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Apr 17, 2022 - 5:56:31 PM
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10148 posts since 3/19/2009

I have two.. First is that when I was studying electronics, I stopped daily at a local coffee shop. The coffee was always 'tepid' and I complained Daily about the coffee not being hot enough.. On the final day of school after which I'd probably never need to go to that coffee shop again, the cook called me into the kitchen to ask my advice about making the coffee hotter.. There, on the grill was a saucer and cup filled with coffee BOILING... She asked me if my coffee was hot enough!! Point taken.. We laughed and I never forgot that HOT cup of coffee...which I never got cool enough to drink before class started..

Second.. At a US Naval station, David always made the coffee too strong.. yikes.. like mud.. He ignored our complaints.. One morning I got to the office early and noticed a styrofoam cup of leftover coffee that has sat out over a four day weekend.. 50 % of the coffee had evaporated and it looked terrible..This was an opportunity to demonstrate to David just how potent his coffee was.. I took a few drops of Carbon TetraChloride ( a strong solvent) and put them into the styrofoam cup, which promptly dissolved which allowed the remaining coffee to spill all over the counter. When David arrived that morning I pointed out to him that his coffee was so strong that the COFFEE had dissolved the cup.... Sadly, he wasn't impressed and kept making strong coffee..

Apr 18, 2022 - 5:15:27 AM
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2636 posts since 10/22/2007

Always enjoyed and made coffee that would float a horseshoe.
All-day coffee like they sell in the local restaurants, seems like a waste of time and money. The drugstore had a soda fountain, and sold coffee for a Nickel. It's only been closed four or five years. The last bastion for the stereotypical mainstreet U.S.A., as in the movie The Music Man. But that Nickel coffee wasn't worth much more.

Apr 18, 2022 - 5:33:56 AM
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10148 posts since 3/19/2009

I wonder if the days of the bottomless cup in restaurants are over!!..Some places charge almost as much for a cup of coffee as gas stations charge for gallon of gas. Having said that, I recall that some of the best coffee I've had over the years was at those interstate rest stop coffee machines.. Fifty cents..!!! I miss that!

Speaking of Interstates.... Often when I take my own cup into a Love's or Flying-J, they just charge me for a refill..!!

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 04/18/2022 05:35:44

Apr 18, 2022 - 5:58:43 AM

2636 posts since 10/22/2007

Indeed, the measure of a good truckstop is if they leave an insulated pot on the table with your first cup.

Apr 18, 2022 - 6:24:55 AM
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504 posts since 7/18/2014

I recently purchased a new mr coffee 14 XL. It’s a brand new one, a 2022 model, just a couple of days old now. It’s a real beauty. It’s tall and black and gray with some nice stainless steel trim around the pot. The handle is easy to grip and feels good in the hand. It has a nice smooth dash with lots of buttons that does stuff, and an easy to see and use display. It’s powered by a 120 volt engine and the transmission seems to be very smooth. The hood opens wide and can easily add fluid with no spillage. Can make 12 cups, from cold water start to hot coffee, in just under seven minutes. Life is good.

The best cup of coffee I have ever had was given to me by Bill Clinton’s mother!

Apr 18, 2022 - 7:55:09 AM
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Swing

USA

2134 posts since 6/26/2007

Many years ago I was eating in a rural diner and I was watching one of the staff making a fresh batch of coffee in the big coffee urn....their coffee was really good, all the time.... so he fills the urn with water, loads the coffee grounds in the paper filter on the top and then he gets down, grabs a salt shaker and proceeds to dust the coffee grounds with salt.... being curious and had never seen that before, I asked him why he did that... he responded by saying 'you like the coffee don't you?' a couple of years ago I was watching a cooking show and they salted the coffee grounds and said that the salt knocks down the bitterness of raw coffee....been doing that for a number of years now... fresh ground and a bit of salt.

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Apr 18, 2022 - 7:57:24 AM

10148 posts since 3/19/2009

Do any of you still use a percolator? and if so do you ever break a egg into the pot to 'settle' the grounds?

Apr 18, 2022 - 3:01:17 PM
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408 posts since 7/30/2021

Sad to say, I only care about caffeine. I just dump some sugar/milk in whatever, and gulp it down.

My daughter, however...When she was stuck at home for Covid, she bought a hand bean grinder. She then went to the local fancy coffee shop and bought some beans with a fancy flavor (mocha with hints of citrus, or something?) Anyway she ground the beans, and brewed, and cleaned our old Mr.Coffee, and did some stuff with the temperature of water, and it was the best coffee I've had! I was sad when she went back to university...who's going to be my barista??

(and wow Astrang, I did not know you hung out with the Clintons)

Apr 18, 2022 - 3:34:07 PM
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A great thing about retiring to Hawaii is the quality of the coffee. Small-scale growers you've never heard of abound, and their stuff is sold in mom-and-pop grocery stores. Many different brands from Kona, of course, but coffee is grown in places like Ka'u, too. Me and the wife's current favorite -- Hala Tree Medium Roast. Ground at #13 in our macho Rancilio Grinder and brewed up drip-style, it's a true taste treat.

Apr 18, 2022 - 3:59:38 PM
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JonD

USA

91 posts since 2/12/2021

I don't have anything very exciting to add about coffee, but here goes. We steep our grounds overnight on the counter -- once a week (or whenever the concentrate runs out) my wife steeps a new batch in the evening using 1 1/2 pounds of regular grind plus a measured amount of water (added gradually in a special container with a fiber filter, stoppered with a cork in the bottom). Next morning my job is to unstopper the cork and drain the concentrate into a flask, without spilling or upsetting the container. Easier some mornings than others, and over the years I can recall a disaster or two. A quart of coffee slurry when unleashed on a kitchen counter/floor can make a grown man cry.....

Edited by - JonD on 04/18/2022 16:00:09

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Apr 18, 2022 - 4:31:47 PM
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2186 posts since 8/27/2008

I have never missed morning coffee except for once for about a week in 1980. I was feeling lethargic and had an ongoing headache during that period, which was not usual for me. One morning I looked more carefully at the label of my fancy ass roast coffee and saw little letters that said "decaf". So, technically I had been drinking coffee but not caffeine. I went to the store for real coffee and fixed my problem right then.

Edited by - Brian Wood on 04/18/2022 16:32:15

Apr 18, 2022 - 6:41:38 PM
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13306 posts since 9/23/2009

Good topic, Lee. I can't think of any coffee stories, but I enjoyed reading these.

I guess one story is when Mike and I both volunteered at the community center, they were having some donors from Washington DC come to visit and I was gonna be the cook. I was supposed to make tacos and coffee. Well, we had coffee grounds donated from someone who worked at JFG in TN and they were in a box out on the porch...they were grounds that had scatter from the machinery and were swept up into the box as donations to us poor slobs...lol. So the rich guys in Washington had to drink our lousy stuff when they came to visit. Anyhow...a possum had gotten into the box of grounds. Then one of our dogs had gotten sprayed by a skunk and I touched him and got skunk on my hands really bad. We had to drive into town with the windows down and it was cold. When we got to the community center I told the director a possum had gotten into the grounds and I would be making tacos with skunky hands...she was like...nothing we can do about either one now...so...we served our rich, Washington DC donors possum coffee and skunky tacos. All tasted pretty good, I was just afraid we might all die later of some dreaded possum thing or skunky taco thing...lol...but fortunately, no complaints and nobody keeled over.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 04/18/2022 18:44:11

Apr 18, 2022 - 7:42:52 PM
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504 posts since 7/18/2014

Yup, as I think back on it, she put me on the road to good coffee. I first got to know her through her work place, where she made the coffee. I was sweet on a little gal that also worked there so I would stop by there often. This would have been about 1974 or 75, I was just a teenager. I would stop by and seamed to always have a cup. I never had a good cup of coffee till then. I had tried to drink some of my dad’s coffee, and grandpas, but their coffee would choke a buzzard. She brought me out of that. I don’t know if she did anything special to it other than add a little care and some love to it. I remember the old metal can of Folgers on the counter; you had to open them up with a twisty kind of can opener.

She was a very special lady with her own presence. I sure did grieve when she passed on and I think of her often.

Apr 18, 2022 - 7:54:13 PM
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wilford

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309 posts since 6/26/2007

I was working daily as an electrician wiring a huge lumber planning mill. It was in the winter on a fairly warm day and the electricians decided to have lunch outside sitting on lumber piles.

Previous to lunch, I had sent one of the spark-chasers for coffee in the morning and while he was gone, I drilled a hole through the belt of his tool pouch and drilled a hole in the concrete floor and inserted a masonry hold-it anchor and then ran a sheetrock screw through the belt and into the anchor. After anchoring the belt and pouch to the floor, I concealed the deal by placing the tool pouch over the belt. Then we all kept on working and when the fella returned and we'd all had our coffee, he grabbed his pouch and discovered the juvenile trick "someone" had played on him in his absence.

His tools went flying all over the area and a great thunder of laughter rang through the mill. lol

When lunch came and thinking that I had not been discovered as the prankster, I enjoyed a good lunch until it was time to put my hardhat back on and get back to work. Unfortunately, the helmet had a blend of M and M's mixed with a considerable amount of yucky coffee and I was the victim of a practical joke as the mess streamed down from all sides of my head!

Edited by - wilford on 04/18/2022 19:56:10

Apr 18, 2022 - 9:12:10 PM
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408 posts since 7/30/2021

LOL poetic justice!

Apr 19, 2022 - 5:03:32 AM
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10148 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by wilford

I was working daily as an electrician wiring a huge lumber planning mill. It was in the winter on a fairly warm day and the electricians decided to have lunch outside sitting on lumber piles.

Previous to lunch, I had sent one of the spark-chasers for coffee in the morning and while he was gone, I drilled a hole through the belt of his tool pouch and drilled a hole in the concrete floor and inserted a masonry hold-it anchor and then ran a sheetrock screw through the belt and into the anchor. After anchoring the belt and pouch to the floor, I concealed the deal by placing the tool pouch over the belt. Then we all kept on working and when the fella returned and we'd all had our coffee, he grabbed his pouch and discovered the juvenile trick "someone" had played on him in his absence.

His tools went flying all over the area and a great thunder of laughter rang through the mill. lol

When lunch came and thinking that I had not been discovered as the prankster, I enjoyed a good lunch until it was time to put my hardhat back on and get back to work. Unfortunately, the helmet had a blend of M and M's mixed with a considerable amount of yucky coffee and I was the victim of a practical joke as the mess streamed down from all sides of my head!


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Apr 19, 2022 - 5:41:06 AM
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Earworm

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334 posts since 1/30/2018

Back when I was in the theater in college, someone thought it would be a good idea to ask me to make the coffee for the intermission crowd. I was a non-coffee drinker at the time - had never even tasted the stuff, and all I had to work with was one of those enormous coffee urns like they have in church basements everywhere. I honestly don't remember what I did, but no doubt took some advice from some well-meaning passer-by. Suffice to say, no one touched the stuff, and even I could tell that if you poured it out it would stand up on its own. I should issue a blanket apology to anyone who may have possibly been there that night, or within a 12 mile radius. I am sorry for any related trauma which may have followed.

Apr 19, 2022 - 9:34:19 AM
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13306 posts since 9/23/2009

Driving through Iowa back then, some very strong smell smacked me in the face and instantly I began to feel that I should take up fiddling and drink less coffee...lol.

Apr 19, 2022 - 9:39:10 AM
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13306 posts since 9/23/2009

I went to a small college in a small mountian town...I do believe it was a very good college, though small and poor. But anyway, they had terrible food in the cafeteria, which we all had to survive on somehow, but one thing they did have was plenty of coffee. Not just during meal times; the dorms all had a big coffee urn at the end of the halls, usually with donuts on the side...the classroom buildings had coffee urns, usually with donuts. So many of my classes, once I got to the junior level and they were often symposia type classes...we'd sit around a big table...maybe only 12 people in a class...listen to the prof, with the sound of coffee perking in the background...smelling up the room really good too...once the coffee was perked, prof would say let's all have some and we'd just drink coffee and discuss all of the big philosophical questions of our times with steaming, aromatic coffee in hand...er...in cup, actually. That might be where my lifelong coffee habit began...because we didn't have much, but we had great friends, great profs, great discussion, great coffee, and plenty of greasy ol' donuts if we wanted them too.

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 04/19/2022 09:39:54

Apr 19, 2022 - 10:33:53 AM
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2636 posts since 10/22/2007

Worked in a plant that made heavy equipment. Lots of welding. Lots of fabrication. I always contended strong black coffee was a very important safety and production factor. It was always "free" and available.

Apr 20, 2022 - 2:59:11 PM

13306 posts since 9/23/2009

We used to feed the goats from coffee cans and I used to make daughter high stepper things with ropes ...where you have the can upsidedown under each foot and have a rope to hold and walk on 'em like stilts. Then the cans went plastic, and I grew stuff in them, and still have a few plastic coffee planter pots...and now we just buy it out of a bag...so...no more creative uses of coffee containers...lol. Just the coffee and the garbage. Anybody ever grown mushroom succesfully in old coffee grounds? I'm gonna try it one of these days...but we get so much mold here I don't expect good results, but gotta try it I guess.  That's my coffee story for today.  Now i gotta make supper.  Yes, we will have a fresh pot of coffee with it...lol...that might be the only easy thing!

Edited by - groundhogpeggy on 04/20/2022 15:00:34

Apr 20, 2022 - 3:18:56 PM
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We used to feed the goats from coffee cans and I used to make daughter high stepper things with ropes ...where you have the can upsidedown under each foot and have a rope to hold and walk on 'em like stilts. Then the cans went plastic, and I grew stuff in them, and still have a few plastic coffee planter pots...and now we just buy it out of a bag...so...no more creative uses of coffee containers...lol. Just the coffee and the garbage. Anybody ever grown mushroom succesfully in old coffee grounds? I'm gonna try it one of these days...but we get so much mold here I don't expect good results, but gotta try it I guess.  That's my coffee story for today.  Now i gotta make supper.  Yes, we will have a fresh pot of coffee with it...lol...that might be the only easy thing!


Back in the day.... late 50s, my mother would always throw the coffee grounds just outside the front door.. That was the BEST place to dig fishing worms...She bought A&P coffee.. but I remember when Folgers promised to bring a MOUNTAIN to Chicago..!! We had no idea what they were talking about until Folgers brought a Mountain of COFFEE to the local stores.  

Apr 20, 2022 - 3:25:20 PM
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10148 posts since 3/19/2009

The word was that Kona coffee was the best and the word was that Blue Mountain coffee was the best.. These days it is hard to find either in its purest form.. most coffees say they are BLENDED with those two types of coffee.. However, One Christmas several years ago I did manage to buy a 1/2 pound of PURE Blue Mountain Coffee for $25.... When it arrived I said to myself, "Self! this had better be good since I just spend $25 on 1/2 pound of the stuff!!"... Well, it WAS worth it.. Best coffee we ever had.. We nursed that 1/2 pound for a long time.
I just looked on Google and YOU can get three, one pound bags of Blue Mountain Beans for ONLY...........wait for it!!......$169....YIKES.. PLUS for $54...you can buy a FULL 1/2 pound bag of Kona coffee beans........It is a good thing that my daughter owns a coffee shop!!!!!!!

Apr 20, 2022 - 4:12:05 PM
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Swing

USA

2134 posts since 6/26/2007

My father told me that in the railroad industry, they used "used coffee grounds" to clean railroad cars that transported vegetables and fruits to clean the smell from what ever fruit had rotted during transportation... .... coffee grounds are good in compost as well as plant bedding... drink more coffee

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Apr 20, 2022 - 4:24:11 PM
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DougD

USA

10589 posts since 12/2/2007

Lee, I recently discovered a nice Pyrex glass percolator in this house and am ready to give it a try - have to decide on the proper coffee first. I'm leaning towards Maxwell House because it was endorsed by Mississippi John Hurt, but I think there's a can of Chock Full O' Nuts around here somewhere that will probably work (I think still sold in metal cans). I think Eight O' Clock was what A&P sold back in the day, and its on sale around here, so I may try that.
For years I used a stainless Cory vacuum contraption that makes great coffee, but it requires some attention.
BTW, lately we've been buying coffee at Aldi. Anybody else do that? Got any favorites?
I'm not really that much of a coffee fan. I really prefer strong black tea, and judging from some of the posts in this thread, that might be a safer choice.

Apr 20, 2022 - 4:28:50 PM

10148 posts since 3/19/2009

Years ago I met a person who saved all of their coffee grounds.. dried them and shipped them to their family in Europe where coffee was difficult to get/pay-for.. I think the idea was that the recipients would regrind the beans and try to get more flavor out of them.. ..as the story goes..

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