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Recommended coffee brands/blends
Tue 5-Nov-13
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Danny
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I'm back on my morning caffeine again, having given it up completely in August.doh 

I use ground coffee and my cafetiere.

My normal standby is Lavazza Rossa, which is stocked in most every supermarket I think. Except the Co-Op in Armley who had run out of it on Sat. So I tried their own brand:

The Co-operative Fairtrade Italian roast & ground coffee
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Flavour strength 4

This is surprisingly good and cheaper too - at least at Co-op prices, which are never cheap at the best of times. I more or less quit experimenting with different offerings because they always disappointed.

Does anybody have recommendations of their own?

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Tue 5-Nov-13
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Na, hardly ever drink coffee.  Gone off tea as well now...

I'll try that again!

Tue 5-Nov-13
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We always use Carte Noire. It is mid range price here but is what we like!

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Tue 5-Nov-13
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I almost exclusively drink filter coffee and these days instant coffee tastes weird. Carte Noir and Kenco Millicano are about the only instant coffees I've liked recently.

I recently had a pack of Asda own brand 'Strength 4' coffee and it was pretty good. Last year I was given a pack of ground coffee which someone brought back from Brazil and it was strong and bitter flavoured so when I had finished it I gave Lidl's Brazil coffee a go and while it wasn't as strongly flavoured it was good.

I'm currently drinking some Starbucks Blend which I got from Costco. I had to decant the bag into a set of smaller killner jars so I don't know which particular style I got. I find I need 2 rounded tablespoons for a decent cup.

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Tue 5-Nov-13
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I don't tend to drink instant coffee, until recently I always had an expresso maker on the stove, however, I've become lazy of late and I use my Tassimo coffee maker, when I'm off work I will brew fresh coffee though.

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Tue 5-Nov-13
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My only experience of coffee machines is the Senseo machine in the kitchen when I worked at the University. The quality was always a bit hit or miss and I found I had to make 1 1/2 cups using the '2 cup' pads to get enough flavour in the coffee.

I ended up buying some imported extra strong Dutch coffee (can't remember the brand) and that was better than the regular Dowe Egberts stuff from the supermarket.

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Tue 5-Nov-13
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I don't drink tea or coffee but OH swears by his tassimo machine

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Tue 5-Nov-13
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I always used to drink cafetiere coffee, preferring strong South American ones, but I was drinking too much of it, several mugfuls a day, and getting a lot of headaches which my GP said were probably caused or at least exacerbated by the caffeine.  So I stopped using the cafetiere (husband doesn't like filter coffee much) and went over to just a couple of mugs a day of instant.  But over the last few months I've completely gone off instant coffee.....we've tried most of the instant ones and I can't say I really like any of them, nor cafetiere/filter coffee either, amazingly. 

But I have discovered I like those instant one-cup readymade cappuccino sachets.....I know, they hardly even deserve the name coffee! whistle  The only trouble is, it is almost impossible to find one (amongst the huge variety available) which is unsweetened - even the ones labelled 'unsweetened TASTE' have glucose syrup as the first-listed ingredient and even contain some sugar as well confusedponder.  The only one I've found which doesn't actually contain sugar (and glucose syrup is not the first ingredient, although it is in there) is Morrisons own cappuccino - I have one cup a day, first thing in the morning. 

I generally have a couple of cups of Lady Grey or Duchess Grey tea with a splash of milk, other than that I drink water most of the time.

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Wed 6-Nov-13
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I have a coffee each morning. I use the Aerobie Aeropress to make it and always grind the beans as they'll be fresher. I have a standing order with Hasbean coffee so for about £6.75 each month on DD I get a 250gm pack of coffee beans, always different.

 

As for ground coffee, Illy is pretty good and last week I tried some from Morrisons which also was good.

 

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Wed 6-Nov-13
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I've heard good things about the aeropress. It's supposed to be just about the best coffee short of buying an expensive machine. Sadly I justify any more kitchen gadgets, even something as small as an aeropress, unless I get rid of some other stuff. I just use the cafetiere I bought several years ago. I used to have one of those cafetiere mugs which worked really well for about 8 years until the rubber seal went and coffee started to squirt everywhere when I pushed the filter down.

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Wed 6-Nov-13
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Gold Blend for the mornings...Turkish brewed for the late afternoon....suits me fine....As for the men...they prefer Brazilia brewed for the mornings and Nescafe 3x1 for the afternoons....eeek

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Wed 6-Nov-13
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wave It is almost two years since I enjoyed cafetiere  coffee.  For some reason every time I had some, it did not sit well in my stomach and felt very uncomfortable.   I drink Nescafe and thoroughly enjoy it.

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Wed 6-Nov-13
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I always have Nescafe for instant too. Only one I like. OH has Carte Noire filter coffee.

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Wed 6-Nov-13
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I'm a great fan of the aeropress and think it makes a great cup of coffee,  as quick and easy as instant but much better taste.  In terms of brand it is usually whatever is strong and on spesh at the time,  but as Danny says the Co-op italian blend seems pretty good and I have an asda own brand java at the moment which is nice.

These "new" instants like Kenco Milicano and Nescafe Azura seem to be little more than  an instant with a few grounds added, but they do seem better than the standard ones even though you can recreate the taste by chucking half a tablespoon of fine ground in to a cup of instant then letting it settle. When we have instant  we try to vary the brand we buy each time so the taste changes a little,  there was a nice instant called Good African around a while ago but I cannot recall seeing it recently.

We have a senseo machine at work but I cannot get on with the thing and the coffee lovers still head over to Costa to get their fix

Thu 7-Nov-13
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Vagabondic said
usually whatever is strong and on spesh at the time,  but as Danny says the Co-op italian blend seems pretty good and I have an asda own brand java at the moment which is nice.

Did my shopping in Asda yesterday and picked up their own brand Italian roast & ground. Not a patch on the Co-Op one. It tastes much "thinner" with far less body. Must try the Asda Java next time.

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I have a coffee each morning. I use the Aerobie Aeropress to make it and always grind the beans as they'll be fresher. 

At age 57, I have never heard of this device of which you speak. Surely we do learn something new every day. Simon, I think you like it only because it bears a resemblance to a piece of military ordnance, like a mortar or summat. big_laugh

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