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01.24.08

Coffee Wars

Bites: News and Miscellany


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Everyone is all abuzz about Starbucks test marketing $1 cups of coffee. Some speculate the reason they’re doing this because of a threat from McDonald’s and their “premium” coffee push. What’s really sad about this is, that McDonald’s coffee is horrible. This isn’t some high foodie snobbism either. I know because I tried the stuff every Monday (they give it away for free) from four different McDonald’s in the last month in an effort to see if it was any good. It’s not. In fact it may be worse than whatever they were doing in the early ’90’s. The cups I’ve tried have ranged from a watery to burnt to having the faint aroma of cardboard. Ironically, even though it seems there’s a Starbucks on every corner, it proves once again that convenience, aka drive-thrus, and million dollar marketing pushes are more important than actual quality.

Starbucks on the other hand, while decent, isn’t the be all end all either. I tend to think of it as coffee marijuana, which is to say it’s a gateway to discovering better things. Since this decade in human history is supposed to be all about rediscovering flavor and redefining the food chain, I leave you with my daily dose for the best quality home brewed cup at the most economical price:

1) Buy French Press
2) Buy Burr Grinder - Bodum is a reasonable economical option
3) Buy a pound of Intelligentsia coffee. La Perla de Oaxaca is my favorite, when it’s in season.
4) Filter cold water through a Brita or otherwise
5) Heat that water to about 205 degrees Fahrenheit—do not boil or you’ll have burnt beans
6) Steep ground beans for four minutes in that hot water, press the entire mixture and then pour.

One Comment on "Coffee Wars"

wclark

I agree completey with Michael’s comments and only add that Metropolis Coffe on Granville near Sheridan is worth a try.
Clark



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