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I'm not sure- I've always done it that way, but I'm sure you could brew it weaker. I like it pretty strong, so this way works for me. You also need much bigger containers if you want to brew it weaker.

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Okay, I have bookmarked this thread. Along with the "what do you take notes on" thread, I think I'm going to benefit a lot from this!

I came to coffee rather late, and due to my perception that making good coffee requires lots (read: more than I wanted to give) initial investment in time and money, I haven't bothered to learn. Plus, I live with non-coffee drinkers, and they pay for all the food, so I'd feel bad making them buy something they don't like. We drink tea, but it is nice to have a change and go to a decent coffee shop sometimes.

That said, this cold brewing method sounds easy and delicious. Also I eventually want to make my own, extremely strong Vietnamese-style coffee (every cafe in the US adds way too much sweetened condensed milk), for which I have filters. Now is the time to start!

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How do you avoid the $5 hassle of getting your buzz on at Starbucks. Do you home brew? If so, list your equipment/setup and the costs associated.

Personally, I have a Tassimo brewing system. Registered for it when I got married (only thing I got! wife got everything else!). Retail cost is typically ~$150 or below. Only pod system (think Keurig, et) that allows you to do steamed/heated milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Great selection of pods, and you can signup at tassimo's website for monthly delivery options.

I bought a cheap single-mug coffeemaker from Amazon - it's Hamilton Beach, I think it was $32. I get Dunkin Donuts ground coffee but recently I've begun getting Fresh Direct's cheaper fresh ground French vanilla coffee, which is delicious. I have this amazing travel mug that keeps my coffee steamy hot for 3 hours and doesn't spill even if you turn it all the way upside down and shake it. (Seriously, 3 hours - I brew my coffee and fill the mug at around 7:00 and drink it when I get to my internship 2 hours later. It's usually still hot and tasty at 10:00 am.)

When my fiance and I get married I think I might register for one of those pods so I can make cappuccinos and lattes. I can deal with a less expensive one since he doesn't drink coffee.

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One of the few things my school does right that I enjoy is they have free coffee in both the art building (where I am a lot) and the social work building. I don't know if the coffee in the latter is for anyone but the social work students, but that sure as hell doesn't stop me from grabbing a cup if I'm near there. They have one of those Keurig coffee makers and I love their French Vanilla coffee. And I need to find out what the other coffee is the school serves since it's actually very, very good.

Other than that, I have a bottle of cheap store-brand coffee (which is horribly bitter) I keep in my room when I don't feel like hiking in 90 degree heat to the school for their caffeine.

Also, if anyone is interested, here's a neat recipe for what is meant to be a cafe-style mocha: 1 tablespoon instant coffee, 1/4 cup creamer (liquid), 3/4 cup milk, and 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup. Heat the milk and creamer together until it reaches desired warmth and pour it in a mug over the coffee. Stir in the syrup. That's it - it's pretty good too. :)

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Any folks out there ever try low-acid or herbal coffee? Those are made for chumps like me with sensitive stomachs. Because of this, I've stuck to decaf and herbal teas whenever I'm "grabbing coffee" (easier to say than "grabbing tea," I guess). Though honestly, I find nothing is more refreshing than a glass of ice cold H2O, even if it is not as relaxing as tea or as stimulating as coffee. (I would also say as liberating as alcohol, but I'm a bashful teetotaler.)

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As I mentioned earlier, cold-brewing coffee cuts down the acid content by about 70%- you should give it a shot. It's pretty mild at that point.

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If you go fairly fancy and use a syphon-method to extract coffee, there's virtually 0 bitterness left -- cold or hot.

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As I mentioned earlier, cold-brewing coffee cuts down the acid content by about 70%- you should give it a shot. It's pretty mild at that point.

Yes, I see, I'm sorry I didn't pick that up. Thanks!

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Tassimo all the way! I love Tim Horton's coffee and lattes; Gevalia's Signature Crema is also delicious! 

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They are no longer sold in the US, but I swear by my Senseo machine for single serve coffee. They go for cheap on the used eBay market. You can only buy pods in big suburban centers like Walmart and online, but it easily tops Keurig for me, or you can make your own pods. No plastic capsule waste, no cleaning up grounds and filters. It's a pressurized system, and delivers nice strong drinks with a great thick layer of creamy faux-crema, which no drip system can ever accomplish. Plus, the pods come cheaper than Kcups, Verismo, CBTL, and T capsules

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I have a filter coffee system at my mom's house that makes 12 cups, so we can both drink it throughout the day.

 

I prefer to have French pressed coffee when I'm studying, though.

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I am likewise a Keurig user. It originally belonged to my sister, but she no longer used it, so I gladly inherited it from her. I find it to be pretty quick way to get coffee in the morning, and it cuts down on costs in the long run. Plus I like how easy it is to try out different flavors each morning. The only thing is that they are pretty expensive to buy new, but I just saw some back-to-school sales at Target and Meijer's that were decent deals. 

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I somehow hate the taste of home-brewed coffee, or to be specific - coffee that I brewed on my own. Maybe I'm just a horrible at coffee brewing although I have a year worth of experience as a barista <_<

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Have just bought my own Nespresso machine, one month into grad school with my first paycheque. 

This will be what gets me through the next 5-6 years of my PhD. :P

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It really depends! I get my caffeine fix 3 different ways & it just depends on my mood & how long I need to stay up.

 

Tea- a rich coconut blend/ oolong with a little sugar/ genmaicha. This will work for maybe an hour or two. 

Coffee- the type doesn't really matter just because I use lots of cream and lots of sugar. This works for a few hours.

Monster- works like a charm. This puppy works for almost 6 hours on me. It's strong but it's a lifesaver.

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I was in Europe this summer and got addicted to my moka pot.  I've finally got the ideal brewing process perfected (for my taste) and it takes me about 5 minutes.  I use that and my $2 ikea milk foamer to make a fantastic cappuccino.  I use boiling water in the reservoir to cut down on the brewing time and avoid scorching the coffee.  The result is a really smooth and strong cup of espresso-like coffee with very little bitterness.  I haven't had to add sugar since I figured out the process.

 

It does tend to use a fair bit of coffee though.  I figure, I'm still saving money, since I don't visit the shop that often and one cup is usually enough to get me through the day.

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Have just bought my own Nespresso machine, one month into grad school with my first paycheque. 

This will be what gets me through the next 5-6 years of my PhD. :P

 

Lynx, I got a Pixie for Christmas - and I love it, but am a little overwhelmed by all the choices.  What do you like to use in your Nespresso? :)

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Home-made double shot of espresso every morning and cheap 50cents coffee on campus. 

 

I'll eventually look into a system for better buzz on campus.

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