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Mostly I trust my British vocabulary, but (a) sometimes it matters that it's 30 years out of date, and (b) some things just aren't in the purview of a 7-to-10-year-old.

So, what does coffee come in when you buy it in a shop to make at home? Over here it's a can, but it's a really large can, and the cylindrical portion isn't always metal. So it doesn't seem like it should be called a tin. (Also, this is assuming automatic drip machines as the most common method of making the stuff at home; let me know if that's a faulty assumption?) And some brands come in plastic jars/canisters now.

Ta in advance!



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May. 27th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
As I went through recently with someone for whom I beta, I think that the most common form of brewing coffee is probably the French Press, though they call it a carafe in the UK. (At least in the part of the UK she lives in, anyway.) Running a very close to that would have to be instant coffee, which IIRC usually comes in a jar of some description. But instant coffee in the UK, and Australia, is not as lousy as instant coffee here is. The person I beta for was actually astonished that in the US we generally use an automatic drip machine.

So for anyone who is a regular coffee drinker, they're most likely to use a french press (possibly called a carafe). Though whether their coffee comes in a tin/can like here, or in a bag like you'd get from Starbucks, Dunks, Green Mountain, etc., I couldn't say unfortunately.
May. 27th, 2010 04:35 pm (UTC)
Very helpful, thank you!

I'm doubly handicapped in this instance by not being a coffee person at all, so I'm barely aware of what to call things in the U.S. *wry g* I'd never heard of a French press, for instance (and assume it's different from the rarely-used percolator my parents had when I was a kid).
May. 27th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, a French Press is quite different. Basically you allow the coffee to free brew in the water and then push the grains to the bottom with a filter allowing the coffee to be poured. Because of the brewing method, it actually makes for much less bitter coffee. Some people do use them here, Starbucks sells them after all, but it's not all that popular.

Because I'm not a regular coffee drinker at home, I use a French press as it's more convenient. But it's fortunate that I had this discussion with someone who lives near Manchester in the UK not that long ago.
May. 27th, 2010 05:30 pm (UTC)
Yay for interesting knowledge! Thank you!

If there were a way to make it not taste like coffee, I'd even make use of said knowledge. *g* Unfortunately, I have the gene for "HOLY MOTHER OF GOD WTF IS THIS STUFF ON MY TONGUE BECAUSE IT IS SO NOT WHAT I SMELLED!!!"
May. 27th, 2010 06:29 pm (UTC)
Yes! I don't know how it is that coffee can smell so good, and taste so different! It's only been recently, apparently as my taste buds have degraded as I've aged, that I drink more coffee. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.

And you're welcome. :-)
May. 27th, 2010 12:20 pm (UTC)
Depends on the type of coffee. Many people stick with instant (Nescafe) which can come in a brown tube that has sweetener and whitener; you can also get a glass jar with just the grounds, then sweeten/whiten to taste.

Proper coffee is usually made in a Cafetiere (Am: French Press), though some people have percolators or filter coffee set ups. I have a cafetiere, which will have to be taken from my cold dead hands before I surrender it. :P The ground coffee-- coarse ground for a cafetiere, fine ground for filter/percolators-- is sold in bags of a firm plastic, and usually run from £1.50-£4, depending on where you get it, how much, etc.
May. 27th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
Exactly the info I needed, thanks! (And you're in the right region too, though further comment on that would be spoilery to several folks on my flist.)
May. 27th, 2010 10:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes...I think I can guess. ;)
May. 27th, 2010 12:38 pm (UTC)
An acquaintance from the UK says that coffee is sold in big foil packets, which sounds pretty much like the "bags of a firm plastic" that thanatos_kalos described above.
May. 27th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yay! I was leaning toward "packets" for that description anyway.

Words are fun. :-)
May. 27th, 2010 10:27 pm (UTC)
"Words are fun."

We're using the same brain again!
May. 27th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Also, what you said upthread about coffee smelling delicious, but tasting like ... coffee.
May. 27th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
I find that really fascinating. I mean, I remember first hearing when I was about seven that most of our sense of taste is actually smell. But, without exception that I can recall, everyone I've ever run into who can't stand coffee thinks it smells great.

So whatever it, it's strictly a taste-bud thing. Which would be just my luck. My sense of smell is rubbish, and I'm not particular about the taste of the vast majority of foods. But coffee is just vile I can't even stand (however slightly) coffee-flavored desserts. Apparently my face the first (and only) time I tried tiramisu was priceless.
May. 27th, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
I think I have hyper-sensitive "bitter" tastebuds. Anything even slightly bitter is just nasty to me. (Yes, I'm talking about you, broccoli!)
May. 27th, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
That one I can't claim. My grandpa used to have to lie to me and say there was no broccoli ready in the garden. When I was five.

Cooking spinach in pretty much any way, OTOH, is severely ill-advised.
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