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    latte on 9str and ave c---i love it...the best shit

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    Quote Originally Posted by theetruscan View Post
    Clovers are quite variable. Brew temp is adjustable in .5 degree or 1 degree increments, and brew time in 1 second increments. Also, since it is a siphon process but without the water temperature fluctuation, you get a lot of flavor out, many beans aren't flattered. Even some coffees that are flattered by the right settings are ruined by bad ones.
    The siphon method I tried was some crazy Japanese one where the process inherently resulted in correct temperature. But the temp is not adjustable. It was a pleasure to watch it brew at the table. LaMill serves it at the table with a bunsen burner two connected round bottomed beakers. It was like 15.00 a carafe.

    Also, Hotel del Mano in billyburg was serving Stumptown during the day, but it's only on weekends now. Haven't tried it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soultek View Post
    The siphon method I tried was some crazy Japanese one where the process inherently resulted in correct temperature. But the temp is not adjustable. It was a pleasure to watch it brew at the table. LaMill serves it at the table with a bunsen burner two connected round bottomed beakers. It was like 15.00 a carafe.

    Also, Hotel del Mano in billyburg was serving Stumptown during the day, but it's only on weekends now. Haven't tried it yet.
    Yeah, siphon/vacuum pot, right? The temperature isn't adjustable, but is fairly consistent because it relies on increased pressure to force sub-boiling water into a boil, and shoot up to the upper pot. The Clover is (I believe) the same idea, but since it fills the water, then pressurizes and drips, you get temperature adjustment.

    This kinda thing, yes?

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    ^ sorry for the delayed reply: Yes, that's it.

    Just got a cup of drip coffee from the MUD coffee truck-> good shit

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    Groundworks in Los Angeles, Sunset and Cahuenga, across from Amoeba Records is pretty bold (flavor), hearty, and austere (decor)....very nice staff also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Real Real View Post
    La Colombe has the most consistently great drip coffee I've ever had.
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    old city coffee is way better than la colombe in my opinion
    but in philly, chestnut hill coffee roasts the best coffee in my opinion
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    I can't participate in this particular roast(coffee pun B-> ) but I can say that my favorite company to buy my beans from is Café La Paz medium roast


    Photo is of a bag of dark roast, but the brand is highly recommended.

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    America takes everything to the extreme, nobody was this obsessed with coffee beans when I lived in Naples. Buy decent quality beans, grind 'em, stick them in a Moka pot, or a machine if you have the money for fripperies like that. You can fuck around with roasting your own and buying the latest high-end snake beans for the rest of your life...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrinceOfCats View Post
    America takes everything to the extreme, nobody was this obsessed with coffee beans when I lived in Naples. Buy decent quality beans, grind 'em, stick them in a Moka pot, or a machine if you have the money for fripperies like that. You can fuck around with roasting your own and buying the latest high-end snake beans for the rest of your life...
    Welcome to consumer society. This level of connoisseurship is even more ironic considering that virtually everything of average stature in America (especially food) is complete garbage. Or maybe that's not ironic but a direct cause of it. Still, I would rather not have to think too much about what kind of coffee beans I need to buy.
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    Best coffee I ever had was some coffee called Kopi Luwak. A friend brought it back from Indonesia (Java of all places) quite a while ago. It is coffee beans that have been eaten by some possum and then shat out and collected. It was beautiful rich stuff. It is possible to buy it but it is very expensive.

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    I like:

    1 - Metropolis Coffee in Chicago
    2 - Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea in Chicago
    3 - Counter Culture Coffee in North Carolina

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    I'm sorry, I wouldn't be caught dead in the last two. Not with those names.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    I'm sorry, I wouldn't be caught dead in the last two. Not with those names.
    They're roasters first, cafes second. Among the best. Grumpy in NYC uses (or used to use) Counter Culture. Still haven't had a better espresso.
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    Hehe, c'mon, Intelligentsia is a legend, I always make a point to go there when in Chicago.

    Speaking of cheesy names but good coffee, I'll add one from my recent trip to New Haven. There are plenty of coffee shops there but I've never had great coffee. There's a new place called Blue State and it was quite good. I think they have other locations on the east coast (a lefty themed coffee shop wouldn't fly in Texas).

    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    I'm sorry, I wouldn't be caught dead in the last two. Not with those names.

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    mcdonalds iced coffee, hazelnut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuddly View Post
    mcdonalds iced coffee, hazelnut.
    I can believe that. Even though I have spent a life time trying to avoid it. Maybe it is time to try it.
    I wonder what McDonalds espresso tastes like because I expect that they actually train people how to make it consistently whereas most places it is pretty random who makes the coffee and whether it is good. That is so even in Melbourne where we are supposed to be some greatest coffee snobs in the world.

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    first office purchase after signing our long-term lease was an amazing built-in coffee system. we have gimme! coffee delivered every week, grind our own and it is an exceptional cup. i recommend their platinum blonde.

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    My friend from Park Slope sent me some Gorilla and I thought that it was really great. I've also heard amazing things about Stumptown from a lot of my friends who been there.

    I live in Los Angeles and I would say that the best coffee shop out here is Inteligentsia in Silverlake. They're from Chicago and mentioned here for good reason. They're part of the new trend of serving varietals and they use the Clover machines. L.A. Mill in Silverlake also has some great varietals. Other than that, L.A. is pretty much devoid of good coffee shops.

    I lived in San Francisco in the early 90s and the cafe culture was so much better. The style of coffee was really bitter and over-roasted, though, in my opinion. It worked well if it was cold and damp but it got to be a bit much after a while. Someone mentioned it here and it's true that Peet's used to be a great coffee but their quality has suffered over the years. And Starbucks is pretty much the bottom of the barrel.

    I used to roast coffee years ago for a company called Graffeo. They're from San Francisco and family-owned since the 40s. They were very ahead of their time and started using an air-roaster built by Mike Sivetz, who designed them for Hershey's to roast nuts during WWII. The air-roast will never burn the beans and gives an even roast to the bean as opposed to a barrel-roaster which burns the outside of the beans as they are turned. A big difference, and some prefer the more traditional barrel-roast but it is worth trying because it produces a very smooth flavor and the hot air produces very little moisture in the beans so that they can actually be frozen and not get damaged by the expansion of water.

    Graffeo only has one blend - Colombian, Costa Rican and Papua New Guinea, all Arabica beans. They roast light and dark only but these can be blended to suit your taste. The way to go is dark. Unfortunately, the coffee isn't very easy to find as it's not marketed. In San Francisco it is found in markets and restaurants but in Los Angeles you would have to go to the sole location in Beverly Hills. They do mail order, though, but I don't think that there is any website - it's a pretty old-school operation.

    I love all of the attention that coffee has gotten over the years and really appreciate the fact that there are connoisseurs who are treating the varietals and roasts as though they were fine wines and I love trying new companies. Somehow I never tire of Graffeo, though, and I would recommend trying it if you're ever able to seek it out.

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    my morning coffe way to school..
    of course cant compare the taste with good coffees out there.
    but def' morning coffee is the best. with croissant
    hm..... gotta go out and pick up something right now

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