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True, while I use coffee maker at work which always has a good coffee, I still prefer 'worse' instant coffee at home, only because it's faster to make. If I had to clean the coffee maker in the morning like I have to do at work from time to time, I would probably go and murder someone instead. Nothing should stand between my and my desire for a cigarette and a VERY QUICK COFFEE in the morning.

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I was surprised at how little the decaff served in the office coffee bar sucked, but I tend to drink lattes and I suspect that masks a lot of misery.

I'd take a fresh espresso brew decaff over any variant of Nescafe instant full-fat anytime, unless I absolutely needed to stay awake.

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There are some good decaf beans, and at one point I weaned myself off caffeine, but reality decided otherwise.

 

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The very best decaff isn't going to be better than its caffeinated equivalent, it can only be about as good.

And it usually falls quite short. I imagine your hospital coffee was burned, lukewarm, ancient and served in a cheap disposable cup, and charged at rates normally seen in US Pharmacies.

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19 hours ago, DB said:

The very best decaff isn't going to be better than its caffeinated equivalent, it can only be about as good.

And it usually falls quite short. I imagine your hospital coffee was burned, lukewarm, ancient and served in a cheap disposable cup, and charged at rates normally seen in US Pharmacies.

I am waiting on the bill.  But at least it had caffeine in it which is what I needed.  With enough milk it was drinkable, just.  I am at my favorite hippy coffee shop drinking one of the finest cups within 50 miles, even better than what I can make.  

 

Robert Heinlein graded coffee as follows: Coffee, Java, Joe, Jamoke, and Carbon Remover.  The hospital stuff was no better than grade 4 on this list.  

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A lot of consumables seem to be led by belief rather than reality.  It has been suggested that the micro ground coffee variety is better than instant but, seeing I could not get that ended up with instant.  No discernable difference.

I like the variety offered with the Nespresso pod machine though so will just have that instead.

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Murph, did you try Aeropress? Also produces very, very good coffee and is small enough to be carried on various trips.

 

 

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I have not tried one of those yet, it is on the list of coffee making devices to try.  The Chemex has sold me, and we use it almost daily.  I don't think I have ever had a better cup than I get from the Chemex.  I use Ethiopian beans ground fresh in it. 

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Brother is a really big fan of Chemex pour over, but he is even bigger fan of Aeropress. Also prefers Ethiopian, hence I think you will like it. :)

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Man, coffee making has developed into an extreme fetish for some. I think it's already been likened in here to the audiophile extremes.

Ok, maybe breaking up your ground coffee with a little spiky doodad might help even flow, but pouring it over a liquid nitrogen chilled steel ball... It's designed to be an easily deliverable and somewhat palatable caffeine delivery system.

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