I have two friends who both drink a lot of coffee, and who would describe themselves as picky when it comes to getting a good cup, but they're very different in their approaches.
One prefers drip (and will go so far as buying camp-stove drip coffee makers for camping trips) and will decry the use of any brands of bean that don't cut it. The beans must be one of his preferred, more expensive brands.
The other has a very expensive, fully automatic espresso maker that will grind the beans, froth the milk for a latte, and gets it perfect every time at the touch of a button, but uses generic store-brand beans. To him, as long as the coffee is made well, the beans don't matter.
Which is the greater coffee snob?
I should add:
I'm not a coffee regular. I drink 3-5 servings a week, made with lower-middle-class beans in a moka pot for utilitarian reasons. I'm neither picky about it or reliant on it in my daily routine.
@levisan C) They're the same
And I'd kill them both, first thing in the morning, on my way to microwaving yesterday's left over coffee that's still in the pot. Move, fools!
@levisan I'd say both are a little off. You should use a good process and good beans if you want a great coffee. Poor process or beans will usually make something bitter.
@mhjohnson That's what I told each of them, but both had a reductionist "this is the one thing that has to be perfect and the rest doesn't matter" stance.
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