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mr. ed

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Posted: 08/18/22 11:03am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OP here again. Well, I did the unthinkable this morning. I bought a jar of “Juan Valdez “ freeze dried coffee. I figured if anyone knows good coffee, that would be Senior Valdez! [emoticon] I normally wouldn’t buy instant coffee, since I’ve tried it and found it terrible. Maybe I was not trying “freeze dried”, which may be better than the other stuff (spray dried?).

Being used to grinding my beans just prior to preparation, this may prove to be a challenge. Haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll find out tomorrow morning. [emoticon]

BTW, i like what’s written on the back of the jar, “contains no alcohol”. Now, that would be some interesting coffee! [emoticon]

Well, I did try a cup, and it's a no go. I'll never buy instant coffee again. I should have known better! [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/19/22 04:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I tried the Juan Valdez instant coffee this morning. Nothing like freshly ground at all. Decidedly somewhat bitter, and not a pleasant experience. I'll try adding a little less coffee next time, to see if that helps. A little sweetener might help, but I never drink sweetened coffee, the only addition being a little half & half.

Directions on the bottle say that all hot milk may be used in place of water. I may try that, using my usual almond milk, to see if the brew becomes drinkable.

Failing that, I'll just stop drinking coffee until I find an improvement. Thankfully, my green tea with a little honey still tastes good, but I'll still still miss a good cup of joe for a while. I hope you folks are still getting enjoyment from your ccffee. [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/20/22 04:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, my coffee search may be over. for now. I took one last chance and purchased a bag of ground coffee (Seattle's Best Post Alley dark roast). I brewed a cup this morning, and it met my criteria; just a bit too strong, but I may be able to counter that by adding extra half & half. Next time, I'll buy the same brand, but medium roast.


I would still prefer whole bean product,if Seattle's Best could provide that. Anyhow, I can once again enjoy my pancake breakfasts with drinkable coffee! [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/20/22 07:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Coffee too strong??!! Nay, that's blasphemy, so such thing. If you can't stand a spoon up in it, it's tea. [emoticon]


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fj12ryder wrote:

Coffee too strong??!! Nay, that's blasphemy, so such thing. If you can't stand a spoon up in it, it's tea. [emoticon]


LOL! I've had Turkish coffee before, and liked it. It comes in a very small cup, is sweet, no milk or cream, and there are many coffee grounds mixed in. You could almost literally stand a spoon in the cup. [emoticon]

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Posted: 08/20/22 04:17pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Absolutely, had some of that when I visited Egypt. Couple of those, and things got a bit jittery. LOL But they were soooooo good, it was hard not to just keep drinking them.

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When on the Big Island a few years ago, I took a tour of Greenwell Farms, a family run coffee plantation that was one of the first established on the Kona coast. One of the trivial facts that landed in my brain was that green beans are good for no more than two years, and roasted beans are worthless after a single year. As others have pointed out, your date of purchase has nothing whatever to do with the age/freshness of the coffee. Given the recent supply chain issues, God alone knows how old stuff might be. It is quite possible that a supplier somewhere was scraping the bottom of the barrel and sold stuff that in more normal times they might have thrown out as too ancient/stale.

Being somewhat of a coffee nut, and a fan of Kona coffee, I've taken to buying direct from the farm. Greenwell Farms sells direct to the public, and I've enrolled in their coffee club, which automatically ships me a supply every few weeks. I know it's fresh -- the faint scent of coffee fills my mailbox every time a shipment arrives. But I am also willing to pay their price, which is currently around $40 a pound. It's my guilty pleasure.





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My stepson works for a company here in KC that stores the green beans and roasts them for several local coffee shops and suppliers. So we get our beans from him. We tell him when we need them, and he puts the order in and picks up the beans after they're roasted. Always fresh, and we get dark roast for $20 for 5 pounds. Gooooood. I've tried Kona, but prefer a dark roast over the medium. I once tried Jamaican Blue Mountain just to see what the hoopla was all about. Very much less than impressed, for what they charge, it should knock your socks off.

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Too bad there's no coffee plantations here in the Texas panhandle. So far, the Seattle's Best dark roast I mentioned earlier is working out OK. I'm adding extra half & half, plus using a little less grounds in my Mr. Coffee machine to counter the bit of bitterness. i'll look for medium roast next time (same brand). [emoticon]

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I gave up coffee for a while as my doctor advised me. I ate right, exercised regularly, took vitamins from Canada Drugs and drank a lot of water. It really improved my health. So, I decided to drink a cup of coffee and it didn't have the same aroma as before. I wonder if the manufacturer has gotten worse or if it's me?

* This post was edited 09/01/22 06:10am by oliviaolivv0101 *

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