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Old 08-02-2020, 09:38 AM
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When we bought our current digs 5 years ago we did a 100% remodel but left one back burnered item - installing a tank and running a line so we could have a gas (propane) stove - any who fast forward to the great Covid stay at home of 2020 and the project list finally got short enough so I tackled it and soon enough we are "cooking with gas", literally. A month or so goes by and we're in the kitchen one day talking and the wife stops mid sentence and blurts out "your little coffee pot." Muthfu...I went Navy Seal on the pantry and soon produced the prize, purchased in Western Ukraine 15 years ago and maker of some fine, fine mud just not compatible with many or most electric stoves. 2020 Might be salvagable after all.


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I could never go back to electric.
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Originally Posted by Lorne Greene View Post
I could never go back to electric.
Neverminding the whole "just works so much better" component of it - 2 months of heavy use doing a bunch of canning...we used 8 gallons of propane.
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Those little cafeteras make some fine coffee...and using gas is so much better.
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Gas all the way for us
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Have never in my life had a good cup of coffee out of a percolator. Always over extracted and bitter IMO.
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The only way I drink coffee. Dark or med roast beans fresh ground out of freezer storage. Dark beans for a strong sweetened coffee in the morning, and med roast unsweetened later in the day. Day my wife bought that little stove top unit I realized how good coffee could really be and now mostly drink tea if away from home instead of bad coffee.

Friend from China gave me dome super high end tea made by his family. Too scared to try them in case I ruin normal tea drinking as well.
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Did a trip to Costa Rica last year. Best coffee ever!
Old 08-02-2020, 05:18 PM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Have never in my life had a good cup of coffee out of a percolator. Always over extracted and bitter IMO.
Is not a percolator but a Moka pot, it forces the boiling water/steam thru the coffee in an espressoish fashion rather than simply cascading the water onto the grounds as a percolator does.
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Moka pot is moka pot. Its not brewed coffee. Its moka.

I roast coffee. Drink only fresh.
If you are buying coffee at grocery store.....your drinking $hit. Its all old and stale and flat. Guaranteed.



Find a local roaster. Or mail order . Get fresh beans. Never buy anything without a roast date on it. By two weeks coffee has lost over half of its flavor . At 3 weeks you might as well throw it away.


Then again if you put adulterants like sugar or milk in coffee, you wouldnt appreciate good coffee anyway.....so keep drinking whatever garbage you already drink.

Buy a good grinder, the grinder is more important than anything else.

​​​​​Simple pourover setup like hario V60 cant be beat.
but theirs many drippers, etc. Just need a kettle and thermometer and brew method.


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Originally Posted by mbb View Post
Moka pot is moka pot. Its not brewed coffee. Its moka.

I roast coffee. Drink only fresh.
If you are buying coffee at grocery store.....your drinking $hit. Its all old and stale and flat. Guaranteed.



Find a local roaster. Or mail order . Get fresh beans. Never buy anything without a roast date on it. By two weeks coffee has lost over half of its flavor . At 3 weeks you might as well throw it away.


Then again if you put adulterants like sugar or milk in coffee, you wouldnt appreciate good coffee anyway.....so keep drinking whatever garbage you already drink.

Buy a good grinder, the grinder is more important than anything else.

​​​​​Simple pourover setup like hario V60 cant be beat.
but theirs many drippers, etc. Just need a kettle and thermometer and brew method.
Same here as far as roasting green beans then grinding. I can't drink coffee outside of the house anymore.
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A Moka Pot is definitely brewed coffee and makes a damn good cup. What it isn't, however, is espresso...but there's a reason it sits on the stove of pretty much every house in Italy.

To your point though, fresh beans make all the difference. I prefer French Press myself...pour over is good too but it's really just a fancy way of manually making the drip coffee my Mr. Coffee makes.

Speaking of which...I don't know what it is but a good strong cup of Folgers or Maxwell House classic hits the spot sometimes. Made a pot of Folgers Classic Roast this morning and it's fantastic.

Of course, it doesn't have the flavor of the whole bean Fire In the Belly dark roast from Larry's Coffee that was roasted 8 miles from here as the crow flies, which I usually drink in the morning.




But it's still damn good.
Old 08-03-2020, 07:10 AM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post

Speaking of which...I don't know what it is but a good strong cup of Folgers or Maxwell House classic hits the spot sometimes. Made a pot of Folgers Classic Roast this morning and it's fantastic.
Yeah I truly don't get it and I certainly don't want it every day but once a month a so it really hits the spot.

There is or used to be a commercial roaster/packager near the Astrodome - I did a job there one day and the aroma was all but intoxicating.


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Originally Posted by HTJ View Post
Yeah I truly don't get it and I certainly don't want it every day but once a month a so it really hits the spot.

There is or used to be a commercial roaster/packager near the Astrodome - I did a job there one day and the aroma was all but intoxicating.
Same here. I keep a can for when my folks visit along with small packs of cream and sugar. Their recipe is two scoops per 12 cup pot, proceed to dilute with cream and sugar until it's just sweetened milk...lol.

This morning I fixed it, 5 scoops to a 6 cup pot, black...the only way to drink coffee. Much mo betta. JFG is good too...I think it's because the classic American coffees remind me of being at a diner or other such greasy spoon establishment.

The aroma of fresh roasted (or even just fresh ground) coffee is one of the best things in life.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Same here. I keep a can for when my folks visit along with small packs of cream and sugar. Their recipe is two scoops per 12 cup pot, proceed to dilute with cream and sugar until it's just sweetened milk...lol.

This morning I fixed it, 5 scoops to a 6 cup pot, black...the only way to drink coffee. Much mo betta. JFG is good too...I think it's because the classic American coffees remind me of being at a diner or other such greasy spoon establishment.

The aroma of fresh roasted (or even just fresh ground) coffee is one of the best things in life.
That watered down coffee recipe seems to be the norm for most of America..and sugar, don't get me started.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
A Moka Pot is definitely brewed coffee and makes a damn good cup. What it isn't, however, is espresso...but there's a reason it sits on the stove of pretty much every house in Italy.

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I have an Italian moka pot. And it's moka. Different entirely from Brew drip coffee, or immersion like french press. It's somewhat stronger. Many people add milk to it to make an espresso-like drink. Or add some water to make more like americano. I'm not saying it's good or bad but it's different than drip.

Many ways to extract coffee. Everybody's got their favorites.

Workingworking in the middle East I drank a lot of turkish coffee. Lots of coffee breaks all day long. I got kind of used to it. I still prefer my coffee by far but occasionally I'll do arabic at home..... Just to remind me really.
Some people spend many many thousands of dollars chasing the perfect espresso shots. And some people use a percolator on their stovetop like the grandparents did. My wife is one of those people. it's more about the memories it brings back than the coffee for her. She will happily use year old coffee from a container.... Cuz it all tastes the same to her...burnt.... With a big dose of creamer. What she drinks might be more aptly called creamer with a little coffee...

My son picked up a moka pot when he was in Italy. Like a dumbass he didn't realize he could buy the same thing here cheaper. And tried to use that for a while. When I gave him a real espresso machine, that thing is in the back corner of a cabinet somewhere. He likes making milk drinks for his girlfriend with latte art.




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Hario V60in the AM. Aeropress in the PM. Local roaster Blanchards. Grind right before brewing.
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French press is easy and taste great... https://amzn.to/3gqMxNR

My son spent two years in the Peace Corps in Macedonia, all their coffee came from Turkey. He keeps telling me its the best he's ever had


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Mbb my Ukrainian Moka pot cost me about $10 back when and it makes strong coffee, or moka or whatever you want to call it.

I also have a campfire/cowboy coffee pot that does its job very well - get the water to boiling, dump in a handful of grounds and leave it to be for 15 minutes
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Same here. I keep a can for when my folks visit along with small packs of cream and sugar. Their recipe is two scoops per 12 cup pot, proceed to dilute with cream and sugar until it's just sweetened milk...lol.

This morning I fixed it, 5 scoops to a 6 cup pot, black...the only way to drink coffee. Much mo betta. JFG is good too...I think it's because the classic American coffees remind me of being at a diner or other such greasy spoon establishment.

The aroma of fresh roasted (or even just fresh ground) coffee is one of the best things in life.

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