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Dec 6, 2008 06:45 PM

How do you make coffee?

We have a grind and brew for drip coffee and a moka pot for cappicino. We're thking about getting a new coffee pot, but am torn between a combination coffee maker and espresso maker and just a new coffee maker.

Any thoughts.

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  1. I use a Chemex pot, and wouldn't use anything else.

    1. How serious are you about the quality of your coffee? What kind of coffee do you drink? How often?

      First off, I'd advise against most of the espresso makers on the market, and all of them that are combined with a drip coffee maker in a single machine. If you want really good espresso at home, be prepared to spend a lot of money on equipment and a lot of time learning how to use it. Otherwise, your moka pot (or an Aeropress) will deliver results that are superior to most of the stuff that's out there.

      As far as drip coffee goes, there are very few drip coffee makers that can make a proper cup of coffee, and even fewer that can continue to do it after months or a year or two of use. You can spend a few hundred bucks on a Technivorm and have the state of the art automatic drip machine, or you can get the same results for a tiny fraction of the cost using a Chemex pot or a filter cone.

      Me, I've been using a Yama coffee siphon exclusively for the last several months. It's old school, but I think it makes better coffee than anything else out there.

      All that said, you can use whatever equipment you want, but you'll never get a really good cup of coffee unless you have quality beans that have been roasted within the last few days. Given that the beverage has only two ingredients - coffee and water - the quality of those ingredients is far more important than the gear you use to combine them.

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      1. re: alanbarnes

        Oops. As other posters have noted, the French Press also makes an outstanding cup of coffee. Forgot about that one.

        If you want to minimize the sludge in your coffee, though, a quality grinder is more important than it is with methods that use filters (drip, Aeropress, vac-pot). 33limes has it right on that front; the Maestro and the Rocky are a good place to start. But if you're going to be doing espresso, you might as well buy a Mazzer Mini now because you're going to end up buying one eventually anyway.

        1. re: alanbarnes

          Yeah, I have 2 French presses. One is an individual, take along type. I have a Krups that is programmable. I made coffee on two consecutive days, one with the Krups and thre next with the press. Same coffee each time. Coffee made with the press was noticeably better coffee. The Krups will proabably end up at the Goodwill.

      2. Chemex.

        But really, buy yourself an excellent grinder. At minimum a Baratza meastro (rebranded at starbucks as well), or perhaps the Rancilio Rocky. And yes, the Technivorm is great too.

          1. Depends on the mood. My favorite methods are Aeropress, Espresso and French Press