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Apr 17, 2022, 12:40 PM
 
Cream and sugar are fine but your coffee has to be smooth/good enough to go solo.
     
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Apr 17, 2022, 05:03 PM
 
I’ve got good coffee and a decent grinder, but I only sorta like coffee in the first place.

I think I mentioned I started drinking it is because it fell to me to make it at work, which obligated me to test it. From there, I found the kick to be too useful. Especially when I had to get up at 3AM.


Edit: it’s also not too shabby as an appetite suppressant.
     
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Apr 27, 2022, 07:50 PM
 
Got my hands on some light cream again. So much better than the heavy.

Next time I’m stuck with it, I’m considering cutting the heavy with half water.
     
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Apr 28, 2022, 11:07 AM
 
Try skim/low fat milk instead of water to cut the heavy cream. Water and cream won’t mix well, but any milk will work ok. I’d go with whatever milk is handy when light cream isn’t available.

We use half-and-half for our coffee. It’s “heavy” enough to give the coffee body, but not so heavy that it floats…. We occasionally have whipped cream (whipped at home, so it’s really cream) left over, and a dollop on a cup of coffee is an interesting change of pace. But it’s definitely “heavy”. Whole milk, on the other hand, while not heavy, is also not enough for flavor.

Please note that while I drank coffee before I lived on the Gulf Coast, once I was introduced to real New Orleans café au lait (chicory coffee with steamed cream), anything other than real cream (or at least half-and-half) just doesn’t do it.

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Apr 28, 2022, 01:48 PM
 
For whatever reason I really dislike milk in coffee. I’m also going low carb (hence the artificial sweetener test)
     
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May 2, 2022, 08:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
For whatever reason I really dislike milk in coffee. I’m also going low carb (hence the artificial sweetener test)
I get that - there's a distinctively different taste of "coffee with milk" compared to "coffee with cream." But by cutting your heavy cream with milk, you're basically making your own half-and-half, so it wouldn't taste like milk.

I've sort of regressed in my coffee making process. The whole electric kettle, single-cup pour over process got really time consuming. I tried a "5 cup" carafe pour over gadget, which was less of a hassle, but... So I bought a 5-cup drip coffee maker.

It makes pretty darn good coffee too. One thing I think was always missing in my prior coffee makers was that they were always 12 cup devices. I'd either make way too much coffee, or the unit wouldn't do a good job with a half pot. This small guy is not like that. Our morning cups hold 12 ounces, so I put in just enough water and ground coffee to make 24oz, and a few minutes later, voila!

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May 2, 2022, 08:40 PM
 
10 “cups” is my sweet spot, and also happens to be exactly three pint bottles of water.

WRT milk, even the milk in half and half is a turnoff.
     
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May 3, 2022, 09:55 AM
 
Wife has started buying from BLK & Bold, a local coffee roaster. She got a grinder for Christmas which goes with the pour-over I got her a while back. The hot tap makes it easy to put together a cup.

Also she broke her French press this week so I need to find a new one so she can get back to bedtime tea.
     
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May 3, 2022, 12:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Wife has started buying from BLK & Bold, a local coffee roaster. She got a grinder for Christmas which goes with the pour-over I got her a while back. The hot tap makes it easy to put together a cup.

Also she broke her French press this week so I need to find a new one so she can get back to bedtime tea.
This is an African-American owned company that I purchase from as well. I like the signature dark roast and I recently tried the Ethiopian light roast. Both are very good. I also like how they donate 5% of their proceeds to youth charities.

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May 3, 2022, 12:29 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
10 “cups” is my sweet spot, and also happens to be exactly three pint bottles of water.

WRT milk, even the milk in half and half is a turnoff.
Agreed. I really don't like milk in my coffee. Even in half and half.

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May 3, 2022, 02:33 PM
 
I guess it’s a (no pun intended) taste thing. Of course when I first drank coffee, my grandparents used condensed milk (and sugar) in their coffee. So whole milk was a lot lighter, and not super sweet, either.

Later, I got spoiled by New Orleans café au lait, specifically from Cafe Du Monde, so the milk thing is a part of the experience for me.

On the other hand, at work I’d drink it black. Overly strong Folgers from a 12 cup Mr. Coffee clone that has been “warming” the last two cups for several hours…. I tried bringing in milk or half-and-half, but it’s kinda hard to make that coffee “better.”

What’s that? “Powdered creamers?” Not a chance. The most honest ones call themselves “coffee whiteners”, but yuck.

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May 3, 2022, 02:39 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
I guess it’s a (no pun intended) taste thing. Of course when I first drank coffee, my grandparents used condensed milk (and sugar) in their coffee. So whole milk was a lot lighter, and not super sweet, either.

Later, I got spoiled by New Orleans café au lait, specifically from Cafe Du Monde, so the milk thing is a part of the experience for me.

On the other hand, at work I’d drink it black. Overly strong Folgers from a 12 cup Mr. Coffee clone that has been “warming” the last two cups for several hours…. I tried bringing in milk or half-and-half, but it’s kinda hard to make that coffee “better.”

What’s that? “Powdered creamers?” Not a chance. The most honest ones call themselves “coffee whiteners”, but yuck.
I actually like condensed milk in my coffee. With that I don't even need to bother with sugar. But whole milk or half and half?

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May 3, 2022, 02:39 PM
 
I strangely am fine with milk in espresso. I mean, I know au lait is regular coffee, but at coffee places I get a latte or a cappuccino.

In regular coffee I’ll take (liquid) Coffee Mate over milk.
     
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May 5, 2022, 10:39 PM
 
[joke]
Were you frightened by a cow as a child?
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Coffee Mate, dry or liquid, has a distinctive flavor (even the non-flavored versions) that is pretty yucky to me.

At one time I even tried powdered milk in my coffee (at work). No go. However, as a child I DID have to put up with mainly powdered milk for an extended period of time. So that, “skim milk” (whitened water) and even low fat milk are kinda repulsive…

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May 5, 2022, 11:26 PM
 
Originally Posted by ghporter View Post
[joke]
Were you frightened by a cow as a child?
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The opposite! I love milk. Especially in cereal. I haven’t the faintest idea why it turns me off in regular coffee. It was pure luck I grabbed some straight cream and tried it. I had normally gotten half and half made by a local(ish) dairy. That was out one time, but the cream was in stock and I gave it a shot.
     
 
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