COFFEE!

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    Jul 31, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
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    It’s surprising when something that was once considered questionable for your health turns out to have health benefits, usually with the proviso to use it “in moderation.” That happened with chocolate and alcohol, and now it is coffee’s turn. Study findings from 2004 and 2005 suggest coffee might actually be good for us. However, coffee hasn’t been completely exonerated.

    Coffee contains antioxidants that may offer some cardiovascular protection, and research is showing that it reduces the likelihood of developing diabetes, which is itself a major heart disease risk factor. But it also increases homocysteine levels and may have negative effects on the aorta. In general, when a risk factor has been carefully studied and the results flip back and forth like this, it often means that if there is any harm or benefit, it’s pretty minor.

    Here’s some of the mostly good news about coffee.

    Do you have any favorite LOCAL OWNED AND OPERATED coffee shops in your area?

    I'll go first.

    Cafe Abir at 1300 Fulton Street in the Western Addition/NOPA district of San Francisco.
    Not only do they make great coffee, but they also have happy hour beer prices which are cheaper than coffee!!

    Wicked Grounds at 289 8th Street in the SoMa/Folsom District of San Francisco.
    When you ask for your cream whipped, you really get it whipped!
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    Jul 31, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    I love coffee!

    My absolute favorite shop is Stauf's in Columbus, OH. It's really located in Grandview which is a small suburb only a few mile west of downtown. If any of you go, I recommend getting your coffee clover pressed.
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    Jul 31, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    aero89 saidI love coffee!

    My absolute favorite shop is Stauf's in Columbus, OH. It's really located in Grandview which is a small suburb only a few mile west of downtown. If any of you go, I recommend getting your coffee clover pressed.


    I'll have to try that one day.

    I love coffee... well I guessed iced/frozen coffee. which isn't really coffee anymore I suppose lol.
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    Jul 31, 2012 1:57 AM GMT
    The only "Indie" cafe we had here was Sabra and it was located in the really nice area of Hunter's Creek in Orlando. It is gone now and when I lived in HC, I went there after they opened....Ecccch! The French Roast was like boiled shoe leather (with the sweaty socks boiled right with them).

    Sabra lasted less than a year......
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    Jul 31, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    I drink coffee merely to wake up in the morning, and have it at no other time during the day. It's purely functional to me, not a holy ritual, and I spend no more money or time than the bare minimum on it. Swallow it down, wake up, move on.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    suprisingly Sonic (the fast food place) has the most ballin ass coffee
  • LJay

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    Jul 31, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    As I recall, one of the characters in Guys and Dolls says that "Coffee is so good it must be a sin."

    Two tiny 16 oz. cups in the morning is about right for me. Much more and I start enjoying it to the point of calling my confessor.
  • Import

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    Jul 31, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    I will stop at nothing to get my coffee in the morning.
    It's ridiculous. But I need it
  • FireDoor211

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    Jul 31, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    I actually manage a coffee house/ music venue here in Houlton. We serve coffee from Gimme Coffee in Ithaca NY. They are the best I've found so far.

    http://www.gimmecoffee.com/

    Dial it up, order a bag, grind it up and enjoy. They have some of the most delicious coffee ever.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    Couldn't stand the stuff.... then my doctor told me to have a coffee without sugar every time i had asthma instead of using a puffer. Man it worked... unfortunately now i drink about 3 cups a day.. and i have to have it... i love the stuff
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:37 AM GMT
    It's a brilliant vasodilator! It's also great for migraines!
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
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    *drools*
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    Tough thread for me....gave it up a week ago.
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    Jul 31, 2012 3:57 AM GMT
    Love my moka pot. Makes great stove top espresso. Excellent energy boost before a gym workout.
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    Jul 31, 2012 4:05 AM GMT
    Love coffee and Cigarettes bad i know i drink about 8-9 cups a day
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    Jul 31, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    Love love love coffee! I grew up in Italy, land of the espresso bar and namer of espresso, cappuccino, caffellatte, macchiato, breve, etc. Once I was in an espresso bar with the entire office staff (25 people) and each of us ordered a different drink by pure chance.

    I have two local roasters/coffee bars around the corner and can't recommend either. When I want a good cup of coffee, I usually head to Peet's, the big evil chain.

    The key, as with all things Italian, is consistency. In Italy, you'd go to the same bar day in and day out, and you would avoid the new barista just because (s)he doesn't make the coffee the same way as your regular.

    The Big Chain Whose Name Ends Not Coincidentally In Big Bucks suffers from underpaid staff that changes (in some locations frequently). Ergo: inconsistent coffee. Peet's seems to have the HR situation under better control. My local roasters seem not to train their staff at all, and ordering the same drink can get you totally different results.

    Addendum: I am not a snob in general. Only when it comes to chocolate and coffee. :-)
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    Jul 31, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    My favorite all time coffee house closed down decades ago--now, wherever and whoever is serving Peet's Coffee, originally only available at Vine and Walnut in Berkeley.

    http://www.peets.com/who_we_are/history_vine.asp

    Peet's on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peet's_Coffee_%26_Tea

    However, the big news from last year was that coffee protects men against the most lethal form of prostate cancer.

    http://www.webmd.com/prostate-cancer/news/20110517/coffee-may-lower-prostate-cancer-risk]

    And the best part of the news...six or more cups of Peet's per day will reduce the risk by 60% of the most lethal prostate cancer !!! Been drinking more than that all my life, fortunately.

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    Jul 31, 2012 4:46 AM GMT
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  • FireDoor211

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    Jul 31, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    If u're making a vegan frappe, you have to go with almond milk. It's much thicker and will give you the right consistency
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    Jul 31, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    Researchers believe Coffee helps ward off dementia and parkinsons disease.

    I have found the Via Starbucks Instant Iced Coffee to be a suitable caffeine delivery system. Just add water.

    Gets the colon movin' in the morning. icon_cool.gif

    But, the version with the caramel candy on the front...

    It's disturbingly gross, like... Starbucks, WTF? Now I double check and make sure I don't pick one up by accident.