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I think that is how I first started putting milk in coffee, years ago. Hazelnut coffee smelled great but it needed an overlay not to have an aftertaste that was not like a strong black coffee "bite" has sometimes, but some other kind of bitter. Funny that I eventually tired of that flavor anyway and still didn't go back to drinking it black.
I used to drink my coffee black. I don’t remember why I stopped. I don’t even remember why I started. It probably had to do with the Douwe Eggbert they served at one of the casinos before Katrina. Talk about smooth! I beat my daughter to the shower every morning in Amsterdam because the common room served it (of course they did). But even their instant was amazingly good.

Now I put sugar-free French vanilla creamer in my coffee.
 

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This morning's coffee comprised a blend (of my own devising) of two different types of Ethiopian coffee, hot water, (obviously), organic, full fat, hot milk, and a generous teaspoon (or two) of organic, double cream.

Delicious doesn't begin to describe it. Indulgent, more like it.....
 

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I realised - as I was grinding the last of my Ugandan coffee (and my Ethiopian coffee is almost finished, as well), that I am about to run out of coffee over the week-end.

Hence, more coffee has (just now) been ordered.

A highly regarded coffee from Honduras, and an Ethiopian coffee ("natural", i.e. dried naturally on raised beds - rather than "washed") are - hopefully - on their way over the coming days.
 

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I usually have on hand a few pounds total of coffee beans from East Africa, Brazil or Central America, sometimes Kauai or Jamaica... and a 2-lb bag of Colombian beans as my go-to fallback. Totally shameless about suggesting coffee beans if someone is foolish enough to ask what I might want for a birthday or Christmas gift.
 

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I usually have on hand a few pounds total of coffee beans from East Africa, Brazil or Central America, sometimes Kauai or Jamaica... and a 2-lb bag of Colombian beans as my go-to fallback. Totally shameless about suggesting coffee beans if someone is foolish enough to ask what I might want for a birthday or Christmas gift.

My preferences tend to be the coffees from east Africa, but I have had some really good coffees from El Salvador (from the US Intelligentsia company), and once just once, had coffee (excellent coffee) from war torn Yemen.

I'm looking forward to the arrival of the coffees and I might add to them next week; a coffee from Costa Rica is winking at me.

Anyway, from having been well stocked, three bags of coffee were finished simultaneously this week, and, while my week-end supply seems to be okay, I'm not sure how long I can eke it out once next week rolls round, while I am awaiting delivery of my coffee.

Well, there is always LavAzza, for those inevitable emergencies....
 

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Well, there is always LavAzza, for those inevitable emergencies....

I no longer have a Keurig machine but a pal in NYC said you can even get LavAzza coffee in k-cup pods. Think I'd stick to the beans. And I've resisted getting another K machine for at least a few years now... I may still grumble when making that first pour-over cup, but it tastes much better so I may finally have consigned Keurig to the rear view forever.
 

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I no longer have a Keurig machine but a pal in NYC said you can even get LavAzza coffee in k-cup pods. Think I'd stick to the beans. And I've resisted getting another K machine for at least a few years now... I may still grumble when making that first pour-over cup, but it tastes much better so I may finally have consigned Keurig to the rear view forever.

Oh, these are beans, the sort of coffee beans that you can find in any half decent coffee shop or bakery, rather than having to order from the sort of specialist coffee shop - which sources their coffee from artisan, or ethical, or organic, single estate places.

Agree that pourer is far better - by far the least challenging (in the early brain dead hours of the morning) preparation method of 'real" coffee.

It is my 'go-to' daily method whereas French Press and moka pot are a weekly, or a fortnightly, treat or indulgence.
 

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woke up this morning to my iPhone telling me the current temp was 14 ℃ and the high would be 13 ℃ (yes, lower).

on a day like this, pre-snow mid-October, there is only one place to head to, in the late afternoon hours.



i hope you enjoy these !
 
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woke up this morning to my iPhone telling me the current temp was 14 ℃ and the high would be 13 ℃ (yes, lower).

on a morning like this, pre-snow mid-October, there is only one place to head to.



i hope you enjoy these !

Two lovely videos; thanks for sharing.
 

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Thoroughly enjoyed my coffee (a ix of Ethiopian and Ugandan) with organic, full fat, hot milk this morning. A civilised way to start an autumnal Sunday.

It wa accompanied by a croissant (heated in the oven), generous quantities of butter, and homemade (though not by me) raspberry jam.

And freshly squeezed orange juice.
 

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Today is my birthday. I’m officially social security ready (my first check will be deposited in December). I’m still sitting on the deck having already consumed 3 cups of coffee in a variety of flavors.

Any time now I will get up and fix myself a grilled cheese sandwich using one of the pepper jellies I got yesterday. Much better than cake!
 

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Today is my birthday. I’m officially social security ready (my first check will be deposited in December). I’m still sitting on the deck having already consumed 3 cups of coffee in a variety of flavors.

Any time now I will get up and fix myself a grilled cheese sandwich using one of the pepper jellies I got yesterday. Much better than cake!

Happy birthday, and may you have many more of them.

And, as I share your preference for savoury, rather than sweet food, enjoy your coffee, and grilled/toasted cheese sandwich with whichever one of the pepper jellies you bought yesterday that takes your fancy this evening.
 

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Today is my birthday. I’m officially social security ready (my first check will be deposited in December). I’m still sitting on the deck having already consumed 3 cups of coffee in a variety of flavors.

Any time now I will get up and fix myself a grilled cheese sandwich using one of the pepper jellies I got yesterday. Much better than cake!

And how nice to have a birthday in a season where weather's still at least balmy enough for enjoying time spent out on the deck. I wish you many happy returns!
 

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Today is my birthday. I’m officially social security ready (my first check will be deposited in December). I’m still sitting on the deck having already consumed 3 cups of coffee in a variety of flavors.

Any time now I will get up and fix myself a grilled cheese sandwich using one of the pepper jellies I got yesterday. Much better than cake!
Happy Birthday! 🎂
 

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Shortly after my French class had finished, I received an email which informed me that I am to expect a delivery of coffee tomorrow.

Wonderful.
 
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All this talk of coffee got me thinking.

We have a water dispenser with a Keurig type top, so that you can dispense cold water, hot water, or pop in a k-cup. When I make my tea, I generally use the k-cup part because the water is hotter. I put my tea in a bag and stick the bag in the part where the k-cup goes. Works brilliantly. So I suddenly started thinking how we hate the k-cups because of all the plastic...why can’t we just use tea bags for coffee. And it works just fine!

I will increase my regular Amazon order of tea bags and go back to buying cans of coffee.
 
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