Point 3 is not correct as robusta is also coffee, its cheaper than Arabiaca and used worldwide to add favor and mix with Arabiaca. Point 4 depends on personal taste. Point 6 is incorrect, it needs 9 bar pressure to make espresso any machine claiming to have 10 or more bar pressure won't make it any better than a decent 9 bar machine.I have strong opinions about coffee. Read them at your own risk.
1. Instant coffee is not coffee. It's a coffee like flavored drink.
2. Chicory ruins coffee.
3. Only 100% Arabica. Robusta is not coffee.
4. Coffee should be like your woman's heart. Dark and bitter. Milk and sugar ruins it.
5. Beans must be ground fresh and consumed same day.
6. 15 bar espresso machine is must. But mokka pot/ French press/ aeropress is also ok, for a different type of taste.
To answer your questions, Blue Tokai, IKEA house brands are good. Starbucks is same thing for more money.
Never grind coffee beans in a normal mixie. A burr grinder is a worthwhile investment.
If you must buy instant, get Nescafe Gold region specials like Cap Columbi or Alta Rica. Davidoff is also not bad. Amazon sells them much cheaper.
I already had a disclaimerPoint 3 is not correct as robusta is also coffee, its cheaper than Arabiaca and used worldwide to add favor and mix with Arabiaca. Point 4 depends on personal taste. Point 6 is incorrect, it needs 9 bar pressure to make espresso any machine claiming to have 10 or more bar pressure won't make it any better than a decent 9 bar machine.
Try Home blend coffee beans/ grinded coffee available on amazon, they are great.
After audio and Gin and tonic, I love coffee and own a Delonghi Super Automatic machine and it makes fantastic espresso as well as lattes.
Yeah manual is heaven but too much effort needed to get a Cuppa heaven early in the morning, so not my cup of coffee! We can control the grind size in Automatic too but not to the level of with electric grinders.I already had a disclaimer
Most of my coffee beans are from Ethiopia. Either Sidamo beans or Yirgacheffe. A popular brand called Robera. Sometimes I blend the two at home. Unfortunately now with travel stopped its difficult to get them.
Technically Robusta is coffee. But it is a matter of taste like SS vs tube amp.
15 bar headroom helps with the machine. I use Saeco 15 bar, but the auto tamping portafilter is modified so that I can tamp as per my mood and taste. Automated machines don't work for me as I want full manual control, right from grinding size of the beans.
Like in things audio, I'm a cheapskate when it comes to buying coffee and having tried a lot of brands these are the ones that stand out:
1. The Malnad [3 variants available]
1.1. Pure [No chicory]1.2. Double Special [10% chicory] - I like this a lot and it has become a staple at my home.1.3 They had another variant but can't see it on Amazon now [I think it has 15% or 20% chicory]
2. Mysore Concerns
Even though I consider chicory a contaminant, I'm of the opinion that a little [not more than 10%] chicory elevates the flavor of coffee.