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Hot Drinks #1: Really Get You Going Edition Anonymous 511551

Welcome to the Hot Drinks general. If you love tea, coffee, cocoa, or any other type of hot drink, this is the thread for you.

Our theme song:https://youtu.be/_ZXeFPpPJeI

Feel free to pop in and post your current beverage, ask a question, or just socialize.

Anonymous 511552

I've just tried my first pu-erh tea, and have to say that I really enjoyed it. I'm reheating my water for the second steeping. This was a 'green' pu-erh. It tastes like a mixture of really nice black tea and really fresh rich dirt. I'm sure that sounds weird, but its actually quite nice.

Anonymous 511554

I should get back in to coffee
plain black and strong

Anonymous 511556

Always black. What's your favorite roast?

Anonymous 511558


Anonymous 511560

That's not a roast, its a method of preparation.

Anonymous 511563

Is it okay if I drink iced coffee?

Anonymous 511567

Why not.

Anonymous 511587

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My mid-morning pick-me-up.

Not the greatest coffee, but the buzz it provides is welcome.

Anonymous 511594

>tfw used to drink a ton of Starbucks but it started making me feel like shit because it's so strong
>tfw now I have to drink terrible home-brewed coffee and put sugar in it just so it's bearable
>tfw it gives me the shits

Anonymous 511595

At least its not Starbucks.

Have you tried using a french press?

Anonymous 511597


>Have you tried using a french press?

What's that?

Anonymous 511601

Anonymous 511606


Thank you! I will look into it. I no longer want to be a Starbucks pleb. How expensive are they though?

Anonymous 511607

The only cheaper way to make coffee is what we call 'cowboy coffee' here in Texas. i.e. you throw coffee grounds and water in a pan, boil it for awhile, then let the grounds settle and pour off the coffee. This is a major event at chuckwagon competitions.

French presses can be bought at most walmarts these days. I dunno what the prices at walmart are like though. I switched from coffee to tea about a decade ago. You can find them on amazon from 5-40 bucks. If you go that route read the reviews and get the best one you can afford.

As a side note, the problem with Starbucks is not that the coffee itself is bad, its that its overpriced as fuck. Save your money from two weeks of starbucks and you could buy a sweet french press.

Anonymous 511621

Holy shit guys. I'm drinking my new ripened pu-erh tonight, and lemme tell ya, its fantastic. Its has an even richer earthiness to it. Imagine you were brewing tea in middle earth, and some jerk came along and threw a handful of the Mirkwood forest floor into your pot. It brews very dark, almost as dark as coffee.

Anonymous 511622

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Before you invest in a French Press that may produce a brew that's too gritty with coffee grounds, consider the popular AeroPress instead.

Despite the limitations in capacity, this press will give you a great cup. It's also a lot of fun once you get the workflow down. There are several good home brew procedures that the factory didn't include in the basic instruction sheet that comes with it.

You can get these on Amazon or use that 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath & Beyond.

I found this video that shows a good comparison between a French Press and the AeroPress.


Anonymous 511623

>As a side note, the problem with Starbucks is not that the coffee itself is bad
Yes it is, their shit tastes burnt. Any other espresso chain is better. Trouble is I don't think there are any others with as much market penetration, so most people don't know any better.

Anonymous 511625

They use a dark french type roast, as do most places. As far as french roasts go, their coffee is fine. All french roasts have that burnt bitter 'carbon' taste. Its definitely the worlds most overrated roast. Personally, I prefer medium and medium-dark roasts, which are really what espresso is supposed to be made from anyway.

Anonymous 511626

No, it's fucking awful. Tully's, Caffe Vita, SBC, Torrefazione, and others could roast full city to italian and not taste burnt. Sadly more and more of these brands are being bought out by Starbucks and no longer represent the reputations they once had.

And while Full City to Vienna roasts are traditional in northern Italy, southern Italy goes for the darker French or Italian roasts.

Anonymous 511629

I like cranberry juice.

Anonymous 511633

You must live in a really big city. I've never been to a coffee shop that wasn't proud of their super dark roast. When the roast gets that dark, they all taste the same to me: un-nuanced bitter carbon. Many people seem to like that.

Anonymous 511662

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Anonymous 511691

I had some powdered sencha from Uji Japan today. It was very nice, and much more affordable than true matcha of the same quality.

Anonymous 512282

If any of you out there are tea drinkers and you use pre-bagged tea, I strongly encourage you to start brewing loose leaf tea. Not only that, I encourage chinese style brewing.

In Chinese style tea brewing, you use a high leaf to water ratio, but brew for a shorter time. Where in western style brewing, you'd throw a teabag with a couple grams of green tea tea into a full cup of water and let it steep for ten minutes, in Chinese brewing, you're use about 6 grams of loose green tea leaf in six ounces of water, and let it brew for about two minutes. You can do this two or three more times, and still get excellent tea. If you try to re-steep tea bred western style, you usually get bitter ass.

I'd post all the specifics, but instead I'll point you here: http://www.teatrekker.com/steeping-green-tea

That page is for green tea, but if you look at the bottom of the page, they have links to how to brew other types of tea, such as white, oolong, and black tea.

Anonymous 512296

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H2O master race.

Anonymous 512302

GTFO and take your wooden spoon with you.

Anonymous 513089

ANyone enjoy a nice hot drink recently?

Anonymous 513091

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I'm a whore for cocoa and fruity tea.

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