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best stovetop coffee maker

sueatmo Apr 26, 2012 09:35 AM

I'll be moving soon. I'll be sort of in limbo for awhile. Temporary residence. My regular coffeemaker will be in storage. Can anyone recommend a stovetop coffee maker that I can find easily in a normal metro area, and that is pretty simple to operate? And it would be nice if it wasn't horribly expensive, but I am interested in almost anything.

I'll grind my own beans.

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  1. TeRReT Apr 26, 2012 09:53 AM

    For stove top my macchinetta works well, but right now I am using a hario v60 drip which works great. If you have access to a kettle or are ok with boiling water in a pot then the v60 is cheap and easy.


    Again, not stove top, but the aeropress is getting great reviews these days.

    Specifically my hario is http://www.amazon.com/Hario-Coffee-Dripper-V60-RED/dp/B002S01CKW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1335459014&sr=8-6

    and I also have a kolita which works well


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    1. re: TeRReT
      sueatmo Apr 27, 2012 06:08 PM

      I forgot about the Aeropress.

    2. cowboyardee Apr 26, 2012 10:07 AM

      What exactly do you mean by stovetop coffeemaker? I'm familiar with moka pots, percolators, and vaccum pots, all of which create VERY different results. Are there other types?

      Are you looking for something that makes a lot of coffee at once? A specific result? Extreme ease of use? Compact? I'm partial to the french press and Aeropress, personally, which are cheap, fairly easy to use, and produce excellent results... but only make a cup or two at a time; also I wouldn't quite consider them 'stovetop coffee makers,' though you can certainly heat the water for them on the stovetop.

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      1. re: cowboyardee
        sueatmo Apr 27, 2012 06:07 PM

        There are the 2 of us. I usually make a largish pot every morning in my handy dandy Cuisinart. But when I am "in limbo" I'll just have to make whatever I can. I really only drink regular coffee at home. I have an occasional latte at Starbucks. I don't like sweet coffee drinks or anything.

        I basically need to be able to make 4 cups in the morning, I think.

      2. paulj Apr 26, 2012 10:29 PM

        I use 2 ways:
        - with a fine grind coffee - boil water in sauce pan, and pour it over grounds in a paper filter (Melita holder).
        - with a coarser grind - put the coffee in the water just off boil, steep a few minutes, strain into a much. The trick is to have strainer that matches the grounds.

        The French press is essentially a variation on the steep and strain.

        It is hard to get any cheaper and simpler than either of these.

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        1. re: paulj
          sueatmo Apr 27, 2012 06:09 PM

          I forgot about the Melita holders too. Yes, I should be able to boil water.

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