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post #121 of 584
I have my own Moccamaster (seems to be called Technivorm in the US though?) at work, because the 'official' coffee there tastes like poison. Really.


At home I have a Macap MC4 ( http://www.1st-line.com/machines/home_mod/macap/MC4.htm ) grinder that is great, use it mostly to do french press though. Can't afford a decent espresso machine yet, so many other things to buy!
post #122 of 584
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post
Awesome, thanks ku!

If this and the new batch from Intelly don't pan out, I'm just gonna claim tin tongue and go back to D&D.
Maybe this is a stupid question, but have you ever had a cup of coffee that tasted good to you?
If you're in an area with a decent coffee shop, the question of whether you can differentiate between cheap, low quality coffee and nice beans brewed properly is an empirical one that should be reasonably easy to answer...
post #123 of 584
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If you're in an area with a decent coffee shop, the question of whether you can differentiate between cheap, low quality coffee and nice beans brewed properly is an empirical one that should be reasonably easy to answer...
To be honest, I'm not sure. Perhaps I'm simply not cut out for real coffee. Still, I really want to give it a shot.
post #124 of 584
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Originally Posted by martook View Post
I have my own Moccamaster (seems to be called Technivorm in the US though?) at work, because the 'official' coffee there tastes like poison. Really.


At home I have a Macap MC4 ( http://www.1st-line.com/machines/home_mod/macap/MC4.htm ) grinder that is great, use it mostly to do french press though. Can't afford a decent espresso machine yet, so many other things to buy!
i use a Moccamaster at home, too. great machine (and my wife thinks it looks cool! )

that's a really cool looking grinder, too. i use a mazzer mini that i've had for almost two years now. it's probably my favorite piece of equipment that i've bought in the last two years...i love it more than any of my headphone equipment, macs, golf clubs, etc. i love my grinder!
post #125 of 584
I finally got your beans today, Ku. It still tastes similar to my other beans, except much less bitter. (And there is a bit of a "bite" at the end) The problem must either be my technique, equipment, tongue, or all of the above. How would you describe them (taste-wise) via press? I'm gonna keep modifying my technique, and I need something to compare.

(And once again, thanks for beans!)

EDIT: I thoroughly cleaned my press and kettle a few days ago, but I haven't done so with my grinder. Perhaps Baratza sent it to me tainted? Oh, and would it be alright to use uncooked jasmine rice to clear out the inside? (I should of ordered some grindz with the grinder...)
post #126 of 584
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post
I finally got your beans today, Ku. It still tastes similar to my other beans, except much less bitter. (And there is a bit of a "bite" at the end) The problem must either be my technique, equipment, tongue, or all of the above. How would you describe them (taste-wise) via press? I'm gonna keep modifying my technique, and I need something to compare.

(And once again, thanks for beans!)

EDIT: I thoroughly cleaned my press and kettle a few days ago, but I haven't done so with my grinder. Perhaps Baratza sent it to me tainted? Oh, and would it be alright to use uncooked jasmine rice to clear out the inside? (I should of ordered some grindz with the grinder...)
sorry it's not to your liking. i roasted them medium (full city/full city+) so they're much lighter than your intelligentsia. i didn't taste this roast so i don't know what that bite is...i just roasted a new batch of the nicaraguan so i'll taste it tomorrow or friday and report.

could it just be that you don't like the taste of this kind of coffee? it sounds like you don't know what to expect, but what you do get is not what you want. there are some good cafes in boston...go to one and order a plain coffee. black. then tell us what you think...

other than that, i don't know what else to say. hmmm...
post #127 of 584
I think you're right. I also think I just may be unexperienced. The more I drink, the more I get used to it... but I've still yet to discover the actual "flavors". (The ones that in the bean descriptions) And your roast is actually better than the ones I have, I was able to drink an entire cup (sans the sludge) without ill effects.

I actually haven't been to Boston in awhile... probably won't for a long time.
post #128 of 584
I have a Fresh Roast Plus 8 roaster, a Gaggia Carezza espresso machine, and a Solis Maestro grinder.
post #129 of 584
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post
I think you're right. I also think I just may be unexperienced. The more I drink, the more I get used to it... but I've still yet to discover the actual "flavors". (The ones that in the bean descriptions) And your roast is actually better than the ones I have, I was able to drink an entire cup (sans the sludge) without ill effects.

I actually haven't been to Boston in awhile... probably won't for a long time.
take the stated flavors with a grain of salt. while i do believe that the palette can be trained and learn to distinguish subtle flavors, i often laugh at the flavors that people say they taste in coffee. while i do taste things like "chocolate" or "tobacco" or "citrus," etc. in different cups, it's often very subtle. my favorite is when someone said they tasted "meyer lemon" in a certain cup...meyer lemon?!?! how can someone tell it's meyer lemon as opposed to a regular lemon? i call BS. but then again, it's not unlike this forum where people say they hear minute differences between one lossless vs. another lossless
post #130 of 584
I wish I could taste made-up flavors.

I'm getting used to the coffees, but I still have a hard time "enjoying" them... perhaps a little milk or sugar? I've read that some people have a hard time tasting the nuances unless there are additives. Perhaps I'll try it tomorrow.
post #131 of 584
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post
I finally got your beans today, Ku. It still tastes similar to my other beans, except much less bitter. (And there is a bit of a "bite" at the end) The problem must either be my technique, equipment, tongue, or all of the above. How would you describe them (taste-wise) via press? I'm gonna keep modifying my technique, and I need something to compare.

(And once again, thanks for beans!)

EDIT: I thoroughly cleaned my press and kettle a few days ago, but I haven't done so with my grinder. Perhaps Baratza sent it to me tainted? Oh, and would it be alright to use uncooked jasmine rice to clear out the inside? (I should of ordered some grindz with the grinder...)
If the grinder is suspect Umex makes a product called Grindz, I'm not sure about cleaning it with rice.

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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post
I wish I could taste made-up flavors.

I'm getting used to the coffees, but I still have a hard time "enjoying" them... perhaps a little milk or sugar? I've read that some people have a hard time tasting the nuances unless there are additives. Perhaps I'll try it tomorrow.
I know the purists out there hate the idea of sugar and or cream, but I quit liked the edition of a decent Half and Half or full coffee cream, I wouldn't suggest using a dairy free creamer as most have artificial junk and oils that wreck a good cup of coffee.
post #132 of 584
Well, I tried today. Made the coffee bland and somewhat nasty. I guess the whole coffee thing isn't working for me. I'm just not cut out for this OG-style stuff.

On a related-note, how are you supposed to use flavored syrups? I bought some torani awhile back, and I could never get it to taste right.
post #133 of 584
My coffee gadgets

post #134 of 584
I've been using the Yama vacuum brewer a lot recently. Vacuum brewers are worth the price just because they are insanely fun to use. They also make extremely good coffee

Here is a little time-lapse demo of a similar brewer (not my video): http://youtube.com/watch?v=IQTb18D4mSg
post #135 of 584
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Originally Posted by Kirosia View Post
To be honest, I'm not sure. Perhaps I'm simply not cut out for real coffee. Still, I really want to give it a shot.
You might just have really good taste buds.
As I understand it “super tasters” find coffee to be too bitter to drink.

Wiki link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supertaster
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