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@ss11943859 First off "life is to short not to drink good coffee". That said just what is good coffee? Experimenting is the best and easiest way to find what is best for you. First off stay away from preground coffees in a plastic can. I grind our coffee every day. I blend our whole bean coffee with part decaf and regular as we both have blood pressure issues. 

 

Coffee Bean Varieties

Do you know beans about coffee? 

There are two main species of coffee beans in the world, Coffee Arabica, and Coffee Robusta.  More than three-quarters of the beans that are sold in the world today are Coffea Arabica, the majority of the remainding bulk are Coffea Robusta also known as Coffea Canephora.


Coffee Robusta:
These beans are of a lower grade than Arabica, and are typically grown at lower elevations. They are easier to grow and maintain, and they are also more disease resistant and produce a higher yield.  Robusta beans have more of an astringent flavor and contain a higher amount of caffeine.

Coffee Arabica:
These are the higher quality beans and are referred to as gourmet coffee. They have half the amount of caffeine as Robusta and have more pleasing flavours and aromatic properties. Most Arabica bean varieties are name after their country or region in which they are found, or originated from. These are my favorite beans. I'm a big fan of Costa Rican Arabic coffee which is available at World Market in a 24oz whole bean bag @ $9.99 a bag.

Other bean species include: benghalensis, Bengal coffee; Coffea congensis, Congo coffee; Coffea liberica, Liberian coffee; Coffea stenophylla, Sierra Leonian coffee; Coffea excelsia, another Liberian coffee; Coffea bonnieri; Coffea gallienii; and Coffea mogeneti, however these beans are non-existent in the export market.

 

My recommendation is to expereperiment and buy a coffee grinder.

Good luck and enjoy. 

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I've been all over these forums & can't find the 'right forum', so mybe i'll find an answer on the front porch ?  Smiley Very Happy

I have 2 cans of 'cheapie' coffee ; tried mixing them so they would be more flavorful, but not-so-much did it work. Might buy a more spendy brand & mix them, but in meantime, anyone have any ideas on how to make these cheap brands taste better ?

Thanks !


@ss11943859 Hi Sandee,

 

Yes I do! You can brew the coffee a little stronger and add cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla. I've added each of those things. Or ... some people I know put hot sauce in their coffee. Others put in whiskey. I'm not one of those people, thus I'm not gonna stand behind those last two additives, but you might try them.  Or buy some French Market brand with chicory and add a bit of that into the mix. Or cook the cheap stuff camp style (boil the grounds and then strain) or try the French press method.

 

 

Bias alert: by better tasting I assumed you meant you wanted a more full bodied coffee experience. I drink strong coffee, so ...  Smiley Happy

 

 french press.pngFrench press coffee maker equals divine java

 

 

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@ss11943859 - Sometimes it's really not cheaper to buy a cheap brand, if you need more of the product, for it to be as flavorful, as a slightly higher quality brand.


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I've been all over these forums & can't find the 'right forum', so mybe i'll find an answer on the front porch ?  Smiley Very Happy

I have 2 cans of 'cheapie' coffee ; tried mixing them so they would be more flavorful, but not-so-much did it work. Might buy a more spendy brand & mix them, but in meantime, anyone have any ideas on how to make these cheap brands taste better ?

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