phil wrote:> most durable and makes the best cuppa is the Bialetti.
How long does it take? Louise and I make coffee by boiling water, then running it through our Melitta filter into a big thermos. It takes almost as long to drip through as it does to boil the water. I'd be interested in speeding the whole process up.
Specifically, how long between putting the stuff together and on the stove till you're pouring coffee into your coffee cup?
The other issue is that our pot for boiling water holds about a half a gallon. The Bialetti web site thinks a cup is a paltry 1.5 oz when they quote a 12-cup maker. We don't drink from espresso cups, we use manly mugs that hold 8 ounces.
We're satisfied with the quality of our coffee as well as the quantity. I'd just like to speed it up. A lot.
There are a lot of crappy knock-offs if you live near China Town in LA. Also, I warn you that most of the ones on Ebay look like cheep copies too. The real ones are quite nice, especially the fancy ones that make Late. There are so many of them that you can get them used for next to nothing. A warning, make sure you store it dry or it will taste like crap for a month!
Personally at home I swear by either http://www.surlatable.com/product/coffee+%26+tea/espresso+%26+cappuccino/stainless+steel+stovetop+espresso+pot%2C+6+cup+++.do?sortby=ourPicks
or something akin to http://www.surlatable.com/product/coffee+%26+tea/french+presses/bodum+thermal+coffee+press.do?sortby=ourPicks
My french press is another brand but it's stainless steel and nearly indestructible. Just for gods sake don't buy it from Sur La Table, they are both great items but you can find them for a lot less if you look around.
When I'm on the playa I'm still a coffee hound but my camp has someone who ships a few hundred pounds of his own plantation's Kona Coffee. He gives it away as fast as he can brew it for about an hour every morning. :-)