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    Done with Maxwell House!

    Yesterday I put a Maxwell House Dark Roast Tassimo thingy in the machine, and tried to drink it. Dark Roast?! It tasted like it had been filtered through cigar ashes. I nearly tossed it back up, and had to pour the lousy stuff down the sink. What a fraud on the name of coffee they are! Maxwell House has never been my favorite, but this is the last straw. If I ever find I have to drink Maxwell House, I'll shoot myself first. If Maxwell House was the last brand of coffee on the planet, I'd grind up dandelion roots and brew them, or even (shudder!) drink herbal teas. Never, never, never again!


    OK, OK, I just wanted to get in on the fun...
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    Hey properly roasted dandelion root mixed with toasted grains is not all that bad!!! Add in some chickory and you've got something resembling a beverage. Lacks the chemical impetus of the maxwell house product though.

    True connoisseurs of course roast thier own (not actually that hard, hit me up if you're interested )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    Yesterday I put a Maxwell House Dark Roast Tassimo thingy in the machine, and tried to drink it...
    Wassamatta wit you?! Did you run out of Tim Horton's?
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    Come on Roger tell us how you REALLY feel..................I never learned to drink coffee
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    Hoooowwweeeeee

    I have been a kerig coffee fan for a few years now.

    I buy the k-cups at around .50 per cup.

    GREAT coffee

    Maxwell house never knew coffee could be so good.

    WAY better than Dunkin Donuts OR Tim Horton -- WAY better.

    Sooo - it costs a little more money - so what?

    GREAT coffee will cost a little more.

    I would rather pay a little more for a GREAT cup of coffee that save .25 and dump it down the drain cause I didn't like it.

    Ohh - and I do like the dark roast extra bold. YUM

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    Well i dont get it. Dont get the Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Keurig, Tassimo et al.
    Me...kiss principle, 1 teaspoon Nescafe instant, hot water, one small spoon sugar, milk and voila my , I guess, 15 cents perfect cup of coffee. I thunk ya all been brainwashed to part with your money for these "coffee's" .
    Who says marketing and advertising dont work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...1 teaspoon Nescafe instant, hot water, one small spoon sugar, milk and voila my , I guess, 15 cents perfect cup of coffee...
    Instant coffee (of any sort) is generally horrible, Rob, and milk and sugar just makes it worse.

    I'm with Leo on the K-cups. I prefer Neumans, or Tim Hortons. Another good one is the "Daily Grind" French Roast that's a 'house brand' at Sam's Club. I drink it BLACK, and I generally drink 6 or more cups of it per day.
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    Hehe, K cups are genius - who'd a thunk you could get people to pay $50/lb of coffee and be plumb happy about it. Pure genius.

    Personally I don't think they're actually that good of coffee either (a step up from instant perhaps which - sorry Rob - is really pretty uggy tasting imho) but not nearly as good as what you can get cheaper and arguably simpler other ways.

    If you want a decent cup of coffee at a reasonable price with relatively minimal hassle I might suggest trying this:
    • Get some decent medium roast coffee doesn't have to be super high end, the "cheaper" it is to better off you are going a bit darker on the roast (try to keep it kind of fresh; over about 3-4 weeks past being roasted it'll start going rancid - the darker its roasted the slower this happens which is why most commercial coffee is sold on the far side of burnt).
    • Coarse grind enough to fill a french press about 1/2 full and then fill to the top with COLD water.
    • Put the press with the mix in the fridge for 24-48 hours (you can also use a mason jar and pour back into the press or just pour it through a filter).
    • press out the "juice" and put the juice into a mason jar - back into the fridge with the mason jar.
    • When you want a cup of joe heat up some water (we have one of them electric kettles and for a new fangled invention it ain't half bad at getting water hot fast) put 2+- tbps of the concentrate into your cup and top with hot water.


    It might not be the absolute best coffee you've ever had if you're a connoisseur but its a heck of a long way from the worst and about as easy as it gets (minus a little up front planning).

    LOML recently switched to using the aeropress which makes a decent cup as well, not as good as a vacuum pot (again imho) but quicker and single "shot" which is nice. You can make better with a pour over funnel but it takes more technique and believe me before she's had her first cup of joe in the morning technique is NOT on the menu.

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    I'm a dark roast kind of guy. Give me the dark roast beans from Costco, freshly ground on a burr grinder and then just brewed in my little cuisinart drip machine. Does the trick.

    To my taste, the freshly ground part is the key to the whole thing.

    But since I pretty much trust Ryan's judgement on all things brewing, I'm going to have to give his technique a try.
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