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What's your usual coffee-making method?

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Conventional drip coffee maker
  5203 votes / 21%
Espresso machine
  3345 votes / 13%
French Press, Aeropress, or similar
  2965 votes / 12%
  267 votes / 1%
  559 votes / 2%
You've omitted my favorite method!
  2460 votes / 10%
I take whatever's on offer
  2207 votes / 9%
Coffee is not for me.
  6912 votes / 28%
23918 total votes.
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What's your usual coffee-making method?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:08PM (#41179281)

    Spouse/significant other.

  • Instant! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by TheTerseOne (2447418) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:14PM (#41179361)
    My favorite method is boiling some water and using some Folgers Crystals or something like that. I spent 7 years in a place where that was just about all the coffee I could get (except for the Arabic coffee with Cardamom in it) so I got used to it. Since I'm the only coffee drinker in my house I'm just making it for myself anyway. On special occasions I will make myself some Starbucks Via.
    • by tedgyz (515156)

      I just got introduced to these on a recent overnight backpacking excursion. I found the Folgers to be more practical because they are larger granules. The Starbucks Via is too finely granulated and hard to get out of the package. Besides, I'm a hard-core New England Dunkin Donuts drinker, so I had to hold my nose drinking that west coast crap.

      I also considered drinking instant coffee more regularly. Since I work from home, I often waste a lot of coffee when I brew a pot.

    • I spent a week or two in the Middle East back in the mid-80s, and one of my main frustrations was that as a westerner, it was hard to get local-style coffee instead of the powdered Nescafe that they knew tourists drank. Every time a bus would stop anywhere, the drivers would be drinking little cups of the local thick muddy stuff. My preference in coffee is that if the spoon falls over, it's not strong enough.

    • Re:Instant! (Score:5, Funny)

      by arth1 (260657) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @11:09PM (#41186279) Homepage Journal

      My favorite method is boiling some water and using some Folgers Crystals or something like that.My favorite method is boiling some water and using some Folgers Crystals or something like that.

      I used to lurch into the office at 1PM in the morning, eat two tablespoons of coffee crystals, and wash it down with hot tap water straight from the faucet.

      Yes, a sysadmin. Why do you ask?

  • The lab in which I work provides me with the entire range of Nespresso capsules for free. I drink coffee until I chew my tongue off most days.
    • by jdray (645332)

      We bought a Keurig machine some months back, and use it daily. The per-cup cost is around $0.40, which is expensive compared to traditional drip, yet very cheap compared to buying it retail. Since we're both one-cup-morning drinkers, making a pot of coffee doesn't make sense to us. And the cleanup for K-cups is easy, if not exactly environmental.

    • by billstewart (78916) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @05:43PM (#41183875) Journal

      Wikipedia article on Nestle' boycott. [] Nestle have been bad actors since the 1970s, marketing inadequate baby formulas to people in the third world who don't have adequately clean water and can't afford it, and using sales people dressed as doctors and nurses to promote it as healthy and modern. Haven't cleaned up their act yet, and unfortunately they keep buying up more and more companies in the food business, especially drinking water.

      So no Nespresso for me, and also (on the other end of the coffee-quality scale) no Nescafe instant.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:17PM (#41179403)

    I eat the beans for a much more powerful hit of caffeine.

  • Starbucks (Score:5, Funny)

    by GeneralTurgidson (2464452) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:18PM (#41179413)
    I'm rich, you insensitive clod!
  • by Capt.DrumkenBum (1173011) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:19PM (#41179415)
    I got rid of my drip coffee maker in favor of the french press. I am never going back.
    • by billstewart (78916) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @05:54PM (#41184031) Journal

      I've got both, and like them both, but they're really different both in how they work and what style of coffee they're trying to make. Aero's a bit more espresso-like, and the "press" is about making air pressure as a substitute for high-powered steam. French press is just pushing the filter through the coffee to keep the grounds at the bottom, and the coffee has more of the solids and oils in it. It turns out that a large French press is also great for making tea in.

      I do use the drip filter if I'm making more than two cups of coffee - I can set it up and let it run by itself, and if you use enough ground coffee and don't let it burn, it does ok.

  • by MacColossus (932054) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:24PM (#41179495) Journal
    For those that chose "Coffee Is Not For Me", there are alternative methods to achieving the optimal BCC (Blood Caffeine Content). Caffeinated soap for example. []
    • by SQLGuru (980662)

      I'll stick to my carcinogenic / hole-in-brain-inducing Diet Coke, thanks.

      Of course, I've seen commercials for make-up that has caffeine in it......bizarre.

  • Never liked coffee (Score:5, Informative)

    by mikael_j (106439) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:25PM (#41179505)

    Ever since I was a teenager people around me have kept telling me "You'll grow to like it". Well, I'm 30 now and I still don't like coffee. I've come to enjoy a lot of foods and beverages that are considered acquired tastes but never coffee.

    • by ottothecow (600101) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:54PM (#41179789) Homepage
      Have you tried tasting it not with the tip of your tongue but rather with the back/whole mouth?

      Obviously it can't be too hot, but I think that coffee doesn't taste great to the tastebuds on the tip of your tongue (which are the ones you would use if you are sampling just a bit of something you don't know if you will like). Lots of coffee, flowing over the middle/back of your some point you notice whats there and you want to experience more of it.

      Or maybe you just don't like coffee.

    • by AdamHaun (43173)

      Have you tried it with cream and sugar (lots of both)? If that doesn't do it for you, it's safe to say that you don't like coffee.

      • by CastrTroy (595695)
        I have a felling that most people don't "like coffee" I know a considerable number of people who take their coffee with lots of creme and sugar. For those of you who know Tim Horton's most people end up getting a "Double-Double" which is 2 cremes to sugars and tastes sweeter than store bought chocolate milk. It's not unheard of for people to order a Triple-Triple. I drink all my coffee black, no sugar, no creme. You really start to taste the differences between different coffee shops when you do that. I'
        • by metalgamer84 (1916754) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @03:38PM (#41182075)
          Ive always drank my coffee black. Creamers and sugars totally change the flavor of coffee and its usually for the worse. If people don't like straight black coffee, they don't like coffee.
      • by mikael_j (106439)

        Oh, I've tried cream, milk and sugar in various quantities. I've had people offer me a lot of different kinds of coffee prepared in different ways and honestly I wasn't really a fan of any of them (except maybe the handful of coffee drinks that were more alcohol, cream and sugar than coffee). Sure, in a pinch if I'm really really tired, it's four in the morning and all that's available is coffee with lots of cream and sugar I'll take it but I can't say I enjoy it.

        The upside is that I'm a lot more sensitive

    • by jedidiah (1196)

      Most American coffee is total trash. American tea too.

      Use fresh beans.
      Grind them immediately before use.
      Don't over extract.

      I've always been appalled by the stuff that Americans are willing to label as coffee.

      You don't grow out of good taste.

    • I like my caffeine the way I like my women: Cold and Yellow. []

  • by Eponymous Hero (2090636) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:26PM (#41179525)
    keurig ftw
  • by DarthBling (1733038) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:27PM (#41179539)
    Back when I drank coffee, I discovered the delights of a french press. The coffee was so much smoother and delicious compared to coffee made with the drip-method. Amazing. Cold brew was also really good too if you like strong, bitter coffee.

    Unfortunately, I had to give up caffeine about 16 months ago. I was getting really bad heart palpitations when I worked out (mostly likely PVST). Getting rid of caffeine eliminated 99% of my episodes. I get them once in a while, but now it's due to adrenaline.

    The side-benefits of not drinking caffeine have been pretty amazing: I don't wake up tired anymore, I don't get sleepy in the afternoon, I generally feel better all the time. Plus, when I do need to stay up late (i.e. driving late at night), a little bit of caffeine has a huge effect on me now.
    • by jkauzlar (596349)

      As someone who drinks far too much coffee and wants to tone it down a bit, I found this comment informative/inspirational. On most days, I feel like a stressed-out version of Woody Allen probably in large part from too much coffee.

      Also, I want to add that I've found the cheap, single cup plastic cones to be among the best methods of brewing (and they don't take up counter-space in my small kitchen). I get my beans through fair trade import (I prefer north african beans, locally-roasted) and the single-cup c

  • Now, delivery method - IV push to start, IV drip for the rest of the day.
  • "boiling" (Score:3, Interesting)

    by M8e (1008767) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @12:57PM (#41179837)

    Heat water to 96-100 C, add coffee grounds and wait for the ground to settle to the bottom.

  • Swiss style coffee maker that grinds the beans fresh for each cup of coffee. Yum!

  • I use a Chemex [], which is a manual drip system where you heat the water and pour it over the grounds by hand. The Melita [] filters are essentially the same thing. It gives you the best aspects of drip coffee- no fine particles left over from grinding to make the coffee bitter on standing, like a French Press- while letting you get the water as hot as it needs to be to get a proper extraction. There's a reason it's the preferred non-espresso method at so many fancy coffee boutiques.
  • Columbian freeze dried instant. It's like an orgy in your mouth and it's a sixteen way simultaneous orgasm.

  • by Local ID10T (790134) <> on Thursday August 30, 2012 @01:46PM (#41180447) Homepage

    I am a big fan of the french press for quality, but I bought a jua-capresso super-automatic espresso machine for convenience.

    The Jura thing is an all in one machine. It has a hopper for beans, a tank for milk, and a tap for water. It has an internal instant hot water heater (no tank of warm water -it works just like the tankless water heaters for your home). The grind is adjustable. There is a dial to turn to adjust from a short-shot to a full cup. Push once for single, twice for double. Another dial controls the milk from warm milk to foam only, as well as the amount added. I push a button and get a decent double cappuccino in seconds. Good for work mornings.

    For days off, I still prefer to make a pot with the french press. Strong, smooth, and plenty of it.

    Cold brewed (cold water + grounds let sit in the fridge for 1-2 days), pressed, and filtered for an iced coffee with almost no acid bite to it.

  • by jmanforever (603829) <> on Thursday August 30, 2012 @01:52PM (#41180519)

    I wake up in the mornings with a large RC Cola and a Moon Pie.

  • by addie (470476) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @01:54PM (#41180559)

    Each morning I drink an americano, which is one or two shots of espresso with hot water. I could drink brewed coffee, but I would just rather an americano.

    This makes me a coffee snob, as I'm constantly reminded. However I also take public transit, shop at thrift stores, and don't own an iPhone - so to each their own!

    • Just so you know, your post make you sound like the Lord of All Hipsters.
      • by addie (470476)

        If that's true, then that's embarrassing and completely unintended.

        I'm just a regular guy who happens to like a certain type of coffee, and I get tired of people making fun of me for it, calling me a coffee snob. I suppose the public transit and thrift store comments made it sound like I was trying to be "hip" but I was really just trying to show how you don't have to be rich to enjoy certain luxuries. I take the bus because I can't afford a car (car ownership in Vancouver is a ticket to poverty) not becaus

  • by sootman (158191) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @01:55PM (#41180575) Homepage Journal

    Sadly, social life rather stunted due to not liking coffee, beer, or cigarettes.

    • by multimediavt (965608) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @06:16PM (#41184331)

      Sadly, social life rather stunted due to not liking coffee, beer, or cigarettes.

      That's ok. There's still tea, liquor and weed! ;)

    • by tompaulco (629533) on Friday August 31, 2012 @12:03PM (#41191129) Homepage Journal
      Sadly, social life rather stunted due to not liking coffee, beer, or cigarettes.>BR> I also don't drink, don't smoke (what do you do?), don't do coffee.
      It has always pissed me off that people who drink coffee got to have free drinks at the office, even sometime free gourmet drinks, as several of the places where I worked have had machines to brew individual portions of gourmet coffee. However, soda drinkers like me are usually left to fend for ourselves. Where I work now, and where I was two jobs ago had soda fountains, but every other place I have worked has had free coffee and full price soda machines.
      Then there is the whole smoking thing where smokers get 15 minute breaks every hour while I just have to work all day. And then there is the whole beer drinker thing where on Friday afternoons, the guys and gals who like beer get together AT THE OFFICE and drink beer for a couple of hours. While those of us who don't drink are expected to keep working.
      • At one former job, if anyone announced they were going outside to take a smoking break I would loudly announce that I was going to go outside also for a flatulence break. After some odd looks and laughter the first few times, they got used to me joining them and sitting upwind of their smoke. Of course, actual flatulence was optional but they got the point that I was going to be certain to take a break if they were going to get one.
  • by Space (13455) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @02:02PM (#41180671)

    De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker []
    Cheaper than most K cup machines.
    Makes better espresso than $tarburnt.

    For best results use Illy or Lavazza pods.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 30, 2012 @02:10PM (#41180779)

    Cannot break
    You d buy maybe 2-3 in your life cause you lost it, gave it to somone, or it felt from the 4th stair.
    Almost no consumable to use, need to change the rubber filter every .... no idea (was using my parent one, lost one, was given an old one, had to change the filter 4 years later)
    Can be used on campfire
    Make excelent coffee
    Very cheap (10-30€)

    Using a mini coffee grinder (the size of a glass, cost 30€) to grind illy coffee bought at the supermaket.

    For me, the only viable alternative is a second hand expresso machine from a bar.

    • by Kaz Kylheku (1484)

      If you sandpaper the rim of the water pot (bottom part) smooth (300 -> 400 -> 600 paper), and cut your own gasket from a superior-grade gasket material (I use a black rubber/cork composite) you will have completely leak-free operation and never have to change the gasket again probably for the life of the pot.

      I did this six years ago and haven't changed that gasket yet.

      I believe that a big part of the business model behind these pots is to sell the replacement gaskets. To accelerate the replacement sch

  • Very very convenient at work. Just google smartcafe and you'll see what I mean.

    There are issues with these puppies and I wear them out after 6 months or so but they are still the best I've found for the workplace where taking your own electrical devices in is frowned upon and instant coffee just won't do.

    Oh, and grinding the beans every morning makes a big difference.

  • I only make coffee for myself two or three times a year, so the French press is pretty convenient to store out of the way and to use when I feel the urge for a cup of coffee...

    If there's other, better ways, I'm not such a connoisseur that I can really tell the difference... Especially given how much milk and sugar I like in it.

  • Available as the Melitta Aroma Excellent in in Europe. Sort of like a Technivorm, but half the price.

  • Actually I have an electric timer-operated percolator. It kicks the ass of all your coffee makers, and it cost me $5 too! ;)

  • You missed the ultra convenient option: K-cups and similar products.

    This is Slashdot. The overwrought gadgetry should at least get passing mention.

  • You are so american! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by iceco2 (703132) <meirmaor @ g m a i l . com> on Thursday August 30, 2012 @03:36PM (#41182041)

    Conventional drip coffee maker are only conventional in the US.
    In other parts of the world these are very rare.
    Arround here (Israel) most people think espresso is "high quality" and
    would buy when eating out, or at the local coffee stand.
    At home people will either drink instant coffee, preferably from freeze-dried grains,
    or "Turkish" cofee made by simply adding boiling water to ground roasted beans and letting the "mud" sink down.
    purists will make the cofee in a finjan and bring the water to a boil several times, this is particularly popular among Israeli arabs.

    • Freeze-dried grains are popular in the US too. It just isn't for Coffee addicts who think their self worth is based on the quality of coffee.

    • by quenda (644621)

      Drip coffee used to be popular in Australia too, at least in homes.
      But back in the late 80s, 1990s cappucino became popular, and eventually led to espresso machines driving drip-coffee to near extiction.
      Is drip coffee still popular in any other places?

    • by Tukz (664339)

      Conventional drip coffee makers are the norm in Scandinavia.
      And in most of Europe as far as I'm aware.

      I've been to a few European countries, and all of them were using drip coffee makers everywhere I was.

  • My usual is conventional drip for breakfast and lunch, but my favorite is espresso from Silvia with home-roasted beans ground by Rocky.

  • by JBMcB (73720)

    Chemex - manual-drip coffee. *Fantastic* - as good as those really expensive, proper automatic drip coffee makers (Tehcnivorm?) because you are using boiling water, and can control the rate.

  • by DavidHumus (725117) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @04:03PM (#41182527)

    Since so few voted for it, I'll throw in a rave here for Cold Press - steeping ground coffee for 12-24 hours, then drawing off and refrigerating the resulting liquid concentrate. It's great for taste, low acidity, and rapidity of reaching coffee Nirvana. It's also ideal for making iced coffee.

  • Tea. (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Urza9814 (883915) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @04:10PM (#41182601)

    I prefer tea. Earl Grey. Hot.

    Although most days before work I go for a blend of gingko, ginseng, skullcap, lemon balm, and green tea. No amount of caffeine will wake you up like that blend.

  • None (Score:4, Insightful)

    by todfm (1973074) on Thursday August 30, 2012 @04:58PM (#41183269)

    Coffee is a yucky grownup drink.

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