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Let's face it, I'm betting a lot of us are shameless caffeine addicts. So just like AA, we all need some place to hang out and encourage support eachother in our addictions. :v:

I've been using a french press for a while, and just a couple days ago I got my first Moka pot and it's one hell of a coffee maker. It's not quite espresso, but it's closer to that than french press in terms of body, strength, flavor, etc. Plus it makes bomb-ass lattes.

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I mostly drink tea ... :ohdear:

Having said that, I share a French press ("cafetière" over here) with a work colleague most weekday mornings and use an electric filter machine at home at weekends. I've also got an electric espresso machine that gets occasional use and somewhere I've got a stove-top Moka pot that I've not used in years (and keep meaning to take camping).

(Is Nescafe and similar instant coffee allowed to be mentioned in this thread? Asking for a friend ...)

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sheddi wrote:

(Is Nescafe and similar instant coffee allowed to be mentioned in this thread? Asking for a friend ...)

Sure.
It's still coffee.
If you were discussing alcohol you could talk about anything from a fine wine to Pruno. Instant coffee is in the Pruno range.
It's also what the lions share of my coffee intake is these days due to time constraints.

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Hello everyone. My name is majorhavoc and I am a caffeine addict. It rules my life. It enslaves me. Every day I wake up thinking about caffeine. I cannot function until I've had my fix. I'm habituated at this point, so it takes a succession of powerful morning doses to even begin to satisfy my cravings. I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about where and how I'll get my next fix. And way too much money and effort acquiring and preparing my supply of this drug.

I have absolutely no intention of quitting.

Sheddi brings up a good point. The Brits are just as passionate about their favorite liquid caffeine-delivery system as we are about ours. Probably more so, now that I think of it. Maybe OP could edit the topic title to be more inclusive? Just a thought.

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Here's a thought....let's fess up and tell the truth and shame the devil.....

How much of your hot caffeine concoction do you drink on average per day?

Myself, I consume between 10-18 mugs of black coffee per day. Essentially I live with a coffee cup in my hand.
It's not so much that I drink coffee to wake me up, but that without coffee I slowly wind down.

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So, not sure if I'm exactly allowed in either - I drink decent amounts of both tea and coffee right now - but none of it's caffeinated b/c my sleep and migraines don't like caffeine.

Having said that, I drink 6-12 cups of coffee on weekdays, with 1-4 large mugs of tea (more on weekends, but usually at least one in the evening during the week.) Most of my coffee is consumed as "poor girl's mocha" meaning I put a couple tablespoons of hot cocoa powder in instead of creamer.

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I use a slow caffeine coffee drip the first 4 hours of the day, switch to other drinks during the middle, then a slow caffeine coffee drip again another 4 hours, nothing the last 2 or so.
Darker roast, with a little sugar and creamer to buffer my stomach.
Used to chew the berries, but I can't do that any more.

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Sure, I don't see why we couldn't include tea!

Lowkey: Firstly - JESUS. Secondly - It kinda depends for me. On school days, or if I stayed up a little late the previous night, I can easily do two or three Moka pots in the first two hours of my day. Usually when I get home it's another cup of french press which lasts a while longer, since the Moka pretty much just makes espresso shots.

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I tend to grind Eight O'Clock coffee beans one filter's worth at a time, and set up my automatic coffee maker the night before... then wake up with one large mug of the stuff. The rest is available for microwaving depending on when I get home from work that day / evening / whatever.

I do have a French Press, but rarely have time to enjoy it.

I use other caffeine throughout the day, but as this is The Coffee Thread, that's my contribution.
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LowKey wrote:
Here's a thought....let's fess up and tell the truth and shame the devil.....

How much of your hot caffeine concoction do you drink on average per day?

Myself, I consume between 10-18 mugs of black coffee per day. Essentially I live with a coffee cup in my hand.
It's not so much that I drink coffee to wake me up, but that without coffee I slowly wind down.


I used to drink a pot day but since I quit smoking I'm up to two, whatever that comes to in mugs.
I buy six 48-ounce cans of Chock Full at a time from Amazon and reorder when I get down to two cans.

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I get scared when my espresso beans are running low.

Some days I'm willing to be late to work in order to make a latte.

I look forward to coffee, like it's a highlight of my day. Having multiple highlights in my day makes life better.

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8 o'clock is a staple, and recently I discovered Camerons k cups. They are good enough that I took the old Stanley 42 cup out of the back of my truck and moved the inverter to the cab for my keurig.
FYI - if you saw the base off of a keurig mini, and glue an old speaker magnet to the front - you can make coffee into a yeti rambler while driving.


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One thing I've learned recently is the importance of buying freshly roasted coffee. I used to just buy bags of the stuff in grocery stores, but after visiting a local place that had roasted theirs that morning, the experience was night and day.

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Agreed. No comparison.

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It's not so much the number of liquid cups of coffee that counts, rather it's the amount of grounds you use a day.
One person's mug of coffee could hold 1 cup or 4 cups, or could equal someone else's "pot full".

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ZombieGranny wrote:
It's not so much the number of liquid cups of coffee that counts, rather it's the amount of grounds you use a day.
One person's mug of coffee could hold 1 cup or 4 cups, or could equal someone else's "pot full".

When making drip coffee I use about 2 tablespoons of grounds per cup.
So about 20-36 tablespoons of grounds a day for me, or 1 1/4 - 2 1/4 cups of grounds.
I take whatever is on the shelf at the PX and fill a cart up under the theory that what is there today may not be there again for many months. :lol:

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I love coffee (also tea though) and hot chocolate. I'm an equal opportunity caffeine imbiber :)
If I'm drinking instant coffee I like microground like Starbucks VIA.
I got a coffee pod system last year in a half price sale and use it quite a lot, though I do not like the milk pods.
A U.K. supermarket sells really nice own brand Colombian arabica beans, grinds and one cup filters. I sometimes buy the one cup filters too, usually at lambing time as I need the extra caffeine, I tell myself I deserve the extra expense :rofl:
Also when I used to work outside of the farm I'd buy Lyons coffee bags which were filled with robusta grounds. Great idea, individual bags (like tea bags, only bigger) sealed in foil packets; really convenient to take with you. They made a good strong, aromatic mug of coffee :)

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Shiloh wrote:
One thing I've learned recently is the importance of buying freshly roasted coffee. I used to just buy bags of the stuff in grocery stores, but after visiting a local place that had roasted theirs that morning, the experience was night and day.

Alas I do not have that opportunity here in deepest North Antrim :rofl:
Tea is still very much the beverage of choice here.

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wee drop o' bush wrote:
Also when I used to work outside of the farm I'd buy Lyons coffee bags which were filled with robusta grounds.

Oddly enough I prefer the taste of robusta over arabica despite arabica being the "better" coffee. Doesn't hurt that robusta has a higher caffeine content.


Back when I was still a smoker, when I took a smoke break I used to say that I was paying my respects to the twin goddesses, Caffina and Nicotina. :lol:

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Robusta certainly has a big flavour and packs a punch.

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wee drop o' bush wrote:
Shiloh wrote:
One thing I've learned recently is the importance of buying freshly roasted coffee. I used to just buy bags of the stuff in grocery stores, but after visiting a local place that had roasted theirs that morning, the experience was night and day.

Alas I do not have that opportunity here in deepest North Antrim :rofl:
Tea is still very much the beverage of choice here.


The struggle is real :lol: I /think/ there's some online retailers in the UK that ship fresh roasted stuff if you're ever interested.

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Great thread!
My name is JackBauer and I'm a active coffeeholic.
Right now I'm at about 15 cups a day. Like Quentin's character in Pulp Fiction I buy and grind the good stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1-1dUbBjgE
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So I got a hand grinder (burr) and a little milk frother today. Making lattes/mochas is sooooo easy now.

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I don't like mochas, they're not good coffee or good hot chocolate :gonk:
Then again the only flavour coffee I like is coffee, you all can keep your hazelnut, caramel, vanilla flavours stateside :rofl:

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