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TheSunInsideYou
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Joined: 16 Feb 2012
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Location: NJ and NYC
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Breville BES900XL
Grinder: Laranzato HC-600, OE LIDO,...
Vac Pot: Yama 3
Drip: Hario V60, Chemex
Posted Wed May 23, 2012, 9:31pm
Subject: Re: new starter, needs this forum regulars advice!
 

If we're talking americano vs. brewed coffee from a coffee machine, I would say Americano, but as Barry brought up, there are other many other methods. I really enjoy a pour over or a french press, especially when it highlights my favorite aspects of the particular coffee I'm tasting.

I'm going to agree with the general consensus and suggest that you go out and get a solid french press for like $20, get yourself some quality coffee with a roast date on the bag that is no later than 2 weeks old (preferably at about 3 days post roast so that you have time to enjoy it while it's at its peak), grind it fresh on a capable burr grinder, prepare the french press properly, and enjoy. Try that out for a bit. If the difference doesn't do anything for you, don't put too much money into a hobby that can be an UNBELIEVABLE money pit. If you're blown away by the extent of the rich, vibrant flavors that coffee can produce (Like just about all of us were at one point), then you're probably already looking at your next upgrade.

You may want to try a coffee from one of the bigger names. Verve is one of my favorites and offers free shipping. All of their coffees offer 3 descriptors that will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect from the coffee, so you can find one that you like and they'll send it on over to you right after they roast it.

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NobbyR
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Joined: 10 Jul 2011
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Location: Germany
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Poccino Opus One, Ariete
Grinder: Eureka Mignon Istantaneo
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Drip: Melitta Linea Unica de Luxe
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Posted Thu May 24, 2012, 12:48am
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pnpdollars Said:

wow! did not realise that the grinder was so important. so if i have a budget of 240 i should be looking to split it 120 on each? if so could you post some links to good grinders please? ...

Posted May 22, 2012 link

A capable hand grinder (e.g. the Hario Skerton) could be an alternative that would leave you with more money for the machine.

 
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Posted Fri May 25, 2012, 3:34am
Subject: Re: new starter, needs this forum regulars advice!
 

ok guys, after a few trips to the coffee shop i've decided that buying an espresso machine is prob a step too far for me  ATM.

But following all your advice i'm going to buy a quality grinder, some good beans & use a stove top moka pot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot

My GF will have to live with shop brought latte's for a while longer!

Thanks to everyone for the tips & passing on knowlegde to a noob :)
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