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Mr. Flopnuts 12-28-2012 07:34 AM

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Originally Posted by Saulbadguy (Post 9245440)
coffee gets the plumbing going in the morning.

A cup of coffee, a pack of cigarettes, and the dumper. I couldn't imagine starting my day any other way!

FAX 12-28-2012 07:37 AM

I have a number of personal issues with Starbucks on philosophical grounds (lol).

One is that they run other coffee houses out of business needlessly and purposefully. They will go so far as to purchase property, raise the rent on the coffee house tenant, and simply run their ass out of town. They are heartless bastards and are trying to monopolize the coffee market. If they offered traditional, live, coffee house music it would bother me as much, but they don't. They are greedy, mean bastards ... not my kind of people.

There are tons of competitive coffees out there, though. Interestingly, Kansas has one of the best roasting companies in the whole wide world ... PT's. You can buy their roasts on line even. Not too expensive, either ... considering the quality.

FAX

Mr. Flopnuts 12-28-2012 07:39 AM

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Originally Posted by FAX (Post 9245447)
I have a number of personal issues with Starbucks on philosophical grounds (lol).

One is that they run other coffee houses out of business needlessly and purposefully. They will go so far as to purchase property, raise the rent on the coffee house tenant, and simply run their ass out of town. They are heartless bastards and are trying to monopolize the coffee market. If they offered traditional, live, coffee house music it would bother me as much, but they don't. They are greedy, mean bastards ... not my kind of people.

There are tons of competitive coffees out there, though. Interestingly, Kansas has one of the best roasting companies in the whole wide world ... PT's. You can buy their roasts on line even. Not too expensive, either ... considering the quality.

FAX

:clap: Mother**** Howard Schultz.

FAX 12-28-2012 07:51 AM

Oh ... I think that PT's has this automatic ordering system. It's kind of neat in that you select the coffee you like and they send it to you each month (or twice a month, I think). Anyway, it's worth checking out.

Besides, by purchasing coffee from them, you're supporting an actual, home-grown, private business owned by guys who care about their product ... not a mega-corporation whose mission statement includes the phrase, "Give them swill and make them think it's awesome."

FAX

58-4ever 12-28-2012 08:03 AM

No, and I can't help you with your terrible taste in coffee either. :)

Lzen 12-28-2012 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by FAX (Post 9245447)
I have a number of personal issues with Starbucks on philosophical grounds (lol).

One is that they run other coffee houses out of business needlessly and purposefully. They will go so far as to purchase property, raise the rent on the coffee house tenant, and simply run their ass out of town. They are heartless bastards and are trying to monopolize the coffee market. If they offered traditional, live, coffee house music it would bother me as much, but they don't. They are greedy, mean bastards ... not my kind of people.

There are tons of competitive coffees out there, though. Interestingly, Kansas has one of the best roasting companies in the whole wide world ... PT's. You can buy their roasts on line even. Not too expensive, either ... considering the quality.

FAX

PTs coffee is delicious. We buy the bourbon pecan. Good stuff. :thumb:

FAX 12-28-2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Lzen (Post 9245485)
PTs coffee is delicious. We buy the bourbon pecan. Good stuff. :thumb:

That must be a specialty blend, Mr. Lzen? I am unfamiliar with it.

I was introduced to them some time ago when I was gifted some of their Jamaican Blue Mountain ... by two lengths, the best coffee I have ever tasted. Sadly, they only had it available for a short time. Since then, I've purchased several of their coffees ... Sumatran being my favorite, I suppose.

I sort of dislike the coffee snob aspect of my character, but to me, the difference between spending an additional $.15 per cup and drinking really awesome coffee and drinking pigwash is worth it.

FAX

Lzen 12-28-2012 08:37 AM

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Originally Posted by FAX (Post 9245498)
That must be a specialty blend, Mr. Lzen? I am unfamiliar with it.

I was introduced to them some time ago when I was gifted some of their Jamaican Blue Mountain ... by two lengths, the best coffee I have ever tasted. Sadly, they only had it available for a short time. Since then, I've purchased several of their coffees ... Sumatran being my favorite, I suppose.

I sort of dislike the coffee snob aspect of my character, but to me, the difference between spending an additional $.15 per cup and drinking really awesome coffee and drinking pigwash is worth it.

FAX

I'm not sure. We just buy it locally in some of the grocery stores.

FAX 12-28-2012 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Lzen (Post 9245511)
I'm not sure. We just buy it locally in some of the grocery stores.

Hmmm ... that must be nice ... to have their coffee in grocery stores, I mean.

We have to order it.

I do think it's kind of cool that one of the best roasters in the country is in Topeka, though.

FAX

Lzen 12-28-2012 08:41 AM

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Originally Posted by FAX (Post 9245514)
Hmmm ... that must be nice ... to have their coffee in grocery stores, I mean.

We have to order it.

I do think it's kind of cool that one of the best roasters in the country is in Topeka, though.

FAX

I know. Crazy. One of the best coffee roasters and one of the best micro breweries (Blind Tiger).

DaveNull 12-28-2012 09:30 AM

FAX: Never be ashamed of having taste.

Back to helping Buck with his current problem at work. Faced with authoritarian cheap management with bad taste who won't provide decent coffee, the coffee lover is left with few options. Buy coffee every day? Too pricey and the coffee probably still isn't any good. Instant? Those Starbucks instant packs aren't bad in a pinch, but are better left to the survival bunker and camping gear. It's also important to note that Starbucks instant is made with microground beans. That taster's choice is a freeze dried cup of coffee. Huge difference.

Pour over isn't a bad option, but you end up standing around while people judge you based on your fiddly brew method and it's time consuming.

The French press is another, but as any person who's used one can attest to it's a pain to clean and uses a high volume of beans. Plus there's the problem in keeping what's in the press but won't fit into your first cup hot. A press that fits your mug of choice is likely smaller, but takes just as long to clean. The solution that's made my life at work a much nicer experience over the last year? The Aeropress.

If you've got one of those Bunn machines there that has hot water, you're really in business with this method. Sure, the water that comes out is closer to bath water than the 195-200 degree optimal brewing temperature but it's close enough.

Allow the Sandwich to demonstrate:

<iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/40980282" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe> <p><a href="http://vimeo.com/40980282">AeroPress “Ritual”</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/sandwichvideo">Sandwich Video</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>

Now there may be some difference in your at-work method with this little guy. I have my beans ground in advance by the fine folks in Brookside (to a 4 if you're curious) and keep them in a dark cabinet inside an airtight container. I use what's called the inverted method where the plunger is base while it steeps. This keeps more control over the exposure of water to the beans. This has the added bonus of being a real snap to prep in my office and minimizes my time with the jackals who are happy to slug down the crap that's distributed by management and don't understand that some people believe that life is too short to endure poor coffee or bad wine. I digress...

I walk into the break room, fill my mug with that crap decaf to warm the mug, fill the Aeropress and wait for two minutes. At the end of two minutes, I put the filter on, dump the crap decaf and press the coffee. Finally I top it off with some more hot water and I'm ready to retreat to my cave to enjoy the best coffee in the building. It takes about 5 minutes total.

Now here's the best part. That Aeropress will cost you the same amount from Amazon as that ungodly disaster of the instant coffee that you originally posted.

So do your part in the fight against poor taste and say no to the cheap crap that has been foisted upon us by the accounting department. Say no to dealing with freeze dried bad coffee and say yes to the feeling of confidence and superiority that comes from knowing that your coffee is superior to everyone else's around you.

Superturtle 12-28-2012 09:38 AM

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Saulbadguy 12-28-2012 09:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Buck (Post 9245293)
Argo, you'll like that stuff...especially if you're used to drinking shitty coffee.

I can't wait for mine to get here Wednesday. It's been too long since I've had anything other than shitty Keurig or Nasty Work Coffee.

I can guarantee you this shit sucks compared to Keurig coffee.

DaveNull 12-28-2012 09:54 AM

Which is saying a lot. The Keurig is an abomination.

Dave Lane 12-28-2012 10:52 AM

Robusto beans, yeah thats gonna taste great


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