Just wondering...coffee drinkers, what machine and coffee do you use?

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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:41:33 AM
With the upcoming Holidays I see the coffee machines and accessories all over the place again.

So I am wondering... Do you make coffee at home and/or buy it. What machine do you use and what coffee?

I have a Senseo 1 cup coffee maker. It's a joint venture between Sarah Lee and Philips and is available in the States and the Netherlands (where I am from). I bought one at E-bay for 15 dollars and for 35 they shipped it to Canada. The machines go for at least 70 euro's in the Netherlands.

In the 5 years I am living here I have hardly been out of coffee. The pods or pads or whatever you call them are not available in a store in my area. I ask people to bring it with them if they come here but most of the time I have wonderful friends and family that keep sending it to me.

I drink about 3 cups a day. I make myself a big double one in the morning and it totally makes my day. The coffee and the dog make things bearable these days!

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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:44:49 AM
Right now we are using a Melitta. I really love the coffee it makes. We have a pretty nice Hamilton Beach coffee maker, plus a second coffee/espresso machine but neither are good for making small pots.

My parents have a Tim Hortons coffee maker that is amazing. It keeps one tank of water hot, and then you pour in a pot of fresh water and it forces the coffee to brew. It takes less than three minutes to brew a full pot of perfect coffee. I think the TH machines are actually made by Bunn.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:49:39 AM
I have a vintage 1940's Pyrex Flameware stove top percolator that makes 9 cups. When I don't need a full pot, I have a mini Keurig.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:59:14 AM
I drink a pot of coffee every day (sometimes two on the weekends). I use an ordinary Mr. Coffee coffee machine. I would love to have a Bunn, but they're a little out of my price range.

I drink a New Orleans blend of coffee and chicory, typically Community brand. I've recently switched to Rouses though because they were out of my brand. It's about 1/2 the price and I use a scoop less of it per pot because it seems to be more darkly roasted, so this may end up being a permanent switch!


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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:09:34 PM
We own a Keurig. DH drinks a couple of cups in the am. He makes his coffee really strong so I come in beind and reuse his K-Cups because I like mine a bit more watery.

We love our Keurig so much we bought a small one for a travel trailer.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:37:46 PM
I wanted this coffee maker for years and finally got one about a year ago. It has practically paid for itself, as I rarely go to Starbucks any more.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:47:57 PM
I use a Cuisinart and buy either Dunkin Donuts or buy coffee from our local shop "Innkeepers"

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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:01:36 PM
I have a Bialetti stove top moka pot which makes a triple shot of espresso. I am the only one who drinks coffee daily so that is the one I use the most. I also have a six shot moka pot for when we have more than one coffee drinker in the house. And a French press but I don't use it often because it requires a coarser grind than I usually have on hand. I brew a single-source Etheopian coffee that I buy as whole beans and then have ground before I take it home.

The idea of a Keurig is ok but they are ginormous compared to my moka pot. The moka pot takes up as much room as a large cup and can be stowed easily in the cupboard with the coffee mugs. A Keurig is a veritable countertop aircraft carrier in comparison. Do not want.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:05:23 PM
I have a Capresso pot that's a thermos and has no burner. Love that thing. I make a pot of starbucks colombian every morning.

I also have a Nespresso for espresso. It's really good -- uses pods, but gets a gorgeous crema on the shots. I make hot and cold lattes out of that in the afternoon.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 2:50:12 PM
I have a Keurig (regular size, not the mini) at home and another one at work. I usually make 1-2 cups/day. My standards are Green Mountain Nantucket Blend and Green Mountain Pumpkin Spice (in cold months) or Island Coconut (in warm months). I LIVE for my coffee!


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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:01:56 PM
We have Keurig Cuisinart and buy our K-cups through Big Cat Coffee because they're as fast as Amazon for shipping and give you free shipping for orders over either $75 or $100--I forget. I drink 1-3 big cups of Green Mountain Hazelnut a day and use 2 K-cups per cup.

I also used to be a daily Starbucks customer but for various reasons I'm probably more like 2x a week these days.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:18:34 PM
I have the Keurig Platinum and use the Green Mountain Coffee Nantucket Blend K-Cups or Seattle's Best Coffee in the My K-Cup thingy.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:32:13 PM
The AeroPress (you can find it on Amazon), makes the best cup of coffee I've ever had, and doesn't break the bank. The water you use in brewing any cup of coffee matters very much. I use distilled so I taste the coffee.

It's important to follow the directions as to water temperature with the AeroPress, but if you do, you'll be very happy.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 3:53:36 PM
My Keurig is great and I love having a fresh cup o' joe everytime I brew.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:01:25 PM
We love our Keurig. DH usually has one cup in the morning and I have two. We love that "our" cup is always fresh.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:14:02 PM
My parents have a Tim Hortons coffee maker that is amazing. It keeps one tank of water hot, and then you pour in a pot of fresh water and it forces the coffee to brew. It takes less than three minutes to brew a full pot of perfect coffee. I think the TH machines are actually made by Bunn.
We have a Bunn and I love it. Coffee in 3 minutes. We pour into a thermal carafe to keep it hot without scorching.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:28:02 PM
I don't typically drink coffee, just lattes. We have a Nespresso with milk and love it! Easiest thing ever.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:31:29 PM
I use a Nespresso. It is a single cup espresso or coffee brewer, depending on the capsule contents. Mine will also heat milk. I make two lattes each morning and put them in thermoses to keep warm for sipping all morning.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:32:51 PM
I've got the bigger Keurig that does the travel mugs. I like that I don't waste and can brew the one cup at a time and there are a million choices for it. Especially loving the Starbucks K-Cups.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 4:43:38 PM
I've never heard of some of the coffee makes described here. DH and I run Nescafe Classico through our microwave. So I guess our coffee maker IS our microwave. DH heats his water for 120 seconds, then adds a full teaspoon of coffee, which then froths a bit. I put a half teaspoon of coffee in my cup of water and heat it for 66 seconds. No froth happens.


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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:02:42 PM
I use a common Mr. Coffee and Community Coffee (a Louisiana product). Good!!
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Posted: 11/14/2012 5:15:13 PM
LOL ... a cheap GE coffee maker, but I do splurge a bit on the beans. I like to get a locally roasted brand as whole beans and grind it in the store.

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Posted: 11/14/2012 6:13:20 PM
When DH's company was bought out by a larger company and their employees moved here from FL, with them they brought a Nespresso machine. DH liked it so much, I managed to get him a corporate model for Christmas for here at home.

I love it. I only have drip brewed coffee when I'm out and about. But at home it's Nessie. Since it's the corporate model, they do not sell the pucks for it locally like the consumer models. We have to order them online and sometimes we cut it close! We bring her camping with us, or when we drive to CA/NV on vacation. LOL

We are considering getting a regular compact consumer model that uses the cups so we can A- get them locally in an "emergency" and B- the model we like comes with a carrying case. Much easier to travel with than hauling around our 2 foot long 15lb model. LOL

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Posted: 11/15/2012 1:51:35 PM
We have a Senseo too! DH is the coffee drinker in our house so having a one cup system really makes the most sense for us. There are several brands of coffee pads available that work with it in the German stores and one or more is usually on sale so he stocks up whenever we can. I don't know what he is going to use when we move back to the States and can't have his Senseo!

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Posted: 11/15/2012 1:57:06 PM
Good old plain old Mr. Coffee coffee maker that I probably got for $20 at Target. I LOVE my coffee, and it makes a perfect pot every morning. I like 8 o'clock coffee the best.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 1:57:46 PM
Cuisinart Keurig.

It is huge but I like it better than the maker I had before (also a Cuisinart). Using the Kcups just tastes fresher to me than brewing a whole pot...even when grinding the beans fresh before you brew the pot.

I use all brands of coffees for mine. I buy based on flavor, not brand.
I do greatly prefer the Green Mountain Coffee brand though. I can really tell a difference in those. I get those from Big Cat Coffee generally but have seen a few at my WalMart! I have also tried Millstone and Folgers Kcups and they are fine, too.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 2:17:05 PM
We had a Keurig, but the coffee was never hot enough, so we're back to our standard pot. I'm looking for a single serve that gets hot and takes my coffee (not pods).


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Posted: 11/15/2012 2:26:18 PM
We have a Capresso grind and brew that we got over the summer. It has the regular pot/heating element but also has a burr grinder. DH wanted it because he can set it at night and in the morning it freshly grinds the beans and brews the coffee. And based on reviews, it's supposed to not be a piece of crap like all the other grind and brews we have owned! Time will tell, I suppose.

We usually use San Francisco Bay Hazelnut Creme beans, which I get at Costco. Whenever we have people over, they go nuts for that coffee! It's my favorite too- sometimes we use Peet's, but always come back to the San Francisco Bay as a go-to.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 4:22:09 PM

I wanted this coffee maker for years and finally got one about a year ago. It has practically paid for itself, as I rarely go to Starbucks any more.

I bought this one and like the poster above, got it for a better price than this, but it was still over 1K. However, it has paid for itself, easily!

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Tassimo and I love their Gevalia coffee Tim Hortons just brought out Tcups for the Tassimo so I am on a constant caffeine highjack!!!

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Posted: 11/15/2012 4:58:42 PM
I use a Starbucks insulated coffee press and coarse grind flavored coffee like this with cream or half-n-half.

I have a Bialetti stove top moka pot which makes a triple shot of espresso.

Virginia, I've been thinking of getting one of these. It's what I see all the Italians on cooking shows using, LOL.

Do you just drink the straight espresso? If you make latte's, what do you use to steam milk?


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Posted: 11/15/2012 9:13:03 PM
I too use a Senseo! That sucker is many moons old but keeps on brewing. I am in the US and we can no longer get the Senseo brand pods in stores anymore. I found that my local Wlmart carries Melita (sp?) brand pods that work just as well. Before I found pods locally I ordered from Amazon.


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Posted: 11/15/2012 10:06:38 PM
I have the small Keurig and I drink Donut Shop Coconut Mocha, Timothy's Kahlua Coffee, and some decaf one that I can't remember.

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Posted: 11/15/2012 11:54:40 PM
I have aZbreville Cafe Roma and use Second Cup's Carmello blend. I only make espresso for lattes.
My husband has a Kuerig and likes Paul Newman's brand or Donut Shop.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 12:29:28 AM

Do you just drink the straight espresso? If you make lattes, what do you use to steam milk?

I have a triple shot latte every morning. And honestly? I just microwave the milk in a pyrex measuring cup and then foam it with my stick blender. There are fancy-schmancy uni-tasking gadgets to foam the milk but it is just as easy to use a measuring cup and the stick blender I already own.

I have not been to Starbucks in about five years (aside from the handful of times we've stopped there while traveling) and since I have a latte every single day, I've saved about $5000 since I gave up my daily stop at Starbucks. I've done the math.


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Posted: 11/16/2012 1:59:37 AM
Keurig, but I never buy K cups. I use the My K cup filter. I am a bit of a coffee-aholic, as is my mother, S/O, HIS parents... Anyhoo, he works in Louisianna and brings me the most delightful Community Coffee. My current faves are Pecan Praline and Chocolate Almondine. I am also loving the Dunkin Doughnuts Gingerbread, Mint Mocha, and Pumpkin Spice. We have family dinners about 3 times a week with all of the parents, and have a ball mixing flavored coffees with complimentary flavored creamers.

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Posted: 11/16/2012 5:52:12 AM

Coffees vary. Donut Shoppe Coconut Mocha is good

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