Coffee

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Registered: 05-25-1999
Coffee
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Sat, 09-08-2012 - 1:18pm

I grew up on perked coffee, untill the Wearever salesman came to the house and sold my mom a set of pans......and instead of "BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE" it was a "bonus" a coffee pot that you unscrewed the cup that you put the coffee in put it back on the bottom of where you poured boiling water then set that on the pot. Then you could heat the coffee if needed.....Well, this made the most awful coffee, and that was made how it was supposed to be made....it was like melted rubber. And if that wasn't bad enough I could taste it for 3 days after I had it. BUT in the afternoon my mom would make iced tea out of it.....like it was an insult to the ice cubes....I couldn't take it.....

So when my dad remarried after mom died and the new wife made coffee you could see through he said he really liked it. I asked him why he never told mom that her coffee was awful and he said , because she made it for me........OK....

But a few years later Mr. Coffee came out and honestly I have not had a really good tasting or smelling coffee since... well for a while you could get Maxwell house rings and they were pretty good but this summer Del said this winter we really would get rid of some stuff in the garage.....so sometime this winter we will come across my Corning perk coffee pot and I am going to make some to see if it is as good as I remember...

My DMIL used to make it in a metal pot on an electric stove...when it went Bloop the first time she shut the stove off and it perked a perfect pot, I always thought she could never do that again but every time.....and if you walked into the house while it was perking on the stove ......you just knew that it and the whole meal was going to be wonderful and it usually would be.

I know our bodies change as we get older because the never used to be anything I liked better than a hotdog with the skin that would snap when you ate it.......now it is so salty and greasy I can't eat them....

I sometimes think about the way we used to eat and how we eat now trying to be more healthy......GEE see how well that has gone ...right?.......lol

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Registered: 06-15-2002
In reply to: emty_nstr
Sat, 09-08-2012 - 2:46pm
I am the only one in my family to drink coffee and I only have one cup in the morning, so I have the Keurig one cup coffee maker. Some of the coffee isn't so bad , but still not as good as a good brewed cup.
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Registered: 02-16-2009
In reply to: emty_nstr
Sun, 09-09-2012 - 4:41pm

Hi, Janet.  I love coffee.  I was told to drink decaf until I had asthma and they said it could help control it.  I was so glad to go beck to the hi test again. 

Coffee doesn't seem to taste like it used to.  For awhile I got the beans and ground them myself.  It helped.  Now I use regular coffee and replace one scoop with one of a flavor coffee.  I love the coconut, Foglifters, Kona, and a few others.  This gives the coffee a better flavor.  It is what got me down to drinking it black.

I remember those stove top percolators.  The aroma was terrific.

K

 

Karen
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Registered: 04-04-2007
In reply to: emty_nstr
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 9:39am

i got a corning perk when i got married many years ago. the handle broke though and dh made me get rid of it.

once in a great while he will make coffee in an enamel perk pot and he puts the grounds right in the water. to me that is an acquired taste, lol.

i had kona coffee in hawaii and really liked it. they also have flavors in the grounds. tried the chocolate macadamia nut blend and it was good but not as a steady diet.

sometimes it seems like people who are eating healthier are the ones that are getting sicker. this said from someone who changed her eating habits, lol. i don't know though i think all the preservatives in the food just can't be good for you.

and that's my two cents.

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Registered: 05-25-1999
In reply to: emty_nstr
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 4:30pm

My DBIL (now gone) used to make coffee in an old metal coffee pot on the campfire, he too would put the grounds in the water...his wife(also gone now) used to have a fit so she would pour hers through a Mr Coffee filter before she would drink it.....and it wasn't bad coffee filtered...lol...otherwise I would choke on it.

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Registered: 04-04-2007
In reply to: grammyellen
Wed, 09-19-2012 - 8:20am

yes, it was good when we went camping. although a couple of years ago dh did make some on the stove, but i didn't drink any. i like my coffee from my coffeemaker, lol.

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Registered: 11-29-2010
Wed, 10-17-2012 - 6:50pm

"Cowboy Coffee," tossing the beans or grounds right into the water is great, if it's done right.  I always have unground beans in the house as most times, I prefer to grind my own beans just prior to brewing, for freshness.  However, if there is a power outage, whole beans will do the trick just as well.  The big secret is add just a pinch of salt to the water to cut the bitterness and if you live in an area with high chlorine or additives or minerals in your water, buy water whose natural taste isn't going to interfer with the coffee.  If you're using beans, allow them to come to a full boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes, grounds take about 5.  The coffee with the grounds can be can be run through a fine sieve, cup by cup, which is much quicker than through a coffee filter and less expensive. 

For one cup around the house, I use an Aeropress and a French Press if I'm entertaining.

Just a side FYI:  Coffee grounds are great to mix with potting soil or composting.  A little leftover coffee once or twice a week will also be appreciated by houseplants.