Recently I heard Conor Pope being interviewed on Newstalk about instant coffees. He commented at the end that buying your own freshly ground coffee worked out at about €1 a cup.
Being an avid reader of anything to do with food or beverages, I read somewhere that ground coffee can have all sorts of other materials in it to bulk it out - which really put me off buying it. So I started trying to find coffee beans to grind myself. There is not much of a selection around here, but I started off with a Robert Roberts brand at €4.99 a pack.
|We'll ignore the fact Tesco think coffee is Irish|
I only drink coffee once a day so I have worked out that I get 9 pots for this price. That works out at 55 cent a cup (a cup being a decent mug or two small coffee cups).
This is using an old fashioned Italian style coffee pot, which I had to buy a support in order to sit it on my hob. It tipped over once too many times spilling dark brown liquid down the backs of my new white units.
I have gone through every type of coffee pot known to man. Here is a selection of what I have left.
Like tea, coffee tastes better drunk from the correct cup. I enjoy an espresso occasionally after a good meal particularly when I'm in Italy or France. When I'm in Ireland I prefer a "decent" cup.
Le Creuset orange espresso cups but the Stephen Pearce and Nicholas Mosse are my favourite everyday cups for a decent cup.
My grinder is years old, bought in England when we lived there and is still buzzing away. I only use it to grind coffee now as if you put spices in it, it taints the coffee.
Java Republic Monkey espresso.....
I really wish Bewleys were still in existance. The smell of their freshly ground coffees and their selection of coffee beans are vivid childhood memories. When I was small and I went into "town" with my mother it was the smell of the area around Trinity College. My mother bought her coffee and cherry buns or a coffee log for us. Remember the big bicycle in the window on Westmorland Street?
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