I prefer to drink just espresso, and I used to start with green beans
and roast them myself. In the end it just got to be too much like work,
so I got a Nespresso pod machine and it's the best coffee investment
I've made yet. Simple, easy, reliable and best of all consistently good
coffee. (never the 'god shot' strived for but rarely seen with manual
equipment, but always very good) But the 1-1/2 oz shots likely won't
fill most travel mugs.
For the last couple of decades I use nothing more than a filter cone, a
gold filter, and a mason jar. I take my coffee black, of course, like
any sane human being.
Bring 620mL water to a rolling boil, take off stove. Add coffee. Now
leave the room for a couple of minutes while it steeps (that's the hard
part). Pour coffee through filter into mason jar, remove filter, rinse
filter in hot water in sink.
After you fill your cup, you put the lid on the mason jar to keep it
This is basically the same as using a "french press", except without the
useless french press.
If you're attracted to the "pod" type of coffee maker, than other folks
talking about various cone and automated coffee makers aren't of particular
use to you.
We've had a contraption called a Melita "One:One" pod maker here at the office
for quite a while. I'm a bit of a coffee snob - hand-grind and brew my own in
a single-cup maker every day - but have tried the Melita in the past. I
thought the resultant coffee was more than acceptable; far, far better than
the pots of weak Costco alleged coffee out of some commercial "Newco"
contraption, sitting next to the Melita, that the company provides for free.
While I ultimately prefer my own approach - I can select the coffee I want
rather than the limited set available for the Melita, and it's more
cost-effective - I could live with the Melita if it became necessary. And it
seems to be standing up to its moderate use without problems.
On Thu, 14 Jun 2012 16:45:03 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Arthur
I'm the OP.
Thanks to all for a lively discuss and lots of good suggestions.
Haven't decided which way to go yet but lots to think about and some
links to options I wasn't familiar with. Thanks again.
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