Coffee Brake: Let’s Talk Coffee

I’ll admit that I might have a little problem when it comes to coffee.  First, I drink it every day…sometimes at night too, and when I’m not drinking coffee, I’m thinking about it.  In fact, right now as I compose this fine piece of blogiterature, it’s 10 o’clock in the evening and I’m drinking a white Russian…which, as any good fan of The Big Lebowski can tell you is made from Vodka, Kahlúa (a coffee liqueur), and powdered non-dairy creamer. So my question to the greater DT audience is: what is your preferred method of caffeine delivery?  Discuss!

Given the choice, I’d take my everyday brew from Caffe Strada in Berkeley, but it’d be a brutal morning commute to my So Cal home, so I tend to frequent the local Peet’s, Coffee Bean, and Starbucks when needed, but I can’t say I’ve ever turned down a cup of diner coffee from a Denny’s or wherever.  For my morning home brewed cup, I use a cheap drip coffee machine, local tap water, and freshly ground beans.  I don’t always use the good stuff, but given the choice I do prefer something like Peet’s Guatemala San Sebastian (it is a high end single estate grown coffee with a medium body, a bright taste, and finishes with chocolate overtones)– however, I do believe in checking the ground-on date before buying any coffee and adhere to the 30-30-30 rule.  Use the coffee within 30 days of roasting, brew within 30 seconds of grinding, and consume within 30 minutes of brewing.  One of these days I’ll pickup a nice french press (or maybe an old school percolator setup) and experiment, but for now I’ll stick to the drip and an occasional cappuccino from a low end Gaggia setup.

What’s your take on the coffee bean thing?