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    Whats your earliest coffee experience?

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    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.


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    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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    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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    Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

    Quote 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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    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.

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    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. :)

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    Quote 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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    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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    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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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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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    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.

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    Wow! Some great l little stories here :),

    My first exposure to coffee was when I took notice of what my Grandmother (Oma) was making in the kitchen after our tribe went over for a Sunday lunch. I would have been about 6 or 7 I guess (about 50 years ago anyway). As always with me, it was that wonderful aroma of freshly ground, freshly roasted beans that got me going. My Mums parents migrated over here from Holland just after the 1st World War and they brought a lot of their culture over here with them, one of them being the necessity to drink great coffee.

    Not sure where the beans came from but they were always fresh and I guess there must have been a friend in the coffee roasting business somewhere because I dont remember them ever roasting at home. Anyway, after grinding in an old but much loved manual grinder, the coffee was transferred to an heirloom sort of thing, looked like an old pour-over/drip coffee maker but made from porcelain. I was only ever allowed a small taste as 6 or 7 was considered too young to be drinking coffee. From that day to this, I have never imbibed from an instant coffee jar and always sought out the best coffee I could. Seems natural that I would eventually become a coffee snob wouldnt you say ;D,

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    Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

    I remember my daughters first experience with coffee:

    The first coffee she made me (at a very young age) was a bit of a shock to the system.

    It was instant and I liked it strong, but this was something else.

    When asked how many spoons of coffee she put in the cup, the answer came back "3 heaped, why? ".
    It seems that she figured shed put in the same numbers of spoons of coffee as the Milo that she put in her milk.
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    good thread!

    my first coffee experience was probably making coffee for my dad, and thinking it stunk really bad.

    when I was about 14 or 15, Id been to the Metro in Sydney to see a band play. I bought a iced coffee milk thing, thinking it was caramel, and really liked the sweetness of it. Kept trying to replicate it with instant and loads of sugar.

    Then I moved out (5-6 years later), started going to Bacino Bar in Dee Why regularly and became hooked on quality coffee. Thanks to this site and coffegeek, my standards have shot through the roof.

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    Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

    hey Mal, my dad moved over here from holland in the late 50s ... hes a coffee addict too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baristacrat link=1159074438/0#8 date=1159102017
    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 *>:(
    ahh Hot Gossip ... during my early years working in hospitality, Hot Gossip was one of the cafes that got me wondering what all the excitement about espresso was. Sitting in there of a morning, watching the staff operate (wrestle?) the fantastic looking lever machine, how copuld you not be fascinated?

    Growing up id bean a drinker of instant or drip filter, basically whatever my father made at the time. In hindsight, the quality wasnt there but I have been drinking coffee in some form since my early teens. Once I finished school, moved to the city and started working in cafes, my fate was sealed.

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    My first experience with coffee was my mum making me and my friend icy cold coffee milkshakes when I was about 12 years old. It was sickly sweet with heaps of ice cream in it, which is a pre-requisite for a milk shake I spose ;D
    I felt like such a grown up drinking coffee, even though it was instant and in milk shake form :-[

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyj link=1159074438/15#18 date=1159276923
    hey Mal, my dad moved over here from holland in the late 50s ... hes a coffee addict too.
    I think it goes with the territory mattyj 8-),

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    yeah. I met some dutch relos a few years back, aunty, cousins etc. we went out for a day, and when we got back, my aunty started making coffees (instant). before I was even halfway into mine, she was up making a second round. by the time Id finished my cup, she was onto round three!

    theyre all mad.

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    Re: Whats your earliest coffee experience?

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    Dont know about the instant..... From memory I cant ever recall my Nether-relies getting into that at all. It was always freshly ground from beans that someone had roasted not many days before. I know some of the relies even came over from Indonesia from time to time and they always brought beans with them to spread around to the less fortunate members of the clan.

    Great memories from that time (the 50s), a couple of uncles were bakers, one a pastry chef who made the greatest cream do-nuts Ive ever had, then and since; another branch were into the European Deli side of things, great tucker from there too. Good coffee just seemed like a natural part of all of this.... thems were the days,

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