Tuesday, June 30, 2009

In search of a perfect cup of coffee...

I'm on a mission. I'm trying to discover the very best coffee for making at home and drinking black.

To be honest, I could indulge in Starbucks' Caramel Macchiatos every day but neither my waistline nor my pocketbook are agreeable to that idea.

I do enjoy a good cup of black coffee, but I find I'm getting pickier as to what I consider "good." I've heard rave reviews about Dunkin Donuts coffee, so I bought a pound and tried it. It was okay, but I didn't think it was all that outstanding. I really couldn't tell much difference between that and Folgers. I saw Eight O'Clock coffee at the grocery store and vaguely remember my dad drinking that brand years ago, so I tried that. Same thing. Just okay.

I wonder if I'm not getting the "right" roast? I have no idea whether I prefer light roast or dark roast. I just know what I like when I taste it!

Maybe I need to get a coffee grinder and buy whole bean coffee? Does that make a difference in the taste? Is percolated coffee better, or different, than drip coffee?

Coffee drinkers, help me out here! What brand do you prefer? Do you buy ground coffee or the whole beans? What kind of coffee maker do you use? Do you add anything to your coffee or do you drink it black? Do you like flavored coffee?

So many options!


Susieqtpie said...

I'm with you on Caramel Macchiatos! I'm glad they aren't in our town! I would be tempted to get one weekly! LOL
I love all the Starbuck coffees. You can get them at Walmart and or Kroger where I live. I would never buy Folgers. BORING! I just had Dunkin Donuts today bc I got a free sample in the mail. It is good but not as rich as Starbucks.
Have you ever had any Ethiopia Yirgacheffe? A lot of companies sell it. Very good!
Keep an eye out for my Tweets! In a few weeks I'll have my Coffee week with reviews and giveaways!!!
BTW I do not like my coffee black!! lol

Michael Ann said...

I'm just now learning to like coffee after years of trying to be a social drinker! The only one I've found that I really like is Dunkin Donuts. It's best with Half & Half, although that adds yummy fat and calories. Alas.

GranolaMom4God said...

My mom swears by Bottecelli coffee beans. But by googling it--i can't find a link for it. She buys it in 20 lb bags, i think. The coffee shop her and i used to work at, used it. So she goes in with the former owner a few times a year and purchases it in bulk. personally, i like my coffee strong and with real, raw cream. But if i go to Starbucks i typically get a Grande whole milk mocha, no whip. proportionally grande is the best size for the amount of milk to coffee ratio. Whole milk makes it taste rich. Sorry for the lack of capital letters at times. my shift key has a mind of its own.

Laura said...

Maxwell house "good to the last drop"lol

pse said...

For me it is simple. Leave it on the shelf. I don't even like the smell of it.

Constance said...

I grew up with a mom who drank black coffee so it never appealed to me. Although, I LOVED coffee ice cream and coffee candies. When I turned 40 I stopped at a Starbucks to see what the hooplah was all about and I became a coffee drinker. I have done the whole grinding up your beans route and that was good, but so is already ground. I drink mine with Hazelnut Creamer and sweet and low so that probably drowns out whatever difference "ground verses whole beans" might have to offer. I use a Mr Coffee that I can program to go off at 5:15 every morning!

I am currently finishing up my final cup for the day...

Laura said...

I've tried many types of coffee, ground and whole bean, and I've tried them in numerous types of coffee makers, with all sorts of grinds - coarse to fine.
For my taste, I highly prefer:
1. whole bean, Sumatra Mandeling or a similar type of light roast, semi-heavy body, low acidity bean.
(coffeebeandirect.com has lots of info on different beans. I buy my beans from them; I've read they're roasted fresh right after you order from them.)
2. ground fine in a burr grinder (not a blade grinder)
3. drip coffee maker that gets the coffee VERY hot so that all the oils are released. (I have only spent around $150 total on the coffee maker and grinder; but the combination produces a grand cup of coffee, in my opinion, and in the opinion of my friends around here who are coffee lovers.)
I have a Cuisinart coffee maker and a La Pavoni grinder.
That's my experience so far. : )

A Romantic Porch said...

UUuugh coffee! I need about 1/2 cup of cream and a packet of splenda. Good luck with finding one you enjoy black...I'm shuddering! xo rachel
P.S. I will admit to drinking a cup each morning...with about 1/2 cup of cream and a packet of splenda! I don't necessarily like the taste...just started doing that instead of drinking gallons of pop...good trade!

HennHouse said...

Grinding it yourself will make it take much more fresh...

We buy Starbucks Pike Place roast to make at home. They sell it in the five-pound bag. Around here, you get the fifth pound free and a free drink for each pound you buy.

The Going Blog said...

I've only been a coffee drinker for 3 yrs. but I have grown to really enjoy it. I'm happy with Maxwell and the basic brands like Folgers. My parents used to drink Kava. I prefer using a little half and half and I would make it stronger but David prefers it milder. I think "real" coffee drinkers like it strong, black and freshly ground. Good luck on your search for the perfect cup.

JamaGenie said...

I haven't tried this yet, but gourmet coffee aficionados roast raw beans at home in a machine for this purpose, then grind just before brewing.

Personally I prefer Mexican coffee sold by a local gourmet shop, but at $10 a pound, can't justify such a luxury every day!