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  1. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Very Well-Known Member
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    I am something of a coffee hound. As such in my old age and retirement I have been trying different grocery store coffees and reading coffee reviews and reading coffee blogs. This has been going on for several years. Some of these reviewers seem a little more interested in coffee makers or coffee grinders than in the coffee. That's alright as I understand different folk are interested in different aspects of the coffee experience so I take what I want from each review or blog and store those tidbits of information somewhere in the recesses of my mind so that hopefully each is subject to recall when needed.
    I have in the past bought coffee on the Internet to try a coffee bean when only ground coffee is sold in the local stores. Recently I bought some coffee beans from Community Coffee in Louisiana. I suppose I said all the above so that I might asked the question, have any of you tried or drank Community Coffee and if so what did you think of it?
     
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    @Bill Boggs Community Coffee is a popular brand around here. Houston has some really fancy grocery stores like HEB. They sell Community Coffee beans and you can grind your beans to whatever grind size you desire. I like the dark roast. I also find it a bit cheaper than other name brand coffees. I use a Kuerig coffee maker that allows me to use reusable K-cups that I can fill with whatever coffee I like. I do like specialty coffees, but I like my cheaper regular brand on a daily basis.
     
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    I have tried a few of their ground coffees and found them very good.
    I like the company's approach and their Military Match program.
    We really liked Coffee and Chicory.
     
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    My Grandma mixed coffee and chicory together to create her own blend. I remember this from before a started drinking coffee. I wondered as a kid, why she did this, thinking it could not have saved money, as my Mother remarked about how costly the chicory was.

    Well, today expert thinking says coffee is good for us. So, as is usual with "medical proclamations and Me", I continue to drink no more, nor less, than before.......Frank
     
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    I'm by no means rich but I've never been so poor that I had to grind my coffee beans,:rolleyes: I buy my coffee already ground, usually Folgers.
     
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    @Sheldon Scott , didn't you know a sign of affluence is being able to grind your own beans. It's like the blue jeans that everyone pays so much for that have worn holes and are all faded out. I remember throwing those way, now they cost four times what new ones cost. :p
     
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    I like coffee and buy Safeway's $5 Friday's 30 oz. coffee on sale when on sale if on sale. Now days it's $6.99 the cheapest at other supermarkets Folgers 32 oz.t coffee grinds. I like it and Maxwell House too. This year I bought Kona Coffee blends and mix now a tablespoon of it with my Folgers or Maxwell House and it lasts me a day and a half usually. My Mom rarely drinks coffee these days since she got her pace maker she rarely drinks coffee. Today Aug. 25, 2016, Dr. Oz had on his show new information about coffee too.

    http://www.doctoroz.com/
     
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    I do that with nearly every pot. A pinch of chicory smooths out the taste of any kind of coffee. Usually, I find dark roast to be too strong but chicory mellows it. Too much chicory has the opposite effect.
     
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    I have drank Community's chicory coffee. I also bought a bag of chicory to use with other coffees. I tend to like the medium roasts better. I liked some of the community coffees.
     
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    I wonder if chicory can be grown around here. To offset my sadness of leaving all my fruit trees and other plants when I move, I'm trying to think of new plantings for my new place. It looks like a pretty plant, and it would be fun to see if I could produces a drinkable product. Has anyone tried to grow chicory?
     
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    From what I have read, seems you can grow it many places.
    It a cool weather plant, like lettuce.
    I might give it a try when I plant my Hops Rhizomes.
     
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    Blue Chicory
     
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    I started drinking coffee in the Navy (1968). A cup, with cream and sugar helped keep a sailor stay awake during a Mid-Watch (11:45PM to 3:45AM) and the 3:45AM to 7:45AM Watches. At sea, while outside, coffee and a cigarette was the menu to "stay awake" for those same Watch hours. At sea, it could get pretty cool-to-cold during those hours and while in port, San Diego got pretty cool in December during those hours.

    Since those Navy years, I've been a coffee drinker, but not an "all day" type. When I was employed, I would sip at a cup (in a coffee holder) while driving to work and then a cup at work and that was it. Two in the AM for the day. At home, it's one cup in the morning and that's it. We go to a restaurant on the weekends for breakfast, I generally will have two. I love Folger Crystals and Waffle House coffee. But, it has to have flavored cream and nowadays I use a packet of Spenda.........no more sugar for this dude.
     
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    Chicory is very similar to dandelion, and would probably grow just about anywhere that a dandelion will grow. I actually have never seem anyplace where a dandelion doesn't grow; but probably in the dry desert areas , it might not grow.
    In any case, I can tell you this, @Ina I. Wonder , it is not a quick process to make a drink from chicory or dandelions.
    Many years ago, I decided to try making some from dandelion roots, since they are all over. We actually didn't have any dandelions on our property; so the kids and I went down to the local park, and the kids played while I found dandelions and dug them up .
    I did it carefully so I would not leave holes in the ground at the park.
    Then I washed all of the roots off while we were down there since we didn't have running water at home.
    That night, I built a fire and heated up the oven in the wood cook stove on a low heat, and slowly roasted the roots until they were a dark brown and crispy.
    Once they were roasted, I had to grind them, and I used the blender on pulse to do that. My afternoon's work of digging, washing, roasting, and grinding netted me about 1/3 cup of dandelion grounds, and I was not impressed with such little results.
    I soon decided that since it would barely make one pot of coffee, that it was way too much effort to try and use dandelion root as a coffee substitute; but I did mix it in with the coffee that we had, and it was fine that way.
     
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    @Tim Burr

    We grew hops while living in Missouri. Fastened a trellis on the side of a concrete-block storage shed. By the end of the first growing season they were up to the roof line! Next season, little "baby" sprouts came up in the grass surrounding the original planting. Flowers picked and dried, then stored in plastic jars, stank like the dickens when you opened them. Sort of a cross between skunky and old sneakers. But sure made good brew!
    I'll try to find pics. Frank
     
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    I'm not picky with coffee, as long as it's not instant or too weak. If I'm at Costco, I buy their Kirkland Brand which is very good and cheap.

    At the supermarket, I'll buy whatever is the cheapest but dark or bold. If I have no choice it's medium roast.

    If I feel like splurging I'll buy a bag of either Starbucks flavored coffee or a type of Kona Coffee.
     
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    @Frank Sanoica , I should have planted last year to get anything for this year, but didn't get
    the area by the garage cleared in time. Oh well, I got time. Having to wait is something I'm
    use to with Hops.
     
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    Hops are prolific growers, @Tim Burr , so there is a possiblity that you might have hop blossoms this year. When I lived in Idaho, one of the things they grew up there was hops, and I worked in the hop fields for several years.
    First, we dug up the roots in the early spring, cut them into pieces, and then those were planted. I don't remember if they were able to harvest anything from those hops the first year or not.
    Once they were established, the hops seemed to grow almost a foot per day ! It was incredible. It was not that fast of course, but they did grow really, really fast .
    We would start training them up the ropes when they were about a foot tall,in the spring, and then two weeks later, we went back and trained them again, and they were about 3-4 feet tall by then.
    And yes, @Frank Sanoica ,hops DO stink, they smell awful, and so did we after harvesting hops all day long. You could smell the hop plant when you were coming down the highway, it was so strong.
    The first year working there, I drove the 2-ton hop truck through the fields as they cut the ropes and the hops fell onto the truck like enormous 20 foot strands of green, leafy spaghetti. We drove 12 hour shifts around the clock, and I dreamed I was still driving in my sleep at night.
     
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    I like the freshness of fresh-ground coffee so, other than the K-cups which we use for convenience upstairs, I have been buying whole bean coffee for years. I was using an electric grinder most of the time, but we had a manual one that we were using as a decoration. I tried that one day when we'd left our electric one in the car (because we use our own coffee machine and grinder when staying in hotels, sometimes), and found that I preferred the grind. It grinds the coffee to a mixture of course and fine grind which, for some reason, seems to make better coffee.

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    I don't know if it's a knock-off or an old coffee grinder as we bought it at a yard sale. They still make these and it looks too new to have been a vintage grinder, so I'm guessing that it's a knock-off. I have been using this grinder for the past year or so and I like the grind, only I have to keep tightening the screw that holds the crank handle in place, so I thought I'd try another one.

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    This, I know, is not an antique, although it has that look and it's made of heavy cast iron. Unlike the other manual grinder, it has an adjustment for the type of grind that you want. I haven't figured that out yet, as the directions show me where the adjustment is, but not how to adjust it, but I have just used it for the first time, so I haven't had time to play around with it. As it came, all of the screws were loose so I had to tighten them up, but that's not a big deal. It took longer to grind enough beans for a pot of coffee than the other one does, so this might end up being the decorative coffee grinder.
     
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    My sister in NJ has a huge machine that dies everything from grinding the beans, etc....too complicated. Every time I visit it takes my whole trip to learn again how to make a cup of coffee. :)

    Right now I'm drinking Costco Kirkland Brand coffee, it's actually one of my favorites.
     
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    Guess what I found in a grocery store a few days ago- French Market brand coffee & chicory! :) Had to buy one! :)
     
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    One of the first jobs I had was waiting tables at the Cafe' du Monde, the originator of French Market Coffee. At that time, cafe au lait went for $1.50 and a plate of 3 beignets was a buck fifty as well.
    When someone would order from the kitchen, I paid for the coffee and pastries and then collect the cost from the guest plus the tip which was generally .25 per customer.
    Twenty five cents tip per guest doesn't sound like much but I was pretty wealthy by the standards of 1963 because I seldom walked out with less than $75.00 a day in tips.

    Yeah, you could say I absolutely loved French Market Coffee......a lot, and the 8 hour workout I got wasn't bad either.
     
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    Brioche.. I love this stuff, with my coffee- was suppose to stop coffee 30 years ago...yeah, well that did not happen either. But , I do use mainly the 50/50 Folgers. Have tried Community coffee and tea, both were good. I have never ground my own beans though. I use a commercial Bunn coffee maker...coffee in 3 minutes...tasty :p
     
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