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  1. #11
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    Tip.

    Never buy pre-ground coffee, get yourself a grinder, and some whole beans. If you don't have filtered water, let the tap run cold for a good minute or two before you use the water, it flushes out some of the mustiness from the water sitting in the pipes.

    Start out with blends. Preferably less roasted varieties, the darker the roast the stronger the coffee. Something in a Kona blend is a good start. I prefer single origin coffees myself. But they can be somewhat expensive, depending on where they are from.

    See if you can't find an independent roaster in your area, they usually have the best, and freshest, coffee beans. Plus they like to help newbies out.

    Don't be afraid to add milk or creamer, just learn to not overpower the coffee flavor. Same with sugar.

    I like black coffee fine, but sometimes I want something to gradually wake me up, not slap me with a 10 pound sledge immediately.


    Look this over. Coffee Information and Tips

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    Buy roasted Arabica whole bean coffee and an electric grinder. Grind it immediately before brewing.

    Make sure you go with a well-known premium brand of 100 percent Arabica beans. This is important.

    My lowest-quality coffee I buy is Eight O'Clock brand whole bean, usually the French Roast but sometimes the 100% Colombian. Starbucks beans are more expensive, but worth it if you can afford them.

    If you get the chance to drink a cup of Kona coffee, do it, but be warned: Kona is habit-forming, and it may spoil you for anything else.

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    Once you go black, you never go back. True story.

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    ^ your first post - what a post! Welcome to the forum!

    Seriously, who wants to have iccky coffee breath anyway? Uggghhh....
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    I'm just curious as to why you want to start drinking coffee?

    There's really no health benefits, it's a money pit, and you will lose sleep.

    I wish I never started drinking coffee.

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    mmmmmmmmmmm coffffffeee

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    Quote Originally Posted by JTG1984 View Post
    I'm just curious as to why you want to start drinking coffee?

    There's really no health benefits, it's a money pit, and you will lose sleep.

    I wish I never started drinking coffee.
    In some studies coffee has been shown to lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer. It also really helps with that 'mentally alert' state of mind.

    As long as you don't drink enough to have your brain rewire itself you shouldn't loose sleep.

    You have a point with the money pit thing, though.
    "It is not length of life, but depth of life." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    "Thought breeds thought." ~ Henry David Thoreau

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lux View Post
    In some studies coffee has been shown to lower your risk of diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and colon cancer. It also really helps with that 'mentally alert' state of mind.

    As long as you don't drink enough to have your brain rewire itself you shouldn't loose sleep.

    You have a point with the money pit thing, though.
    You know what else helps you stay "mentally alert"?

    Methamphetamine

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    Yeah... or coffee. Not to mention with coffee you still get to keep your original teeth and the healthy tissue content of your nose!!
    Pure win. Unless you drink as much as Voltaire...
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    Seriously, who wants to have iccky coffee breath anyway? Uggghhh....
    Quote Originally Posted by JTG1984 View Post
    I'm just curious as to why you want to start drinking coffee?

    There's really no health benefits, it's a money pit, and you will lose sleep.

    I wish I never started drinking coffee.
    I will link you guys here

    But seriously - thank you all for your advice! What a veritable wealth of knowledge on the topic, and all in a day or two! I love you guys
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