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Getting tired of espressos here in Italy (hoping no other italians reading now) and bought a french press and a Chemex recently, which I really like!
 

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Getting tired of espressos here in Italy (hoping no other italians reading now) and bought a french press and a Chemex recently, which I really like!
Variety is important. I do Moka occasionally too. I also got a Nestle Dolce Gusto which should be well supported in the EU generally.

I was turned onto Nespresso single-serves in the Netherlands. Those single serves in the EU can turn out some awesome coffee IMHO. Don't forget that the Bialetti pour-overs are Italian born and bred!
 

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just vary with the beans, a nice blend one day the other day a single origin...or go for a ristretto. Espresso never bored me.
 
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In the morning, v60 with a light roast from Square Mile to start the day, and espressos/capuccinos using my Niche and Bianca for the rest of it. That's true at least when I work from home (3 days a week), at work I'd feel to wierd to make v60, so I suffer through those Nespresso capsules.
 

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In the morning, v60 with a light roast from Square Mile to start the day, and espressos/capuccinos using my Niche and Bianca for the rest of it. That's true at least when I work from home (3 days a week), at work I'd feel to wierd to make v60, so I suffer through those Nespresso capsules.

once I started making coffee at home, I quit drinking the stuff at work.

even when work had decent setups.
 
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once I started making coffee at home, I quit drinking the stuff at work.

even when work had decent setups.
I sometimes buy beans, preferably fit for turkish coffee (Colombia Supremo is a good example). All you need is to grind them very fine, or ask the roaster to do so, unlike espresso, the ground coffee prepared in this method will still taste great for a few weeks. Preparation involves pouring hot water on top of the ground coffee, mixing and waiting until the grounds sink before drinking.

I might get back to it, since now they want us to come to the office twice a week. Before that, from the first outbreak around here, I worked from home 4-5 days a week.
 
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working from home rocks!

well, can only speak for my own industry, but WFH has been a real win for me and my coworkers. and yes, it means I dont have to deal with office coffee. I've seen more deadlines hit in the past 2 years than any time in my career in tech.
 

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Black Rifle Coffee here.

ah ok since youre a fan can you help me understand their popularity?

they charge as much as specialty roasters but as best I can most stuff is some combination of a blend, roasted very dark (the medium I tried from them was definitely dark, not medium), and they often provide minimal details about the coffee itself e.g. specific regions, how theyre making sure theyre ethically souricng, processes, elevation, species, etc. which are standard if you go look at like, a JBC, Dagonfly, etc.

their overt politics is w.ever but they seem ultra popular, theyre probably the only band I can think of that's not a supermarket brand that's as popular as Onyx so I guess Im missing something.
 

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I sometimes buy beans, preferably fit for turkish coffee (Colombia Supremo is a good example). All you need is to grind them very fine, or ask the roaster to do so, unlike espresso, the ground coffee prepared in this method will still taste great for a few weeks. Preparation involves pouring hot water on top of the ground coffee, mixing and waiting until the grounds sink before drinking.

I might get back to it, since now they want us to come to the office twice a week. Before that, from the first outbreak around here, I worked from home 4-5 days a week.
Won't beans just lose their flavor quicker when grinded finer?
 

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ah ok since youre a fan can you help me understand their popularity?

they charge as much as specialty roasters but as best I can most stuff is some combination of a blend, roasted very dark (the medium I tried from them was definitely dark, not medium), and they often provide minimal details about the coffee itself e.g. specific regions, how theyre making sure theyre ethically souricng, processes, elevation, species, etc. which are standard if you go look at like, a JBC, Dagonfly, etc.

their overt politics is w.ever but they seem ultra popular, theyre probably the only band I can think of that's not a supermarket brand that's as popular as Onyx so I guess Im missing something.
They are always more of a life style coffee appeal to certain market segment, kind like celebrity endorsed coffee but more political.
 
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Won't beans just lose their flavor quicker when grinded finer?
It's not a perfect solution, but most home electric grinders aren't fit to grind so fine, though good manual ones can (starting with jx), but then it's a real hassle, physically. So this is a compromise that still allows you to get a good cup, just not a perfect one, and IMO better than those capsules. I'm not an expert, but I think the reason pre-ground can't be used with espresso, unless you use a pressure basket, isn't because the coffee is stale, but because the brew parameters change completely, and you won't get the same pressure during brewing that you're supposed to get for the grind level you've chosen, which gets you a terrible cup.
 
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Flexing a little - my new splurge. Can't ask for much more in the mornings.
A number of grinders can meet your requirements for ultra fine grinds. I am partial to fresh ground coffee, one of the more important aspects imo.
Roaster: Genecafe, Grinder: EG-1, Espresso Machine: Slayer
 

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ah ok since youre a fan can you help me understand their popularity?

they charge as much as specialty roasters but as best I can most stuff is some combination of a blend, roasted very dark (the medium I tried from them was definitely dark, not medium), and they often provide minimal details about the coffee itself e.g. specific regions, how theyre making sure theyre ethically souricng, processes, elevation, species, etc. which are standard if you go look at like, a JBC, Dagonfly, etc.

their overt politics is w.ever but they seem ultra popular, theyre probably the only band I can think of that's not a supermarket brand that's as popular as Onyx so I guess Im missing something.

They are always more of a life style coffee appeal to certain market segment, kind like celebrity endorsed coffee but more political.

It is mostly about a FLAG WAVING lifestyle with a strong branding aimed at veterans for marketing.
They are also a lifestyle brand for the MAGA and firearms/2nd Amendment crowd.

The coffee itself seems rather ordinary.
 

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I went to a wine dinner in Temple Texas with my wife and I could not make it home a while back. When I went to a Starbucks the next morning it turned out to be a Black Rifle coffee shop. I guess they bought out Starbucks. I had an Expresso coffee and it seemed OK, not as good as the Expresso at WholeFoods at the domain in Austin Texas. It seems to be my favorite. I may take a picture of their machine so you guys can identify it for me.
 

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Always good to spot and identify cafe espresso machines.

When travelling or in unfamiliar settings, spotting a high end cafe machine is what I use to decide where to stop and try a coffee.
If a cafe spends a good chunk of change on top end hardware, they are more likely to value and pay for a trained barista.

You could get black gold out of a cheap lump of the counter, but more likely it will taste like dishwater
 

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That may work but does not have to...a shop here in town has a very nice (and very high end) Kees van der Westen 3 group lever....but nobody with any idea how to work the damn thing....my dishwasher spits out a better brew.
Another shop in town also has a KvdW, and serves acidic mouthwash. Whereas some chain called Monkeysomething at the railway station has a horrible bean (those shiny black leftovers from a crematorium) but they somehow produce a decent cup using pretty average hardware.

IME it's tossing the dice....
 

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Sounds like my Starbucks experience with Espresso. It had a very sour and astringent taste. So bad I never went back there for an Espresso. Their Cold Coffees are okay but, a bit overpriced IMHO. The Nitro Brew was at best pretty average.

These days when I am out and about, the canned coffees from mass market brand names provides a better experience. International Delights gets the nod if I want a heavy cream/milk kick. Mean Bean provides a consistent beverage for a hot day with the "300" triple caffein French Vanilla being the drink of choice generally but, a Mean Bean is good if they are out of stock of that one are I don't want something with a ton of sweetness.
 

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For those of you with Dolce Gusto quick serve brewers, what are some of the better pod options for me in the USA? I'm not opposed to buying overseas other than problems and costs with shipping.

Any experience with Community Coffee options out of Louisiana?
 
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