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Question: How strong do you like your coffee?  (Voting closed: Yesterday at 05:40:34 pm)
1 - weak (as the left picture) - 0 (0%)
2 - on the weak side - 0 (0%)
3 - moderate - 4 (10.8%)
4 - on the strong side - 10 (27%)
5 - strong (as the right picture) - 10 (27%)
6 - Espresso - 3 (8.1%)
I don't mind - anyhow - 1 (2.7%)
I don't drink coffee - 9 (24.3%)
Total Voters: 37

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« on: January 10, 2022, 05:40:34 pm »



I was up well before the crack of dawn this morning and travelling.  A couple of cups of coffee drunk during my journey and it struck me what a contrast there is in what we call "coffee".  Ignoring what you like added in terms of milk, sugar, cream, lemon, ice, sweetener etc, how strong do you like your coffee?
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2022, 06:07:49 pm »

Whenever I am asked 'How do I like my coffee?', I give one simple stock answer [much to the annoyance of my colleagues!] and that is.....

"I do not mind how it comes. The only coffee I do not drink is Tea!"
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2022, 06:10:59 pm »

Espresso and ideally with a glass of lightly sparking water on the side, as I have experienced in Italy.  So that I can can savour the full flavour of the coffee while also getting my hydration.
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2022, 06:35:46 pm »

Too mean to fork out on an espresso machine I buy most of my coffee pre ground and made in a cafetiere or with a manual filter funnel with filter paper cone.
I've got a coffee grinder too for the occasions where I buy whole beans instead.
To me, the best results tend to be from the cone and filter method.
I tend to prefer Italian blends but have just bought some Spanish coffee at nearby shop specialising in groceries from Spain.  The beans are half ordinary roast beans and half "torrefacto" beans (sugar glazed during roasting).  The jury is still out on that.
A friend of mine who likes a good coffee not only has a more than decent espresso machine but likes a particular Milanese blend of Italian coffee, the beans of which he gets imported via a dealer in Germany.
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2022, 06:41:47 pm »

I see just one choice - when the mood takes me a quite like an Expresso, but default to "on the strong side".

What I don't like is the bucket-sized card container of pale grey tasteless lukewarm liquid you sometimes get at certain chains or (all too often?) at those mobile units you get at outside events!
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2022, 06:55:39 pm »

I very seldom drink coffee but make an exception if cream and brandy are added.

Have been known to enjoy drinking chocolate with brandy.
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2022, 07:16:25 pm »

I recall enjoying "Bica Macieira" when in Portugal, a straight espresso served with an accompanying glass of Macieira brandy.
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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2022, 07:32:41 pm »

I have responded that I don't drink coffee.  Not always true. When in Portugal on business I did regularly (2 days a year typically) have an espresso after lunch along with the rest of the party and enjoyed it.  I no longer have business in Portugal so I no longer drink coffee. 
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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2022, 11:35:21 pm »

Had a very tedious time in Seattle a few years ago. I like my coffee strong and black; no ice, no slice and no cocktail umbrella. But they like to offer options, and for me it became a challenge to preempt everything when I ordered to try to cut out all this nonsense. In the end I would order a 10oz black coffee, just coffee, no milk, no sugar, nothing else just coffee.  But they had an answer, even to that: would you like space for milk? But they had every kind of milk imaginable, so why on earth would I want space for milk that I’d presumably brought myself? Argh!
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2022, 12:33:54 am »

I've recently gone back to drinking coffee in earnest, rather than getting a caffeine fix from fizzy pop. I have to avoid too much sugar and I've never really liked the taste of the artificial sweeteners used by the majority of pop manufacturers - acesulfame, sucralose and aspartame.

At home I use a cafetiere and whole beans that I grind with a manual grinder gifted to me at Christmas. I prefer a very strong, rich roast. I'm currently using Cafe Direct Mayan Gold beans.

I sweeten with Erythritol or Stevia. Occasionally I'll drink my coffee black and unsweetened, but I do like to add Coffee Mate whitener. Sacrilege to some no doubt, but it's my drink and I'll do as I please!
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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2022, 04:28:47 am »

Bought a bean to cup machine several years ago, but don't use the milk steamer that came with it (too much hassle cleaning it!).
Prefer a 'light chocolate' flavour; microwave milk before stirring coffee into it.

That said, will take any shop offering when out and about - it's coffee.

Used to drink green tea (grapefruit & apple) from a flask when at work, but not done that so far this winter.  Just (still) water at work.

Used to drink only decaffeinated tea by the bucket but switched to coffee.
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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2022, 06:51:41 am »

I suppose you could say I don't drink "proper" coffee. Your weak, looks strong compared with my half teaspoon of instant. Every now and again my other half persuades me to have a Balkan/Turkish coffee (it's her background), that disturbs my sleep patterns a bit.
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2022, 11:54:53 am »

I rarely drink coffee but in cafes the coffee is sometimes more to my palate than the tea (I drink quite a lot of tea). I like a fairly small coffee with milk but no sugar. Something like an americano or flat white. I'm not sure where that falls in term of the poll. Places like Costa and Nero want to make every drink as BIG as possible, but all this means is more water. You get a more dilute drink, with less flavour, and the same amount of caffeine if you're bothered about that. You then spend the next two hours peeing it out! And their options, with meaningless names attached, are not designed to inform.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2022, 03:35:19 pm »

I will drink pretty much anything, strong, but it has to be arabica. I think that Costa add a proportion of cheap and nasty robusta beans to their blend. Why, I don't know, but it seems to work for them commercially.
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« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2022, 06:00:13 pm »

Had a very tedious time in Seattle a few years ago. I like my coffee strong and black; no ice, no slice and no cocktail umbrella. But they like to offer options, and for me it became a challenge to preempt everything when I ordered to try to cut out all this nonsense. In the end I would order a 10oz black coffee, just coffee, no milk, no sugar, nothing else just coffee.  But they had an answer, even to that: would you like space for milk? But they had every kind of milk imaginable, so why on earth would I want space for milk that I’d presumably brought myself? Argh!

I drink coffee black (and also tea) and at cafes I always specify I want it black with no milk. Nevertheless, if it is a cafe where they bring it to you, I often find they also bring milk as well. This seems to happen especially where I meet up with friends who drink coffee with milk, and often they are brought black coffees without.
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