As a soldier I drank a lot of coffee in the 70's, as an electronics tech and then a programmer till now I have drank even more. I know what coffee I like and what I don't but would like to post two simple questions to the board. 1 is purely opinion and one is a curiosity for me that I just cannot sort out:
1. What is your favorite coffee and why? I cannot stand French Roast or most Starbucks because it tastes burnt but Blue Bottle Coffee in San Francisco, usually roasted *that day* is hands-down the best I have had. Never bitter but carries a nice full flavor w/o being overpowering. Runner up: Fresh bean coffee on the island of Kauai. There is nothing like sitting on the lanai, sipping some of this and watching the sun set on the Pacific with the one you love. Nothing.
2. Even the finest beans bear the following instruction: Do not use filtered or bottled water. Huh? Some of the places I have lived have great tap water but brothers and sisters, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas has the cr@ppiest tap water I have tasted outside of Berlin (and they had an excuse: water pipes that had been around since WWII). Can anyone explain what the thinking is here? I just use clean water and be done with it but maybe a "real" coffee lover can explain how dodgy water is supposed to help...
Which reminds me, the coffee should be ready...brb!