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    Starbucks beans vs 8 o clock beans

    My prepping supplyof Starbucks needed rotated. So i bought some more. But trying to save some dwindling buying power, I also bought some 8-oclock beans. My coffee snob SO said 8 o clock was closest to her favorite Starbucks.

    This morning I ground some 8 o clock the same way I did for Starbucks. I brewed it in my aeropress the same as I did for Starbucks. Hmmmm. It's OK. But I think that to get the deep bodied richness that I'm used to, I'm either going to have to add a little more coffee. I will also try grinding finer or brew longer or with hotter water. But I risk some bitterness/harshness in doing that. Still... maybe this coffee will respond well to one of those adjustments.

    Here's what I've been doing with the Starbucks.... sumatra, pikes place, and expresso with very little adjustments between them.

    Medium/coarse grind. I have burr grinders but I use a blade.

    15 grams per 8-9 oz cup of water

    Water temp 175 F.

    Water quality. I use RO with addition of mineral to get TDS to about 75 ppm.

    Brew time in the upside down aeropress... 4 minutes.

    PS. I don't drink the brew that Starbucks stores sell.
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    Starbucks is charcoal, I tried Tim Hortons (best I know of when going to buy a cup) but couldn't tell a differance at home, I buy Kroger supreme blend, has worked the best over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenvoter View Post
    Starbucks is charcoal, I tried Tim Hortons (best I know of when going to buy a cup) but couldn't tell a differance at home, I buy Kroger supreme blend, has worked the best over the years.
    I have nothing negative to say about Tim Horton's or Kroger Supreme blend.

    I bet they are great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Call_me_Ishmael View Post
    I have nothing negative to say about Tim Horton's or Kroger Supreme blend.

    I bet they are great!
    I just dont like Starbucks, I like black coffee thats good, not with added creams and sugars to make it palatable, it may be what I was looking for in Tim Hortons at home though, I want that good taste out of my coffee make but the way they make it in the store is where the differance is, I might try starbucks though and see if it's worth the hype (and cost).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankenvoter View Post
    I just dont like Starbucks, I like black coffee thats good, not with added creams and sugars to make it palatable, it may be what I was looking for in Tim Hortons at home though, I want that good taste out of my coffee make but the way they make it in the store is where the differance is, I might try starbucks though and see if it's worth the hype (and cost).
    I only drink it black.

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    I tried the coffee thing years ago, and it wasn't for me. I was more into those energy sodas (Sobe, Full Throttle, Rockstar, etc.) But I stopped drinking those years ago because I felt they were giving me heart palpitations. I think too many people rely too heavily on caffeine, and eventually it can make them physically addicted, like their body can't get going without those cups of java in the morning. If people ate healthier, exercised regularly, cut down on TV and social media, and got plenty of sleep, they wouldn't need coffee or caffeine in general.

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    With all the talk about transport strikes, I just replenished my coffee supply.

    SHTF wouldn't be tolerable without coffee.
    As a back-up ( because as a prepper, redundancy and a few plan Bs are essential) I have instant coffee and god knows how much tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLSG View Post
    I tried the coffee thing years ago, and it wasn't for me. I was more into those energy sodas (Sobe, Full Throttle, Rockstar, etc.) But I stopped drinking those years ago because I felt they were giving me heart palpitations. I think too many people rely too heavily on caffeine, and eventually it can make them physically addicted, like their body can't get going without those cups of java in the morning. If people ate healthier, exercised regularly, cut down on TV and social media, and got plenty of sleep, they wouldn't need coffee or caffeine in general.
    Agreed. Guilty.

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    Paper "hot cups" are a source of bitterness in coffee.

    Long story description of experiment

    Nope. Just what I said.
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    WOW! Just WOW! It's just a cup of hot, flavored water with a jolt of caffeine.
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