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I admit it.... I'm a coffee snob!
09-15-2011, 05:56 AM
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I admit it.... I'm a coffee snob!
I like my coffee strong and flavorful, but then I put the flooofy creams in it too. My current obsession is caramel vanilla creamer. Although when on the road if I don't brig my little zip-lock of powder (guys have wondered what in the world I'm packin' Tongue ) I can get by with a good heavy cream.

So in my quest for the perfect cup I have now abandoned my french press and bought a Bunn coffee maker. I figure the Bunn keeps the water at 195 degrees which is the perfect extraction temp, and that saves me microwaving water and checking it with an infrared thermometer (although I pretty much know that the press full of water takes 5 minutes of zapping to reach 200 degrees). The Bunn also 'turbulates' the coffee for 3 minutes in the filter which is pretty much how I did it with the press.

And my latest purchase, a conical burr grinder. These babies can run anywhere from $40 to $4,000 but I'm not an installer or an admin on a blog, so I checked reviews and bought a decent $100 steel bladed model. So far it has worked very well grinding even my oiliest beans into a perfect pile of equally shaped grains without plugging, blowing coffee grounds all over my kitchen or causing any fuss at all.

I'm on a coffee buzz now that rivals those I get when traveling in the Seattle area. I don't know if I'm even legal to drive my truck in this condition.... Big Grin

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09-15-2011, 09:10 AM
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RE: I admit it.... I'm a coffee snob!
JD, you aren't one of those people I get behind at Starbucks that takes 20 minutes to put a string of words together, in rapid sequence, and pretend its coffee are you! LOL Big Grin

Seriously, look at our Wagner Facebook page,

http://www.facebook.com/wagnermeters

and see my recent trip to England for a tradeshow. One of the first pictures I took, the Starbucks directly across the street. I tried the coffee in the hotels, but they were all instant. I did not clasify myself a "coffee snob" until that trip.

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09-15-2011, 11:52 AM
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RE: I admit it.... I'm a coffee snob!
Pete's coffee here RULES! I go into withdrawal when I am in Mass and have only access to Bucks.

However I will tell a fun story about the Bucks.

After college, I was traveling in Spain with my girlfriend. We were traveling from Granada to Madrid switching schools. We chose valentines weekend to make the move. We went to Toledo expecting to get a room no problem w/o reservation. Well Spanish people like to get bizzay on Valentines, everything was sold out. So we drove on to Madrid at about 6:00pm. We rolled into Madrid around 8:00. Every hotel & hostel booked for Valentines. We sit in front of a coffee shop on a pay phone in the rain at +/- freezing calling every single place. Finally at 11:30pm we find a room. We go to said room. It is in the Castro of Madrid. Walking to hotel all the porn shops are open and kinda crazy. We get to the room. The guy is surprised to see a hetero couple. Puts us in a room with two separate beds. Room next door has an orgy going on with six guys and our only light was a single light bulb swinging by a wire from the ceiling. It was valentines day, we go to bed but don't sleep all that well with the noises happening next door.

Next morning we leave to go find food. Turn the first corner and "TA DA!!!" a Starbucks. Here is the Starbucks: http://g.co/maps/bht2c

We both more or less jumped and screamed "STARBUCKS!!!"

We went in and ordered Mocha Frape Light Blah Blah Blah. Nectar of the GODS. Sat there and just felt at home as if we were back in the USA after the worst Valentines ever.

Funny thing about Spain. Spanish people when they order "Coffee" it is a shot of Espresso. But at Starbucks they come in and the people at the register have to explain that Coffee there is "Cafe Americano - Coffee with water" and you have to order Espresso if you want traditional Coffee. When we came in and did the Starbucks things 'Grande" Mocha Light etc... They knew we were Americans immediately and laughed at how happy we were. (This being one of the first Starbucks in Spain - don't want to date myself too bad) They said every American acted that way when they found that Starbucks in Madrid.
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09-15-2011, 01:15 PM (This post was last modified: 09-15-2011 01:21 PM by CC Solutions.)
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RE: I admit it.... I'm a coffee snob!
(09-15-2011 09:10 AM)rapidrhrep Wrote:  JD, you aren't one of those people I get behind at Starbucks that takes 20 minutes to put a string of words together, in rapid sequence, and pretend its coffee are you! LOL Big Grin

Seriously, look at our Wagner Facebook page,

http://www.facebook.com/wagnermeters

and see my recent trip to England for a tradeshow. One of the first pictures I took, the Starbucks directly across the street. I tried the coffee in the hotels, but they were all instant. I did not clasify myself a "coffee snob" until that trip.

Jason

Cool and awesome! When I do get on the payroll can I go on these trips with you? I'll bring one of my cameras that won't bend buildings as much as yours does... Looks like ol' Big Ben is about to fall down there!! Big Grin

(09-15-2011 11:52 AM)eaadams Wrote:  After college, I was traveling in Spain with my girlfriend. We were traveling from Granada to Madrid switching schools. Finally at 11:30pm we find a room. We go to said room. Room next door has an orgy going on with six guys. It was valentines day, we go to bed but don't sleep all that well with the noises happening next door.

Valentine's day you say???? Me and five of my buddies were in Madrid on Valentine's day years ago. I remember it well because we picked up these cute girls at the pub and pretended we spoke with southern drawls, they just ate it up!!!! We had a WILD night (latex, inflatable sheep, whipped cream, and low voltage cattle prods.. The usual stuff) in the hotel except for some guy pounding on the wall next door crying about how loud we were.....

What year are you talking here???

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