Brewing my own Starbucks

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  1. Chad Isaacs

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    Around this time last year I lost my coffee maker. I don't mean it died... I think it ran away. I started making a daily stop(s) at my local Starbucks and I got addicted. Well, a few months later I got a really nice coffee maker for my birthday but I still craved the rich and bold Starbucks flavor. I started buying ground Starbucks coffee. Sumatra is my favorite and really the only one I buy.

    My problem is I just cannot get it to taste like the pros. My pot makes 12 cups, I actually just gave it a good cleaning (inside and out) and I use one of the metal reusable filters.I tried to do it with as little coffee as possible at first thinking it is easier to add than take away. But I have been adding more and more. I am almost to a full tablespoon per cup now.... I use cold water when I start, I tried hot once but it runs right through. Any ideas? Other than opening a Starbucks in my kitchen.
     
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    What kind of coffee maker do you have Chad?
     
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    I'm pretty sure that Starbuck's recommends 2 tbsp per cup of water for their brew.
     
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    At least double that, if not triple.
     
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    i went through the same thing a few years ago and here's what I did:
    I got a starbucks coffee maker (the predecessor to this one; one of their gold cone filter thingys, buy freshly ground or grind yourself good coffee and use filtered water.

    It is a thermal carafe and it keeps it hot, but if its been sitting for longer than an hour, the taste deteriorates so I usually drink it right away.

    Also, I do not use the recommended coffee scoops per cup. I suggest you test out different variations and find your favorite combination.


    The results have been great. I am not one for overstatement so I am not going to say its phenomenal, or fantastic but its very good. I still think the Starbucks coffee is better, however, I am happy with the results and this setup is the best setup I have ever had compared with previous trials.
     
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    Look into a Bunn coffee maker, or any other maker that claims to brew coffee at the correct temperature. Most coffee makers scald the grounds and this makes a huge difference in the taste. Coffee should be brewed between 195 and 205 degrees. Once you've done that, if you're still not happy, consider buying a burr grinder and grinding your own beans before each pot of coffee.
     
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    I have been thinking about grinding my own beans so maybe that will be the next step. It's funny, I can justify buing dvds and a projector and speakers when needed because she enjoys that stuff as well, but a new coffee maker.... hell had better freeze over.

    I usually finish my coffee with in an hour or so, but, my maker does have a timer so after 2 hours it shuts off, which is great for hetic mornings.

    Thanks for the advice guys.




    Ron P, a little side note. I was reading over at AVS about the silverscreen and saw that you tried it a year or two ago with your older projector but now have a Z3, right? Thats what I have now as well. What screen are you using for it? I am thinking of trying the silverscreen. I have a graywolf right now but the texture (and small size) and washed out whites drive me nuts, but, plain blackout material offers even worse blacks than what I have now.. I'm so frustrated.
     
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    Chad, it's a custom mixed paint from Lowes. I have the can in my shed, tomorrow I'll get the code for you.
     
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    Thanks Ron, that would be cool.
     

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