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Posted Thu Feb 3, 2005, 12:00am
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Eva Solo Cafe Solo

We take a detailed look at a manual coffee brewer that is all style... and all function as well - the Eva Solo Cafe Solo coffee maker.
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 8:09am
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Great review--thanks!  Like many, I've been hoping for some new hardware content outside of the forums, and now I have a new lust object.

One question:  How does the cup sediment compare to a press pot's?  Of course this depends a lot on the grinder one uses.  But even with my Rocky I get some sludge when using my Bodum Melior w/ the now-discontinued SwissGold filter.  It doesn't personally bother me, but I've had friends say they like a cleaner cup.  Is the Eva's filter finer than Bodum's or SwissGold's?

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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 8:54am
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Nice review! And, just fyi, you can get a zip-up neoprene cover for an 8-Cup French Press.  BonJour makes one called the Cafe Zip French Press Jacket and Amazon carries it.
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 9:41am
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Nice review.  I found it especially interesting that you believe overextraction doesn't occur for at least 15 minutes (or around that, I can't remember the exact #).

By the way, I am very interested in supporting coffeegeek, but if I'm not mistaken, "associate" commissions are not paid when the item is sold by a 3rd party through Amazon, such as Tabletools and Total Home Store.
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 12:11pm
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So I'm trying to figure out just how this thing is different from a French Press; the only thing I can come up with is the location and design of the filter.

Is the coffee any different, though?  Mark?

 
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 12:27pm
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Due to the jacket it keeps the water hotter longer.  That could certainly account for any taste differences compared to a standard glass French press.

The jacket accessory mentioned above could make them essentially the same.
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 12:45pm
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Was the grind you used the same as a french press grind, or can it take a finer grind?
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 7:47pm
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ChrisJ Said:

How does the cup sediment compare to a press pot's?  Of course this depends a lot on the grinder one uses.  But even with my Rocky I get some sludge when using my Bodum Melior w/ the now-discontinued SwissGold filter.  It doesn't personally bother me, but I've had friends say they like a cleaner cup.  Is the Eva's filter finer than Bodum's or SwissGold's?

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The mesh holes are comparable (though a bit smaller) than the typical mesh screens on a press pot. The mesh doesn't have holes as tiny as a typical swissgold filter.

There is a bit of sludge, especially in the first cup pour. I've found that it tends to settle after a few minutes past the steep time (especially after you've poured a cup) and there's very little sludge in the second, third or fourth cups.

But there is sludge. It doesn't bother me at all and I think it even adds a body to the cup.

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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 7:48pm
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Jitterbug Said:

Nice review! And, just fyi, you can get a zip-up neoprene cover for an 8-Cup French Press.  BonJour makes one called the Cafe Zip French Press Jacket and Amazon carries it.

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I did not know that! Thanks for the pointer!

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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 7:49pm
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espressophile Said:

So I'm trying to figure out just how this thing is different from a French Press; the only thing I can come up with is the location and design of the filter.

Is the coffee any different, though?  Mark?

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Two differences are that the ground coffee is always in more direct contact with the brewed coffee, and the neoprene jacket keeps the water warmer during the steep time. The second part is more key.

it's also easier to clean than a press pot.

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