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Posted Wed Jul 3, 2013, 8:29am
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CMIN Said:

If you buying redbird, don't know if your doing the 5lb order. If you are looking into freezing. I use ball canning jars (pint size) and weigh out beans into zip bags to place in them and freeze. When one is almost done, I take another out to defrost overnight (actually they defrost pretty quick and some grind frozen though I haven't tried that) and so on. Otherwise the beans will start going stale if just left in a cup board.

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I did order the 5lber of redbird (and 2lb of decaf) as my first purchase to try.  I was planning to break it up into 8oz packs using my food-saver vacuum sealer and do exactly what you said.  My only concern is the freezer temp is probably not as cold as I would like but we were already planning to buy a deep freeze in the next few weeks.
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Posted Wed Jul 3, 2013, 9:24am
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Skip the pectin for now, try to do it without it.  Save it for making jelly.

 
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Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 1:23pm
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You could try the Blackbird Blend from Redbird. It's a dark, oily roast (rather rare from a premium roaster).
I didn't care for it, but it should be a big improvement over Starbucks for someone who likes dark roasts.
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 12:52am
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First be obsessive about the water use. Avoid using tap water which is flat and full of sediments... Use always filtered coffee for your coffee machine. Any machine will do as long as you follow the right step in preparing a coffee which tastes more like a premium brand.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 6:43am
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Wondering if you asked your wife if she'd be happy with your purchase if you made better drinks than *$$? If she's a syrup and sugar adder you could buy some Monin syrups, maybe make a simple syrup took, so she doesn't have to stir in the sugar.

Little joke, if you don't mind? If you want a cheap version of Charbuck's blend try kingsford and royal oak.

 
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 6:55am
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emradguy Said:

Wondering if you asked your wife if she'd be happy with your purchase if you made better drinks than *$$? If she's a syrup and sugar adder you could buy some Monin syrups, maybe make a simple syrup took, so she doesn't have to stir in the sugar.

Little joke, if you don't mind? If you want a cheap version of Charbuck's blend try kingsford and royal oak.

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Heck you could even buy the Starbucks syrups to kind appease her more ;) lol. they actually are pretty good surprisingly, I think Fontana makes them for Starbucks? The woman liked their gingerbread/spiced driks they make durring the winter, so I bought Monins Gingerbread Syrup except it was pretty bad, tasted nothing like gingerbread or spice. Tried Starbucks and it was great. Personally I like DaVinci, especially their caramel.
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 7:05am
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emradguy Said:

Little joke, if you don't mind? If you want a cheap version of Charbuck's blend try kingsford and royal oak.

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Avoid the matchlight stuff though unless you like the taste of lighter fluid in your coffee.



(Dammit, I was just coming in to this thread to make that joke)
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 11:17am
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Kingsford is likely made from a pile of many different hardwoods of varying origins & densities, with moisture levels across the scale.
I suggest you find a local supplier of single origin, purely desert grown mesquite. You should be buying the raw wood & producing your own charcoal for best results.  Pay close attention to batch size, & do not over roast, or you will lose the unique flavored of that particular wood.
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Posted Mon Jul 8, 2013, 6:12pm
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CMIN Said:

She really likes Charbucks that much? I would take a Mc Donalds latte anyday over Charbucks lol. 6+ month old stale beans, burnt to a char so no flavor is left except burnt cigarettes, then they use expensive superautos that still perform crappy and make even worse coffee (there was a time when they used LA Marzocco machines and were worlds better then the swil they make today). It's all the sugar, syrups, and Pectin etc (Pectin is what places use to give the oily thick feel in the mouth that many forget about when their trying to replicate at home), but they throw so much stuff in that what your left with doesn't even resemble coffee anymore lol.

There is no possible way she won't like Redbird and your drink, over Charbucks version, that'd be like putting a Yugo and a Lambo in front of someone and telling them to choose and they go for the Yugo lol. You can also buy pectin if it's the mouthfeel she likes. Just she how she likes it, how much milk, sugar etc (maybe even a sweetener like splenda, agave etc) and go from there.

But imo when I see people preferring Charbucks etc, over fresh coffee drinks, it's either A)they like all the sugar and syrups etc more, or B) they don't know about Pectin which gives the drinks that mouthfeel. My fiance was the same way, Charbucks addict to the core nothing better, till I started making her coffee and drinks with fresh roast.... she won't even step foot into their stores now unless its a last resort when traveling and theres no real coffee place around. She even just got back from a Chicago trip and brought back fresh roasted beans and even told me was asking the places for roast dates etc hahahaha

What machine/grinder are you looking at? And is it iced or hot drinks she likes?

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What beans did she bring back from Chicago?

And it's funny about the roast dates. First thing my girlfriend does when we pick up coffee is flip around the package and look for a roast date no more than 5-6 days old. haha
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Posted Tue Jul 9, 2013, 5:01am
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brianl Said:

What beans did she bring back from Chicago?

And it's funny about the roast dates. First thing my girlfriend does when we pick up coffee is flip around the package and look for a roast date no more than 5-6 days old. haha

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Elijah's Specialty Coffee in Elmhurst (really good) and Metropolis, and 1 other when she drove over to MI but forgetting the name but it was flavored fresh roasted coffee, little 8oz bag made my house smell like a cherry/fruit bomb went off, used my hand grinder for that as didn't want it leaving the flavor smell in my grinder lol. I didn't like that one, she loves cherries so...
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