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post #331 of 1369
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I use an airpress or a French press if I have time. we also have a hand crank cast iron coffee grinder in our apartment. it took soooo much time tinkering around to get the right calibration. if i'm not in the mood for oils, pour over is where its at.

I love the old cast iron coffee grinders!  They are so cute!  

post #332 of 1369

Finally watched the sneak peek video and got caught up on the thread. All the tea talk inspired me to actually try some of the tea I got in my box last month. Not bad, but I won't be giving up my morning coffee for tea.

 

As far as the spoilers, I would like to try the hairspray and the lip stick. I hope I don't get more tea.

post #333 of 1369
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Originally Posted by Ann Tucci View Post
 

You should sign up for Ipsy, the current complaint on that thread is about too much makeup.  :doze:

 

Well to be fair too much makeup from the same brands/types of makeup over and over.  


I have IPSY too.  It is all good...just a little annoying to me at times.  I don't use nail polish but I seem to get one every month and that doesn't bother me.  LOL...

post #334 of 1369
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Originally Posted by usofjessamerica View Post

I use an airpress or a French press if I have time. we also have a hand crank cast iron coffee grinder in our apartment. it took soooo much time tinkering around to get the right calibration. if i'm not in the mood for oils, pour over is where its at.

Yes, pour over! I've been doing it that way for about... ten years? Something like that. I didn't even know it was A Thing until three years ago. I just wanted good coffee at work and didn't want to share (we had really nasty coffee there), and it was easier to store my coffee and a cone filter at work than a French press. Now I'm in a different office, and we have a K-cup here, which is okay, but if given a choice, fresh-ground and pour over all the way!
post #335 of 1369
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Originally Posted by Lolo22 View Post


Yeah coffee is complicated, plus I would want k-cups which is probably not very popular!

Everyone in my office is all about the k-cups.
post #336 of 1369
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Originally Posted by usofjessamerica View Post

there are coffee-specific subs out there (they are pretty expensive). I was thinking about the whole shipping coffee thing in sub boxes like bb. if you send out whole bean, some people don't know that you can take it anywhere to get it ground. if you send out preground, sometimes it loses its freshness (depending on how its packaged). if you send out instant, all hell breaks loose. (ick ick ick)

They could give the option where the people who order preground coffee understand that it may lose freshness.
post #337 of 1369

We've moved our coffee snobbery into the world of home-roasting.  We buy green beans from Sweet Marias dot com and roast them in an old air popper.  I enjoy french pressed coffee, but truthfully don't mess around with it at 5 am when I get up.  I have a Cuisinart grind/brew that does the job just fine and has a timer.

post #338 of 1369
Pour over > > > French press. So much easier to clean up! There's so many Pour Over Bars popping up in cities I've been in recently. It's definitely A Thing. Some are exclusively pour over bars (Filter in DC) and others "feature" a pour over bar like Colectivo here in milwaukee, Roast in Nashville does mean coffee in their physical store but also set up pour over stations at farmers markets around town, Crema in Nashville is incredible too... Lol I know this doesn't help since you're not in DC/MKE/Nashville but those were the ones I remembered off the top of my head.
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Originally Posted by meaganola View Post

Yes, pour over! I've been doing it that way for about... ten years? Something like that. I didn't even know it was A Thing until three years ago. I just wanted good coffee at work and didn't want to share (we had really nasty coffee there), and it was easier to store my coffee and a cone filter at work than a French press. Now I'm in a different office, and we have a K-cup here, which is okay, but if given a choice, fresh-ground and pour over all the way!
post #339 of 1369

You guys are all so fancy with your tea and french pressed coffee, and I'm over here with my cup of Folgers that I had to reheat in the microwave because it got cold while I dealt with a client.  I'm so jealous!!!!!

post #340 of 1369
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Originally Posted by tasertag View Post


Everyone in my office is all about the k-cups.


It's the greatest invention ever, coffee in 60 seconds!!  In my building it's a 15-20 minute wait to get coffee at Starbucks or Caribou :(  Plus you can buy 100 packs of the kcups at Costco for around $30.

post #341 of 1369
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Originally Posted by tasertag View Post


Everyone in my office is all about the k-cups.


It's the greatest invention ever, coffee in 60 seconds!!  In my building it's a 15-20 minute wait to get coffee at Starbucks or Caribou :(  Plus you can buy 100 packs of the kcups at Costco for around $30.

I love my keurig! I recently discovered I can use it to make my instant oatmeal too :-D

post #342 of 1369

Some keurigs (such as mine) you can actually use to brew tea from tea bags or ground coffee in. I personally think it's awesome because I drink coffee but my husband doesn't so it's so easy to just brew one cup rather than a whole pot. Plus I can try lots of different coffee types I wouldn't try otherwise.

post #343 of 1369
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Originally Posted by cari12 View Post
 

I love my keurig! I recently discovered I can use it to make my instant oatmeal too :-D


Oh yes! You can also make Ramen pretty easily! I was too lazy to go to the dining hall for dinner one night, so I just figured I would try it, and it worked.

 

My parents are currently borrowing my Keurig since I couldn't bring it with me this semester, and the last time I talked to my mom she asked if it would be okay if she just bought me a new one for Christmas. I thought she broke it and wanted to replace it. Nope, she just doesn't want to give my Keurig back! She likes having it for during the day and the regular coffee pot for mornings.

post #344 of 1369
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Oh yes! You can also make Ramen pretty easily! I was too lazy to go to the dining hall for dinner one night, so I just figured I would try it, and it worked.

 

My parents are currently borrowing my Keurig since I couldn't bring it with me this semester, and the last time I talked to my mom she asked if it would be okay if she just bought me a new one for Christmas. I thought she broke it and wanted to replace it. Nope, she just doesn't want to give my Keurig back! She likes having it for during the day and the regular coffee pot for mornings.

 

Ha. that's funny. I love my Keurig and I totally don't blame her. I use mine everyday. Coffee, tea, hot water. Ugh, couldn't live without it. I would love to have some K-cups in my Birchbox, but I doubt they could do that since if you don't have one, it'd literally be completely useless.

post #345 of 1369

This month's sneak peek video is so polished and cute! Everything they showed looked interesting to me. I don't have any specific hopes at this point.

post #346 of 1369
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Originally Posted by Lolo22 View Post


I would love a box with just chocolate, candles and [coffee instead of] tea! Haha I dont know of anything like that though.

I do wish that coffee lovers got a little more love in the sub world though. I have gotten a good share of tea in various boxes but I just cant get into it.  Sometimes l make it just to smell it though lol.

Word! Bring on the coffee birchbox. It's how I get through my day!
post #347 of 1369
We do cuisinart grind and brew, or grind plus french press, or in a pinch my CBTL (from coffee bean!) is at home this semester. It's great for espresso and also does coffees. Yay coffee!
post #348 of 1369
And tonight's sneak peek: another thing from the video!!!?!?! Lol
post #349 of 1369

I have a truck. It isn't linked but I think this is the earliest I've ever seen it post.

post #350 of 1369
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Originally Posted by IMDawnP View Post

I have a truck. It isn't linked but I think this is the earliest I've ever seen it post.

I saw that yesterday. I thought it was early.
post #351 of 1369
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Originally Posted by chelsealady View Post


I saw that yesterday. I thought it was early.

Agreed! Super early this month! I'm really excited to get the shipping!! Also, I wish all the boxes would hurry up and show!! I've been stalking and refreshing everyday!:laughno:

post #352 of 1369

I'm hoping to get a french press this Christmas and plan on exclusively using Stumptown coffee like a true snob!

post #353 of 1369
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Originally Posted by SamAsh View Post
 

I'm hoping to get a french press this Christmas and plan on exclusively using Stumptown coffee like a true snob!


Stumptown is the best. We are trying to save money, right now, and I miss my Stumptown.

post #354 of 1369
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Ha. that's funny. I love my Keurig and I totally don't blame her. I use mine everyday. Coffee, tea, hot water. Ugh, couldn't live without it. I would love to have some K-cups in my Birchbox, but I doubt they could do that since if you don't have one, it'd literally be completely useless.

Actually, you can just peel open the foil on the k-cups and use the grounds into your coffee pot or french press. 

post #355 of 1369
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Originally Posted by usofjessamerica View Post
 

 

I use an airpress or a French press if I have time. we also have a hand crank cast iron coffee grinder in our apartment. it took soooo much time tinkering around to get the right calibration. if i'm not in the mood for oils, pour over is where its at.

Same here!  We use one of those all metal Starbucks french presses and a hand crank grinder. lol.  It is soooooo yummy.  I am all good with any kind of coffee though, whatever it takes to get your caffeine.  

post #356 of 1369
@LadyK I don't think I've asked you -- but how long were you with SBUX before you left? I'm really glad I still have access to mark outs and free drinks in my sneaky way.
post #357 of 1369
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@LadyK I don't think I've asked you -- but how long were you with SBUX before you left? I'm really glad I still have access to mark outs and free drinks in my sneaky way.

I was at Starbucks for 3 1/2 years and before that at Peets for about 3 1/2 years.  Somehow I have only worked at coffee shops and children's clothing stores.

I love SBUX for Pumpkin spice and flavored stuff but still get all my beans from Peets.  I miss smelling like coffee and vanilla (best perfume ever) but I don't miss getting up at 3:30, or the drive thru.  I do miss my markout.  I used to always keep a mug and pound of coffee in a bag for emergency X-mas gifts.   

post #358 of 1369
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Originally Posted by LadyK View Post
 

I was at Starbucks for 3 1/2 years and before that at Peets for about 3 1/2 years.  Somehow I have only worked at coffee shops and children's clothing stores.

I love SBUX for Pumpkin spice and flavored stuff but still get all my beans from Peets.  I miss smelling like coffee and vanilla (best perfume ever) but I don't miss getting up at 3:30, or the drive thru.  I do miss my markout.  I used to always keep a mug and pound of coffee in a bag for emergency X-mas gifts.   

peets had the BEST hot chocolate. i remember once i had it and it was like...the flavor of milk chocolate ice cream but in hot coco form. i think i did a coco comparison of coffee bean and tea leaf, starbucks, and peets in one afternoon (so much sugar and dairy) and peets always won! Christmas Blend made the easiest holiday gift.

post #359 of 1369
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Originally Posted by luckyme502 View Post
 

A coffee snob will tell you that you have to make your coffee in a french press with freshly ground beans.  At least that is what my coffee snob brother tells me!  

 

ETA: I love K-cups!  They are so easy and great!  

No way, pour over coffee is way better than a french press ;)

 

 

I am not a fan of k cups, though.  Such a waste of packaging!  Plus making coffee in a coffee maker takes what, 5 minutes?  I am not a fan of appliances simplifying things that don't really need it.  No judgement on anyone else, though, I just can't justify it myself.

post #360 of 1369
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Originally Posted by luckyme502 View Post
 

A coffee snob will tell you that you have to make your coffee in a french press with freshly ground beans.  At least that is what my coffee snob brother tells me!  

 

ETA: I love K-cups!  They are so easy and great!  

No way, pour over coffee is way better than a french press ;)

 

 

I am not a fan of k cups, though.  Such a waste of packaging!  Plus making coffee in a coffee maker takes what, 5 minutes?  I am not a fan of appliances simplifying things that don't really need it.  No judgement on anyone else, though, I just can't justify it myself.

I am the same way about many things. BUT, for me, the Keurig is worth it. When I drink coffee, tea, etc. it's just me and I just want a cup at a time, and when I had a regular coffee pot, the rest always ended up getting stale and blah. 

 

I do buy some K-Cups for flavors and cocoa, teas, and for convenience, but for regular coffee I have one of the refillable cups, so I feel a little better about the waste. :)

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