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shooting-glasses
08-01-2011, 02:24 PM
has anyone tried the cohiba or monticristo coffee
ive seen some at cgars is it just a gimmick playing on the name or is it good stuff?

monkey66
08-01-2011, 02:28 PM
Complete gimmick. No such thing as exported pre-roasted 'good stuff' when it comes to coffee.

Two great suppliers who roast fresh:
www.hasbean.co.uk
http://shop.squaremilecoffee.com/

shooting-glasses
08-01-2011, 02:37 PM
nice one thanks
never really liked coffee (the caffine made me a bit jittery) but i think it goes well with a cigar nice and relaxeing

Big_T_UK
08-01-2011, 10:24 PM
For anything coffee related go to Monkey66, he is very knowledgeable on the topic indeed. While I can bore on the topic I will always defer to him.

giga
08-02-2011, 07:27 PM
Any suggestions for coffee from the two suppliers you mentioned Monkey66?

cohibaIV
08-02-2011, 07:37 PM
Complete gimmick. No such thing as exported pre-roasted 'good stuff' when it comes to coffee.

Two great suppliers who roast fresh:
www.hasbean.co.uk
http://shop.squaremilecoffee.com/

Do they do instant ??:cool:

monkey66
08-02-2011, 08:00 PM
Couple of questions Giga, what is your brew method (filter/stovetop/espresso machine etc?) and what is you preferred type of coffee (black/white/fruity/strong/mellow etc). Let me know and I should be able to come up with a couple of suggestions.

giga
08-02-2011, 08:07 PM
I have a Jura bean to cup and usually make espresso or use this to make cappuccino.
I tend to like anything with a dark roast,strong and I like the acidity you get with Ethiopian and cuban coffee.

giga
08-02-2011, 08:08 PM
Had a look and quite fancy the espresso starter pack so see what the coffee is like.

monkey66
08-02-2011, 08:23 PM
Try a few, I like their JailBreak blend as a goto and the Brazilian Perfeto can be really good. Be aware that they roast to order so you must wait 4-5 days from the roast date (printed on the label) before use or else it really won't be nice.

giga
09-02-2011, 07:25 AM
Cheers for the info will give them a try
I didn't know about the waiting after roasting the beans

CloseEmBoth
09-02-2011, 08:26 AM
I fancy trying a few of these coffee's as well, never really got interested in the past, what would your recommendations be for occasional home use regarding preparation I have a cafetiere that was bought many years ago but never used, or would an alternate method give better results?

Regards

Simon

daverave999
09-02-2011, 09:27 AM
I'm interested in suggestions too! Got myself an Aeropress the other day and it's totally changed my view on coffee. I generally buy Columbian but would certainly like to try good examples of different styles.

mb55317
09-02-2011, 10:10 AM
I didn't know about waiting after roasting either.. Hmm learn something new every day!

monkey66
09-02-2011, 02:20 PM
yup, those 4 days are essential, otherwise it will taste poo! Try a different type each time and you will soon find your preference.

Struth
09-02-2011, 05:10 PM
I'm interested in suggestions too! Got myself an Aeropress the other day and it's totally changed my view on coffee. I generally buy Columbian but would certainly like to try good examples of different styles.

How are you getting on with your Aeropress ? I was following the tips about brewing at 80 degrees but my coffee always seemed cold started brewing with water a couple of minutes of the boil seems to suit my taste better , think everybody has there own system.

monkey66
09-02-2011, 05:22 PM
80 sounds way too low. I think all coffee should be brewed between 92-96 degC regardless of method. You are probably spot on with your brew-the-kettle-and-wait-a-couple-of-mins process.

Not brewing above 96deg is another key to nailing that great cup. This is also the reason why stove-tops (while making strong coffee) can never make a sweet, complex brew due to brewing at 100deg plus. Be aware that once you drop below 90 the coffee will start to taste really sour.

daverave999
09-02-2011, 05:52 PM
How are you getting on with your Aeropress ? I was following the tips about brewing at 80 degrees but my coffee always seemed cold started brewing with water a couple of minutes of the boil seems to suit my taste better , think everybody has there own system.
I love it to be honest. I always found I got heartburn from percolator or cafetiere coffee which put me off drinking it regularly, and everyone in work seems to drink coffee that smells burnt. The Aeropress is so quick and clean to use and it gives a lovely smooth brew. I'm no coffee specialist at all, it just makes nice coffee (IMO) easily.
I just do the "couple of minutes off the boil" method. I was going to get a thermometer but in truth it tastes great to me without overthinking it so I've just carried on that way. I tend to get too involved with every new hobby and I actually don't want to with coffee.

monkey66
09-02-2011, 05:54 PM
I just do the "couple of minutes off the boil" method. I was going to get a thermometer but in truth it tastes great to me without overthinking it

Golden rule, if it tastes good, it is!