x9200 wrote:My pursuit of a cheap yet drinkable coffee so far haven't produced encouraging results. From what I bought and mentioned above, I tried the more expensive ones, Bali and Arabica. Although it is possible to smell in them some of the coffee aroma, they generally appear like stale coffee. They also lack in strength after brewing. They are drinkable, but not rich in any pleasant flavour. Just flat. Very so-so, at least for my taste. They are probably ok with milk, but I drink coffee black with no sugar, no nothing so it doesn't help.
I also managed to buy the one from redmart ($15/kg). It smells almost good, but haven't tasted it yet.
Interesting comments. There are a number of factors that can influence the outcome of your coffee.
One thing to consider is the grind. If you are using a drip coffee maker, then the following is true.
a) a coarser grind results in a blander, less acidic coffee. A finer grind results in a coffee that is more full bodied but may also taste more acidic to you.
b) If you are talking about your coffee being weak and stale then you may not be using enough coffee per cup. For every 6 (SIX) ounce cup of coffee you should use a minimum of one tablespoon of coffee. As an experiment, up the amount of coffee you use to brew by one half and see what happens.
I buy coffee in the US which costs about S$25 per kilo... Mexican Aruba... I use a drip maker... about the coarsest setting for drip grind, and at least one tablespoon per six ounce cup.