[Homeroast] Espresso vs. Brew

Hank Perkins hankperkins at gmail.com
Wed Apr 4 18:14:28 CDT 2012

I have a Rocket Espresso machine, CCD, and AeroPress.  I don't use the CCD any more. The espresso machine is used all the time.  I travel and the AeroPress is part of my travel kit when i travel for longer than a day or two.

The AeroPress isn't an espresso machine but alone in a hotel room it makes a very nice cup.  The CCD makes a decent cup but is bigger, and no less messy. 

On quick turn trips I will use the in room brewer.  I preheat and use only bottled water. While not great, it is better than nothing. 

In my experience water quality is really important. 

I still haven't found a grinder solution I am happy with. When someone makes a single cup electric burr grinder I will be in line. 



On Apr 4, 2012, at 5:40 PM, JP <erenfro at verizon.net> wrote:

> I've pretty much abandoned my Aeropress since the Clever Coffee Dripper became available, but I've been thinking about the AP often lately.
> What ratio and times are people using for the Aeropress?  Is anyone using a longer (more normal) brew time than the instructions call for?
> On 4/2/12 8:15 PM, Dorian Snow wrote:
>> I'm with Derek. I love my Aeropress.  I have also turned a few people on to this little gadget, and they are hooked.  For everyday and multiple cups, we brew coffee in a Melitta drip.  But for one cup, I use the Aeropress.  I also have an old piston espresso/capuccino machine that I rarely use.  It takes a while to heat it up, and cleaning the parts is time-consuming.  It's fun to use once in a while, but it mostly collects dust.  If I had not inherited it, I probably wouldn't spend the bucks to buy it.  Only a really good espresso machine works properly, and for that you need to spend money for it.  Same goes for a good burr grinder that makes a consistent grind.  If I had to choose between an excellent grinder and an espresso machine, I'd go for the grinder.   For $25-30 bucks, you can get an Aeropress, and it makes really strong coffee that lets every flavor in your bean shine through.  Dorian
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>> Subject: [Homeroast] Espresso vs. Brew
>> Although I first learned from espresso bars on the Via Veneto that
>> coffee better than standard swill was possible,  for years I have been
>> satisfied with the coffee brewed in my kitchen.  My scheme of values
>> has prevented me from buying a home espresso maker -- which cost as
>> much as years' supply of beans.
>> In the years I have been a "lister" -- mostly as a lurker -- I have
>> noticed that listers who brew exchange views largely with others who
>> brew, and espress-ers (necessarily, I suppose) with espress-ers.  I
>> have sometimes wondered whether the silence of these latter means they
>> regard the exchanges among us "home-brewers" with some contempt.
>> Would any of you espress-ers try to persuade me to invest big bucks in
>> a machine?
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