Single-serve coffee makers. Do you have one which you would recommend & which operates well consistently & coffee tastes great?
I know we've had other threads on this topic and I have read through all of those threads. Many this thread will illuminate new information. Keurigs are too plastic & break down & coffee sometimes tastes like plastic?
Coffee & Tea Leaf Kaldi's are still good or not?
Could you get any MORE lazy, OP?!
I bet you buy body wash and liquid laundry detergent too.
Buy a Bodum French press, they come in many sizes and styles.
Hamilton Beach 49981 Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker.
Advantages: easy to clean and no expensive K-Cups to buy. No paper taste as it uses two metal filters.
Disadvantages: coffee may not be hot or strong enough for some.
French presses do make much better coffee, but less convenient.
I like my Melitta more than my French Press. Mine makes up to ten cups, so I have no opinion about the single-serve model.
For the love of God, don't cradle whatever coffee you do end up making. It's a sign that you're a douche-bag.
Those machines produce instant coffee. It's not worth it. French press and a tea kettle work the best. Plus, they don't break down.
What's so bad about liquid laundry detergent, R1?
When use a French press, how do you ensure that the water is at the proper temperature? I think it's supposed to be around 190, but teakettles normally boil water, so do you let it cool down first?
My ex got a very nasty burn on his arm when the plunging went awry. The difference between 190 and 212 really can't make that much difference, can it?
I put french press in the microwave for 3 and ½ minutes, just below boiling.
Use a candy thermometer if you think 190˚ is critical.
How do you put the French press in the microwave? Isn't it metallic?
Mine has the borosilicate glass with a plastic holder and handle.
Not a problem.
The rule of thumb I've always followed is boiling water is 212 degrees.
Take the kettle off the burner and when it stops boiling it's the right temperature for both French press and Melitta.
I'm a huge fan of French press coffee. If you have a glass/stainless steel version you can use it to make a great pot of tea as well.
But for a single cup of coffee in the morning - I go with the Melitta. Not only is clean-up easier, but you don't have to watch it.
I'd like to have French press coffee, but it seems like a lot of trouble to make when you get up in the morning.
Stovetop moka pot with Cafe Bustelo. Drink it piping hot to really clear you out.
The huge amount of plastic (and metal?) waste that comes from those single service machines is just sad. A few years back I was also looking into these, because I love cappuccinos and such, and the only that kind of machine that my conscience let me buy was Philips Senseo. It has pods that are just coffee packed into a paper wrapping, and the pods are sold in the packs of 20 or more, and they are not single wrapped. The coffee quality possibly is not as good as in the machines that use hard casings for the single serve, but I don't remember thinking that the quality was bad either.
The Senseo machine that I had had an automatic milk frother in it and unfortunately the frother malfunctioned after a few days so I ditched the machine completely (long story, no one cares). I did enjoy the ease of use, and the coffee tasted nice enough to me. I've since moved on to a more manual kind of espresso making with Rancilio Silvia, and I actually love all the work it takes to make a nice cup of latte. The ritual of grinding the beans, pulling the shot and steaming the milk somehow reminds me of Japanese tea seremony where you concentrate on the tasks completely (not that I know that much about tea seremony).
There are also single service pods for sale for some espresso machines, too, but they are individually packed so I use them quite rarely with my other cheapo espresso maker.
French press users, do you dump the grounds down the sink or is that just asking for plumbing trouble?
My Bodum French press is the small single cup size, equivalent to a Keurig in volume.
Put coffee in press, add water, put in microwave for a minute or so (comparable to a Keurig's brew time), then plunge and pour.
Yeah, lotta trouble for the terminally lazy.
R17, I compost them.
R18 - I think a good cup of French press coffee needs a little more work.
Get a fucking Keurig and shut the fuck up with the French Press bullshit. At that time of the morning you could drink dog piss and not notice.
Candy Thermometer? Are you for real??? All of you Bodum cunts sound like like that anal retentive Alton Brown from Good Eats.
Hey Mr. Coffee, do you offer a single serving size coffee maker?
If not, shut the fuck up, Nimrod.
Nespresso is fabulous. You can't buy the pods very many places and you need to get used to the shorter coffees but they taste very good.
With a French press, the how-to videos say you have to measure the coffee beans on a scale, grind them, boil water, add a small amount of water and stir, wait, add more water, and then wait some more. That's just too much work for everyday use.
[quote]Hey Mr. Coffee, do you offer a single serving size coffee maker?
Lick my butterscotch flavored asshole, you rancid cunt.
I use Peets ground coffee, one scoop for every two cups, add boiling water, wait 4 minutes.
It's all done in about 6 minutes and it's delicious.
French press users: You probably like 'farm-fresh butter', too, don't you? How precious!
AeroPress vs french press: Convince me to spend the money.
Currently I boil water, pour it into a pyrex measuring cup containing coffee beans ground with a blade grinder and, after steeping a minute or two, poured out into a cup through a metal tea-cup strainer. Tastes fine, lots of flavor, a little muddy maybe and sediment at the bottom of the cup. Why buy an AeroPress or a Bodum french press, or a ceramic coffee dripper, or... whatever else?
French press = mug hugger.
Go back to your Maxwell House, Cora @ R29.
Nespresso. Only Nespresso. Screw the peasants.
Can you put the used coffee grounds down the sink?
This hipster queen says you have to use a scale and a timer. It seems like a lot of work first thing in the morning.
Re coffee grounds down the kitchen sink drain:
I did for a time when I lived in a two story apartment building. I was on the top floor -- never any plumbing problems for me!
Yeah, well, R35,
She's a barista. Bless her heart.
fuck hot...it makes the coffee bitter. Cold brew.
1 cup coffee 4 cups water - cover let it sit overnight. You have a coffee liquor. Then just add 1/2 coffee liquor to water heat it up in microwave boom best hot coffee you will ever have. Want iced coffee? use the liquor, ice, milk or half and half and sweetener if you want....best damn ice coffe you will ever have.
I have the Nespresso DeLonghi model. It makes great expresso and coffee drinks.
Yes, r41. I am in rather a hurry.
I love a good french roast in a french press.
Fuck that. Buy an espresso maker.
I have a cuisinart and use some great k cups like Dietrich and Barista. I don't want to deal with a French Press in the morning and my coffee tastes great.
I always use my French Press. I only use my larger coffee maker when I have guests. But honestly, I can't think of too many more useless appliances than these single serve coffee makers. What a stupid gimmick.
I have a Senseo machine but I find that I rarely use it anymore now that I'm retired. It's not worth the trouble to keep making more cups of coffee when I'm not planning on going out in the morning when I can just make one batch with my 12-cup Mr. Coffee (with a thermal carafe) and drink as much as I want over the course of an hour or two.
When I do plan to go out, I use the Senseo for just one cup, but I do get annoyed at having to use two pods to make one normal-sized mug. Who the hell drinks one six-ounce cup of coffee?
I have found that french presses leave a bitter sediment that the paper filters in regular coffee makers remove. Not a fan. I just make less (2-3 cups) in my 10 cup Mr. Coffee. I have the one with the thermal carafe so coffee stays hot longer with no burning.
So what's the verdict?
I watched that video of the barista btw. It was very educational, but it just seems so... complicated! Needlessly complicated.
I don't understand most of modern living; how did people in the past make coffee (among other things) without all the fancy equipment? What about in rural areas, in third world countries? I know the Indians in South India make the most delicious coffee: it's rich and infused with spices. They sure as hell don't have grinders, electronic timers, french presses!
I would really like to get into this whole coffee ritual to the point where I have the know-how to cull the bullshit and make tasty coffee without all the nonsense.
The Mexican pan method uses only a pan and strainer. Into a sauce pan add:
2 cups water, 1/4 cup coarse coffee, 1 table spoon white or brown sugar, 1 cinnamon stick (optional)
Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
Strain into cups.
R50 I boil water in a kettle. While it's boiling, I grind as much coffee as I need, and put it in the Melitta cone, into which I have first placed a filter. I wet the grounds a little when the water boils, then pour as much water as needed onto the grounds.
It could hardly be simpler. I eyeball the amounts, and I am seldom wrong.
I received some K-cup samples in the mail, but I don't have a Keurig brewer. Can I empty the K-cup contents and use in a regular percolator? Or can I use them as instant coffee?
Sorry but Love my Keurig.
Fairway in NYC just came out with OneCup pods for Keurigs that are biodegradable with a filter cup instead of the plastic. $7.99 for a dozen
better Environmentally r16 and the brew is pretty good
Me, too, R52. I count to six whilst filling the kettle and it is perfect every time. The best thing is that it takes up absolutely no counter space. I put the cone on top of a travel mug with a cover because I have a habit of knocking it over. Perfect every time.
R47, these pods work great with the Senseo and taste better. One pod fills the double-pod holder. Just wet the pod down a little before you brew.
Get a DeLonghi bean to cup machine. You can use whole beans, or ground coffee, none of those stupid "pods".
What a bunch of pretentious snobs.
If that's your Pyrex stove-top percolator, you hold onto it because it's worth some money.
If I had the money I'd look for an antique Pyrex vacuum percolator, just for the "coffee theater" aspect.
It would be a good "crowd wow" for guests.
R57 R60 We had that coffee pot when I was growing up. It might have made good coffee, but the swill my mother called coffee was so awful, I didn't drink my second cup until I was 25.
It was equal parts coffee, evaporated milk, and sugar. The most G-d awful thing I'd ever tasted (at 5 y.o.)
[quote]Can I empty the K-cup contents and use in a regular percolator? Or can I use them as instant coffee?
God, some of you are cheap bastards.
All that k-cup packaging!
K-cups are probably popular with the plastic bottled water crowd.
And the Tide Pods® people ….
So if he tossed the Keurig samples unused, he wouldn't be a cheap bastard?
Forget the french press, single serve shit.
Get a finum brewing basket, they come in different sizes and work with tea or coffee.
Place basket in your cup, add your grounds, fill with hot water, steep, remove basket and voila.
Easy as pie. Easier to clean up than a press, nothing sitting on the counter. You can even do as I said and nuke until hot which is what I do.