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EDC Coffee - a minor rant and a question.

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Blackheart, Jun 9, 2019.

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  1. Blackheart

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    I guess they're not THAT bad (the Lyons). The first listing I looked at on Amazon made no sense to me. I found another, more reasonable, Amazon listing that has a pack of 18 for 12 USD (around 9.5GBP). That's over twice what the Maxwell House bags went for (when you could get them), buy hey, maybe it's REALLY good coffee.

    <edit> I may just try these Lyons bags. They're expensive, but the packet form factor works well for the vehicle and my grab-and-go bag. Keeping in mind that these would only be used in unusual circumstances. I wouldn't be using them on any regular basis. Next year, when it's time to replace everything, I'll have to re-evaluate my choices.

    In the mean time, I may keep an eye out for an inexpensive, possibly used (man, I'm cheap), AeroPress as a backup* means of coffee brewing for the kitchen.

    * - There was one morning where I broke the carafe for my drip coffee maker BEFORE I got my first cup of coffee out of it. THAT was a BAD day.
     
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  2. Tesla

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    No question that they are not up to good drip or press made coffee, but they're not selling based on that. Their target group is people who need a quick single cup of coffee, so from that standpoint, it's hardly a gimmick...it's just different horses for different courses. People who have them generally prefer the convenience & speed they provide. As you pointed out, they're not for people who are coffee connoisseurs or simply bulk consumers. For my part, I'm not concerned about the cost of coffee--it's more about getting the best tasting brew--most of the time. Sometimes it's about being able to have a cup of tolerable coffee & run--that's why Keurig is so popular. It's actually faster than any other method and better than instant (which is so bad that I only use it if backpacking). Incidentally, some of the "coffee bags" have or used to have instant in them to "supplement" the ground coffee. In the final analysis, it's up to the individual to use what's best for their preference and needs.
     
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    Just wanted to say "Thanks to all!" for your insights and suggestions. :smile_coffee:
     
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    I love my kuerig!

    I have one almost every morning but could go without coffee no problem.

    If I'm camping, or outdoors, i have no problem with the instant packets that have everything in it, plus you can pour the content with a pinch if you dislike cream or sugar.

    If you drink quarts of coffee per day, why not fill those 40+ ounce insulated mugs, they keep liquid hot for 48 hours or more.
     
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    I bring a 36 oz. Yeti to work. My coffee is still warm at 2:00.
     
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    I'll drink almost anything but Starbucks Via is definitely the best I've tried. I don't even like SB that much, but for instant coffee it is pretty good.
     
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    Folgers still makes coffee "tea bags". I have some on my shelf and the local Fry's (Kroger) Supermarket sells them
     
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    I'm a coffee snob. Let's be real.
    Aero press loaded up with Illy espresso is the basis of my morning cortado, and I'll go to great lengths to get it.
    I'll bring it on weekend trips, travels and hiking.
    My fall back is a good quality ground coffee in a french press or cowboy coffee (I think that's what you guys call it).

    All of these are independent of electricity and super easy to clean and maintain. And no plastic waste.

    I'm quality over quantity, and I can usually arrange my day so I get two good fixes of my preferred coffee options. And that's usually enough. If all else fails or I need something fast and easy on the go, we have one (and just one) decent and drinkable type of ice coffee around here.
     
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    I wish I had something new to add, but this seems well covered. I will just echo the other thoughts, like the posts and share a few personal tidbits.

    I'm also another person who grinds my coffee each morning and I have two thermoses sitting on my desk right now (I don't like the mega big ones).

    At work a few years ago they started offering free coffee in the break room. At first it was Kcups and I refused to help kill the planet that way (I'll just keep suffocating her with my car, thank you very much). I got a refillable Kcup. That worked okay. Then they switched to these big machines that dispense liquid coffee. A friend and I called it VBC (very bad coffee).

    That work friend shared a SB Via and I agree it is the best instant, but it still isn't as good as fresh ground and brewed with real cream.

    I have a Boy Scout friend who also carried SB Vias camping. She said she and her husband were thinking of buying a coffee farm when they retire. Now THAT's a coffee snob.
     
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    Kill The K-Cup. I won't drink stale, pre-ground coffee that comes from one of the most environmentally unfriendly consumer products ever produced.

    Daily morning pour-over using a Baratza Vario, Kalita Wave, Fellow Stagg Kettle, Hario pour-over scale. Work/travel coffee ground using OE Lido 3 using either Aeropress or Delter Press which I'm very impressed with. Instant coffee from VoilĂ .

    Favorite local roasters are Barrington, Barismo, George Howell/Terroir.

    Good coffee is only drank black and I won't compromise or settle for mediocre coffee. Call me a snob.

     
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    It's actually not really EDC for me, since I only have one big coffee to start the day (which on work days usually comes with me in a stainless thermos mug), but when I leave home for more than one night and I venture into unknown territory where I suspect the density of capable baristas per square mile is lower than what I'd like it to be, I grow out my beard, put on a lumberjack shirt and go in full hipster mode.
    Well, I don't type my essay on a typewriter while listening to shellac records on my gramophone, but I do carry a Porlex Mini coffe grinder, an Aeropress and, of course some coffee beans (organic fair trade).
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    This will ensure my life giving juice in the morning will not only kickstart my system into a working condition, but also leave an agreeable taste in my mouth, which is the way I prefer it. No coffee is worse than bad coffee, but good coffee is worth packing those items.
    They are lightweight, easily transported and all you need is hot water.
     
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    I would respectfully submit that no coffee is better than bad coffee...although, truthfully, I've had instant coffee on backpacking trips.
     
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    I will have to agree with you on that one. A cup of terrible Nesquick instant paint remover is, albeit being a terrible abomination in itself (according to my tastebuds, YMMV), something you can actually enjoy in a bamboo hut on the beach, surrounded by palm trees.
     
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