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profjayrob
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Joined: 27 May 2012
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Location: Sout Carolina
Expertise: I love coffee

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Posted Sun May 27, 2012, 4:02am
Subject: Greetings and salutations from South Carolina
 

Hello, I am Jim, a long time coffee drinker but only in the last few years have I begun to take the effusion of the dark bean seriously. Most of my life my coffee drinking has run the gamut from grocery store brands to whatever "rot gut" I can get passed over the counter to me. I must confess to resorting to instant.

I also enjoy cooking and baking. I also smoke pipes (tobacco only) and cigars. Part of all of those things is the paring of all-of-the-above with various beverages including but not limited to coffee. I also make wine and beer.

I am 54 year-old magician and married (32 years this July). I have two sons, the eldest in law school @UGA and the youngest is in the army.

I am looking forward to my time on this forum and things I can pick up from fellow coffee drinkers.
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mrbjvb
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Location: Culpeper Va.
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Posted Mon May 28, 2012, 12:57pm
Subject: Re: Greetings and salutations from South Carolina
 

Hello, Jim - Welcome to Coffeegeek! Lots to learn here, from lots of good people!
                                            Enjoy - John
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IMAWriter
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Location: Brentwood, TN
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Posted Mon May 28, 2012, 11:41pm
Subject: Re: Greetings and salutations from South Carolina
 

Welcome to CG, Jim.
Many here start with the basics.
A good drip/French Press grinder ($70-199), and perhaps a nice manual pour over device such as a Chemex, Hario, a French press or the novel Aerobie Press, and for some a good auto drip brewer, that brews at the proper temperature. (195f-204 f)

All require these things...
Fresh roasted, NOT supermarket coffee beans, or at least Dunkin' Donuts beans, etc, good tasting water, the aforementioned brewing device(s)...many of us have them all, AND a vac pot,. espresso machine, etc...and YOUR expertise.
Truly, making good coffee, I mean REALLY good coffee STARTS with the best beans you can afford.

For those us of who enjoy the "hands on" approach, there are hot water kettles that have long, curved spouts that restrict the pour rate, thus allowing you to control the water flow. A nice slow even water flow gets the best results.

I would suggest you peruse our grinder threads for the best grinder for your purposes, one that falls within your price range. For instance, a refurbed, like new Baratza Maestro can be had for $70. It will do a very nice job with drip and press pot grind. Spend a bit more, and you will get more adjustability, and maybe a more uniform grind. But many of us started with the Maestro, and were delighted with our results.
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You'll notice I started you off with a grinder link, because around here, the mantra is GRINDER 1st!!

Enjoy the journey!

 
Rob J (LMWDP #187)
My Music Production web site:
www.robertjason.com
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profjayrob
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Posted Wed Jun 13, 2012, 8:43pm
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I agree that a good grinder is essential and when fundage allows one will be purchased.
Right now my favorite beans come from a local chain in Athens, Ga called Jittery Joe. they roast their own daily, and if you thought the aroma of coffee brewing or being ground was wonderful, wait til you are around for the roasting. That is a treat.
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