uRabbit Senior Member Joined: 15 Jan 2013 Posts: 50 Location: Seattle, WA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: AeroPress Grinder: Bodum Bistro, Hario Mini Drip: Chemex Roaster: DOMA
Posted Tue Jan 15, 2013, 11:40pm Subject: Aeropress, Moka, or Chemex?
I am somewhat of a coffee noob, still. My wife has worked in a small coffee shop and she does most of the prep on our Delonghi BAR32 machine. However, this machine is very inconsistant. The being said, last week was a good solid week of delicious espresso. Now, though, not so much. Not sure why.
Long story short, we are looking into other methods, since we cannot afford a machine that is worthy of getting.
The Aeropress and Moka pot deliver espresso, while the Chemex delivers what is said to be an espresso-like coffee.
However, I need more information. We really enjoy rich, nutty flavours. I am pretty sure we enjoy espresso over coffee, as we had a French Press for over a year, and we didn't get coffee that tastes as good as what our cheap espresso machine produces.
So, what can I expect from these three devices? I included the Chemex simply to get more information on it and to see if it would be a good choice for us. We drink our espresso in soy latte form, sans sweeteners (unless it is crappy like it has been the past couple of days).
Thank you! Please let me know if you need more info!
Markarian Senior Member Joined: 27 Jun 2012 Posts: 474 Location: Seattle Area Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Modded Nuova Simonelli Oscar Grinder: Vario-W, Mazzer Super Jolly Drip: Moka, Aeropress, Melitta 102 Roaster: Wear-Ever Popcorn Pumper
Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:38am Subject: Re: Aeropress, Moka, or Chemex?
I'm a HUGE fan of Moka, myself. But if you get one, make sure it's stainless steel and not aluminum, like the original Bialetti. I use a $20 one from Ikea, called Radig, and it's fantastic. Aeropress is also delicious, but in my mind involves quite a lot of prep and external kit. I've never had Chemex, but I've heard it's great. However, Chemex coffee requires skill, practice, and technique the same as any manual pourover method. This translates into a lengthy morning coffee ritual to rival that of espresso.
scanfield Senior Member Joined: 21 Nov 2011 Posts: 170 Location: Texas Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: La Nuovo Era Cuadra Grinder: Baratza Vario
Posted Wed Jan 16, 2013, 9:22am Subject: Re: Aeropress, Moka, or Chemex?
To be fair though, the makers of Aeropress do claim that it makes espresso. And the wikipedia page for Moka pot does call it a "stove top espresso machine". On a forum like this, I think being strict with coffee-related definitions makes sense. In the wider world, the definition of espresso (or expresso) is more fluid.
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