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Everyone drinks coffee. Except those who don't of course. I was one of those few until about a month ago.

To me it was an acquired taste, just like beer or wine. It tastes like shit the first few times you have it but then you start to appreciate it and the effects it has on you, then you start to enjoy it. Next thing you know it's part of your daily life.

I used to get a hot chocolate when the office did a coffee run, but when I started trying to make healthier choices I still wanted that wake up kick and tried a cappacino (with many sugars) and it wasn't too horrible. I made some mochas with milo and instant coffee at work and they were bearable, kept you warm in the cold winter and gave you a kick to knock off the sleepiness.

Now it's part of my morning ritual, put the kettle on before I dish out breakfast, pour the coffee in my sexy Tupperware travel mug and drink it on the way to work or the train station. I even ordered an alcoholic affogato at Gold Class when we saw Batman and it was delicious!

I indulge myself every now and then with a cap when they do a coffee run, but mostly I don't hate the instant shit and would rather save $4 and put it towards a beer or two on the way home on Fridays ;)

I'm still not down with all the retarded lingo, it's like a different fucking language! I'm sure it will come in time as I try new things.

So what's your story, how did you get into it?

What do you usually have?

Instant, bag, snobby cafe shit only, or anything?

Any favourite brands?
Stamps
I started drinking it after college - it "seemed like the thing to do" - everyone was chatting and hanging out int he morning and then the afternoon. I starting drinking it with loads of cream and sugar to kill the taste - until one day I had some bad cream and threw up for about 30 minutes. Since then - all black baby :)

Here in Japan the shops sell shit coffee for you to brew. We have friends "sherpa" Dunkin Donuts ground coffee when they come over from the states. You can get a big family size bag of it for cheap there. It makes a nice brew actually.

I am not a fan of Starbucks - I think they brew their coffee too strong - its way more bitter to me than it should be. Tulley's makes a nice cup of coffee - I don't mind that so much.

There are specialty shops at department stores that will sell you a nice cup that tastes great - for like $10 - ouch!

In the US we had a KRUPS brewer - you bought these little cups and it brewed a cup at a time in like 15 seconds. Great machine - you could buy all sorts of different flavors, even order them online - loads of nice choices! I miss that - they have something similar here but the coffee is not as available and it actually isn't as nice tasting to be honest.
nusteyr
If I have to have instant coffee, it has to be either Riva or Moccona, mind you, if i'm desperate, i'll take what i can get.
have a coffee machine that grinds the beans, cant remember what beans I get though, from that i have double shots.
Stamps
I've not found an instant I can stomach.

Although - here they are selling BLACK by Georgia Coffee (all Japanese) in a largish can from a machine - it doesn't task like chemicals like most can coffee does here.
Fork
Stamps wrote:
In the US we had a KRUPS brewer - you bought these little cups and it brewed a cup at a time in like 15 seconds. Great machine - you could buy all sorts of different flavors, even order them online - loads of nice choices! I miss that - they have something similar here but the coffee is not as available and it actually isn't as nice tasting to be honest.


A lot of guys at work have Nespresso machines, where you get the little pods and it pretty much makes it perfect every time at the push of a single button.

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Is that the kind of thing you're talking about?

They seem pretty awesome, supposed to be very tasty with a lot of different flavours.. but I just can't justify the price. Maybe if I tasted one I'd get hooked, I should probably avoid them at the shops for that exact reason..

They even have special seasonal pods you can get like christmas ones and shit, very swanky.
Clownshoes
I got my sister one of those nespresso things for her birthday, there's a new one out and the price is more reasonable. The pods are like 40c each which is quite good. Ive found the purple coloured pod is pretty tasty out of a few I've tried.

For me I usually get Toby's Estate beans and grind them when needed instead of getting pre ground. Their main blend is damn strong and that's grat. Campos is for bitches.
Spoon
Fork wrote:
To me it was an acquired taste, just like beer or wine. It tastes like shit the first few times you have it but then you start to appreciate it and the effects it has on you, then you start to enjoy it. Next thing you know it's part of your daily life.


I've never been able to understand this mentality. If I don't like something, I just stop doing it. It seems ridiculous that you would force yourself to like something by subjecting yourself to something you don't enjoy over and over.

Someone got everyone coffees from the nearby cafe for a meeting we had a while back and I figured fuck it, I'll try to drink one and see how it is. Tasted like burnt wood. That was the start and end of my coffee journey.
retsgip
A good cup of coffee is like a good cup of beer. I don't touch cheap shitty beer unless I have to. Same with coffee, but in most cases it's the person who actually brews the coffee or espresso that is bad.
Darkshaunz
I get all hot and bothered everytime I drink coffee.

My skin starts to feel tingly, my heart beats weirdly, beads of sweat form, lips begin quivering and my face becomes flush.

Guess that's why I just drink water in the mornings.
Kat
I'm a tea drinker, I am the sort of person that could spend hours in those tea shops walking around, smelling all the pretties. It's not that I hate coffee, I'm just a snob and can't stand cheap and/or instant stuff.

There are only a couple of occasions I will drink coffee. If I have a coffee meeting at work and after a nice meal. If I have to go to a coffee shop, I tend to buy Chai latte if possible.

My friend has one of those pod machines and I always have a coffee at their place :P I tend to go to the weaker side and have to add sugar (I don't like adding sugar) because I do find it a little bitter but it is yummy and I enjoy it.
retsgip
Never knew Australians didn't like coffee. I only really learned to appreciate coffee after going to Europe. I was a Mocha and/or energy drink kind of guy, but a lot of small hostels I stayed at brewed coffee for us in the common room or made us espresso. Now that I've come home I've expanded my pallet and feel like I've opened up a new world to explore.

Starbucks beans aren't bad but practically everything on the menu involves pumping a mixture into your drinks which is what makes it bad for you (but taste delicious...)
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