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I do think this post is BS too, but I have that same espresso maker and it absolutely gets hot as fuck on the bottom. You put it directly on the stove top to use it.
Edit: Links don't work here, I guess. It's a Bialetti Moka Express for those wondering. It works very well.
Coffee is wonderfully strong and concentrated. The only thing you need to replace from time to time is the sealing ring. I‘ve done that twice so far, I use the system daily and have had it for over 15 years.
Or percolator! I have several coffee makers and I use them all depending on my mood. Sometimes I just want some basic drip coffee. I also have one of these that I like to use to make my home version of a latte: [link].
French press is great because it's so easy. I have one at the office that I use every day
I brew my own coffee! I have this stovetop espresso and I buy ground coffee beans from Peet's coffee in UTC. I usually get medium french roast. Sometimes I'm in a rush and buy coffee from Peet's (their americano is better) but I can do starbucks too :|
I'll first have to admit that I don't have drip coffee ever, but if you have access to a stove, I'd recommend an Italian Percolator It'll make a really strong cup of coffee and it can be used in various ways. You'll just want to use decent coffee bean.
For a french press, which I use while camping, you have to put in more coffee than you'd think. Gotta give the coffee a stir and then let it steep for a couple minutes.
Moka Pot. here.
It makes a somewhat concentrated cup of coffee close to very strong Americano. Very popular in Italy and other European countries when you can't make an espresso. I take one with me camping, can easily make coffee over a camp fire.
There are Moka pots by various manufacturers out there. Would you say this is the best (Has the highest number of reviews)
$30 - [link]
Espresso is made from the same beans as any other coffee, its the way that espresso is made, pressure forced through the grounds thus extracting more oils, that makes it espresso.
Now, the device I linked doesnt technically make espresso, it makes moka coffee but its damn close, tastes great, and will save people money. I spend about $3 a week on coffee grounds and drink a full 6cup (about 6 ounces) a day.
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm in the mid-east for work right now and there is zero option to get my own coffee.
However, I'm back home in Seattle for a month on Thursday and plan on stocking up on Stumptown espresso like it's the end of the world. I have one of these so I'm good to go with that. I will take your suggestion though. Thank You!
Did you mean Moka Pot?
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I've never brewed my own coffee before but I really want to start. So far, in my cart, I have:
So I'm just wondering if this is all I need other than the coffee beans. Also, anyone from the Greater Toronto Area- where do you get your beans from?
I was thinking about something like this [link]
> Bosnian kettle
Is that something like an ibrik? Like this?
I feel like a stovetop moka pot is something you should look into. Something like this, if strong is your goal.
I haven't tried this, but there's a coffee bean subscription service she might like. If you don't want to spend too much, it looks like you can order just a sampler box, so we can tried a few different types of Seattle coffee. (We are known for our coffee!) Looking through their list of blends, they seem to have beans from all the popular coffee shops.
Here's a similar option from Cafe Appassionato, which is another great Seattle-based roaster.
For coffee makers, I have a Bialetti moka maker. This is good if she likes espresso. However, normally, I just use a cheap Mr. Coffee coffee maker. It always gets the job done.
I've heard good things about the Ninja coffee maker, which I believe makes both hot and iced coffee. This looks it'd be a really good gift.
I love my Moka Pot and I have an electric milk frother that warms up the milk and makes it fluffy. I can make a pretty decent latte with it and both are easy to use and clean. Here's what I have: [link]
I'm with you (recently started drinking coffee after leaving Mormonism and spouse not excited about having a coffee maker in the kitchen). We just visited my wife's friend while on vacation and she made me a cafe au lait that was delicious and easy to make without expensive equipment. In fact, I'm about to invest in the following two things:
- A Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker [link]
- A Bellemain Stainless Steel Hand Pump Milk Frother [link]
It takes a few minutes but that is part of the fun.
In fact I came here looking for advice from experienced coffee drinkers. I know this combination is great for making strong coffee or a latte, but can I easily water down the coffee to make coffee well suited for a thermos? i.e. Can I use a Bialetti to make something more comparable to brewed coffee?
I think you could up your game with coffee.
Either go with cheap italian espresso maker
or if you want fancy a Jura coffee machine or similar
I had an Aeropress and wasn't a big fan of it. I returned it 2 or 3 days after buying it.
Right now i'm using a Moka Pot + Ikea Milk Frother + Mr. Coffee Burr Grinder
I would just buy pre-ground espresso (Lavazza/Bustelo/Illy) but I had the grinder already. Anyway, for the ~$50 i spent on all of this i feel like i get a pretty good latte out of it. If you do get a moka pot be aware that the "cups" refers to demitasse cups as in shots. So a 6 cup would be for 2 people and a 3 cup would be for 1 person
Is there a difference between these two, or is it just 2 different listings for the same item?
I would opt for a Moka Pot if you are into stronger blends. You can also check out the Brikka from Bialetti if you want something close to an espresso with crema.
I've tried loads of ways to make coffee, and I've finally settled on a Moka Pot.
IF you have a local place that roasts their own beans, go there and try their varieties before buying a small bag of your favorite (whole beans tho). Keep the beans in a sealed airtight container in a cool place. Don't refrigerate them.
Now I feel that grinding isn't the most important step, but definitely adds to the taste when you're set into your routine. I use this bad boy for my beans. Before you go off the deep end, get something that has conical burrs for grinding. I used this inexpensive hand grinder for a while and it was great.
Then just watch a youtube video on how to use the moka pot, and go drink your delicious coffee.
I went from a crappy drip machine to grinding my own beans and using a Bialetti. Quality of life went way up. Coffee game strong!
Why not just buy one of these stovetop espresso makers that will last you a lifetime.
If you're looking for espresso-like to make americanos, I'd say go for a moka pot. It's not really espresso, but it's the closest thing you'll get at that price range and it's sufficient for an Americano. The standard one is a Bialetti.
$25 on Amazon
More if you want a stainless steel one.
That's a pretty sweet Bialetti. I didn't know such a device existed.
I have the classic 6-cup version and also the 2-cup Mukka Express.
Honestly, I'm gun shy though.
The frothing contraption on the Mukka clogged, and was launched off vertically, with about 6 ounces of super-heated coffee.
If you've never cleaned coffee off your ceiling, you just don't know the joys of Bialetti ownership.
Here's what I'm taking back with me this year:
1) Moka Pot: Got one this Summer, pretty cheap (~$30), pretty quick and easy to use/clean. I've been making my morning cup with it every day. All you need is ground coffee and a stove/hotplate. I absolutely love this thing, couldn't recommend it more.
Link: [link] ($26)
2) Brita Filter: Great just to have as a college student, especially since my dorm doesn't have many water fountains. Also a great cheap and easy way to get filtered water for coffee.
Link: [link] ($22)
3) Baratza Encore: I've been working enough to get myself one, very excited to see how a quality grind affects my coffee (my current grinder is a crappy flat blade). I guess I'll be "that guy" too.
Link: [link] ($99)
4) French Press: Pretty cheap, just like the Moka Pot (~$30 as well), just takes a bit more effort to use in my opinion. Still love french press coffee, and it's great to be able to brew a couple different ways.
Link: [link] ($30)
So that's my setup for next year, hope that helps! All of the links are for awesome brands despite their low prices :)
I'm a fan of the moka pot.
No filters required. Makes a high-caffeine pseudo-espresso.
Check out a Moka Pot. Here's a video as well. Not particularly light but makes a fantastic cup of coffee!!
Also, here's guide for Cuban coffee which I haven't tried but plan on this weekend.
I've also only ever used instant coffee but I'm taking an overnight trip in two weekends and am going to try my moka pot out on that trip.
Edit: If you like strong, concentrated coffee drink it straight as brewed. The video suggests adding some hot water but I drink mine straight from the pot and extra strong :)
try this and change your life
It's just a glass version of one of these.
No, I'm saying that espresso* is cheap to make.
The medium-sized Moka pot is $35 on Amazon.
Try a Moka Express.
Put water in the bottom compartment, coffee in the center, place on stove.
As you heat, the pressure builds and the water is forced up through the grinds and into the top half, ready for you to drink.
I gotta call out the Moka Pot
You can get away with $30 for a surprisingly good cup of espresso: [link]
Great for camping!