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twomartinis
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Posted Fri Feb 4, 2005, 11:30pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

I've been chomping the bit, so to speak, with the Hario Nouveau and then this comes along! Choices, choices.

The cafe solo has much more capacity at 1 liter (33oz) vs. the 20oz hario; and it's insulated. But the cafe solo can overextract if you don't drink it fast; and man, the Hario looks sooooo cool

 
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Posted Sun Feb 6, 2005, 7:05am
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Well I must admit I'm not as keen on the Eva Solo as Mark is.

First there is the design issue. If you like I live in EVA country (thats Denmark), you see EVA design everywhere (litterally) and it just becomes too much. EVA is not a high class product. It is definetely very mid priced and mid quality. They (among many other things) make some rather nice pots and pans and I honestly don't know anybody here (indluding myself) who doesnt' have at least one.

It is very much the same with the Holbęk & Jensen desgin marketed as EVA SOLO. It is the kind of gift you give, when you have absolutely no other ideas. I'm sorry - I'm just plain tired of the design.

Secondly and more importantly, there is the use of the coffee brewer. I feel much more at ease in using a french press. Firstly I actually find a french press easier to clean, because of the narrow neck on the SOLO. Secondly I find (for the same reaso) easier to stirr in the french press. And finally, I really think you should pour it more or less straight over in thermos to avoid continuing extraction.

Just for the record: I have had a SOLO since they came out. It now sits in the back of the cabinet

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Posted Sun Feb 6, 2005, 3:26pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

E61 Said:

Just for the record: I have had a SOLO since they came out. It now sits in the back of the cabinet.

Posted February 6, 2005 link

I know a half dozen people who'd like to buy it from you if you don't want it any longer ;)

Thanks for the comments. One note - it's a matter of perspective. Eva products may be common in Denmark and Scandinavia, but they aren't in N. America. They're even more scarce than Eva Solo products - which are scarce on their own. So while folks in your part of the world may be overwhelmed by Eva designs and are tired of them, over here, it's still a novelty and something different.

Cheers

Mark

 
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Posted Wed Feb 9, 2005, 1:12am
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

cordovero Said:

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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I thought referrals were earned by any sale... so I went to check today, and yowsa - the referral rate is even higher than it is if it's just Amazon!

For eg, if the link it to an Amazon-sold product, it's about 5.75% referral rate. But a couple of people have bought the Eva Solo coffee maker through the link so far, and the referral fee earned is 7.75%.

So yeah, buying thru the links from this review helps fund this site, even more than if Amazon themselves sold the product. Moral of the story? Keep clicking if you want the Eva Solo...

Thanks to those who did choose this route to buy the brewer.

Mark

 
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Posted Fri Feb 11, 2005, 5:05am
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

For those in Canada, particularly Vancouver, I went to Motiv (where Mark bought the unit) the day the article was posted.  They were sold out and were not sure if they would continue to carry the product.  ack!

I sure want one and I know others around here must also, so I am going to import these from Denmark for my store The Elysian Room.  If people are interested please contact me: geek(at)elysianroom.com with a pre-order so I have an idea how many to bring in.  To trump Amazon I will donate 10% of sales of these preorders to Coffeegeek.

Alistair.

 
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Posted Mon Feb 14, 2005, 12:37am
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Thanks for the really great review.
I bought one last week and have been using it every day since.
The cafesolo really rocks!
I prefer this to french press.
First the very fine "sludge" that comes through adds body, and the coffee tastes great.
Very elegant design.   And I no more pressing against resistance, and no more grinds sneaking through.
I've been using the same grind fineness as for french press but probably go a bit finer.
But the coffee tastes fantastic.
Plus these things are wonderful gifts.
Amazon seems to be out of stock on the 0.6 liter size but I found them at
http://www.unicahome.com/catalog/item.asp?id=16003

Ben
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Posted Sun Feb 27, 2005, 4:26pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Just writing to add my thanks also to Coffeegeek for this great review. I've just started out on this fascinating journey into what real coffee really tastes like, and all in the same week almost, I've learnt to handle my first real espresso machine (although you guys would laugh at the idea of a Krups Novo being that I guess), a Zassenhaus manual grinder,and now I'm the proud owner of an Eva Solo too, and wow- is this jug good at bringing out all the little nuances of the lighter roasts! As soon as I got it, I brewed a fresh-ground Kenya AA, and there was this amazing succession of flavours running from light green smoke (yeah, I don't know how you taste green smoke but you do with this), followed by toasted hazelnut, then cherry and sweet nougat! I'm not kidding, I thought the taste centre of my brain had hot-wired itself! Since then, I've done about 8 different brews, all with stunning results, and it can really sort the different taste sensations of the various single origin beans. As I'm in the UK, I'm mainly sampling SO beans and blends from the site 'Another Coffee' at the moment, and they also sell the Eva Solo. (Sorry if CG doesn't get commision on this).
Thanks a million guys, and keep up these reviews- they're so detailed, entertaining and with so many photos too.
Here's a tip- do what I do now, and use the Eva Solo to share your passion with the unenlightened. Get yourself a nice padded coolbag, put the Eva in it, along with some fresh ground SO beans, and take it along to your friends and family and brew for them whatever stunning bean brew you think they'll like, you'll get some really appreciative reactions! The cool bag just acts as padding by the way, and kind of looks cool too when you pull that vessel out, all clad in its special zip-up diving suit!

Best regards from Steve.
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Posted Mon Feb 28, 2005, 5:07pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Got an Eva Solo last week.  I does make fine coffee.  

The glass jar is a little small for a big crowd wanting coffee. By coincidence, the gasket on the Eva Solo just happens to fit my Chemex pot!  The "Eva Chemex" even pours real nice without letting the grounds flow into the cup.(I just have to remember to keep the Chemex pour spout UP rather than down.)  :- )

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Posted Sun May 22, 2005, 4:31pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Great review, Mark!

I crumbled and bought an Eva Solo Cafe Solo, and have had it for a few weeks now.  It is a really good coffee maker!!  I brewed some organic dark Peru a few days ago, and it was really chocolaty.  The Solo seems to highlight certain qualities of coffee that you miss in other brewers.  Some 2 day old Kenya AA I had yesterday in it was exceptional!

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Posted Sat May 28, 2005, 4:45pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Where can I purchase the Eva Solo Cafe Solo in Canada? Does the Vancouver store Motif sell them, and ship to Toronto? If so how do I get in touch with them? I've tried searching for them, with no luck. Any other suggestions would be welcome.

Great review Mark, Thanks again.

Ron.
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