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2011/04/13 07:27:08 (permalink)

The Aroma of Coffee

There aren't really a lot of things that remind me of my childhood, or the good old days of the past. In todays world everything is hurry up and go, no getting away from the Iphone, open a box and have dinner. I think the real reason why we come into this site is to try to hold on to some of the values and quality we loved about a past generation. When my Father-in-law passed away I found a old Percolator coffee pot in the pantry. I thought how nice it would be to start off my day with an American made, stainless steel Sears and Roebuck coffee pot. I remember waking up to the smell of coffee from a stove top percolator, we used the fancy electric percolator for Easter Sunday Slovack breakfast feast. I asked someone what they used for filter paper back then, nothing in todays world is made for it. The person also to me his Mom used toilet paper when he was a kid. I used two thin napkins at first, it worked fine, I now used small filter papers and push them over the water stem. I really enjoy waking up, starting the coffee with fresh ground coffee and waiting for the aroma of coffee to start my day, I miss the smell of coffee that reminds me that not everything in this fast world we live in, has to be a plug it in hurry up event. Coffee is something to be enjoyed, you should be able to smell the aroma and feel a feeling of home with every sip......this Coffee Percolator has to be from the 50's it works like a charm.........pnwc
 ........I remember years ago we always went to a diner for coffee, they made so much of it, it was always fresh...
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 09:22:44 (permalink)
    When I was a teenager in High School we had an electric stove, oh how I hated that thing (you had to stand there and wait for the coffee to start to boil, then quickly turn off the stove as it would tend to boil over and spill all over the stove).  It was my "job" in the morning to make coffee in this small four cup peculator, make a cup for Dad then bring a cup to Mom and wake her.  About half an hour later Mom would yell from the bedroom "My coffee is cold" and I would reheat the coffee, pour Dad his second cup, then bring Mom her second cup, wash out the peculator, and put everything away.
     
    One morning Dad came out to the kitchen and saw me sitting there drinking a cup of coffee after I had given both him and Mom their first of the day.  Just about that time Mom yelled "My coffee is cold," so I got up and fixed a coffee for Dad then brought Mom her second cup.
     
    Dad asked me how I did that, the percolutar only held four cups.  I kind of shruged it off as no biggie.
     
    It wasn't until almost a year later that Dad discovered that I was serving Mom her first cup as nothing more than a cup of plain water out of the spigot at the sink.  He laughed and I got away with that trick all the way through High School, then I left home and joined the Air Force.
     
    My sister and I were rembering things like this just a couple of days ago and I thought it worth sharing.
     
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 11:00:13 (permalink)
    I am not much of a coffee drinker, and have ZERO skills in discerning the various segments of flavor etc.  I wouldn't know a French Roast from a French Fry in the coffee realm ! 
    What I do like is very light, very sweet coffee, usually with a touch of chocolate added..... or make good Hot Chocolate and add a touch of coffee to give it a tinge of coffee flavor !  Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Fudge on it is my favorite ice-cream sundae !
     The odor of coffee being made is a wonderous thing. I love the smell for fresh brewed (or brewing) coffee in the morning. I don't much care to drink it, but when Janet's coffee maker goes off at 4:00 AM, I wake-up and smell the air !!
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 11:23:39 (permalink)
    It sure is hard to beat the flavor of coffee from a percolator.  Interesting how we've gotten away from them in favor of drips.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 11:26:38 (permalink)
    Ah, the aroma of a nice hot cup of coffee. I'm sitting here now enjoying that with my large $1.29 carboard cup from McDonald's just brimming with flavor and memories.
     
    At least it's not Postum.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 12:13:39 (permalink)
    I never grew up in a home where coffee was brewed. All I ever remember was those "Instant Crystals" or whatever Instant coffee my mom or grandmother bought. There was some sort of premium involved with saving the seals under the lid back then and they could be redeemed for gifts. It wasn't until I moved back with my Grandparents in my teens that I got digging through all the stuff that they moved down with from up north and found a Wearever perculator that I cleaned up and started to use along with a cast aluminum espresso cafetera that I made cafecitos with for liquid ambition for all-night cram sessions. I can remember that you could buy replacement clear glass perculator tops in the coffee section of most any grocery store. During my salad days I ended up with a cheap aluminum stamped pot that I used a hot plate with that I continued to use probably well into the 80's when I bought my first electric pour over by Hamilton Beach that was almost all plastic. It's been a sucession of Bunns ever since. 
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 12:29:01 (permalink)
    This is a coffee pot
     

    Add some egg shells and you've a great pot of coffee.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 13:09:44 (permalink)
    Looks like that pot came right off the chuck wagon Michael!
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 13:17:02 (permalink)
    Don't you think it needs to be more beat-up looking?
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 13:47:31 (permalink)
    My mother still prefers instant coffee.  She carefully cuts off half of the paper seal so she can even out her teaspoon full of granules.
     
    She did have an aluminum percolator that went on top of the store.  It didn't use filters... just the metal basket.  Or... now I'm thinking that she just didn't buy filters.  You could always count on coffee grounds at the bottom of your cup.
     
    When guests were over the house she used a 12-cup Farberware percolator.  Somehow that one made metallic tasting coffee.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 14:05:37 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman

    Don't you think it needs to be more beat-up looking?

    If it was a sissy wagon train, thats the way it would look. The real Cowboys up here in Washington and Oregon would throw that against a tree a few times to make it fit in......Maybe use it as a urinal for a few years to season it, then use it for a coffee pot......Real men, real ideas...............
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 14:20:50 (permalink)
    mayor al

    I am not much of a coffee drinker, and have ZERO skills in discerning the various segments of flavor etc.  I wouldn't know a French Roast from a French Fry in the coffee realm ! 
    What I do like is very light, very sweet coffee, usually with a touch of chocolate added..... or make good Hot Chocolate and add a touch of coffee to give it a tinge of coffee flavor !  Coffee Ice Cream with Hot Fudge on it is my favorite ice-cream sundae !
    The odor of coffee being made is a wonderous thing. I love the smell for fresh brewed (or brewing) coffee in the morning. I don't much care to drink it, but when Janet's coffee maker goes off at 4:00 AM, I wake-up and smell the air !!

     
    In the Navy we would make instant coco with coffee. I still do that every now and then.

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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 14:45:44 (permalink)
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    Michael Hoffman

    Don't you think it needs to be more beat-up looking?

    If it was a sissy wagon train, thats the way it would look. The real Cowboys up here in Washington and Oregon would throw that against a tree a few times to make it fit in......Maybe use it as a urinal for a few years to season it, then use it for a coffee pot......Real men, real ideas...............

    I agree. You ought to see my coffee boiler. It's been bent and beaten, and my wife even used it as a drum, whacking dents into it with a folding saw to scare off a bear at our campsite in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/13 23:06:14 (permalink)
    I'm very much like Mayor Al - I seldom drink it and don't know anything about the different roasts and such.  When I do drink it I take it black.  All of the people I work with use various flavorings and sweeteners - I do like the aroma of the first pot brewing early in the morning at work but I don't like it when it's left on the burner for too long and develops that nasty acrid smell.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 02:23:16 (permalink)
    I like coffee but my bride doesn't drink it and I'm too lazy to make it for just for myself so I jump in the car, go a short distance to Circle K and get a cup of their Cinnamon Flavored coffee. It's pretty good.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 05:20:57 (permalink)
    Michael,
      I missed it my first time thru this thread, but I think you may be the only other person on Roadfood who has ever mentioned POSTUM! It was a cultural thing for me, but my parents gave us kids POSTUM in the morning for a hot beverage! We did not get the coffee-flavored version in our house !
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 09:05:08 (permalink)
    The aroma captures my attention only when the coffee is a strong dark roast directly from a
    GEN-U-WINE local indepependent Coffee House anything else doesn't interest me and the coffee  just ends up tasting like "hot water" to me anyway
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 09:13:39 (permalink)
    Al, I never had Postum. I remember smelling it at my grandmother's friend's house, though. If memory serves, Postum was a sponsor of The Aldrich Family (HENRY! HENRY ALDRICH!) and Lum and Abner radio shows.
     
    Does anyone remember radio shows?
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 09:21:08 (permalink)
    Of course we remember radio shows, my Grandfather told me all about them..........
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 11:01:20 (permalink)
    I have a collection of nearly 10,000 hours of old time radio shows.  It goes very well with my Instant Yuban in the morning, what a great way to wake up, old radio, Yuban and Raodfood.
     
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    PS:  1940's Dragnet anyone?
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 11:05:29 (permalink)
    PNWCHEF

    Of course we remember radio shows, my Grandfather told me all about them..........

    Who are you kidding. People in Bridgeport couldn't afford radios. Heck, WICC used to complain because no one in town could hear their programs.
     
    Or did your granfather live in Fairfield?
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 12:09:58 (permalink)
    8:00 PM to 9:00 PM every night one of the local radio stations play the old radio shows.  Or is that 9 - 10PM?
     
    Quicktime clip:
     
    http://www.jackbenny.com/...20Hear%20a%20Voice.mp3
     
    I must be old.  I'm losing my memory.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 12:11:56 (permalink)
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 12:13:50 (permalink)
    jeez, between this and the Italian festival thread, we might as well rename this site "old Farts remember Connecticut and New York".
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 12:24:23 (permalink)
    bill voss

    jeez, between this and the Italian festival thread, we might as well rename this site "old Farts remember Connecticut and New York".

     
    LOL

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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 12:45:05 (permalink)
    bill voss

    jeez, between this and the Italian festival thread, we might as well rename this site "old Farts remember Connecticut and New York".


    Stick around you might learn something.............
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 12:46:12 (permalink)
    Nope. I want to feel alive, not almost dead.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 13:02:48 (permalink)
    Not easy to talk about how good something is that you'll eat next year.
     
    Something here to learn from the well seasoned folk.
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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 13:16:01 (permalink)

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    Re:The Aroma of Coffee 2011/04/14 13:36:23 (permalink)
    When you want to feel alive you can always take a walk along the Rogue stream...
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