Okay, someone's gonna' belt me for this but I like to burn holes in my gut with Safeway diet coke. It's pretty much the cheapest nail-dissolving liquid on the face of the earth.
There's nothing more antithetical to Jamaican Blue Mountain than Safeway Diet Coke.
Who has time for coffee? I just a pop a couple caffeine pills on my way to the office. ;)
Sometimes I think I could be running from a herd of spooked buffalo and still drink a cup of coffee.
Shade grown organic Dark French Roast; espresso grind. Hot and Black.
feh coffee, its 96 degrees outside, lets just say I keep diet Dr. Pepper in business... :)
|its 96 degrees outside... |
Iced latte: Brew your espresso, put ice and cold milk in a cup, mix, and add a dollop of foam on the top.
(If you're very sensitive to dilution from the ice, you can cool the milk and espresso in the freezer instead, or use those water-filled plastic reusable ice cubes.)
|Fine grind is definitely the way to go. But too bad you're hiding that great flavor behind all that sugar... |
Cream, no sugar, thank you
too bad you hid that great flavour behind that cream ;)
God created coffee black for a reason folks :) I'll take mine straight up and strong and I'll take it several times a day if it's handy.
Ooh. Hot chocolate is good. Not the crap from the machine at my office, though. :(
I forgot the one kind of coffee I really do like:
I don't remember what's in it. It's a specialty of my boyfriend's mom at late-season Bills games when it's -10 degrees and you're freezing your butt off in the bleachers.
Cointreau is involved. I don't remember what else. Kahlua? Bailey's? good things that warm the heart and stir the soul.
I don't drink that at work, needless to say. The twits actually put "no alcohol" in the personnell manual! Fuhgeddaboutit, I shoulda known the job was trouble right from the start.
Gotta start the day with ground beans. Nothing fancy at this point, just lots of it. Really like Peets and Thanksgiving coffee beans when possible. French roast or espresso beans.
Two to three cups, creamer no sugar. Could drink it all day frankly, hot or iced. Google mug, tall mug or fancy pottery mug, switch on and off every day, 'cause I love collecting coffee cups almost as much as drinking coffee.
First taste of coffee in the morning makes the day a whole lot better.
I keep a french press and a can of expresso hidden in the desk for those early mornings/late evenings... Who can tell the difference
>Shade grown organic
Went up to a tree-hugger mountain resort in a national park a few weeks ago. That shade grown stuff is all they had. Jeez, that stuff is weak --you'd need expresso to be able to get a decent kickstart out of it! I stopped the cabin-service gal and asked her to triple-up on those little brew paks because I was going to have to snort the grounds.
Maxwell House! Nearly black and 1/4 of a packet of sweet-n-low in 20oz.
I go through between 10-15 cups of Japanese green tea a day. That's provided to me free. If I wanted coffee I'd have to pay for it. :(
The last time we went through this whole rigmarole I remember that Xoc told us about some bizarre sounding coffee alternative...try as I might I can't find that old thread. Anyone remember what that drink was? Better yet, where's that thread?
Black, long, Lavazza Crema Gusto brewed in the shiny new Gaggia espresso machine perched on my kitchen worktop. Ahhhhh... paradise is here at last :)
Crema e Gusto on a Pavoni that's on a timer...can't wait for it to come up to speed, in cups rather than mugs.
After an incredible coffee mania of many years (exotic organic beans - espresso or french press with light cream/no sweetener) I actually lost interest. Amazing.
No regular caffeine at all, just once in a while at the occasional special meal dining out. I go through lots of water, filtered or sparkling, over ice.
RC - watch out for those pink packets, they'll kill you.
Coffee - Peets or any kind of Indonesian beans dark roasted in my home roaster
Espresso - Several different kinds of the Nespresso pods. Easy *and* tasty.
A Kokopelli mug
medium sweet - preferably twinings english breakfast tea, but so long as it's tea I'll drink it :)
never could stomach coffee, cept maybe irish coffee after dinner ;)
I have one issue - I am in the middle of Boston and I can't find a true iced coffee.
they just chill coffee and throw in some ice cubes! What ever happended to making coffee ice cubes so it doesn't get watered down as it melts!
>>preferably twinings english breakfast tea
If we're talking tea I like a cup of Earl Gray myself :)
>> If we're talking tea
Taylors of Harrogate Yorkshire Gold - strong enough to slice by preference. Also generally accompanied by a roll-up :-)
Strong enough to slice is definitely the way to drnk tea. And from a mug - none of your china cups (and as for saucers, politeness forbids me from exporessing my opinion).
It also tastes best if you're sitting inside a cabin on a building site, when you've been rained off work. Or maybe it was the "not working" bit that I liked best about that experience.
|a tree-hugger mountain resort in a national park |
When you live in the rural mountains, the trees start to look good. Sometimes you just have to hug them, and give them a cup of coffee (trying to stay OT)...
|That shade grown stuff is all they had. Jeez, that stuff is weak --you'd need expresso to be able to get a decent kickstart out of it! |
Then it isn't the same coffee I buy. ;)
All "shade grown" means is that it's grown in the shade, which is as much an environmental issue as it is a quality one. You can grow more than one variety of coffee bean in the shade, just like you can grow more than one type of tomato in a hothouse, and more than one variety of corn in an open field... (The drying and roasting techniques also do more than a little for the flavor and quality of the end product too. ;) )
|...asked her to triple-up on those little brew paks... |
Ummm... Well, anything in a "brew pak" is suspect quality.
You don't drink coffee, rc. You drink liquid caffeine that happens to be burnt-coffee-bean flavor. hehehe
Coffee can save alcohol drinkers from cirrhosis :)
"DRINKING three or more cups of coffee a day can almost halve the risk of cirrhosis of the liver, according to a new study in Norway." Article in todays Times here [timesonline.co.uk].
From the same article:
|Coffee has been shown to improve alertness and athletic performance, protect against Parkinsonís and Alzheimerís diseases, and reduce the risk of colon cancer and gallstones. |
I feel better already! Race ya to the coffee pot! :)
Mmmm coffee - one of the best one I've had is Bahama Breeze from Barney's. Alas, it's all gone now and I haven't ordered any more. My fave grocery store has it's own flavored beans and when they're ground very finely and you use a bit extra than called for - it's wonderful... Strong with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla, but mostly just good strong coffee. Half and Half and little sugar - in an oversized mug = about 3 cups, and I'm set.
>You don't drink coffee, rc. You drink liquid caffeine that happens to be burnt-coffee-bean flavor
This is true. You ever eat whole coffee beans just before you put them in the grinder? My preference is 2 or 3 French Roast beans masquerading as a throat lozenge. You have to be careful though, or people will think it's chewing tobacco.
My REAL preference are the little bags of chocolate-coated coffee beans. I've been known to get into some serious caffeine abuse with those, at which point I become a threat to humanity until the buzz wears off.
|the little bags of chocolate-coated coffee beans |
YES! They may cost five bucks for a little bag, but done right they are absolute killers. All the major food groups, too: chocolate, caffeine, sugar, & fat. Addictive...
>done right they are absolute killers
BTW, it was in your neck of the woods that I first got into serious trouble with those. There they deal them out in public, too, right at the supermarket checkout.
I'm here to tell you, you haven't seriously OD'd on caffeine until you rip the jacket off a couple of those bags and start downing them by the handful.
|My REAL preference are the little bags of chocolate-coated coffee beans. I've been known to get into some serious caffeine abuse with those... |
Oh lord... those things are EVIL aren't they? (But they're all made with those weak Arabica beans you don't like. hehehehe)
Now that you've brought it up, I think I might try making some at home next time a bean order comes in... just a couple days now... got a big bag of Ghiradelli chocolate chips in the cupboard...
Mivox, you can make your own? How do the beans in those things differ from regular ones? The coated beans seem crisper & less chewy than whole beans you get for brewing. Or does the chocolate just act as a facilitator for swallowing the gritty stuff you get when you chew on plain beans?
A local coffee roaster makes them from their regular beans. I can't imagine it would be any harder than keeping the chocolate at proper melting temperature the whole time and dipping the beans.
Doesn't seem like an efficient way to go about it though, and I'm sure they have an automated process for getting the chocolate on the beans... maybe they just dump them into a vat of chocolate and have a clever way of getting the beans back out.
I'll report back on how well it works. (Dunno what kind of beans you're using if they seem "chewy" though... hehe)
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