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You're a bunch of sick fuckers...just like these whacked out Nordish, ice-fishing, snowmobile riding, lutefisk eating Lutheran numbnuts in Minnesota who pay $10 a cup to drink coffee made from beans found in mongoose shit. I kid you not.

Very pricey coffee at Minnesota coffee shop - Slashfood

Even the "good stuff" makes me shit my eyeballs out and gives me the shakes. It's a god awful concoction - like anything for which you have to 'develop a taste'. Coffee drinkers also benefit from sleepless nights, and instant asshole-breath (just add cigarettes). Very attractive.

Isn't Hawaiian "Kona" coffee subject to age restrictions, or was that just something I overheard while my son watched Lilo & Stitch?

LOL. That was in Lilo and Stitch.
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I drink 2 cups of coffee a day, made at home through one of these (picture of espresso machine omitted).

I'm sorry to say, but the US just does not know how to make coffee - period.

We would only use a coffee press in an emergency, just not very good coffee from them either.

Australia has become a nation of coffee snobs, we even critisize the Italians.
I absolutely agree that espresso is the best, but I would still be adding hot water to it for the *americano* bastardization. However, for a few reasons I think the coffee press is a good second.

One, even a basic espresso machine (at least a quality one and not that Mr. Coffee knockoff at Target) is several hundred dollars. It's fairly large and can be really messy. Moreover, if you don't clean it regularly with some interesting chemicals, the stuff it begins producing is only marginally better than road tar (maybe still better than bat guano).

The coffee press is cheap (relatively speaking, $20 to $100 depending on design, materials and size), small, virtually noiseless and cleanup is a breeze. While it's not as good as the espresso ideal, it's the closest I've found to it and so much better than drip...

And DR, not to quibble -- or to say I doubt your veracity, which I don't -- (and granted I haven't crossed to Europe, the middle east, Uzbekistan, etc.), but cafetière? I was looking for a press on the web and of the scores of sites and links I visited or reviewed, I'd never heard that word until seeing your post. Everything I found called them either coffee presses or french presses...and as you point out, there was no way I was going to try to start a (relatively) serious thread on OT with the word "french press" in the initial post.

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The French press killed Lady Di.

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wow its too bad the rest of the world is missing out
in canada we have a chain called tim hortons
they produce the best necter of the gods in the world
its so popular that they opened one up in afganistan for the canadian
soldiers .to date there are over 5000 stores in canada and they are moving into the usa,
plus thair price for a cup of love is $145 cdntaxes included.

those canadians.
eh
Eh, just being huge and expanding everywhere isn't terribly convincing as to quality. Starbucks is so pervasive that in most major US cities you can sit near the window in one Starbucks and be able to read the facial expressions of patrons in the Starbucks across the street. At O-Hare there's at least one on every concourse, much less in the main terminal (I think that's the highest concentration of Starbucks in the known universe). And the city of San Jose, CA, with a population of only 600,000 or so, has more than 400 of them. And their coffee ain't that great.

But if I see a Tim Hortons, I'll give it a try, but not drip. No way.

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I think the coffee press is a good second.
One, even a basic espresso machine (at least a quality one and not that Mr. Coffee knockoff at Target) is several hundred dollars. It's fairly large and can be really messy. Moreover, if you don't clean it regularly with some interesting chemicals, the stuff it begins producing is only marginally better than road tar (maybe still better than bat guano).
There is something in between the $400 Espresso machine and the 'Coffee Press' - it's called a stove-top Espresso pot.
It's pictured in my last post, and available in sizes from 1-shot to 9-shots.
An original Bialetti (the best) will cost you between £8 and £30, and outlive you - every single piece of it being available as a spare part.
You can take it anywhere, even use it on a campfire.
You clean it with plain hot water - no soap or detergent.
Better taste than a Press, less dough than a Gaggia.

and Thrillkill's right too.

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"And DR, not to quibble -- or to say I doubt your veracity, which I don't -- (and granted I haven't crossed to Europe, the middle east, Uzbekistan, etc.), but cafetière? "

See 190 Evo's post above. I expect 'coffee press' was adopted in the USA due to the problems you people have with pronunciation. Words like croissant, herb, Worcester and Southwark come to mind. Now, when it comes to marketing, that's a different matter. 'Coffee press' it had to be. ;-)
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Jeanine Garofalo's famous line:

"Well they finally did it, they just opened a Starbucks in my living room".

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Here is a bargain coffee machine for the Eurotrash "Americans get their coffee from McDonald's folks":

Costco Gaggia Syncrony Digital SuperAutomatic Espresso Machine

It doesn't allow the finer adjustments for the perfect Crema coffe you find in the best Swiss hotels- like my Jura Capresso, but it is a step up from the slog that they guzzle in the apartment blocks of "Europe". If they only knew what life in America was really like. Thankfully our liberals do a good job of spreading the Ugly American myth.

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^^^^^^

You know Davey, you come across as someone who drinks TOO MUCH strong coffee. ;-)
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"And DR, not to quibble -- or to say I doubt your veracity, which I don't -- (and granted I haven't crossed to Europe, the middle east, Uzbekistan, etc.), but cafetière? "

See 190 Evo's post above. I expect 'coffee press' was adopted in the USA due to the problems you people have with pronunciation. Words like croissant, herb, Worcester and Southwark come to mind. Now, when it comes to marketing, that's a different matter. 'Coffee press' it had to be. ;-)
Yes. You have your "secret handshake" words. I have had my turn playing the brutish yank when I commited the cardinal sin of expressing confusion over pronouncing Magdalene "Maudlin".
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