Good way of making coffee for occasional coffee drinker who normally drinks instant? Should I get one of these?
moka pot is too finicky
it has a lot of variables with lots of things that will go wrong the first few times and takes practice
french press is piss easy in comparison
add grounds, pour water, wait 3 minutes, press down
couldn't be easier, and it allows you to experiment, but there's no way to fuck it up.
literally one minute or less is best you fucking plebs
it's not tea
I was a moka guy before being offered pic related.
It does one cup at a time but it's such a great coffee I'm now satisfied with one or two cups a day.
Contrary to what everyone else seems to be saying, I think moka pots are easier to clean than French presses, and not very difficult to use.
>pre-boil water in kettle
>fill bottom chamber with hot water up to pressure valve
>fill filter basket with coarse grind, don't tamp
>put filter basket into bottom chamber
>screw on top chamber
>put on stove on low
>pour yaself a cuppa
Cleaning is just unscrew halves, dump grounds, rinse pieces. I'd recommend a stainless one, the aluminum ones can get pitting and corrosion releasing god knows what into the water.
I have two of the damn things despite being an occasional coffee drinker myself. in my experience he 3 cup versions are moody if you're new to using one like I was and require trial and error. bigger versions are a lot more forgiving, again in my experience. after that, it's really up to you to use good coffee to suit your taste.
on a side note, it's strong and may or may not require extra water to thin it out to taste after brewing for a kind of janky ghetto ass moka pot americano
Buy an aeropress. It looks like infomercial garbage, but it's one of the best pieces of coffee kit I've ever owned. All the convenience and ease of a one-cup french press, but a hundred times easier and quicker to clean.
1) Buy some decent beans and get a burr grinder (manual or otherwise)
2) Grind beans
3) Put beans in french press
4) Put hot water in french press
5) Wait several minutes
6) Press down
The moka pot makes a strong ass cup of coffee that most people won't enjoy if they grew up on drip brewed coffee.
The end product is as strong, or stronger, than an espresso, but with a thinner body, and that combination doesn't sit well with most "normal" coffee drinkers.
You're probably better off with a french press, or a simple normal drip brewed machine.
Another option you can try is going with the Arab approach to brewing coffee. Simple process that gives you an end product with more body than drip or a moka brew, but without all the sharp flavor of the moka or a proper espresso.
It sounds like you're trying to say that a moka pot is more manly and refined.
I've had the same coffees brewed in both a moka pot and a French press plenty of times and the French press almost always brings out more complex flavors.
>Flavourless mass-produced water
>Better than rich God-tier coffee
Come on now Anon.
I'd go french press first. It's easier to make good coffee with it. Moka pot is great too but it's finicky and the coffee it makes might be too dense for you. You should ideally get both. If you do get a moka pot look at this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpyBYuu-wJI
I use both trinkets often. If I had to pick one over the other I'd pick the french press, but one really isn't better than the other--just different.
I'd say the moka pot is harder to use because of how easy it is to over-extract/burn your coffee, but it's wayyyy easier to clean than a french press. You have to undo the plunger and clean each part every time you brew.
>Good way of making coffee for occasional coffee drinker who normally drinks instant?
Are you looking to quit the instant? If not, I'd recommend just buying from a local café for the occasional quality cup.
>occasional coffee drinker
>hunt around for a bunch of used appliances that are finicky to use and a pain to clean and have a massive amount of room for error if you don't know what you're doing
Do you actually want OP to hate coffee? Please don't ever give coffee advice again. Or any advice for that matter. In fact just kill yourself.
That's what I thought, I tried to make good impression to the gifter but I was in no hurry to try it.
Turned out if properly done, the result is incredibly close to far more sophisticated machines.
The foam, the taste, man. I don't use my moka anymore for just me.
>What? Like what can go wrong?
You might accidentally grind it too fine, plugging it up, causing the coffee to not rise up out of the column and instead seep out of the middle section.
You set your stove burner/flame too hot and it gushes out of the column instead of smoothly flowing out (common noob mistake).
You get too scared of fucking it up, end the brewing process to early, end up with lots of water in the reservoir.
>Another option you can try is going with the Arab approach to brewing coffee. Simple process that gives you an end product with more body than drip or a moka brew, but without all the sharp flavor of the moka or a proper espresso.
I recommend the Turkish way. I enjoy my cuppa a lot more by using this method. The crema I get is a great added bonus with regular vac packed pre-ground coffee bought at your local store. I assume the coffee would be better if I used a proper Turkish powder grind.
Moka pots are really only good if you are into drinking really strong thick coffee that isn't quite espresso. If you like turkish coffee then you would like moka pot. However, if you don't use it absolutely every day you have to brew coffee and throw it out and then brew the batch you're going to drink otherwise it will taste bitter and metallic. But as long as it's used daily you can skip that step.
Yep, get one.
I drink tea on the weekdays, but I use a moka pot to make cafe au lait on weekend mornings. It make a delicious cup of coffee. There is a slight technique to it, though. Your coffee can come out bitter if you don't get it right, but it's not hard.
Bodum makes a nice little single-serving French press if you want to go that route.
Americans might not like moka pot has it makes a strong coffee, espresso cultures like italy are fans of them.
A french press is completely different, moka is basically a strong smaller drink. Both are good.
I have a french press and bialetti stainless moca pot.
French press is more idiot proof, since I had the aluminum one and I forgot to put water in once so it ruined the maker and entire house smelled like shit for a day.
I'll just say that my findings are: Moka pot is more sensitive to the coffee you use and lends itself better for stronger brews, which turn out more "hearty".
But you have to stand by the stove until it's done and have to boil water separately unless you like espresso.
French press makes good coffee out of anything, and other than having to stir it 30 seconds in and pushing down the plunger slowly after 4 minutes, there's no science.
I've compared it to chemex and they're literally about the same for the casual drinker who's not a coffee snob.
>he thinks using French terms is patrician
Not OP, but new to french press. What's your preferred coffee grounds?
So whats the deal with percolator coffee? I have a gold miner buddy that makes it when we go up in the mountains and it's the best tasting coffee I've had so I was wondering if there's any good pots that I should buy?
Also a good coffee bean to grind up when in the mountains?