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Giant Communist Robot wrote:Okole is Hawaiian for, well, a person's butt.Sweet Okole
dai bread wrote:My supermarket stocks Scarborough Fair instant coffee, which I buy with a glow of smug self-satisfaction as it's a Fair Trade brand. It's also rather nice coffee, at least in the dark roast I get.
I have to have it with cream (or milk, but cream's better) and therefore also sugar, to keep the peace with my stomach. I used to have black coffee, but can't take it any more.
barfle wrote:I've tried a handful of those concoctions that are ostensibly coffee but have hazelnut, mint, cinnamon, cocoa, anise, strawberry, brocolli, tuna, or goat cheese in roughly equal quantities, with an attempt to smooth it out with milk.
The only one I've actually enjoyed is the one with Irish whisky. I recommend you visit the Buena Vista in San Francisco and have a few.
Giant Communist Robot wrote:I have an aquaintence that lives on the leeward side of the big island, near Kona. His house is in the coffee growing area, and has some robustus coffee trees on his property. At the moment, the cherries are turning red. He picks them by hand and so assures that only the best are chosen. He has an old, hand cranked pulper which has had an electric motor Mickey Moused onto it to remove the beans. After soaking overnight, the beans are dried in the sun. He claims this is the critical step, as commercial beans are dried in an oven. The ovens, he says, take away the mellow palate and leave a bitterness that many Kona coffees have. After drying, he goes across the street to a coffee farm and has them husked. He used to roast them in a frying pan, but now has a small "I Roast" machine. His recommedation is to buy green beans and roast them yourself. He maintains it is the best coffee he has ever tasted.
barfle wrote:On one of my trips to Honolulu, I visited a nursery way up on the north west end of the island, and they were able to ship a coffea robusta and a plumeria to California. The plumeria was bar's, but the coffee was mine (bar doesn't drink coffee). Although the coffee tree did well, it never produced much in the way of beans.
I harvested a dozen or so cherries from the tree, removed the beans from them, and dried them in the sun. They ended up being hollow, so I never got any java from my tree. When I moved from California, I gave it to my brother in law, who is a professional groundskeeper, and he couldn't get anything to drink from it, either. I never found out what I did wrong, but now that I'm in a climate where the tree would not survive, it's become unimportant to me.
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