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NH Dave BS: help--making good coffee (41) RE: BS: help--making good coffee 02 Feb 06

Gevalia is good but expensive coffee. Any time you buy from a marketer of "premium" coffies, you're gonna pay. Their offers are good, though. A good coffeemaker and two pounds of coffee for fifteen dollars is an offer not to be sneezed at.

The area I'd look at is cleanliness. I sold coffee in another lifetime, and we took pains to insure that the "keeping" pots were rinsed out every shift, and thoroughly cleaned with coffee pot cleaner, available at any restaurant supply store. Make sure that the baskets that hold the filter and grounds are cleaned every day also. Coffee contains materials that turn into strong acids if you let it sit on a hot plate keeper too long. Local coffee suppliers throw out coffee after an hour. If your office drinks plenty of coffee that isn't a problem, but you need to rein in the number of pots brewed after lunch, to reduce the number of half full pots slowly turning to acid and oil on the warmers.

Egg shells, or actual additions of raw egg to the coffee pot will tend to remove small bits of coffee grounds, while a bit of salt just makes the coffee taste better to everyone except people with high blood pressure. If you still use the 40 cup percolator coffee "pots" insure that they are cleaned each day, and don't forget running a long, narrow brush down the inside of the sight glass on the front. Coffee oils can lurk here and will turn rancid after a while.

Being banned from ever brewing coffee's not always a bad thing, especially if you don't drink coffee yourself. Why lay yourself open to the slings and and darts? One remedy, if your office is large enough, is to get a professional brewer.

Green Mountain has one that they will install in an office that drink a lot of coffee, and is willing to use their coffee.   Look for the Keurig single cup brewers,on their web site. These little gems brew each cup from an individual sealed cuplet of ground coffee, in whatever flavor(s) you wish. You insert the cuplet of your favorite coffee, press the "Brew" button, the coffee is brewed into your cup, and the used cuplet is discarded into a bin that can be emptied as needed. The two advantages here are that the coffee is never old, always just-brewed fresh, and you can keep cuplets with fourth different flavors of coffee, without brewing a pot of each, for the one person who likes that flavor. I have no financial interest in this brand, but they do have some good coffee, and a lot of it is organic or fair trade coffee, not supplied by huge coffee empires, that favor slash and burn agriculture practices, a point that will impress the eco-conscious people in your office.


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