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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013, 9:03pm
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Gonna sell my 2 cup Brikka. Let me know if anyone is interested. I'd accept paypal or gift certificate to Sweet Maria's.


I probably used it less than 10 times.

I'd let it go for $40 obo.

Buyer pays shipping.

Figured i'd post it here before bringing it to the BST forum.


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Posted Mon Jun 3, 2013, 4:31am
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Hello everyone,

i just found this old and epic thread while googeling for some Brikka articles. So i decided to sign up and share my experiences.

I bought my Brikka about 6 weeks ago just for fun. And i really love to make coffee with it trying a new setup every time in order to find the "perfect" Brikka setup. It really is such a simple device but its just so much fun trying to get the best possible coffee out of that little thing!

I use a rather fine grind which i produce with my Graef mill. I use 65 gr of water and fill about 4/5 of the filter and dont really tamp the coffee but knock the filter a few times on the table. I am currently using tre forze coffee with the Brikka and gives me a pretty thick and good "crema".

Of course this is NOT espresso but the result is very tasty and the Brikka offers great reproducibility!
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 7:15pm
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Just bought a 4 cup Brikka, been doing some experiment with it. Using the same grind as for moka pot, coffee turn out alright (just like the pic on the box :o), I found the coffee tasted a bit more 'uniformed' than from moka pot.

Unlike the moka pot where it takes a period of time for the coffee to come out, the brikka send all coffee out in a fairly short period of time, my assumption is that the finishing coffee temperature should* be very close to brew temperature. As such, I put a temperature probe in the coffee as soon as it busted out. What I found is:
- The coffee is around 78'C if I put warm (50'C) water in the boiler.
- The coffee is around 70'C if I put room temperature (18'C) water in the boiler.
- It took about 2 minutes to complete the brew if hot water in the boiler,
- It took about 3 minutes to complete the brew if room tempearture water is in boiler.

Wife commented if the cold water is used, the coffee doesn't taste burnt. If hot water (80'C+) is used the coffee taste a little burnt.
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 7:36pm
Subject: Re: Confessions of a Brikka Lover
 

m00m00 Said:

Just bought a 4 cup Brikka, been doing some experiment with it. Using the same grind as for moka pot, coffee turn out alright (just like the pic on the box :o), I found the coffee tasted a bit more 'uniformed' than from moka pot.

Unlike the moka pot where it takes a period of time for the coffee to come out, the brikka send all coffee out in a fairly short period of time, my assumption is that the finishing coffee temperature should* be very close to brew temperature. As such, I put a temperature probe in the coffee as soon as it busted out. What I found is:
- The coffee is around 78'C if I put warm (50'C) water in the boiler.
- The coffee is around 70'C if I put room temperature (18'C) water in the boiler.
- It took about 2 minutes to complete the brew if hot water in the boiler,
- It took about 3 minutes to complete the brew if room tempearture water is in boiler.

Wife commented if the cold water is used, the coffee doesn't taste burnt. If hot water (80'C+) is used the coffee taste a little burnt.

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It is common for hot water off tap to taste a bit off as compared to cold water off tap.  Hot water is not used anywhere near as much as cold water and due to such it sits in your pipes and water heater for extended periods of time.  Maybe that is the taste your wife has noticed.  If you have city water and use a filter maybe the issue is not as accentuated; if you have well water it certainly will be.

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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 7:43pm
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Sorry didn't make it clear in the previous post. I boil the tap water using a kettle, not straight off the hot water pipe. I also have a small filter to filter the water before use.
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Posted Wed Aug 7, 2013, 8:52pm
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Personally, I only use filtered water for all tea or coffee. But, of course, it all depends on your water source. I'd probably use tap water in most parts of Switzerland, for instance.
Although, there might be something to be said about filtering out some components to avoid deposits. Descaling isn't that difficult, but it's annoying. No idea if it has a significant impact on Brikka and Moka.

 
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Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 2:38am
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Wow! It comes back to life yet one more time ;)

I'm with Alexander here. I use filtered for all methods, including Brikka.

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Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 10:44am
Subject: Re: Confessions of a Brikka Lover
 

m00m00 Said:

Just bought a 4 cup Brikka, been doing some experiment with it. Using the same grind as for moka pot, coffee turn out alright (just like the pic on the box :o), I found the coffee tasted a bit more 'uniformed' than from moka pot.

Unlike the moka pot where it takes a period of time for the coffee to come out, the brikka send all coffee out in a fairly short period of time, my assumption is that the finishing coffee temperature should* be very close to brew temperature. As such, I put a temperature probe in the coffee as soon as it busted out. What I found is:
- The coffee is around 78'C if I put warm (50'C) water in the boiler.
- The coffee is around 70'C if I put room temperature (18'C) water in the boiler.
- It took about 2 minutes to complete the brew if hot water in the boiler,
- It took about 3 minutes to complete the brew if room tempearture water is in boiler.

Wife commented if the cold water is used, the coffee doesn't taste burnt. If hot water (80'C+) is used the coffee taste a little burnt.

Posted August 7, 2013 link

That's interesting. I'm looking forward to (eventually) getting a Brikka, both to sample the coffee and also because I want to poke probes into it. But I haven't been able to decide on which size Brikka I want.

I wonder if your assumption is valid; 70-78C is lower than the brew temperature I would have expected.
Did you measure the coffee temperature when you used 80C+ water?
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Posted Thu Aug 8, 2013, 4:58pm
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jpender Said:

Did you measure the coffee temperature when you used 80C+ water?

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Think I forgot that one, will measure it again next time :) I personally didn't taste any burnt, but it was my wife's 1st reaction. so... maybe the beans :p

The way I see it though, if I want the coffee to brew in higher temperature, I should use warm/boil water in the boiler. If I want the coffee to brew in a lower temperature, I should use cold water. The brew temperature might be lower than what is required for espresso, but it also brew longer than espresso machines. The way I understand it, the longer it take to brew, the higher chance to bring out the bitterness of the coffee (right????), so the lower temperature is not necessary a bad thing (I mean the time it takes to brew is gonna 'compensate' the lower brew temp. right???)
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Posted Fri Aug 9, 2013, 1:45am
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Alright, tried again. I 1st dipped the probe into boiling water in the kettle, the reading was 97.6'C (so the probe is slightly off). Then pour water to top part of the brikka to measure, once done, pour into the boiler. Measured again, only 74.5'C :o..

Put everything together, put it on the red hot stove. Once coffee come out, dip the probe into coffee, reading was 76'C. No taste of burnt. (different bean used this time)
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