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Old 03-29-2015, 08:38 PM   #21
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Don't know yet Jim. But there will be a baileys bottle next to the coffee pot on the table. :-)
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Old 03-29-2015, 08:39 PM   #22
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Sounds easy to sleuth out.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:00 PM   #23
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If you are going to add Kahlua to something, let it be Higgins and Burke hot chocolate mix. Comes in individual packets to make 6 oz. drink. Just add boiling water. I prefer "Chocolate Embrace" although they have a mint version, I think.
Never noticed before, but the packet has a logo - "Rainforest Alliance Certified" with a picture of a toad.
Might be hard to find since Kraft now owns all the shelves.
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^^ hard enough to find now. :-(
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:20 PM   #25
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^^ hard enough to find now. :-(
Try London Drugs. Safeway replaced the shelf space with huge tins of Carnation.
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Old 03-29-2015, 09:26 PM   #26
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I agree with those who drink it black. Why would I ruin a good cup of coffee by putting something else in it? My wife however amalgamates hers with that horrid creamer....lol

Speaking of coffee, we wound up putting the AeroPress away and getting a small drip coffee maker. The AeroPress made exceptionally good coffee, but for us it was a real PITA to use. The fact that it only made one cup at a time was also a big issue. We drink far too much coffee to brew it one cup at a time like that. Also, it developed vapor lock when pressing and took too much effort to push the plunger down. Perhaps we grind the coffee too fine. In any case, we found a very good 12 cup dripper and a nice thermal carafe, and so far, its worked out much better for us than the single cup AeroPress.
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Old 03-29-2015, 11:58 PM   #27
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I use the AeroPress at least twice a day, and make two large cups at a time.

I use 3 full scoops of beans, ground to at least the fineness used for drip coffee, about the fineness of table salt. After putting it into the AreoPress base, I then fill the plunger with hot water right after it boils. This cools it a bit, to a usable temp. I then pour about 3/4" off the top, and stir it with the grounds, and let them sit and bloom for about 15 seconds or so. Fresh roasted coffee tends to bloom more. I then stir this, to knock the bloomed grounds down, the add the rest of the water as I stir. I stir for at least 30 seconds, and let it sit up to 30 more, dependent on what origin of beans I use. I then press, and the key thing to remember here, is to press lightly, or the grounds will tend to consolidate on the filter faster. I find it takes about 10-15 seconds to press. I press right into a measuring cup, and split the concentrate into two cups, and top up with hot water to taste ,Americano style.

I admit I am very practiced at this, but the whole process from measuring beans, until I sip that first taste of coffee is about 2 minutes. When groups gather, I have rapidly made up to 6 or 8 batches.

A quick rinse is all it needs before being put away.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:32 AM   #28
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I have a Haro mini hand grinder. I always adjust it about 7 clicks finer when using the Aeropress (instead of my drip set up) as I thought that an espresso grind was necessary for the Aeropress. I do like the results, but have experienced this issue of it needing LOTS of pressure sometimes. Reading your description, Jim, I see that it sounds like your grind is less fine, and you let it brew longer. I will try that next time, see if it works out better.

But I gotta say, a good drip set up is still hard to beat.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:42 AM   #29
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I press right into a measuring cup, and split the concentrate into two cups, and top up with hot water to taste ,Americano style.
I bought an unusual measuring cup with a level top lip so I can do exactly this, without dealing with a tilted or unstable AeroPress due to the top edge typical of current measuring cups. It still has a pouring spout (actually three), unlike most level-top measuring glasses.
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Old 03-30-2015, 12:50 AM   #30
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That measuring cup looks like it would work great. How heavy is it?

I know what you mean with many have a sloped top. We have a one cup small glass one at home that has a flat top, and 3 pour spouts. It is a bit heavy, and we don't take it in our trailer, and instead use a Corel coffee cup that is in there anyway, and have a wee plastic measuring cup that holds exactly half of what I extract. A nice lightweight measuring cup would be nice.
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