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Coffee Corner

„ Yo dawg I heard you liked Coffee Corner, so we put a Coffee Corner in your Coffee Corner”

Let's discuss coffee. How do you drink it, where do you find it, pet pieves, etc.

For me coffee is my breakfast, I start eating after I had one coffee. At home it's usually fresh ground beans in a cafetière and if I commute by train I usually get a coffee made from Illy beans from some Italian food chain. I buy my beans at the local supermarket (Lidl) or from an Italian supermarket in Rotterdam.

Sometimes I use my ibrik/briki for Turkish/Greek coffee which has a nice, bitter flavour. And occasionally a double espresso after dinner. And in the summer times I often whip up a frappé.

I drink all of my coffees without sugar and without milk.

That concludes my coffee drinking behaviour.

What's yours?

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  • Apr 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    I am an early riser from my teens & always have my coffee mug full of black coffee - either filter coffee or instant with a pinch of sugar. That keeps me going for all the reading in the early morning.

    Rest of the day is mostly coffee during meetings which have been forcefully cut down recently and replaced with water.

    I do not enjoy Tea.

  • Apr 18, 2017 at 08:25 PM

    Those Europeans with their fancy coffees and wine with lunch and universal healthcare. Pfst!

    Here, in 'Murica *), we jump into our Chevy Suburban and go to a gas station to fill up a half-gallon travel mug with a local sports team logo (go Hurricanes!) from a pot that does not say "decaf" on it. Then we pour 1/4 cup of "non-dairy product" (made from the ground horse bones and asbestos dust, I believe) over it because it's quite surprising how these two substances combined almost can make a digestible drink. And if you buy 5 "breakfast croissan'wiches" you even get a free coffee. Yee-how!


    *) Not my actual "coffee routine". I just make a cup of Aldi's "German roasted" in a vulgar drip coffee maker.

    • Apr 18, 2017 at 09:53 PM

      I drink instant first thing in the morning - and it's very good!! Jacobs Kronung Coffee - Link:

      I do not enjoy tea; I only drink it when I'm sick; then it's green tea for the win :)

      My mother used to drink Aldi's all the time; she made a monthly trip to Aldi's to "stock up" :)

      • Apr 19, 2017 at 02:20 PM

        Jacobs Krönung brings back childhood memories. Check out this video :)

        • Apr 19, 2017 at 05:12 PM

          Boy, that is fancy; but I don't drink Jacob's from a cup and saucer. No clue what they are saying on the video...other SAP German employees say the coffee reminds them of their grandmother :)

        • Dec 30, 2019 at 01:14 PM

          Delightfully 80s :-D

      • Apr 19, 2017 at 06:12 PM

        Jacobs Kronung was very popular in Latvia back when I left in 2000. The regular kind though, not the instant one. I guess they have a good marketing team since our local Russian / Mediterranean store here in the US also sells it.

    • Apr 19, 2017 at 03:13 PM

      I literally have a black chevy suburban. However, here in the land of hipsters, we don't drink from sports team mugs. We have obscure nerd reference mugs. And Hydroflasks. Also, non-dairy creamer is gross. I'll take my organic, grass-fed, free-range hippie cow full dairy creamer, tyvm. ;)

      • Apr 19, 2017 at 05:48 PM

        Those West Coast liberals, pfst! :)

        P.S. I honestly don't know how that "non-dairy creamer" powder is still legal.

        • Jun 13, 2017 at 05:22 PM

          Dropped my car off at the dealership for regular maintenance and saw that they had a new coffee setup with fresh brewed carafes, one exotic flavor (Guatemalan single mountain, north side between 1100 and 1200 meters in altitude, harvested only by female pre-teens during the three days centered on the full moon between the hours of 8:30 PM and 11:30 PM), one strong roast (French, Italian, or some other dark roast), one mild regular, one decaf and a carage of hot water. Two different kinds of sugar, three different diet sweeteners, and a big container of Cremora. Makes you want to cry. They got so much right and had to screw it up at the finish line!

          I go for the strong dark roast (which is never strong enough for my taste) with half & half and sugar (none of that wussy chemical stuff). Minimum of three small or two large cups just to get going in the morning. Sometimes one more in the early afternoon to get past that sleepy time that hits between 2:00 and 3:00.

          Cheers, Mike

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  • Apr 19, 2017 at 07:47 AM

    I drink instant Jacobs in the morning - no sugar, no milk, no cookies (unlike Tammy, I don't like the taste, but I am too lazy go get anything better at 6 AM).

    Where I live, there are still a few shops selling non-packaged coffee beans, and they can grind these for you in the shop, depending on how you prepare your coffee (coffee machine, Italian espersso pot or cezve), if you ask them (this makes sense only if you need to serve to a lot of people at once, otherwise I prefer to grind just before preparation).

    I find the non-packaged beans there better than the packages, which you can buy at the local supermarkets (once you learn how to distinguish the good batches), and I like that you can experiment with combinations of different brands.

    A proper cezve coffee needs a few grains of salt and a tiny bit of dark chocolate for extra aroma. Sadly, I am too lazy to prepare it. :)

    *** I've been drinking coffee since the age of 7, but I am trying to reduce my daily intake to less than 500 ml. Instant coffee definitely helps, because I don't like how it tastes.

  • Apr 19, 2017 at 09:14 AM

    morning looks like this:

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  • Apr 19, 2017 at 09:15 AM

    Usually a long black drinker. It's breakfast and continues throughout the day. Cappuccino or flat white are close follow ups but some days I'll drink 7 or 8 coffees so it's too much milk

    No sugar at all. Coffee snob so barista made or nespresso as back up

    Summer was so hot this year that I switched to iced lattes until the barista at my go to coffee place near work put me onto iced long blacks. Brilliant on hot day and still no sugar

    No particular style or bean but hate when it's burned

    • Apr 21, 2017 at 05:25 PM

      The "long black" has not yet come to America, but we do now have the "flat white" here. I'm a fan of the long black myself. The closest here is the "Americano," but it's really not that close (difference being that an Americano has hot water poured over the top of the espresso shot, whereas the long black has the espresso shot poured over the top of hot water, thus maintaining the crema, which is lost in an Americano).

      So, when in New Zealand, I drink long blacks. When in America, I do not drink Americanos, I drink "doppios," i.e. straight shots of espresso.

      And at home, I make mid-sized cups of espresso (probably about four shots worth per cup?). :)

      Always black. Always unsweetened. Never decaf.

      • Jan 02, 2020 at 07:05 PM

        You are so hardcore.

        • Jan 06, 2020 at 09:34 PM

          Since this thread 2-1/2 years ago, I have upgraded to a better espresso machine at home, which makes great double-shots. And I now have a modification to the Long Black that seems to work very well: Run the standard double-shot through the machine into the cup, and then without changing the grounds run a single shot through it again (instead of simply hot water like an Americano). This adds volume to the drink without diluting the intensity of the coffee, but also without using up extra coffee beans for that 3rd shot, and produces quite a tasty drink!

  • Apr 19, 2017 at 03:12 PM

    I don't drink coffee. I love the smell of fresh roasted coffee beans but I can't stand the taste of the stuff.

    When I graduated from college and went into the Army, I was told I would be drinking coffee and smoking within 6 months - didn't happen. The only time I've had a full cup of coffee I was at cold weather survival school in January in northern Maine and I hadn't eaten in two days.

    Instead I drink tea - in many forms and flavors. My current favorite is a combination of vanilla black with almond rooibos, both of which I get from Kusmi ( which has it's roots in pre-revolution Russia (used to be called Kusmichoff...)


    • Apr 25, 2017 at 05:05 PM

      Dell, you might want to check out Adagio Teas. We are major tea drinkers as well and get most of our tea from there. There used to be an awesome company called Special Teas but, unfortunately, Teavana bought and closed them few years ago.

    • Apr 26, 2017 at 11:36 AM

      Have you tried chocolate coated coffee beans?

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    Apr 19, 2017 at 04:28 PM

    Chemex all the way! I start my morning with a banana, cliff bar, and a freshly roasted (within the past 3 days) blend of beans. I find that the Chemex pour over method creates a smoother drink. Plus it looks very snazzy on my countertop!

  • Apr 19, 2017 at 08:14 PM

    My coffee gadgets...

    It's been a quest for decent coffee, here goes... My favorites are the Italian moka, and the South Indian coffee filter right next to it. But, they are also the most rarely used because of the time and effort. Yeah, yeah, all of you who insist that the effort is not that great - I would rather have that coffee in me when I am making breakfast or dealing with kids.

    The American style coffee filter on the left and percolator on the right get used when certain relatives visit - first is too light and tasteless for me, and the second overdoes it. The Aeropress gets used when on trips where I know I will be getting bad coffee. The french press (cafetière) has been relegated to tea making. So, that leaves the automated Jura that gets the most use.

    I also have an ibrik (cezve) that did not make the picture - mine looks just like this one, but yellow. I use that to make ghee now.

    I have also made coffee with a "coffee sock" , not a fancy one like in the picture, just an old piece of cotton fabric.

    And for those of you who have not seen coffee in South India (or Malaysia & Singapore) here is a video -

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    • Apr 20, 2017 at 08:47 AM

      +1 on the Aeropress! most used gadget i ever had :)

      • Apr 21, 2017 at 05:26 PM

        Aeropress is what I use for coffee on my boat. Makes great coffee!

        • Apr 25, 2017 at 05:03 PM

          Hmm, this seems like a good option for travel. I bring my own coffee but then struggle with the hotel coffee makers that all have different filters and different degree of cleanliness.

          • Jan 02, 2020 at 07:04 PM

            Someone recommended an Aeropress when I was traveling to Australia and was extraordinarily fussed about what I would do for coffee. Since non-US hotels are civilized, they often give you an electric kettle in your room, and from there you make your own in the Aeropress.

            Las Vegas hotels should all be punished (and I really mean it) - I always hated having to actually go out in public to get a cup of coffee (running the risk of seeing people I actually know and like) at TechEd. And with no electric kettle, you're kind of stuck.

            Cheers for TechEd in Austin this year!

            • Jan 03, 2020 at 09:22 AM

              I obviously struck it lucky the one and only time I went to TechEd Vegas - my hotel room had a Keurig machine.

              On the other hand, no hotel I've stayed in for TechEds in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona) has had coffee or hot water making facilities. And it is very annoying...

  • Apr 20, 2017 at 01:13 AM

    I drink a black coffee.

    Without sugar.

  • Apr 20, 2017 at 11:13 AM

    Double Espresso and sometimes an Iced Latte Machiatto


  • Apr 24, 2017 at 06:57 PM

    I like my milk with some coffee and sugar. Latte macchiato, Cappuccino, all those mixed coffee drinks. We have a coffee machine at work, that grinds the beans prior to making the cup, so that's "fresh". I tend to mix those coffee-milk thingys, too. One cup of Latte macchiato with one cup Cappucchino. Stuff like that. ^^

    In the summer I love me some Frappuccinos, too. :)

    • Apr 25, 2017 at 05:11 PM

      I used to like Frappuccino and then Starbucks ruined everything by putting calories right on their menu. :) This year I have a new blender though, so might try to attempt a more diet-friendly homemade version in summer.

    • Jan 02, 2020 at 07:00 PM

      I could be swayed from my afternoon iced coffee if I had a chance at a cappucino - especially with Steffi and Jelena.

  • May 01, 2017 at 01:31 PM
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  • Dec 28, 2019 at 09:16 PM

    I'm an avid Coffee drinker, multiple cups before noon and afternoon, and sometimes one in the evening. We've got one of those built-in Coffee-machines at home and we use coffee beans although grinded coffee can be used as well. Best investment ever : you can customize everything from types of coffee, degree of grinding, amount of water, amount of Crema (foam) etc. Maintenance is fairly easy as well ...
    Some of the expertise and artisanality is lost with the machine ofcourse but it is sooo easy ...

    Our (online) Coffee shopping list can contain some Italian (classic) brands, regional brands (Belgium / Netherlands) and the odd novelty experiment. I'm a Black-with-Sugar type of guy myself. Not an expert, but I prefer strong roasted beans and less "creamy" or "watery" Coffee ...

    When possible (that means : when I feel like it and have the time) I'll bring some hot Coffee with me to work in a thermos. Office Coffee is terrible (and still is mostly everywhere in a corporate environment)!

  • Dec 30, 2019 at 08:46 AM

    Coffee is full of benefits: Its calorie-free (without sugar) and it is a good energy booster, both physically and mentally.

    I usually drink not less that two cups daily. It is usually espresso-based (cappucino or americano), but it can also be filter coffee, instant coffe and rarely Greek coffee.

    However during the hot summer, things are a bit different. I switch to Freddo-Cappucino, Freddo Espresso or Frappe.

    I can't remember the last coffee-less day, its a part of the daily routine.

  • Jan 02, 2020 at 06:59 PM

    I like a Coffee Corner post about coffee!!!

    I brew my first cup and consume it before anything else happens. I don't need fresh ground beans or anything fancy - just the caffeine please!
    Then I'll continue to drink (in a travel mug) the same coffee, black.

    But in the afternoons, I crave Iced Coffee with a little bit of cream. I don't know why, but even in winter, iced coffee is the best!

    No Starbucks for me, their coffee is too bitter (okay, I may be a wimp). My go to brand is Dunkin Donuts (if you're from the northeast in the US, you're with me on this amiright?)

    This concludes my coffee break.

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