Espresso drinkers?

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    Jul 07, 2016 12:53 PM GMT
    Does anyone else in our community drink espresso straight-up and genuinely enjoy the taste of good espresso?
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    Jul 07, 2016 6:21 PM GMT
    Yes, if I have or make time to sit down at a quiet coffee shop and drink out of a demitasse cup and have small bites of sweet pastries icon_smile.gif (very infrequent indulgence). I did this as a teenager w/my friends elderly, non-english speaking grandparents (Italians, Greek and Polish). We smiled and nodded a lot. Several of them drank it black but SWEET! Fond memories. No idea where they got such good beans too back then in Upstate NY when the rest of mainstream USA was drinking lame ass canned coffee. The PNW is such a mecca for good coffee. I am so spoiled now.
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    Jul 07, 2016 11:01 PM GMT
    Yes, I do. Nothing better than a strong espresso or just black coffee. I do not put any sugar or cream. I can believe also how the prices of coffee have gone up. I also have a friend that loves his Nespresso machine to make good coffee.

  • HarborFighter

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    Jul 07, 2016 11:49 PM GMT
    Absolutely YES! I have a Nespresso machine. I start every morning with a triple Dharkan...three shots of pure sugar, cream, or milk added. Wonderful. I also travel extensively, organizing boxing events. I'm getting ready to do an around-the-world boxing trip. You can be sure that part of my travels always involve finding the best coffee wherever I go!
  • Rower1950

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    Jul 08, 2016 12:54 AM GMT
    I like espresso with a bit of sugar in it. Good espresso is hard to find. Espresso Vivace in Seattle makes good espresso and sells great beans that they roast in house. Their beans are roast -dated, so they are always fresh.

    Last year, my 12 year old espresso machine died. I'm still saving my pennies for a replacement.

    Has anyone roasted his own beans?
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    Jul 09, 2016 6:01 AM GMT
    I had one last week and it was really good: way better than coffee.
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    Jul 09, 2016 6:19 AM GMT
    I'll have an espresso once in a while. But I generally prefer a cappuccino. It's nice having the richness of the milk/foam in the mix.
  • buddycat

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    Jul 09, 2016 5:01 PM GMT
    I do, I used to make it or order it all the time. Making it is a bit of a pain though so main just drink iced coffee now that it is Summer.
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    Jul 12, 2016 9:30 PM GMT
    Good to see that others do. And I appreciate the insight into espresso machines for the home.
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    Jul 13, 2016 1:00 PM GMT
    I have a couple of espresso machines--one uses Nespresso capsules and the other uses coffee beans that I grind myself (pump-driven). They're both good, although I must say that the Nespresso machine is more convenient in that it creates less mess. BUT, when I REALLY want a GREAT cup of espresso, there's nothing better than my Giotto.
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    Jul 17, 2016 4:33 AM GMT
    Does a Cafe Americano count? icon_biggrin.gif .. it's just espresso, with hot water. I like to add heavy cream and a dash of cinnamon.
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    Jul 26, 2016 7:05 PM GMT
    Nespresso is surprisingly good. I only use it if there's one in my hotel room but it's the best instant espresso I've ever had.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jul 26, 2016 8:37 PM GMT
    I like espresso but I have to add sugar so I've never developed the habit. Though I got close when a hotel I was in for a week had a Nespresso machine. What I do do is mix about 1/4 Espresso beans in with 3/4 New Orleans French roast coffee. You get a lot of the espresso flavor but also the very dark roast french and you can drink quantities like americano. And no sugar. I buy a 2 lb bag of sugar about once every three years and most of that is eaten by guests with their coffee.
  • Fireworkz

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    Jul 30, 2016 5:30 AM GMT
    Not a big coffee fan but I do like a nespresso occasionally or a Mediterranean coffee.
    I had a Starbucks expresso once I don't think that was coffee in there.
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    Jul 30, 2016 7:09 AM GMT
    I like macchiato over Espresso, but there are times when I enjoy a good Espresso.
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    Jul 30, 2016 11:48 AM GMT
    I used to enjoy a good espresso... I'm a fan of a good strong coffee, taken black.

    Good espresso is getting harder and harder to find... so many good little coffee shops are getting run out of business by the Saxby's and Starbucks that keep popping up on every corner here in the city. they are horrible.
  • Menergy_1

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    Jul 30, 2016 1:24 PM GMT
    I am a coffee/espresso drinker -- all day, any time! I spent years in Italy, got hooked on the habit of strolling and stopping at a cafe' for an espresso or two. A cappuccino before noon at home or out starts my day still. (Italians say no cappuccino after noon!...icon_smile.gif. I graduated eventually from small home espresso machines (fill the small water tank, screw on the lid tight, make a so-so cup) up to a "prosumer" model (quasi-professional build quality and capacity) from Spain (Expobar brand). No automatic espresso machine for me, thank. I like the manual machine better: Makes excellent espresso, americana, caffe lungo , hot water on demand from the tank for tea or adding hot water for the americano. Commercial grade parts and service when needed down in Albuquerque NM about 50 miles from me. I also scored a used la Pavoni shiny copper and brass pull-lever home machine at a local shop for $90 -- working on restoring it for fun, and it looks classic and great sitting in my kitchen ! As you may know, these big prosumer and commercial machines are NOT inexpensive -- you gotta love drinking good coffee to take the plunge and splurge mucho $$$.

    I appreciate baristas even more than ever!

    Grinding the coffee beans as you need them is imperative. Fresh ground for each cup, in a Rancilio grinder from Italy! I buy espresso roast and also sample several other roasts and international sources of beans. A friend has brought me some Kona coffee beans as gifts too upon his return from visits to Hawaii. I like dark roast French, Italian roasts, espresso roasts (medium and sort of a reddish look to the ground coffee), but don't really like flavored coffees at all - the piƱon coffee of NM isn't to my taste either - nor the flavored stuff Starbucks and others do for the American consumer. Pure coffee, a good brew, and to taste - sugar, cream perhaps, and a smile on my face. And to be out in a quiet cafe' on the sidewalk in pleasant weather or in the evening -- delightful with a cup of coffee to enjoy and watch strollers and scenery, and good waiters attending. icon_smile.gif