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    Hi, Thinking about purchasing manual lever press (e.g., presso, aeropress - are there others?). Anyone have any ideas on what is a good one and why? And is the temperature of the boiling water important when using a manual lever press?

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    Hey, water temp is always important, with any method of brewing coffee. With the manual methods that I have used, Ive found to get the best results, you have to spend a fair bit of time with boiling water heating up all the parts that come into contact with the coffee. Even in a plunger/french press, the taste is drastically different if you preheat the plunger before you add the coffee and water to brew. There are many manual or lever ways to make coffee or espresso, most common, is the aeropress (which produces a strong smooth coffee rather than an espresso), and on these forums, alot can be found on the presso, which produces more like a true shot of espresso.

    Ive also seen a product from (France i think) called a handpresso, which is like a bicycle pump with a little water holder. A Google search on presso and handpresso, will bring up alot of information on both.

    It comes down to price in the end, you can also get Gaggia lever machines (among others) that have a boiler, but use your arm to produce the pressure to brew the coffee. These types of machines are more expensive, but probably will produce a more consistent brew, and give you the ability to produce steamed milk.

    What are you wanting the machine for? Camping, home, office, quick coffee now and then? All this information goes into deciding the best machine for you!

    Hope some of all that rambling helps, Im sure others will give you their opinions!

    Good luck

    Des

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    Thanks Des,

    I drink black coffee and dont have too many cappucino drinking friends around, so the presso was recommended to me as a suitable alternative to a full-on machine. The more good coffees I have lately, the less likely I am to continue with my on stove percolator. I tend to drink decaf at home and have one cafe-type coffee a day.

    Appreciate your reply,

    Sue

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    What sort of price bracket are you looking at? The presso does make a good coffee with a little work, but I dont think (this is only my personal opinion) that it can match something like the EM6910, or Silvia. Although, for either of those, you are going to pay upwards of $600...

    SO, for the budget conscience, I reckon the Presso, or the Aeropress.

    Good luck

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    Hi Sue

    Its difficult to make comparisons really - both units are made for different purposes and very different price points.

    The Presso is perhaps the closest thing youll get to an espresso using manual equipment. It makes one coffee at a time. As others have said, it requires a bit of work, but all reports state its a very good piece of equipment.

    The AeroPress is different. Beats plunger by far IMHO, produces a decent short black and an excellent americano (or long black). You can make up to 4 short coffees at a time, but would then have to pour them off into separate cups. I believe its easier to use and clean than the Presso.

    The benefits of both are that they make great travel companions!

    As for the water temp, Im not sure about how critical it is with the Presso. Re the Aero, I generally boil the kettle, then get the Aero ready, grind, and by that time the water temp is ready to pour into the unit.

    Might not really have helped you to make a choice, but hope that info helps in some way.

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    Hi Sue,

    if you prefer a long black rather than straight espresso as your prefered choice have a look at a Coffee Syphon. *Produces really clean tasting coffee, by all accounts a little better than the aeropress (I havnt tried one). Also a cool *8-) look on the bench. I have actually put my plungers in the cupboard since owning mine. Doesnt have the preheating issues of the presso. Just boil the kettle, light the metho burner and off you go. Takes the same time as Plunger to make even with the fiddle as the brew time is only around 1 minute.

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    good luck with your desicion :)

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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    I vouch that the presso as can produce first rate espresso. It is a fiddly gadget (I wouldnt recommend it to my mother) but this makes it very interesting to use and makes you think alot about how espresso is produced. It is simple, not to expensive and doesnt take up too much space.

    I have never owned a machine but it sounds like you have to spend more and commit more bench space to be able to get first rate espresso. A

    Presso doesnt froth milk tho



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