Hi, I'm new to CoffeeGeek and I had one of these pressure brewers when I lived in Germany. After a year back in the US, drinking horrible, tasteless, weak coffee, my husband found this site and we've ordered a new one. A remark on your review: I'm sure all you coffee geeks know that a cup of coffee in most European countries is ap. 4 oz., and that coffee is not drunk by the pint. It's obviously a lot stronger, too. I think that to get the full value from the Moka Brew, it's worth trying coffee the European way. About the question of reliability--I had my brewer in Germany for about 3 years and it functioned perfectly. Because of the high levels of lime in the water, I decalcified the machine about once a month. There is a far greater variety of coffee makers available in Europe--this one is the best that I know of, with the exception of the big Italian espresso makers that cost 5 or 6 times as much. The German custom is to pour freshly brewed coffee into a thermos jug and serve from there; I second that recommendation. Can't wait until my brewer arrives!
Posted Sun Nov 21, 2004, 10:30am Subject: Re: Krups Moka Brew Pressure Brewer
I'm another one that's new to Coffeegeek, but not to coffee. I was looking for something with more flavor and body than regular drip (Bunn GR10) but I'm not quite ready to jump to an Espresso machine. I decided to check out the Krups Moka Brew, based on the discussion here and in other threads.
Well...I've had it a week now and I'm quite pleased. I started with the 1gm/1oz ratio discussed here, a fairly fine grind with a bit of a tamp. My first pot wasn't stellar, but it was as good as normal drip. I've experimented with the grind, using a digital scale and dialed in what I feel is a pretty good routine. The discussion here saved me a LOT of experimentation. The Bunn machine is now residing in a cabinet, the Krups, inheriting it's counter space.
The fresh roasted beans from my favorite shop have taken on a new life. I have to re-try all their varieties again...ahhh...such a chore! Now I'm on a search to set up a GG/SC combo and give home roasting a try.
Thanks for all the great info!
"Modesty is for those who have no Talent!" Lazarus Long
Posted Sun Nov 21, 2004, 11:25am Subject: Re: Krups Moka Brew Pressure Brewer
I try to stick pretty close to the 1gm/1oz ratio. and like an Espresso machine, I played with the grind and tamp to vary the extraction time. On my Capresso Infinity, I grind at the finest click in the "Fine" range and tamp fairly hard with a Morton Salt container that just about fits the basket. I need to do something for a better tamper...LOL!
This machine is definitely more "technique dependent" than the usual drip machine if you want consistent results, but it's not as intense as an Espresso machine.
"Modesty is for those who have no Talent!" Lazarus Long
What are you having difficulty getting the smell out of? The carafe? I simply wash mine with hot soapy water. The tank gets a pot of water mixed with white vinegar run through it about once a month to keep it clean.
Are you taking apart the top of the pot. Removing the small nut and washing and cleaning the top thoroughly?
If none of that has worked I would try soaking all of the parts in some hot water and white vinegar or lemon juice.
I have had the same problem and have cured it by using an expresso/coffee machine cleaner such as Urnex or Brew Rite. Was simply amazed how much yeech came out of the machine during my first cleaning. We use ours for 2 pots daily and do a cleaning every other week.
caffemodo Senior Member Joined: 23 Sep 2004 Posts: 6 Location: Lakewood Expertise: Professional
Posted Sun Oct 23, 2005, 3:53am Subject: Krups Moka Brew Pressure Brewer - help needed
Hi all We just purchased a new Krups Moka Pressure Brewer and for some reason we cannot operate it properly. We follow the directions, but when the water boils and the coffee drips, the most of it spills outside the carafe onto the table. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot, Moshe & Orit
lsd Senior Member Joined: 31 Jan 2004 Posts: 4 Location: Cleveland, OH Expertise: I love coffee
Grinder: Barista Burr Drip: Krups Moka Brew
Posted Sun Oct 23, 2005, 10:59am Subject: Re: Krups Moka Brew Pressure Brewer - help needed
Soounds like the problem is the lid isn't fully seated over the water. Make sure the black handle is positioned to the rear and the lid is secure. Then make sure the coffee pot firs snugly and then lock it in.
Posted Sun Oct 23, 2005, 11:36am Subject: Re: Krups Moka Brew Pressure Brewer
Moshe and Orit, You pushed down the locking lever? The carafe goes in and is a little snug because it seats under a rubber grommet/washer with a hole in the middle which is where the steam goes through. Even though it's snug, there is a lever that you must push down to lock it in. If the hole in the rubber washer and the hole in the carafe lid line up, there's no where else for the water to go except in the carafe. Michael
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