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Title: Coffee
Post by: Slow Rider on June 25, 2013, 15:16
:coffee

So we have a beer thread and a kitchen thread, but no coffee thread. And since coffee is one of the basic requirements for living, it's time to change that.

How do you drink your coffee?

For me, I mostly drink cappuccino when I take the time to enjoy the coffee. Lungo or filter black (depending on what is available) when working, and espresso after dinner. I actually never drink coffee at breakfast for some reason, prefer tea or just flat water then. Never any sugar, ruins the taste for me. Also, I hate coffee milk (you know, the kind in those small plastic cups) - either steamed milk or no milk at all for me.

Share all your shocking coffee experiences here!
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Arb on June 25, 2013, 15:20
Long Black is my staple. Around food though I go for something with milk. As a PED, espresso :cool:
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: just some guy on June 25, 2013, 15:21
depends really

when working in the restaurant is years gone

milk type coffee generally , but now black  " filter " type most of the day

but the best coffee to get you going is espresso with a shot of cordial ( cordial for non english is that fruit flavored stuff you mix with water that you can get from a super market )

I used to work dbl jobs and on the way from 1 to the other I would stop for my espresso shot - 1st time I ordered it the guys were like wtf , 2nd time the whole bar joined me  :D
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: LukasCPH on June 25, 2013, 15:22
I don't drink coffee. :O

I must forthwirth be excluded from everything cycling-related.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: search on June 25, 2013, 15:22
black coffee of whatever kind, no sugar
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Flo on June 25, 2013, 15:27
Chocolate or caramel latte with extra milk and lots of sugar and :whip cream
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: L'arri on June 25, 2013, 15:28
Really good coffee: always black
   |
Good coffee: milk
   |
Other ground coffee: add hot chocolate / bind with avocado in milkshakes
   |
Instant coffee: consider tea options

Best I ever had I think was probably some from a still quite experimental plantation in Belize. Deep, peppery and amazingly strong.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Dim on June 25, 2013, 15:37
Currently on my monthly two week spell of Decaff.

Then will celebrate by going on Cappucino for ten cups, before going back to decaff again. :D

At my peak i was doing a 200g jar of instant in about 3 hours.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: froome19 on June 25, 2013, 15:40
Chocolate or caramel latte with extra milk and lots of sugar and :whip cream
Fleur are you sure you are drinking coffee there?
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: L'arri on June 25, 2013, 15:48
Former colleague once told me he'd gotten so bad he had to bring his own coffee machine into work. Was on 16 generous espressos a day for a while, living fast and pooping Weetabix.

Eventually, when he couldn't drive for the shakes and then started urinating a bit of blood, he went to the doc.

Almost divorced during the cold turkey but is now happy and well-adjusted again.

True story.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Arb on June 25, 2013, 15:48

The couple of times I've drunk coffee I've just become hyperactive.

That's why I drink it...

For me I only go crazy if I'm drinking it whilst I'm actively doing something. If I'm relaxed it is really just a light stimulant.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Havetts on June 25, 2013, 15:50
Generally black coffee with just a tiny bit of sugar, not multiple spoons of sugar for sure. I enjoy an espresso after dinner, around 8 oclock in the evening.

Coffee, petrol for humans.. :D
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Flo on June 25, 2013, 15:52
Fleur are you sure you are drinking coffee there?

:lol
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: cj2002 on June 25, 2013, 15:58
http://youtu.be/cEVTQHiAQRA

I'm a coffee lover, although I've cut down from my peak of 7 or 8 very strong filter coffees a day to 2 or 3. I can't start the day without coffee, although I'm pleased not to have the hangover-type symptoms I used to have on a Saturday morning (except when they are, in fact, symptoms of a hangover... :fp)

I like my coffee strong and dark... I usually add a splash of milk - just enough to change the colour - but I forego this when I don't get to do it myself. This is a particular favourite blend of mine... strength 6 out of 5.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRXqhAs8AQK7SwF2M3UoIqzsSCAIqUfIFDAygk98SzDU9mTolan)

At my peak i was doing a 200g jar of instant in about 3 hours.

Wow, Dim. Just wow...
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: l29205 on June 25, 2013, 16:05
Typically Cafe Americano, 3 shots of espresso topped off with hot water.  Coffee right now is Jamaican Blue Mountain until it runs out.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Slow Rider on June 25, 2013, 17:26
When I was 17, as a summer job I worked in a warehouse of a company that sold food and other horeca items to restaurants, bars, hotels, etc. One day I was allowed to go with one of the lorry drivers who brought the items to the customer. I had only just started drinking coffee, but when in the morning the driver went to get coffee I joined him and told him how much I liked it - being 17 years old that sounded cool to me.

At every single bar, hotel, restaurant or wherever we stopped, we were offered a drink after we had delivered everything. Every time, the driver drank coffee and offered me one too. I never turned one down. In that one day, I had about 10 cups of coffee while I was used to an average of 1 cup per month. By the end of the day I was completely messed up: incredibly nervous, hard beating too fast, very hyperactive, extremely emotional... I think I barely slept that night.

Took me months after that before I wanted to drink coffee again.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Dim on June 25, 2013, 17:39

Wow, Dim. Just wow...

Go to bed at 3, get up at 7, wake up, five minutes shower and out, couple of cigarettes, coffee on the way to the bus. get to work and pour coffee granules into a cup and pour water on top and drink coffee non stop all day.. no wonder i only slept four hours a night.

giving up caffeine for a year and i felt the benefits in days.. now i just have little stints
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Joachim on June 25, 2013, 17:41
http://youtu.be/cEVTQHiAQRA

I'm a coffee lover, although I've cut down from my peak of 7 or 8 very strong filter coffees a day to 2 or 3. I can't start the day without coffee, although I'm pleased not to have the hangover-type symptoms I used to have on a Saturday morning (except when they are, in fact, symptoms of a hangover... :fp)

I like my coffee strong and dark... I usually add a splash of milk - just enough to change the colour - but I forego this when I don't get to do it myself. This is a particular favourite blend of mine... strength 6 out of 5.

(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRXqhAs8AQK7SwF2M3UoIqzsSCAIqUfIFDAygk98SzDU9mTolan)

Wow, Dim. Just wow...

I had a conversation with one of the guys that roasts that particular coffee.  Are you familiar with the differences between Robusta (cheaper, very high caffeine, burnt tyre taste) and Arabica (lower yield plants, so more expensive, many regional varietals and tastes)?

The Lava Java is the only one that Taylors put Robusta into, and that is for the caffeine hit.

You are the coffee world equivalent of a doper!!!  :D

(I like it too)

For me, its a flat white first thing on waking up. Love espresso too, but I end up drinkin too much.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Blackbandit222 on June 25, 2013, 23:21
(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-PIJNF9wchjM/TYJL8mnOWiI/AAAAAAAAAEA/0Strvo1qsqg/s1600/Dunkin%2BDoughnuts%2Bfree%2BCoffee%2Bmailer.JPG)

Free Ice Coffee!!!!

http://www.nespresso.com/us/en/coffee-maker-list-Nesp (http://www.nespresso.com/us/en/coffee-maker-list-Nesp)

Nespresso
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: FreeWheelin on June 26, 2013, 01:00
Well I have just bought my self a coffee roaster.  Just completed my 3 roast... will have to wait 2 or so days to find out how i went.  I'm still figuring it out, but I have been happy with my results so far.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: AG on June 26, 2013, 01:10

http://www.nespresso.com/us/en/coffee-maker-list-Nesp (http://www.nespresso.com/us/en/coffee-maker-list-Nesp)

Nespresso

yeah I have a nespresso too.  I love it.

but I like lots of milk with coffee ... but am a little lactose intolerant these days, so have to limit myself to 1 coffee per day otherwise it messes me up.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Drummer Boy on June 26, 2013, 01:20
Espresso has become a bit of a curiosity and study for me.

But I avoid all coffee-related beverages prior to riding, running or working-out. I never understood the correlation.

Dry mouth, edginess...not what I need when the heart-rate is up.

(And I never touch the stuff when drumming!)
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: mew on June 26, 2013, 05:34
One or two shots of espresso (depending on mood and need) with a touch of milk..a cortado mostly..

after a run or hot day I love a good iced latte...low on the milk

always start my day with one of these...always whole milk..otherwise why bother. I only do this in the morning and then am done with coffee for the day.

(occasionally in hot wx I will indulge in a Thai iced tea...then sometimes can't get to sleep :p)
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Blackbandit222 on June 26, 2013, 15:42
Well I have just bought my self a coffee roaster.  Just completed my 3 roast... will have to wait 2 or so days to find out how i went.  I'm still figuring it out, but I have been happy with my results so far.

Alot of US Pros are roasting as a side job or next career.  I think Hincapie and USCF are hawking coffee for instance.

I'd like to try Roasting like I'd like to be a Home brewer and gardener.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: FreeWheelin on June 29, 2013, 00:04
Alot of US Pros are roasting as a side job or next career.  I think Hincapie and USCF are hawking coffee for instance.

I'd like to try Roasting like I'd like to be a Home brewer and gardener.

It is quite easy and very inexpensive.  I paid $400 for my roaster, now I get green beans for around $10-12/kg compared with $30-40/kg for roasted beans.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: cj2002 on July 02, 2013, 13:32
I had a conversation with one of the guys that roasts that particular coffee.  Are you familiar with the differences between Robusta (cheaper, very high caffeine, burnt tyre taste) and Arabica (lower yield plants, so more expensive, many regional varietals and tastes)?

The Lava Java is the only one that Taylors put Robusta into, and that is for the caffeine hit.

You are the coffee world equivalent of a doper!!!  :D

(I like it too)

For me, its a flat white first thing on waking up. Love espresso too, but I end up drinkin too much.

That's really interesting - I had no idea. I really haven't explored origins/types of bean really... although the Algerian Coffee Shop in Soho has fascinated me for a long time. One day I'll know enough to go in there and not look like a coffee n00b.

Although there was one occasion when my housemate was sent a package of beans from (I think) Costa Rica, and we proceeded to grind them in our food processor and use them in my percolator. My was that delicious!
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Joachim on July 02, 2013, 13:43
I've been on a few plantations in Costa Rica. It tends to be light and fruity coffee, the total opposite of the Java.

Personal favourites for me are the Ethiopian types, the dry processed Harrar with its earthy blueberry flavours and the lighter and flowery Yirgacheffe.

Coffee is immense. 2nd after crude oil in commodity market.  So much to be learnt about it.
Jeez, I can even bore myself with this.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: lancasterke on July 30, 2013, 12:19
in the summer i do like an iced coffee too.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: kabloemski on July 30, 2013, 12:56
in the summer i do like an iced coffee too.

For me it's a coffee shake/smoothie!
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 02, 2014, 03:47
EL OH EL

Aerosmith's drummer, Joey Kramer, a coffee-lovin' Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer, has pounded the skins since his early teens fueled by love for music and spirited beans.

http://www.rockinandroastin.com (http://www.rockinandroastin.com)

(http://www.rockinandroastin.com/wp-content/themes/rockin-roastin/img/foodandbeverage-cover.jpg)

(http://www.rockinandroastin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/sumatra-152x300.png)

 :D
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: DB-Coop on March 11, 2014, 00:26
When offered coffee I mostly accept, as far as make coffee it is something I never do, mainly because if I have an option I most times prefer something else, which means I won't have real coffee around and only instant which in turns demise my desire for coffee further, Espresso I rarely drink, only when I really want to wake up which normally fails, leading me to drinking 4 cups of espresso fall a sleep and wake up about an hour later way too awake for everybody, I try to limit my caffeine usage so that when I do use it has a good effect and I'm not just tired when I am not on it. French press is honestly the best way to make coffee, that way it normally becomes really good, filter coffee is terrible in comparison, machine coffee is either weak 1 serving or burned second serving. Wiener Melange is normally my go to when the hot chocolate machine is ran out of hot chocolate. Else Ice coffee is amazing, I have a mixer and a frappé stirrer, both of which I use less as my local super market now sell Ice Coffee already mixed, the first few weeks after I found out I consumed about a liter per day, but after a week or two I decided that I better step down my consumption as there is no way anything that sweet can't be harmful
(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Wiener_Melange_0363wien_img_9691.jpg/220px-Wiener_Melange_0363wien_img_9691.jpg)
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: L'arri on March 13, 2014, 07:59
Wiener Melange is normally my go to when the hot chocolate machine is ran out of hot chocolate.

Wiener Melange? Isn't he one of those hot new Colombian riders that Androni wanted to sign?

I had three coffees yesterday (two more than usual), couple of weak ones at the Exki near my former office and, when I got home, a cup of moka.

I got into moka quite recently. I don't really know what the deal with it is, why it is so different, but I blew my head off on it.

All the classic awesomeness was present and correct. Dizzy, speedball-like palpitations and bright orange stinky pee.

What a beauty! Never been so psyched for washing my bike.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Thround on September 25, 2014, 07:50
I don't drink my coffee. I pack capsules with coffee grounds, usually 3-4 before work. That way it keeps me from having explosive and crashing.
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: L'arri on September 25, 2014, 08:46
I don't drink my coffee. I pack capsules with coffee grounds, usually 3-4 before work. That way it keeps me from having explosive and crashing.

It could just be me, but I have never heard of that before. I'm curious. So you take it effectively like tablets? Don't you miss the taste and the whole hot drink experience?
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Drummer Boy on December 15, 2016, 15:25
Bump... ;)

Just reading this account from INRNG about the sad decline of cafés in France. http://inrng.com/2016/12/fermeture-definitive/#more-30187 (http://inrng.com/2016/12/fermeture-definitive/#more-30187)

I found the comments attached to that article quite interesting and was curious to see if there's any firsthand observations to be offered here.

One thing, specifically, that has always sparked my curiosity are the pervasive claims over the years that France—a country that seems to pride itself on discerning tastes—has such a reputation for horribly bad coffee. How is that possible? Any thoughts from those who have lived, worked or travelled extensively there?

It seems like such a contradiction. :slow
Title: Re: Coffee
Post by: Joelsim on January 01, 2018, 19:29
Espresso lungo with a small amount of frothed milk preferably. At home. From a Nespresso Machine.

Although I do take a strong instant with me cat sitting every morning.

It’s very very rare that I buy a coffee whilst out, only when I really need one and am nowhere near home.

The idea of meeting a friend for a coffee is anathema to me, that’ll be the pub instead.