I had a rather busy yet unproductive weekend. I drove around with the family getting a few errands done in San Francisco, and took a few longer drives to go out to a few places to eat. All of that car time really adds up, especially when a drive that normally should take 15 minutes, takes closer to 45 minutes. However, that is beside the point.

 

What all of this driving made me think about is how on every occasion I passed by some really great cafes, but did not enter one. Not because I wasn't craving coffee, but because I was and thought to myself. Hmm why am I going to pay x amount of money when I can make something as good if not better at home. Really at the end of the day all I want is the roasters beans to play around with myself.

 

I was lucky enough to source a half pound of Sightglass's Owl's Howl Espresso and De La Paz's Mission Blend. The espresso being a brigh variety, starting out with a citrus tang and then easing into a cherry liquor after taste, and the Mission blend being a dark roasted coffee with noticeable amount of a deep dark Sumatran making it's base. Both very good, and both kept me away from those shops and their 3 dollar cups of coffee.

 

Obviously, I am lucky enough to have good shops around me, and so it makes me wonder for those other out there. Does being able to make a good cup of coffee at home get you to

stay away from coffee shops?

 

Do you think it saves you money? Personally, I think it comes out about the same. I drink more coffee than I would if I went out and then all of the other things you overlook like cost of time and electricity. But in the end I like getting more bang for my buck so please pass me the pot of coffee instead of just that little 12 ounce cup.

 

Please check out this blog post about informal reviewers in coffee;

http://www.jimseven.com/2012/06/23/but-dont-you-taste/

 

Pretty interesting stuff.

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...to everything you said! <p>&nbsp;</p> I'm certain that I'm drinking more coffee than ever before, because I brew it at home and at work. And I almost never order coffee from a restaurant or coffee specialist store, because I'm much more picky than ever before. No doubt, my budget for coffee has gone up by one or two (!) orders of magnitude since the days when I was still brewing using a drip machine and a blade chopper. <p>&nbsp;</p> I liked Hoffman's latest post. It made me want to shout out, "Here I am! One totally untrained reviewer! Big on enthusiasm!"

Yeah right there with you on your thoughts on his post, I really like when he talks about topics about consumers and the like.

Submitted by jbviau on
Sure, I go out less frequently for coffee now. Some of this is merely a function of my wife having the car during the day though. What gets me out is (a) the opportunity to try coffees I don't have access to here and (b) the chance to have coffee brewed using methods I can't be bothered to master at home (e.g. siphon). I don't drink more coffee than before--maybe 2-3 cups a day. And I don't worry about cost, really; as indulgences/hobbies go, fresh coffee is still fairly cheap IMO. Hoffmann's blog post was good, but I think one could quibble with this line: "Perhaps this is why there is no effective coffee review with any impact on the market." Many sites certainly seem to *think* the score their coffees got on, say, Coffee Review matters to consumers!

about coffee review, it has got me to buy a few bags of coffee that is for sure. However, after having more than a few of their highly rated coffees, it really made me think otherwise of those reviews. The biggest reason is they don't have a wide review base from some of the most promient names in roasting in this country, which I think can marginalize their scores. How can you be relevant if you don't have a score of every Intelligentsia, Stumptown or Counter Culture coffee?

Submitted by GmanJenks on
Yes, I drink less coffee away from home than I did in the past. No, I don't let it stop me from having a cup when I am out. I love desserts, and can's stand having dessert without a coffee to accompany it.

I do find that a desert with coffee is a must, and with enough milk/sugar most things can become palatable.

I do not think I'm saving money with my coffee hobby :-) But if I was to only drink out in the shops, it would cost me a whole lot of money and time. I like the convenience of having the espresso at home and be able to pull shot at 2am in the morning (I know, I'm a little crazy sometimes...)

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I had a rather busy yet unproductive weekend. I drove around with the family getting a few errands done in San Francisco, and took a few longer drives to go out to a few places to eat. All of that car time really adds up, especially when a drive that normally should take 15 minutes, takes closer to 45 minutes. However, that is beside the point.

 

What all of this driving made me think about is how on every occasion I passed by some really great cafes, but did not enter one. Not because I wasn't craving coffee, but because I was and thought to myself. Hmm why am I going to pay x amount of money when I can make something as good if not better at home. Really at the end of the day all I want is the roasters beans to play around with myself.

 

I was lucky enough to source a half pound of Sightglass's Owl's Howl Espresso and De La Paz's Mission Blend. The espresso being a brigh variety, starting out with a citrus tang and then easing into a cherry liquor after taste, and the Mission blend being a dark roasted coffee with noticeable amount of a deep dark Sumatran making it's base. Both very good, and both kept me away from those shops and their 3 dollar cups of coffee.

 

Obviously, I am lucky enough to have good shops around me, and so it makes me wonder for those other out there. Does being able to make a good cup of coffee at home get you to

stay away from coffee shops?

 

Do you think it saves you money? Personally, I think it comes out about the same. I drink more coffee than I would if I went out and then all of the other things you overlook like cost of time and electricity. But in the end I like getting more bang for my buck so please pass me the pot of coffee instead of just that little 12 ounce cup.

 

Please check out this blog post about informal reviewers in coffee;

http://www.jimseven.com/2012/06/23/but-dont-you-taste/

 

Pretty interesting stuff.

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don't think so..

June 26, 2012 | by sontondaman

I do not think I'm saving money with my coffee hobby :-) But if I was to only drink out in the shops, it would cost me a whole lot of money and time. I like the convenience of having the espresso at home and be able to pull shot at 2am in the morning (I know, I'm a little crazy sometimes...)

@gman

June 25, 2012 | by intrepid510

I do find that a desert with coffee is a must, and with enough milk/sugar most things can become palatable.

Yes, I drink less coffee

June 25, 2012 | by GmanJenks

Yes, I drink less coffee away from home than I did in the past. No, I don't let it stop me from having a cup when I am out. I love desserts, and can's stand having dessert without a coffee to accompany it.

@jbviau

June 25, 2012 | by intrepid510

about coffee review, it has got me to buy a few bags of coffee that is for sure. However, after having more than a few of their highly rated coffees, it really made me think otherwise of those reviews. The biggest reason is they don't have a wide review base from some of the most promient names in roasting in this country, which I think can marginalize their scores. How can you be relevant if you don't have a score of every Intelligentsia, Stumptown or Counter Culture coffee?

Commenting aloud

June 25, 2012 | by jbviau

Sure, I go out less frequently for coffee now. Some of this is merely a function of my wife having the car during the day though. What gets me out is (a) the opportunity to try coffees I don't have access to here and (b) the chance to have coffee brewed using methods I can't be bothered to master at home (e.g. siphon). I don't drink more coffee than before--maybe 2-3 cups a day. And I don't worry about cost, really; as indulgences/hobbies go, fresh coffee is still fairly cheap IMO. Hoffmann's blog post was good, but I think one could quibble with this line: "Perhaps this is why there is no effective coffee review with any impact on the market." Many sites certainly seem to *think* the score their coffees got on, say, Coffee Review matters to consumers!

@barking

June 25, 2012 | by intrepid510

Yeah right there with you on your thoughts on his post, I really like when he talks about topics about consumers and the like.

+10

June 25, 2012 | by barkingburro

...to everything you said!

 

I'm certain that I'm drinking more coffee than ever before, because I brew it at home and at work. And I almost never order coffee from a restaurant or coffee specialist store, because I'm much more picky than ever before. No doubt, my budget for coffee has gone up by one or two (!) orders of magnitude since the days when I was still brewing using a drip machine and a blade chopper.

 

I liked Hoffman's latest post. It made me want to shout out, "Here I am! One totally untrained reviewer! Big on enthusiasm!"

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