The Coffee Shop: A place to relax and hang out.

6 months 3 weeks ago #632118 by Nefarious
Speaking of coffee, where can I buy good fresh coffee beans?  


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6 months 3 weeks ago #632216 by GaryA

Nefarious wrote: Speaking of coffee, where can I buy good fresh coffee beans?  


www.sweetmarias.com/

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632248 by JMunoz
TGIF, my wife and I are heading out to grab some dinner this evening.  Night out and some drinks.  Might even catch a movie!  

Anyone else going to check a movie?


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6 months 3 weeks ago - 6 months 3 weeks ago #632256 by GaryA
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6 months 3 weeks ago #632257 by GaryA

JMunoz wrote: TGIF, my wife and I are heading out to grab some dinner this evening.  Night out and some drinks.  Might even catch a movie!  

Anyone else going to check a movie?


Gary is trying to talk Mary Lou into Improv Night at a local theatre in Fullerton.

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632262 by Flash Steven
Ha!  Improve sounds fun, who's playing?

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632340 by GaryA

Flash Steven wrote: Ha!  Improve sounds fun, who's playing?


Buenos Dias 'Talkers.  Gary never made it to the Improv last night.  Yesterday, Gary roto-tilled a neighbors yard.  A 20'x40' plot in front of her kitchen window.  In return, she baked up a chocolate cake and came over last night.  In lieu of the Improv, we all hung-out, eating cake and sipping wine.  It was a pleasant evening and the cake was good, the Thornton Viognier was quite tasty with a splash of tart fruitiness.

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632396 by Jason Oldman
I think I would have opted out of the laughs for that as well.  I have a neighbor who makes an amazing rhubarb pie.  A few times a year, we'll host a dinner party  and she'll bring it over and everyone enjoys that so much. Food can and good company trumps most other things IMO.

To do that ground work, you must not have frozen soil. Don't you all have snow in your mountains?


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6 months 3 weeks ago #632429 by GaryA

Jason Oldman wrote: I think I would have opted out of the laughs for that as well.  I have a neighbor who makes an amazing rhubarb pie.  A few times a year, we'll host a dinner party  and she'll bring it over and everyone enjoys that so much. Food can and good company trumps most other things IMO.

To do that ground work, you must not have frozen soil. Don't you all have snow in your mountains?


The snow is down to about 1500', the mountains are stunning right now. Majestic ... La Mirada is 194' above sea level, consequently no snow.  This area is clay, highly expansive soil.  When it is dry, it is rock hard like concrete and the tiller just bounces off the surface.  Fortunately, we've received a ton of rain in the last few weeks cutting Gary's tilling time and roto-passes in half.  Gary has been concentrating on cooking for a few years and all his friends are aware of his meals and invite themselves over ... often. :cheer:

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632491 by GaryA
OMG - This a California gorgeous day.  1:30 in the afternoon, 70F with a slight Pacific breeze blowing in of the ocean.  Gary has fired up the Komado, his first real bBQ/Grilling of the year.  He is sitting in the patio, listening to KUSC, watching the hummers fill up at the feeder and waiting for the charcoal to heat up to cooking temp.

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632606 by Jeanne Merlo
I just ordered my first french press from Amazon.  It arrives on Thursday!  Now is ground coffee from the store ok for one of these or would you recommend getting a grinder?  

Actually if a grinder, is there one you would recommend?  

Sorry, I took this thread literal, so I appreciate the help. 


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6 months 3 weeks ago - 6 months 3 weeks ago #632609 by GaryA

Jeanne Merlo wrote: I just ordered my first french press from Amazon.  It arrives on Thursday!  Now is ground coffee from the store ok for one of these or would you recommend getting a grinder?  

Actually if a grinder, is there one you would recommend?  

Sorry, I took this thread literal, so I appreciate the help. 


Hey Jeanne,

Ground coffee from the store works.  You can even toss tea into a press.  Drop in coffee, fill with hot water, stir and then slap the top on and brew for four minutes. Viola! 

The problem with most store ground coffee, is that coffee companies tend to mix good beans with 'meh' beans.  Grinding your own beans gives you greater quality control over the whole process and delivers the freshest beans, (over time beans start losing flavor after grinding). I use a hand grinder, because electric grinders can be pretty loud, especially early in the morn when I get up and Mary Lou is still sleeping. I like for Mary Lou to wake up to a fresh cup of hot coffee. A hand grinder is much quieter and leaves a smaller environmentally negative footprint. ;)

You'll find with high quality, single variety beans, that there isn't any bitterness or aftertaste, which minimizes/eliminates the need for flavor changing additives, a la sugar and cream/milk. 

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632634 by GaryA
Mary Lou and Gary made made a wild dash to Temecula. 
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We’re sipping some vino wait for our food. 

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6 months 3 weeks ago #632791 by GaryA
@ Jeanne:
by far, the largest single ingredient in coffee is water. Make sure you use the best water available. 


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6 months 3 weeks ago #632829 by Stanly
Well I'm excited friends.  Tomorrow the contractors arrive at our home to remodel our kitchen during the next 3 weeks.  This is a big one, and it's going to look amazing.  We are punching out a wall and expanding the size of the house by 585 feet.  This is going to make this kitchen huge.  We have a new center island that will become the main focal point in the room too.  :)

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