The Espresso Habit
This set of stuff is what I use everyday. However, I have a fairly
complete list of the once-and-future
coffee devices that have helped my habit
The Rancilio Silvia
The Silvia is decidedly the most popular espresso machine currently
talked about on the Internet. This is due to the quality of the
machine's build, its reasonable price, and its ability to be modified.
I have carefully collected information from internet sources on
my page about the
Rancilio Silvia, along with
my own musings, since I now have one!
The Nuova Simonelli MCF
I have decided to get a Nuova Simonelli MCF grinder
because they are the right price, with infinite grind adjuctment, 50mm
burrs, a doser that works, and fits under my countertop cabinets easily.
Weight is about 18lbs, HWD of 12.2"x4.1"x7.8", 150 watts, black or red.
I've now ordered mine from Chris's
Coffee Service. Others often use the Rancilio Rocky, but complain
about the doser and the amount of adjustment available. The other popular
choice is the Mini Mazzer, but it costs up to $60 more than the MCF,
depending on source, while Rocky is about $50 less. Note that the Mazzer
doesn't fit under a normal cabinet in a U.S. kitchen, it is 18" tall
so that ruled it out for me.
This grinder completly rocks!
The Bodum French Press
A must have. The debate rages on whether the French Press, the Vacuum
Brewer, or the Moka Pot make the best coffee. But they all make better
than average cups, and this is the exclusive coffee maker of my desk.
I have the eight-cup model that is no longer made - it looks just like
the one pictured here, but instead of chrome, dark green plastic.
It was also about 2/3rds of the price of the pot at left... No more
budget models from Bodum, I'm afraid!
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