Welcome! Log in or Register

Coffee in general

  • image
53 Reviews
  • perhaps too delicious and habit forming - also quite dear if you yearn the posh stuff
  • I would not choose this subject
  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    53 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      27.11.2013 09:36
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      1 Comment

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      A nice drink, especially in the winter months

      I did not start drinking or liking coffee until I was in my 30's! It was strange before this, as I always found it too strong and just did not like the taste. I cannot even remember how I started to like it!

      However, I do not like all coffees; there are so many types these days, it gets confusing! I very rarely pay for coffee (or tea for that matter) in the expensive coffee shops. I do not think it is worth the price, which is often well over £2 per cup.

      I a perfectly happy to have a basic coffee (granulated) at home; or/ if I go out, would sometimes just make my own at home and put it in a tea/coffee container.

      I also drink far more tea tan I do coffee; but I have a routine in the mornings! I will start off with one cup of Tea, then have coffee, then have another Tea! For the rest of the day, I rarely have coffee, as I prefer tea. I would not have more than 2cups of coffee per day.

      Then there is the caffeine issue; I do not think I've ever had decaffeinated coffee; and decaffeinated tea is vile! People may not realise that there is quite a lot of caffeine in tea, and not just coffee. This means I have to be careful with the amount of Tea I drink also.

      I will take 2 sugars in my coffee/ sometime 1 sugar and 1 sweetener with a medium amount of milk; I have drank black coffee before (when I've ran out of milk!) and its acceptable.

      So, coffee is a nice drink for me in small doses; warming and comforting. Worthy of 3 dooyoo stars in my view.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        01.11.2012 22:04
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nice when it's made well

        This is a review of Coffee in general. Since becoming pregnant twice I have given up (virtually) caffeine before, during and after both pregnancies so as not to pass on the stimulant to the baby. I am proud of myself for doing this but it has made me realise how much I love coffee when not pregnant or breastfeeding!

        Clarification
        Let me clarify the above statement with regards to 'virtually'... I do let myself have the occasional coffee if we are out and about shopping as a treat, we have a nearby outlet that has a soft play area and if we are going there we have a Costa take away to sip whilst we supervise our nearly two year old and it's a nice treat to do this.

        Tea or Coffee?
        I like both coffee and tea equally I'd say, and tend to alternate through the day which hot beverage to have.

        Brands
        When on the caffeine, whilst I am willing to try other brands, me and my husband both like the Douwe Egberts Gold coffee. It has a lovely rich taste and is a lot nicer to drink than other instant coffees. I have brands like Nescafe at work where anything decent disappears straight away so it's best to pace yourself when joining in the coffee club (where we take it in turns to purchase). When caffeine free, I tend to buy whatever is on offer as I find it is a bit bland but better than nothing. I have tried all the major coffee brands but don't have a favourite. My Mum chooses Mellow Birds as her drink of choice as she doesn't like coffee strong. You have to watch my Mum actually as she is a bit of a one for decanting rubbish brands into nicer bottles and jars thinking you won't notice! I don't mind paying a little more for coffee if it tastes nice as I don't drink a lot (of alcohol) generally (and not at all at the moment!) so figure I can put a little more into this area of shopping.

        Abroad
        My main memory of our holidays in America when I was younger is their way of drinking coffee, keeping a pot warm on the burner and offering you as many refills as you care to drink for the once price. We could learn a lot from their style over here!

        Restaurants
        I do like a coffee after a meal as it finishes off the experience and lets you take your time after eating but it does bug me when they serve it in small coffee cups and when you have added milk it is often cold before you even start drinking it. A nice dark chocolate mint helps to aid digestion and goes well with the coffee meaning I can skip dessert if I am being good.

        The smell!
        Coffee usually smells so good when you are walking past coffee shops. However, it doesn't smell so good when it's the legacy of 'coffee breath' so don't breathe on people when you've just had a coffee!

        The taste
        I do like the taste of coffee but only in a hot drink. I'm not a fan of iced coffee versions really and absolutely detest coffee ice cream, it's just wrong! I find espressos too strong and lattes too milky and they go cold quickly. Cappuccinos are OK but sometimes the froth is a bit too much for me. We order an Americano which is a filter coffee and add milk so it stays nice and hot. The lids on takeaway coffees also get my goat and I remove them rather than drinking through them although they are good for preventing spillage when on the move!

        Social
        Having a coffee together is a great ice breaker with friends and can help break the ice if you are still getting to know people. It's a bit like smoking at work - the people who don't drink hot drinks often get left out on tea breaks as it's just not the same having a water or soft drink together!

        Final word
        Writing this review has left me gasping literally for a nice cup of coffee. I think it's worth giving up caffeine for the baby's sake but there will be no stopping me once we are past the feeding stage, I'll be using it as a prop for the sleepless nights!

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        01.11.2012 21:18
        Very helpful
        (Rating)
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        A stimulating drink.

        Coffee, who cannot resist that smell, the smell of fresh coffee in the morning emanating around the house is truly comforting and oddly awakening, that and bacon.


        Entering a coffee house with the mixture of hearty aromas is truly invigorating. Its smell is both comforting and refreshing. Its drunk black or with milk and even sometimes with a little tipple of whiskey or brandy. Coffee is made from grinding coffee beans, you can choose to do this yourself or buy ready ground then these need to be placed into a filter and then hot water needs to be poured over, but you can buy machines for this task. Also available and more readily sort after is the instant coffee versions making having a coffee in the morning a great deal more simple and convenient. Freeze dried coffee is simply a more processed coffee making it dissolve more quickly in water, hence instant. Although in my opinion it loses some of it pleasant flavour. I personally dislike the instant coffees and buy freshly grounded and use a coffee machine. Coffee comes in a whole range of varieties and varying strengths, all off which have a somewhat bitter undercurrent.


        They are grown in warmer climates like Kenya and Columbia and the beans are encased in a red berry which is removed, the seeds or beans are a rich, dark brown and are around 1cm in length. They are dried before being processed into coffee. Some coffees actually use the berries to make coffee, making a very unique flavour.

        Coffee is rich in caffeine causing it to have stimulating qualities, ideal for waking you up if you feeling rather drowsy and also a giving you a boost if your having a particularly stressful day.

        The UK is traditionally a tea drinking country, and although coffee houses have been in existence since 1654 when Pasqua Rosée, opened the first coffee house in Britain called Oxford's Queen's Lane Coffee House I feel its popularity has soared greatly over the last twenty years and there is an increasing number of coffee housing opening. I like Starbucks and costa coffee particularly their milky options like latte, with a sprinkling of chocolate and sugar of course to counteract the bitterness. Although not my first choice of drink (I prefer a "cuppa" tea myself) I do often fancy a milky coffee, made with frothy milk of course, and the smell is oh so inviting. I have tried a few decaffeinated ones and unfortunately they do not hold a torch the real thing.

        There has also been an explosion in the choices of flavours with Christmas additions and specialist coffees coming out frequently. Also coffee flavourings are also available in syrups with flavours like vanilla and hazelnut to name a few.


        Coffee does need to be kept sealed as its quality will deteriorate if it is left open.
        Sometime I put the percolator on just to have the smell around the home...sad I know!!

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          31.10.2012 23:15
          Very helpful
          (Rating)

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          Coffee IS culture

          Umm Coffee...

          ~Coffee Memories~
          My earliest memory of coffee was probably as an 8 or 9 year old.  We would play outside in the back garden and in the winter, when it was cold my mum would make us a "milky coffee" which consisted of microwaved milk with a little instant coffee stirred in.  It was lovely and would warm me up so I could carry in playing outside for longer.

          By my teens I had progressed to "normal coffee", instant coffee watered down with boiling water and then some cold milk added.  Occasionally my mother would buy Kenco coffee bags and I remember thinking these were much nicer than the instant Nescafé she usually got, but it wasn't until I got to university I found the "real stuff".

          Once I became used to filter coffee there was no going back to the instant stuff, I even converted my parents, who also won't touch instant coffee now either.  I bought a cafetiere and away I went trialling all the ground coffees I could find.  

          Now I have an array of cafetiere's of different sizes and brands, five in total and an espresso pot, which I use for making lattes, coffee milkshake and coffee for coffee cakes.

          ~Coffee Varieties~
          I think I must have tried most of the major brands and blends by now.  Certainly all the Sainsbury's and Waitrose own-brand blends, as well as Taylor's of Harrogate, Lyons, Percol and I am sure many others too.

          In my coffee "trialling" I have discovered I don't like Italian coffee, it's too harsh and bitter, this because they use the harsher parts of the bean.  I also have an internal rating system for getting coffee when I am out, which you may like to know about:

          - Leon's filter coffee has to get top marks for take-out coffee.  Interestingly the filter coffee is only 99p, good price and much better than the Americano blend which is £1.99.  Americano is a harsh coffee blend, using cheaper parts of the bean.

          - Starbucks has the worst filter coffee, it's strong and bitter and I struggle to drink it.  If I have coffee at Starbucks, which isn't very often, it has to be latte, the extra milk disguises the bitterness.  Same goes for filter coffee at Pizza Express.

          - Pret filter coffee is ok but needs a top up of hot water.  I only get Pret filter coffee in the mornings, by the afternoon the blend gets too bitter and strong.  It's also only 99p so a good price.

          - McDonald's filter coffee is generally ok, pretty good for a fast food joint.  I only usually get McDonald's filter coffee if abroad somewhere like China, as the quality is guaranteed and it's much cheaper than going to something like a Starbucks, which is extortionate in China compared to local prices.

          - Nero filter coffee is ok too, quite drinkable and doesn't need watering down.  This is a little more pricey than Pret though, so not worth the extra for a take-out.

          - Eat coffee is quite potent and I can't drink this unless it has been watered down.  It's about £2 for a regular coffee and definitely not my favourite.

          Basically I avoid Americano, it may be trendy but you are paying more for the cheaper bitter parts of the bean.  Filter is my favourite, but not everywhere has it.  Latte is good but filling and also fattening, so I only have latte if in Italian restaurants or if I know the coffee is going to be bitter.  I never take sugar.

          ~Coffee Currently~
          At work I just finished a really nice blend which is part of a new series from Waitrose.  It was 100% Arabica from Southern Peru, strength number 3/5.  It's a little more expensive than the usual range but it was on offer when I bought it.   My new current coffee at work is Sainsbury's Continental, which is strength 5/5, unusual for me, but made slightly weaker this coffee is really fragrant.  At home I drink decaffeinated coffee, usually from Waitrose's standard range.

          ~Coffee Without Caffeine~
          I have low blood pressure which means I can take a lot of caffeine before it has any effect on me.  I can drink coffee right before I go to bed and still sleep.  I got used to having decaffeinated coffee whilst being pregnant and breast feeding and realised that not having the caffeine makes no difference to my coffee experience and I drink coffee because I like the flavour and not because I want to wake myself up or for a high. I therefore don't see the point in drinking caffeine at home as I do think drinking too much caffeine is not good for the body.  (Incidentally I also drink caffeine free tea at home). At work I share my coffee with a few close colleagues and we take it in turns to get the coffee, with caffeine - they want their caffeine!

          ~Coffee, What NO Coffee?~
          Finding out I have run out of coffee would probably quickly increase my blood pressure! But could I live without it...umm...I would like to say yes I could if I really had to, but, a big but, I really love the flavour of a good coffee and it's inviting aroma, and relaxing and sipping a coffee and using it as a delay tactic for working on contracts and ....

          Anyway coffee is not just coffee, it's part of our culture and I think my life would be a very lonely place if I couldn't go and meet friends and colleagues for a...coffee!

          It deserves a 5* rating.

          Coffee Umm....

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          30.10.2012 10:52
          Very helpful
          (Rating)

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          My morning salvation!

          I think when most people think of coffee they also think of caffiene, the hit of energy people associate with an espresso, or a coffee to-go. I also think there are two types of coffee drinker - the every day coffee drinker, who might have one a day usually in the morning, and the coffee lover, who will have a good coffee as a treat, or after dinner.

          There are so many types of coffee out there, far more than the bog standard spoon of instant with milk most people will have at work or at home. Just look at the menu in one of the thousands of Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Nero and so on that have multiplied in the last ten years or so. When I was young my mum would take me to a cafe (not a coffee bar) and the options for beverages would be 'tea, coffee, hot chocolate'. No more no less. Now it's skinny latte, mocha, double shot espresso, caramels, hazlenut syrup and a thousand other options. It's very Americanised. I do like to have the choice when I treat myself to a £3+ coffee in a coffee bar, and there are a number of healthier options available such as skim milk and decaff, which can only be a positive thing.

          I drink decaff at home usually because of health reasons, and I can enjoy a healthier drink which has all the flavour. I think this puts me more in a coffee lover category - whilst coffee is undoubtedly a breakfast drink for me, I drink it for the flavour not the caffiene. And I do have a 'posh' after dinner coffee as a treat and to offer guests.

          Coffee as a flavour - as in, used as an ingredient - is something that can be a bit 'marmite' to people - even people who enjoy coffee as a drink. Personally I don't mind the odd coffee chocolate (but not a whole box of them), but I cannot stand coffee desserts even with the best coffee in them. The most famous is Tiramisu, it's so popular, in fact a straw poll around my office reveals that most people think it's gorgeous, but I really don't like strong coffee used in desserts, it totally overpowers the sweet treat, I don't like coffee ice cream either. Much better for me to have a light, possibly chocolate but I prefer fruit dessert, followed by a good coffee, than combine the two.

          They say when you are selling your home to brew coffee for viewings because it's rich aroma will make potential buyers think of comfort, familiarity and being at home. I don't know whether that works, but it's worth a try - personally I do find the aroma of coffee very intoxicating but probably not enough to sway my vote on a house purchase!

          Overall I am a coffee lover, as a drink, and whilst I enjoy an every day coffee I do appreciate it enough to have a 'special' treat coffee too. But I'll always be a daytime tea drinker too :)

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          22.10.2012 17:32
          Very helpful
          (Rating)

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          My love of coffee

          So, to quote an article I read, "Coffee is a brewed beverage with a distinct aroma and flavor prepared from the roasted seeds of the Coffea plant. The beans are found in coffee "cherries", which grow on trees cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in equatorial Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Asia and Africa. Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Coffee is slightly acidic (5.0-5.1 pH[2]) and can have a stimulating effect on humans because of its caffeine content. It is one of the most-consumed beverages in the world."

          We all know what coffee is and generally what it tastes like although there are so many different roasts, flavours and tastes out there. This review however is going to be about my experience with coffee and how much I love it, a bit of a twist on coffee but this is a, "Coffee in general," section so here goes.......

          Hi, my name's Whizz11 and I am a coffee addict!!

          Ok, well not quite an addict but I must admit I love being a coffee drinker. I definitely think its one of lifes little pleasures. My husband hates coffee, the smell and the taste, I know, weird man, anyway I feel sorry for him because he is the type of guy who, if he did like coffee would buy all the fancy machines and nice quality coffees and really enjoy it, if you know what I mean.

          I can't quite remember when my love affair with coffee started. My dad always drank it when we were younger and I used to make it for him from time to time. He always told me to stir it 20 times to the right, not sure why, just a funny thing I guess but I used to love making it just right for him and he always enjoyed the coffee I made him. Then when I grew up I started to have a mug with him and my love just grew from there I guess.

          Coffee for me is an experience, not just a drink. I associate so many good times and laughs over a cup of coffee so its more than just a beverage.

          I used to live in Los Angeles and when I first moved there coffee shops were definitely getting to be really popular and places to hang out and have fun, meet friends etc. We had a Starbucks near our apartment and my friend and I would walk over every Saturday morning for an iced latte and a good gossip and catch up about our week. She now lives in Holland where they don't have many Starbucks so whenever I have an iced latte it always makes me think of her.

          Being a coffee drinker in America is definitely a good thing. You go into any restaurant and ask for coffee as your drink and you will getting a never ending cup of coffee. You get free refills on your cup so whenever you have just about finished a waitress is always over to fill your cup up again, brilliant, I love it. They just brew a big pot of coffee and keep it warm on a heated pad until you are ready. The coffee is always hot and tasty and a great advantage in their restaurants in my opinion.

          Once I started work coffee was definitely my saviour. I used to get the train to London and I would always walk past a coffee shop and pop in and get a nice big warm coffee before I started work. This made the 8am starts a bit more bearable and on cold mornings it was definitely something I looked forward to.

          Now, being a stay at home mum coffee is also my saviour in that I need the caffeine. Coffee keeps me awake and gives me the energy I need to run after the kids and i look forward to it. I also look forward to the coffee morning s I plan with the other mums where our kids can play together and we can drink coffee and gossip about how well our kids are doing and what our husband are like etc.

          When I have an hour or so free to myself which is not often these days I like to treat myself by going to a coffee shop, having a nice big coffee and reading a book or a magazine or just taking some time to gather my thoughts.

          So, as you can see, be it iced, flavoured, bold, strong, instant or proper brewed from beans I have ground myself coffee is something that is really important in my life and something I will continue to love.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          12.10.2012 23:52
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          1 Comment

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          give it a try!

          I discovered coffee when I started working full time. I'm not a morning person and coffee is my answer! I am reasonably caffeine sensitive and find immediately after drinking a cup I get a little boost of energy and a pick me up (caffeine is a stimulant).
          One of the great things about coffee is that it comes in soo many different favours and styles. In terms of drinking style you can have regular coffee which is coffee, hot water , milk(and sugar for me!
          ), lattee ( hot milk based coffee), mocha ( cocoa and coffee
          ). If you are looking for an instant caffeine boost I would suggest you try an expresso which is a shot of coffee with a small amount of water.

          My personal favourite coffee is a lattee and I love Starbucks vanilla favoured lattee yummy yummy ( seriously there are so many options, caramel favoured coffee , mint flavored, gingerbread flavored, the list is endless!)Also depending on what type of coffee bean you use you can manage the flavour depending on whether you like mild, bitter or rich coffee. One big plus for me is that there are some excellent instant brands out there so you can make tasty coffee at home in a matter of minutes!

          Personally I love drinking coffee in winter as I find a hot drink comforting and warming, especially on a cold morning ! It also full me up and stops me snacking!

          In addition to being used as a hot drinking coffee is also used to add flavour to cake and sweets. Yum.

          There are two main disadvantages to being a coffee drinker, one is repeated consumption stains your teeth and the other problem is that it makes u wee!

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            13.03.2012 16:25

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            Just, drink it.

            University life, new, exciting, short. So, of course, you would be stupid to not want to stay awake for every second of it. I am not much of a 'hot drinks' person, and was not a fan of coffee until I became a student. When coffee seemed like my light in the dark for miles and miles.
            Instant, freshly brewed, however it may come. Coffee is #1 on my drinks list, and I can never see that changing. It was only when I realised I wasn't going to finish my 1000's of assignments I decided I should probably start drinking coffee, as the sugary taste of cheap energy drinks doesn't appeal to me at all. When I first started drinking it, I masked the taste with way to much sugar, but, it kept me awake and helped me finish my deathly assignements. Since then, I have started to drink coffee as my chosen drink above many.
            Coffee is rich in flavour and strong, a drink that can be suited to all situations. You can adapt coffee to the way you want it, mould it so it becomes your coffee. You can go out for coffee, socialise over coffee, or drink it iced in summer months. You can feel superior walking into a coffee shop and ordering the most complex kind of coffee there is. Coffee can be enjoyed sickly sweet or bitterly strong, it's down to you.
            Coffee, to me, is a lifesaver. It keeps you awake for this short, fast moving life and enables you enjoy every minute of life. Grasp it with your hands.
            Make up coffee, break up coffee, exciting news coffee, Wake up, and smell the coffee..

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            16.05.2011 00:41
            Very helpful
            (Rating)
            2 Comments

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            A tasty beverage to wake me up in the morning!

            I have this magnet on my fridge which says "Not even all the coffee in Columbia will make me a morning person!", and whilst this is very true, I really do need my two coffees in a morning to bring me out of my zombie like state, and make me abit less of a grouch, and if I don't get them....well, there's no looking at me, I really am not a morning person at all!

            I wouldn't say I'm addicted, I have about 4-5 cups a day, which I don't think is obsesive. Apart from the morning coffees and ones during the day, I really like to have one after my evening meal, I don't really eat puddings, so it just finishes it off nicely. I wouldn't say I'm a coffee snob either, I'll drink any make, any kind, but not decaf, I can't really see the point in it personally. I know people drink it because they want the taste but without the caffine, but to me that's just pointless, give me the caffine....I need to be able to "Do Stupid Things Even Faster!"....yup, I got that one off a fridge magnet too!

            Obviously, too much -like with most things- is not good, and can cause unwanted side affects, such as sleep deprevation, headaches and the shakes, especially when withdrawing from drinking huge amounts, but when it's drunk within reason, you'll actually find that caffine does have alot of health benefits (according to Wikipedia!) such as increased attention and memory performance (boy do I need that!), decreased risk of heart and liver disease, some cancers, diabetes and dementia. So, as you can see, drinking it in moderation (between 3-5 cups a day), it's really not a bad vice to have, I can think of many worse! Of course, there's research all over, saying it's good for this, it's bad for that, like there is with most things, I guess it's just a personal choice and something most people don't even really think about, to be honest I don't really, if I want a coffee I'll have one.

            I never really drank coffee much when I was growing up, both my parents are tea drinkers, and so that is what I was brought up to drink, and I used to really love it, but now I can't stand the smell of it, unlike coffee, which to me is a really warm and inviting scent. I now only drink tea when their is no coffee to be found and I am in need of a hot beverage. I would say I started to drink coffee more regular when I became a student, and it's stuck every since, abit like me drinking cider really lol! I really love the whole atmosphere of coffee shops, especially the ones in bookshops such as Waterstones, where you can sit down on a comfy couch for as long as you want -abit like Friends really- and just relax and have a gossip with friends and family.

            There's no point me going into the in's and out's of the history etc of coffee, you could easily find that out yourself, with a click of a mouse and a vist to Wikipedia, this is just about my experience with coffee in general. It is something which I always have to have in the house, and like I said before, I'm not fussy about which make I have, I usually get whatever is on offer at the time in the supermarket, I sometimes just even buy the supermarkets own, it's usally as good as any. I do like the Douwe Egberts ones because of the jars they come in, which are pretty cool and can be re-used to store things such as flour etc in, and quite often they are on offer 2 big jars for £6.

            A tasty pick me up in a cup!

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
            • More +
              16.04.2010 12:14
              Very helpful
              (Rating)
              6 Comments

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              A warming, tasty drink with drawbacks!

              I have to admit I was quite amused to see that Dooyoo had given us a category to write about coffee in general and I am not too sure who will actually be all that interested in reading this but I saw it as a chance to write a little bit about coffee and the part it has played in my life.

              As a youngster I never touched tea or coffee and it wasn't until my late teens that I first tried it but once I did I loved it and it became a big part in my life and grew bigger by the day.

              Every morning my first thought would be coffee and a fag and then this carried on throughout the day, I was on 30 to 40 fags a day and about as many coffees, this was not a very healthy regime but it was one I found it very hard to change.

              Coffee can have a stimulating effect because of the caffeine in it and in Yemen in Arabia the coffee bean plant was said to energize humans and many believe that coffee does that for them today and whilst we will be told coffee is certainly not addictive we can also read many places that caffeine and the coffee bean plant can be addictive and I certainly found coffee a hard thing to stop or even cut down on.

              In my 50`s after smoking heavily for over 30 years, I had a health scare and decided that I would stop smoking which my family found hilarious (the stopping smoking bit that is, not the health scare). I had by this time cut down on coffee a bit but I was still drinking about 15 cups a day which is way too much.

              I stopped smoking completely for over 10 years but I now smoke cigars, I did find stopping smoking difficult but I have to say I found it much harder to give up my beloved coffee, I got myself down to just eight to ten cups a day but if I didn't have these I was grumpy and felt lethargic so I really do believe my body needed this caffeine rush and I reckon that is addiction is it not?

              Anyway years on again and as an old man now I am happy to say that I can now have just a few cups of coffee a day as and when I choose and enjoy them but not be Mr grumpy if I do not have them, I love a cigar and a coffee at night but the dreaded eternal coffee breath has now gone and the amount of coffee I was drinking couldn't have been doing my health too much damage as I am now in my 70`s and fit as a butchers dog (a very old butchers dog granted)!

              So that's my take on coffee and perhaps a little warning to others not to get too hooked on coffee and how it can make you feel because in my experience it was harder to give up than cigarettes and they were not the easiest things to get off themselves.

              Comments

              Login or register to add comments
              • More +
                16.04.2010 11:03
                Very helpful
                (Rating)
                3 Comments

                Advantages

                Disadvantages

                A Yummy Cup Of Coffee In The Morning Is Perfect!!!

                I'm cutting down my coffee at the minute because I drink waaaaaay too much of it. I hardly used to drink coffee at all but one day had a wicked cup in Costa and have loved it ever since, my fave instant coffee is the blue jar of Kenco and for the record I drink it with a tiny bit of milk and 2 big spoons of sugar. Sometimes I have cream and that is delish but I think it's a bit sickly with cream so I don't have it like that very often.

                The first reports of anyone drinking coffee go back to around 1450 and that was in Yemen, from there it spread mega fast and landed properly in England in the early 1700s. Coffee comes from the roasted seeds of the coffee plant, most people call these the coffee beans but these are deffo seeds even though they look more like beans when you see one. You can eat coffee beans and weirdly they don't taste anything like coffee, they're quite chewy and are woody to eat. I had a box of coffee beans covered in all different types of chocolate for my birthday a couple of years ago, my mate got them while she was on holiday in Brazil and they're the biggest coffee growers in the world so they're from the best place I reckon!

                It's hard to tell you how to make your coffee because everyone is different. A lot of people like machine coffee and the machines you can buy to brew your coffee are amazing!!! You can buy pod machines like Tassimo, the downfall of these isn't how expensive the pods are but because if you drink more than a couple of cups a day you'll find yourself spending mega money just to keep yourself going. The pods come in different flavours and I think it's the Tassimo that will also brew you a pod of tea or hot chocolate, I've tried coffee out of one of these coffee machines and it was delish but nothing I couldn't get out of a jar! lol

                Then there are the coffee machines that you just pour your ground coffee into. This is a much better idea I reckon because bags of coffee are cheap in the supermarket and there is a whole aisle of choice, plus you can make a whole jug of coffee and most of them have a keep warm plate so you can keep dipping in and out of the coffee pot until it's gone. Another thing is that if you buy a bag of coffee that you don't like it's a lot easier and cheaper to buy another bag than have to throw a whole pack of pods away and replacing them. My mums aunt is nearly 70 and her son brought her a Tassimo for Xmas but she hasn't used it because she can't stand any of the Tassimo pods, it's sitting there getting dusty on her kitchen shelf and it's a shame because it's a nice looking thing.

                I've got a cafetierre and that's fine for me, I don't need a machine because I love instant Kenco anyway so having a cafetierre means I can have a wicked cup of coffee without having a massive machine to store. A couple of scoops of any coffee will give you a wickedly tasty coffee that's brill any time of day but perfect in the morning to wake me up.

                Instant coffee is cool for me as well. I don't like Nescafe and am a bit stuck with Kenco actually because it's the only one I really like now. The taste of the blue jar is rich and mega tasty, it's got a delish rich smell as well that reminds me of fresh coffee even though I know full well I'm drinking instant. It's also easy to make up when there are a few people there drinking coffee because everyone likes their coffee done different, like if I did me and 4 of my mates a cup of coffee out of the cafetierre then some would be disappointed because you can't adjust the strength but with instant you can make it as weak or as strong as you like.

                Recommended...... helps keep you awake when you're falling over with knackeredness and tastes delish!!!

                Comments

                Login or register to add comments
                • More +
                  12.01.2010 16:44
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  Love the smell, taste, and whole experiance

                  Coffee is catching up with our tea drinking nation (in my opinion)

                  Coffee houses are seting up everywhere, but theres not a tea house in site. I personally am allegic to coffee and as such have to limit my intake.

                  I have one maybe two cups a day so when I have one I like it to be special, if I`m out shopping I always call into a coffee shop, my favourites being Costa and Starbucks. Yes it is expensive for what you get but for me its a treat and an experiance, in a good coffe shop, the aroma and the whole experiance is wonderful when your on a shop.

                  I always get a cake or panini with it, as I cook the rest of the week for the 4 of us . I like a little something for me.

                  I love Lattes which is a milky coffee thats not too strong, but you can get ordinary, cappochino, choc mocca. Vanilla and a host of others. Very rare will you find people asking for tea.

                  I like the milkiness personally of the latte with the cappachino being stronger and the little dusting of chocolate powder on the top. What a glorious respite.

                  Very rarely do you find kiddies in there. Its the ambiance of the coffee shop that makes it so appealing. People go to pubs for alchohol. So same applys to coffee why make it at home ?

                  I particular find Mcdonalds having the nicest latte, i`ve tried all the ones you can make up at home, its just not the same.

                  When I`m at home I have Kenco with 5 teaspoons of compliment, hot water and a dash of milk...mmm, not too strong and nice and milky. Alternatively I like a milky coffee when i can be bothered with half a pint of milk and a spoon of coffee. Heated in the microwave and whisked with a hand whisker. It must be semi skimmed

                  I`ve seen a tip to sell you home, fresh coffee, so is it psychological?

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                • More +
                  12.01.2010 13:28
                  Very helpful
                  (Rating)
                  5 Comments

                  Advantages

                  Disadvantages

                  Save a fortune on coffee house coffee

                  I am always insulted as a coffee drinker when I am presented with instant coffee. I am not a tea drinker but surely it would be the same offence if a tea drinker where offered instant tea.

                  I have been to good restaurants and have been given instant coffee, a sack-able offence in my opinion. Are there so many people out there who actually like the stuff?

                  Why are there so many coffee houses springing up in the high streets? We as a nation are now being educated on the pleasures of drinking proper coffee, something that we have been deprived of for too long.

                  I have many visitors who pop round regularly for as they put it "a decent cup of coffee" These are the people who go out and pay over £2 for a cup in the high street. Why?

                  Let me dispel a myth. It is very easy to make good coffee at home and a fraction of the price.

                  Buy a decent Coffee espresso machine. You will need at least a 15 bar pressure machine to get a decent cup. You can pay anything from around £100 and up. Don't be put off it is cheap as long as it has 15 bar pressure it will do the job. My current machine is a Delonghi espresso bar which cost me just over £150. If you recoil at the cost of a coffee machine just add up how much you spend in a coffee shop every week. £2.50 a day 7 days a week, that's £17.50 a week and £910 a year.

                  It doesn't cost very much to make your own coffee at home, the average person would probably drink no more that £2.50's worth a week.

                  For a decent cup of coffee you don't need the steamer frother that is present on most machines. I find them messy and fiddly. I put 3/4 of a cup of long life skimmed milk in the microwave for about a minute and then top up with one fresh espresso. I always use the deepest coffee chamber that comes with the machine as I prefer strong coffee. It makes a delicious cup of coffee.

                  My preferred coffee is Starbucks espresso beans that I buy from Costco's I pay around £10 for a kilo bag. This lasts me for about a month. I am fortunate enough to have a coffee grinder but you can buy coffee that is already ground. Tesco do a really nice espresso coffee as do Illy and Lavazza.

                  I also have a pod coffee maker. This is good for the kids who don't like their coffee too strong and for quick coffee when entertaining. The pods are quite expensive and the taste is never the same as a proper coffee maker.

                  I have advised many friends stuck for what to buy their partners for a gift, to invest in an espresso maker. The presents have always been well received and enjoyed many times over, not just by the recipient which is a added bonus when buying a gift! I personally think it will be one of the best investments that you will ever make. It is not the sort of kitchen gadget that sits in the corner unloved and unused. I promise you that if you love your coffee as much as me then you will never regret it.

                  Comments

                  Login or register to add comments
                  • More +
                    16.12.2009 11:56
                    Very helpful
                    (Rating)
                    2 Comments

                    Advantages

                    Disadvantages

                    Love coffee, love life!

                    Coffee for me is a staple of my morning routine, as a father of two under two's lack of sleep is a constant in my life so to invigorate my eyelids in the morning I have at least one coffee and sometimes two.

                    Oddly, when I was younger I didn't like the taste of coffee I don't think its an unusual thing and many people dislike coffee until they are near adulthood. I found the drink too bitter and had a strange fruity undertaste which I still find unpleasant in some varieties of coffee.

                    Then I went to spain on holiday and my views on coffee changed completely, there they make coffee with plenty of milk and a shot of brandy. Admitedly the shot of brandy helped and I don't have it when I'm at work though sometimes I wish I did, but it woke up my coffee taste buds and I've been a devotee ever since.

                    Coffee is a natural stimulant, high in caffeine it gives a blast of stimulus to any comatose brain. In fact, tea has far higher levels of caffeine if measured gram to gram but we drink more coffee in our drinks than we do tea so a cup of coffee is far higher in stimlant than tea.

                    Coffee does have detractors, it does colour your teeth and isn't good for pregnant women but I think thats a bit of an overkill.

                    My favourite coffee is columbian ground coffee with plenty of milk, no sugar and if its a weekend a shot of rum in it. This just naturally seems to land on my table next to an open box of biscuits and well it would be rude not too.

                    I've become a coffee drinker and probably drink as much coffee as tea whereas 10 years ago it would have been 90-10% tea to coffee, strange how your taste buds change. Maybe its the lack of tea debris when you make coffee and it goes well in a thermos flask which was relevant when I used to commute from Sheffield to Manchester on the 7.35 train.

                    My favourite coffee is probably nescafe, good quality and strong.

                    Comments

                    Login or register to add comments
                    • More +
                      15.11.2009 18:30
                      Very helpful
                      (Rating)
                      3 Comments

                      Advantages

                      Disadvantages

                      Coffee Coffee Coffee

                      Aaaah Coffee, Joe, the old Java Java, Bean Juice. whatever you call it, it is said to be the second most traded item in the world (behind crude oil).

                      Coffee is made using coffee beans, more accurately described as coffee seeds. The seeds come from little fruits known as coffee berries, the fruits themselves are harmless but do not tast particularly good when eaten.

                      The beans are sorted then roasted, they are then ground and sometimes freeze dried to produce instant coffee (easy to brew but not quite as flavoursome).

                      The drink was first cultivated in the Arab world around the fifteenth century and from there slowly travelled throughout the rest of the world along ancient trade routes until the present day where it has become the most widely drunk beverage in the world (next to coca cola perhaps, oh and water).

                      Etymologically speaking the word 'Coffee'has its roots in the arabic word qahwah which translates into wine, qahwah became Kahve when the Ottoman empire introduced coffee to Europe.

                      The largest producer of coffee is Brazil by a large margin, they produce around 2.25 million tonnes of the stuff per year, Vietnam, the second largest producer, turns out around 950 thousand tonnes.

                      Of course coffee has a high caffeine content, but did you know that tea is actually richer in caffeine weight for weight. Apparently coffee beans were first found to be edible by an arabic farmer whose goats seemed to be bursting with energy all the time, he followed their every move and it was then he noticed them eating the coffee plants, berries and seeds.

                      Coffee can be enjoyed in several forms from instant, the beans are freeze dried and grounded up, to fresher more delicious more expensive varieties which are not freeze dried and in my opinion taste nicer.

                      Apparently the most expensive coffee in the world comes from south America, the beans are sifted from the poo of a small mammal who lives in the rainforests and subsists on the finest coffee berries. A mere cup of this delicacy can cost up to £50, a little more than I usually care to spend on faeces I must admit.

                      Comments

                      Login or register to add comments
                    • Product Details

                      Coffee is a widely consumed beverage prepared from the roasted seeds¬ócommonly referred to as beans¬óof the coffee plant. It is usually served hot but can also be served cold. A typical 7 fluid ounce (ca. 207 mL) cup of coffee contains 80¬Ė140 milligrams of caffeine, depending on the bean and method of roasting and preparation. Coffee represents 71% of all the United States caffeine consumption followed by soft drinks and tea. Coffee, along with tea and water, is one of the most popular beverages world-wide, its volume amounting to about a third that of tap water in North America and Europe. In 2003, coffee was the world's sixth largest agricultural export in terms of value, behind wheat, maize, soybeans, palm oil and sugar.