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A pet peeve of mine

April 9, 2010

Instapundit has a post up about coffeemakers which I followed to another post where I found this

The DeLonghi makes excellent coffee, stronger and more full-bodied on the same amount of coffee than the Black & Decker.

Now I realize that personal tastes vary but I hate the stronger is better coffee motif. Usually when people are talking about stronger coffee they are talking about a darker roast. In the days of Starbucks that generally means burnt. I personally have found that a lighter roast coffee gives a much more subtle taste without the ashtray aftertaste of French, Italian or Turkish roast coffees. In addition you get more bang for your buck because the lighter the roast the higher the caffeine content.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. majorscarlet permalink
    April 9, 2010 11:38 am

    i roast my own coffee and order green coffee beans from around the world. it’s cheaper and better than anything you buy in a store. as for the DeLonghi.. it sucks. i had one. in fact, anything you can buy on a shelf doesn’t work properly. i bought this one http://www.technivorm.com/products/kbg741.html on a recommendation from Cooks Illustrated. It’s expensive but you can really taste and see the difference. the coffee taste cleaner and is not cloudy like most store bought machines.

  2. jenn1964 permalink*
    April 9, 2010 12:32 pm

    call me old fashioned but I prefer a percolator to drip.

  3. genes permalink
    April 9, 2010 6:40 pm

    I agree with the percolator, especially the adjustable brew ones. Problem is that they are now running $30.00 and up, when you can find them. My last one came from Goodwill.

  4. majorscarlet permalink
    April 9, 2010 7:27 pm

    ummm.. everyone one is entitled to their opinion.. but peculating is one of the substandard ways of brewing coffee. in fact, it isn’t even recommended as a process.. http://www.ncausa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=71

  5. jenn1964 permalink*
    April 9, 2010 8:01 pm

    That’s because on the old stove top percolaters the water had to boil on an electric percolator it only gets to about 200 degrees and in fact I have seen some that brew at 180. Drip coffee to me is like air popped popcorn kind of tasteless, but like you said everyone has their own opinion.

  6. majorscarlet permalink
    April 9, 2010 9:13 pm

    jenn.. is there a type of perculator that you recommend? i love coffee and i understand taste are different.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      April 9, 2010 10:27 pm

      Well mine is over 10 years old and i got if from Sears but it makes excellent coffee. It looks very similar to the 12 cup cusinart but it was house branded. Two other things that I have learned about percolators though. They have to be washed every day and always use filtered water. Thats one of the places I think a lot of people mess up is they don’t keep the pot clean enough so the coffee starts tasting bad.

  7. John David Galt permalink
    April 10, 2010 9:45 am

    The words “on the same amount of coffee” give the show away: doesn’t this just mean that the Black&Decker coffee pot is bigger (holds more water), so it requires more coffee to reach the same level of dilution?

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      April 10, 2010 11:03 am

      well if the filter is finer (the delonghi is a wire mess filter I believe) the water is in contact with the grounds longer so it is “stronger” but that goes back to my point about darker roasts.

  8. Portlandic permalink
    April 10, 2010 10:21 am

    Got a burr mill grinder (hand-cranked, tho there are electrics) and grind immediately b4 making. Like the taste better, YMMV. The inexpensive electric mills are really choppers, not grinders, and the friction of chopping at high speed precooks the coffee, yielding a taste I don’t like.

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