Cona Coffee Machine - Table Model Deluxe Size No IIA????
I have just acquired a Cona Coffee Machine - Table Model Deluxe Size No IIA
I noticed in the review section one of this model (but with cork seals) had a bakelite lid (posted by Sorrentina)... Mine has no lid.... Does anyone know if these all originally had lids for the funnel (top chamber)???
I've read on the net of a few people complaining of splashing from the funnel at some stage or another during the coffee making and them using plates as the solution, which just seems like a shame for such a machine.
So I really would like to know if it had a lid originally and if anyone knows of anyone/anywhere I could get a lid from.... I've tried emailing Cona in the UK, and also ClassicCona also in the UK, but am still waiting to hear back from them.
Ok apparently the Bakelite lid shown in the review thread is not a Cona original part so I can stop worrying the mine doesn't have one, it appears mine is in original and complete condition! It has only had 1 owner prior to me since new! It would be handy to have a funnel stand tho!
Ok my Cona arrived yesterday..........
I brewed up a batch and got a pretty good result first time round.... As I was just learning so to speak I used some beans (colombian blend medium roast for espresso machines) which might be better suited to other brew methods according to what I read... Anyway the resulting coffee was quite alright I drank it with milk... The left over grounds formed a nice sort of mound in the funnel and were quite dry.
Some questions I have tho....
How long should the draw down take to complete once the flame is extinguished?? (not using cold towels or anything like that)... It took a few minutes (more than 5) I'm unsure if that's normal or not... I used the most coarse espresso grind setting on my BCG800 Breville Smart Grinder for the brew. (I've never had to grind that coarse for espresso!
I think my model Table Deluxe Size No IIa (2a) has a capacity of around 900mls... I only brewed 480mls with approx 20 grams of coffee (It worked out a 7.25grams per 6oz water). I think it's not really advised to brew less than capacity but I really just wanted to have a play!
Will different coffee beans need different grind size (like espresso)??
I really just want to get everything under control before I brew some of the Geisha from Peru I have....
Any tips appreciated!
5+ minutes draw down seems long. My Nicro stainless steel 12 cup American vacuum maker is in the 2 minute range to draw down fully with a full pot but there can be large differences depending on filter used and coffee grind coarseness. I use the Nicro steel disc filter. When vacuum pot grind was common commercially in the USA it was a bit finer than drip grind but coarser than a Moka grind if memory serves. Lots coarser than true espresso grind.
You should not need to vary grind appreciably for different beans. Too fine a grind may stall draw down by plugging the filter and some filter designs are more subject to stalling than others.