I’m actually immune to caffeine, but, I do like coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon,then I switch back to coffee for the evening.
I need a mug of something hot in my hand while I work or I end up fidgeting too much and don’t get any work done. A mug in my hand ensures I don’t bend all my paper clips until they snap, or break all my pens.
@OnionSoup I feel the same about caffeine. The best coffee I’ve ever had was from one of those Keurig things (from, of all places, the car dealer’s break room) so I would have been tempted by today’s deal if I was more into it. Plus I like the minimal effort I put into hot tea (two sugar packets max [sometimes Stevia] and nothing else); no guessing games with sugar and creamer amounts.
#1 is price, #2 is taste. I’m not much of a coffee snob, but I do avoid Folgers, Maxwell House, etc., in favor of more “premium” coffee. Lavazza is my favorite, but Gevalia is also pretty good and usually cheaper. The McDonald’s brand coffee is also surprisingly good and fairly cheap.
When it comes to coffee, it is imperative that they leave enough room in the cup (about 4-5” in an 8oz cup) for the cream and sugar… basically, I like a little coffee with my cream and sugar and a shot or two of espresso if available… but then I require a lot more sugar and a flavored creamer… The effects of espresso… awesome!!! The taste… not so much!
Medium or dark roast. Freshness of the brew. Taste.
Hot…Black… I prefer private owned coffee shops… chains if No other option. Home I grind beans, do French press, pour over, drip, and looking at vacuum/siphon coffee pots… Yea a little obsessed but hey it’s either that, or “meh” at midnight, or "Vinyl " …
@moonhat Ok, I’ve tried Swift coffee and Voila coffee so far. Ordered some from Sudden Coffee, but they were backordered. Of the flavors I’ve tried so far, I’ve liked Swift’s Kenya the best, but all were relatively good, and I could see preferring other flavors/companies as a matter of preference. Can’t see drinking this routinely because of the price.
Also, I can’t make any confident statements about my own ability to taste or smell things critically. I’m not all that discerning. For my own coffee, I roast green beans on the stove, and get them – errr, brown. At least some of the beans crack… first or second, couldn’t say with confidence. Sometimes a cup tastes better than other times. I do tend to like things a little lighter, usually.
@moonhat Not the way I do it
Someday I’ll buy one of those home roasters. Meanwhile, it’s just lots of stirring on the stove top.
I have a kind of hard time getting the beans hot enough to crack without getting them really dark. I think some kind of hot air circulation machine would make better, more consistent coffee. I do still like the results though, and it’s cheap. s’like $40-50 for 5 pounds of beans. And they usually come out ok, at least by my standards.
I definitely prefer to spend a little more for better-tasting coffee, but I don’t go crazy with it. I’ve found Gevalia’s light roast is at my sweet spot of taste and price. Occasionally I’ll pick up a pound from a local roaster, but that’s more of a conscience thing, 'cause, honestly, I’m not a huge fan of either of them. One tends to over roast and keeps their beans on the shelf way too long, and the other is pretty good, but insufferably snobbish.
I buy whole bean and have an inexpensive burr ginder, because I find a freshly-ground mediocre coffee preferable to stale top-dollar stuff.
When I’m out, though, my only real requirement is that it meets two of three criteria: hot, fresh, caffeinated.
The funny part of this is that I was a full-time barista for several years. I guess I learned enough about coffee in that time to realize that it’s almost entirely subjective, and that most experts are just treating their opinions as incontrovertible facts.