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    I remember when I was about 4 going to the supermarket with my father to buy coffee. In those days (South Africa) the supermarkets sold whole bean coffee and provided an industrial grinder where you could select the grind, dump the beans in the top and replace the bag from the beans under the dispenser, hey presto, ground coffee.

    The thing I remember most of all was the intoxicating aroma once the beans has been ground.
    My father then used this coffee in a French press.

    Not much older, I remember visiting my Grandmother in Austria, she would heat the water on the stove, then use a hand held pour over (using paper filters) straight into the cup. I dont know where the coffee came from but Im pretty sure that didnt grind it herself.


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    Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

    Originally posted by 676E703534040 link=1311030917/0#0 date=1311030917
    I remember when I was about 4 going to the supermarket with my father to buy coffee.  In those days (South Africa) the supermarkets sold whole bean coffee and provided an industrial grinder where you could select the grind, dump the beans in the top and replace the bag from the beans under the dispenser, hey presto, ground coffee.
    Like this one sitting in my den???






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      Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

      Earliest memory of coffee? Bushells Chicory Essence. We used to have it in the big round bottle. I have no idea when I started drinking coffee regularly though, as I was primarily a beer drinker.

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        Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

        About the same age as you Kaffee....

        Hanging around in my Grandparents kitchen while Oma poured freshly roasted beans into a wall mounted Spong and started turning. What a wonderful aroma... [smiley=happy.gif] Has stayed with me all these years :

        Mal.

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          Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

          Mums old Atomic and supermarket grinders.

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            Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

            Hhhhmmm.....Probably about that same age 4 or so waking up to the sound and smell of a fresh pot of coffee percolating away and permeating the farmhouse as everybody arose to start the work day with morning chores (Mostly feeding all the various animals.) and the first milking of the day.


            Java "Such a wonderful smell to wake up to!" phile
            Toys! I must have new toys!!!

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              Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

              International roast.....until I was about 15. I was then "allowed" to drink it....but it really wasnt worth the effort.

              Unfortunately my memories arent favourable

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              • #8
                Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                (great thread topic by the way)

                Whats my earliest memory of coffee?

                Instant (mostly that 43 bean stuff) was always in the house but my earliest memory of real coffee would have been as a 4 or 5 year old (early 1970s), supermarket isle ground coffee with an amazing aroma. Taken home and made in a glass percolator on the gas stove.

                twas fascinating as a kid to watch the coffee rise, splash on the glass knob at the top and then drip back through the basket.

                The "fresh ground" supermarket coffee and percolator was only ever bought out for dinner parties and very special occasions.

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                  Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                  My earliest memories are of stovetop in my grandmothers kitchen and I cant remember not knowing about it.

                  I had my first when I was five and have missed very few days since.

                  The bean of choice was "mokalux", roasted by Lino in the very early days of Mocopan, which moved from smallgoods into coffee under the guidance of my uncle- Joe Dimattina.

                  These were early days for coffee in Melbourne. I was spoilt even then with freshly roasted and ground beans. It was not much later that I was allowed to see coffee roasting at the Plenty Rd site and I knew then that I would one day do something with coffee. Sadly, Mocopan went the way of Cerebos after Joe passed away.

                  I miss these special shared experiences and revisit them frequently in my business and in my home.

                  It is much more than just a cup of coffee that joins us together here

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                    Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                    What lovely stories.

                    I grew up in a strict Mormon household, and my earliest memory of coffee was of feeling very guilty smelling the amazing percolating coffee aromas coming from my neighbours house. In my house coffee was considered to be a tool of the devil, and to be avoided, like alcohol, at all costs if you wanted to go to heaven.

                    I didnt taste coffee until my 20s, and at first it was instant coffee and I didnt think much of it. Then I had my first real coffee experience out of an old Atomic at a new friends house... and then I understood. You are so right - it is so much more than just the coffee; it is the ritual, the aromas, the shared experience.

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                    • #11
                      Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                      From the early 70s when I was 4 or 5 I remember my Italian parents would always make their coffee using a stovetop moka and grind their own beans using a blade grinder. I always loved the smell.

                      And later in the 70s I remember trying to make an espresso on my uncles 2 or 3 group lever machine at his pizza restaurant in Sunshine (vic). It was a struggle for a little 10 year old to pull that lever down! I think it was a Gaggia.
                      People use to come in and ask for a coffee and we would ask "what sort, long black, short black, cappuccino, etc." and the response would be "i dont know, just give me a bloody coffee!"

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                        Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                        My earliest memory of coffee was when my mother opened her cafe in 2009. It was at this time that my real love and passion grew and developed. Using Piazza dOro coffee on a simple Espressimo machine. My God I have come far! I remember frowning at espressos and saying they were "too bitter" Haha! Now I am eager to try a new single origin every week and bringing my skills up to the best they can be.. I am so grateful to have discovered my passion and I hope other people like me can do so too        

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                          Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                          My first memory of "coffee" is my father adding salt to his cup of International Roast to improve the flavour. I was possibly six or seven years old at the time. Later I remember the excitement of my mother and father when they were given a coffee percolator as a gift. But my father still added salt to his instant coffee. 

                          My first memories of an espresso machine was on a school excursion in Bundaberg in the late 1960s. I remember ordering a cappuccino.

                          My first memory of what coffee could be with a bit of effort was a plunger coffee using beans home roasted in an Imex CR-100 from my Beanbay sample pack in 2006. That was the beginning of a real adventure.

                          One unforgettable experience on the journey was steaming milk for the first time on my now two year old Rocket Giotto. I was amazed after reading so many posts and my own experiences with other machines just how easy the Giotto was to prepare milk.

                          Best wishes, Russell

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                            Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                            Originally posted by 4B78777D60465E37190 link=1311030917/1#1 date=1311031593
                            Like this one sitting in my den???
                            Thats the one. Thanks for sharing the photo Randy G.

                            Out of interest, is it in working condition?

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                              Re: What is your earliest memory of coffee?

                              Originally posted by 222B357071410 link=1311030917/13#13 date=1311118099
                              Thats the one.  Thanks for sharing the photo Randy G.
                              Out of interest, is it in working condition?
                              You are welcome. It certainly is working, and new burrs, if I was so inclined, are still available from Grindmaster!
                              The full story in Chapter 89 on my website, including photos of most of the internal parts.

                              Whenever I grind a batch of Hottop-roasted coffee for someone I use the Grindmaster to grind it for them if they dont have a grinder. It goes through 250 grams of coffee in a hurry, and it makes the house smell GREAT!

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