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Old 05-22-2012, 11:36 AM   #91
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:43 PM   #92
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I was orginally looking into french presses but decided to get this instead:

How to make espresso using Moka pot - YouTube

I will highly recommend it. I really didnt want a counter top coffee maker and the french press seemed kind of cumbersome; you have to boil the water separately and then let it stew and then press it. Too much dicken around type nonsense for me.

With a "moka pot" you just put water in the bottom, coffee in the metal "filter" piece, screw it together and put it on the stove. No dicken around.

I orginally saw one at the store but it was too small so i ordered mine online. In guess in Italy a cup equals about 2 oz (maybe less), so i bought the 9 cup one which is the perfect size for me. I would recommend getting no smaller than the 6 cup.

However the coffee it makes is really stong, but also really good. I guess its is susposed to be like non-presurized expresso, if that makes sense. Ive read that many people water it down, or just drink less.

It would also be perfect for camping and stuff.

This is the one i have:

Amazon.com: Bialetti Moka Express 9-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker: Kitchen & Dining
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:50 PM   #93
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Also i think i am going to get this thing eventually:

Chef Tools Bialetti Mukka Express Demo - YouTube

I do a lot of cream and no sugar to very little sugar in my coffee so i think this thing would be really nice to have. Also this thing says it makes "2 cups" but it looks much bigger then a 2 cup "moka pot" would be. So dont use this to judge size for a moka pot.

I think maybe a moka pot makes a form of expresso (not sure if expresso is a different type of coffee though?), while this thing makes cappuccino. Maybe expresso is 2oz in Italy, and cappuccino is like 4oz since its mixed with milk? Either way, just know that a 3 cup moka pot you can buy at the store is ridiculously small.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:20 PM   #94
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I honestly want to give up coffee. I feel a salve to it at times. Everytime I quit I have to suffer through awful headaches for like a week.
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Old 06-19-2012, 03:40 PM   #95
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I used to use one of these

Amazon.com: Farberware FCP280 8-Cup Percolator: Home & Kitchen

Makes a killer cup of coffee, but I found the quality of the actual coffee maker wasn't that great. I went through 2 of these things in just a couple of years. I guess since they started making them in China the quality has suffered.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:36 PM   #96
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@Mredskins - ive never felt any withdrawls before from caffine before..... hopefully this doesnt change that for me.

@ Matty - I couldnt find any perculators i liked. If my new pot ever breaks maybe ill try that one out.
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Also i think i am going to get this thing eventually:

Chef Tools Bialetti Mukka Express Demo - YouTube

I do a lot of cream and no sugar to very little sugar in my coffee so i think this thing would be really nice to have. Also this thing says it makes "2 cups" but it looks much bigger then a 2 cup "moka pot" would be. So dont use this to judge size for a moka pot.

I think maybe a moka pot makes a form of expresso (not sure if expresso is a different type of coffee though?), while this thing makes cappuccino. Maybe expresso is 2oz in Italy, and cappuccino is like 4oz since its mixed with milk? Either way, just know that a 3 cup moka pot you can buy at the store is ridiculously small.
I love espresso, this is the first I've heard of a moka pot. Checked it out on wiki and it says it makes something similar to espresso, but not quite.

Moka pot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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I honestly want to give up coffee. I feel a salve to it at times. Everytime I quit I have to suffer through awful headaches for like a week.
I did that. Went through my own one week of hell to the point other people were asking me if I was okay because I looked like I was sick. After you get through it it's not to bad.

Granted I now still technically have caffeine but it's a very small amount that you find in decaf coffee. No where near the 3 or 4 cup minimum of coffee and diet soda I was downing everyday.
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There's nothing wrong with caffeine in moderation. Coffee has been cited as beneficial in some health areas if any of those studies can actually be trusted.

It's also a healthier alternative to pre-workout supplements that are basically chemicals with caffeine, and just as effective.
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There's nothing wrong with caffeine in moderation. Coffee has been cited as beneficial in some health areas if any of those studies can actually be trusted.

It's also a healthier alternative to pre-workout supplements that are basically chemicals with caffeine, and just as effective.
I was not doing it for health reason more to unchain me from the having the ritual of making it in the morning.
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I love espresso, this is the first I've heard of a moka pot. Checked it out on wiki and it says it makes something similar to espresso, but not quite.

Moka pot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

There is also a moka pot made by Bialetti that has a "special valve" on it which gives the not quite espresso extra "creme":



Its only avialble in the smaller sizes so its not for me, but you may want to look into it.

Also is cappuccino just espresso with milk or cream? If so that "Mukka Pot" might produce pressurized espresso if you dont put milk in the top part.

I will say this about my pot. It makes really strong coffee but its not bad tasting like strong coffee can be. Its somehow smooth tasting. That said i wouldnt mind if it was less strong.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:33 PM   #102
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There's nothing wrong with caffeine in moderation. Coffee has been cited as beneficial in some health areas if any of those studies can actually be trusted.

It's also a healthier alternative to pre-workout supplements that are basically chemicals with caffeine, and just as effective.

So part of the reason i wanted a french press or something like what i got is because i heard the best part of the coffee for you is the oil. Oil will aslo supposedly turn your coffee bitter much faster so thats the major turn off. But if you drink it quick or make personally sized cup the oil is susposed to be good for you.

Unfortunately i dont think my pot allows for anymore oil than a pot that uses a paper filter. So maybe a french press is the only way to get that oil.
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There is also a moka pot made by Bialetti that has a "special valve" on it which gives the not quite espresso extra "creme":



Its only avialble in the smaller sizes so its not for me, but you may want to look into it.

Also is cappuccino just espresso with milk or cream? If so that "Mukka Pot" might produce pressurized espresso if you dont put milk in the top part.

I will say this about my pot. It makes really strong coffee but its not bad tasting like strong coffee can be. Its somehow smooth tasting. That said i wouldnt mind if it was less strong.
It's not quite espresso, but probably to the average drinker it wouldn't matter.

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Moka pots are sometimes referred to as stove-top espresso makers and produce coffee with an extraction ratio similar to that of a conventional espresso machine. Depending on bean variety and grind selection, Moka pots can create a foam emulsion, known as crema. However, the maximum pressure for coffee extraction which can be achieved with a Moka pot is 1.5 bar[citation needed]. According to the Italian Espresso National Institute and the Specialty Coffee Association of America, an espresso must be made using a precise extraction pressure of 9 bar.[11][12] So, while a Moka coffee pot can produce a crema similar to espressos, different equipment is required to make a true espresso.
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I was not doing it for health reason more to unchain me from the having the ritual of making it in the morning.
Mine has a timer. Set it the night before.
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Anyone use laptop cooling pads and if so do they work? I got a new gaming laptop and it can get a bit hot. Graphics are amazing and the prices of games are awesome. Sucks that not everything is compatible with the 360 windows controller but thats beside the point. Either way after about 20 to 30 minutes it gets relatively warm. Not blistering hot but seeing as how it's new and I freak out about everything I want the best for my baby.
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