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Topic: Coffee For One
Username: DesertJets
Posted 2010-08-02 08:32:49 and read 2470 times.

I've been craving/favoring coffee over the usual cup of tea for my morning caffeine fix. Problem is that swinging by the drive-thru to get a cup of coffee plus whatever breakfast is getting expensive. So I want to get a coffee maker again, but it really needs to be of the small/single serving variety.

My budget max is going to be about $50.

In terms of features it should have:

Programmable timer so I can set it up the night before and have hot coffee ready to grab when I head out the door.
Something that dispensed into a travel mug would be great.

Things I am not so sure about:

Systems that use coffee pods vs. bulk loaded coffee into a paper or wire mesh filter.


For reference I previously had a 4 cup with an automatic timer Mr. Coffee that I got for $20 from Target.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2010-08-02 08:41:51 and read 2460 times.

Can you program your stove? Then this:



If not, get one of those:



after all it takes only two minutes to bring water to the boil.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: ALTF4
Posted 2010-08-02 08:46:27 and read 2446 times.

Is there a kind that adds loads of cream and sugar, too?

Just wondering...   

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: JAGflyer
Posted 2010-08-02 08:52:22 and read 2431 times.

For a single serving of coffee I would suggest a french press pot like in the 2nd pic above. Just make sure the water you use is not quite boiling but still very hot and the coffee is coarse ground. You will find a bit of sludge in the bottom of the cup from the finer particles that get through the mesh screen but that shouldn't be a big issue.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Baroque
Posted 2010-08-02 09:22:53 and read 2385 times.

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):
craving/favoring coffee over the usual cup of tea for my morning caffeine fix.

Take up drinking Kopi Jawa - Javanese coffee. Aka Kopi Tubruk or Collison coffee.

http://www.indonesialogue.com/destin...i-tubruk-%E2%80%93-mud-coffee.html
Kopi tubruk literally means “collision coffee”. The concoction can be found in many parts of Indonesia, particularly in Java and Bali. Sources say kopi tubruk stems from a similar recipe brought over by traders from the Middle East, where it is known as “mud coffee.” Kopi tubruk is the simplest recipe for preparing coffee. To make a cup, one needs to add two teaspoons of ground coffee and sugar according to one’s taste.

Next, pour in boiling water, and let it “cook” the coffee for a while until most of the grounds have settled to the bottom according to Evi Mariani.

Some say kopi tubruk needs finely ground coffee, while others prefer coarsely ground. Most Indonesians, however, buy the common coffee brands from any given warung (locale store).

Devotees say the key to proper kopi tubruk is in the water. Hot water from water dispensers is often not hot enough to cook the coffee grounds. Uncooked grounds will remain floating on the surface.


My local caffeine addict is now trying to limit herself to about 3 to 4 cups a day. A German acquaintance who is hooked on strong coffee positively salivates at the thought of a Kopi Tubruk in spite of his having given us an expensive coffee making machine.

So one bottle of freshly ground coffee, a clean water supply and a kettle will set you up for your next hit.

I presume this is what the guys who invented the Java computer language were drinking. Must be good.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2010-08-02 09:31:50 and read 2378 times.

Quoting Baroque (Reply 4):
Take up drinking Kopi Jawa - Javanese coffee. Aka Kopi Tubruk or Collison coffee.

Isn't that just Turkish Coffee?

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: DesertJets
Posted 2010-08-02 09:34:01 and read 2373 times.

The french press makes a lot of sense and makes a good cup of coffee. But I am not convinced my half awake, running out the door brain could manage that. Granted getting up 15 minutes earlier would solve that problem.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Corey07850
Posted 2010-08-02 09:39:06 and read 2366 times.

I have a Senseo and have no complaints at all. A few years ago they had a limited selection of coffee types to choose from but now they have quite a few. It's not programmable but you really don't need it to be -- hit the button and it's ready in a few seconds

They might be a little more than 50 bucks though
http://www.senseo.us/Pages/Home.aspx

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: DocLightning
Posted 2010-08-02 09:48:27 and read 2354 times.

Quoting DesertJets (Thread starter):

My budget max is going to be about $50.

You may have to go a bit higher to get decent quality. Fact is you'll be saving a lot over the drive-through and it will pay for itself quite quickly.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: planeguy727
Posted 2010-08-02 10:27:44 and read 2328 times.

I have a keurig machine at home - if you use a dark roast coffee it makes for easy and decent coffee to start the day. While no timer, I turn it on, go to another room to "make room for the coffee", and by the time I return it is ready to go (max 2 minutes). Many varieties of coffee available for the machine.

It's above your price point, but worth the investment.

Personally I buy Green Mountain Coffee to go with it...

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: vandenheuvel
Posted 2010-08-02 11:06:46 and read 2312 times.

I have a Senseo at home, it's not really coffee in my opinion. As it tastes so much different from regular coffee. At work we have a professional Nescafe machine, which I hope I can afford myself someday.

I recommend you take the extra afford and buy yourself a regular coffee machine.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Baroque
Posted 2010-08-02 11:28:38 and read 2291 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 5):
Quoting Baroque (Reply 4):
Take up drinking Kopi Jawa - Javanese coffee. Aka Kopi Tubruk or Collison coffee.

Isn't that just Turkish Coffee?

The local expert's comment when given a Turkish coffee by a Turkish lady after we left was:

"You don't get very much and it is not very strong either."

So the idea might be similar but the execution is a bit different.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: greasespot
Posted 2010-08-02 12:19:36 and read 2258 times.

I really like star bucks instant coffee for those times I want coffee at home.

No really it is good. Not at all like instant from years ago

Gs

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: DesertJets
Posted 2010-08-02 14:27:45 and read 2214 times.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 10):
I have a Senseo at home, it's not really coffee in my opinion. As it tastes so much different from regular coffee. At work we have a professional Nescafe machine, which I hope I can afford myself someday.

The Senseo machines are rather pricey, even basic ones are pushing $100 here. Through in the added cost of the coffee pods vs. buying whatever I want and I am not too sold on it. I'd much rather deal with an inexpensive french press and buy premium coffee.

Quoting greasespot (Reply 12):
I really like star bucks instant coffee for those times I want coffee at home.

No really it is good. Not at all like instant from years ago

I still have memories of Folger's crystals growing up. I think it was all my dad drank whenever he would have coffee at home. I am pretty sure they finally bought a regular old coffee maker in more recent years.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: aloges
Posted 2010-08-02 14:51:46 and read 2204 times.

Get a French Press and shop around for the coffee brand you like the best, then find out the ideal brewing time - it's very important that you don't leave the coffee in for too long because it may end up undrinkable if you do. Apart from that, those things are pretty idiot-proof and you can get a decent one for much less than your $50 budget.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: greasespot
Posted 2010-08-02 15:25:04 and read 2194 times.

Starbucks via coffee is not floggers or sank a or any of those gross instants. It is almost as gweood a s their premiums

Gs

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: cpd
Posted 2010-08-02 17:12:23 and read 2167 times.

If you have a stove - just buy some Illy / Lavazza / Segafredo Zanetti ground coffee from the supermarket and get a stainless steel moka-pot to brew your coffee.

Get yourself some little espresso cups and drink real coffee - an espresso - each morning. That's coffee, in its purest form.

No need for Starbucks at all.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Tugger
Posted 2010-08-02 17:38:56 and read 2157 times.

My favorite site for checking out stuff I may want to buy:
.www.consumersearch.com/one-cup-coffee-makers

It basically consolidates and reviews the reviews of products.

Looks like the Black & Decker "Brew 'N Go" might be a good, inexpensive option. The site states the following:

Quote:
brews a 15-ounce cup of coffee into its included thermal mug. It's inexpensive and takes regular ground coffee,
....

Overall, we were pressed to find poor reviews for this simple machine, especially considering its low price.

The other ones listed cost a lot more.

Tugg

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: baguy
Posted 2010-08-03 06:41:39 and read 2062 times.

We have a magimix Nespresso machine at home and although it's more expensive than say a cafitiere, the coffee is fantastic - it is like fresh coffee except it uses the pods so it doesn't go off - good if your'e on your own!

www.nespresso.com

BAguy

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: fca767
Posted 2010-08-03 07:02:03 and read 2050 times.

You should try Instant coffee, that's mainly what we use in the UK  It's just as good, nescafe, douw egberts etc.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: NoUFO
Posted 2010-08-03 09:45:24 and read 1999 times.

Quoting fca767 (Reply 19):
You should try Instant coffee, that's mainly what we use in the UK It's just as good, nescafe, douw egberts etc.

  

Cellini Instant Espresso is not bad, a lot better than Nescafe, but still a far cry from a *real* Espresso. I have just emptied my new favourite coffee, a wild harvest (hence organic) coffee from a Fair Trade cooperative in Ethiopia's rainforest.
Tastes as good as good as Illy but leaves you with a better conscience.  

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Aeri28
Posted 2010-08-08 01:32:03 and read 1852 times.

Just buy the Starbucks Via instant packets. They are quite good and have helped me in a pinch. I don't like S'bux normal hot coffee in the shops to be honest (I'll get an Americano at S'Bux or also here in Honolulu, I'll try and go to Bad Ass coffee on Fort Street in downtown on my way to work if I have time, but those packets are not bad at all.

I'm sure with that suggestion, I am already being branded by the coffee eliti as gauche and uncouth, but so be it. I can say I've sat in the fine cafes of italy and france (and lived in coffee loving san francisco for years), but to not have to worry about fixing it each and every morning, those little packets are a blessing and cost saving at about $0.90 cents per cup if you buy the 12 pack for under $10.00. They really have redefined the word "instant" and taste nothing like the instant you may be thinking of.

A french press is wonderful. Honestly. But really, it's a bit time consuming plus you always risk breaking the dammmed glass (which I've done several times). You have to heat the water and let it steep for about 4 minutes and plunge it. If you're in a hurry, not a great solution, plus those grounds that can get in your cup if you don't plunge properly. Perfect for weekend when you have time to relax and enjoy it.

Nobody here will know if you buy the S'Bux packs. They even sell cool little containers that are perfectly measured to just add your hot water, close and go.

edited to say: I see I m not the first to suggest the Starbucks instant packets. Also, to others, no one is disputing french press or keurig or moka pot is better and more authentic, but he's in a hurry and like many of us, just needs to get going.

I remember so well back in the late 80s when i was going to school in France, we were in a rush to get to class and me and a few others would fill our coffee cups (with moka pot coffee or nescafe) and walk through the streets of Aix en Provence with our coffee in hand. THat was simply not done back then lol.

[Edited 2010-08-08 01:38:12]

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: fca767
Posted 2010-08-08 02:40:59 and read 1823 times.

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 20):
Cellini Instant Espresso is not bad, a lot better than Nescafe, but still a far cry from a *real* Espresso. I have just emptied my new favourite coffee, a wild harvest (hence organic) coffee from a Fair Trade cooperative in Ethiopia's rainforest.
Tastes as good as good as Illy but leaves you with a better conscience.

Nice. I'm not a coffeeholic but I might try real coffee one day   I think I had a little back in 2009 once  

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: STT757
Posted 2010-08-08 20:09:33 and read 1735 times.

The new Starbucks Via's are awesome, use them all the time. Taste nothing like instant, they are better than most fresh coffees.

http://www.starbucks.com/coffee/starbucks-via-instant-coffee

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: greasespot
Posted 2010-08-09 04:19:02 and read 1659 times.

Finally. It is Not just me pushing the star bucks via.

Gs

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: STT757
Posted 2010-08-10 09:36:39 and read 1561 times.

Quoting greasespot (Reply 24):
Finally. It is Not just me pushing the star bucks via

They're awesome, I started out with the Colombian but have since moved on to the Italian roast.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: DesertJets
Posted 2010-08-10 09:55:21 and read 1542 times.

Quoting STT757 (Reply 25):
Quoting greasespot (Reply 24):
Finally. It is Not just me pushing the star bucks via

They're awesome, I started out with the Colombian but have since moved on to the Italian roast.

well the next time I hit up the grocery store I'll check these out.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Boeing744
Posted 2010-08-10 16:11:05 and read 1507 times.

I was given a Bosch Tassimo last year as a gift. It was great for my dorm room. It is a little bit higher than your price range, but I believe they are going for about $100 right now.

The positives are that it is extremely easy to clean and operate. It requires virtually no maintenance. To brew a cup of coffee all you have to do is press a single button, no questions asked. It scans a UPC code on it's coffee "tab" which tells the machine how to brew that particular beverage. It makes coffee, tea, hot chocolate, esspresso and lattes (although I find it's best for just coffee and tea). The quality of the drinks varies with the brand of tabs that you buy. My favourite are the Starbucks Verona tabs which are superb tasting but pricey. I mainly stick to Nabob tabs when I'm low on cash and it works out to about 30 cents per cup. The machine is very fast and makes a cup in under 30 seconds.

The only negative I have experienced is that you are limited to buying prepackaged tabs which may not be simple to find. I am lucky enough to have a grocery store near me that sells them, but only a limited variety. Online you can many more types.

Overall I would enthusiastically recommend the machine.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Flighty
Posted 2010-08-10 17:27:26 and read 1498 times.

Get a french press. Get a water boiler. They only take about 1 minute. then you pour boiling water into the press. Wait 3 or 4 minutes. Press the plunger and pour yourself a cup. Takes 4 minutes but you don't need to watch it steep, you can help yourself to something else while it is doing that. And you can pour + go if in a hurry. Better than Starbucks anyhow.

Quoting Aeri28 (Reply 21):
A french press is wonderful. Honestly. But really, it's a bit time consuming plus you always risk breaking the dammmed glass (which I've done several times). You have to heat the water and let it steep for about 4 minutes and plunge it. If you're in a hurry, not a great solution, plus those grounds that can get in your cup if you don't plunge properly. Perfect for weekend when you have time to relax and enjoy it.

So get up earlier. I've never broken the glass either. IMO

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: EASTERN
Posted 2010-08-10 17:45:12 and read 1490 times.

Quoting Flighty (Reply 28):
Get a french press. Get a water boiler.

I was going to suggest this. Just flip the switch on when you wake up. Pass through the kitchen and pour the water into the French press and allow it to brew while you are getting ready. Starbucks also has portable French presses. They are essentially a traditional French press with a thermos top, and hold a single serving. You could use one of those, and then you can even skip the step of pouring from the French press into the travel mug. French press coffee is a bit stronger than drip coffee, which is good to get the day started with.

http://www.starbucksstore.com/products/shprodde.asp?SKU=168985

A quick search got me to that. Great solution for you, I think. Also, one less thing to wash since you make the coffee in the travel mug itself.

I would stay away from pod or capsule-type coffee makers. I hate that I can't choose the intensity of my coffee. My espresso machine can use ground coffee or pods, and I rarely use the pods. Plus, if I run out of coffee I can always go to any corner store and get some coffee grounds. I don't have to go to a speciality store if I run out.

Topic: RE: Coffee For One
Username: Aesma
Posted 2010-08-10 19:29:43 and read 1479 times.

Quoting vandenheuvel (Reply 10):
I have a Senseo at home, it's not really coffee in my opinion. As it tastes so much different from regular coffee. At work we have a professional Nescafe machine, which I hope I can afford myself someday.

I'd say it's the nescafé machine that is not making real coffee, after all nescafé is instant coffee.

I'm French but my mother is Italian so I'm used to a coffee pot like that (moka pot) :




It exists in every size, you have to know that an Italian cup is quite small so you might want a 2 or 3 cups one (or even 6).

The classic one doesn't go on induction cooker (Italians are few to use induction) but it can be found, I got that one now :



The brand of both is Bialetti.

I used a "French pot" a few times and managed to get burned, and it just doesn't taste the same.

Now I know Americans like lighter coffee than Europeans (and Italians like very dark coffee), I don't know if the moka pot works as well with less coffee, I couldn't say because I wouldn't like the result, good or bad !


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