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    Default Coffee

    I roast and grind my own fresh columbian coffee that I then prepare in a bodum french press.

    Any other coffee fanatics here???

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    Default You're not alone

    I share your interest in fine coffee, however...

    What is a "bodum french press"?

    I have a number of "coffee makers" here in Tonga...
    filter cones, percolaters, and a German-made "press"
    (I don't know what else to call it), and the venerable
    "cowboy coffee" boiler.

    Incidently, Tonga produces a very fine organic arabica
    coffee, which is available for export from the Kingdom
    Coffee Company. If properly roasted and ground, it is
    quite good.

    That said, I prefer a blend of various beans, dark roasted,
    and prepared in a fine grind, suitable for filtration.

    A single-variety coffee is fine, but a blend provides
    fullness...both in aroma and, of course, taste.

    My early morning routine includes both a relaxing
    straight razor shave, and a couple of cups of fine
    coffee.

    Thanks for the thread!

    Best regards,
    Paul Kidd
    Pangai, Ha'apai
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    PaulKidd, The Bodum is a brand name. If your press looks like a glass mug with a handle and has a funny looking lid with a plunger hande that you push straight down with a funny metal mesh and spiral contraption on the inside that holds the coffee down when depressed, then you have the same thing as the Bodum french press.
    Here in Australia we just call 'em Plungers. Like a womans bra, they come in a variety of cup sizes.

    I love my coffee, but these days I stick mostly to decaffinated.

    Mick

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    Quadruple espresso for breakfast every morning with a little steamed milk and chocolate sprinkles on top. A great start to the day

    Rancillio Silvia and a big commercial grinder that works really well oh and not forgetting great fresh beans from my local coffee merchant free delivery too

    ian

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    Default Gidday mate

    Mick..."Plunger" it is! Makes fine coffee.

    After several attempts, I've finally settled on an "all
    stainless steel" plunger. A friend of mine brought it
    to me from Germany.

    Previous glass models broke, plastic ones were garbage,
    and the only other versions I've seen were either just
    plain junk or the filter was just not fine enough for my
    choice of grind.

    Thanks for the post, mate!

    Paul
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    G'day Paul, I have a variety of plungers as well. The one I like best is a glass Bodum single cup job. Having said that, I use one of those 'Drip-u-lator' things...Like you see in those nasty fast food places. It drips the water through the coffee, through a filter of one sort or another and on into the pot. I have a couple of those 'cowboy' perculators as well, just small ones, as they travel well on a motorbike.


    Mick

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    Default Cowboy coffee

    I learned this "cowboy coffee" recipe from a real cowboy
    cook, while working for a pack outfit in Colorado:

    A #10 can full of water...call it a "billy"...about 2 liters
    Bring it to a boil
    Toss in a big handfull of ground coffee and a pinch of
    salt...plus any egg shells left from breakfast
    Let it boil for about a minute
    Remove from fire
    Throw in a dash of cold water
    Wait a few minutes to let things settle
    Enjoy.

    For me, that's Cowboy coffee!

    It may not be as "fine" as coffee brewed in some sort of
    fancy apparatus, but it sure is good!

    All the best,
    Paul

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    Beauty! You can count on that one being given a go next time I'm out bush. Thanks Paul.


    Mick

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    Default Try it at home

    Mick....You can even try it at home.

    But the wood fire, the fresh air, and a "bush" setting
    makes it all the better.

    In fact, it probably doesn't even work, except in the
    bush.

    But it's worth a try, right, mate?

    Paul

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