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    Desperado

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    For the first time the post failed me and my coffee order from Andy didn't arrive before the weekend.
    (picture a forlorn Rocky standing hopefully at the front door every time a van comes up the street)
    I had just enough left of the Harrar Longberry to make two coffees for Son & self on Saturday but come Sunday morning....
    A scrounge of the downstairs fridge uncovered an almost full pack of Zaraffas ground for dripolator, left behind by my Daughter about 2 months ago.
    Checked the grind - very coarse - so into the grinder for a re-work.

    The pour looked a bit frightening with the first trickle very black but quickly lightening, prompting a decision to do the coffees as ristretto.

    End result, a Latte, a Piccolo Latte, and a Macchiato. All surprisingly drinkable although without the depth and length that we have become used to with Andy's beans.

    Anybody else had to drop their standards in an emergency?

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    Oh Joy!
    My WOW finally arrived.
    I had visions (caffein-withdrawal-induced) of some Postal worker enjoying a brew on me.
    (sorry Aust. Post for such unworthy thoughts)
    Roll on morning-tea.

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    my last desperate moment was actually drinking instant... and it was international roast.... *yuck*

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    I used to have a lot of difficult moments with friends offering me Instant.
    After a while I started carrying Coffee Bags(which I find infinitely preferable to any Instant) with me everywhere.
    I would say "Oh, sorry, Instant coffee has a bad effect on me (it does - it makes we want to puke!) but I've got some coffee bags in the car, I'll just get one".
    Now my friends all have a box of coffee bags in the pantry (lovely people).

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    Quote Originally Posted by okitoki View Post
    and it was international roast....
    *shudders* Industrial Roast doesn't even count as instant in my books...
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    Recently took the Bonneville up to Townsville and back, and stayed in a few dodgy motels en route. I avoided the coffee provided in all of them, and also did the coffee bag thing (Robert Timms) in desperation. Found a few reasonable spots on the way as well however.

    - Just north of Proserpine there is a small coffee plantation that has a small Café. (Whitsunday Gold Coffee) - Good coffee & cake.
    - Little Café round the back in Miriam Vale - did a reasonable coffee. (Fantastic compared to the 1 Macca's café one I tried in Rocky, which was foul and undrinkable)
    - Sexie Coffee on the highway near Maryborough. - very nice

    Took my own coffee to use at my daughters place in Townsville.

    GrahamK

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    Order mocha or flavoured latte ( i know i know), sugar will make it more pallatable

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamK View Post
    Recently took the Bonneville up to Townsville and back, and stayed in a few dodgy motels en route. I avoided the coffee provided in all of them, and also did the coffee bag thing (Robert Timms) in desperation. Found a few reasonable spots on the way as well however.
    - Little Café round the back in Miriam Vale - did a reasonable coffee. (Fantastic compared to the 1 Macca's café one I tried in Rocky, which was foul and undrinkable)
    GrahamK
    Graham there are a few places for good coffee in Rocky and Maccas isn't one of them. The Rocky Sexie Coffie in Bolsover St. is still THE ONE.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bazooka View Post
    Order mocha or flavoured latte ( i know i know), sugar will make it more pallatable
    Yeah, mocha is my fallback if I need a caffeine hit and there isn't a decent cafe available. Sacrilege I know but sometimes you don't have the option of proper coffee...

    Last time I had sugar in my coffee (my morning cafe cocked up) I couldn't even taste the coffee, it just tasted like "flat and sweet".

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    In light of the recent resurgence of interest in sugar as implicated in the "fat/cholesterol/coronary artery disease" issue, I have been reviewing my sugar consumption and there is no doubt that I eat a lot of the stuff.
    Whilst I put little or no sugar in espresso coffee, I have always put a couple of teaspoons in a cup of black 'coffee-bag' coffee or dripolator coffee.
    I have cut this down to one and it is amazing how quickly your taste adjusts to the reduced dose.

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    A local roaster sells beans through IGA - if I'm lucky, they can have stock which is less than a month since roast date (the roaster is a bit of a drive and closes way too early).

    I have on occasion had decent milk-based results from Woolworths Select coffee beans.

    I think if your coffee is a bit older, a Moka or similar will probably be more forgiving than espresso.

    It's a shame there is no method for really preserving that just roasted quality of coffee for even 6 months. Even vacuum sealing only gets be a few days extra out of a batch.

    I might start using my week+ old coffee to grind into little seperate vacuum sealed pouches for use with my Aeropress/Moka at work.



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