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Kona Peaberry ( from Trader Joes) is our choice. Strong and black so you can taste its buttery smooth finish.

Coffees can be like wine, there are many average ones, but when you get a good one it is easily defineable.

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Has anyone tried a neapolitan coffee maker aboard? I use one at home and it works great. All you have to do is boil the water and then flip it.

I'm still working on getting the sailboat up and running, but that's what I'm planning on using aboard.

Here's a link if you're unfamiliar with a neapolitan coffee pot...

Neapolitan flip coffee pot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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This thread is the bastard child of a Moebius Strip.

The thing that distinguishes a real espresso machine from anything else is the pressure. Thats why the 'pump' machines work much better than other versions. If you have a machine that relies purely on the the pressure built up by the boiling water then it will not be as quite as the real thing but closer than other alternatives. The Bialetti type (lots of brands, aluminium and stainless steel) are a simple pressure machine, there are also some bench top versions that work in the same fashion.

The 'flip' type rely purely on gravity as do your standard dripolators so they simply cannot produce the same quality as a pressure machine unless your idea of quality is far removed from a traditional Italian espresso which is after all the benchmark for the best quality coffee. Percolators are utterly without redeeming feature.

In my humble opinion of course...not to mention the odd Italian.

I guess the plunger type would be next cab of the rank after the pressure machines but really they are not terribly satisfactory except in desparate times.
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I drink my java BOLD and the only place that has it bold is Starbucks. Okay so you can' take a local Starbucks with you ... but wait! .......And the best part is it taste like the real thing.
Actually, the fact that it tastes like regular Starbucks if the worst thing, in my opinion. Until I start cruising overnight, I'll make a thermos of regular and a thermos of decaf and drink from those throughout the day.

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Starbucks- home of the $4.00 burnt over roasted me generation coffee

I prefer my humble Kona Peaberry or Blue Mountain Jamacian. Its like the differnce between Ripple and Cakebread Pinot Noir except you are paying more for the Ripple.

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Starbucks- home of the $4.00 burnt over roasted me generation coffee

I prefer my humble Kona Peaberry or Blue Mountain Jamacian. Its like the differnce between Ripple and Cakebread Pinot Noir except you are paying more for the Ripple.

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Agreed, Starbucks = Over Priced Burnt Coffee !
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Nescafe freeze dried instant. I like easy storage, convenience and the flavor. I just boil water and make it one cup (large cup) at a time.
I'm with you. Nescafe it is. It's the only instant I've tried that doesn't taste instant.

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Starbucks- home of the $4.00 burnt over roasted me generation coffee

I prefer my humble Kona Peaberry or Blue Mountain Jamacian. Its like the differnce between Ripple and Cakebread Pinot Noir except you are paying more for the Ripple.

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Hear, hear! burnt beans, overly bitter coffee -- that's Starbucks. I like city roasts and medium roasts, so naturally stuff like Mexican Altura and Kenya AA are my favorite gourmet coffees. Of the grocery store stuff, 8 o'clock whole bean Colombian, ground just before brewing, makes a darned fine pot o' joe. Sadly , it is tough to grind on a boat w/o 120V A/C.
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Kenyaa AA is good. We just p;ug our grinder into the inverter to grind our beans. Nothing like coffee made from fresh ground.

Commercially...Dunkin Doughnuts is most popular and #1 rated in cConsumer Reports for quality of commercial coffees.
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