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  • #25043
    CharlieCharlie
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    I nearly bought one of those Aeropress machines last year in Taiwan. I’d never heard of it before or since, so it’s good to hear some feedback on it.

    The Aeropress brings a ridiculous value proposition – $25 for world class coffee. You could spend an entire weekend reading all of the Amazon reviews. If you aren’t trying to spend $400+ on coffee equipment, I would go straight to the Aeropress.

    If you want a “real” espresso, you need an espresso machine which can create the 8-9 bar of pressure, but moka pots (aka stovetop espresso makers) get the job done too. This stuff can quickly get crazy expensive as Brendan says. But in my opinion this kind of equipment is like watches – you either buy something cheap that gets the job done, or you spend a ton on something that’s with you for decades.

    Either way, I still enjoy the experience of going to Kaffe Stugan – they’re so friendly and knowledgeable – but otherwise I don’t feel the need to get coffee anywhere else!

    #24914
    Melina
    Participant

    Try as I might, I’m yet to find a single half-decent cafe latte anywhere in Chengdu. I’m told this is because all the cafes use UHT milk, which is reasonable (I certainly don’t want to drink local milk after all the melamine crap) but depressing. I guess it’s either switch to macchiato or drink tea.

    BTW, I’m not overly excited about spending 400 bucks on a coffee machine, since I’ve been drinking plunger coffee for years and really like it. But it would make my girlfriend insanely happy so am definitely considering it as an anniversary gift : )

    Merry Xmas, by the way : )

    #24989
    Melina
    Participant

    Try as I might, I’m yet to find a single half-decent cafe latte anywhere in Chengdu. I’m told this is because all the cafes use UHT milk, which is reasonable (I certainly don’t want to drink local milk after all the melamine crap) but depressing. I guess it’s either switch to macchiato or drink tea.

    BTW, I’m not overly excited about spending 400 bucks on a coffee machine, since I’ve been drinking plunger coffee for years and really like it. But it would make my girlfriend insanely happy so am definitely considering it as an anniversary gift : )

    Merry Xmas, by the way : )

    #25046
    Melina
    Participant

    Try as I might, I’m yet to find a single half-decent cafe latte anywhere in Chengdu. I’m told this is because all the cafes use UHT milk, which is reasonable (I certainly don’t want to drink local milk after all the melamine crap) but depressing. I guess it’s either switch to macchiato or drink tea.

    BTW, I’m not overly excited about spending 400 bucks on a coffee machine, since I’ve been drinking plunger coffee for years and really like it. But it would make my girlfriend insanely happy so am definitely considering it as an anniversary gift : )

    Merry Xmas, by the way : )

    #24916
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    $900 for the (Vintage) Atomic stove top… Damn that’s expensive!

    #24991
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    $900 for the (Vintage) Atomic stove top… Damn that’s expensive!

    #25048
    BrendanBrendan
    Moderator

    $900 for the (Vintage) Atomic stove top… Damn that’s expensive!

    #24917
    RayRay
    Participant

    Pug all-you-can-drink at sunday brunch: “Would you like a 9th cup sir?” When i leave that place i’m not walking, i’m B-O-U-N-C-I-N-G! Uncontrollable hand fidgets. it’s all good…

    #24992
    RayRay
    Participant

    Pug all-you-can-drink at sunday brunch: “Would you like a 9th cup sir?” When i leave that place i’m not walking, i’m B-O-U-N-C-I-N-G! Uncontrollable hand fidgets. it’s all good…

    #25049
    RayRay
    Participant

    Pug all-you-can-drink at sunday brunch: “Would you like a 9th cup sir?” When i leave that place i’m not walking, i’m B-O-U-N-C-I-N-G! Uncontrollable hand fidgets. it’s all good…

    #24919
    Ian
    Participant

    Coffee geek dom

    #24994
    Ian
    Participant

    Coffee geek dom

    #25051
    Ian
    Participant

    Coffee geek dom

    #24921
    FedericoFederico
    Participant

    Italian Moka & Expresso support!

    MOKA

    #24996
    FedericoFederico
    Participant

    Italian Moka & Expresso support!

    MOKA

    #25053
    FedericoFederico
    Participant

    Italian Moka & Expresso support!

    MOKA

    #24923
    Melina
    Participant

    Just out of curiosity, Federico, do you use the word “moka” for this type of stovetop percolator in Italy? In Melbourne (where pretty much everyone has one) we call this a “macchinetta,” which I always thought was the Italian word for it. I never heard the word “moka” until this thread.

    #24998
    Melina
    Participant

    Just out of curiosity, Federico, do you use the word “moka” for this type of stovetop percolator in Italy? In Melbourne (where pretty much everyone has one) we call this a “macchinetta,” which I always thought was the Italian word for it. I never heard the word “moka” until this thread.

    #25055
    Melina
    Participant

    Just out of curiosity, Federico, do you use the word “moka” for this type of stovetop percolator in Italy? In Melbourne (where pretty much everyone has one) we call this a “macchinetta,” which I always thought was the Italian word for it. I never heard the word “moka” until this thread.

    #24924
    GAVVIEGAVVIE
    Participant

    Meanwhile back at the ranch… Most of us unwashed folks will have Nescafe. Quick, easy and ok.

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