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Brandi
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 5:47pm
Subject: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

I'm a teacher and I need at least one decent cup of coffee to get through my day.  At the moment, I have a Keurig.  It does an ok job of getting me a nearly strong enough cup of joe during the day, but it's on it's last leg, and I would rather use my favorite coffee instead of K-cups.  Yes, I know you can fill your own, but I have pretty mixed results with that, sometime awesome, sometimes dishwater.  I am definitely upgrading.  I bought a French Press thinking it would be ideal (accompanied with an electric kettle).  It actually made an excellent cup, but the clean up is pretty messy to get the grounds out.  Next, I bought a Verismo.  The coffee wasn't bad, pretty good, really, and I did see that there are methods to refill the used cups which I could fill with my favorite coffee.  I'll have to try it that.  Then I thought, at home I use an espresso machine, maybe that would work okay at school.  I have never used the ESE pods, but I see that there is a machine that allows you fill your own pods (thus allowing me pre-measured coffee that is quickly and neatly disposed of) and theoretically, I could make myself a nice cup of espresso (I drink a few shots together to make a cup of coffee) without too much mess and I can make it pretty quickly.

So given my situation, which do you think is going to yield the best cup, the quickest cup, the neatest cup.  And what is the overall best choice?
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squaremile
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 6:29pm
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

Easy, Aeropress
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 7:02pm
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

squaremile Said:

Easy, Aeropress

Posted September 10, 2013 link

My thought exactly!

$25, portable, super fast, super easy to use, super easy cleanup, great coffee!

 
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Posted Tue Sep 10, 2013, 8:38pm
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

How about something that was originally made in the 1930's, was so perfect it can't be improved, is still available today, is an Italian icon used in most Italian kitchens and if used correctly provides strong, thick coffee as the Italians like it. Yes, it's the Bialetti Moka Express. Comes in various cup sizes; A 3-cup size provides around 125ml of coffee which is enough to make an Americano diluted 1:1 or two cappuccino frothy coffees with a coffee:milk ratio of 1:2 so it's big enough for one person. But if you like a bigger cup of straight, strong coffee, get the 6-cup size. Coffee is best ground to slightly coarser than espresso and an Italian blend with around 30% Robusto beans works very well: Lavazza Qualia Rossa, for example.

I'm going by U.K. cup sizes of 70ml for espesso, 200ml for cappuccino and 250ml for an Americano. The Bialetti cup sizes refer to single-shot Espresso (I think).
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 5:36am
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

Anthorn Said:

How about something that was originally made in the 1930's, was so perfect it can't be improved, is still available today, is an Italian icon used in most Italian kitchens and if used correctly provides strong, thick coffee as the Italians like it. Yes, it's the Bialetti Moka Express. Comes in various cup sizes; A 3-cup size provides around 125ml of coffee which is enough to make an Americano diluted 1:1 or two cappuccino frothy coffees with a coffee:milk ratio of 1:2 so it's big enough for one person. But if you like a bigger cup of straight, strong coffee, get the 6-cup size. Coffee is best ground to slightly coarser than espresso and an Italian blend with around 30% Robusto beans works very well: Lavazza Qualia Rossa, for example.

I'm going by U.K. cup sizes of 70ml for espesso, 200ml for cappuccino and 250ml for an Americano. The Bialetti cup sizes refer to single-shot Espresso (I think).

Posted September 10, 2013 link

I agree the moka pot makes very good coffee when used correctly.  However, I don't consider it fast (especially compared to the Aeropress), and don't see how it's any easier to clean than a french press.  The Aeropress makes similar quality coffee.

 
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 5:46am
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

Yeah I agree for fast, easy and portable Aeropress is a good choice.  I've also come across 12 portable kettles if you really wanna go crazy. :)
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 5:50am
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

emradguy Said:

I agree the moka pot makes very good coffee when used correctly.  However, I don't consider it fast (especially compared to the Aeropress), and don't see how it's any easier to clean than a french press.  The Aeropress makes similar quality coffee.

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It all depends on how fast is fast. The Bialetti Moka Express works best when heated over a low heat but it's made of aluminium so it heats up pretty fast: A 3-cup size should be around 3-5 mins. There is no cleaning as such with a moka pot. When the coffee is served, run under the cold water to cool it down, take it apart and rinse all parts under hot water, dry and put it back together. A new moka pot is seasoned by first making coffee and throwing it away and then it is further seasoned as more coffee is made. If we were to use soap or worse, coffee machine cleaning tablets it would never be seasoned.
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 6:15am
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

I've used both. It sounds to me that you haven't. Aeropress brewing is done is about 30 seconds. Water can be heated using any method available, a microwave oven, gas or electric burner, heck, even a hotel room drip machine run without any coffee in it. To clean, you simply twist the filter mechanism, then plunge the grounds into a trash bin.  This takes about 5 seconds. At this point you're almost finished with your clean up.  Last step to cleaning is a quick rinse of any residual liquid coffee off of the parts, and a few left grounds on the end of the plunger part.

 
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 8:18am
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

Well, one more for an Aeropress, and with that,I am going to brew a cup in MY Aeropress ... right now!

 
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Posted Wed Sep 11, 2013, 8:25am
Subject: Re: I need it strong and I need it fast and neat.
 

All done, for a while now, including cleanup and enjoying the coffee. Actual brew time, from the first thought to the finish with cleanup is about half of the time between the two posts.

 
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