What Is Your Favorite Brand/Type Of Coffee?

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  1. Susan Long

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    We've discussed the best coffee makers. Please tell me about a coffee brand you consider to be the best.
     
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    I enjoy starbucks coffee and the mcCafes a lot. However a specific brand or type of coffee I would prefer would be the ones used and sold in starbucks, also their tea brand are great as well. My favorite type of coffee is the frape.
     
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    Starbucks and McCafes are too strong for my taste, I do like Dunkin Donuts coffee but their cream upsets my stomach so I don't get their coffee often, I can't drink black coffee. I do like instant coffee made by Tasters Choice, I know that is no longer their name but they will always be Tasters Choice to me.
     
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    Having once owned an Internet cafe, I seldom buy coffee at the store, but from the same suppliers that I used when we had the cafe, only in (slightly) smaller amounts. I buy from Coffee Fool, Jeremiah's, and Coffee Bean Direct. I much prefer whole bean coffee, so that I can have it freshly ground, and don't care for overly strong coffee, so I opt for the medium or light roasts. As for buying coffee while traveling, I am not crazy about Starbucks or Tim Hortons, usually opting for Dunkin Donuts, although I don't much like their coffee either.
     
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    Unless I go to an expensive "Foreigner Store" I will buy just about any brand I can afford. My preference here is Moccona because it is strong but it really does not matter to me. Often, when I am lazy, I will just buy a 3 in 1 packet (coffee, sugar, cream) and drink that.
     
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    I don't care for the usual Starbucks fare they serve to their customers. But you can buy the roasted beans for some of their special coffees and grind them yourself. Two that are really good are the Sumatran and the Ethiopian beans. Unlike their normal coffees, you can actually taste different flavors like blueberry or lemon in the coffee. It's sort of like good wine. It's a little more expensive, but worth it.
     
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    I have a subscription through Amazon.com for Coffee Fool's "Foolash Goulash," which is a mix of whatever non-flavored coffees Coffee Fool has left from the previous day's roasting. It's only a few dollars for an 11-ounce bag of whole bean coffee that tastes different every time but, so far, always good. Through Amazon.com's subscription program, I get two of these a month and am thinking of stepping it up because it's good coffee, and cheap.
     
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    Pat, I am a BIG fan of Dunkin Donuts coffee. I consider it to be really smooth cup of coffee. Eight O'Clock Coffee comes in as a close second, in my taste category.
     
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    Ken, thanks for the Amazon.com idea. I will definitely consider this option to 'mix-it-up' a little with coffee options.
     
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    I looked on Amazon, too, and was amazed at all of the different flavored coffees that Coffee Fool also carries. I love flavored coffees ! !
    Bobby hates those; so when I have flavored coffee, I only make a small pot for myself.
    I noticed that some of the Coffee Fool coffee is expensive, but some is pretty cheap; but the ones that are cheap are add-on items, and need to be on a $25 order.
    I usually get the Prime, which is always direct shipped, so I don't know if I have to order the $25 plus then the add-ons, or if the add-ons can be part of the $25 order. Anyone else know more about this, and how does it work when you have it on the monthly subscription if it goes off of the sale price ?
     
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    I never really considered this until I got my Keurig. I just bought whatever they had at the grocery store, like Folgers or Maxwell House, and was always disappointed that it didn't taste like the coffee you got at restaurants. Since I've gotten my Keurig, however, I've been "experimenting" with different brands and styles. I love a really strong, bold coffee, because I add cream and sweetener and I still want to be able to taste the coffee. I've found quite a few that I really like.

    My current favorite is Black Silk by Folgers. I also really like Black Tiger by Coffee People, Dark Magic and Donut Shop by Green Mountain Coffee, and Jamaica Me Crazy by Wolfgang Puck. These are subject to change at anytime! ;)
     
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    Like many others, I grew up thinking of coffee as the stuff that I bought in cans from the grocery store, and my choices being between Maxwell House or Folgers, but since I've begun drinking different types of blends and roasts, I have become somewhat of a coffee snob. As for your question about add-ons, @Yvonne Smith , I am not certain; I've never paid that much attention to it. Usually, when I make an order, it's well over $25 so I haven't had to worry about it. Coffee Fool has some very good coffees, as does Jeremiah's and, as much as I like the Keurig, I prefer good coffee fresh ground.
     
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    Good to know, Ken. I have become somewhat spoiled by living in a town with lots of organic, fair trade, coffee to chose from, in the supermarkets as well as coffee shops, to the point where ordinary commercial coffee isn't palatable any more. It's so expensive! I have gotten to the point where I get plenty of caffeine from a good quality strong cup of decaf (yes it has a little), but at the Starbucks that has a drive through in my town they act like they have to re-invent the wheel to make decaf, so I usually make it at home, with a generous splash of unsweetened almond milk in it. . I will make a note to try that Foolash Goulash subscription and see what it's like. Sounds like a good cup for a great price.
     
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    You ask an excellent question Susan. As for brands that one can get in a lot of locations around the country, I have found an Italian dark roast at Whole Foods that is absolutely exquisite, but very costly. Trader Joe's has an organic French roast decaf that I like a lot, which is much more affordable. There, I have to grind it between the sample counter and the restrooms, which I don't like because the likelihood of someone going past coughing or sneezing is pretty high. However, i've been shopping there for over five years and the grind remains clean each time, so far as I know. No telling what happened in the top of the grinder before I got there. I got out of the habit of grinding coffee at home when I had pets, because one of my cats didn't like the sound of that kind of motor, and now I don't have animals, but I just buy coffee already-ground, or grind it at the store.
     
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    Betty, I do wish I had a Whole Foods near me. When I have visited Whole Foods, their products are so wonderful! Italian Dark Roast does sound very, very nice. I just had my afternoon 1/2 cup of coffee a little while ago, so I am quite satisfied now.
     
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    I wish I could drink coffee in the afternoons. Especially on a day like today where it's so cold and miserable. But, for some reason, it upsets my stomach, especially on an empty stomach. I can drink it in the morning with breakfast and it doesn't bother me, but other times of day I have problems - boo! I used to really enjoy "Irish" coffee in the evenings, with a little Kahlua and Amaretto and lots of cream.
     
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    I am sorry Mal you can't enjoy a cup with me in the afternoons. I understand what you are saying. My eating & drinking patterns have changed dramatically over the years based on my health. I think the key is to enjoy those things we know are good for us, and celebrate those things!
     
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    Sometimes I feel like a stranger in my own skin. I went through menopause about a year ago, and now my whole body is changing. My husband laughs that my thermostat is broken - of course, he's the one that has to wear a jacket inside when I turn the temp down to 64!

    Just when I was getting used to how my body worked, it changed. I also say that God has an ironic sense of humor - he makes mothers go through hormonal changes at the same time their teenage children do!!
     
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    Mal, I honestly have never thought about how that works with the teenage/menopause hormonal overlap! What I do know is that we as ladies experience so many hormonal changes, we definitely cannot trust our feelings. It's been quite a roller coaster ride at times!
     
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    I needed to order some dog food for Chipper, so that semed like a good time to try some of the flavored coffee from Amazon. I looked through the Coffee Fool offerings, and found the ones that were on the clearance prices, and then narrowed that down to about 4 bags, which put my order (along with the dog food) over the required $25 for prime free shipping.
    So, now I am happily drinking my first bag, which is called "chocolate peanut-butter pie" coffee. It tastes like the chocolate, buut you can smell just a hint of the peanut butter in there, as well. When that is gone, I will be next experimenting with the "creme brulee", or whichever one catches my fancy next.
    I can see a happy coffee future ahead of me......
     
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    I really enjoy Cappucino and Latte those are my favourite types of coffees. They are really great ones! :D
     
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    Another brand of coffee that I like a lot and get on subscription from Amazon.com is Honduran Marcala, which is a Granny's Gourmet Coffee product. I get two of them a month, two of the Coffee Fool Foolash Goolash coffees, and another that I'll be trying out for the first time next month.
     
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    Because high blood pressure runs in the family, i make my own coffee out of corn grits. I roast the ground corn grains until it become dark brown. The taste is as satisfying to me as any commercial coffee.
     
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    We are not into gourmet coffees. I drink my morning coffee black while my wife adds stevia and irish cream to hers.
    I've spent most of my life in the lower side of middle class, but I've never been so poor I had to grind my own coffee.:p I make Folgers grind it for me.
     
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    I once read about making "coffee" from dandelion roots, kind of like chickory coffee. Since chickory and dandelions are pretty closely related; it sounded like an interesting thing to try.
    We did not have many dandelions in the yard, so I took the kids down to play at the park, and while they were having fun on the swings; I was going around and digging up the dandelions and putting them in my bucket.
    I took them home, separated the roots from any leafy parts that were left, and then washed the roots really well, put them in the oven on a very low temperature, and let them roast until they were a dark brown.
    At that point, the roots had dried and shriveled up so much, there was very little left to grind; but i put it in the blender and crunched the roots into about the same size as coffee grounds are.
    Since my day's efforts had given me less than a cup of coffee grounds, and the one piece that i tasted was pretty bitter; I mixed the dandelion roots coffee in with some of the regular coffee that we had and used it that way.
    It made a stronger, and bitter flavor, which was interesting, but not one that I thought was worth all of the effort that it took to make it.
     
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