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COFFEE BRANDS IN POLAND & ELSEWHERE?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
20 May 2008 /  #1
What brands of coffee for home brewing do you prefer in Poland and other countries represented on this forum? Pre-ground or whole beans ground at home just before brewing? Know of any decent-tasting decaffeinated brand? Just curious.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
20 May 2008 /  #2
What brands of coffee for home brewing do you prefer

Only Gala von Eduscho, Nr. 1, ground.

Know of any decent-tasting decaffeinated brand?

I always thought decaffeinated coffee the same way as one would think about dehydrated water.
Krzysztof 2 | 973  
20 May 2008 /  #3
I usually drink Astra (brand, because their name is confusing, the company named Astra makes also cheaper/worse coffee brands), 100% pure Colombian arabica. I buy ground coffee, too lazy for whole beans (someday I'll buy a coffee machine that uses whole beans though).

I also like Lavazza and Illy (both Italian, Lavazza is easy to buy, Illy less easy in a small town like mine, or almost impossible), but they cost a bit too much (18-20 zł for 250 grams, while Astra only 10-12 zł for 250 gr).
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
20 May 2008 /  #4
Completely by accident I once ran across a brand in the US that I regard to be the best-tasting brand I have ever tasted in America -- Maxwell House French Roast. (Not to be confused with the Maxwell Hosue sold in Poland which is not very good). I am referring to regular, mainline food-shop brands, not gourmet specialities.

In Poalnd my favourite is Tchibo Family (red packet). Since it is higher in caffeine than average brands I add one part decaf to five or six parts Tchibo. It is also economical -- about 7zł per 250g. Of course, de gustibus non disputandum est really applies to coffee, because tastes greatly vary.
johnkelleran - | 9  
1 Jun 2008 /  #5
I like Kelleran Coffee. It's roasted in Poland from a variety of origins. I'm obviously self promoting, but I know our coffee is good. We are a small specialty coffee roasting business. And we can grind it to suit your brew method.
VaFunkoolo 6 | 654  
1 Jun 2008 /  #6
How are your coffee roasting ventures going John?
Eurola 4 | 1,906  
1 Jun 2008 /  #7
None of my family members in Poland had a coffee maker and I was stuck with instant coffee or 'parzona" -boiled water poured over very fine grinds. They were actually pretty good. One of my cousins had espresso machine so I enjoyed a few great cups of java with her! Arkadia Mall in Warsaw had a great coffee too.

I wanted to buy a coffee maker for my niece, but in the small town (about 15000) there were only two stores that had a couple of them to choose from.

They were also very cheaply made and cost 140 zloty! I could get a pretty decent coffee maker for about 70 bucks here.
hancock 1 | 95  
2 Jun 2008 /  #8
if you want the very best coffee maker in the world. there is nothing that can beat a sunbeam. if you can find a particular model that suits you . some of the best coffe judges in the world tested unbeleivably expensive machines. these they tested blindly. and couldnt belive what they found.models that cost thousends more than the sunbeam just could come close. dont beleive me find out. i havent got the energy at the moment. im full of drugs for my epilepsy but what i am saying is true if you care to look. i like moccona freeze dried or nescafe mild instant. and New guinea gold beans.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
2 Jun 2008 /  #9
I always thought decaffeinated coffee the same way as one would think about dehydrated water.

or NA beer. wtf is the point?
Zgubiony 15 | 1,554  
3 Jun 2008 /  #10
I've noticed there's a lot of instant coffee drinking and Jakobs seems to be pretty popular.

My favorite is El Injerto, but I'm not sure if you can get this in PL.
johnkelleran - | 9  
11 Jun 2008 /  #11
My coffee venture is going well. I really love roasting and cupping delicious coffee, and most everyone I meet in the coffee business is great. We are small and growing so I hope one day I won't have the early business worries. If you are in Poland and want to try some, don't hesitate contacting me. John@KelleranCoffee.com
HAL9009 2 | 304  
17 Jun 2008 /  #12
Polish coffee brands here in Ireland are about half the price in the Polish shops that coffee costs in the supermarkets, so I have been tasting my way through all the Polish brands available to see which tastes best...

My current caffeine extractor is a 20 year old Ufesa (Spanish manufacturer I believe) standard configuration drip feed device.

Lavazza is my default brand of coffee - always good.
May get to try Kelleran Coffee someday too...
LwowskaKrakow 28 | 431  
18 Jun 2008 /  #13
If you are in Poland and want to try some, don't hesitate contacting me.

Great with pleasure! Where is your business located in Krakow?
Is it like a café or a sort of Local Starbucks?
plk123 8 | 4,150  
18 Jun 2008 /  #14
i really like Blue Mountain from Jamiaca but it's prohibitive here in the states but i get a few pounds here and there directly from the island.

I also like Kona Hawaiian.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
18 Jun 2008 /  #15
Blue Mountain from Jamiaca but it's prohibitive here in the states

Probited? So that you can't legally buy the stuff.
Or prohibitive? So it prevents you from doing various things? Like sleeping.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
18 Jun 2008 /  #16
too expensive, that's all.
turin - | 16  
23 Jun 2008 /  #17
Tchibo is the best value (quality vs. price), and they have an interesting little store with the most random assortments of items. I have recently had the displeasure of experiencing a very bland package of Lavazza (which used to be my favorite), and I no longer go out of my way to find it. I used to be a bean-grinding snob - I would even do it in the office. But I decided that the preground coffee was just as good and a lot less work, so I only grind the brands that are available exclusively whole bean. I always err on the side of finely ground. Millstone and Sweetwater are pretty good.

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