Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-29-14, 12:59 PM   #1
lsberrios1 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
lsberrios1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atlanta GA
Bikes: '13 Spech Roubaix SL4 Expert
Posts: 2,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Espresso for Roadies

Hello,

As I sit here with my cup of nicely brewed espresso I wonder, which espresso do roadies prefer? I am not decided on which one I like most. I am Puerto Rican and my fiancee is Italian so my experience is limited to those two types of coffee. So far I am very happy with Cafe Crema from Puerto Rico. My fiancee is a Lavazza lover. Ran out of Cafe Crema and bought an unknown Italian coffee that I have to say it is pretty darn good. The brand is Medaglia D'oro. It was cheap and I am not paying 12 dollars for a back of ground coffee!

What is your preference? What do you roadies drink for optimal performance and max focus!
__________________
Cat 6 going on PRO....
lsberrios1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:03 PM   #2
RPK79
Senior Member
 
RPK79's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: SE MN
Bikes: Fuji Roubaix Pro & Fuji Track Classic
Posts: 8,023
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 340 Post(s)
I don't go for the whole espresso thing. I like regular black coffee brewed in a french press. Usually buy Caribou coffee by the lbs and grind it just before brewing.

I usually have a cup or two before going on bike rides. I say this so that the content of this thread isn't deemed off topic and it meet the same fate as 'roadies and watches'.
RPK79 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:03 PM   #3
bikemig 
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Bikes: A lot of old bikes and a few new ones
Posts: 10,156
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 144 Post(s)
Don't take this too personally but the cuban stuff is top notch, like the cafe bustelo. We drink a lot of lavazza expresso at home. Still the best expresso in this hemisphere is made in Argentina since the country is more Italian than Spanish, .

I'm a huge fan of a french press as well.
bikemig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:16 PM   #4
lsberrios1 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
lsberrios1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atlanta GA
Bikes: '13 Spech Roubaix SL4 Expert
Posts: 2,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
Don't take this too personally but the cuban stuff is top notch, like the cafe bustelo. We drink a lot of lavazza expresso at home. Still the best expresso in this hemisphere is made in Argentina since the country is more Italian than Spanish, .

I'm a huge fan of a french press as well.
Blasphemy! . I do like livazza a lot but I have a problem with Italian espresso. I like the espresso flavor with american serving size. Can't do the 1:1 sugar to coffee ratio! Never had french press. I have to add I am very new to the coffee world.

Quote:
Originally Posted by RPK79 View Post
I don't go for the whole espresso thing. I like regular black coffee brewed in a french press. Usually buy Caribou coffee by the lbs and grind it just before brewing.

I usually have a cup or two before going on bike rides. I say this so that the content of this thread isn't deemed off topic and it meet the same fate as 'roadies and watches'.
I used to do the american coffee because I took joy in drinking coffee for an hour but I think I found I like the flavor of the espresso better. I just have 3-5 triple espressos a day in hopes that someday I will achieve warp speed.
__________________
Cat 6 going on PRO....
lsberrios1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:33 PM   #5
chaadster
Thread Killer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Bikes: '15 Kinesis Racelight 4S, '76 Motebecane Gran Jubilée
Posts: 7,789
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 166 Post(s)
The magic in espresso is less the beans and more the equipment and technique. I've got several quality roasters in town, most of whom make good blends for rich, not too chocolatey espresso, but only a couple of joints can pull a decent espresso. So, make mine locally, fresh roasted, and a doppio macchiato (please velvetize the whole milk and pour through; dry-assed foam doesn't get it.)

At home, a strong, dark roasted, low acid, auto-drip coffee is enough to get me right for a ride, but I'm pretty generous with the sugar, too. Not candy level sweetness, but noticeable. Same for espresso: balanced sweetness and bitterness.

Occasionally, I'll bust out the old school Bialetti Moka Express when I crave that real Italian flair and flavor, but usually it's more a pain in the butt and ultimately less satisfying than what I can produce in my auto drip machine, so it comes out rarely.
chaadster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:34 PM   #6
inspclouseau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Gevalia - I work from home and rock a pot a day.

I love espresso, but it just feels odd unless I'm relaxing before noon and being in Austria.
inspclouseau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:34 PM   #7
dbf73
TFO
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Plymouth, MN
Bikes:
Posts: 244
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Lavazza Espresso Bars - preground 8 oz bricks. Good stuff.

before this thread gets moved, how many espresso shots do you do before hitting the road for a ride? 2 double shots for me

Last edited by dbf73; 05-29-14 at 01:40 PM.
dbf73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:40 PM   #8
rpenmanparker 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: 1990 Romic Reynolds 531 custom build, Merlin Works CR Ti custom build, super light Workswell 066 custom build
Posts: 20,167
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 604 Post(s)
Medaglia d'Oro is very well regarded for a widely distributed brand. It used to be the standard before the popular Italian brands were widely available. There is an inexpensive Latin American brand called El Pico you might like. I love PR coffee. Maybe you should set up an importing business for it.
__________________
Robert

Quote:
Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
No matter where I go, here I am...
rpenmanparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:44 PM   #9
rpenmanparker 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: 1990 Romic Reynolds 531 custom build, Merlin Works CR Ti custom build, super light Workswell 066 custom build
Posts: 20,167
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 604 Post(s)
Why is there so much dispute anout what double means? Some people think like me that it means double the grinds and double the liquid colume that is expressed. Others make a double strong "ristretto". They use double grinds but only express a single volume.
__________________
Robert

Quote:
Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
No matter where I go, here I am...
rpenmanparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 01:54 PM   #10
bt
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 2,665
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Folgers
bt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:01 PM   #11
lsberrios1 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
lsberrios1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atlanta GA
Bikes: '13 Spech Roubaix SL4 Expert
Posts: 2,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
The magic in espresso is less the beans and more the equipment and technique. I've got several quality roasters in town, most of whom make good blends for rich, not too chocolatey espresso, but only a couple of joints can pull a decent espresso. So, make mine locally, fresh roasted, and a doppio macchiato (please velvetize the whole milk and pour through; dry-assed foam doesn't get it.)

At home, a strong, dark roasted, low acid, auto-drip coffee is enough to get me right for a ride, but I'm pretty generous with the sugar, too. Not candy level sweetness, but noticeable. Same for espresso: balanced sweetness and bitterness.

Occasionally, I'll bust out the old school Bialetti Moka Express when I crave that real Italian flair and flavor, but usually it's more a pain in the butt and ultimately less satisfying than what I can produce in my auto drip machine, so it comes out rarely.
It is true, it's not easy to roast a good espresso. I use the little manual espresso maker and I think that works pretty good. I have not gotten behind the art of actually doing a good one or buying expensive machinery for it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Medaglia d'Oro is very well regarded for a widely distributed brand. It used to be the standard before the popular Italian brands were widely available. There is an inexpensive Latin American brand called El Pico you might like. I love PR coffee. Maybe you should set up an importing business for it.
I think I've had that El Pico. My family gets Bustelo when they are in the states but they drink it with milk. I do not like it too much. We also drink Alto Grande which is supposed to be the finest puerto rican coffee but I am not sure. That is actually a great idea. I have family back home who are in the coffee business. Maybe it's time to partner up.
__________________
Cat 6 going on PRO....
lsberrios1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:01 PM   #12
Lazyass
Senior Member
 
Lazyass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: NC
Bikes: '11 Focus Culebro, '99 Specialized FSR XC Pro, '97 Raleigh R700, '94 Diamond Back Axis TR, '92 Paramount Series 5, '88 Centurion Lemans, '86 Univega Nouvo Sport
Posts: 4,953
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 44 Post(s)
A No Doze tablet when I wake up. Water and grape Powerade the rest of the day. I thought espresso was hip and cool in my 20's. Then I finally figured out it made me more tired.
Lazyass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:15 PM   #13
RIRview
Senior Member
 
RIRview's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Long Beach, CA
Bikes: Trek Domane 6.2 Project One
Posts: 419
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg illy.jpg (12.7 KB, 5 views)
RIRview is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:22 PM   #14
rpenmanparker 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: 1990 Romic Reynolds 531 custom build, Merlin Works CR Ti custom build, super light Workswell 066 custom build
Posts: 20,167
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 604 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by lsberrios1 View Post
It is true, it's not easy to roast a good espresso. I use the little manual espresso maker and I think that works pretty good. I have not gotten behind the art of actually doing a good one or buying expensive machinery for it.



I think I've had that El Pico. My family gets Bustelo when they are in the states but they drink it with milk. I do not like it too much. We also drink Alto Grande which is supposed to be the finest puerto rican coffee but I am not sure. That is actually a great idea. I have family back home who are in the coffee business. Maybe it's time to partner up.
Yeah, I know Bustelo too. When we were living in the Northeast for graduate school and couldn't get our New Orleans coffee like nowadays, we drank El Pico and Bustelo made as drip coffee for café au lait.
__________________
Robert

Quote:
Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
No matter where I go, here I am...
rpenmanparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:27 PM   #15
inspclouseau
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Central Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by RIRview View Post
aye! I do like illy.
inspclouseau is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:28 PM   #16
bikemig 
Senior Member
 
bikemig's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Middle Earth (aka IA)
Bikes: A lot of old bikes and a few new ones
Posts: 10,156
Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 144 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Yeah, I know Bustelo too. When we were living in the Northeast for graduate school and couldn't get our New Orleans coffee like nowadays, we drank El Pico and Bustelo made as drip coffee for café au lait.
I like chicory coffee but it is very much of an acquired taste. So what do you like for New Orleans coffee?
bikemig is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:33 PM   #17
BillyD
Super Moderator
 
BillyD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Hudson Valley, NY
Bikes: Merlin Cyrene '04; Bridgestone RB-1 '92
Posts: 17,559
Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 351 Post(s)
The arrogance in this thread is just outrageous.

DunkinD ftw.
__________________
See, this is why we can't have nice things. - - smarkinson
Where else but the internet can a bunch of cyclists go and be the tough guy? - - jdon
Titanium and Steel Divisions
BillyD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:33 PM   #18
slavik13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: KS
Bikes: 2014 Cannondale Supersix Evo UDi2
Posts: 59
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nespresso. I know the purists scoff at it, but it's awesome. Especially when you have two small kids - it's very fast and good at charging your batteries.
Besides, these guys seem to like it:

slavik13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:36 PM   #19
GHill762
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: Western IL
Bikes: Trek 820 - starter bike
Posts: 24
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
another here for carribou coffe, no cream or sugar, black - medium or dark roast.. I also prefer properly done french press over any other style of brew and don't care much for espresso..

Last edited by GHill762; 05-29-14 at 02:46 PM.
GHill762 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:36 PM   #20
rms13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Santa Clarita, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 6,110
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 65 Post(s)
Black coffee in french press for me too. I like this stuff a lot. Good bang for the buck

https://www.freshroastedcoffee.com/blackknight
rms13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:48 PM   #21
Dunbar
Senior Member
 
Dunbar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: SoCal
Bikes: Roubaix SL4 Expert , Cervelo S2
Posts: 2,930
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Kind of a coffee snob here. I home roast and this is my blend of choice for cappuccino and americano. Good roasted espresso is expensive ($20+/lb.) so it's worth it to home roast at less than half that cost and get exactly what I want.
Dunbar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 02:57 PM   #22
dbf73
TFO
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Plymouth, MN
Bikes:
Posts: 244
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
DunkinD ftw.
but we don't have it locally so we'll just have to muddle through with the espresso or Swedish Plasma (traditional weak Minnesota style coffee)
dbf73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 03:05 PM   #23
lsberrios1 
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
lsberrios1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Atlanta GA
Bikes: '13 Spech Roubaix SL4 Expert
Posts: 2,476
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 7 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
The arrogance in this thread is just outrageous.

DunkinD ftw.
a troll mod!
__________________
Cat 6 going on PRO....
lsberrios1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 03:05 PM   #24
rpenmanparker 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Houston, TX
Bikes: 1990 Romic Reynolds 531 custom build, Merlin Works CR Ti custom build, super light Workswell 066 custom build
Posts: 20,167
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 604 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bikemig View Post
I like chicory coffee but it is very much of an acquired taste. So what do you like for New Orleans coffee?
When I was growing up, my mother always bought Union Coffee and Chicory. I think that was because you got a free pound for 10 bag fronts (like filling up a reward card at a sandwich shop). But it was damn good coffee. Nowadays we use only French Market Coffee and Chicory (the so-called "City Roast" or Dark Roast). It is far, far better than CDM or Community. Luzianne is also good. And we only drink it au lait style. We make the coffee very strong (one cup of grounds to make 8 coffee cups of coffee) in a Mister Coffee drip maker. Note that much coffee grounds absorbs a lot of water, so it takes about 9.5 coffee cups of water to yield the 8 cups of coffee. Then pour milk in a cup until it is about 4/5 full then fill with the coffee until it is the "right" color Into the microwave it goes until the desired temperature. We use skim milk, so the right flavor for us occurs at a somewhat darker color than if you use whole or reduced fat milk.

Note also that the brewed coffee in a jar will keep in the refrigerator forever (only the slightest exaggeration). The idea of having to make it fresh every day is irrelevant to this method.
__________________
Robert

Quote:
Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
No matter where I go, here I am...
rpenmanparker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-14, 03:07 PM   #25
Jed19 
Senior Member
 
Jed19's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 4,228
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by GHill762 View Post
another here for carribou coffe, no cream or sugar, black - medium or dark roast.. I also prefer properly done french press over any other style of brew and don't care much for espresso..
+1.

Sugar and/or cream in coffee? Blasphemy! I was introduced to strictly black coffee by a girlfriend in college, and how you brew, and the water quality is tres important.
__________________
Regards,

Jed
Jed19 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:52 AM.