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wayner123
04-29-2010, 02:29 PM
This is my first post in here and it comes after years of frustration with co-workers. I have had it with them not filling the pot when they are done, making a mess and screwing up a simple task of making coffee.

I am not a coffee connoisseur by any stretch of the imagination, but I do want to get to a point where I can enjoy more fully my cup o' joe. I have been reading over the past couple days and I got a list of sorts for a cubical/office desk setup.

1. Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
2. Aeropress Coffee and Espresso maker
3. Some sort of whole bean storage (not sure on this yet)

Being a total noob about coffee, I am certain I have missed some things. I will be using a few of the recommended online vendors, and no roasting my own... for now. Any thoughts as to my setup? Or maybe a better setup of your own to suggest?

Mister Moo
04-29-2010, 08:31 PM
Bodum Columbia French Press
Cuisinart Burr Grinder
Breville Stainless Electric Kettle

Save money? Keep the beans in the bag in a drawer; substitute a pourover filter for the press.

Ranger_B
04-29-2010, 09:08 PM
You could always go with a Keurig. Nice and easy. Grab some K cups pre measured and filled "Pod" type things add water to the brewer put in a pod and press go.
https://www.keurig.com/allbrewers.asp?mscsid=NSSEV0F0MAW89M3SEFENE6HKJ89X 0R89

Brutus2600
04-29-2010, 10:10 PM
We have a Keurig at the office. While it saves you making sure everybody takes part in keeping up with the coffee pot...I think the pre-packaged coffee pods are pretty awful. If you can get the pod where you can put your own grinds in then I'd consider that a good alternative.

The french press is a good idea, but cleanup in an office might be annoying.

Wharf Rat
04-30-2010, 03:01 AM
If you work in open cubicles, as I do, I suspect your coworkers will take issue with a grinder. Nobody appreciates extra noises. But, grind it at home for the day would work!

mosesbotbol
04-30-2010, 05:52 AM
You can half pound or even quarter pound bags of ground coffee from most coffee vendors and that could save you from buying a grinder. I would not go more than one work week with pre-ground coffee.

wayner123
04-30-2010, 07:38 AM
If you work in open cubicles, as I do, I suspect your coworkers will take issue with a grinder. Nobody appreciates extra noises. But, grind it at home for the day would work!

You can half pound or even quarter pound bags of ground coffee from most coffee vendors and that could save you from buying a grinder. I would not go more than one work week with pre-ground coffee.

Both of these thoughts crossed my mind. Thank you.

It may be in poor taste to ask here, but how well does your local grocery grinder work? I don't have any roasters close by and my only options are to buy a grinder, buy pre-ground, or go to the super market with my beans and grind them there.

irons
04-30-2010, 08:47 AM
I keep my grinder in the break room and nobody even touches it. I think they are afraid or something.

My local mega-market chain has a good grinder. I don't drink much coffee at home on the weekends, so I buy 1/4 - 1/2 pound and put it on the turkish grind. Comes out like find saw dust. Perfect for pan cooked or drip machine. The bulk stuff has a decent quality and selection. Tends to be fresher then the bags.

tedrodgerscpa
04-30-2010, 08:53 AM
It may be in poor taste to ask here, but how well does your local grocery grinder work?

Surprisingly well, actually. I used the one at the grocery store when I was learning my moka pot. Turkish grind, fine espresso, coarse espresso....

A hand grinder is also an option, but probably too much work if you're grinding anything larger than a double espresso

Mister Moo
04-30-2010, 09:18 AM
...may be in poor tasteThat would be coffee pods; everything else here is tasting pretty good.

Your point on using a grocerystore grinder is a good one for press coffee. New(er) store grinders perform fine for press and others, well worn, will throw a lot of fines/dust. Either way, the coffee will taste good if the beans are OK. Fresher everything is always better when it comes to coffee but sometimes you can't always have everything, darn it.

mosesbotbol
04-30-2010, 10:25 AM
The only thing I would consider with the store coffee is there could be remains from the previous grind which could be flavored coffee or what have you... You'd notice it more when you are just grinding a little. All in all, probably not that big a deal.

slickster81
05-06-2010, 05:31 AM
I've got an Aeropress at work Wayne, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

JaKaacH
05-06-2010, 06:17 AM
I've got an Aeropress at work Wayne, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

WHat he said.
Grind it fine at the store or at home. Easy clean up too. If you have a hot water dispenser on the "cooler" or in the break room then you don't even need a kettle.

The Aeropress has won me over. :tu
I ran out of the coffee that I take to work the other day so I used the Folgers custom roast:confused: that was in the break room, the Aeropress even made that drinkable, very smooth.

KenyanSandBoa
05-06-2010, 01:40 PM
We have a Keurig at the office. While it saves you making sure everybody takes part in keeping up with the coffee pot...I think the pre-packaged coffee pods are pretty awful. If you can get the pod where you can put your own grinds in then I'd consider that a good alternative.

The french press is a good idea, but cleanup in an office might be annoying.

I like the "My K-Cup" thing where you can put your own grinds in, but the pre-packaged ones can be a real hit or miss.

I've got an Aeropress at work Wayne, and I LOVE IT!!!!!!!

Based on cost...this would be the way to go. I'm actually getting an Aeropress myself because I just can't get an espresso at home, and I don't want to spend a ton of money on a machine.