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    Coffee

    There was a wine thread a while back, so I thought I'd see which of the frog fans like to indulge in another French trademark - coffee.

    So who here considers themselves a bit of a coffee connoisseur? I have to admit I have a bit of a habit. I've got a 15 bar (those turbocharged riceboys can't come close to my boost!) Breville machine, with a thermoblock pump, which is good to reasonable at frothing milk, and pours a pretty bloody good espresso.

    I get imported indonesian coffee sent over by the folks from Tassie (to here in Melbourne!), as its unbelievably good, and the coffee shop I use in Tasmania is a one off, so no chance of sourcing it here.

    Start the day with a double long black at about 6.00AM when I wake up. Latte in the mid morning, single long black (or a short black if I'm feeling a little dangerous!) in the afternoon, and a cup of tea at night. During exams (at the moment), I drink about 5 double long blacks a day.

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    I was not a coffee drinker until I discovered the Saeco automatic espresso machine at work.

    <img src="http://www.thecoffee.com/images/saeco/professional_sm.jpg" alt=" - " />

    The only problem is that I'm so used to that being "normal" coffee, I won't touch anything less (i.e. 90% of what's out there) with a 10 foot pole
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    Aint that the truth!

    My brother has a Saeco (I think its the next one up from that, slightly bigger) in his offices, and it is fan-tastic.

    Its terrible being used to good coffee, when someone offers you coffee, and its instant, I can't even drink it out of politeness, it just tastes terrible compared to the real thing.

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    we used to have one of the upmarket ones as well.
    A bit of floor in front of it was the most worn out spot in the whole building.

    Until some bright spark decided we spend too much time in front of the coffeee machine and eliminated it pointing at running costs.
    What we have now instead is a caffeteria coffee we get a privilage of paying for... unfortunately the ladies still havent mastered the fine art of consistency. So one day you get something that will get you running for next 48 hrs (or stop your heart) at other times you get a milk with a hint of coffee in it.

    Looking for a new job now... "yes ok I am interested in your fine company as an employer but only if you have an expresso machine... you dont? ..well ok, I'll call you." wink

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    I have a great moulinex coffee machine and Its great i love it.

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    Coffee is great but some fine tea from the island of Ceylon is what keeps me going

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    purrr-geot:
    Coffee is great but some fine tea from the island of Ceylon is what keeps me going
    Amen to that!

    Tea's the way to go, better for you too Herbal teas, Eastern teas, Western teas, I enjoy them all.

    I have to concede, I do like the smell of coffee

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    I was under the impression that coffee was the 6th and most important food group on the healthy eating pyramid......or is that just a police thing

    BTW, i use a humble dripolator that I think does the job of making a nice strong REAL coffee very well.....especilally as it only cost $15, and will make enough coffee for about 10 cups......and keep the rest warm for hours....

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    Coffee is just tops when it's made properly. I got a bottom of the line Italian espresso unit from Cafe Bianchi in Leichardt Square. It works as well as my brother in law's Saeco. It is important to keep the coffee in a sealed container in the freezer once you open it, otherwise it starts to lose flavour and eventually goes sort of off, rancid is the word someone else used to describe it.

    At the 12 volt Bog retreat we use a stove top "Atomic" espresso unit on the slow combustion stove. This also works a treat and is just the best piece of industrial design.

    Having spent a bit of time in France a couple of years back I have to say that the French drink shit when it comes to coffee, that glorified nescafe milk soup they gargle down with breakfast is bloody awful and the espresso ain't that good either. Maybe three decent coffees in a month if I recall. The worst was a cappucino which consisted of bad filtered coffee topped with spray on whipped cream...the approved SCNF formula apparently. The closest thing to what I would normally drink was called a "noisette" I think the term has to do with the small blob of fresh cream that is dropped on top of a fairly reasonable espresso......I ended up drinking cheap beer (land of the $4.00 6 pack) and cheap wine wherever possible. As for tea...if you go to Frogland don't even contemplate it.

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    I find the stove top ones are really handy ... I use a 3 cup "Kontessa" Espresso Coffee Pot by Vev Vigano and a 10 cup "Kontessa" (as below) ... you can take them camping, on holidays anywhere you have a stove. (never tried it on a campfire though ) - sure beats instant dead


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    After travelling with a particular group of friends a few years ago I got myself addicted to peppermint tea, although I do love the smell of coffee and do drink coffee here at uni although not usually anywhere else

    If I make coffee at home, it has to be PNG Arabica coffee (family connections with PNG) and it is made in a plunger. Black of course.

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    For those of you tea lovers who want to try something really different (and very very nice) ... take a look at
    <a href="http://www.aveda.com/products/product.asp?ITEM=5002&DD=1&RN=50&SN=" target="_blank">Aveda Comforting Tea</a> . It has an amazing refreshing taste ... hot or cold, go to an Aveda store and they sometimes have samples to taste ....

    <img src="http://www.aveda.com/products/i/lg_5002.jpg?dummy=0.738360458675047.jpg" alt=" - " />

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    I prefer the stove-top method or their equivalent.

    I found the expresso machine (with steam operation) a bit too strong for my liking and too much 'other' tastes in it.

    I don't drink instant coffee as I believe they are bad for you (or at least that is what my mum tells me... ).....you may call me strange or whatever you like....in terms of my preference for coffee brewing I would choose:

    1. Stove top or equivalent
    2. Drip/filter coffee
    3. italian expresso machine type

    of course the views above are only my 2_cents

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    Also coffee is a devastating cash crop...

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    Can't start the day without a couple or ten short blacks made with freshly ground Caffe Bianchi beans made in a Saeco "Via Venezia" expresso machine.

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    Oooh Coffee, a favourite subject of mine (and not just because caffeine is the world's most popular legal drug wink )

    I love the Vietnamese style of coffee where it takes a bit of an artform in preparation (and requires some patience). Another one is Turkish coffee which could be adequately described as mud - it is guaranteed to turn any sleepy head into an insomniac.

    Forget Saeco, Elektra make the best coffee machines. They are more than just a coffee machine, they are works of art.
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    What is it with coffee? I just don't get it.

    It's just a drug to me. I don't drink it for enjoyment. I only drink it if I'm feeling a bit sleepy and need a pick-me-up, preferably cold. Just like coke-a-cola or pepsi.

    What is it with the boiling water temperatures people use with coffee!! Correct me if I'm wrong, but last time I checked human flesh burns when exposed to boiling water.

    All you coffee drinkers are weird!

    Cafe culture? You can have it.

    Oh and I don't much like alcohol of anykind either, but atleast people drink it at sensible temperatures.

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    well cameing from a italian background and my mum and dad born over their, i drink alot of coffee about 3-5 a day eek! eek! ,i only drink the italian coffee ,and now working in a italian restaurant i have about 3 cups a day at work,i can`t drink instant coffee dead dead , i love my coffee theirs not a day that goes by that i don`t have a coffee
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    Then there are those who like it another way....

    <a href="http://www.enema.ws/coffee-enema.html" target="_blank">http://www.enema.ws/coffee-enema.html</a>

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    I looove coffee, i have a big mug of plunger coffee before i go to Uni in the morning, only way to try and stay awake during lectures, but I hate to say it, i also drink instant coffee, mallet if i drink too much espresso or plunger coffee i get too buzzy, Nescafe espresso style is ok, tea is also very good and i usually have a cup or two a day.
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    Two great places to buy a cup are Cafe vini spuntini in chadstone and brunettis in carlton. mmmmm
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    Which cafe is that at Chaddy? Is that the one down near the little market stalls, near the movies? I go to chadstone at least 3 times a week during Uni so could do with a decent coffee

    There are some great cafes in the Burk Rd shops in Camberwell.
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    XTC206:
    For those of you tea lovers who want to try something really different (and very very nice) ... take a look at
    <a href="http://www.aveda.com/products/product.asp?ITEM=5002&DD=1&RN=50&SN=" target="_blank">Aveda Comforting Tea</a> . It has an amazing refreshing taste ... hot or cold, go to an Aveda store and they sometimes have samples to taste ....

    <img src="http://www.aveda.com/products/i/lg_5002.jpg?dummy=0.738360458675047.jpg" alt=" - " />

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    Somehow I could never really put Aveda in the same box as Twinings, Dilmah or [insert well known tea brand here] You really do learn something new everyday, I would have never guessed that they had tea.

    I do believe you though that it tastes good - I'm a fan of mint based teas (best ones are from Germany if you ask me )

    One nice peppermint based blend is the 'Night Cup' by Natureland. A mix of camomile, spearmint, blueberry leaves, orange blossoms, limeflowers, lemongrass, passionflower leaves, rosebuds and rosehips. Some of those ingredients don't sound great on their own, but in this mix it's an amazingly smooth cool thing to drink - predominantly minty, but better

    Given the ingredients listed on the Aveda site, I wonder whether it's similar - it's a little cheaper too, around half the price for an equivalent amount.

    Another mint based blend I don't mind is the Echinacea tea made by one of the local brands, Nevada (QLD based I believe). Their mint tea isn't great (reminds me of toothpaste - it somehow became worse at the start of this year or so), but their Echinacea blend is good.

    Milk is fine with the non herbal teas (except Chinese ones and those of similar ilk). Don't like drinking tea with sugar though, IMO it corrupts the drink There is only one exception and that's Teh Tarik, a nice blend of Malaysian tea and condensed milk.

    I guess another reason why I'm not drawn to coffee is because I see no need for a caffeine shot in the morning, etc. Don't need any of this artificial energy

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    Pug307:
    Somehow I could never really put Aveda in the same box as Twinings, Dilmah or [insert well known tea brand here] You really do learn something new everyday, I would have never guessed that they had tea.
    If I knew you were a tea nut Pug307 I could have given you some Aveda ... but the Little Creatures Pale Ale wasn't bad either - thanks Deka !
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    XTC206:
    If I knew you were a tea nut Pug307 I could have given you some Aveda ... but the Little Creatures Pale Ale wasn't bad either - thanks Deka !
    cheers!

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