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  • In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

    I was rambling about the quality its possible to get from a stove top in another thread (I do that from time to time). Dont get me wrong, I love my Silvia and the shots it produces, but sometimes I crave a pot of coffee I can drink slowly over 2-3 cups and savour the changing flavours as the brew cools, especially in the mornings.

    Here are some pics of this mornings brew: its some Ethiopian Harar (2005 crop) I roasted 3 weeks ago, yet the berry flavours are as prominent as ever. Yumm.


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    Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

    Yep, Im a great fan of the simple old Moka Pot. With experience and some fine tuning of your method you can get some fine brews.

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      Hey robster,
      how do you get such a luscious crema ..
      whilst i swear by my stove top pot, i never get a crema apearing ... though even crema-less (hmm, is that a word ?) the end result is better then 95% of the cafes ... and all for a pultry $60 dollar investment ;D
      BeanBrat

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        Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

        thats quite amazing

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          Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

          Originally posted by BeanBrat link=1175047754/0#2 date=1175055753
          Hey robster,
          how do you get such a luscious crema ..
          BeanBrat, my tips are here: http://coffeesnobs.com.au/YaBB.pl?num=1174971088/3#3

          As Luca pointed out in that thread, the people at stumptowncoffee.com add that you can also wrap a cold, wet towel around the bottom of the pot when you want it to stop brewing.

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            Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

            Thanks Robster ..
            i had a quick read of the link and will try my luck over the next few days
            BeanBrat

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            • #7
              Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

              Excellent work Robster .. I will be doing some testing on this method...

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                Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

                I forgot to say:

                I use the same grind for the stove-top as I do for Silvias single basket (which is only one notch coarser than I use for Silvias double basket).

                Cheers,

                Rob

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                  Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

                  I purchased over-sized stovetops before I found youre meant to have lots of coffee and less water than the soup bowls I was drinking.

                  This motivates me to get a new 2-cup stainless unit. I really love the Presso, but nothing gives out aroma of a brew or rocket-take-off steam sounds I love, like the stovetop

                  Oh bummer, I just read in the other thread all the good tips for a good stovetop means less steaming aroma, and no rocket-take-off steam noise! Perhaps buy the 1c/g vac pack stuff just for the burn

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                    Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

                    Originally posted by Stoveboy link=1175047754/0#8 date=1176038302
                    . . . Oh bummer, I just read in the other thread all the good tips for a good stovetop means less steaming aroma, and no rocket-take-off steam noise! Perhaps buy the 1c/g vac pack stuff just for the burn
                    The aromas still there - I think its even better - but youre right about the lack of rocket-launch sound effects.

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                      Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

                      Rocket launch sounds = Rocket Fuel coffee.

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                        Re: In praise of Stove-top brews (+ Pics)

                        man that is one awesome looking crema from a stovetop!

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                          Are you sure you just didnt pull a shot from your silvia into the Stove Pot : :-X

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                            Hehehe.

                            No, my Silvia shots look like this:


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                              Wow! Love that photo Robster 8-)...... If you could isolate that perfect sphere of perfection and blow it up in an appropriate background, youd have Planet Nirvana in the System Espresso.....

                              Mal.

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