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Postby deadwolfbones » Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:22 am

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Postby jenmichaeljarre » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:23 am

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deadwolfbones wrote:Burr grinder is the best upgrade you can get. The new cheap OXO is fine, and I like my Capresso.


my partner's parents just gave us a Capresso grinder as a present. been using a hario hand grinder for the last 4 years. pretty excited not to spend the first 5 minutes of every morning hand grinding my beans. :awful:


I also went from my few years old hario grinder to a Eureka Mignon that i got for half the hefty retail price, and outside of the time gain, my coffee is also much better, less bitter, more crema, i'm really happy. I use a Rancilio Silvia so i need a find ground coffee.
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Postby brent » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:09 pm

so i have decided to buy a baratza encore as i do not have a grinder and want to start trying a variety of beans. right now i have a moka pot but also want to get something else to make coffee. what should i get:
an aeropress
a chemex
a nice drip machine
or any other recommendations?
i was leaning towards a chemex but the downside is that i would also have to get a nice scale and a gooseneck kettle which would significantly increase how much i have to spend.
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Postby southpaw » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:15 pm

Hario v60
They have rip-off gooseneck kettles at Walmart for like $10
Digital scale isn't really necessary but they've got $7 ones on amazon
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:45 pm

yeah just need a dedicated scoop for the beans and you can be consistent and adjust to your preference pretty easily. if yr doing pour over, the harios usually come w a little scoop, or just use a measuring cup.
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Postby normal finkenstein » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:57 pm

there's no reason not to invest in a scale if you're doing pour over and serious about dialing it in
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Postby Bartatua » Fri Mar 15, 2019 1:58 pm

so weird that this got bumped, i'm drinking coffee right now!
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Postby warmjets » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:46 pm

normal finkenstein wrote:there's no reason not to invest in a scale if you're doing pour over and serious about dialing it in


agreed. they're very cheap
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Postby quadrivium » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:52 pm

trader joe's brand coffee (whole beans)
hand-cranked grinder
french press (i think by bodum)
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:38 pm

normal finkenstein wrote:there's no reason not to invest in a scale if you're doing pour over and serious about dialing it in


if the added cost of a scale is gonna push u away from pour over, i think that's a good reason. it's not like having a scale guarantees quality either. it's all dependent on your ability to taste the difference and care to know how to adjust your specs. but honestly once you know them, they don't differ wildly over time. it's not espresso.
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Postby normal finkenstein » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:06 pm

galactagogue wrote:if the added cost of a scale is gonna push u away from pour over, i think that's a good reason. it's not like having a scale guarantees quality either. it's all dependent on your ability to taste the difference and care to know how to adjust your specs. but honestly once you know them, they don't differ wildly over time. it's not espresso.


i agree that scales don't guarantee quality, but they do guarantee a finer degree of consistency during the brew process itself which is absolutely necessary for using methods like kasuya's 4:6.

if you're just going to be eyeballing your pour overs and cost is a major concern, i think a french press would be a much better/less finicky option for reliably producing a serviceable cup. but brent already decided to invest in an encore so i can't see how a $10 scale would be out of his price range. (obviously the "nicer" ones like the acaia pearl are v exorbitantly priced)
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:14 pm

i can appreciate the consistency argument but i don't think the priority difference between french press and pour over is ease. they're both pretty easy to me. and i think french press has a lot of idiosyncrasies like oily brew and the brew sits in the grinds effectively changing the flavor over time if it's not consumed right away... seems like there's a lot of preference that comes into either method.
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:15 pm

i hate that im talking about coffee like this.

im one of those people who knows what i'm SUPPOSED to do but i do what makes more sense for my lifestyle within reason.
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Postby normal finkenstein » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:39 pm

yeah the main difference to me isn't ease, it's more how forgiving each method is. v60 can be pretty unforgiving if you misalign your parameters imo, but it's probably a different story for chemex/kalita wave/etc

fwiw i'm not a huge fan of immersion brewing in general and don't think french presses ever really make "amazing" cups or extract as much nuance as i would like out of high quality beans
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Postby galactagogue » Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:42 pm

yea i haven't taken the time to brew a really nice cup in a while but partially it's because i stopped buying GOOD beans and settled for Not Bad beans. it really starts w the beans.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:15 pm

quadrivium wrote:trader joe's brand coffee (whole beans)
hand-cranked grinder
french press (i think by bodum)


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Postby deadwolfbones » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:16 pm

brent, consider the Hario Woodneck (aka nel drip). It rips.
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Postby what the schmuck » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:20 pm

Try your local target for beans. Ours carries stumptown and Tony's and the Tony's is $5 for 12oz which is insane considering that they sell it for $13 on their website and it's $11 in other places around town
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Postby powderfinger » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:06 pm

I started ordering from Happy Mug recently and it finally feels like a sustainable way to drink fresh coffee. $9/12oz or $20/32oz and $3 shipping. It's solid and the 32oz bag is perfect since we use exactly a pound per week.
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Postby bruceagain » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:34 pm

galactagogue wrote:yea i haven't taken the time to brew a really nice cup in a while but partially it's because i stopped buying GOOD beans and settled for Not Bad beans. it really starts w the beans.

good beans, good water, good heat
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Postby warmjets » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:42 pm

good gracious
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Postby Render » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:04 am

quadrivium wrote:
deadwolfbones wrote:
quadrivium wrote:trader joe's brand coffee (whole beans)
hand-cranked grinder
french press (i think by bodum)


lol


what's so funny you retard?


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Postby Render » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:08 am

Anyways if you’re dropping money on an Encore you should go ahead and get the gooseneck and scale. Scales can be gotten for pretty cheap in my opinion, you don’t have to get an Acaia or something. I use the Kalita wave for my pourovers right now and love it.
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Postby Happy and Healthy! » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:56 am

Only takes a few minutes
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Postby Happy and Healthy! » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:57 am

Which is admittedly more than kcups
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Postby dvr » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:12 pm

Ferrous Bueller wrote:the question is, how do you guys have the energy and focus to go through these routines in the morning before coffee?

seems like a real catch-22


i've been using a scrump pour-over setup my whole life (it's what my parents used) and every morning i tell myself i'm gonna pour carefully. then about 30 seconds in i give up and dump a bunch of water over the grounds.

there is a noticeable taste difference with a good pour however, even with mediocre grounds.
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Postby chowder julius » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:24 pm

i switched to green tea full time

might fuck around and get into decaf coldbrew
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Postby warmjets » Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:00 pm

powderfinger wrote:I started ordering from Happy Mug recently and it finally feels like a sustainable way to drink fresh coffee. $9/12oz or $20/32oz and $3 shipping. It's solid and the 32oz bag is perfect since we use exactly a pound per week.


I've ordered a lot from them over the past few years but I feel like the quality isn't always great. You get what you pay for basically, prices and shipping are cheap.
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Postby powderfinger » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:52 am

warmjets wrote:
powderfinger wrote:I started ordering from Happy Mug recently and it finally feels like a sustainable way to drink fresh coffee. $9/12oz or $20/32oz and $3 shipping. It's solid and the 32oz bag is perfect since we use exactly a pound per week.


I've ordered a lot from them over the past few years but I feel like the quality isn't always great. You get what you pay for basically, prices and shipping are cheap.


Any particular recommendations? I have only tried a couple so far. The Guatemalan is my keeper so far.
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Postby alaska » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:56 am

Ferrous Bueller wrote:the question is, how do you guys have the energy and focus to go through these routines in the morning before coffee?

seems like a real catch-22


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