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1coffeezombie
Oct 10, 2006, 5:20pm

So give it to me, what is, hands down, the best coffee you have had in your life? What blend, how was it brewed, where did you drink it, how can I get some? Give details. The internet is waiting for your response.

2monicabrandywine
Oct 12, 2006, 10:17pm

i don't know! i've had lots of good coffee, great coffee, mostly in my kitchen. not the answer you were looking for though, is it?

3BrettSchultz Primer Mensaje
Oct 13, 2006, 12:03am

The best coffee I ever had was in a Marine Corps dining facility in Camp Pendleton, Ca. I hadn't had a cup of coffee in four months and I'd just hiked 10 miles in the rain. I'm sure it wasn't very good but at the time it was the best, or maybe most welcome, cup of coffee I'd ever had.

Coffee 'n' Things in Los Osos, Ca. makes some pretty good coffee. You have to watch who's making it. Tim is the owner and he makes the best. He's got his own blend, Timothy's Black Gold. I've never dared to ask him what it consisted of. His cafe is situated on a bay across from some large sand dunes. If you're in the area, stick around for the sunset.

4nickhoonaloon
Oct 13, 2006, 5:29am

Probably Taylors of Harrogate - the Abysinnian (Ethiopian) or Cuban speciality coffees.

There was a nice organic Peruvian fair trade coffee I used to like, but not seen it in ages.

5sann
Nov 5, 2006, 9:59pm

while not the best---The Dunkin Donuts coffee is VERY impressive.

6coffeezombie
Nov 6, 2006, 7:55pm

sann: I'm with you on that, provided you preface it with "When it's three in the morning and nothing else is open and I haven't slept in 48 hours and don't plan to for another 12 more..."

Though I've heard their doing some gourmet stuff recently. We don't have them out here, so I haven't had it in a few years.

7dianegreco
Nov 6, 2006, 11:12pm

My first cup of Kenya AA, years ago, when I was opposed to "fancy" coffee. Changed my mind right quick, I did.

8cckelly
Nov 10, 2006, 12:18am

That's a tough question. I admit, knowing what is out there and the potential and then living in a smallish city in Western NY, I recognize that most of the coffee available to me is sub par at best.

I've done the barista thing, albeit in a shop which I learned had very low standards for coffee production despite having a local Roaster who did roast a mean bean. The store had no level of training, so the cup you received varied enormously dependent upon the employee. Oh,the stories I could tell...

That being said, the best cup I can remember was more than a cup, it was several pounds of coffee I brought back with me after living in the islands when I was 14. Jamaica, to be specific. And Blue Mountain Coffee, to be precise. However, I was ignorant of coffee then and mostly brought back a bunch from a plantation owner I'd met and handed them around as Christmas gifts.

These were single plantation beans, roasted by their employees, and I remember she and her husband also grew mangoes (which I was far more entranced with at 14). The coffee, for me, was an afterthought.

It was only after the beans ran dry, all my friends and family were addicted and we began a search here in the states to replace our supply that we realized the gem we'd possessed and the cavalier manner in which we'd consumed it. This was long before I knew about ideal brewing times and water temps, french press pots or other vital information for a perfect cuppa; we had simply tossed it in our automatic drips and wondered at the lightness and delicacy of it.

I somehow lost the contact information for my acquaintance in Jamaica; I became gravely ill with an unknown illness and had to be flown back to NY in emergency care so many of my little things vanished in transit. I never did find a local source of Jamaican Blue Mountain that came anywhere near (and it cost 100 times more) than my friend's estate coffee.

9Editrixie
Ene 19, 2007, 2:25pm

I don't know what it was about the coffee there, but every cup that I had in Amsterdam was fantastic. I've always drunk coffee with lots of cream (lately, lots of soymilk) and sweet stuff, but in Amsterdam, it was different, and divine. Everywhere I went, it was thick and dark but not bitter. Adding milk or cream made hardly a dent in the color, so I gave up and just used the sugar. *Insert Homer Simpson gargling sound here*

10twacorbies
Ene 19, 2007, 3:50pm

If in Chicago definitely check out "Intelligensia" coffee. It's served at several restaurants like "Toast," but for best results visit their cafe on Broadway St. They used to roast on-site until the customers complained about the noise. The space formerly reserved for that beautiful, smiling roaster contraption is now occupied by a fireplace (or at least it was the last time I was there years ago). A very distinct taste: bitter, almost burnt, with a fantastic aftertaste.

While visiting friends in Brooklyn, many swore by Gorilla Coffee in Park Slope, and I'd have to say I agree with them.

Now if anyone wants to start a thread about the best cafes...

11coffeezombie
Ene 21, 2007, 12:41pm

twacorbies: There is such thread on this group, "Guide to the World's Best Coffee Shops (By Bibiliophiles)."

12freakshow87
Editado: Ene 30, 2007, 8:09pm

About eight years ago I was been living in Prague. Though there was good coffee available there, for the most part it was grounds floating in water. My girlfriend at the time, another friend and I rented a car and drove to Croatia. We'd driven the better part of a day and all night before arriving in Split, fairly early in the morning. We drove to the waterfront, parked our car and went to a big patio cafe overlooking the water where I had what was probably just a decent espresso, but the sun, the Adriatic, the cafe itself, being exhausted from having driven all night, all those things combined to make it the perfect coffee. It's all about mood and setting, as I think most of those experiences tend to be.

13caesarpj
Feb 23, 2007, 11:01pm

I would argue that my favorite coffee is Ethiopia Yergacheffe. I love it, it a medium roast floral flavor and aroma and light bodied. A whole lot of caffeine to boot!!!

14Zeesosa
Feb 25, 2007, 8:31pm

Let me start out by explaining my relationship with coffee. Ever since I could reach to put a percolator on a stove burner, my parents have had me making coffee for the family. We usually drank the hispanic brand coffees. Well, as I got older, I started experimenting with different coffee houses. I would usually drink the same old brand at home, but I pegged Starbucks as my favorite b/c I love the caramel macchiato.

Ok. So, for Christmas, I received a few coupons for really cheap Starbucks coffee. I bought 3 packs. I thought it was good, never even thought about it. Last week I finally ran out of it, so I brewed my usual (Bustelo). At my first sip, I realized I'd been brainwashed by Starbucks. I'd become a little lemming. It was the best coffee I have ever had in my whole life. It was smooth and crisp and fresh (even though this freeze dried pack's been in my cabinet forever).

I'm not very knowledgeable on coffee, I don't even know where Bustelo comes from; but damn if it wasn't great. It was like having mom's home cooking after being away for a long time.

15WholeHouseLibrary
Feb 26, 2007, 12:12am

Frankly, I can't stand coffee from *$$. I rarely have anything other than black coffee because that's the only way to tell whether it's any good. Anything else disguises the flavor. To me, coffee from *$$ makes me think of skunk water.

There's only been one time when I actually "enjoyed" it -- Late one night, I was at a B&N with a *$$ shop in one corner when I had a sudden-onset major migraine - strobing, hyper audio, nausea... I ordered a black coffee with a double-shot of espresso. They were very nice about it -- I was already in a lot of pain, and they turned the music off and dimmed the lights while I drank this mixture as fast as I could. Ten minutes later, I was well on the way to recovery. Unfortuntely, I wasn't able to sleep for another 12 hours, so I wrote an opera.
Not really, but I did figure out a couple of tunes on the guitar.

16tristero1959
Feb 26, 2007, 2:15am

It was 44 years ago. I was 4. My grandmother (who taught me how to pick strawberries) gave me some freshly percolated coffee. I was hooked, but nothing has ever tasted quite the same. One thing I've never understood (and she's long gone now), she gave it to me black while she took cream in hers. I have pretty liberal standards for coffee: just so it's hot and black.

17Tim_Watkinson
Mar 6, 2007, 4:50pm

soon after we began dating, my girlfriend's basement flooded. I found a plumber who loaned me a pump and a fireman's hose, but the hose got a kink in it and the water drifted up high enough to flood the heater pilot. we had to huddle in front of the fire all night, just to stay warm. come morning, with a bit of light through the basement window, i saw the kink in the hose and waded in, straightened it out. the basement drained in about an hour, i was the hero, and she made me coffee. was it the best ever?

i don't know, i don't know, i don't know ...

but hey! it's one hell of a tale to remember. thought i'd share it.

enjoy.

18Arctic-Stranger
Mar 9, 2007, 3:05pm

I have a friend who is a coffee roaster in North Carolina. He used to keep in me coffee on a regular basis...very VERY good coffee.

One day we cupped some Malawi AAA, and to this day I have yet to taste anything as good.

19tygerlilli
Mar 17, 2007, 7:50am

I know that this shouldn't even count as being real coffee, but yesterday, after a week of feeling sick, I had a large mocha frappacino from Starbucks. And I've gotta tell ya, being able to finish the whole thing, and just being able to enjoy the freeziness and chocolately taste, makes it stand out in my mind as being one of my best coffee experiences.

20TheTwoDs
Mar 17, 2007, 8:48am

Best coffee I've ever had was some cafe con leche from the kiosk in the northwest corner of Plaza de Armas in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. While on our honeymoon we made it a point to stop there as often as possible.

Best premium coffee would have to be Alto Grande, also from Puerto Rico. It's considered one of the three finest coffee types in the world, along with Hawaiian Kona and Jamaican Blue Mountain.

We also loved Cafe Rico, which is a major brand in Puerto Rico. We bought a few packages and when my parents went on a cruise which stopped in San Juan, they picked us up some more. You can order it online now from caferico.com.

21coffeezombie
Mar 17, 2007, 11:22am

I love the pure, sublime beauty of being able to order coffee online. Especially when I get it from Amazon.com and it comes in a box along with some books and maybe a DVD or CD. Everything smells like the coffee and it's like opening up a box of Heaven.

22Cateline
Abr 1, 2007, 2:14pm

New Orleans coffee with chicory. Yes, it is bitter, and the best coffee in the world (to me anyhow).
'Course I've grown up on it, and any other coffee tastes like brownish water to me.

CDM Coffee and chicory. Black and strong.

Best place other than my kitchen to find it?
Café du Monde in New Orleans.

23tropics
Editado: Abr 16, 2007, 1:39am

We recently bought Green Mountain Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and found it to be intensely flavorful and wonderful. We're now drinking Organic Sumatran Reserve which is also very fine, but as soon as I can get back to the Wild Oats Market I'm buying more Yirgacheffe.

Storing whole beans in the freezer certainly preserves freshness. I recently observed someone using a small automatic roaster - not something to be attempted indoors.

Typically, I enjoy my coffee while reading The New York Times on line -an excellent way to start my day.

24pollysmith
Abr 16, 2007, 6:15am

We like starbucks coffee and we like to grind it just before we drink it. The italian roast is our fav so far. Both Hubby and I like our coffee dark and strong with a dash of cream and real sugar

25Nefertiti Primer Mensaje
Abr 16, 2007, 11:08am

I was in Seattle with a good friend, celebrating the closing of yet another semester of college when I had my very first iced mocha at a Starbucks. Something about the great company, light rain and no obligations at that moment made it taste incredible.

26cckelly
Abr 25, 2007, 8:37pm

>9 Editrixie: Editrixie
"I don't know what it was about the coffee there,but every cup that I had in Amsterdam was fantastic."

Okay, I can't be the only one who thought maybe it wasn't the coffee?

From what I understand of Amsterdam coffee houses I imagine everything tastes better there! *wink*8

27Editrixie
Abr 26, 2007, 8:57am

Sez cckelly:

>9 Editrixie: Editrixie
"I don't know what it was about the coffee there,but every cup that I had in Amsterdam was fantastic."

>Okay, I can't be the only one who thought maybe it wasn't the coffee?

>From what I understand of Amsterdam coffee houses I imagine everything tastes better there! *wink*8

Hey, now, I did not go to *those* types of coffeehouses! ;-) Though perhaps if I had, I'd have a colorful excuse for going home minus a pair of pants. (Somebody stole a pair of jeans from my hotel room.)

28SqueakyChu
Editado: May 12, 2007, 3:10pm

I wish I could remember the name of the town. It's in Israel, a small Arab town where the townspeople invited the senior citizens of Kibbutz Shaar Haamakim to come for lunch. The townspeople prepared the meal and, of course, the coffee.

The Arab coffee, made like I remembered from 18 years earlier, was strong, sweet and rich with a flavor of cardomom. I wasn't served a cup the first go-round. I guess I was too busy talking and eating. When I complained that I had no coffee, my elderly friend Simon offered me a sip from his tiny but perfect white cup. That's how it's done, he said. Coffee is to be shared. That day, the Arabs of this town and the elderly Jews of the kibbutz talked about their years of friendship. No other cup of coffee I've had before or since was that precious.

No one else can get any. You had to be there then...for that experience.

--> 12

It's all about mood and setting, as I think most of those experiences tend to be.

I agree wholeheartedly!

29dperrings
May 12, 2007, 4:49pm

the rinseable spoon coffee house in Bloomington Indiana near IU, 30 years ago.

david perrings

30FrogPrincessuk Primer Mensaje
Ago 7, 2007, 4:54pm

Pretty much every coffee I had in Greece was amazing.

However my best all time cup of coffee was made by a Cypriot friend of mine, using an old-fashioned stovetop espresso machine. She then added the milk but spent a good minute or so mixing it in.

Never had anything quite like it before or since. Shame I'm not in touch with her anymore!

31mishlei-adam
Ago 7, 2007, 6:41pm

My wife just came back from Murky Coffee in VA, and purchased 2lbs of their espresso blend from Counter Culture for me. It is to die for. It has amazing chocolate notes with a creamy finish. If you are near Arlington Va. do yourself a favor and buy a bag.

32varielle
Sep 13, 2007, 2:55pm

In 1989 I was new to coffee drinking and had a capuccino at a place called Joe's in Vancouver, B.C. I have never found one so good since.

33betterthanchocolate
Editado: Nov 20, 2007, 8:27am

Like some readers up there, best coffee I've had is mostly around the kitchen table, chatting with friends or neighbours on a Friday night or lazy weekend afternoon.

This happened a lot in the small town I lived in, and not so much now that I live in the city.

Edited out "shooting the ----"...though that best describes we did

34lorax
Nov 20, 2007, 1:08pm

The 100% Kona I had on a trip to Hawaii would have to come in on top.

Second would be the Zimbabwe beans I had last month from my mail-order coffee place, Old Bisbee Roasters -- I've been getting my coffee from there for a couple years now, there are new varieties every month and it's all from small sustainable farms (which don't necessarily have the money to get the "Fair Trade" certification). Once a month my mailbox smells wonderful.

35BGP
Dic 7, 2007, 8:36pm

A local coffee shop sells something heavenly from Guatemala. I'm pretty sure that it's a dark French roast, but it could be something darker. The coffee isn't fair trade, but the coffee shop is locally owned and the pastries are delicious...

36GojirasHejira
Ene 10, 2008, 11:47am

Commander's Palace, New Orleans, after a big, messy plate of Eggs Sardou.

You can get the same coffee at any Brennan's restaurant like Palace Cafe, etc if you can't get in to Commander's.

~Jimm

37GirlFromIpanema
Ene 10, 2008, 11:57am

Locally roasted Indonesian/Sumatra beans, freshly hand-ground and percolated through an old ceramic filter with paper inlay (no coffee maker, just the filter). No milk, no sugar. Aromatic, only slightly bitter, and a bit chocolate-y.
The owner said it's low on caffeine, and it's definitely not as sharply roasted than the stuff you can buy grounded and packaged. I get a fresh pack (125 g) every week.

38timacor Primer Mensaje
Editado: Ene 30, 2008, 1:29pm

I recall very well my first expresso out of a stovetop machine. I was in France at the time, and a friend came from corsica (between France and Italy) to teach his class.
He had been taught by an old italian lady how to make coffee.
It was all about perfection.
He did the grinding with an all-mecanical mill, then used bottled water, and gave me a wounderful cup of expresso I have tried to reproduce since then.

I must also mention the great expresso I AM making with my own Saeco Armonia (lovingly offered to me for my birthday).

The next best was in a local restaurant here in the Ottawa area,called "soupe et herbes" (soup and herbs). the coffee was from somewhere in indonesia, if I recall well, and that expresso taste just wouldn't leave my mouth! What a strong and rich taste.

39timacor
Jul 10, 2008, 11:54am

Ok, I have to come back and add my lastest discovery in the surprising world of coffee. After my dad shared with me his experience in the middle east (some 35 years ago), I really wanted to try the turkish coffee.
It is the most surprising experience so far, and the dark/brown thick liquid that came out of my experiment just took me off guard.
If you have never tried, just do it. It is cheap (no other cost than normal coffee), easy, and delicious. You can find receipes anywhere, go to your local coffee shop and ask for advice, and then run home and try.
Since I tried, I contaminated every coffee lover around me.

40dperrings
Jul 10, 2008, 12:44pm

timacor,

when i was in college I had a friend who was from the middle east and living in Terre Haute Indiana. The only coffee my friend made was turkish coffee, yes it was dar/brown thick coffee and very good. I highly recommend it. THe other coffee that I like is Viet. coffee.

david

41autumnc
Jul 10, 2008, 12:49pm

The Blue Chip, UBC (Vancouver) campus. Dark, dank, smelly, super hot.

Rumour has it that the campus sells more cookies than beer due to The Blue Chip...I don't know...the coffee is good, too.

42The_Bookish_Ms.B
Ago 3, 2008, 9:26pm

Sann: I must agree. I've bought the grounds and have brewed their coffee at home awhile, but I recently bought a cup from a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant while I was out; to say the least, I was impressed and enjoyed it very much! Perhaps, though, my judgment may be less objective as I was in a state of bliss due to the doughnut I was eating...

43SqueakyChu
Ago 3, 2008, 9:27pm

--> 42

I'va always like Dunkin Donuts coffee, too.

44CD1am
Ago 3, 2008, 9:31pm

Donuts, coffee and a good book...Nirvana!

45itsJUSTme
Ago 4, 2008, 8:16am

My favorite coffee is "Platinum Blonde" the rowdy gal's espresso blend, by gimme! coffee. It a med. roast, very smooth, no bad after taste. I buy the beans and grind it myself.

To add to this - I really do not like Dunkin Donuts coffee! sorry guys, I think it really pales in comparison to other coffees. I am not a snob, just a "coffee snob".

46Floridafannie
Ago 4, 2008, 8:37am

Have to agree with the posters about Jamaican Blue, the real McCoy, that I was served many years ago while visiting Jamaica. I brought some bean back with me, and even though I liked coffee at that point, the taste of the Blue converted me to using whole beans and seeking a dark, robust roast. and I became a javaholic.

When the prices went sky high for Blue, I switched to a Sumatra bean, but it still didn't hold the same experience as that first cup of Blue. (Probably never will!!)

Now, to be honest, I'm over the snob, and am perfectly satisfied with BJ's dark roast bean.......I think the secret is with the freshness, and therefore the oiliness of the bean. I've had $$$$ where the beans were dry and tasteless, and then BJs, comparatively inexpensive, which when the bag is opened, the beans are very very fresh and very very oily. Makes a wonderful black, robust coffee.

Sam's brand of dark roast used to be that way in my area...very oily and fresh, but last year or so they must have been sitting in a warehouse for a long time because the beans are dry, no visible shine from the oil.

My husband made the mistake of bringing home Four O'clock beans from the grocery store one day.... he is, luckily, still alive.

47bardsfingertips
Feb 19, 2009, 7:09pm

I once had a lovely coffee from a place called Richard Walker's Pancake House here in San Diego.

That was very good.

48KateWentworth
Feb 25, 2009, 2:40am

My best coffee was made by one of my friends. I don't know what she did to it that it became that tasty but I loved it.

But usually I'm into the basics like coffee americano without milk... There is hardly anything that can be made wrong.

49solsken
Mar 27, 2009, 6:24am

I really liked the coffee I had in Portugal. I usually had the local version of americano, that is a nice espresso but with ~double the amount of water. I can't drink an espresso, it is just way too strong for me! POrtuguese coffee is of darker roast than the kind I get around where I live, and I really liked it.

Also coffee had while hiking is usually lovely, no matter what roast or type it is :)

50KingRat
Mar 27, 2009, 3:19pm

Hines Public Market Coffee. Now shuttered.

51Larxol
Editado: Mar 27, 2009, 5:19pm

49> I remember getting americano early in the morning in a little café on the harbor in Port de Pollença, Mallorca. Someone from our group had to walk down at dawn to pick up fresh ensaïmadas from the bakery. The reward was a big mug of espresso. A couple officers of the Guardia Civil were always there, but their coffee was accompanied by a little glasses of palo or calvados to get the day started, or maybe they were ending the night shift. A few straggling fishermen would be headed out, with the unique sound of the smelly old single-cylinder diesels coming over the water. Wonderful coffee...

52FicusFan
Editado: Jun 2, 2009, 6:07pm

Kona Coffee is my favorite (the real thing, not blends) and then I like Kenya AA. Drank Turkish Coffee as a kid in Turkey, its good too.

Not a fan of Dunkins, its too strong and oily and gives me indigestion.

ETA:

Just remembered, When Erin Foods owned the Burger Kings around here, you could get big thick, creamy coffee shakes. Loved them as much as hot coffee.

53Cecilturtle
Oct 24, 2009, 11:24am

My favorite coffee is from Cuba. I discovered it on a trip there where you could drink as much as you wanted (a jilting trip). It's smooth, strong with a hint of chocolate. My husband is convinced that they add tobacco leaves to make it so rich!

Best coffee shop in my town: a local company called Bridgehead which only does fair trade and brews an incredible cup of coffee - the only place in Canada that actually makes an espresso too strong for me (and I can handle all European types) without a dash of sugar!

54GojirasHejira
Ene 2, 2010, 11:32pm

Steeping tobacco leaves will kill you pretty much instantly.
No Tim Horton's?

55dancingstarfish
Ene 2, 2010, 11:36pm

my favorite coffee was made for me in guatemala. we went to a coffee plantation where the official coffee taster brewed it step by step, as handed down by his family for generations, and then let us drink it. it was amazing!

56CarolO
Ene 3, 2010, 1:28am

My runner up is just about anywhere in Austria. Not only is the coffee very good but it is served in a real cup on a small serving tray with a glass of water and a small cookie or chocolate - very civilized.

But my all time favorite coffee is Cafe Imperial from Venezuela - and it is at its best when made in an Italian stove top espresso pot.