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What kind of coffee are you drinking (and how do you brew it)?


On a recent trip to Portland, in need of a late-afternoon caffeine fix, I stopped by Coava Coffee Roasters for a cup of coffee.  

It wasn't all the talk of the Kone that lured me to Coava. (At this point, I'm not spending $50 on a filter for the Chemex coffee maker, because I don't have a Chemex.) It was the recommendation of a taxi driver. Who better to trust in matters of coffee than a guy who rails against Wal-Mart and the Pearl District and works 12-hour night shifts? Besides, I was already up to my eyeballs in Stumptown

One thing led to another and I ended up buying a couple of bags of beans to wedge into my carry-on: 500 grams of Kieni Kenya roasted on Jan. 14, according to the packaging. (And yeah, by the time I got back to L.A. my sweaters smelled like coffee.)   

So that's what I've been drinking lately, though I get a lot more acidity in my cup than the one I had at Coava (with the same beans). I admit that most of the time I still brew with a French press; I'm just too harried to do my own pour-overs (see below) first thing in the morning when I'm getting ready to go to work. I do occasionally use my Aeropress. But the guys behind Coava -- Matt Higgins and Keith Gehrke -- are now developing the Kone funnel, a sleek full-immersion glass brewer with a steel base that looks as if it might belong in a 19th century lab. And I want one.   


-- Betty Hallock 

Photos, from top: Kieni Kenya coffee beans; a pour-over at Coava; a macchiato. Credit: Betty Hallock

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I've been making bagged ground supermarket coffee in a Toddy Cafe maker and it has been very satisfying. It is the cold brewed method. Most of the time better than from Starbucks and/or CoffeeBean & Tealeaf. www.toddycafe.com
Any recommendations for really good coffee in Huntington Beach? I know that Kean Coffee in Costa Mesa is a good store.

Want to double the greatness of whatever home-brewing method you use? Roast your own beans. www.sweetmarias.com. I kid you not. All those "notes" everyone talks about in different coffees? Now they're there. Oh, and green beans are about 1/2 the price of buying roasted beans at Peet's or Intelligentsia. How do you roast at home? Go to the site. You won't believe me if I tell you.

I have a stove top espresso maker - and was hoping I could make great lattes from the coffee. Wrong. My drip coffee maker does just as well. So aficionados, do tell ... HOW can I make a latte that tastes like a latte - without having to purchase an expensive machine that consumes precious counter space??? (I presume they were doing this a few hundred years ago w/o electricity, right?) Eagerly awaiting your replies!

Is this any better than using a syphon (aka vacuum) coffee maker? I have been using a syphon for years. Very happy with it I might add. But I'm certainly open to something that's better! Has anyone tried both and can comment?


I use a Jura ena 4 machine and DallMayr Crema D'Oro Intensa that I buy in Munich and pack in my suitcase (I'm there 4x/year). A great espresso starts my day and a cappuccino hits the spot in the late afternoon.

I have been using Chemex coffee maker for 30 years. So far I haven't discovered anything I like better....until then, I'll continue with Chemex.

Trader Joes Dark, brewed in my own French filter manner (if it's a real method, do tell): put grounds in carafe, add properly temped water, let sit (covered with an insulating towel) for four minutes, filter through a gold filter, add organic heavy cream, and enjoy. Sheer morning bliss.

Thanks! What's the name of the North Carolina roaster?

Double espresso, three times a day. The beans are a blend of French and Italian roast espresso from a roaster in North Carolina. Deelish!

can i play? i have a rancilio silvia espresso maker and i buy espresso abruzzo beans from supreme bean, a local roaster.

I have a Bialetti Moka (stovetop espresso). In my house we like Illy, but that gets terribly expensive. Most of the time, we go to Super King and buy a blend of freshly ground Armenian coffee. It's cheap, fragrant and STRONG. I also like local coffee roasters. Intelligentsia is tasty. Groundworks is good. Will be trying Jones next.


I love espresso coffee in the morning with milk and after dinner without milk. My favorite coffee is Lavazza and I use an old Moka coffee maker.


We are proud to say that we are enjoying some of the world's most sought after coffee.. Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee.
This stuff norally can sell for up to $50 a pound but we are bringing the people what they want!! We will be taking to the streets of Los Angeles all month for specialty coffee month giving out random samples to our twitter followers: @theRastaBarista

We hope to bring you only the best, fresh roasted coffee, %100 Blue Mountain Jamaican Coffee.


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