Has anyone had experiences with a vacuum thermos ruining coffee? I have a glass thermos that I've been using. I would have naturally thought the glass thermos would be the best option for this. However, I'm finding the longer the coffee sits the more I hate it. I was thinking that I was just making bad coffee and that it was taking me awhile to realize it. Now I'm leaning towards the thermos as the culprit? What is your preference? homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
I found that I have to clean my glass or stainless thermos very well. I rinse the container well after each use and soak with hot water while the pot is brewing the next morning. I use an urn cleaner once in a while when the flavor is catching up with my taste buds. I also run the stopper through the dishwasher or soak it well in the same cleaner. I seem to have eliminated the problem for me. Monty At 11:19 AM 5/15/01 -0400, Andy wrote: <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Coffee will degrade in taste even in a thermos, whether glass or stainless. It's a process due to the heat breaking down the flavor compounds in the coffee. It is greatly accelerated by having a pot sit on a heat source, but it will nonetheless break down all on it's own. I've found that an hour is about the max for absolute best taste, but if you are camping or otherwise totally without coffee unless you bring a thermos, it will be decent for 4 or 5 hours. Some fresh air and baked beans do wonders to make nasty coffee taste good. Chris homeroast wrote: <Snip> Get your own FREE, personal Netscape Webmail account today athttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast">http://webmail.netscape.com/homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
We sometimes use a Bonjour thermos (glass lined) and while it "holds" coffee okay for a short time it's NEVER as good as fresh brewed! Then again brewing method also effects the cup, try getting a French Press and making small batchs to drink immediately, you won't regret it.
Throw in the heal of a freshly baked loaf of homemade bread and you are in heaven!! ;0) At 11:31 AM 5/15/01 -0400, Chris wrote: <Snip> thermos, it will be decent for 4 or 5 hours. >Some fresh air and baked beans do wonders to make nasty coffee taste good. <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
We have to keep cleaning our thermos (once every two weeks) with baking soda - just put some in the thermos and then fill with really hot to boiling water. Will foam like crazy then brown stuff will come out. Let it sit overnight then rinse well. Even in glass or stainless the coffee oils will build up and affect the taste of coffee. Gloria--http://natures-emporium.com/Jewelry, jade, quartz, decor items, bookends homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
Bring along an IBRIK. Grind the coffee to be powderlike, toss in water, mix in a bit of sugar, add the coffee and do it on top of the hot car/suv/? engine. Add Baileys or Wild Turkey according to taste if you like. :=) Glenn Monty Harris wrote: <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
I have also found that different coffees go "off" in a clean high quality thermos at different rates. I haven't checked it against coffee sitting on the hot plate of the brewer because I never leave it there (except at the office), it either goes into cups for people to drink or into a preheated thermos. Some coffee will last in good (though never fresh brewed state) condition for more than 16 hours, if you don't open the thermos and it is FULL. If there is air in it, or it cools because of repeated opening and closing, it goes bad faster. I have not yet found a coffee that was actually tolerable beyond 17 hours, and most are in the 5-10 hour range even in my best hard vacuum thermos. Cleaning is ESSENTIAL. And, it is best to vary cleaning methods as no one method strips the stainless or glass entirely. Urn cleaner is good, as is hot soap followed by soaking in baking soda. I also use straight clorox cleanup to really strip, but it requires multiple rinsings and standing time with cold water in it to fully eliminate any hint of the chlorine smell. If you rotate several good cleaning methods, you get better results IMO. If you do not, eventually you will have some slow patina build up that does not get removed by your particular preference for cleaning. The way I deal with the issue of getting all of the residue of cleaning smells/chemicals/changes in PH, etc. is to have three thermoses. One being used, one being cleaned or needing cleaning and one that has been filed with final rinse water for several days. Once every third rotation I take the rinse water out of the thermos after a couple hours and hang it upside down by the strap to fully drain and dry. This combination of cleaning and clearing works for me, but it obviously isn't for everyone. This rather obsessive process is probably only necessary for someone who puts coffee in a thermos at least two times a day. I do think even for the occasional thermos user that changing your cleaning method once in a while improves your result. The quality of the thermos material also makes a difference. Not all stainless is the same. Not all glass is as smooth or hard. Some thermoses are best for soup, not coffee.
I assume you mean they smell it when he takes it out of the thermos and on his breath, not in the thermos? BTW, some deer apparently like the smell of good coffee, or at least aren't repelled by it. (A shame to spill a good cup just to get some venison, though.)
My son has not bagged a deer in two seasons. He finally discovered that the deer could smell his coffee that he takes in his stainless steal thermos. I'm sure the deer thought the coffee was to kill for :O) John - Wandering around Deep Southern Texas