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Thread: "Coffee Scrooges" how to save mony on coffee beans by various methods and techniques

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    "Coffee Scrooges" how to save mony on coffee beans by various methods and techniques

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    As the title suggests, this thread has absolutely nothing to do with making good coffee, and, everything to do with saving money on the beans we use'

    My first thought is to mix previously ground and brewed coffee with freshly ground beans at a predetermined ratio, starting at approx 20%, an obvious and immediate money saver.

    Don't be shy, lets hear em.

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    You're pretty miffed that a few people in your "All supermarket is coffee is shit" thread had a slightly different viewpoint hey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DuaneDibbley View Post
    "All supermarket is coffee is shit"
    Exactly! your words not mine, I note you were able to go off topic in one post! well done.

    Miffed! not in the least, amused? highly.

    Lighten up a little Duane, I started both of these threads somewhat tongue in cheek
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    Reminds me of a thread from long ago with a great reply from TOK http://coffeesnobs.com.au/general-co...tml#post559006

    Quote Originally Posted by TOK View Post
    "Cheaper options" are actually extremely expensive at any price because after you brew the first cup you will understand the necessity to run out and buy something else that is more palatable.

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    Haha! Nice one Yelta.

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    You can't beat the leftovers shot.. The leftovers of multiple bags all less than one shot combined for a one off. You don't get to dial it in - but when you get lucky it can be delicious.
    Stingy and tastey

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    You guys drink the stuff from the drip tray right? Pouring that down the sink would be such a waste, gotta be a few cents worth of coffee there for sure
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    Used pucks can be frozen with a pop-stick insert, and make great "coffee icy pops". Have these every second day instead of coffee. Your coffee budget will be halved.
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    Accidentally read Gavisconi007's post first. Became HIGHLY confused, read the rest of the thread, then I understood.

    I collect all of my drip-tray contents and evaporate the water, makes excellent instant coffee in a pinch
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    I use the doser as a knock box. Haven't bought beans in 18 months
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    Quote Originally Posted by trentski View Post
    I use the doser as a knock box. Haven't bought beans in 18 months
    Nor penicillin
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    I bottle the used backflush detergent from the machines at work. It's got coffee in it and the detergent is nice and foamy so you don't even need milk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noidle22 View Post
    I bottle the used backflush detergent from the machines at work. It's got coffee in it and the detergent is nice and foamy so you don't even need milk.
    Dandruff makes excellent milk powder when supplies run low.
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    Rather than throwing away the rear filter from the Hot Top every ten roasts, cut them into 4 perfectly round circles, sew two together around the circumference, and attach a tampon string. These make great "Robert Timms Coffee Bags" for in-laws.
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    Originally Posted by Gavisconi007

    "Dandruff makes excellent milk powder when supplies run low."
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    Rather than throwing away the rear filter from the Hot Top every ten roasts, cut them into 4 perfectly round circles, sew two together around the circumference, and attach a tampon string. These make great "Robert Timms Coffee Bags" for in-laws."

    Ewwww.... and Yuck!


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    This thread -> @#%^%^#$
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    Threads certainly take on a life of their own don't they, this one didn't head in the direction I expected it to, mind you it could only ever go down hill.
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    When entertaining make a double lungo, using 15 grams of beans for a yield of around 120 gram coffee, taking around 75-90 seconds and split 4 ways. Saves time as well as $.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Threads certainly take on a life of their own don't they, this one certainly didn't head in the direction I expected it to, mind you it could only ever go down hill.
    What were you expecting?!

    Maybe we should be lacing our coffee grounds with the oh-so-famous-for-the-wrong-reasons minute rice! Proper volume in the basket for a shot, weaker brew...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtW View Post
    When entertaining make a double lungo, using 15 grams of beans for a yield of around 120 gram coffee, taking around 75-90 seconds and split 4 ways. Saves time as well as $.
    I like the concept ArtW, however suspect it's already being done.

    On my recent trip to the Riverina I had coffee from cafe's in Cobram, Tocumwal, Finley and Deniliquin, every one of em tasted as though they had used your method, and, as an extra cost saving used supermarket beans.

    Full marks to em I say, with attitudes like this costs can be kept astonishingly low, unsure of what it does for repeat custom, judging by the amount of business these places were doing, not a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    What were you expecting?!

    Maybe we should be lacing our coffee grounds with the oh-so-famous-for-the-wrong-reasons minute rice! Proper volume in the basket for a shot, weaker brew...
    Was wonderin about the use of a filler, minute rice may just work, it has a bland taste (very much like supermarket beans) and wont tend to disguise the nuances of the particular SO your working with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Was wonderin about the use of a filler, minute rice may just work, it has a bland taste (very much like supermarket beans) and wont tend to disguise the nuances of the particular SO your working with.
    The risk is expansion at different rates to the coffee puck and starch extraction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by readeral View Post
    The risk is expansion at different rates to the coffee puck and starch extraction...

    True- may well cause channeling and early blonding...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    On my recent trip to the Riverina I had coffee from cafe's in Cobram, Tocumwal, Finley and Deniliquin, every one of em tasted as though they had used your method, and, as an extra cost saving used supermarket beans.
    Ah yes.

    The standard country town coffee method.

    For bonus points, serve at 99C in a cup the size of a soup bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gavisconi007 View Post
    True- may well cause channeling and early blonding...
    I think lentils is the key

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Was wonderin about the use of a filler, minute rice may just work, it has a bland taste (very much like supermarket beans) and wont tend to disguise the nuances of the particular SO your working with.
    Can be used to clean the grinder at the end of the day as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by herzog View Post
    Ah yes.

    The standard country town coffee method.

    For bonus points, serve at 99C in a cup the size of a soup bowl.
    Ha, exactly what happened in Finley, ordered a double espresso, A cappuccino cup filled to the brim with steaming black liquid arrived at the table, when questioned the server emphatically informed me this was their version of a double shot, and would not be corrected, at this point a nice young gentleman stepped in and pulled a double shot in to a small glass, looked better, sadly looks can be deceptive, tasted like a four way split lungo made with supermarket beans, guess they tried.

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    I intend to collect the chaff from my roaster, and percolate this in a tea-pot.

    Saving $$$ while p1$$1ng off my tea-drinking friends - win:win

    -Alchemiser-

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    Quote Originally Posted by -Alchemist- View Post
    I intend to collect the chaff from my roaster, and percolate this in a tea-pot.

    Saving $$$ while p1$$1ng off my tea-drinking friends - win:win

    -Alchemiser-
    You can brew a passable cup of tea using the leaves of a backyard camellia bush.


    Otherwise try brewing a pair of old gym socks.

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    Heh, cafes do have plenty bags of spent pucks they have trouble getting rid of - might start with that and ask around! I can get some if anyone needs that (postage not covered though).

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    Or...

    You could do this...

    Mal.

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    That's very costly Mal.
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    That's very costly Mal.
    But you only need to worry about the expense briefly because you would soon be dead.
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