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RE: Coffee Quality?

I just bought a bag of ground coffee this morning at a different market. Got it home and gave the smell test. It was very vaguely like coffee with a sort of burnt smell. I brewed a cup in my usual manner just to see if it was usable. No way! I got my money back, and will probably give up on coffee for a month or so, and then see if the quality improves. I wonder if weather conditions are affecting the coffee crop, and growers are packaging it anyway? Coffee just isn’t the same as I remember it not too long ago. :h
mr. ed 08/11/22 01:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Quality?

Well, I tried grinding and brewing the whole beans "cowboy style", like I used to. The result: threw out $10 worth of whole bean coffee. I had a chance to test sniff 2 brands of ground coffee before purchase, Starbucks and Grevalia. The Starbucks smelled like urine, and the Grevalia didn't smell like coffee at all (and there's nothing wrong with my sense of smell). I've used Grevalia brand often in the not too distant past, so I know what it should smell like. My next step will be to try a different market. Instead of buying coffee today, I put the savings towards a couple of pounds of red cherries. At least they taste good! :C Well, you got my curiosity up, so I popped the lid on my daily go to ground coffee. And surprise, it smelled like... coffee. Oh, and it's plain old Folgers medium grind Classic Decaf that I prepare in our plain old Mr Coffee drip machine that only has an on/off switch. Thanks for that, Dutch. I may just try Folgers ("The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup"), so goes the song! :D Coffee is practically a necessity when I'm having my homemade whole wheat pancakes, like I had this morning. It really wasn't the same without coffee accompaniment. Tea just wouldn't work, either :M
mr. ed 08/09/22 08:58am Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Quality?

Well, I tried grinding and brewing the whole beans "cowboy style", like I used to. The result: threw out $10 worth of whole bean coffee. I had a chance to test sniff 2 brands of ground coffee before purchase, Starbucks and Grevalia. The Starbucks smelled like urine, and the Grevalia didn't smell like coffee at all (and there's nothing wrong with my sense of smell). I've used Grevalia brand often in the not too distant past, so I know what it should smell like. My next step will be to try a different market. Instead of buying coffee today, I put the savings towards a couple of pounds of red cherries. At least they taste good! :C
mr. ed 08/08/22 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Panic Water buying Again?

People who buy so much water are strange. I understand only those who have a large family. Sometimes I also buy a lot of water because everyone in my family drinks a lot of water As world and national situations continue to deteriorate, it's probably not a bad idea to have a reasonable overabundance of such important products such as water and non perishable food items, IMHO. I'm mostly focused on water at this time since it's the most important commodity. I have a very small stock of canned items, not a long term emergency supply. What about tap water? I have a strong aversion to city water from the tap, which sometimes smells of chlorine, or has some other off-putting quality. Of course, I would drink it if dying of thirst was a probability, but I'll avoid it if I can.
mr. ed 08/06/22 02:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee Quality?

OP here. Good replies. I had my 2nd cup of fresh ground coffee this morning (the same batch of beans I previously complained about). It was just..OK, but not up to par. I think I'll brew my next batch "cowboy style", as I used to do when fulltime RVing. I didn't have a coffee machine then, as I wanted to save counter space. If "cowboy style" doesn't improve the results, I may have to pony up another $10 or so for a different brand of whole bean product. This time, I'll pay closer attention to any dates on the bag, just in case I've been buying outdated stuff, although I'm usually date-conscious with most products I buy at the market.
mr. ed 08/06/22 02:17pm Around the Campfire
Coffee Quality?

I normally drink only 1 cup of coffee a day, in the morning. I've always ground the beans fresh, just before brewing. However, being in a hurry while shopping, I neglected to grab a bag of whole bean, and instead purchased a bag of already ground (Walmart brand, because it was cheaper. At home, I opened the bag and noticed it had virtually no coffee odor. I tried brewing 1 cup and afterwards threw the remaining bag of coffee in the garbage. I was shopping again, and this time purchased whole bean coffee. I opened the bag, and also noticed a lack of coffee odor. Even after grinding, that luscious coffee smell was mostly absent. I made a cup this morning, and it was sort of acceptable, but not up to my expectations. Anyhow, I'm not about to throw the remaining beans away, at almost $10 a bag. If my perception of coffee quality continues, I'll just need to quit coffee drinking entirely until it improves, if ever. I won't drink the instant product since that tastes like poison to me. I do like tea, so maybe I'll eventually go that route, and save $$ to boot.
mr. ed 08/05/22 10:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Panic Water buying Again?

Don't forget the toilet paper and paper towels. They're next if you remember. Fortunately, the long term hotel, where I'm staying,supplies all the TP I need.:C
mr. ed 08/05/22 07:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Panic Water buying Again?

Are you sure it's panic buying and not a supply chain issue to re-stock the shelves? I guess that's a possibility I haven't considered. The situation just appeared over the last couple of days. There had always been a good supply at my local Walmart until recently. Same with the other market I use, United. What I should do is look for water machines in my area. I had used them alot when I was living in Yuma Az.;)
mr. ed 08/05/22 07:42am Around the Campfire
Panic Water buying Again?

I'm finding here, in Amarillo TX, that supermarkets are selling out of gallon drinking water bottles as fast as they can stock them. Local United Markets, and Walmart show the same situation. At least Walmart has plenty of distilled water, which I'll buy in a pinch, but I suppose they will start disappearing eventually. I can only guess, people are stocking up again due to the recent monkeypox scare, very similar to the last 2 years of covid. I don't know if toilet paper is having the same fate, since my hotel supplies it. Anyhow, I don't blame folks for stocking up on water, especially if they have a family. Since I live by myself I only keep around 3 extra gallons in my apartment. I don't mind using distilled water temporarily, but try to avoid drinking too much, since I believe it may leach minerals from the body over the long term. I just make sure I take my supplements and vitamins each day.;) Are you seeing the same situation where you live? Mr. Ed
mr. ed 08/04/22 09:23am Around the Campfire
RE: can't use gmail on 2 browsers

":To clarify my statement I should have split the two statements into separate sentences.. Vivaldi, MS Edge are Chromium derivative. Brave is a FireFox derivative." end of quote. Incorect! Brave is based on Chromium. Since Chromium is a Google product, I would think Gmail could be used on any Chromium based browser, like it does on MS Edge. Evidently, that's not always the case.
mr. ed 07/27/22 02:28pm Technology Corner
RE: can't use gmail on 2 browsers

OP here. I went to app store and installed the Gmail app. I just click on that to access Gmail. Even though I'm not going through Brave, it's easier to do than opening Edge or Firefox to access Gmail. note to the respondent who thought Edge and Brave are based on Firefox. No, they're both based on Chromium.
mr. ed 07/27/22 01:54pm Technology Corner
RE: can't use gmail on 2 browsers

OP here. Well, I found a solution that works. I went o the app store and downloaded the Gmail app. Now I can use Gmail on Brave, and I'm a happy camper. Note to responder who thought Edge and Brave are Firefox derivatives. No, they're both based on Chromium.
mr. ed 07/27/22 01:39pm Technology Corner
RE: can't use gmail on 2 browsers

I use Brave exclusively and had no issue with my gmail accounts. I use Windows, Apple OS and IOS. I can't speak to an Android device. OP here. Yes, same with me; on my other devices Brave works fine. For some reason it's just android. I'd like to see the folks at Brave somehow fix the issue so I can access Gmail, but I think somehow Google may be preventing that. :M
mr. ed 07/27/22 10:49am Technology Corner
RE: can't use gmail on 2 browsers

Thanks for the replies. At least one of you nailed it; Gmail isn't supported on Brave (or Vivaldi, either). I like Brave and plan to keep using it, so I'll just need to go to my Edge or Firefox when I want to access Gmail. That won't be much of a hassle, and it's a good reason to have more than one browser installed. Maybe in the future, I may ditch Gmail and use one of my other email clients so I can use Brave without needing to switch browsers (I have several email addresses already) :C Thanks again for all the assistance, folks! Ed
mr. ed 07/27/22 10:43am Technology Corner
can't use gmail on 2 browsers

When I try to log in to my gmail accounts, I get a message that browser isn't secure. This happens in both Vivaldi and Brave. I can log in OK in Firefox. I've even tried using my secure mobile hotspot in my phone since I usually use public wifi, still no go. BTW, I'm using an Android tablet, if that's relevant. The reason I have several browsers is because I'm trying out some newer ones. Thanks in advance for your replies. Ed
mr. ed 07/25/22 10:10am Technology Corner
RE: What a shame

Wake up Texans!!! Just completing a trip from Dallas to Gillette, WY to attend the national high school rodeo finals. Visited Mt. Rushmore, Deadwood, Sturgis, Crazy horse, and many other areas. What beautiful places, and country!! The difference....No trash anywhere!!! Even Wal-Marts parking areas were clean and uncluttered. We're Texans thru and thru, but what an poor example we set for the rest of our country. Closing our southern border would be a great start!! Skip I'm a fairly new Texan (about 1+ years), and I've travelled extensively through this beautiful state. I used to live in Southern California , so in comparison almost anywhere else is nicer. I don't recall seeing excessive messiness in TX, but, of course, I haven't been everywhere. So far, I like it here, and the people are among the friendliest. :)
mr. ed 07/24/22 09:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement and health care

...Will our reduced income help with supplemental costs? not sure what you mean but, you likely know, that Medicare will take care of 80% of approved charges. the other 20% is on you. there are supplemental plans that will cover most of the 20% but Plan F which covered 100% of the 20% is no longer available. you might also need/want a Plan D for prescriptions...more $. less $ if you take no or few meds but the more meds/the more serious meds the more $. you might be a good candidate for a Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Part C). MA plans are managed care plans (all-in-one). they take care of whatever traditional medicare covers plus the 20% + some meds + some other perks:C. depending on your zip code you might get a $0 premium or even $ back (at least that's what the ads say). the downside for fulltimers, is getting help outside of your "home" zipcode. be sure to ask how that works...may be a huge problem or no problem at all but be sure to ask. good luck. That's a good point. In addition to using the VA, I also have a Medicare Advantage plan throuh Aetna Insurance. It costs me all of $4/month.I believe the cost varies depending on your home state, but cost is still reasoable. :C
mr. ed 07/24/22 09:31am Around the Campfire
RE: Noisy dogs

I sense your frustration. Frustration is the result of unrealistic expectations. The secret is to never expect courtesy from a dog owner. I've yet to be frustrated using this approach. There are plenty of dogs in this place. It may as well be considered a kennel. Some of them are noisemakers, others seem to behave thmselves when left alone. I suppose it depends on the breed, but I'm no dog expert. If I owned a hotel/motel, I think I wouldn't allow dogs, out of respect for my tenants; but that will never happen in real life because of extra money to be made. :R
mr. ed 07/24/22 09:25am Around the Campfire
RE: Noisy dogs

At 7 PM the barking abruptly ceased. Evidently, the owner returned; it remained quiet the rest of the night. Now, it’s morning and that miserable beast has started its serenade again. I guess dogs’ barking apparatus never wears out! I can only hope that the owner checks out in the near future and the room isn’t rented to another dog owner. :M
mr. ed 07/21/22 08:30am Around the Campfire
RE: Retirement and health care

I get all my health care needs at a local VA medical ctr. I don't know if you're a veteran, but I'm very pleased with the care I've received. Now, I realize that if you're traveling, you may not be near a VA facility, but it's something to consider if you find yourself near one. I'm pretty sure your wife would be covered, too.
mr. ed 07/20/22 04:24pm Around the Campfire
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