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Anyone ever used one of these? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot
but I hear from coffee people that it makes a very strong cup of coffee.
but not quite as strong, in reality.
Why can't people just use normal cups like me. I do the job well. I try hard, work hard. YEAH, I like to have fun sometimes and maybe spill a little bit on your shirt. But it's all in good humour! At least your hands dont' get burned and you're portable.
before i moved on to this badboy:
Is it worth it? I just bought a cafetiere instead but I might still get one of these to get a proper espresso.
Much easier to maintain, assemble/disassemble and clean than the moka pot, and the results are better, imo. Although I will still use the moka pot occasionally - they just taste different really, e.g. an Aeropress coffee will be less bitter due to the paper filter.
Strength-wise, I'd say it's pretty comparable to the moka pot, maybe a tad stronger, although you have much more control with the Aeropress, so it's possible to adjust the process to your tastes. I like the inverted technique a lot:
they're awful. They burn the fuck out of the coffee, which I guess is tolerable if you're the kind of person who, when they say they want a cup of coffee, they mean they want a cup of coffee-flavoured milk.
But if you like *coffee* then that thing is not what you want.
this is how I would do it: pour water in the bottom, pack coffee into the filter, put it on the stove. The stove heats the water to boiling. The boiling water/steam (which, at 100 degrees, is too hot for extracting coffee) pushes through, burning the shit out of the coffee as it goes, and into the top receptacle.
this way, you should be able to achieve the necessary temperature without reaching full boil and burning the coffee.
They're a fucking hassle. Use one of these or just buy a fucking cafetiere.
it's a plunger. well, I never.
but I guess Bodum never got to the Hoover stage in coffee terms.
In this country we like French sounding names for things: Aubergine, Courgette, etc. You can keep your egg plants and zucchinis.
This is about coffee.
They're really great
How long does it stay hot for?
Medium to low heat, don't let it bubble in the top part.
A while - always scares me when I've had a cup which has started to go cold, pour another and plow into it at the same speed to discover it's still really bloody hot
You can get good, strong coffee out of it. It's best to put boiled water into the bottom though, and take it off the heat before you start getting steam coming through.
For me, it's not a good coffee unless it's got a decent creme, so I still wouldn't be all that fussed on coffee made in this way, but I can appreciate that this technique has got to produce a far superior drink to anything I ever got out of a stovetop pot before.
You really have to use the right amount of coffee in them for the size or it doesn't work so well and they're over-complicated for what they do.
You put water in, coffee in. Put it on a stove. Coffee.
You put coffee in and tamp it down. You have to put the right amount of water and coffee in then you have screww the whole thing together (the threading's always a bit crappy) and stick it on the stove.
Then follows the wait for the water to boil plus the requirement that you watch the bugger to make sure you don't boil it dry.
Finally washing it out requires you either have asbestos gloves or wait for ages and there's a load of bits.
I'm not saying it's sisyphean task or anything but compared to sticking a filter paper in a cone putting a scoop of coffee in and waiting briefly for the kettle to boil it's 'over complicated'.
because there's something relaxing in doing all that but in day to day terms I can't be arsed.
and freeze it for later use?
(I read the Kindle thread finally but my enforced working hardness the last few days rendered it 'over'. Good to know things are changing.)
Generally happy with the results. Don’t notice the coffee tasting burned or too bitter. I don’t tend to leave it on the heat for too long or anything though, so maybe that’s why? Maybe I’m just naturally good at making coffee.