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Discussion in 'The Vapor Lounge' started by weedemon, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. Quetzalcoatl

    Quetzalcoatl 200% THC

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    Yes, coffee fiends! I have two french presses as well as a ceramic pour-over. It's great to have a variety of ways to make coffee. Right now we've got some rainforest something blend. It's pretty tasty actually, it's got a hint of spice and cinnamon and it's nice and drinkable. It's not too heavy but it's full.
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  2. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    If that's the big organic costco bag, that's my daily driver when I'm not roasting my own. I've been drinking that one for years, it's a very good blend.
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  3. Quetzalcoatl

    Quetzalcoatl 200% THC

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    Pretty sure it is. There's another Costco one I think, yellow bag, vanilla nut coffee... really good in the press!
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  4. Vicki

    Vicki Herbal Alchemist

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    Nothing better on a Sunday morning than a great cup of coffee and a nice vape session, IMO. :)
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  5. kingofnull

    kingofnull ace

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    I used to drink 6-7+ cups of espresso/espresso based drinks a day. Everyone I worked with was doing same, I thought it was fairly normal at the time. I'd need to vape right after work just to calm the jitters :lol:
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  6. Enchantre

    Enchantre A short, pithy statement

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    We are currently using whole beans from Trader Joe's, the green lid ones, which are fair-trade/shade grown.

    Oh, I forgot to mention the grind. We bought a real burr grinder several years ago, and never regretted it. It is noisy, and takes a few extra seconds, but the coffee is noticeably better. Burr grinders do not heat up the bean while grinding them, which protects those low-temp actives. :)

    Ours is a Bodrun. We also do a rather fine grind, which slows down the brew(drip) time, and releases more flavor. A course grind allows the water to run between the grounds too fast.

    Sunday morning coffee in bed is the best way to enjoy waking up, I think. Oh, and cuddles. But then coffee. ;)
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  7. MacRadish

    MacRadish Well-Known Member

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    Coffee snob alert.

    I roast my own. Started out by modifying an old West Bend Poppery. Buying beans from SweetMarias.com and going to town. Now using an RK Drum on a modified stainless steel BBQ grill and buying coffee from greencoffeebuyingclub.com. My coffee is ground in a Mazzer Super Jolly grinder right before being brewed with the correct water temp. (A simple failure of today's coffee makers, there are only a few that brew at the right temperature)

    Even sold a few pounds to some FC members in the past.

    If you're into coffee and NOT drinking recently roasted, freshly ground coffee brewed at the correct temperature, you could be missing it all.
  8. kingofnull

    kingofnull ace

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    Mad respect MacRadish - I used to work for a coffee roaster. Sounds like you've got things set up.just right for you.
  9. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    I have a couple of drum roasters, but I really prefer the fluid-bed roaster I used to have. Thinking abut getting a small version of one and selling my Hottop.

    edit: just did :o
    I went back to check if the sale was still on for the Fresh Roast SR500 and it was:

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    So thanks to this thread inspiring me, I now have a fluid-bed roaster small enough to be used inside my house. I will be selling my much more expensive Hottop drum roaster soon.

    It comes with five pounds of assorted beans, I chose:

    Free Pound #1 Ethiopia Yrgecheffe with SR-500
    Free Pound #2 Ethiopia Yrgecheffe with SR-500
    Free Pound #3 Kenya CP Select with SR-500
    Free Pound #4 Yemen Mocha with SR-500
    Free Bonus Pound Sumatra with SR-500

    Not a bad deal for under $200 clams shipped :evil:
  10. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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  11. Alan

    Alan Master JedHI Manufacturer

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    This is what I use for roasting coffee. Mine looks a little dirtier than this one. I always roast outside or somewhere with a really strong exhaust fan. It will set off the smoke detector if you try it in the house. It takes about 5 minutes to reach a rolling second crack depending upon the beans. The real trick is stopping the roast. I use a heavy aluminum pan that I keep in the freezer and throw the crackling beans into it. A few swirls in the pan and the roast stops right where it is at. The cool down is almost immediate. I stick the pan w/ beans in the freezer to finish cooling them down so that the pan will be ready for the next load of roasted beans.
    I need to tilt the unit back just slightly so that it won't throw any of the roast beans out like it wood popped corn. It does make a mess when it throws out the hulls from the first crack so you just have to plan for it.
    So much cheaper to roast your own coffee and I think it tastes better too. Doesn't seem to affect the taste of popcorn although I wonder how popcorn would taste made with coffee oil. There is getting to be build up of coffee oil in my heavy aluminum pan.

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  12. Enchantre

    Enchantre A short, pithy statement

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    I just spent way too long at Sweet Maria's site, drooling over coffee beans and roasters.

    Someday.
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  13. grokit

    grokit power cosmic

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    That's an older air popper right? I've never tried one but from what I've read the new ones aren't as good for roasting beans. That's definitely the most economical way to roast fluid bed style!

    Does it expel the chaff pretty efficiently?
  14. YeeeBuddy

    YeeeBuddy Well-Known Member

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    I was always curious would mixing some ABV with my coffee grounds before brewing actually do anything to get me medicated?
  15. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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  16. YeeeBuddy

    YeeeBuddy Well-Known Member

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    Thank you very much, I should have known I wasn't the first person to think of it.
  17. Chicken Charlie

    Chicken Charlie New Member

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    Greetings...First time poster in this forum (and I don't mean to be a snob) but (IMO) the quality of the bean is paramount to a positive coffee experience; concurrent with consumption within 5 days of roasting. Some of my favorites include: Gr.1 Aricha (Ethiopia) - Gr. 1 Chelelek (Ethiopia) - Ismaili (Yemon) - Garrido Gesha (Panama) and Acatenango Gesha (Guatemala)...(note): all work extremely well with Sativas particularly with espresso extraction.
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  18. Alan

    Alan Master JedHI Manufacturer

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    I have had the popper for about 30 years. Hadn't thought about using it to roast coffee until a few years ago when I saw the fluid bed roaster at Whole Foods and realized that I had the same thing at home.
    It throws the chaff out quite well and roasts very evenly.
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  19. salamanderfish

    salamanderfish Well-Known Member

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    For me when it's not tea it's instant coffee taken black but I've always wanted a french press. The Aeropress looks pretty damn nice too.
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  20. weedemon

    weedemon enthusiast

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    since starting this thread i've started drinking it without sugar. cream will be next... maybe. :p
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  21. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Tweek you beautiful bastard, I love you, why oh why did you turn me on to these guys? Hand made by a dedicated team in Holland? Copper guts? Actually brews at the proper temperature? I MUST have one, I WILL have one, one day . . . :luv:

    This guy has the FC spirit . . . :tup:



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  22. Smknbud

    Smknbud Well-Known Member

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    I agree with everyone regarding fresh beans as the essential start to a great cup of Jo. But I guess I'm a little lazier than most and forgo the press and use a Bunn Trifecta.

    My source of beans are from my old college roommate that retired, found a second wife, opened a B&B and roasts coffee on the side.

    Hopefully not a cheap pitch for his business....but what the hell. http://www.stlawrencevalleyroasters.com/
  23. Doug

    Doug Just passing time

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    I just got the SS filter, and it definitely improves the quality of the Aeropress. I really love the coffee from this thing. It makes for a great filtration device for QWISO or any similar fluid needing of quick straining. What usually takes minutes to filter is done in about 10 seconds. GREAT application for it.
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  24. lwien

    lwien Well-Known Member

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    Wow. Never thought about using it that way. Good call.....
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  25. salamanderfish

    salamanderfish Well-Known Member

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    IMO we should all check to ensure our bean supply is shade grown. Sun grown coffee is grown with more pesticides and fertilizers, causes more soil and water issues and is responsible for a lot of deforestation. Shade grown coffee actually serves to preserve the habitat in the forest canopy by adding value to the uncut jungles. It takes more time for shade grown coffee to crop out and connoisseurs will claim it is noticeably better tasting. I cannot attest to it tasting better myself.

    I am a Joe Rogan Podcast fan. I cherry pick the episodes as some really don't suit me but others have most likely made me a better person. One of the things he promotes on the podcast is "Bullet Prooff Coffee". One of their products is apparently made made by feeding the beans to elephants and collect the beans from the poo for roasting. The elephant is to remove mold from the beans. This stuff is $$$$ and I wonder if anyone here feels that it might be justified? Seems fishy.

    http://www.bulletproofexec.com/coffee/
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