I am looking around for an espresso machine with which I can use my own coffee, not the pre-packaged (and overpriced) pods that come with Nespressos and the like. I could always use a Moku pot, but I want something a bit less labor intensive.
posted by zardoz
on Nov 6, 2013 -
Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
posted by Mngo
on Sep 9, 2013 -
I'm a latte/cappuccino drinker. I don't like black coffee very much; too intense and bitter for me. But this also means that while other people obsess over espresso brewing quality, I obsess over milk-frothing quality; the coffee quality itself is mostly wasted on me, but I am irate if I get a poorly frothed layer of milk. So I am looking for a good solution — either a machine or a combination of machines — that provides (1) espresso coffee, (2) superb steamed milk, and (3) is convenient to use. More below. [more inside]
posted by gentle
on Aug 9, 2013 -
On a recent trip to Oslo I bought a bag of these espresso coffee beans
from a fantastic coffee shop. This is probably a stupid question, but is it possible to make non-espresso strength coffee with these? If so, how should I do it? Obviously I need to grind the beans first, and, if it helps, I have a cafetiere and aeropress. Thanks!
posted by FuckingAwesome
on Mar 21, 2013 -
Share your Aeropress strategy or favorite Aeropress trick! Hello! I've been using my Aeropress
more and more and I am totally in love with it. It really does brew an amazing cup.
I'm learning that everyone has a different preference for how they use their aeropress, though, from the temperature of the water to the amount/brand/etc of the bean, to the type of grinder (burr, etc)... to other factors that I don't even know about. [more inside]
posted by dep
on Jan 3, 2013 -
I'm looking for a super-automatic coffee/espresso machine (no pods) that is around $1,000 (or cheaper), and meets a few specific needs. I'm eyeing a Jura or DeLonghi, but are there others I should be considering? [more inside]
posted by mrhaydel
on Feb 21, 2012 -
I have a mypressi, which is a portable C02 powered espresso machine. It seems to work pretty good, but the included milk frother does not produce a true milk froth which you would expect to get when you order a cappuccino. I found the linked video on youtube and became intriqued with the steamer/water heater setup he was using. Does anyone know who manufactures that steamer? I have found a stove top model online while searching, but not the electric one used in the video. Any help would be awesome. Thanks guys and gals!
Youtube Video Link
posted by Craiggy83
on Nov 14, 2011 -
Should all the water "empty" out of the bottom of a stove top espresso maker? If so, what could I be doing wrong, because half of the water remains in my espresso maker? I put the pot on medium, I don't over stuff the maker with espresso, and I don't fill the water over the valve. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by lrnarabic
on Nov 9, 2011 -
I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
posted by ddaavviidd
on Sep 30, 2011 -
No mess, one touch espresso : Nespresso or super automatic? Which one should I choose?
posted by racingjs
on Sep 23, 2011 -
I want an espresso maker. I like plain espresso shots, and I like frothy milk drinks. I am entirely undecided if I want to go for expensive does-everything-for-you-but-drink-it or inexpensive. I don't have a wide space for it (deep, not wide). I would like something that will last, and I don't want pods and I do not want a Moka pot. I will buy a burr grinder if the machine doesn't do the grinding for me. [more inside]
posted by jeather
on Sep 13, 2011 -
How can I heat up milk for my coffee at work and without a microwave or stovetop? Is there some kind of stand-alone gadget that will heat (not just froth) milk, while being office-appropriate? [more inside]
posted by pourtant
on May 19, 2011 -
I love coffee, but it's getting hard for me to find coffee I like which doesn't break the bank or make me ill. Dark roasts smell like burnt sweat socks to me, and lighter roasts are too acidic/sour. I used to be okay with medium-to-light roasts that were "breakfast blends" or which were nutty/chocolatey/spicy rather than fruity/winey (according to the vendor's descriptions) but lately that system has let me down and all coffee seems too acidic/sour.
Why have I "gone off" coffee, and what other coffee (bean/roast/brewing method) should I try? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs
on Nov 10, 2010 -
I am borrowing a La Pavoni Europiccola (an Italian pump espresso machine) from someone who is not using it. In fact, it had been sitting in storage for about 5 years with water in the boiler. How can I really thoroughly clean it? [more inside]
posted by advil
on Aug 28, 2010 -
How can I learn to be a barista? Preferably for free? Or better yet, get paid to do so? [more inside]
posted by Sara C.
on Jul 10, 2010 -
Houston! Caffeinate and clothe me, please. Can you recommend your best espresso and thrift/consignment shopping? (I'm going to be staying not far from the Menil.) [more inside]
posted by minervous
on Mar 11, 2010 -
I make a double espresso most mornings and take it in the car to go. I have some good travel mugs, but they are huge. The smallest I've seen lately are 14-16 ounces, and many are even much bigger. I'd really like a smaller one, maybe 6-8 ounces, or whatever size would be good for a double espresso. Are there any good small ones you've tried?
posted by scottso17
on Mar 9, 2010 -
Does anyone know how to make good espresso with an Alex Duetto II espresso machine? I'm lost. [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut
on Feb 9, 2010 -
I drink an espresso a day and two or three cappuccinos a week. I want to get a new coffee machine. [more inside]
posted by insouciant
on Jul 8, 2009 -
Is there a cheaper alternative to the manufacturer-recommended descale solutions used to decalcify coffee/espresso machines???? [more inside]
posted by monkeybutt
on Jan 4, 2009 -
I'm anxious to give up the Java, or switch to decaf. For health reasons. Give me hints on how to do this effectively. [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott
on May 9, 2008 -
Coffee beans behave like busses apparently. I went with preground for a year, and then I got a 5lb bag and a 1lb bag of roasted coffee beans and a grinder today for Christmas. How should I store them, accounting for my specific situation? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim
on Dec 25, 2007 -
Due to budgetary constraints, I've cut back on my daily quad-shot 16 oz. latte and am brewing coffee to take to work in the morning. I've noticed a difference in my moods and energy levels, but, more importantly, brewed coffee does not bring out the poop like the espresso drink does. [more inside]
posted by strangeleftydoublethink
on Oct 17, 2007 -
I've been fortunate to come into possession of an older La Pavoni Europiccola, but there's no manual. So I have three questions for anyone who's got experience using this kind of machine. [more inside]
posted by zadcat
on Jan 19, 2007 -
I just bought a Nespresso C100 expresso machine. I don't know much about espresso machines but find that the coffee tastes great and the machine, which uses pods, doesn't make a mess in my kitchen.
I would like to know what people who know a lot about making espresso and love espresso think generally of the Nespresso system. In the few days I've had the machine it has produced reliable espresso with a beautiful crema and excellent taste.
posted by dclawyer
on Nov 29, 2006 -
Which of these 3 espresso machines is most likely to make both my partner and me happy? [more inside]
posted by mdion
on Nov 27, 2006 -
I am looking for actual science of coffee to improve my home espresso making. [more inside]
posted by mzurer
on Jun 14, 2006 -
Frugal, finicky, espresso! We are forming a creama cabal at work and would like to communally get a decent espresso machine. The problem is that not everyone is a coffee geek and the maximum budget we could agree on is around $200.
So the question is, considering the monetary constraints, and the fact the machine is going to be somewhat high volume (10 people in an office environment), what is our best piece of gear?
posted by PissOnYourParade
on Nov 10, 2005 -