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Been thinking I might want to get into but it tastes and smells damned nasty.

What's the coffee with the most buzz yet mildest taste for me to slowly acclimatize myself to it's nastiness?

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@pre just trying to imagine me saying the same thing, except turnips. Can't do it. There are many other vegetables to actually enjoy.

Some people whom claim to like coffee only drink sugary, milky concoctions. Not sure if that's a good way to start.

If you're near a coffee shop with a roastery, try visiting and talking with them to try out a few different beans and roasts.

@pre The darkness of the roast and the style of brewing make a difference. Lots of variables - bean, water temp, contact time, pressure, filter type.

Aeropress is one of my favourite methods for making coffee at home, tied with an espresso machine for cappuccino. I think we have at least 4-5 different types of coffee makers in the kitchen right now, but an Aeropress is only around $30, and superior to French press (no sediment, no ongoing contact with grounds).

@marvin Even if there are local coffee shops (and I expect there are) they're all closed at the moment of course.

It's totally possible to change your tastes so that you like Turnip if you want. Acquired tastes are common. Gradually increase the ratio from mashed potatoes to mashed turnips. Remember to associate each meal with happy thoughts and maybe drop some stimulants into the mash too to help with that.

Aeropress sounds like a good plan.

@pre grind size is a big deal too, as is freshness and storage method.

Have you looked around /r/coffee ? It's filled with a lot of discussion about $200-2000 grinders and coffee machines, but I think I've see similar questions to yours on there before.

Have you ever tried chocolate covered coffee beans? Not sure if they're a gateway drug or something that only becomes appealing after you already like coffee.

@pre Coffee snobs will freak but instant coffee is bland and easy (unless it's a cheap nasty own brand). Get some Nescafe Gold Blend. Add sugar if you like. If you start to like it you can move on to ground coffee which has more subtle flavours. If even the bland coffee taste of that puts you off, you're never going to like the stronger, earthier taste of good ground coffee. If you're a supertaster you'll never like coffee as you taste the bitterness more.

@TheoEsc @pre Heresy!!! Heathen!!!! Burn him at the stake!!!

I recall reading an article years ago that in random taste testing, Nespresso pods came out ahead of most brew methods because of their consistency and were used in some high end restaurants for that reason. They weren't the best possible coffee, but they were consistently very good since no variable quality human operator. Pods are a wasteful enviro nightmare though.

@marvin @TheoEsc

Think there's probably a lot to be said for instant during acclimatization. Not a big cost outlay if it doesn't work. Easy to vary the strength.

But would whatever is wrong with instant put me off even more?

@pre @TheoEsc I've had some of the better nescafe instant and found it okay. It's improved a lot from the 1960s stuff.

You can always add variety once your lockdown ends to check out different styles, and keep at it as your tastes evolve.

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