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Joined: 3 Aug 2013
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Location: MN
Expertise: Just starting

Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 11:55am
Subject: Hello I'm New Have Some Questions


Looking forward to learning more here. Is there a ABC's tutorial I can find here? I know nothing about making coffee the correct way but am very interested in learning. Would like to learn more about what maker is best, I'd prefer not spend hundreds on a machine. So french press? Italian stove top brewer? machine? what is best? also techniques and where to buy the best beans. My wife has one of those K cup makers and I just think there has to be better. Thank you.
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Joined: 20 Jun 2013
Posts: 89
Location: Denton, TX
Expertise: I love coffee

Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Drip: Chemex
Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 8:11pm
Subject: Re: Hello I'm New Have Some Questions

Welcome to CG!  I'm not really sure that there is a one stop place for the answers to all of your questions.  As many of us have done, I suggest that you simply scour the internet, and this site specifically.  Just type your question ino google.  You will be amazed to find that you are not he first to have asked the question.

As for what kind of coffee brewer to start with, it really is a matter of preference.  Many love the French press, but others swear by Chemex, v60, Aeropress, Melitta, and the list goes on.  As a simple intro to good coffee, I think the French press is a good place to start.  From there you can start to explore your own tastes and see what works best for you.  K cups are definitely not the way to go.

I also recommend that you get a good grinder and find a source of fresh roasted whole bean coffee.  This site is loaded with reviews on grinders when you are ready for that!  Finally, a digital food scale, preferably one that reads to the tenth of a gram, is a must for consistency.
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Posted Sat Aug 3, 2013, 8:21pm
Subject: Re: Hello I'm New Have Some Questions

Hello! Welcome to Coffee geek. We are always happy to see new people who are Interested In making better coffee. First off french press Is a very good coffee maker, but It takes more then the french press to make the actual coffee. You need a kettle, coarsely ground coffee and spoon. Other things you can also use are a grinder (Definitely recommended) a scale (for weighing coffee and water) And that should be good. Here are some links to help you with french press brewing:

Click Here (drinks.seriouseats.com)

Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com)


As far as a Italian stovetop coffee maker that only makes rich, robust and strong black coffee. It takes a little bit of work to do but the end results are pretty acceptable. It doesn't make a lot of coffee though and Isn't recommended for regular coffee drinking. At least not to me. Machine brewers are great products and these are called: Drip/Auto-Drip and vary In features and other stuff. When looking for a coffee maker don't buy some cheap plastic coffee maker at home depot or something...Instead look for a coffee maker that can achieve water temperature up to 195-205 degrees (Proper brewing temperature) and properly extracts the coffee by enough turbulence from the water to wet all the grounds evenly and correctly. A coffee company that sells coffee makers that I like that can do all of this and more Is called Bunn, and you may or may not have heard of them. They make Incredibly great products that make great coffee. These are recommended for proper brewing and they are the least expensive of the bunch. Higher end coffee makers that are certified by the SCAA are "Technivorm" and "Bonavita BV1800"  Here are some links to help with making good coffee with a Auto-drip maker:

Click Here (www.eatingwell.com)

Click Here (www.huffingtonpost.com)

Click Here (shine.yahoo.com)

And those K-cup makers, lol aren't very good at all unless they get good temperature and they still suck. And It's always recommended to find good coffee from a source that freshly roast's them, or put roast dates on the bag. Buy beans within a week of roasting. My personal preference Is within two or three days of roast. Good luck! and you can ask anything on here and get amazing answers!!!

"You can't make good coffee, without good coffee" -Thecoffeenerd
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