Coffee. Ahhh. First thing in the morning and life is never finer. Unless, you get a bad cup….you, coffee slurpers, sippers and mug collectors know what I mean. A bad cup of coffee sets the tone for the day, the burnt oily sludge can stick to your stomach for hours. My stodgy and dependable Breville decided to konk out on me- actually the pot cracked, leaking coffee brewed all over my morning routine and costing me pricey minutes in my commute. I checked allover, including with kitchen stores and the manufacturer as well, but this particular coffee pot is no longer made. Sigh. It had been an expensive heart-rending buy years ago after extensive research. But, I will admit I wasn’t 100 percent happy with it ever. Time to again time to return the search for the perfect cuppa.
There are many coffee makers. The kind of equipment you choose will greatly change your coffee experience. Water is either dripped, steeped, or pushed through via pressure. Just looking through the SurLaTable catalog was giving me a headache.
There is the Steeping method. The French Press, the coffee ‘tea’ bag, and the vacuum pot all use steeping methods. I don’t recommend the coffee tea bag method, unless you’re out in the woods and want something hot and not necessarily good. It’s a step up from instant, barely. The French Press always makes a decent pot of hot and fast coffee, but you will have to clean the messy grounds out afterwards. The vacuum pot is like a beautiful science experiment. This method also requires a bit of work but on a lazy Sunday its super sexy and impressive. You can boil coffee with water as in Turkish or cowboy style coffee, but this is often a bitter choice.
The Dripping or Filtration method includes the electric percolator, the chemex, cold drip brewing, and nitrous coffee.
Pressurecoffee makers include espresso, mokaand aeropressmakers.
My kitchen has a French Press, a moka pot and a Chemex stocked and when I feel like a bit of fussy I use and enjoy them. The espresso cappucino machine has been in the pantry for a while and comes out for company. It is pretty but a bit too much for everyday use. I still wanted a machine – something pretty on the counter with a button to push and that would make wonderful coffee. I had looked at Keurig longingly a few times but I just couldn’t get my head around the pods. They have a large selection of pods but it seemed like too much waste for my habit. I had to admit though the coffee was sublime. It was fast too with minimal mess. I’m the only one drinking coffee on a daily basis in my home, so a single cup at a time seems like a good solution. I then met my first Nepresso. The crema on top of my first cup was impressive and tasty. The machine itself seemed to be heavier and more solid than the Keurig. The recycling program Nepresso has was the deciding factor. Keurig is aiming to get there by 2020, but Nepresso already has a program in place that is very user friendly.