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Thread: Going to manual but what to buy

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    Going to manual but what to buy

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    Hi all

    I have been using a Sunbeam EM6910 for a few years, it has been ok can turn out a pretty good coffee, I have a Breville Smart Grinder as well.

    However it is giving up the ghost and I am not prepared to spend huge money on a new machine. I drink one coffee day and I am making the move to long blacks with a dash of milk rather than lattes (will save those for when I go out for a coffee at the moment)

    I have an induction cooktop as well.

    Just after something relatively inexpensive to use alongside the breville smart grinder that is simple and turns out a half decent cup of coffee without too much effort in the morning.

    I see Aeropress and Mokapots recommended. Considering I have a grinder would you recommend one over the other?

    Thanks

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    Also consider the ROK presso. Will give you a close to (but not quite) espresso shot with a little effort.
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    Go buy a used 6910, $50-100.

    Wrt, aeropress vs moka, taste is similar, moka simpler as you boil and brew in the one device and don't need filter papers. Aeropress you have more control re extraction time, pressure, dosage. I prefer aeropress for camping, my moka pots never get used now days.

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    Have you considered pour over?

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    Hi Thanks for the replies.

    I don't really want another EM6910. Incredibly noisy. I have been looking for a Silvia but need to save a bit first.

    I will go and research the aeropress and pourover a bit more.

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    There's a Silvia with PID in the for sale section for a very good price...
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    I recommend an Aeropress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod View Post
    I recommend an Aeropress.
    Nice to hear from you TG, it's been a while.

    People were starting to question whether or you not existed....that's what you get when deities don't post regularly!

    Of course others say that it's all a matter of faith...anyway, let's not get into that - nice to hear from you!
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    My pour-Overs are waaay simpler...

    1. Select preferred cup
    2. Fill with boiling water and then empty
    3. Place Tea-Leaf Strainer on cup
    4. Fill Tea-Leaf Strainer with desired amount of freshly ground coffee
    5. Gently dribble hot water over the mound of coffee until thoroughly soaked
    6. Continue to dribble hot water over the coffee until approx. 40-60ml of coffee liquor has been produced and then stop
    7. Add hot water and/or milk to suit and Voilą - Delicious fresh coffee brew that took a lot less to time to do than write this down.

    Mal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennyc View Post

    I drink one coffee day and I am making the move to long blacks with a dash of milk rather than lattes (will save those for when I go out for a coffee at the moment)
    My recommendation would be to make a decision based on the type of beans you buy. If you buy (or roast :-) ) beans for espresso I would recommend the Mokapot. This may be a better option taking the above comment into account.

    However, if you buy beans for filter then I would recommend the Aeropress. The Aeropress is super versatile and has kept me well caffeinated while I have been "between" machines.

    The grinder is equally useful for both in my opinion.
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    For something that "is simple and turns out a half decent cup of coffee without too much effort in the morning", then the humble pour over fits the bill nicely.

    But if you want espresso...

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    I made the move to Aeropress when my sunbeam gave up the ghost, I think it's a good option as you can make a passable "long black-ish" coffee (that is also tasty with a dash of milk) with espresso roast beans and the right technique, as well as exploring lighter roasts.

    Must say it hasn't seen a whole lot of use since I bought the Synchronika, though
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    +1 for the aeropress or +3 in my case. One for home and one for work/travel. :-)

    And one for our friends who ended up getting one on our recommendation and their caffeine consumption increased as they enjoyed their coffee more and more.

    Both Aeropress were getting regular use for 12 months until we updated our espresso machine at home and got a Brazen auto pour over for work. We still use ours when travelling and occasionally at work. We've had a half decade of enjoyable mokka pot stove top coffee use as well.

    Crazy idea. Why not buy them all?

    Aeropress + V60 + Mokka pot fun won't set you back heaps compared to a machine and nothing much can break :-)
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