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How do you take your coffee? Black? Creamy? Milky? Sweet?

And how do you make it? Instant? Percalator? Mr. Coffee? Drip? Cuisinart?

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    Cuisinart coffeemaker ... with Silk vanilla soycreamer.

    I am seriously considering switching to French Press with cream and sugar. But I don't like the idea of buying another item to clutter my kitchen, AND I'm wildly addicted to that soycreamer. It is such a delight!

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    Cuisinart is my second favorite, Mags.

    Right now I am doing turkish-style.

    Little teapot. Water almost boiling. Throw in six tablespoons of finely ground Paul Newman Organic Breakfast Blend coffee.....let the grounds settle----drink.

    Very strong, very dark, very delicious!

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    I haven't had more than 5 coffees in my whole life.
    I hate it with all of my heart.
    So, I take it with a big frown and a plugged nose.

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    Black. And I usually drink espresso at home, from one of those little stovetop espresso makers.

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    I don't drink coffee. But I love the way it smells.

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    French Press that I use for both coffee and loose tea. And I drink it with So Delicious Coconut Milk French Vanilla Creamer.

    I know you didn't ask what kind of coffee but i LOVE either Allergro 100% Kona coffee or Iriving Farm's Dolce Ce Leche

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    The Cowboys used their socks as strainers -mmmm.
    In emergencies, the Seals just shovel in dry instant coffee and swallow.

    Black with Coffeemate - a terrible habit.
    French press, coffee maker or instant espresso.

    We have a huge industrial espresso maker at work - how fun is that?

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    When I make it at home, I use a French Press. I am more a tea drinker. My tummy isn't great with coffee, so lots of milk, regular milk, as soy is dangerous for anyone who has had ER+ breast cancer.

    When I have a latte, I lurve some vanilla sugar and cocoa powder on it. Delish.

    I don't see the French Press as an extra gadget as electric kettle is how I heat water. So just heat up, fill up French Press and go.

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    At home, either French Press, Coffee Maker or Instant.

    Instant: Take a tiny bit of cream, two sugar in the raw packets and 2 T coffee, and 'stir' it/beat it/mix it with a spoon for about 15 minutes until the sugar disolves and gets all frothy. Pour in steaming hot water and serve.

    I normally mix dunkin donuts in a coffee maker: decaf and regular with a little french vanilla. Black, splenda (though splenda is no good for you but what the heck!).

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    i use a coffee maker. with vanilla flavored cream and sugar.....

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    I have a cheapie Mr. Coffee, and I use sugar-free vanilla caramel Coffee Mate or a vanilla soy creamer whose name I don't know.

    I am in awe of anyone who can drink black coffee. I grew up in a German/Irish household where the kids were given a cup of hot milk with two spoons of sugar and a splash of super-strong percolator coffee in it with breakfast from kindergarten on, and I would still drink it that way if it wasn't so fattening.

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    Robynne wrote: I have a cheapie Mr. Coffee, and I use sugar-free vanilla caramel Coffee Mate or a vanilla soy creamer whose name I don't know. I am in awe of anyone who can drink black coffee. I grew up in a German/Irish household where the kids were given a cup of hot milk with two spoons of sugar and a splash of super-strong percolator coffee in it with breakfast from kindergarten on, and I would still drink it that way if it wasn't so fattening.

    It is much easier to enjoy a black coffee of high quality than it is to enjoy anything instant, store-bought or served at Dunkin' Donuts. Even Starbucks, despite their constant assurance of gourmet-level quality, keeps their beans stuffed in a warehouse for months before it ends up on coffeehouse shelves.

    There's nothing like a good cup of freshly-roasted black coffee to truly explore the sensations coffee has to offer.

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    Alek wrote: It is much easier to enjoy a black coffee of high quality than it is to enjoy anything instant, store-bought or served at Dunkin' Donuts. Even Starbucks, despite their constant assurance of gourmet-level quality, keeps their beans stuffed in a warehouse for months before it ends up on coffeehouse shelves. There's nothing like a good cup of freshly-roasted black coffee to truly explore the sensations coffee has to offer.

    Egggzactly, Alek, my man! That is why I am loving my Turkish style!

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    I hire Julius Meinl to make my coffee every morning. I add just a touch of cream.

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    I take my coffee with a bit of skim milk. I'm actually a big fan of Latte's because it's the main way I get calcium plus I like the flavor of espresso rather than coffee.

    At home, I have a Keurig to make my coffee, but I love when I'm at my parents house and my mom makes French Press!

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    I'm not picky, but when I'm given options: strong fair trade, milk (whole or skim), and sugar (normally the cane, that Sugar in the Raw business is good, but, again, I'm not picky).

    My school used to have a Wolfgang Puck machine that made blueberry flavored coffee, that stuff was top o'the line.

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    Caffeine in ANY form causes cancer and death. Ask Sharon Stone who had tumors all over her body...tumors that went away soon after she stopped drinking coffee. (I can send you her video testimonial.) Or ask my deceased partner who drank coffee right up until the morning of her hysterectomy for ovarian cancer. (Oh, right... You're going to "die anyway, so what the heck". But I can tell you a 3-year slow death by ovarian cancer--or any cancer--is not "pretty".)

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    Carly wrote: I take my coffee with a bit of skim milk. I'm actually a big fan of Latte's because it's the main way I get calcium plus I like the flavor of espresso rather than coffee. At home, I have a Keurig to make my coffee, but I love when I'm at my parents house and my mom makes French Press!

    Caffeine in ANY form causes cancer and death. Ask Sharon Stone who had tumors all over her body...tumors that went away soon after she stopped drinking coffee. (I can send you her video testimonial.) Or ask my deceased partner who drank coffee right up until the morning of her hysterectomy for ovarian cancer. (Oh, right... You're going to "die anyway, so what the heck". But I can tell you a 3-year slow death by ovarian cancer--or any cancer--is not "pretty".)

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    Dr. Lara wrote: Caffeine in ANY form causes cancer and death. Ask Sharon Stone who had tumors all over her body...tumors that went away soon after she stopped drinking coffee. (I can send you her video testimonial.) Or ask my deceased partner who drank coffee right up until the morning of her hysterectomy for ovarian cancer. (Oh, right... You're going to "die anyway, so what the heck". But I can tell you a 3-year slow death by ovarian cancer--or any cancer--is not "pretty".)

    Where did you get your medical degree, Dr Lara.

    Or is it a PHD.....piled higher and deeper????

    Either way, you would know that anecdotal stories do not a statistic make.

    Overall, I find your advice loathsome.

    And, no I do not expect to die from the coffee and tea I drink, even though I was diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a year ago.

    Just to set the record straight, with most cancers, there is no direct cause anywhere near as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer.

    You should know better...... Please stop with this nonsense.

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    I just got a french press. It is the shit.

    And easy peasy to use!! Fool proof! (I can attest to this).

    Add a touch of 1/2 and 1/2 and I am perky.

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    I'm not a big coffee drinker, but I take it with cream/milk and sugar.

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    I think I'm going to need a giant-sized cup right now to stay awake. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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    Goodness - this question actually got me out of bed. I usually read and answer in bed when I can't sleep....

    So, recently we went to a coffee shop that changed our whole view on coffee. I grew up with the owner and always heard his sisters and mom brag. They'd post all of these great reviews on FB. But come on, they're his mom / sisters, right? Gilt even sold his coffee a few months ago.

    When we finally went, we had an amazing experience. He roasts his own beans. There's no condiment bar. NO sugar or cream. You can get coffee with milk in only two forms: cappuccino or macchiato. The rest is all black.

    A/y, I learned that coffee should not be bitter. It actually has hints of flavors (like wine). The one I had was organic from Kenya. It had hints of grapefruit. Each gulp was slightly different. Now I know good coffee should not be accessorized.

    To brew - we also learned - depends on the bean.

    Here's how we brew:

    Turkish

    Moka pot or macchinetta

    For none espressso - we use the Costa Rican or Latin method - with a "sock". It's not really a sock but rather a flannel coffee filter.

    One of C's gifts for Christmas is a whole coffee brewing equipment set - Hario V60 Buono Kettle (slow drip), Hario Ceramic Coffee Dripper with filters and a manual grinder (b/c the heat of the an electric grinder changes the bean's taste).

    And I'm getting him a copy of a brewing manual that is yet to go to publication. I'll have to print it and get it bound but isn't that exciting?

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    Claire wrote: Where did you get your medical degree, Dr Lara. Or is it a PHD.....piled higher and deeper???? Either way, you would know that anecdotal stories do not a statistic make. Overall, I find your advice loathsome. And, no I do not expect to die from the coffee and tea I drink, even though I was diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a year ago. Just to set the record straight, with most cancers, there is no direct cause anywhere near as strong as the link between smoking and lung cancer. You should know better...... Please stop with this nonsense.

    Why in God's name should I stop??? Isn't this what we're here on this site for? And, btw, when did I ask for your advice about anything?

    Please... Go caffinate yourself. :-}
    Love,
    Dr. Lara

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    Blondie wrote: I just got a french press. It is the shit. And easy peasy to use!! Fool proof! (I can attest to this). Add a touch of 1/2 and 1/2 and I am perky.

    Same, french press, with organic half & half, organic beans, no sugar.
    I wish I could drink it black but it hurts my tummy.
    I heart coffee but I'm currently favoring tea over coffee.

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    I use green tea instead of coffee, and add a dash of Splenda.

    And didn't a few recent studies show that a couple of cups of coffee per day are beneficial?

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    Either get a good french press, with light cream. Or invest in a Nespresso Pixie Espresso Machine (about $150 on amazon). Both taste amazing!

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    Hazelnut cream and an old fashioned Mr. Coffee maker. Any store brand coffee will do.

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    Stroooong! No milk, a little sugar.

    I have an industrial coffee maker from my uncle's restaurant. It's at least thirty years old, and makes coffee to die for!

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    Never liked coffee till date. The only thing I fell in love was Cinnabon's orange chocolate cappuccino... Just yummmmy!!! But was on offer for the limited time.

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    I never drink coffee at home. If I drink coffee it is Tim Horton's Lrg 3 milk and 3 sugar

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    with some type of yummy coffee mate creamer. usually italian sweet cream to be exact. yummmm.

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    ps! i'm totally bummin' that my old account didn't work.

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    Tamara wrote: I never drink coffee at home. If I drink coffee it is Tim Horton's Lrg 3 milk and 3 sugar

    The legendary Timmy's triple-triple!

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    Drip coffee. One Splenda and ample half-n-half.

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    Hi, Fortuna. I'm a barista so I normally make my own cappucinos and other fancy frothy sips. When I'm home, however, it's Mr. Coffee all the way with the classic brew of Dunkin' Donuts with a pinch (a PINCH) of *Real* Stevia at the bottom of the pot. Use whichever brew you enjoy best but Splenda is just sugar that has been bleached and aspartame (found in artificial sweeteners) in your body turns into the same crap morticians pump into corpses. A pinch of stevia is all it takes in a 12 cup pot and it's sweet like a teaspoon of real sugar without shifting a pancreas into overdrive. Some creme or milk is your choice but I take mine mostly black.

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    Someone mentioned the Nespresso Pixie....Excellent Choice!

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    French press with 2 teaspoons of raw sugar and a tablespoon of cream. I can't function without it.

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    I DRINK THAT SHIT BLACK

    IT'S ALL ABOUT THE FRENCH PRESS, BABY

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    Sherlyn wrote: I use green tea instead of coffee, and add a dash of Splenda. And didn't a few recent studies show that a couple of cups of coffee per day are beneficial?

    coffee is an antioxidant but splenda is chlorinated sugar



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    Black with 4 sugar. I use a percolator but have not had coffee since December of 2012.

    Oh I did have one out West and it was a sip because they put brown sugar in their coffee and that was weird to me

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    Dr. Lara, the site simply asked how you take your coffee. It did not ask for your opinion on caffeine and it's questionable relation to cancer. Please accept my condolences on the loss of your partner, and I respect your belief that coffee had to do with it. But for the record, I am a cancer survivor who believes that stress and huge intakes of sugar contributed to my disease. Before my diagnosis I drank my coffee heavily sugared and creamed. But now I drink it black, with a tranquil mind, and enjoy it very much.

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