Thursday, October 20, 2011

Grinding Coffee


Good Thursday morning to you all. Coffee Week continues with this picture of two women grinding coffee by hand. The picture was taken in 1905 in Jerusalem. Wow, we take our automatic grinders for granted. This looks like a real chore.

I would be interested in learning more about your coffee drinking habits. I have one cup in the morning at home when I get up, and then I drink three or four more in the morning at work. I have one cup right after lunch, and that is it or I will not be able to sleep. 

29 comments:

  1. I guess I'm not a coffee snob like some people. I really can not stand any of those specialty coffees or flavored coffee. They seem to bitter to me.
    And I REALLY can't stand to pay $5.00 for a cup of coffee. I may get a large cup of coffee from McDonald's for a $1.00, but that is pushing the limit.
    I will drink almost any brand. I drink Folgers, Hills Brothers, the Wal-Mart brand, or just about any thing that is on sale.
    I find that if I put the off brand coffee into a Folgers container, then my guests are happy with their coffee.

    But, I will heat up yesterdays left over coffee in the micro wave for a quick cup, and brew a 12 cup pot full.
    I am fussy about my coffee maker (no Mr. Coffee for me), but not to the extreme that some people go through.
    My pot will shut it self off after 2 hours, unless I reset it for another 2 hours. Then I will drink iced coffee with some creamer in it.
    But I can drink a cup of coffee any time with out it keeping me up at night.

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  2. Two smallish cups of coffee in the morning & that's it.
    My husband mixes a small can of French Vanilla with a large can of regular & it makes a delicious blend.
    DADD: If you ask for a 'Senior Coffee' at McDonalds it is cheaper - usually 50 or 60 cents.

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  3. One more FOLLOWER and you will hit 2300. Good Job.

    Judi, I am aware of the .50 Senior coffee, but I generally get my order and go, s0 I get the large.

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  4. Walmart HAD the best good-and-not-pricy coffee. It was marked 100% Arabica. It was rich, not bitter and full of flavor without being 'strong'.

    I like coffee without sugar and without creme when it's like that. Good coffee needs no fixing up to make it drinkable.

    But one day the package changed, the label said 'New and Improved'.

    It was new but definitely NOT improved. Bleahh. It tasted like Maxwell House, which is my personal nominee for the Worst Coffee On Planet Earth.

    I think they meant 'changed to cheaper beans that cost us less and increases our profit'. I can understand how putting that on the label might not work out for them.

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  5. I'm not a coffee drinker, both my parents were and my husband is, but I've never taken a liking to it. It does smell good when it's brewing, but no amount of cream or sugar can make coffee taste good to me. I had a aunt tell me once that I'd surely love it after I'd had an irish coffee which she loved :), but nope, still don't like it. Everyone I know that drinks coffee sure seem to enjoy it! Lupe

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  6. I love coffee, but I don't drink very much of it. I rarely drink it in the summer, it is hot enough here already.

    I drank lots of it when I was in college, lots of caffeine, didn't bother me at all. After college, I got married and started having children and breast feeding them. Caffeine and nursing babies don't get along. I had nine kids, so that is many years without caffeine. Decaff coffee kept them up, as well. So did chocolate.

    Too much caffeine also makes my heart beat funny, so I avoid it.

    So, I drink an occasional cup of decaf in the winter and even less in the summer.

    I like it with half and half, no sweetener. For a treat, I add some Splenda and a couple of drops of real vanilla.

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  7. I have to have my coffee. I have a coffee pot with a timer so a pot is brewed when I get up in the morning. I drink black coffee all day long. I can even drink a cup with dinner and then sleep like a baby at night.
    I think it must be marvelous to be where these ladies are grinding the coffee beans. The aroma would be wonderful!

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  8. I don't like coffee, but I do drink one cup of International Cafe Vienna by Maxwell House in the morning. I have to add cream and cinnamon to it tho. So I guess that makes me a sissy. After drinking it, I can take a very good nap. Maybe I should start drinking it at night, might help me to sleep better.

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  9. When I was still at home - many, many moons ago! - my parents had a 30 cup coffee pot, which my mom made *twice* a day on the weekends for my dad, herslef, and me. Eight O'Clock coffee - straight. My dad always said if the Good Lord had wanted coffee to have sugar and cream He'd have put them in the bean. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I'll heat up a cup of coffee, check my e-mail and go back to bed, and straight to sleep.

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  10. I've never been a coffee drinker. Sometimes in the winter I'll drink a cup or two (always black). I like the taste of it and I imagine I could make it a habit if I tried... not gonna try!

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  11. I drink 3 or 4 before noon and that's it, or I too, will be up all night. My Irish Grandmother introduced me to iced coffee when I spent the summer in Maine. When I was pregnant, it acquired a different smell, very oily, and I couldn't drink it. Today I drink Folger's Colombian and wonder why 100% Colombian is so hard to find anymore. My favorite is Kona Hawaiian coffee and once in a while, when I fly, I'll splurge on a pricey Mocha Latte.

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  12. In my misspent youth, I drank coffee all day long. This coffee was strong but never affected my ability to sleep soundly except for the obligatory trip to the restroom around 2:00am.

    Now that I am older (very much), I find that two or three weak cups will destroy my now semsitive stomach. The lesson here is take care of yourself when you are young so you can better enjoy your senior years.

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  13. I don't drink it. I used it to keep me awake for organic chemistry lecture. It gave me the shakes. The smell reminds me of wet ash trays.

    John

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  14. I drink perhaps 3 cups in the morning and that's it. Want to say that my wife & I purchased a K-Cup machine 2 weeks ago. Best purchased we've made in a long time. No clean-up nor grounds to empty plus there are all kinds of flavors now available. I like Emerl's blend & there's also a K-Cup hot chocolate which is real good.

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  15. I, like DADD drink coffee any way and warm over if it gets left over, brand wise I drink (SSI brand), what SSI income allows, cheap, I drink it black no sugar at home, honey in the first cup only and limit to one 8 cup pot a day.
    In restaurant I use cream and sugar most of the time. At night I drink some to stay awake if driving but also at home I'll have a cup before bed to sleep.
    When I lived in Maine, especially in winter a big thermos was brought along to help keep warm till it ran out usually by noon.
    Mickey

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  16. I guess I am a coffee snob of sorts. I drink only Starbucks brand, whole bean and ground purchased at the grocery store. Sure it's 8-10 bucks a pound but I believe the quality is just better than the mainstream stuff.

    Here is the analogy that I base my reasoning on: Years ago in America every town had it's own brewery which supplied the town with a quality product. Eventually Mr. Budweiser and Anheuser-Busch came along and decided one beer for the masses is how it should be. As is the usual case profit becomes the motivator over the quality of the product.

    One beer for the masses sounds alot like communism to me. To back up my point look at the proliferation of the craft brewers all over the place. Beer fans have never had a more varied choice in style and quality of their prefered beverage.

    The same thing happened in the coffee industry. A few big players all hawking the same "generic" lesser quality product with their own label on the outside of the can. Of course over decades and "I do it cause my dad did" (no offense Dadd) and because it's always been that way these major brands become accepted and people don't realize there could be so much better.

    Just my opinion and you know what they say about those.

    Some mornings I have tea and other days I enjoy 2 cups of coffee. My favorites are French roast and Italian roast. I like bold and strong. I usually have a cup in the afternoon but not always. I also enjoy a cup with my dinner and in the evenings. My cutoff is around 8 or 9 pm and I sleep fine.

    For a special treat I like to grind some beans and brew in a french press. The coffee is wonderfully rich much like espresso.

    When camping I use the french press or an old percolator type that also makes a good brew.

    Anyway great subject matter this week at OPD.

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  17. I haven't had a drop of coffee for probably 25 years. Never got into the habit. I do recall that Mom & Dad used to grind theirs with a hand coffee grinder, and Google shows me you can still buy those.
    Now if you will forgive me, I am sort of tired and need to go take another nap.

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  18. I love coffee. I have 3 cups a day. I cannot drink red wine for supper and then have a coffee or I will be listening to the radio part of the night. (ok, I pick the wine)
    Have a great day

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  19. I love my coffee in the morning and the place that I work offers Starbucks, but on the week-ends it is Gevalia. I usually can only tolerate 2 cups in the morning, otherwise I get fidgety.

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  20. I love the taste of coffee, but my stomach does not. So I'm a rare if ever drinker.

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  21. OLÁ,AQUI NO BRASIL É PRIMAVERA E OS CAFEZAIS ESTÃO TODOS FLORIDOS COM PEQUENAS FLORES BRANCAS E PERFUMADAS.EU SOU DESCENDENTE DE ESPANHÓIS QUE EM 1910 CHEGARAM NO BRASIL PARA TRABALHAR NO CAFEZAIS.MEUS AVÓS POSSUÍAM PLANTAÇÕES DE CAFÉ.O CHEIRO DE CAFÉ TORRANDO NO FOGÃO DE LENHA ERA DELICIOSO,E O PROCESSO DE MOAGEM NÃO ERA TÃO PRIMITIVO COMO NA FOTO.EU AMO CAFÉ

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  22. Two cups in the morning (leaded) and then one or two cups in the evening (unleaded). I prefer McDonald's senior coffee over Starbucks. Starbucks is overpriced and not as good in my (not so) humble opinion. Have to use half and half and sweetner these days, although in my youth (a different lifetime) black was the order of the day, leaded, and all day long, hot or cold. How times change.

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  23. Great site, love the pics ..
    many memory's are brought back to me

    now on Coffee ..
    everyone has an opinion, but ..

    it's the water,
    that makes the coffee.

    Sure, you require a good Colombian Supremo bean
    - my choice, you may prefer another -
    that's ground at home .. so it's fresh ground ..

    but .. the real 'trick' is to use distilled water,
    NOT boiled water, nor steamed water ..
    only distilled water ..

    no sugar, no cream required ..
    the true taste of coffee is wonderful ..
    and ... no brown residue left in the cup ..

    try it ..

    - pbear

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  24. Well, I like Community but Mello Joy is okay. My grandfather always had SeaPort when I was growing up and it made his house smell so good. I never did like its taste though. At home I rarely drink coffee, mostly tea but at work I will drink 4-6 cups in the morning and a couple more in the afternoon if someone else will make it.

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  25. hope its not too late to join it! I never liked coffee particularly and very rarely drank it until I was pregnant with my first. Then I craved it. I didn't even know how to use a coffee pot and didn't want to make a pot for my one cup a day so I started drinking instant coffee *gag*. By the time my second was born I realized how gross it was and I got myself a Keurig since I am the only one who drinks coffee here. So I generally have just my one cup in the morning. Ever now and then I will fit in a second cup somewhere along the way, but it is rare. I love coffee now though!

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  26. My sweet bride of 18 years brings me a large Brueggers's mug of Starbucks each morning - laced liberally with non dairy creamer and chocolate slim-fast and a packet or two of sweetener.

    It starts my day with a nice jolt. Then when I get to the church, I take again a liberal slug of Hershey's Dark Chocolate in a fair sized mug to down the rest of the morning.

    For me, that's it for the day, unless I'm meeting with a couple in the evening - then I'll repeat one of my early coffee infusions.

    It's Noon, and I'm just about to finish my second mug, thanking God for creating coffee for us, and for His guiding hand on man that has given us such varieties today.

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  27. Edis' comment, courtesy of Bable-Fish

    OLÁ, IN BRAZIL IS SPRING HERE AND THE COFFEE PLANTATIONS ARE ALL FLOWERY ONES WITH SMALL WHITE FLOWERS AND PERFUMADAS.EU I AM DESCENDING OF SPANIARD WHO IN 1910 HAD ARRIVED IN BRAZIL TO WORK IN THE CAFEZAIS.MEUS GRANDMOTHERS POSSUÍAM CAFÉ.O PLANTATIONS SMELL OF COFFEE TORRANDO IN THE FIREWOOD STOVE WERE DELICIOUS, AND THE MILLING PROCESS WAS NOT SO PRIMITIVE AS IN THE FOTO.EU I LOVE COFFEE

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  28. I love to have a Machiato as soon as I head out in the morning for a quick hit and then will drink double strength flat white a couple more times in the day.
    The strange thing is that I will slowly start to increase the amount of coffee I have each day over a couple of weeks and then I will stop dreaming. This is when I know I am drinking too much so stop for a few days and the dreams come back. I do love dreams.
    The bean does not affect me getting to sleep even if I have one as a nightcap.
    I use a stove top cafetiere for my home brews which is a 3 espresso size but drink it like it is normal coffee. Never with milk or sugar.
    Coffee definalty enhances life.

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  29. "I would be interested in learning more about your coffee drinking habits. I have one cup in the morning at home when I get up, and then I drink three or four more in the morning at work. I have one cup right after lunch, and that is it or I will not be able to sleep."

    I have a pot of coffee in the morning, but I never drink it after I head to work about 7:30 am. I couldn't sleep if I drank any in the afternoon, and I never do that.

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