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Topic: adulterations (3 msgs / 95 lines)
1) From: Paul Jolly
Steve D wrote:
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Hear, hear, Steve! I make my (cough) drip coffee
with (cough cough) paper filters in a (ahem)
Braun pot and put (oh god) a bit of sugar in
along with (holy cow!) some half-&-half.  It's a
damn fine cup, regardless of whatever the coffee
snobs might claim.
That said, I drink my afternoon coffee black.  I
see (or more appropriately TASTE) the reasoning
that Tom and others have laid out:  some beans
are more complex when roasted light and drunk
straight.  Any Costa Rican falls into this
category, for me.  But whatever suits ya is what
matters most...
Paul
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2) From: Ed Needham
I put coffee drinks into two categories.  Coffee and dessert drinks.  Coffee
makes a wonderful flavoring for milk and sweet syrupy drinks.  I sometimes
put cream (milk) and sugar in coffee.  I rarely do it when the coffee is
really good, but I do it, and I like it.  I drink capps, lattes, syrupy
drinks and occasionally office coffee (bleeck!).  In the summer, I've even
been known to plop a scoop of vanilla ice cream into a hot cup of black
coffee.  It's great!
I think there is a place for variety, but to savor the 'most delicate' tastes
of an incredible coffee, great care must be taken to be sure it is
uncompromised by poor roasting, storage or brewing, and it surely can't be
adulterated with additives.  Putting additives in coffee might make a really
great tasting drink, but you lose out on many of the intricacies of top notch
beans.
Regards,
Ed Needham
ed

3) From: John - wandering Texas
Ed,
    Well said sir!  I think that should be a part of our charter in the
Coffee Snobs Association ;O)  My kids called me a CSA for several years -
then I bought them their own pile of beans and a roaster.  Now the eschew
some of my favorites as being dull and without enough body!  But they
haven't called me a coffee snob for a long time now ;O)
    I quit putting cream in my coffee when I was stationed in Germany - and
they gave us tropical cream to help get rid of it.  Well it would separate
and turn a faint green and go to the side of the cup.  ONCE was enough and I
quit using cream.  Then without the cream the sugar was overwhelming.  BLACK
ARMY COFFEE is in a class by itself - but after 2 years 10 months and 22
days I thought that was what coffee tasted like.
    I quit teasing my peers about using "kid stuff" when I noticed the
ingredients of the latte that I was making for my wife.  I still use milk in
my Cappucinno or Machiato and that's it - but I don't tease or complain.
But I do know that MY coffee tastes better without all that stuff.
John - going for a shot of Brazilian and waiting on the flames


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