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Discussion in 'Cooking Equipment Reviews' started by abefroman, Nov 20, 2012.
What is the best single serve coffee maker? One of the ones that uses the cups/packets.
Mister K-girl asked Santa for one this year
So we went to our nearest Starbucks to take a look at their new machine
In my opinion the new single serve coffee makers are NOT worth the money at all and I think this is another gimmick to get to your money since you have to use their far too expensive pre-measured individual coffee-packets.Yes it is very convenient but not worth the cost.You decide-it is your money ?
I use an old fashioned small drip coffee maker( 5 cup) where I can make a single cup of coffee at the time. I did buy the cheapest one and bought a simple timer from Home-Depot to go along with it,and this set-up has not failed me in over 10 years.
I do not like any of them, Water is not hot enough for coffee plus one of those pre filled cartridges cost about 55 to 75 cent each. Very high cost.
SIL swears by her K... I wasn't impressed. Thought coffee tasted a little "instanty"?? Guess if you TRULY only wanted ONE cup, with not even half a refill, might be OK!?!
Can't go wrong with this one and if you use good technique it makes excellent coffee! Gotta love the price, just think of all the 'really good' coffee you can buy with the savings!
Coffee Filter Holder
#120291 2-7/8" high,
Approx. 3-3/4" wide,
Three 1/8" round drain holes,
Fits over cups 2.25" to 3.5" inside diameter,
Uses #1 or #2 filters (we recommend #2, as they stick up a bit and make it easier to remove the filter when done),
I use a Melitta one-cup filter cone along with Melitta #2 filters. Both can be gotten at Kroger or some well stocked super market.
I boil water and since I live at 4000 ft. elevation it boils at 204.6 degrees which is in the ideal range for coffee brewing, which is a range most coffee makers don't hit. Pour it over my freshly ground beans in a wide mouth thermal carafe and let steep for 6 minutes. Then strain it through.
CL, what's the name of that device and where can it be gotten??
If water is boiling , you could put coffee in a china cap with a filter in it and coffee will taste good. Why spend $100s? The whole thing is the temp of water, and coffee quality. I like Hawiann Blue Mountain
Actually this is not exactly the one I use, which I got years ago in Costa Rica where it was marketed as a coffee maker complete with a wooden stand and coat hanger device to place the strainer in, but it looks pretty close. I love it, plus it works when the power goes out because I have propane gas in my kitchen. That and a old fashioned hand grinder and I am good to go storm or no storm.
i know that as a coffee 'sock' and used them for years as they were found everywhere in the caribbean for peanuts. at the time the only alternative were expensive electric or the old style moka espresso maker which were too small. paired with rich puerto rican or take me higher jamaican coffee, the coffee 'sock' was great. PITA to clean but i'm sure the new ones use a different material which are easier to clean. the old ones were either muslin or flour sacks or something similar.
@MichaelGA, i have never seen a porcelain cone filter...ingenious that it has 3 holes! the one hole has always been my biggest complaint about the plastic ones. koko, that would be my choice if you could find one, especially if you don't have the time to linger in the mornings.... an electric water kettle is essential i think for that method, plus it's just so handy for tea. michael where did you find it?....a specialty coffee shop or a BB&B type store? i have never seen one in the supermarket.
as an aside, where i am working for the winter, has a big and beautiful espresso machine so i am becoming very spoiled, very quickly. i practically have to avert my eyes when passing through the beverage station! no fancy 'make mine a double cream mocha latte decaf baby' for me......i'll take a double shot straight thank you....dangerous!
Haven't tried one yet but the Aeropress is supposed to be good and uses loose coffee not pods.
Other than that I would recommend a small french press.
I was told that there are now empty cartridges for the one-serve coffe-makesr availavle online. This way you can use youe own coffee and this would now make it less costly.
yes the french press reigns supreme in my book... how could i ever have forgotten about them?...so sorry...i loved them for years after i discovered them....we used to use a press almost exclusively, then my husband stared to drink decaf and i wouldn't budge off my dark french or italian roast so i got a small single press for myself, which worked out great for me...not so much for him, so we changed again as compromises do....now i think maybe i will ask st. nick real, real nice (and leave really good cookies) for another press for christmas this year...maybe one for him and one for me...yeah, that's the spirit!
koko, have you ever tried a french press? good cup o joe for sure! go to a coffee shop, where they sell merchandise and ask if they would make you a pot in a frenchpress
I'm envious of your situation. I also worked at a place once that had a real 'true' barrista and i'm ever so sad to have moved on from it. I came in every day and had a new wonder / adventure in caffeination, it was truely amazing what that lady did with some beans and water.
I bought my filter holder at the local shop.
The number of holes is very important as they determine the 'brew' or steeping time, too few and you get bitter overbrewed coffee and too many you get weak watery coffee.
You can get them from a number of sources and in many sizes - I have a few and use them depending on how many people I am serving. ( I actually have one of each size... i'm that much OCD)
http://www.fantes.com/coffee-manualdrip.html FANTES is a great store with a ton of history... I can't wait till I get back again. They also do mail order so give it a try.
Amazon also sells them and is probably the best route for you. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=porcelain+coffee+filter
The amazingly cool thing is that they aren't expensive... and they aren't set and forget which is a bonus in my mind.
I agree a French Press is very good.
+2 on the FP. That's about as good as it gets IMO unless you want a Hario but overall their about the same amount of effort. I can't understand the K-cup craze. Expensive and just not very good.
Here's a link to a Company I bought a grinder from earlier this year. They have a lot of good videos demonstrating different gear and IIR they have a Hario/Aeropress video.
I never did like the French Press thing... maybe i've been doing it all wrong... but it always tasted 'muddy'
If your getting a muddy FP then you likely have too many fines in your grind. While it sounds counter intuitive many electric grinders have a very hard time grinding a good FP so you may have to screen your coffee. Save the fines for a Hario etc if you have one.