Coffee

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  1. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    So I've recently become hooked on coffee (taking 5 AP classes and 2 classes at my local community college makes massive amounts of coffee a requirement).

    Anyways, I've been looking for suggestions on different brands and blends. I'm currently drinking Starbucks Columbian blend (pre-ground). It's a medium roast, and I like it, but it is a little bit weak for my tastes. I'm the kind of person who likes my coffee so strong that it makes most people spit their lungs out (I get that from my dad, lol).

    Anyways, what do you guys drink? Also, is it worth it to grind my own beans?

    Thanks,

    -Don
     
  2. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Grind your own beans. Get coffee from a specialist shop or a place like Wholefoods. If you want something strong, go for a French roast and grind the beans finely. I don't know about the brand, but this is my favorite coffee: Indian Monsoon Malabar. The nutty flavour is the best!
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Thats not that bad of a course work load. Just wait till you hit Junior/Senior level courses for College; just one of them can become a living nightmare. Then coffee is a requirement as much as pen, pencils and paper is.
     
  4. Mr Kram macrumors 68000

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    my favorites are jamaican blue mountain, kona and sumatra.
     
  5. Dmac77 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Well in defense of myself, it is a living nightmare for a Junior in high school who's parents ground you for anything less than a 95% in a class. In addition to that I have to juggle taking cello lessons twice a week, giving cello lessons to three 7-12 year olds, and tutoring two people in Government and English. Sleep has become almost non-existant for me.

    -Don
     
  6. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    Then you need to set some priorities. Dropping at least one of your teaching loads will help.
     
  7. Dmac77 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Tell that to my parents; I've suggested that to them in the past, the reaction wasn't very pretty.

    -Don
     
  8. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Wow, I feel sorry for guys like you. :eek:


    Personally, I'd put up with my parents for another 2 years, go to uni and live away from home, and tell my parents to **** off.
     
  9. Dmac77 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I love them, they're a little crazy but that's just who they are. I'm used to it. They just want me to be an ivy-leaguer like my Dad, Grandpa, and Great Granpa.

    -Don
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    This sounds bad, but I used to tell my parents off all the time, and I believe we're all better off for it. :eek: Hell, I even got a passport, work visa, and tickets to London and moved there without telling them until the week before leaving.

    I earned my PhD last year, am working in a field I love being in (which I realized while I was in the UK doing research, mind you), and my parents and I are all on good terms now. :)



    I don't think I'd be able to say the same if I just listened to their ridiculous Asian-parent ************ my entire childhood. I think they realize that my brother and I are different, for better or worse. He'd listen, while I'd listen to them only if I didn't disagree completely.


    And my answer to your question: More sleep. Coffee is great. I drink it daily. However, if you're tired every day, and you're still a junior in high school, then what you need is more sleep, not more coffee. ;)
     
  11. Dmac77 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks for the advice, it is really appreciated. I'm content with the situation though. The day I start to resent them or hate them for my load, is the day when I will seriously sit down with them and say enough is enough. For now though, the status quo is good.

    -Don
     
  12. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Parents who ground you for something less than a 95%? Welcome to my club then... back in high school this used to be me. Sans, the cello lessons. Tutoring has worse for me because I had my same classmates to tutor (my 4 friends). That was hell as they all had to rely on me for AP Calculus, and AP Chemistry. Add to that, the fact that they had problems with Philosophy...

    It was a peachy Senior year. However, like many people have said before, lighten your load somewhere. I ditched Philosophy course tutoring to my mates and other leisure activities not in the list to help me out. For me sleep was top priority; 8 hrs of sleep was hard limit.
     
  13. dmr727 macrumors G3

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    The man asks about coffee, and you guys give him lessons in life. Tough crowd!
     
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    A famous quote once said:

     
  15. CalBoy macrumors 604

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    I hate to sound mother-ish (oh who am I kidding, I want this to sound mother-ish), but caffeine can't be a substitute for sleep.

    You're a junior in high school, which means you're between 16 and 17; your body is still in a very vital period of growth. Don't mess things up by sacrificing sleep.

    If you have looked into your time management and you can't possibly get any more minutes out of the day (for SLEEP), then you need to cut back on some activities. You can't continue at this pace forever. Do you plan on not sleeping until college? grad school? post grad school? retirement?

    One of the toughest things for some parents to understand (but they need to understand it) is that their child isn't going to be able to do everything. That's OK. The world won't end if you don't tutor younger cellists. Time won't stop if you don't take college classes as a junior. If your parents have made those priorities for you, then your parents are wrong. Your priorities should be to have an active life within reason. At this age you need 9 hours of sleep every night. Sacrificing sleep will eventually catch up with you, and it will probably happen at the worst time.

    Besides, eventually the caffeine will stop functioning as a stimulant for you and you'll need it just to get back to your normal level of alertness. That can't that can be sustained forever.

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  16. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Yeah I agree. HS is a joke compared to upper level classs. I remember hell my 2nd year taking sophomore class thinking back how easy I had it in HS. I pulled at least one all nigher a semester record for me was 43 hours straight.
    If I am reading this right your parents are almost trying to control your life.
    Would my assumption that your parents are going to tell you want major to take in college is not far off?
    If so I STRONGLY recommend you talk to them about it. I know a few college advicsor who have gone to bat with parents for the students and have watch multiple students fail at what the students parents make them major in. Changed majors to one against their parents wishes and they do great in school.

    Please answer the bold question.
    Your classes are nothing compared to what you will see in college.
     
  17. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Well you see to have some idea of what should and shouldn't be tolerated, so if you're OK with how things are, then keep doing what you're doing.

    And it wasn't my place to butt in. It's not my life, and I suppose I shouldn't assume that you don't know what you're doing. However, I still believe that coffee should not be a substitute for sleep, especially if you could get more sleep by cutting out one of the activities your parents want you to do. Just know when, and how, to say "No!" to your parents. They don't know everything either.
     
  18. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Could not be said better that coffee is not a substitute for sleep.
    I know if I go for a while with much sleep I tend to get a little sick.
    You start getting head aches. And your ablity to think clearly gets shot.
     
  19. Peace macrumors Core

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    The topic is Coffee not parenting lessons. Let's get back to that shall we ;)

    Speaking personally I buy bulk organic coffee beans from Costco usually. But when I actually have money I like to get the Sumatra blend also.
     
  20. mgguy macrumors 6502

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    The brewing method is as important as the coffee selection. I go with a French roast from costco (it's actually pretty good) coarse ground and brewed with purified water in a Bodum french press. Good stuff.
     
  21. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    It is 4 am here and I just going to bed because I got caught up doing school work. Not a big deal since I have class at 4. While until I remember that I promises someone that I would help them move in the morning.... Tomorrow is going to suck.
    As for coffee I like my coffee machine. It grinds the beans fresh for me right before it brews. I can prep it the night before and it will make it in the morning.

    God tomorrow is going to suck. Why did I stay up late working on school when I biz not due for a few days. N
     
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    Starbucks Gazebo blend is the best. Sumatra is a close second, both are very bold.
     
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    You’ll thank them later for it.
     
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    Agree re Jamacian Blue Mountain. Agree with Melrose re Sumatra which is also excellent, and, for a milder taste, Colombian roast is pretty good.

    Cheers
     
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