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  • Whats your earliest coffee experience?

    well before I started drinking, my mum used to go through a bit of coffee. Used to have a manual grinder and all, but her love of the stuff waned a bit in later years. As we lived in North Melbourne, shed head to Grinders for supplies. I have very early memories of running around the back rooms of the shop with Giancarlos grandkids(?), playing amongst the sacks of coffee. I think the old man knew me by name. I was probably 3 or 4 at the time (late 70s). Then wed go down the road to the Poppy Shop and check out the cool toys. 8-)

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    Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

    Somewhere around age 7 when I was given a cup of instant. BLECH!! :P

    It was so bad it was over 10 years before I had another.


    Java "Some things never change" phile
    Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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    • #3
      Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

      Earliest.....

      About 50 years ago!

      There was a product called Lion coffee and chicory essence (after the war, coffee was a bit scarce!!)

      Thick, black, tar like liquid which looked like- and tasted like either medicine - or something which should be used to make roads!

      By comparson, instant coffee is great----- : seems hard to believe----- but true

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      • #4
        Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

        In the 70s my Mother had heard that there was going to be a coffee shortage. So she went and bought multiple jars of her favourite coffee... Pablo instant.
        I recall that it had a sombrero on the label somewhere.

        The first taste I had was a bit of her "white with 2" cup.

        The first decent coffee I tasted was from my brother-in-law about 10 years later (somewhere in the 80s).

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        • #5
          Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

          Originally posted by Javaphile link=1159074438/0#1 date=1159076218
          Somewhere around age 7 when I was given a cup of instant. BLECH!! :P

          It was so bad it was over 10 years before I had another.


          Java "Some things never change" phile

          I was 10 when that happened to me and it was then another 13 years till I tried again.

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          • #6
            Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

            Looks like I am a late starter I waited until I was 17 as an apprentice mechanic so we had Nescafe Instant in the workshop. Somehow I still managed to stick with it but luckily I have moved on to bigger and better things. Or maybe that is smaller in the form of espresso based drinks, but definately better.

            Brett

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            • #7
              Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

              I had my first coffee (from freshly roasted and ground beans) out of a stove-top bialetti after a Sunday lunch at my grandparents home when I was about 5 or 6...I recall that my grandmother added a sugar and warm milk....

              My uncle at that stage was CEO of Mocopan (in the long since gone days of good quality, freshly roasted coffee from them). He supplied our coffee for us...Alas, Mocopan went to Cerebos after his death His sons now own Dimattina coffee....

              My first coffee was sublime and I have rarely missed a day since! I have always been spoiled for coffee and coffee is an integral part of my life.

              2mcm

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              • #8
                Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                Originally posted by 2muchcoffeeman link=1159074438/0#6 date=1159093836
                I had my first coffee (from freshly roasted and ground beans) out of a stove-top bialetti after a Sunday lunch at my grandparents home when I was about 5 or 6...I
                Im worried that my 2 yr old who likes to chew on my fresh roasted beans will end up with a two cup per day habit by the age of 4. He gets caught with his hand in dads bean jar, not the cookie jar. :-?

                I began on iced coffee milkshakes chock full of crushed ice. Nothing better on a hot summers day after busting your gut mowing the lawn for hours. Still likeem.

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                • #9
                  Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                  My first coffee experience was knocking the full pyrex coffee percolator out of mums hand and onto my brother while swinging a parka round in our narrow 70s kitchen after primary school.  

                  A lot of ice for him, and a well placed smack for me reminded me that parka swinging is best done outside (we must have misplaced the cat that day  ;D )

                  My first espresso coffee experiences were at Belaroma in Lindfield in the late 80s when I was in high school - feeling oh so sophistocated with the North Shore ladies. I soon graduated to the espresso bars of Darlinghurst, the heady heights of inner city life and my own stove top Bialetti - the rest as they say is history! The first commercial machine I worked on was a 1960s La Faema lever, with a seperate milk frothing unit at Hot Gossip Cafe in Paddington, without fail every Saturday morning it would break down mid rush from overheating  >

                  Ah espresso - it infiltrates yr life! I just gave my brother my old espresso machine when I upgraded to the Brewtus - im obviously still feeling guilty about the parka incident   And not content with scarring siblings for life, since I have started home roasting, my dog has started eating roasted coffee beans when they fall on the floor. She crunches them up, and gets very excited! Now as soon as I am roasting, or making coffee at the machine, she materialises and sits with the ready for my caffeine biscuits face on.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                    Cant remember.
                    Must be old age.

                    I definitely drank Nescafe as a teenager and have a Greek father also had the occasional Turkish coffee (Bushells).

                    The Greeks in my family still offer you "Nes" or "Turkish".

                    I remember seeing the grinders in Coles.
                    You could buy your beans and grind them ito the bag right there in the aisle.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                      I grew up on milo- 16 spoonfuls in cold milk :
                      Never really got into coffee until early teens- but remember vividly watching my grandfather, who lived in Victor Harbor S.A; sip strong black "PABLO" from a saucer before sun up watching rabbits mow his front lawn. Because it was black and hot hed tip each mouthful into the saucer and drink it from there. I think it had an impact on me- Ive gone from milo to nescaffe with milk and 2 sugars- to doppio! but without the saucer.
                      Good memories.
                      RH

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                      • #12
                        Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                        As a child, watching my mother have a cappucino from those cliched big thick white cups with the cheesy brown banding. Coles Cafeteria if I remember rightly. I always wanted to eat the foam leaving her the milk. This was the days before babycinos!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                          Drinking Nescafe over a toilet bowl in case I vomited- at 19!
                          My only prior experience had been of very buttery coffee icing which was sickly sweet and fatty so made me think coffee would be the same- next had a real cappucino from a decent bar- I was hooked.
                          Brett

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                          • #14
                            Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                            My mother used to drink a lot of coffee when I was a child. Generally she drank instant, though I remember her using the supermarket grinder occasionally. We werent allowed to drink coffee until we were 12 yo, except for one cup a year on our birthdays, made of instant coffee in hot milk with sugar. On my 12th birthday I was given my own coffee cup. I cant say I was that interested in coffee once it was "allowed". I didnt really get into coffee until I started full time work, when I discovered the Cafe Bar, and learned to drink it without sugar. Sure have drunk a lot of coffee since then though

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                            • #15
                              Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

                              I dont remember my first coffee, but I do remember my first roast - in 1977. The beans were given to me by one of my university lecturers who had taught in PNG. The instructions were simply to spread them out as a thin layer in a roasting tray and shove them in the oven for about twenty minutes. I have no idea what I used to grind them or how I brewed the coffee.

                              Perhaps that explains why almost three decades elapsed between that and my second roast.

                              Best wishes, Russell

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