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    Best thing to have at work?

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    Hey all, Im looking at buying some brewing device to use at work, what would you recommend? Thanks.

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    Quote Originally Posted by bloop link=1140222565/0#0 date=1140222564
    Hey all, Im looking at buying some brewing device to use at work, what would you recommend? *Thanks.
    Do you have a plunger or espresso sized budget??

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    Sorry I should have been more specific ;D

    Something along the lines of a plunger. The boss would kill me if I brought an espresso machine into work, no work would get done :P

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    ok then- Id suggest a good plunger, and most importantly a quality grinder (suggest you look at the new sunbeam). When you team your hardware with some gorgeous freshly ground coffee, roasted by you in your new popper, you will approach coffee heaven! *;). Pre heat the plunger, use 7g (one measure) or so per cup and throw in one measure for the plunger too. Add a little cool water to your coffee to create a slurry before you pour in the hot water- it protects the coffee against shock.

    Enjoy! ;)

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    We use a Bodum Santos Electric (Mini) at work - and it kicks arse! Its no more cleaning than the plunger, and you can plug it in at your desk and have everyone jealous as hell!

    Theres also a couple of plungers about, and a dripulator from Hudsons which isnt bad, and is less fiddle than the plungers. (its like a large plastic cup, and when it sits on a coffee mug it releases coffee out the bottom into the mug) Easier cleaning anyhow.

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    Well, maybe everyone was jealous as hell of my Mini Santos until they discovered that they could brew their coffee innit too, hey Andy? ;)

    The other thing you could use is an electric moka pot - there are a few on the market - and they tend to make a more espresso strength coffee. Ive got a Sunbeam which Im pretty happy with (I use it at home now Ive got the Mini Santos at work), cost about $90. There are a few brands to choose from. The Bodum Mini Santos costs about $159.

    It does depend on your budget I guess.

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    I agree with JenW, I found a Sunbeam Electric Moka pot on evilbay, and its fantastic. I lock it away when I leave each day in case someone get the bright idea to nick it.

    One of the best things about the Sunbeam model is its stainless finish, unlike the Delonghi models. And it passes OH&S standards for workplace safe appliances, which should not be overlooked if you actually want to use it at work more than a few months.

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    I was looking for a dripolator I knew dad had somewhere when I stumbled upon a Readers Digest coffee plunger that had never been used. I thought I would try that out first seeing that it wouldnt cost me anything. So I ground my freshly (yesterday) roasted beans at a setting of 20 on Rocky and took them to work with me today.

    I made a plunger coffee this afternoon using Alan Frews stir for 90 seconds method. OMG it was so sh!t. Now I must be doing something wrong, it was very thin, very weak, no aroma, and tasted burnt. I have had better instant coffee. Now Im wondering why people would go to the extra effort of making plunger coffee when instant tastes better.

    Could it be too finely ground? Not enough coffee? Water too hot? (hadnt seen your cool water tip 2muchcoffeeman) Or is plunger coffee just plain crap?

    Anyway thanks for all the suggestions, can someone tell me if any of them come close to espresso?

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

    Hi Bloop,

    The sorts of things that can ruin a good cup of espresso can also do the same to plunger brewed coffee. Also, your beans might have to be rested for another day or so until the full flavours develop.

    With plunger brewing, you really do need to make sure that your water temperature is in the ideal range, ~93deg C. Generally, you can achieve this just by waiting for about 30 seconds or so after the water has boiled and it should be close. Also, the suggestion by 2MCM above to "Add a little cool water to your coffee to create a slurry before you pour in the hot water- it protects the coffee against shock.", is worth doing too.

    Following these simple suggestions should lead to your enjoying some very satisfying brews from the plunger, so I hope all goes well,

    Cheers,
    Mal.

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    Re: Best thing to have at work?

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    I mentioned this elsewhere, its not the orthodoxy, and Im not sure Im right, but I really think the answer to good press pot is:
    1. Coarse grind from a good grinder, a zass maybe. If in doubt, go coarser.
    2. Water well short of boiling. Press pot and cup need scalding but the grinds dont.
    3. Plentiful amount of coffee, absolutely NO stirring. Let coffee form a crust.
    4. Just brew for long enough then a slowwww and careful press and a slow and careful pour. Let the descending crust of coffee do your filtering.

    The other thing you can do to keep up caffeine levels is to make a strong brew of that Lapsand Souchong that Andy obtained for us. Toss out a quick first infusion and the next two infusions should be smokey liquid bliss, chocabloc with caffeine. Ive just got through a hectic weekends work without having to resort once to the Douwe Egbert dispenser. Nothing but the Lapsang...till I get home to the Faema and the Silex, of course.




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