We got one of them nespressos for christmas. Yes, I know Nestle is one of the most evil corporations known to humankind but damn if it doesn’t make a decent cup of joe that requires absolutely zero cleanup afterwards and tastes a bit better than anything that came out of a K cup.
@awk@f00l@phendrick@yakkoTDI However, there are “roasts” or often “blends” that are optimized for extraction under pressure which refers to espresso. As opposed to “pour-over” “French press” and other common (also very good) techniques, but the roasts and of course the fine-ness of the grind is different.
I learned from a coffee roaster (in Whitefish MT of all places) that they liked to use a blend of two kinds for their espresso, and I asked to buy some to take with me on my trip (motorhome) and they didn’t have it ready to go they blended it there for me measuring two kinds of beans on a scale and mixing them. A darker and a lighter roast together added to texture and flavor, and also, one bean may be oily whereas the other isn’t, so it balances that out (also better for most grinders to not use all oily-style beans)
Some might assume that an “espresso” bean (yes, technically there is no such thing), would be the darkest strongest one, but in fact, as I mentioned you don’t want super-dark over-roasts, and also, contrary to what most will think, darker roasts actually have less caffeine than the swill people usually chug in 20 oz mugs.
My brother was chef at one of the fine resorts in Whitefish (Grouse Mountain). There are several in that region. Moreover, as a native of Western Montana, where we have all of the wintry activities and the sublime natural beauty and attendant outdoorsy things, I can attest with authority that we know fine dining and good coffee. “Whitefish MT of all places”? Harumph, I say.
Also, as it happens, my former journalism advisor (and continuing good friend) and his wife founded Hunter Bay Coffee.
Montanans (I’ll show my bias and suggest, especially those in the west; I’m not even sure what’s going on to the east; might as well be North Dakota) could teach you plenty about coffee. Not for nothing Glenn (the advisor and mentor) knows a lot about music and basketball and photography and words too.
On weekdays usually tea, soda on weekends. I swap between black and green teas. But if I’m running late I’ll grab an energy drink. Right now I have some accelerator brand that are pretty good. I’ll try whatever is on sale.
Unfortunately I have a caffeine intolerance: causes shortness of breathe, migraine issues and some other stuff. Even 1/2 cup decaf (like 7 mg) causes issues.
Caffeine is sneakily in lots of stuff (ex.: Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies).
I still love the smell of coffee. (I drink chicory to get the “experience.”)
@alx10mgmg sure: I was getting migraine so chased down things I had eaten. On Oatmeal Creme Pie box ingredients, it listed cocoa and chocolate. when I stopped eating them the migraines issue stopped. So even though says those ingredients make up less than 2% each, seems like too many caffeine mg for me. (it is a never ending battle to keep caffeine out of diet, because of sneaky things like this. Oatmeal raisin are my favorite cookie so I got a box of these thinking would be harmless.)
I like the variety, including, more or less in order of preference:
Chemex pour over (if I have the time and can relax with it, so most weekends, sometimes a work from home)
iced from a Ninja that brews decent hot or cold, but that I use almost exclusively for cold
(Both using these beans, by far my favorite and that I get shipped in from Colorado where the kid and her man are:)
To mix it up I might add varying proportions of cinnamon, clove and/or nutmeg to the grounds (I should get whole and actually put some of that in the grinder)
Guayaki Yerba Mate, usually Enlighten Mint, sometimes Lemon Elation, sometimes something else
Super Coffee that Costco used to carry (Mocha, then Caramel are my favorites of what I’ve been able to try) and that’s now up on SideDeal
One of Celsius that Costco and meh have sometimes sold; so many varieties but not the fitness-focused nonsense, just the caffeine please
sometimes–especially on the road–just Coke or Pepsi, Cherry if I can get it
And especially if you live somewhere with shitty water (and the fridge filter just won’t cut it), I strongly suggest investing in one of these beautiful fuckers (got mine cheap at Costco; works like champ and the ice is perfect; feed it clean water and enjoy):
I usually have a diet soda of some sort. Right now I have diet mtn dew, diet cherry pepsi, and coke zero in rotation. I also really like mtn dew kickstarts, which are an energy drink/soda/fake juice hybrid.