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coffee maker to make similar coffee as starbucks?

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coffee maker to make similar coffee as starbucks?

anyone know how to make similar coffee to starbucks?
it's completely different than the coffee at mcdonalds and tim hortons

do they add flavour to it?

i always drink my coffee black but the one at starbucks didn't just taste like bitter water, it actually tasted quite nice

i know nothing about making coffee though
anyways, what's a coffee maker (machine) that will do the job? or is there a more premium instant coffee that will do the trick?
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Buy Starbucks coffee. When you drink coffee at Starbucks you like ask, them which variety or blend it is, and then buy a bag of it.

Most drip filter coffee makers will make a good brew. Cuisinart is a reliable brand.

Forget about instant. But Starbucks does have it and you can try some, if you must have the convenience.
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Are you trying to copy their regular hot brewed coffees, or their espresso drinks?

No, Starbucks doesn't add flavorings unless what you order called for it (i.e. pumpkin spice latte, peppermint macchiato, etc). They do NOT use flavored beans.

Their standard brewers are just plain old Bunn machines. For awhile they tested some new machine that ground the coffee immediately before brewing, one cup at a time to order, but they broke down often and were a pain to repair/maintain so they abandoned it (these were pitched as "Brew Revolution"). You also have the option to order your standard brews as pourover or French press. (at Reserve Bars you also have Clover, Chemex, Mod Bar, and Siphon as options but those are extra)

Their espressos (unless you're at a Reserve Bar or higher) are brewed in a superautomatic machine custom built for the company (the Mastreno machines you see at all of them). You can buy a superautomatic for home use but they're expensive.
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First buy their beans of the flavour you like. 2nd, what type of brew are you even talking about but try to copy whatever they are doing & ask them for tips when you buy their beans. 3rd along with their method, you need to ask them & maybe show you what the grind is & looks like. Ask them about their brew time & their temperature & ???? as your question is too vague for us to know what to answer. But buy their besns & ask them. You may need to talk to several Starbuck employees to find one with the right information.

Last, experiment, maybe it will be easy to replicate & it may take lots & lots of trial & error for your conditions, water, grinder, equipment, time, temperature & tastebuds. Same with any food. Every recipe requires user trial & error to achieve personal tastes, otherwise just buy it from them as they've already done the trial & error, though there will always still be variables.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: Buy Starbucks coffee. When you drink coffee at Starbucks you like ask, them which variety or blend it is, and then buy a bag of it.

Most drip filter coffee makers will make a good brew. Cuisinart is a reliable brand.

Forget about instant. But Starbucks does have it and you can try some, if you must have the convenience.
EastGTARedFlagger wrote: Are you trying to copy their regular hot brewed coffees, or their espresso drinks?

No, Starbucks doesn't add flavorings unless what you order called for it (i.e. pumpkin spice latte, peppermint macchiato, etc). They do NOT use flavored beans.

Their standard brewers are just plain old Bunn machines. For awhile they tested some new machine that ground the coffee immediately before brewing, one cup at a time to order, but they broke down often and were a pain to repair/maintain so they abandoned it (these were pitched as "Brew Revolution"). You also have the option to order your standard brews as pourover or French press. (at Reserve Bars you also have Clover, Chemex, Mod Bar, and Siphon as options but those are extra)

Their espressos (unless you're at a Reserve Bar or higher) are brewed in a superautomatic machine custom built for the company (the Mastreno machines you see at all of them). You can buy a superautomatic for home use but they're expensive.
Mtnviewer wrote: First buy their beans of the flavour you like. 2nd, what type of brew are you even talking about but try to copy whatever they are doing & ask them for tips when you buy their beans. 3rd along with their method, you need to ask them & maybe show you what the grind is & looks like. Ask them about their brew time & their temperature & ???? as your question is too vague for us to know what to answer. But buy their besns & ask them. You may need to talk to several Starbuck employees to find one with the right information.

Last, experiment, maybe it will be easy to replicate & it may take lots & lots of trial & error for your conditions, water, grinder, equipment, time, temperature & tastebuds. Same with any food. Every recipe requires user trial & error to achieve personal tastes, otherwise just buy it from them as they've already done the trial & error, though there will always still be variables.


It’s the regular one they used for ice coffee, I didn’t ask for anything specific

I just asked for a ice coffee, black, no sugar
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I have a Moccamaster and it makes coffee that is not bitter. I think temperature has a lot to do with it. I had the cheapie coffee makers for years until this one and have enjoyed drinking coffee a lot more since purchasing it a year or so ago. I use Kicking Horse coffee beans (mostly Grizzly Claw) ground with a Baratza burr grinder. I never get take-out coffee, so can't compare that with home brewed, but I did notice a difference between high and low end coffee makers.
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toronto19850 wrote: It’s the regular one they used for ice coffee, I didn’t ask for anything specific

I just asked for a ice coffee, black, no sugar
You are just moving up from Tim Hortons, so you can get much better coffee very easily. As your tastes develop you can move on, if you need to.

In the meantime don't be intimidated by coffee connoisseurs who need expensive equipment and difficult techniques to obtain the ultimate brew. Get a small bag of ground Starbucks Pikes Peak blend, and a cheap Melitta pour-over filter.

https://shop.melitta.ca/products/plasti ... 2522588212

That will make you a pretty nice cup of coffee.
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You need 3 things to make really good coffee.

1. You need really good coffee. Avoid robusta beans and try samples of different whole bean coffee. Starbucks beans and ground are very good so you can always go with that.
2. You need a really good grinder. Burr grinders are better than others but we switched grinders at one point and couldn't believe the difference in coffee taste. It was literally like night and day.
3. You need a really good coffeemaker. The coffee maker needs to be able to heat the water to a high enough temperature that will properly extract the flavour.

I don't like the coffee that comes out of these Keurig machines at all. These machines are more about convenience and less about taste. We have a small size Mr. Coffee coffee maker that makes a pretty good drip coffee. Research the reviews before buying a coffee maker. I am sure that will help with finding the right one.

P.S. A French press with a good quality coffee used properly will provide a decent coffee as well. We always take a travel sized coffee press when cruising as coffee on cruise ships is horrible.
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choclover wrote: You need 3 things to make really good coffee.
I would argue 4:

Really good water

Starbucks apparently filters their water.
It makes sense to be honest because water is a large component in your coffee. If it tastes like dirt and chlorine to begin with, it'll probably translate into your coffee.
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it seems coffee is a complex thing to make taste good, thanks for the advices but i guess ill stick to tea and caffeine pills lol
i was planning to use it as a caffeine source
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Get a French Press.
Discomfort is your friend
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Coffee can be pretty simple and come out good.

Sorry OP, when I first read your thread I thought of another thread a while back where someone asked how to make Tim Hortons double double at home and had no clue about simple coffee brewing processes and that was their only coffee experience.

That's ok though, that's a growing way these days. Hopefully one day you do some simple drip coffee at home.
Remember to be an RFD-er and NOT a degenerate.
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toronto19850 wrote: it seems coffee is a complex thing to make taste good, thanks for the advices but i guess ill stick to tea and caffeine pills lol
i was planning to use it as a caffeine source
Wow, that is quite bizarre, you quit before even trying or talking to anyone at Starbucks?
It's not that complicated at all, nor does it require expensive or specialist equipment.

But in the future, should you ask a question, please make it clear & informative. I just about choked on my coffee when I finally read that you were drinking iced coffee when you asked how to replicate Starbucks coffee. Why didn't you say that in the first place? Kind if important to know WTH you are even talking about.

Enjoy your tea. BTW, how did you ever learn to make tea that you like? Ooh, tea, thousands to choose from, oh forget it, sounds too complucated. Or are you talking about iced tea?
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blexann wrote: Get a French Press.
This is the best advice I could give. French press is such a cheap option but will improve your coffee bigtime over drip methods including pourover. You don't have to spend money on a brand new Bodum or Le Creuset, almost any cheap knockoff will do, or go to Winners/HomeSense/thrift stores for them.

The second best advice I could give is run, don't walk, away from Keurig. Absolutely the worst way to brew coffee.
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Also, use filtered or bottled water, tap water can affect taste. Ensure the portion of coffee and water is precise as well.
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EastGTARedFlagger wrote: This is the best advice I could give. French press is such a cheap option but will improve your coffee bigtime over drip methods including pourover. You don't have to spend money on a brand new Bodum or Le Creuset, almost any cheap knockoff will do, or go to Winners/HomeSense/thrift stores for them.

The second best advice I could give is run, don't walk, away from Keurig. Absolutely the worst way to brew coffee.
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Mtnviewer wrote: Wow, that is quite bizarre, you quit before even trying or talking to anyone at Starbucks?
It's not that complicated at all, nor does it require expensive or specialist equipment.

But in the future, should you ask a question, please make it clear & informative. I just about choked on my coffee when I finally read that you were drinking iced coffee when you asked how to replicate Starbucks coffee. Why didn't you say that in the first place? Kind if important to know WTH you are even talking about.

Enjoy your tea. BTW, how did you ever learn to make tea that you like? Ooh, tea, thousands to choose from, oh forget it, sounds too complucated. Or are you talking about iced tea?
someone didn't have their coffee this morning :rolleyes:
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toronto19850 wrote: it seems coffee is a complex thing to make taste good, thanks for the advices but i guess ill stick to tea and caffeine pills lol
i was planning to use it as a caffeine source
Coffee is as simple or as complex as you want it to be. There's nothing wrong with drip coffee like you see everywhere (including Starbucks and Tim Hortons). If you use good coffee beans and filtered water, the result will be fine. Since you like Starbucks, Costco puts the 2 pound bags of Starbucks beans on sale frequently. Can't go wrong with Pike Place as it's a medium roast.

Learn how to use a French press. You know how to make tea using loose leaves rather than bags? Pretty much the same process but using ground coffee instead of tea leaves. Can't get much simpler than that, that's as far from complex as you can get! And it's how I make my coffee at home as my wife hates coffee (she's a tea drinker) so no way she's going to let me waste kitchen counter space for any kind of coffee machine. Instead, we use the same kettle to heat water, she pours some into a teapot to steep loose leaves, I pour some into my French press.

Now since you suddenly dropped the bomb that you're interested in ICED coffee, have I got a deal for you. Go on YouTube or elsewhere and learn about COLD BREW. Starbucks serves it as well but it costs slightly more than the regular iced coffee you were having. Long story short, you'll brew up a bottle of concentrated coffee. When you want to drink some, pour some concentrate over ice, add some water to get it down to the right strength, done. If you watch the baristas at Starbucks serving cold brew that is exactly what they do. Ice in the cup, grab the pitcher of concentrate, fill the cup about 3/4 of the way, top with water, stir, serve. You do that and you won't have to spend $3 for a tall at Starbucks as often!
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You guys have never read a toronto19850 thread.

He just wants this:

Go to store, buy product.
Put product into machine.
Enjoy product that tastes just like store makes it.
Store performs multiple steps using multiple machines?
Pass, this is too long and complicated.

Essentially he wants an instant coffee brand that tastes exactly like Starbucks iced coffee tastes like. Otherwise, it's too much work.

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