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Re^2: My preferred source of caffeine is...

by hardburn (Abbot)
on Jul 15, 2004 at 15:03 UTC ( #374675=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: My preferred source of caffeine is...
in thread My preferred source of caffeine is...

I suspect a lot of people don't actually like coffee and won't admit it. The reason is that the way most people drink coffee (including myself, even though I know better) does not get any of the actual taste of the beans.

The key to coffee is the oils on the beans. You must grind your beans just before using them, or the oils dry up (the adverts of "fresh ground" coffee are still true--it probably was fresh when it was ground). Further, most drip-style coffee makers do not get the water hot enough to absorb the oils.

What most people call "coffee" is really black water with caffeine and they lie to themselves that they actually enjoy that sludge.

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Re^3: My preferred source of caffeine is...
by ChuckularOne (Parson) on Jul 15, 2004 at 15:16 UTC
    Good point. My steam powered espresso machine is the same thing. It forces the compressed steam through much too quickly to make real espresso. For that you need PRESSURE!
      Pressure, nothing. Good espresso requires the neopolitan style "upside-down" espresso maker. It's three pieces; from bottom up, a boiler, a filter, and the pot (which looks upside-down at this point). The whole thing screws together, the water is boiled over heat, then the whole unit is inverted allowing the *extremely* hot water to flow through the filter (and thus the grounds) very quickly. Pour into espresso cup and enjoy.

      Bonus 1: my "medium" maker can make 1-4 shots at once.

      Bonus 2: no power involved - take it camping!

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