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How to get the best cup of coffee

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by electrajohnt, Jul 31, 2014.

  1. electrajohnt

    electrajohnt Read Only Funster

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    Torn I am, Currently using the continental style aluminium perculator, the one every self respecting French, Spanish and Italian uses, it's ok but....

    Chap at work lent me an espresso type machine, this worked ok but I still cannot get that really good cup you get in restaurants here and abroad.

    Been looking at Tassimo thingy's that you buy sachets for, not convinced this is the answer.

    Anyone got any good suggestions other than drink tea, beer, wine or just shut up instead.
     
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    Nespresso machine, must be good as it cost £800 well £100 for the machine and £700 for pure sine inverter to run it.

    Choice of pods must find one you like.

    Martin
     
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    We use a Gaggia Cubika at home and a Sensio in the van. I like my coffee strong and have found the pods from Mercadona Hacendado Intenso suit my taste best.
     
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    .......... flippin eck ..... tesco's own brand here. :(:confused:
     
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    Use lazy Sunday at home in coffee machine and Tassimo in van through inverter NOTE you need a pure sine wave or the machine will not run properly
    (Ask me how I know)
     
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    You can take the girl out of Lancashire......(or is it Merseyside now?)

    Bloody pit brow lasses!
     
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    Posh eh................. - Co-op own brand £2.35 200g(y)
     
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    Its not the coffee maker, it the beans that make the difference

    By a cheap grinder, try the various beans, grind them yourself and use a bodum or similar. Expensive machines dont make good tasting coffee its the beans themselves
     
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    I have had a Gaggia Baby for about ten years and recently bought a cheap espresso machine(€40) in Portugal both work well but I doubt the cheap one will last ten years.
    For me it is important to grind the beans fresh each time and use a good grinder though i have had good results from a blade type grinder but it takes time to get the grains fine enough for espresso and the all important crema.

    I used Lavazza beans for a long time but now I try various beans and blend, the only thing I can suggest is persevere and experiment and make sure the grains are well compacted.If you are in a hard water area try using bottled water, strip the metal grille off(usually just a screw) and give a good clean it's amazing how much gunk builds up behind.
     
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    our son bought us a Philips senseo machine that uses tea bag style pads I love the Americano style, best coffee we have ever had!
     
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    Posh girl...........Aldi for us! ;)
     
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    Lidl's "First Class" in a Cafeteria, It would be nice to have coarser grind, but I like the taste of the Lidl's coffee.
    In the MoHo I use the travel kettle run on the Inverter to use up the excess solar power from the panels, and to add a little extra smugness to the drink.
    The real issue is what to do with the used coffee grinds, At home they any flushed down the sink, but I don't like putting them in the grey waste tank so on the road I just throw them on the local greenery, should be ok they are bio-degradable.
     
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    Senseo at home but in the van its a thermos jug and filter plus filter paper and Lazy sunday coffee.
     
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    We use a Morthy Richard Coffee Perculator @ Home & a Tesco Cafe Press in the Motorhome
    The Coffee of choice is Taylors of Harogate Hot Java strength no 5 as we cant buy higher in the stores
     
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    Well, I think there is a jar of Nescafé in the van........ Whether it actually contains Nescafé is open to debate ;)
     
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    In the van or at home ?

    Nespresso is super consistent although it's no barista gourmet cuppa, for that you can't beat a Bialetti with good FRESH beans that are properly ground, more work and time but worth it.
     
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    There's a hint of reverse .......... here. A bit like the Monty Python sketch where they try to out do one another with how poor they are, remember the one where they end up claiming they lived in a cardboard box at the side of the motorway ----- Brilliant, who's going to go less than Aldi for their coffee of choice.
     
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    Home or MH, whats barista? or come to that whats a Bialetti?
     
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    You have to look at the continental style aluminium perculator and ask why it has stood the test of time.
    As already stated above it is the coffee you use in it that makes it perfect. We have been using the continental aluminium perculator for years, and some coffees we buy taste horrid and others really nice. The main thing about it is simple to use on the gas ring, but you can "over boil" the coffe and that spoils the taste.

    Stick with it
     
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