Best Coffee You Have Had, Ever
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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.
There was a nice organic Peruvian fair trade coffee I used to like, but not seen it in ages.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
One day we cupped some Malawi AAA, and to this day I have yet to taste anything as good.
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.
'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.
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.
"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
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"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.)
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.
It's all about mood and setting, as I think most of those experiences tend to be.
I agree wholeheartedly!
30FrogPrincessuk Primer Mensaje
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!
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
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.
You can get the same coffee at any Brennan's restaurant like Palace Cafe, etc if you can't get in to Commander's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
That was very good.
But usually I'm into the basics like coffee americano without milk... There is hardly anything that can be made wrong.
Also coffee had while hiking is usually lovely, no matter what roast or type it is :)
Not a fan of Dunkins, its too strong and oily and gives me indigestion.
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.
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!
No Tim Horton's?
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.