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rasqual
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Posted Wed Jun 29, 2005, 9:17pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Hmm. Great review Mark, and I'm buying one of these suckers. I'm a newbie, BTW. However:

One thing I did discover is that there's a sweet spot in the timing for when coffee out of the Cafe Solo is good - between the 4 minute mark and about 12 minutes (after adding water). Longer than that, and the coffee really starts to show signs of bitterness and over extraction. It's even more noticeable in this device than with a press pot because in a press pot, the ground coffee is mostly separated from the brewed coffee (although by no means completely).

This seems to argue that a press pot would make better coffee if extraction went longer than is customarily respected. But in your "how to" for press pots, you cite four minutes steep time (as does everyone else). But above, clearly you're speaking of a sweet spot extending out to 12 minutes. As far as I know, the physics in both situations differ little.

Why would not your findings concerning the Eva revise understanding of steep time in press pots?

I'm wondering whether it's right to compare brew from an Eva steeped for 10 minutes with a press pot that's pressed at 4.

Thanks for the review!

- Scott
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Posted Tue Nov 22, 2005, 1:42pm
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I've wondered, with all the heating of the pot and then the heating of the water how a microwave would work. I just got mine in the mail and the first cup was weak and luke warm. Finer grind. More heating of water.

Roger
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Posted Tue Nov 22, 2005, 2:19pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

rasqual Said:

This seems to argue that a press pot would make better coffee if extraction went longer than is customarily respected. But in your "how to" for press pots, you cite four minutes steep time (as does everyone else). But above, clearly you're speaking of a sweet spot extending out to 12 minutes. As far as I know, the physics in both situations differ little

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I think there may be some confusion here - I'm not talking about brew times, but more about the "drinkability times" of the coffee. Steep time in both brewing methods is 2-4 minutes. Then you drink. It's that time between 4 minutes and 12 minutes (after initial adding of brew water) where I'm talking about how the coffee is still drinkable.

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Posted Thu Dec 15, 2005, 2:06pm
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I'm also looking for a Canadian distributer of the Eva Solo.  Between shipping charges, GST and Brokerage fees, it can double the price of one of the units.  Any links would be *greatly* appreciated.

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Posted Tue Dec 27, 2005, 3:38pm
Subject: Re: Eva Solo Cafe Solo
 

Thanks for all the great input on this coffee maker. Things like this aren't readily available here in the US. Thus to us, they look pretty cool.

I'm still noodling whether to buy one or just buy a bigger press pot for when we have company over.
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Posted Mon Jun 19, 2006, 1:40pm
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Great, now I really need to get one of these! I hear they came down in price. Sucks because I just ditched my french Press for a Trudeau Tirra coffee maker which is basically a French Pull. I wonder if I could return it and buy the Eva Solo. Maybe get both? Is the ending coffee that much better in the Eva?
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Posted Fri Jun 23, 2006, 6:50pm
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So is this EvaSol one of the best ways to make coffee in the home? I have been on the hunt for a vacuum or the Krups Moka Brew but this Eva gets amazing reviews!

My goal is always to get the most taste out of coffee and from the reviews, the Eva is unmatched other than espresso. The main review on the site talks about total immersion of the grounds and this and a press would be it, correct? What about vacuum or moka pot? If the Krups or Moka won't get me to coffee heaven, I may as well just get an Eva and be done with it.

Bottom line for me is an easy way to make a brew in the morning where I can pour it into a thermal carafe and have it last for up to an hour. I assume the Eva still produces the sediment as found in a french Press? My Tirra supposedly doesn't produce as much as a press but I haven't used it yet.

I assume the coffee from the Eva is still drinkable if transferred to a carafe.

Thanks!
-Rich
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Posted Fri Jun 30, 2006, 11:08pm
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richedie Said:

So is this EvaSol one of the best ways to make coffee in the home? I have been on the hunt for a vacuum or the Krups Moka Brew but this Eva gets amazing reviews!

My goal is always to get the most taste out of coffee and from the reviews, the Eva is unmatched other than espresso. The main review on the site talks about total immersion of the grounds and this and a press would be it, correct? What about vacuum or moka pot? If the Krups or Moka won't get me to coffee heaven, I may as well just get an Eva and be done with it.

Bottom line for me is an easy way to make a brew in the morning where I can pour it into a thermal carafe and have it last for up to an hour. I assume the Eva still produces the sediment as found in a french Press? My Tirra supposedly doesn't produce as much as a press but I haven't used it yet.

I assume the coffee from the Eva is still drinkable if transferred to a carafe.

Thanks!
-Rich

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For coffee nirvana, save your money and invest in a Cona vacuum brewer.  You won't be sorry.

 
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Posted Sat Jul 1, 2006, 4:04am
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Is the Cona that much better than other methods and other vacuums? I hear the Eva Solo is king these days...I get confused because many local roasters say to stick with presses and manual drips.
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Posted Mon Jul 17, 2006, 2:51pm
Subject: Found this coffee maker online...and they ship to canada
 

This great site, www.totalhomestore.ca sells the Eva Solo Cafe Solo, not only was it reasonably priced, at the regular $100 (plus change) dollars, it is also available in 1/2 liter and 1 liter models, so I bought both!! I am from a smaller rural community and can't find any nice items in our local stores, so i was so impressed when I placed my order with Total Home Store and received my package only 12 days later and didn't have to worry about charges at the door, they use this system that calculates the duty on ordering.

All in all I was really impressed, and would like to pass this info on to any small town coffee lover that doesn't get the chance to go shopping in the big city to often.

Cheers!

if you want to check it out, click here
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