quote:Originally posted by eeyun
Ok, I can't stand by in a coffee-dedicated thread any longer without mentioning the following great coffees. I like Kicking Horse coffee, but can rarely find a "roasted on" date on the packaging, which often prevents me from buying it.
1) Intelligentsia - buy at the Wicked Cafe on 7th/Heather. Roasted on Tuesdays, so pick it up on Thursdays for the best flavor. The Black Cat espresso is top notch.
2) Elyssian - Located on Broadway at Ash, and Burrard at 5th. While I don't like their new espresso bean, their Clover menu is usually very good, as are their beans for take home.
3) 49th Parallel - on 4th (maybe elsewhere?) Nice coffees here, although their espresso is a bit variable I find.
4) Whole foods - I am really liking their espresso, and can imagine their other roasts are good as well. They are good value as well.
Most would be classed as fairly expensive I would guess. The whole foods is about 11.99 for 3/4 of a pound. The 49th parallel is 16/lb or something thereabouts. The others are similar.
I have an espresso machine, an aluminum moka pot, a mooka (by Bialetti), a press pot, a pour over brewer, and my personal favorite - my siphon brewer! (like this http://coffeegeek.com/guides/siphoncoffee
As for stainless vs. aluminum, I don't think it makes that much of a difference. The main this is that you don't ever want to put your aluminum one in the dishwasher. I actually try not to wash mine at all if I'm going to be using them frequently - just rinse and wipe clean. If they will sit for a while, then I'll wash with dish soap though, to get rid of the oils so they don't go rancid.
What price range do these fall into? I have heard that whole foods is pretty expensive, but have never actually been there to know firsthand. I'd love to try some new beans. What do you brew with at home? Sometimes I use a mokapot, but lately have just been using a regular coffee maker.
I actually have a question for anyone who does use a mokapot (I've only had mine a few months) - notice any difference between stainless steel and aluminum?