and finding CDM (Cafe Du Monde) on the grocery shelf is as common as finding Maxwell House or Foldger's.  (CDM probably outsells the other two combined.)  My point being that I enjoy CDM much more than I do the high priced beans.

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 01:23 PM

We always bought Columbian Beans and ground them ourselves when we could afford it. We preferred it over any other pre-ground coffee.

We preferred to make it totally fresh. But who can afford that these days either...
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Posted 27 September 2015 - 02:37 PM

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I wish that coffee thing would be one that sits OVER the cup of coffee instead of inside the cup.

If you mean the one I posted about, it does sit over the cup. :breakfast:

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 04:29 PM

View PostLilBambi, on 27 September 2015 - 12:32 PM, said:

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Friends of ours started making it in a French Press and that is a very nice method. I wish that coffee thing would be one that sits OVER the cup of coffee instead of inside the cup.
I've never really understood the point of the "French Press".   Seems to me all that does is push the water through the grounds faster.  Giving it less time to absorb the flavor.

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Posted 27 September 2015 - 06:03 PM

Only problem with the French Press is that there's no paper filter. I read (doctor at Harvard Inst Pub Health) that there's an enzyme in coffee that pushes up your LDL cholesterol if the coffee doesn't filter through paper. Appears to be correct judging from my blood tests. I've never been sure how much I buy into the supposed extreme dangers of higher cholesterol levels, but in the interests of not hearing my doctor yell because I won't take statins, I've avoided french press coffee for several years now.
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Posted 01 October 2015 - 05:18 PM

i buy this, keeping one at work and one at home

(you squeeze the bottle to get a shot of coffee, and add that to hot or cold water) it's good enough even for company.

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 06:02 PM

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Posted 01 October 2015 - 07:58 PM

View PostTemmu, on 01 October 2015 - 05:18 PM, said:

i buy this, keeping one at work and one at home

(you squeeze the bottle to get a shot of coffee, and add that to hot or cold water) it's good enough even for company.
Interesting--I've never seen that before.
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Posted 01 October 2015 - 09:42 PM

Yesterday was National Coffee Day. The line at Dunkin' Donut was too long so we skipped that. My hubby got a free large coffee at Sheetz and we both got a 24 oz cup of Hazelnut (both for me) at Wawa.
Sheetz and Wawa are gas/food chains in our area. I'm still enjoying the hazelnut.
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Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:00 AM

View Postzlim, on 01 October 2015 - 09:42 PM, said:

Yesterday was National Coffee Day. The line at Dunkin' Donut was too long so we skipped that. My hubby got a free large coffee at Sheetz and we both got a 24 oz cup of Hazelnut (both for me) at Wawa.
Sheetz and Wawa are gas/food chains in our area. I'm still enjoying the hazelnut.

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 06:09 AM

View PostTemmu, on 01 October 2015 - 05:18 PM, said:

i buy this, keeping one at work and one at home

(you squeeze the bottle to get a shot of coffee, and add that to hot or cold water) it's good enough even for company.

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If it tastes good that would be fab for travelling. Or for single fol at home.

Googling Cool Brew here gives no results apart from a few USA sopping sites. However I found this delightful way of preparing coffee which is apparently an american craze at the moment.

http://www.jamieoliv...ld-brew-coffee/

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Cold coffee has long been associated with huge coffee chains, vats of whipped cream, sweet artificial syrups and other such miseries. This summer, however, New York City introduced me to cold-brew coffee – a very different, far more refined creature that made me realise the magic of cold coffee, just in time for a warm English summer.

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Posted 02 October 2015 - 12:05 PM

No matter how hot it is, I NEVER drink cold coffee. My coffee has to be black and piping hot or I don't drink it.

If It is that warm outside, I switch to iced tea or as my friends in Oz referred to it as "cold tea". Iced tea is a summer staple for lots in the US.
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Posted 03 October 2015 - 05:30 AM

View Postzlim, on 02 October 2015 - 12:05 PM, said:

No matter how hot it is, I NEVER drink cold coffee. My coffee has to be black and piping hot or I don't drink it.

If It is that warm outside, I switch to iced tea or as my friends in Oz referred to it as "cold tea". Iced tea is a summer staple for lots in the US.

What !!!! They must be a bunch of commie 's then. You should report any tea drinkers to the FBI immediately. :devil:

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