# I was just making coffee for myself

1. Feb 5, 2006

### rachmaninoff

...for tomorrow. The fumes were awful, I never realized how terrible coffee smells (I had noticed the taste). Fortunately I don't intend to drink any more today.

It's very useful to make coffee for your self in the future, that way you don't have to bother with it first thing in the morning. Sort of like an investment.

Oh yeah, I observe there was no "where's rachmaninoff?" thread in GD? No one noticed that I went missing for a full seven days? Hmm.

(In fact I was at a very successful physics conference. We met on a tropical island; it was sunny and ~25C for the whole time [except for one unexpected and brilliant thunderstorm]. The hotel did in fact have high-speed internet access; unfortunately it was more expensive than a flock of flying ferraris. Hence my inexplicable absence. I can't tell you much about the conference itself, as it is so extremely specific that I'd likely lose my anonymity. I will however mention, the Atlantic pond makes for a very good swim this time of year - if you're far enough south.)

2. Feb 5, 2006

### moose

Ewww, old coffee is horrible!

Are you kidding me? Coffee smells GREAT... How can you even think of drinking old coffee like that????? You should get one of those coffee makers which you can program to make you coffee at a certain time. Or, better yet, program your own microcontroller and have it do it for you!

3. Feb 6, 2006

### zoobyshoe

So, what you're saying is that you were swallowed up by the Bermuda Triangle for a week.

4. Feb 6, 2006

### Mk

Have Integral brew you up another cup. Or Ivan. Or whoever.

5. Feb 6, 2006

### rachmaninoff

Cold coffee is the best!

It's 6:58 AM and I could care less.

6. Feb 6, 2006

### Astronuc

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I love the smell of coffee in the morning! It's smells like . . . well not quite victory. But it helps to get me going. :rofl: (adaptation from Apocalypse now).

Sorry, I didn't notice you were absent for 7 days. I was kind of preoccupied myself.

So, how was the conference, and if you don't mind, what was the subject matter?

7. Feb 6, 2006

### scorpa

I love the smell of coffee......tastes good to.

8. Feb 6, 2006

### Moonbear

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The yummy aroma of coffee brewing is the best thing first thing in the morning. It starts waking me up before the first sip even gets into me. I can't imagine choosing purposely to drink it old and cold. :yuck: All those reports that tell you there are some good things in coffee say it's only in freshly brewed coffee; if it sits around longer than 15-30 min, they break down or evaporate or something (trying to remember which...I think they were volatile, but I could be remembering wrong) and you're only left with the stuff that's bad for you. So, for your health, drink fresh coffee.

9. Feb 6, 2006

### fasterthanjoao

Does that include fresh instant or are we talking real fresh?

/is lazy.

10. Feb 6, 2006

### franznietzsche

I seriously need a good espresso machine. Then I could wake up to a nice triple shot every morning. Mmmmmm.

11. Feb 6, 2006

### fasterthanjoao

damn, ..i like coffee? almost bought a machine, but its expensive and probably a novelty buy. sounds like you met the Lost island.

12. Feb 6, 2006

### Moonbear

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Real, brewed from ground beans stuff. Instant is already over-processed. :yuck:

13. Feb 6, 2006

### Moonbear

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You can get a fairly inexpensive one if you don't need the fancy attachments for capuccino. I had one, but broke the pot that went with it when I moved (it didn't even start the move, I dropped it on a concrete floor in my basement while organizing things for the move). I should dig it up though, because I can brew the espresso right into a cup, so don't really need the pot (other than it had the markings on it for how much water to add).

14. Feb 6, 2006

### Cosmo16

how much is a one?

I would love a espresso in the morning. Straight esspresso is amazing. (Yet ironicly, I still add some sugar to my coffee. Fiqure that one out)

15. Feb 6, 2006

### franznietzsche

I LOVE straight espresso. Absolutely love it. I don't care for "american coffee" (regular coffee to most of you), but espresso is great.

Well, I would prefer the attachments(I do like a good cappuccino for more of a relaxed drink than straight espresso), but I could live without them, since having the ability to brew my own espresso is better than nothing. That said, the cheapest I ever saw was still $400. 16. Feb 6, 2006 ### franznietzsche I like http://www.1-800-espresso.com/saeco-espresso-classico-30054-61.html" [Broken] for$250 (reg price $290). That's about the upper end of what I can afford. If I could find something good for$200, I'd go for it. Saeco is supposedly one of the best (I've been told). Caveat: I need a good grinder too. Crap, forgot about that.

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17. Feb 6, 2006

### Moonbear

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This is the one I had (though without all the extra accessories). http://www.everythingkitchens.com/melitta_MEXKITB.html [Broken]

The biggest problem is the nozzle for steaming/frothing the milk is too low/close to the counter top, and too short, so it's hard to get a decent-sized container under it to hold the milk without it splashing everywhere when you start to froth it.

I don't order cappucino's from most coffee shops, only if I'm at a nice restaurant...I think the coffee shops have to cave in to the mentality that the cup should be full to the brim rather than make a proper cappucino, so top it up with too much milk (people complain if they get a cup filled with foam ). So, I just order latte's and hope for the best. I don't find too many shops that have a really nice espresso roast, so don't often order straight espresso either. I like a really good espresso, but it's just too hard to find a place that makes a good one.

Or if you are willing to pay a bit more, they have a slightly better model that is supposed to leave the espresso a bit creamier. http://www.everythingkitchens.com/melitta_MEPE15B.html [Broken] No, it's not going to be the same quality as from a really high end machine, but if you're just looking to make a cup every once in a while for yourself without breaking the bank, it's pretty decent.

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18. Feb 6, 2006

### franznietzsche

Wow, that's really inexpensive.

As for price, I'm definitely willing to pay more (since the way I drink coffee currently, anything will be cheaper than my current method, its costing me almost $20 a week right now, which is not something I can continue to maintain, and I dread what will happen when I'm no longer getting at least my daily triple espresso.) for quality, but there's still a limit to what I can spend, obviously. The only thing is I need one that can handle 4-5 cups a day 4-5 days a week, and will last a long time under that usage. The coffee itself is relatively cheap, pods are only about$0.40 each(I know, I'd rather do my own grinding, but I needed a per serving example for price, and besides they would save money on a grinder), so aside from the initial invesment, it will save me a lot of money in the long run.

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19. Feb 7, 2006

### enigma

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I found this one on amazon for $200. Looks like it's normally$350, but is on sale.

The customer reviews are mostly positive as well.