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    I jotted down some thoughts (in between client requests and bug fixes to NodeBB, of course ๐Ÿ™‚ ) about my recently acquired coffee habit.

    It recently dawned on me just how many variables go into a cup of coffee. The same could probably be said of tea, or audio equipment, or any other hobby that people pursue. After all, if it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing, no?

    My coffee journey has only really just begun (as of writing, November 2021), mostly as a consequence of staying and working from home, and picking up new hobbies during the COVID-19 pandemic. I don't consider myself a coffee snob, despite what all of my friends and family say, but more like a coffee snob wannabe. I could certainly go whole-hog into getting all the best equipment and single-origin beans, but I am a firm believer that a little effort will get you 90% of the way there, and everything else is chasing after that elusive remaining 10%.

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    @julian Nice. Thanks for sharing. โ˜• ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ•

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    @gotwf do you drink coffee? I bet you do, you mountaineer you.

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    @julian Indubitably. But this maybe warrants yet another bee loggin' post....

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    Coffee eh... yep, you're screwed now! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    Check out ESPRO, originally a kickstarter setup by a Canadian dude, and initially and maybe still manufactured in Canada, but since acquired by a larger copy afaict.

    I think you will have, too much fun. โ˜•

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    @omega said in My Coffee Journey:

    Coffee eh... yep, you're screwed now!

    All things in moderation. I do not consume in such excess that I get caffeine withdrawal headaches if I do not get my daily fix, for example. And interestingly, or perhaps not so, I recently spent a few months sans coffee. Did not miss it. Until my sis-in-law gifted me a new coffee maker..... Go figure... โ˜•

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    @omega said in My Coffee Journey:

    Check out ESPRO

    Oh no, I don't need more things to spend my money on ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I have a $5 Melitta pour over cone using bog standard #2 filters, and that's good enough for me.

    sticks head in sand

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    @julian That is a fine system. Makes really, really good coffee. I have used many others at various times. Most of which are simply more "convenient", e.g. has my coffee already brewed for me when I get out of bed in the morning. But if I really want to enjoy a good cup of coffee it is back to my thirty years young Melitta cone system. โ˜•

    Note: It is not always the system but HOW one uses that system that makes the difference.

    Edit: Okay, I confess, a $3K roller grinder is probably going to do a "better" job than my $30 blade grinder (wh/I feel produces a much better grind in my hands than the burr grinder preferred by my wife), but the blade grinder can also make a damn good cup o' joe. Just takes a bit more "expertise" to get there - you got to pay attention, not just press a button and forget about it.

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    @julian said in My Coffee Journey:

    @omega said in My Coffee Journey:

    Check out ESPRO

    Oh no, I don't need more things to spend my money on ๐Ÿ˜‚

    I have a $5 Melitta pour over cone using bog standard #2 filters, and that's good enough for me.

    sticks head in sand

    That's what you think... I told you, you're screwed now. You can deny all you like!

    Look over there ๐Ÿ‘‰ a Squirrel!

    https://www.espro.com/collections/pour-over

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    @omega the filters for that thing cost $23 in Canada ๐Ÿ˜ฑ (23ยข a filter)

    Just a tad higher than 4ยข ๐Ÿ˜›

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    @gotwf said in My Coffee Journey:

    but the blade grinder can also make a damn good cup o' joe. Just takes a bit more "expertise" to get there

    You know ... Alton Brown recommends using a standard blade grinder for coffee as well. Take that how you will.

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    @julian said in My Coffee Journey:

    You know ... Alton Brown recommends using a standard blade grinder for coffee as well. Take that how you will.

    I is also more enjoyable. Burr grinder is a passive, push a button and come back in a moment operation. Blade grinder has you actively involved, engaging your senses. Because in that moment, it becomes all about a synergy of sight, sound, and time. Takes time and paying attention but once you find that groove, you can tune it a bit as situation warrants. Although I am still consistently too fine for french press.

    My $0.02. Ya' gets whats ya' pays for. Caveat emptor.

    Peace. Out. โœŒ ๐Ÿ•

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    @omega It's beginning...

    I'm seeing enough mentions of the Hario V60 that now I am looking at it longingly ๐Ÿคค

    @gotwf said:

    My $0.02. Ya' gets whats ya' pays for. Caveat emptor.

    Must resist...

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    Oi! Available in Ferrari Red, even! Ooh, la, la!!

    @julian said in My Coffee Journey:

    Must resist...

    s/resist/have/g ๐Ÿ™„

    Yikes! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

    Although a bit tame for a true Ferrari Red... ๐ŸŽ

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    @gotwf such huge sums of money for what is basically a funnel ๐Ÿง

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    IMG_7736_melitta.jpg

    Note: The astute among us may note the notable discord noted in the rebel yell use of a #4 filter in a #2 cone. Yowzers!!

    I reckon that rig is conservatively twenty-five years young. Maybe closer to thirty. I think I paid around five of six bucks for it in a starter set that included a green ceramic mug and a few #2 filters.

    The rest is history. From the Mexican border to Alaska the green Melitta rig has never failed to make coffee. Amazing! โ˜• โ˜•

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    @gotwf how much coffee are you making at a time?

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    @gotwf Now that is a coffee journey, the indiana jones of coffee makers! ๐Ÿ—บ ๐Ÿ›ฉ

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    @julian said in My Coffee Journey:

    @gotwf how much coffee are you making at a time?

    How much coffee do you drink at a time, eh?

    IMG_7752_coffee.jpg

    Usually, a single cup. Although at times one may choose to "super load" the rig and go for two pour overs sequentially. Much better to just have a second cone. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And third, fourth, and so on. Then boil a group pot of water and each can "season" to taste. This approach prioritizes/optimizes for quality over quantity.

    IMG_7779_coffeeblack.jpg

    Which just aint' gonna' cut it for some people. My wife, for e.g., likes very strong coffee. And lots of it. So she uses an automatic coffee maker and needs a couple cups intravenously to jump start her mornings. Last weekend her Cuisinart automatic rig and burr grinder both bit the dust. Good riddance! Worst coffee maker ever! Hence falling back to the old tried and true #2 cone. Oh yeah, the #4 filters are used in the automatic 12 cup rig. #4's will work in a #2 cone just dandy. Long after any fancy fangled automatic drip rig sporting useless features has given up the ghost...

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