Bonjour, Mes Chiens de Camarade!
Ah, coffee. Whether morning, noon, or night, there's always sure to be a million and one pots brewing around the globe.. from Paris to Pasadena, everyone, it seems, loves a good cup o' joe.
Here in Los Angeles, you can't go two blocks without passing a Starbucks (or Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, or Peet's, etc.) outlet, and along with the ubiquitous cell phone, a chic cup of coffee (or, alternatively, a whipped cream crowned 500 calorie ice-blended) has become a very visible part of the consumerist cultural fabric. The cult of coffee has become a vertiable religion, it's faithful worshipping at the Shrine of Our Barista of the Mocha Latte, mugs pointed towards Seattle (if not Colombia or Kenya).
Always one to be late to such fanfare (I only recently purchased my first cell phone), I have in the past few months become intrigued by the great, beastly coffee industry, and decided to see for myself what all the fuss is about.
What I found is that.. this coffee stuff is.. not bad.
Okay, I'm a convert - I admit it!
I've gone from being a foulweather drinker (as opposed to fairweather - as I preferred coffee during the cold and rainy season) to a bona fide coffee aficionado. From four cups a year to four cups a day.
And now that I've joined the fanclub, I have a few questions I would like to run by some of you fellow coffeholics..
To begin with, there's the French Press question.
I have yet to go out and buy one, but all the press on the Press seems to suggest that it's an indespensible addition to any true coffee lover's brewing arsenal.. THEE way to brew coffee, allegedly.
Is a French Press really the way to go? Am I nuts for having lived this long without it?
I currently use an ordinary automatic drip coffee maker.. none too fancy, but none too awful, either. Is it time to make the switch?
What are your experiences with French Presses? Do share!
Also, I'd like to hear some opinions on Gevalia Coffee. Seems a bit of a pain to have to continually mail-order the stuff.. but I've been told by a few people that it's rather quite good. For those who've had it, what do you think?
And finally, what's your favorite retail coffee - meaning, do you prefer Starbucks to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, or is it Peet's, or Seattle's Best Coffee? Some I know swear by McDonald's and Dunkin Donuts! Where do you go for that perfect cup? I'd like to try some of your suggestions.
Thanks in advance for any and all advice and suggestions!