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?
Single-serve coffee makers. Do you have one which you would recommend & which operates well consistently & coffee tastes great?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/19/2013|
Melitta makes a good cup of coffee.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/19/2013|
What's so bad about liquid laundry detergent, R1?
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/19/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 8||10/19/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||10/19/2013|
How do you put the French press in the microwave? Isn't it metallic?
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/19/2013|
Mine has the borosilicate glass with a plastic holder and handle.
Not a problem.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/19/2013|
Stovetop moka pot with Cafe Bustelo. Drink it piping hot to really clear you out.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/19/2013|
French press users, do you dump the grounds down the sink or is that just asking for plumbing trouble?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/19/2013|
R17, I compost them.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/19/2013|
R18 - I think a good cup of French press coffee needs a little more work.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/19/2013|
Candy Thermometer? Are you for real??? All of you Bodum cunts sound like like that anal retentive Alton Brown from Good Eats.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/19/2013|
Hey Mr. Coffee, do you offer a single serving size coffee maker?
If not, shut the fuck up, Nimrod.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/19/2013|
[quote]Hey Mr. Coffee, do you offer a single serving size coffee maker?
Lick my butterscotch flavored asshole, you rancid cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/19/2013|
French press users: You probably like 'farm-fresh butter', too, don't you? How precious!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||10/19/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/19/2013|
French press = mug hugger.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/19/2013|
Go back to your Maxwell House, Cora @ R29.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/19/2013|
Nespresso. Only Nespresso. Screw the peasants.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/19/2013|
Can you put the used coffee grounds down the sink?
|by Anonymous||reply 34||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||10/19/2013|
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!
|by Anonymous||reply 36||10/19/2013|
Yeah, well, R35,
She's a barista. Bless her heart.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||10/19/2013|
Seems interesting, R38.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||10/19/2013|
I have the Nespresso DeLonghi model. It makes great expresso and coffee drinks.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||10/19/2013|
|by Anonymous||reply 41||10/19/2013|
Yes, r41. I am in rather a hurry.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||10/19/2013|
I love a good french roast in a french press.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||10/19/2013|
Fuck that. Buy an espresso maker.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||10/19/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||10/19/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||10/20/2013|
So what's the verdict?
|by Anonymous||reply 49||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||10/20/2013|
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?
|by Anonymous||reply 53||10/20/2013|
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
|by Anonymous||reply 54||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||10/20/2013|
If you know what this is, you know from a cup of coffee....
|by Anonymous||reply 57||10/20/2013|
Get a DeLonghi bean to cup machine. You can use whole beans, or ground coffee, none of those stupid "pods".
|by Anonymous||reply 58||10/20/2013|
What a bunch of pretentious snobs.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||10/20/2013|
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.)
|by Anonymous||reply 61||10/20/2013|
Bunch of Goop readers on this thread.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||10/20/2013|
Dear Goop reader at R62, for those among us who are not Goop readers, would you please tell us what the fuck you are talking about?
|by Anonymous||reply 63||10/20/2013|
I get my Nespresso pods at Bloomingdales. Doesn't everyone?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||10/20/2013|
I saw an electric percolator at Macy's the other day. I had no idea they still manufactured them. I don't know anyone who uses one-- everyone seems to use one of the drip methods or a French press.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||10/20/2013|
I like coffee served in a fancy silver urn that I can dispense at my leisure.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||10/20/2013|
R53, yes, you can open the k-cups with a knife and dump the coffee into a filter. I always get those samples too but have no desire for a Keurig.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||10/20/2013|
I don't "make" coffee. Rosita makes it. I drink it.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||10/20/2013|
Back in the 1950s, we used a Silex to make coffee. The one we used had the glass rod filter. There was also a two cup size. No paper, plastic or metal taste as only glass touched the brew.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||10/20/2013|
We had a poll about DL's preferred coffee-making methods last year. French press came in #2
|by Anonymous||reply 70||10/20/2013|
[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.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||10/20/2013|
All that k-cup packaging!
K-cups are probably popular with the plastic bottled water crowd.
And the Tide Pods® people ….
|by Anonymous||reply 72||10/20/2013|
So if he tossed the Keurig samples unused, he wouldn't be a cheap bastard?
|by Anonymous||reply 73||10/20/2013|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||10/20/2013|
You nuke the steel mesh?
|by Anonymous||reply 75||10/20/2013|
Don't you be hatin' on my damn Tide Pods, now! They keep me from over-pouring and spilling that blue shit all over the place!
|by Anonymous||reply 76||10/20/2013|
You can buy reusable k-cups and just fill them yourself.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||10/20/2013|
French press coffee tastes too borosilicate-y
|by Anonymous||reply 78||10/20/2013|
Cool, R74. Thanks!
I will buy.
But like R75 I am wondering how you can microwave the steel mesh.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||10/20/2013|
There was a story in the NY Times last year about how nespresso coffee ends up being $35-40 a pound. Suckers.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||10/20/2013|