Coffee Shop III

candler

Hello, everyone. I had to smile. I was looking for a discussion about coffee pot cleaning. I did a search on GW. One of the results was mine. In it I commented that I was 70.

Well, some years have definitely gone by. I hit 80 a few months back. For those still around from back then I hope you enjoyed our talks, too.

I think I actually began that topic with just Coffee Shop. Maybe not. On seeing a decline I know several tried to keep it more alive. Maybe the time had just run its course. Seems that's the case with much too much these days. Regards, Gene

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emma

It seems like most forums have gotten very slow and I don't think that is a bad thing. It means they are busy with their families and lives.

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candler

Hello, EmmaR. Well said. I originally came to this site a couple of years after my wife had died. I hope your are right. Regards, Gene

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emma

If I am right I sure do envy them. I don't have any family......................................that I want to be with. So it is movies, books and jigsaw puzzles. LOL

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Becky

Gene, add vinegar and run the pot to clean.
For you great coffee shop folks, I wanted to let you know that Gerry1117, my sister who loved all things gardening and used to post here, died on March 7, 2014. After months of vague symptoms and having doctors thinking she had gall bladder issues, etc., she learned in late January that she had stage IV lung cancer. We miss her terribly. We have shared her books, her plants, her favorite coffee mugs, her journals, and lots of tears. If I knew how, I would post the Word file we shared with family and friends. I was with her at the end and we shared meaningful reflections.
Gerry's birthday is Nov. 17. I like to think she is going to be celebrating it with her oldest son who died at age 21.

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kayjones

Becky, I'm sorry for your great loss. What was your sister's GW name?

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Becky

Kay, her GW name was Gerry1117. She had been off the garden forums for awhile but had really enjoyed them when she was an active poster. Thank you. Becky

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kayjones

I'm sorry I don't remember this name. Just the same, she will be missed on the forums where she participated.

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candler

Hello, Becky and everyone. Thank you very much for letting us know about Gerry. I'm very sorry. The news is very saddening. I hardly know what to say. I enjoyed the few times she and I were together. Also, our continuous email corresponding. She always spoke highly of her family and friends. She seemed to enjoy all of her contacts on the Garden Web. When she spoke of her pets it was always with a smile. I think her GW name might have been SwampSprite or maytbe that was her email. I'm not sure. I think the name came from her home area in S.C. She seemed to be proud to live there. From pictures I saw the name fit. Thanks again for letting us know. Regards, Gene

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candler

Good morning, All. I sometimes wonder if I can break "old habits". I used an electric percolator until maybe the 60's or 70's. Then I went to the standard drip type of today. Along with that I've used brown filters ever since. Mine is a 12-cup. I recently bought a $15-$20 5-cup maker just to give it a try. It has a wire basket filter but I don't like what appears a messy way to remove grounds. I feel that removing grounds with a paper filter requires less overall effort. The only paper filter I've found for the 5-cup is white. I suppose its the bleached type I've read about. I've cleaned the 5-cup very well but have not yet used it thinking maybe one day I can find a brown filter. Yep, old habits. I've found brown "cone" filters but not 5-cup. They do not work. Regards, Gene

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eclair

Can't you just make the amount of coffee you want in your 12-cup and use those brown filters? Half the water and half the coffee would make 6 cups. One-third the water and one-third the coffee would make 4 cups.

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marylmi

I used my 10 cup drip coffeemaker every day but only made two cups of coffee. I also used the brown filters. Now that I have bought a Keurig one cup, I only use the drip one for company.

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candler

Hello everyone. Thanks for your help. I don't recall exactly how a fellow on TV phrases it. I guess I sometimes tend to hear/read sensible logic and substitute my own. I hope you get my drift.

This particular coffee issue began because my kitchen cabinets are too low. They were okay for my old coffee maker. About all 12-cups are now built with top-rising lids to access the reservoir and basket. I have to drag it out from under the cabinet to accommodate it, and myself.

I've studied coffee makers in stores and on the Net. Yes, just as you suggested, I am using brown filters; 6 ounces+ of coffee; and 20 ounces of water. I may or may not make an afternoon pot. My 5 cup maker is in the pantry along with white filters. My French press is in the pantry along with its peripherals. I have an electric percolator on a basement shelf.

I've seen coffee makers that might work but were up around $75-$100. Being that they might wind up on a pantry or basement shelf I passed. Thanks again. Gene

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marylmi

Candler....could you cut the brown filters down somewhat to. Fit your 5 cup coffee maker? I love the French Presses and use mine often.

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candler

Hello, mary7060 and others. Good thoughts about trimming the brown filters. I tried cutting the large ones to fit 5 cup maker. I'm not very artistic nor blessed with patience. I kept thinking I could flatten it enough to maintain a shape for the basket. It didn't happen. That doesn't mean it can't be done. It's just that I didn't spend enough time to see it if would work. You did toss out a thought for me to try a small white filter in the French press. My big hang up with the few times I tried it was removing the grounds. What a mess. Maybe cutting a different filter might work. Thanks again.

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candler

Howdy. I happened to be searching GW for advice on making home brewed carbonated soft drinks. When searching I came across the foregoing note that I wrote a year ago. Time certainly flies doesn't it. Seems especially true as I get older (be 82 in March). Today January 3, 2016 so Happy New Year to Everyone.

No, I'm definitely not giving up on coffee but I don't drink it after 3-4PM. One of the grandchildren was telling me about their homemade drinks and it sort of interested me. I think its called something like Kombucha(?). It's all or partly a health drink, I think. I'm looking for a variety of flavors that is easy to prepare. I've read a little about Sodastream but need to read more.

At Christmas I got an interesting 6-variety coffee sampler that's from Starbuck. Over the years I've tried so many coffees that it will surprise me if one of the samples grabs my attention but I can always hope.

Best regards to all of you. Gene

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candler

Hello everyone. I hope your Holidays are peaceful. Seems I get back to this site a lot less than I use to and only drop by when it's about coffee or maybe a computer question.

When Houzz dropped the THS format and replaced it for what they have now it did something to me. Among other things THS had was that I needed the ability to correct my spelling and do general editing of my posts. That's no longer allowed. So, just I tossed in the Houzz towel.

Now about coffee. My mainstay of coffee has been Maxwell House French Roast Bold. I've used it for probably 20+ years. I keep trying other coffees and bet I've drank at least a couple of hundred different kinds.

I try to find samplers but it's not that easy. I also always try to find MHFRB in 11 oz cans to try to have visions of freshness whether it is or not. I get about four cans at a time. Has anyone recently found a coffee that the flavor really jumps out at them?

This morning I was down to one can. Being old, old I often purchase stuff like that on the Net and have it home delivered. I decided to check Wal Mart website as I've done before. What a shock. Their MHFRB was $7.00 a can. Double their former price.

Admittedly it's been a few months since I ordered their coffee because I've found it on sale at local supermarkets around $3.75. I did not study their other coffees but on glancing it seemed they were only around $4.00. But $7.00 for 11 oz? Wow.

I'm always wishing everyone well. I think it natural that this season brings with it memories. I hope for you all of them are good ones. Regards. Gene

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candler

Hello again. I guess I'll reply to my comment. Today is December 19. I looked at my coffee on the Wal Mart site just to see if their ad still read $7.00. Nope. Their 11 oz French Roast Maxwell House now reads $3.84. I guess it was just a typo. I like WalMart. I'd like to take credit for their price change but thought it would eventually be corrected. Glad I didn't order. Happy Holidays, Everyone.

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marylmi

Candler

How is your coffee search coming along? I have been trying a lot of different brand's this winter. Wish I could find Melitta in stores but no luck so far.

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candler

Hello marylmi. Looks like we have our own coffee site doesn't it? Thanks for being here with me. For last Christmas I got a pound of Starbucks; McDonalds, and Dunking Donuts as presents. The kids and grandkids claim I buy anything I want so it doesn't allow them much choice for presents. Maybe I should give suggestions.

As I recall I think I liked McDonalds best of the three but was sort of glad when I was back with Maxwell House French Roast Bold. I had normally been given small sampler packs and my sampling was a bit much with pounds. Since coffee is just for me It takes 2-3 weeks to go through a pound.

There's a Bo Jangles a few miles down the road. I like their coffee. I even asked if they have it in pounds to try it at home but no one seemed to know. Of course all of we coffee drinkers realize water affects it. I'm on well water and don't know what they use. I would have rated it about at least an 8.

A few years back I had Melitta in a sampler box but don't recall the taste. I suppose they have several blends like most companies. I use to rate coffees by putting a 1-10 number in a note pad. I don't recall what happened to it. Thanks for responding. Regards.

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marylmi

Yes it seems like not too much coffee activity! I see you have McDonald's mentioned in your coffee you received. I didn't know they sold it by the bag. I'll have to check this week. Actually the last few times at Burger King the coffee was super good So now I have a mission! Thanks!

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candler

Happy Holidays marylmi. Thanks for your response. I hope this one is pleasant. As for me I've gotten so old I can't make a decent assessment of how I should feel. I am in the process of sampling a different size container of my staple coffee and am looking forward to a couple of new coffees I got for Christmas.

I've drank 11 oz. Maxwell House French Roast Dark for years. A few weeks back I got a couple of 25.6oz containers just because I wanted to see if it might be the same. I don't think so and will eventually return to 11oz.

For Christmas I got a pound of Summit Coffee and a pound of Community Coffee. Summit has an interesting name. A young fellow named Alex Lowe was an avid outdoorsman. He was killed in an avalanche on Everest in 1999. His bio is on Wiki. As the story goes Lowe was a friend of a coffee house owner. When Lowe died the owner named his company Summit as a tribute.

The Community Coffee sounds like a general use name but I always like trying different ones. I like to keep coffees wrapped and fresh as I can. With still having the large container of my staple it will be a while before getting around to the Summit and Community. Happy New Years. I always wish everyone well. Regards.

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lovemrmewey

Mr Candler, it appears that interest in this forum is greatly decreased! But how are you and are you still on your coffee quest? I am no expert and generally drink Folger's but oh, I must have my coffee in the mornings! I have been told that when I was very small and could barely reach the top of the table, I would tiptoe and empty all the coffee cups after a meal! I could never have coffee at home when growing up, but when we visited my grandparents, they would let me have all I wanted and my father would not say a word. Of course, it was one-half milk but I was very happy with it!

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candler

Howdy. Yes, the site is slow. I smiled when I looked for my log in data. I still have the former "That Home Site" on my Rolodex. It seems patrons for the Home Site forums and the Garden Site forums are significantly less than back in the THS days. I've been around going on twenty years. When Houzz took over it seems they would have followed the "if it ain't broke - don't fix it" rule.

About a year ago Summit opened a coffee house at Asheville NC. It's in the River Arts district. I stopped by a couple of weeks ago. Clean and interesting. Coffee was decent and so was the large cookie I had with it. They seem to go together. The River Arts area has mushroomed and is attracting lots of people. Most under 40. I felt out of place.

Interesting story about your first coffee. My folks had a coal cook stove to perk their coffee. They always bought JFG because it had redeemable coupons. I don't even remember when I gave coffee a try. I'm sure making up for it now. Thanks for your reply. Ron

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marylmi

Having a coffee break and enjoying " Seattle's Best Portside Blend." First time trying it and I like it. Still trying to find the Mellita coffee pods but so far no luck.

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candler

Good morning, Marylmi. Thanks for responding. You've got me interested in trying the Seattle's Best Portside Blend and the Mellita. I got on eBay just to check out their availability. I'll try Seattle in a month or so and Mellita somewhere down the road. I only recently renewed my Maxwell French Roast Bold supply and it seems I always have to let it dwindle down before testing other brands.

One of my grandkid's brought me a BD present of a bag of Pike Place Roast. I'd never tried it. From the labeling it reads Starbucks and also Seattle, USA. Could it be ground there? The label reads "Store coffee in an airtight, opaque container at room temperature and use within a week of opening.

That train has long left the station. I opened it about four weeks ago because it was new. I only did about four cups. Not bad but will know more when I do the rest. I saved it in its tightly folded bag as I've done with bagged coffee in the past. I thought that might do as well as one of my MH containers.

I'm glad you liked the Seattle coffee. I like to have something to look forward to and will sure be giving it a try. Regards. Ron

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candler

Well folks. Ever since Houzz acquired That Home Site around 2014 my experience has been a love/hate relationship. I still continued to use the site to ask about computers, coffee, occasional DIY issues, and so on. I really didn't care for the new format Houzz implemented at that time. I sent them an "if it's not broke don't fix it" suggestion on several occasions. I still think showing the latest response at the very end of a topic made no sense.

It has been a month or so since I was on their site. Today is June 11, 2018. Apparently Houzz has again decided, in their infinite wisdom, to again make multiple formatting changes. It seems they are intent on loosing whatever clientele they might have retained from their 2014 snafu.

I found it confusing to follow whatever they have done. As for me it will be unlikely I will spend much time trying to locate sites and data within their conglomerations. It's just too irritation dealing with changes such as theirs, Bing, etc. Yes, I do recognize the only person who cares is me. I wish everyone well. Good luck.

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