Just made a pot myself, can't resist when ever someone starts talking about good coffee. I like my Bunn as opposed to the Crups that most seem to prefer. I'm sure Dan has an opinion on my choice but no matter. I drink three pots a day but of course I smoke as well and there are those who say that ruins the taste of good coffee, I, of course, do not agree! Keep enjoying the mean bean man!
Dana Paul Niswonger
Living Life to It's Fullness
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Belew" <bill@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 1:17 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Dreaming and coffee
Well, more coffee snobery. I agree that keeping coffee hot in a passive thermos is the only way to go when using a coffee maker, but I have never been able to get the quality of coffee out of a brewing machine that I get when making one cup at a time using a cloth filter and a ceramic cone. I used to use paper filters until I found these great cloth ones at our local coop. They don't flavor the coffee at all and they last for nearly a year before beginning to clog.
I also like using a french press, but I still prefer my one-cup drip method. I usually only drink one nice strong cup a day, but all this talk about it is making me want to go and have a second.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dana Niswonger Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 10:58 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: Dreaming and coffee
Dan, amen man! I have a seal a meal and do the same thing as I use less than I buy in a week. Do you use a thermal pot to keep coffee hot after brewing rather than leaving it on the burner that always over cooks?
Bill, please, double please, triple please, never, never, never freeze your coffee beans. Many think this is the best way to preserve them, it is not, I assure you.
When you freeze the beans, the moisture in the air around them turns into ice and when thawed, the water goes into the beans and they spoil in a short time, even if they seem okay, their flavor is seriously compromised.
I use a Talia Food Saver vacuum sealer to seal the extra beans. I use quart Mason or Ball canning jars, the flats can be reused hundreds of times. The Food Saver has, as an attachment, a little thingie that allows
you to seal canning jars. Doing this will allow the beans to keep for months if necessary. Beans go stale in less time than most think, about a
week and a half. When I get the 5 pound bags, I vacuum everything immediately except what I use in a week, about one quart jar of beans. Each week, I open a new jar and they are as fresh as when received.
As I said to Lois, I really am a coffee snob, I admit it, but I figure for what I pay, I might as well get the most flavor possible.
You're right about Peet's, they used to be first rate, but in spreading out like Charbucks, they have fallen into disrepute. As a rule, grocery store beans have been sitting around a goodly amount of time since they were roasted. The fresher the beans, the better they will be. Roasting your own is the best, and it is easy for a blind person to do, too.
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