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Coffee Anyone?

I figure that many here are probably at least in my age range and drinks coffee. I thought I'd start a thread to see what brands or good finds of coffee that others favor, or would like to share or recommend. Over the years I've slowly become a coffeeholic. I don't know if its an age thing or what, but its now gotten to the point that I have to have a minimum of 2 or 3 cups (sometimes more) before I even head out the door. If I have to choose either coffee or breakfast, I have to go without the breakfast. Its the same when I have a ride planned for the day. As much as I really look forward to and enjoy my ride time, I still like to start my early morning out with a little leisure time drinking coffee before I head out, especially on the weekends.

My favorite coffee has become so expensive, that I gave that brand up a year or so ago because of it. Ever since then, I've been trying all the different brands in my quest for a quality type of coffee, that doesn't break the bank. I really like a bold dark roast Columbian bean type of coffee, the stronger, bolder the better. I sometimes also like an Arabica bean coffee, but at times I find it a little mild for my taste. Today while out with my wife at Costco, I finally ran across a really great tasting coffee that meets my bold flavor dark roast criteria, at a great price. Believe it or not, its their store brand name Kirkland, 100% Columbian coffee dark roast fine grind. So, I thought wow, 3 pound can for $9.99, much better price than all the other usual brands. So I put in in the cart, got home, brewed a pot and was very pleasantly surprised as the aroma filled the room. This coffee tasted better than the premium stuff that I was buying a year ago, and its less than half the price. I thought I'd share the find for those of you who might be interested in this type of coffee, and at a really good price. Anyone else have any good coffee recommendations?


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I'm partial to McDonald's coffee. I guess I don't have expensive taste when it comes to coffee.

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My bag says Kirkland, House Blend, Medium Roast, Roasted by Starbucks.
Shirley makes an octane boost the perks it up. Secret recipe. Rye whiskey is the base and then some secret herbs and spices.
Or Tim Horton's and once in a while MacDonalds.
The coffee is crap in NZ, and expensive. Fortunately there are many good beers.

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I'm partial to McDonald's coffee. I guess I don't have expensive taste when it comes to coffee.
I too like McDonalds coffee, it has that rich bold taste that I was trying to describe above. But McDonald's coffee up until a couple of years ago use to be not so good, I was glad to see them make the switch. This Kirklands coffee taste very similar to what McDonalds serves, it actually could be the same stuff, its that close in taste.
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Sonic has great coffee as does a few gas stations in the area. I also like the coffee from the 'Mother Road,' a small coffee and sandwich shop on the Carthage square. I like Columbian and Hazelnut types.

At home we drink Yuban, the richest kind.

I drink almost a whole pot (12 cups) supposedly if you use small cups. I use a huge mug that takes almost half of the pot.

I won't buy coffee at Starbucks because of their political correctness that is far from correct in my very humble opinion.

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I have a coffee problem and the keurig exaggerates it lol.

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In the Navy I used to drink 15 to 20 cups a day. Now I can't touch a cup, it tears my stomach up.


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I'm partial to dark Italian roast coffee and always take it black with no sugar. Starbucks bought out the shop where I use to buy it, so I'm looking for a new source.

I'm a big fan of coffee ice cream. The local market, Harris Teeter, has a flavor called Just Coffee.

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At one of my part time jobs they have one of those Keurig machines. Very handy. I usually just grab the refill based on color, which has an orange label, and is a dark roast breakfast blend of some nature. One day last week I grabbed an orange label one and put it in expecting my normal black coffee, took a nice deep sip, thought I was going to spit it out all over. "Pumpkin Spice!"
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...grabbed an orange label one and put it in expecting my normal black coffee, took a nice deep sip, thought I was going to spit it out all over. "Pumpkin Spice!"
I like pumpkin pie, but not in my coffee.
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I was raised on Folgers, way back when, I drove a truck over the road with my dad we would take a thermos full when we left the house, refill it about 70 miles away (or so) with a side road cafe blend (wasn't that great lol)
I've tried some others at home, but I keep going back to Folgers, it's just what I like....but I don't drink much coffee any more, it makes me sleepy

once in a while I will stop at Quick Trip and get a cup, it's pretty good...McDonald's isn't bad once in a while (my Mom likes it though)

My mom bought my Daughter a K-Cup maker (not a Keurig, but a single cup machine) some time ago, she stopped using it, I got it and bought some Folgers K-Cups for it

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I'm not at all particular because I put sugar in. But there is one brand I can't stand no matter how much sugar and that's Starbucks. Rank crap it is. My wife has two kinds she's decided she likes as a blend. So it's so many of this and so many of that then shake some cinnamon on top. Not bad but I couldn't tell you the brands. Some kind of green packaged stuff and some kind of yellow package. It's coffee which needs help anyway. Now if it were beer......

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I am a proud tea drinker myself, fulfilling the British stereotype one day at a time. Next week, I will cover crumpets, remembering the days of the Empire (even though I wasn't alive then) and being the villain in most films.

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I'm not at all particular because I put sugar in. But there is one brand I can't stand no matter how much sugar and that's Starbucks. Rank crap it is. My wife has two kinds she's decided she likes as a blend. So it's so many of this and so many of that then shake some cinnamon on top. Not bad but I couldn't tell you the brands. Some kind of green packaged stuff and some kind of yellow package. It's coffee which needs help anyway. Now if it were beer......
That sounds pretty standard for Starbucks coffee. I don't know anybody who says anything good about Starbucks coffee...and yet...they're everywhere. The big chain we get people tend to prefer over Starbucks is Costa, but I am not sure if that's something that exists in the US, and I would expect you guys probably get better ones anyway. But I did know a guy called Costa, who always drank coffee from a Starbucks mug.
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On the road it's Dunkin Donuts coffee.

At home we mix about 7 ounces of store coffee, 7 ounces of Dunkin Donuts coffee and 2 ounces of espresso and use that in the coffee maker.
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We have a Keurig also and the many choices we have gives a little variety.

We also drink a LOT of tea. My daughter in law has an online business where she is given maybe 50 full boxes of different kinds of tea every month for free.

I can't drink coffee after about 2 pm or I will be up all night so in the evening I drink herb teas without caffeine and my fav's are Sleeptime and apple spice!

Someday I hope to try a 'crumpet' but I have no idea what it is

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I drank hydraulic fluid and jet fuel tainted Navy coffee for 9 years. No time for crap coffee these days.

If you want the best coffee you'll ever taste, order a bag of New Mexico Pinion Coffee. I have no affiliation with the company, don't even live anywhere close to their location. But I have a friend that does, and he sent us a bag. We're hooked. Just buy the original. Don't bother with the flavored options (if that's your thing) until you've tried the original.
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Another option I have tried and liked is Black Rifle Coffee. This is not a coffee for the left leaning crowd. It is a veteran owned, in your face right side company. While the coffee is good, the names of the blends is perhaps the best part. Silencer Smooth. Snipers Hide. Gunship. I have tried the CAF (Caffinated as F**k) and it was good stuff.
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We have a Keurig also and the many choices we have gives a little variety.

We also drink a LOT of tea. My daughter in law has an online business where she is given maybe 50 full boxes of different kinds of tea every month for free.

I can't drink coffee after about 2 pm or I will be up all night so in the evening I drink herb teas without caffeine and my fav's are Sleeptime and apple spice!

Someday I hope to try a 'crumpet' but I have no idea what it is
I suppose a good thing about tea is there are naturally caffeine free ones out there, if you're having tea before bed, or like me and having had a big caffeine addiction :P (At least it's not heroin). I don't do herbal, but Red Bush/Rooibos is a really good smoky tea that doesn't have any caffeine and I try to have it as dark as possible. I usually get mine from a shop in Nottingham, but they have an online shop, (and they also ship to the states, I ordered some for a friend over there) Rooibos Pure Their black teas are also quite strong too.

As for crumpets. I have found, from having a few friends in the states, a lot of food items seem to get called different things between the UK and US. So we have confused each other before. And it's possible it exists and you guys call it something else.

But these are crumpets:
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The big chain we get people tend to prefer over Starbucks is Costa, but I am not sure if that's something that exists in the US,
Over here Costa is a line of very expensive, over-priced sunglasses supposedly prized by outdoor sportsmen and pilots and so forth. $250 for a pair of shades? Not me.
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I'll second the vote for the Black Rifle Coffee Company.

One of the guys involved is an ex-Ranger who makes some hilarious videos and is also involved in Article 15 Clothing Company and I think, a whiskey blend called Lead Slingers.
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I had no idea I had been eating crumpets for most of my life but we call them "English Muffins!"

I haven't been fed yet, before Church and that picture made me very hungry!

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I suppose a good thing about tea is there are naturally caffeine free ones out there, if you're having tea before bed, or like me and having had a big caffeine addiction :P (At least it's not heroin). I don't do herbal, but Red Bush/Rooibos is a really good smoky tea that doesn't have any caffeine and I try to have it as dark as possible. I usually get mine from a shop in Nottingham, but they have an online shop, (and they also ship to the states, I ordered some for a friend over there) Rooibos Pure Their black teas are also quite strong too.

As for crumpets. I have found, from having a few friends in the states, a lot of food items seem to get called different things between the UK and US. So we have confused each other before. And it's possible it exists and you guys call it something else.

But these are crumpets:
We call those "English Muffins". I enjoy them for breakfast with coffee on occasion.

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Those aren't English muffins. Crumpets are definitely different, although the ones on the picture looks similar when toasted.
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I don't know how wide spread the wholesale chain I get my coffee from is, but BJ's(Berkley and Jensen) has many varieties of roasts from light to dark. My favorite is Guatemalan French roast, a dark roast whole bean. They have a grinder there so I don't have to buy one. I agree with the others about Starbucks, I can't pay that much for crappy coffee, and I don't need the even more expensive "kind of" coffee drinks. 7Eleven used to be pretty good, not anymore, now if I buy a cup on the road I look for a Wawa. Oh, and in my area BJ's has a gas station that the prices can be around ten cents cheaper for regular and up to thirty cents cheaper a gallon for super, and they have good meat at reasonable prices too.
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The crumpets that Saefinn mentioned are available in Canada and NZ.
When ordering a large Tim's coffee in Canada, and you require 2 cream and 2 sugar, which the server installs. You order a double double.
I drink my coffee black, and order a nothing nothing, which I am hoping will become the new lingo for black.
I also ask them to allow no room for nothing, as many will leave darn near an inch of room at the top.
And I carry a small flask of Shirley's octane boost.

Back to tea. It was served on British trains. You held the cup while the service pored it in from a big pot. Often from 12 inches or more above the cup. All while the train is moving and saying a bit.

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Dunkin's original blend is my go to here. Normal amount of cream and sugar. I love coffee and can be somewhat of a snob.

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I too like McDonalds coffee, it has that rich bold taste that I was trying to describe above. But McDonald's coffee up until a couple of years ago use to be not so good, I was glad to see them make the switch. This Kirklands coffee taste very similar to what McDonalds serves, it actually could be the same stuff, its that close in taste.
I'm picky but I like McDonald's bold. Got the k cups for our Keurig 550

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While I think McD's in general sucks, I do find their coffee and hot chocolate is pretty good.
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I just had some super delicious Casey's gas station KONA coffee and two Sausage, egg and cheese buttermilk biscuit sandwiches and I'm so happy I could pass GAS.

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I've used every type of coffee machine known to mankind, but have found my Keurig is consistent and reliable and every cup is fresh and hot. I prefer the French Roast which is one of their stronger brews, but I do add a little Half and Half and some sweetener. If I run out of French Roast I use Dark Italian Roast which is very close in taste. My wife loves her French press coffee maker, and uses 8'O'Clock coffee, but I don't have the patience any longer to boil up water, pour it into the press, push the handle down and wait 3 or 4 minutes for it to brew, then drink it. Plus by the time I get the second cup its starting to get cold. My Keurig goes on my itself at 5 AM, so when I get up, whenever that might be, it takes less than a minute for me to have a fresh cup of coffee. It does get expensive, at about $0.50/cup, so having 3 or 4 cups a day runs me about $50/month just for my morning coffee. But since I've been hit with occasional gout I gave up all alcohol, so the cost of coffee is offset by not buying Jack Daniels.

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I have a French press and LOVE it, but the rural town I live in makes it difficult to find coarse ground beans, or beans at all. I also have a Mr. Coffee, and paid the extra $4 for the alarm clock in it. Call me crazy, but I like to be able to taste my lunch, so I turn it off as soon as it is done brewing, and don't get a cup until I have finished dressing. Only about 5-7 minutes, but long enough that I don't scald my mouth. About two table spoons of sugar for a 40 ounce thermos keeps me going until about lunch, then I have to give it up so I will eventually sleep, but a bottle of water at that point kinda makes more coffee in my stomach and keeps me going. I like the Folgers Gourmet Supreme. Lots of flavor without being bitter. My beer can be bitter, I don't want my coffee that way. Walmart brand dark roast really isn't BAD, but it isn't good either.
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I have found that you can take the cheapest whole bean and grind it yourself and get a great cup of coffee just about every time. You can get a grinder for under $20 everywhere.

We do also like the bagged Mickey D's

Eight O'clock is pretty good either way, whole bean or ground.

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I received a French press coffee maker for Christmas. I have not used it yet but have heard several people say that while it takes a bit to brew it, its the best coffee that they have drank. Are there many people that use a French press or is it kind of a fad thing?
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I received a French press coffee maker for Christmas. I have not used it yet but have heard several people say that while it takes a bit to brew it, its the best coffee that they have drank. Are there many people that use a French press or is it kind of a fad thing?
The french press has been around forever, and people have bragged on them forever.

I think the "magic" of the press is the heat of the water when you do it. Water needs to be right at the boiling point for optimal flavor extraction from the coffee bean. Most of our auto drip makers don't get the water hot enough.

I have a cheap filter cup that we use when the power is out in the winter. Sometimes we just use it anyway, we always have water on the wood stove. It makes a great cup of coffee, you just pour the almost boiling water in the top. Its just more hassle than its worth. That's the only complaint I hear about the French Press.

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For me it's Eight o Clock Columbian Peaks from Wal-Mart. I switch up about once or twice a year, but always go back to Eight O clock whole beans. Years ago I prided myself in giving up the sugar and creamer, but now realize life is to short not to make that cup taste the best it can, so now it's not only sweetened but a dash of full strength wiping cream that can kick the bitter, burnt taste out of ****ty coffee such as starbucks. Hate that crap.
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Tryna give up caffeine i heard it causes you to grow retarded i put instant coffee in my shake in the mornings and it helps burbs have grown fond of the herbal flower laws and mixing the two can cause an individual to lose their licence go off their meds, rocker or chain and end up in jail and that's where they put bad people. If it helps you sleep at night to have caffeine then go for it but for me I rather not sleep so we'll I have had alot of stuff stolen while I was sleeping have been caught sleepwalking and talking and I just today woke up with no feeling in my arms. My state of alertness is at a breaking point.

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Chock Full of Nuts Original Blend is very good.
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