Brian Wogan bulk bought coffee beans, as my partner closed down her cafe in July, otherwise I buy one of these and one Fair Trade pack.
This thread actually gave me the idea of trying it since my previous post of never having tried it. Decided i would start with a plain black coffee....disgusting. Then i thought i'd try adding milk and/or sugar, turns out i'd have to walk to the other side of the site for either so sod that i can't be bothered
Next I'm going to try a fancy latte when i get a chance. One of our IT teachers has a cupboard with, well......i'll take a picture soon to show you exactly what he's got. To say it's impressive would be an understatement, but I'm going to try his mini-cupboard based starbucks soon anyway.
For now I'll stick with the old can of monster to wake me up in the morning (a habit I'm trying to avoid seeing as one of the IT teachers here had a stroke from too much redbull. Granted he was drinking 5 cans of it a day!!!!)
VeryPC_Colin_M (9th January 2014)
Forget fancy packaged latte nonsense - it's high-fat muck.
The cornerstone is the espresso. One large scoop of fine grounds, and just a little water through an Aeropress. Do not filter a full cup of water through, this is the wrong approach which will give you a bitter cup.
Filtering a small quantity of hot (but not boiling) water through grounds will leave you with a strong, smooth espresso. Add water to dilute it to taste.
I also use a Swissgold one-cup reusable filter thingy from Whittards. It's very good.
If that's not your cup of tea... sorry, couldn't resist it... a French press or cafitierre will give a good cup.
Drip coffee is a poor runner up, in my opinion. I've never had much success with a drip machine.
Instant coffee should not be considered part of the discussion.
Last edited by jinnantonnixx; 9th January 2014 at 11:40 AM.
yeah I've had the hot lava java, good stuff but strong.
I usually drink Rave Signature blend (purchased on amazon, usually roasted the day before despatch, and I grind myself)
When I worked in industry there was a catering size Bravilor Bonamat coffee machine plumbed into mains water right outside my office. I had a big insulated mug and I was drinking it by the pint! I actually got introduced to a visitor as 'Don't mind him, he's caffeinated"
When I worked doing AV I was doing 50+ hour weeks and was basically living on caffeine, sugar and Ginsters. I didn't have that much coffee, but I had a lot of Monster Khaos (it's like liquid orange tictacs) I got pretty immune to it. The only thing that tipped me over was chocolate covered coffee beans, I had half a packet and lost the ability to blink for nearly 2 hours. I've never done so much work as that afternoon. I was wiped out the following day, so I had some more!
When I got together with my now-wife she was basically 'Just stop it' so I did what I was told, and now more than 2 coffees a day send me through a loop of shaky hands, twitchy facial muscles and not blinking!
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