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Got up this moring. Dragged myself over to the coffee pot. Rinsed everything out. Went to put in a filter and damnit! I forgot to get filters yesterday at the store!

Now I'm reading this thread and re-living that painful moment all over again. I guess I'm a masochist huh? Or maybe I'm just too lazy to go to the store rn. But I mean, I mowed the yard so I've earned a moment to sit in this pain of no coffee.


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MM, Amazon has it. Here's a link to some other place. https://www.gourmetcoffee.net/ethiop...iopia%20Coffee I have no idea what they are like.

This one looks humorous.

https://www.blackriflecoffee.com/col...nt=33264967622

Go for it and let us know. Just be careful who you get it from Amazon seems safe. So does this second one, but who knows who gets the profits today? I'd hate to fund some nefarious org.

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Got up this moring. Dragged myself over to the coffee pot. Rinsed everything out. Went to put in a filter and damnit! I forgot to get filters yesterday at the store!

Now I'm reading this thread and re-living that painful moment all over again. I guess I'm a masochist huh? Or maybe I'm just too lazy to go to the store rn. But I mean, I mowed the yard so I've earned a moment to sit in this pain of no coffee.
You deserve a really good cup of coffee. Go forth and get ye some filters. Run some vinegar with water through thine pot and rinseth twice. Thy coffee will tasteth like heaven. lol

NO idea why that came to me. Goof ball I guess.

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HEB is just a Texas based grocery store. They dont have them in DFW. Well, there might be one over on the Fort Worth side. Austin, San Antonio, Corpus.. they have HEB. Store is legit. Seems they are always doing something fun for customers. Last time I went they had little stations set up with samples and they do legit samples too. Recipes you can follow, not Costco style. They put together a meal with different items and give a recipe for how to make it. Cool stuff like that. Texas is the **** man!
My husband and I lived in SA for about 10 months and we loved HEB! I miss the rotisserie style chicken thighs and drumsticks... Yum!!!

I buy Aldi's coffee and so far it has been good.

The best coffee I had was in Malaysia. I was in my tourist mode and I forgot to ask the hotel's restaurant for the name or brand of coffee they used at breakfast time. It was so good I still remember its flavor 19 years later!
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My husband and I lived in SA for about 10 months and we loved HEB! I miss the rotisserie style chicken thighs and drumsticks... Yum!!!

I buy Aldi's coffee and so far it has been good.

The best coffee I had was in Malaysia. I was in my tourist mode and I forgot to ask the hotel's restaurant for the name or brand of coffee they used at breakfast time. It was so good I still remember its flavor 19 years later!
Maybe you can find them online and send and email explaining your dilemma? I think most folks are sympathetic to a lovely story. I'm sure the coffee wasn't the only thing memorable?

That would be cool, too.

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I got some Dark Kenya AA beans. Anyone know anything about them? Is the coffee bitter? Should I use less than recommended? Should I buy some other type and mix them?

I can find out through trial and error. Just thought it might be interesting to talk about.


I had some 'Three Peckered Billy Goat' coffee. I thought it would make my heart dance, but it was really good and not too strong.

Anyone have any suggestions? What do you like? How does it taste? Is it strongly caffeinated or just delicious?
Depends. How are you preparing it? Espresso-style, french press, aero press, or the dreaded filter?

How are you grinding it? Burr or weed-whacker style?
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Depends. How are you preparing it? Espresso-style, french press, aero press, or the dreaded filter?

How are you grinding it? Burr or weed-whacker style?
I'm a novice, so all the worst ways possible. lol I know nothing. I have no clue what those even mean.

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My husband and I lived in SA for about 10 months and we loved HEB! I miss the rotisserie style chicken thighs and drumsticks... Yum!!!

I buy Aldi's coffee and so far it has been good.

The best coffee I had was in Malaysia. I was in my tourist mode and I forgot to ask the hotel's restaurant for the name or brand of coffee they used at breakfast time. It was so good I still remember its flavor 19 years later!
Mine was in Peru almost 20 years ago. Specifically, in Cuzco, in the Pariwana hostel just around the corner from the central market. A Peruvian bean, brewed Turkish coffee style, served in the open air overlooking the street.

Never had anything like it, and have tried to reproduce it many times. Maybe it was the cocoa leaves.
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The coffee producing countries are found in the tropical zone because coffee trees need a lot of water and humidity.

WHERE DO COFFEE PLANTS GROW?

The best climate for coffee growing is either subtropical or equatorial. This zone is located between the Tropics of Cancer (North) and Capricorn (South). The coffee producing countries located on these areas of the Earth have rich soils. Volcanic soil is considered the best. High altitude and adequate rainfall are also main factors for good coffee harvesting.

Coffee producing countries located in the subtropical region have altitude of 600-1000 meters (approx. 2000-3300 ft.). As far as coffee production is concerned this altitude for example includes coffee producing countries like Brazil and Mexico in America as well as Zimbabwe in Africa. This type of climate permits only one growing season due to the equal rainy and dry seasons.

Coffee producing countries located in the equatorial region have altitude of 1100-2000 meters (approx. 3600-6600 ft.). As far as coffee production is concerned this altitude for example includes coffee producing countries like Colombia in America as well as Ethiopia & Kenya in Africa. This type of climate permits two growing seasons due to the frequent rainfall.

The most important coffee producing countries:

SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela.
CENTRAL AMERICA: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama.
CARIBBEAN REGION: Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico.
WEST AFRICA: Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Togo.
CENTRAL AFRICA: Burundi, Central African Republic, Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Zaire.
EAST AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania.
SOUTH-WEST AFRICA: Angola.
SOUTH-EAST AFRICA: Madagascar, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
ARABIAN PENINSULA: Yemen.
ASIA: India, Thailand, Vietnam.
PACIFIC RIM: Hawaii (USA State), Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines.


COFFEE PLANTS VARIATIONS

Coffee trees could compare to vineyards. They produce different varieties of beans as vineyards of grapes. Arabica & Robusta are the most cultivated varieties of coffee plants. In order to produce a high quality wine a special care is given to soil, climate, plants and harvesting. Coffee producing countries treat their plantations as vineyards.

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I'm a novice, so all the worst ways possible. lol I know nothing. I have no clue what those even mean.
ok ok ok ok...

Listen. You're about to go on a journey here. But first things first, some quick tips from my journey:

1. Stop making filtered coffee. The filters take out much of the aromatic oils that make good coffee good. Instead, make french press (if you like american style coffee), invest in an aero press, or go and buy a decent espresso machine. Here's mine: https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/ra...hine-version-m. But a french press will cost you like $10 and will last you a lifetime.

2. Grind your own coffee, and invest in a good burr grinder. You want the grind to 'open' the bean, not beat the **** out of it. And you want the grind precise: very fine for espresso, and fairly course for a french press. Mine's more than 10 years old so I can't find it online, but invest in a good one. The rule I was told to follow is that you should spend almost as much on your grinder as you do your coffee machine. Grind immediately before you use.

3. Don't worry about BS people say about adding milk and sugar. Do as you will, just use it sparingly. Some beans require no sugar at all, adding a little to others can open the flavour up more.

4. Your coffee should have a layer of aromatic oils on it no matter how you make it. If it's absent, you have a problem typically, and you've reduced the flavour profile of what you're drinking. This can be little oil beads on the surface, all the way to a full head of crema from an espresso.

5. If you're going to make french press, do it properly. Don't boil the water; you'll scald the beans. Take the water off of heat right before it boils. Use beans ground to somewhere between .75 and 1mm using a burr grinder. Courser than that, and it will be weak, and finer and you'll get chunks in your coffee (you probably will anyway). Put more coffee in than you think - I use two heaping tablespoons of ground beans per cup. Pour the water over the beans in the french press, and then let it sits for 3-4 minutes until the coffee 'blooms.' You'll know it when you see it, it's amazing to watch. Then put the lid on, and plunge slowly. Like, so bloodly slowly. Pour, add a little milk or cream and drink and try not to cry.

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ok ok ok ok...

Listen. You're about to go on a journey here. But first things first, some quick tips from my journey:

1. Stop making filtered coffee. The filters take out much of the aromatic oils that make good coffee good. Instead, make french press (if you like american style coffee), invest in an aero press, or go and buy a decent espresso machine. Here's mine: https://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/ra...hine-version-m. But a french press will cost you like $10 and will last you a lifetime.

2. Grind your own coffee, and invest in a good burr grinder. You want the grind to 'open' the bean, not beat the **** out of it. And you want the grind precise: very fine for espresso, and fairly course for a french press. Mine's more than 10 years old so I can't find it online, but invest in a good one. The rule I was told to follow is that you should spend almost as much on your grinder as you do your coffee machine. Grind immediately before you use.

3. Don't worry about BS people say about adding milk and sugar. Do as you will, just use it sparingly. Some beans require no sugar at all, adding a little to others can open the flavour up more.

4. Your coffee should have a layer of aromatic oils on it no matter how you make it. If it's absent, you have a problem typically, and you've reduced the flavour profile of what you're drinking. This can be little oil beads on the surface, all the way to a full head of crema from an espresso.

5. If you're going to make french press, do it properly. Don't boil the water; you'll scald the beans. Take the water off of heat right before it boils. Use beans ground to somewhere between .75 and 1mm using a burr grinder. Courser than that, and it will be weak, and finer and you'll get chunks in your coffee (you probably will anyway). Put more coffee in than you think - I use two heaping tablespoons of ground beans per cup. Pour the water over the beans in the french press, and then let it sits for 3-4 minutes until the coffee 'blooms.' You'll know it when you see it, it's amazing to watch. Then put the lid on, and plunge slowly. Like, so bloodly slowly. Pour, add a little milk or cream and drink and try not to cry.
Thank you. I'll look into this carefully and see what I can afford and come up with. I know it won't be something too expensive, but it doesn't have to be to have a good brew.

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HEB's Texan Pecan Coffee is the bomb...
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Thank you. I'll look into this carefully and see what I can afford and come up with. I know it won't be something too expensive, but it doesn't have to be to have a good brew.
I think a decent burr grinder starts at about $50 on Amazon, and a French Press is about $10. An aero press is about $50. A decent half pound of beans is about $12 up here. Start there.

Oh, don't freeze the beans. My dad gave me a vacuum canister to store the unground beans. I think they start at about $20. You can probably get going for well under $100 and have a pretty good start.
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I think a decent burr grinder starts at about $50 on Amazon, and a French Press is about $10. An aero press is about $50. A decent half pound of beans is about $12 up here. Start there.

Oh, don't freeze the beans. My dad gave me a vacuum canister to store the unground beans. I think they start at about $20. You can probably get going for well under $100 and have a pretty good start.
I will check these out this week. An acidic coffee may go quite well with a good smoke from a pipe, cutting the bite of the fine tobacco. I enjoy a good pipe now and again.

Thank you @Marduk. I do, very much appreciate the information you have provided and the effort you have put into your posts.

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Got up this moring. Dragged myself over to the coffee pot. Rinsed everything out. Went to put in a filter and damnit! I forgot to get filters yesterday at the store!

Now I'm reading this thread and re-living that painful moment all over again. I guess I'm a masochist huh? Or maybe I'm just too lazy to go to the store rn. But I mean, I mowed the yard so I've earned a moment to sit in this pain of no coffee.
In desperation mode I've rinsed out the last filter I've used and used again, used paper towel in a emergency but that was hunting camp and no stores anywhere close. My best friend has used toilet paper....don't try this at home unless you like the taste of paper....it makes for a nasty bad cup of coffee.

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