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Pour-over or filter coffee makers have never been that popular here in the UK, which is a real same as they make great coffee that tastes quite different to coffee brewed in a cafetiere (which is the coffee maker of choice in most households).
We’ve taken stock this week of some new stove-top espresso makers from a company called Tescoma. Their Paloma coffee maker looks set to compete head to head with Bialetti’s stalwart the Moka Express. They both look pretty similar; they’re both made from aluminium; but the Paloma is cheaper in price and comes with an amazing 3 year warranty (as apposed to 1 year on most Bialetti models).
We are now stocking the Aerobie AeroPress in our webshop. The coffee maker is £21.95 and the Micro-filters are £3.95 for a pack of 350.
What is the AeroPress
For me, the AeroPress has to be one of biggest breakthroughs in coffee making history since Achille Gaggia gave birth to the modern day espresso machine. I’m not the only one to think these coffee makers are great, a group of coffee professionals where so inspired that they started the World AeroPress Championship (WAC).
Following on from the popularity of the Sagaform Takeaway travel mug, we’ve now decided to stock this mug in two additional designs: Pix and Flower. Some of you may remember me writing about these travel mugs back in March last year. I still stand by what a said back then. These mugs are great because as they’re made from porcelain there’s no metallic taste. One drawback though – if you don’t count only keeping drinks hot for around 45 minutes – when I make my partner a tea in mine, she says she can still taste coffee (she’s not a coffee fan – well not yet anyway). I’m not sure why, I think maybe the silicone lid absorbs some of the aromas.
We’ve just started stocking a range of thermal cafetieres (french press) and it got me wondering what’s the actual point of them? Yes, I know they keep your coffee hot for longer. This new cafetiere claims to keep it hot for 3 times as long. But if you leave your coffee in the cafetiere doesn’t it keep extracting?
This is something I’ve read and heard many times but never got around to testing for myself. Does coffee really keep extracting even when the plunger is down? So I conducted a test using a TDS meter, measuring some coffee immediately after I’d finished brewing and then again 5 minutes later. The results showed that the coffee which had been left in the cafetiere was indeed stronger, by 6%.
This might not seem a lot, but the aim of brewing is to extract all the desirable flavours from the coffee whilst leaving the undesirable ones behind. So if all the desirable flavours have already been extracted by the time the brew has finished, than this extra 6% of strength will be from the undesirable flavours.
Therefore, keeping your coffee hot for longer isn’t a good selling point for a cafetiere. If you leave your coffee inside it, it’s going to keep on brewing, and when you come back to it, it will taste darker, bitterer and will contain more caffeine.