We went on a Capresso testing spree last week as we tried out some new products we’re bringing in to the store.
First up, the Perfect Tea, which enables you to boil water to a specific temperature:
Next is the H20Pro Kettle, which also enables you to boil water to a specific temperature, but also provides a holding temp option and a rapid boil duration option (if you want to dissipate chlorine in your water):
Finally, the simple, straight forward CM200 drip coffee maker:
We hear a lot about Krups coffee makers from customers who love them, so we decided to bring in three popular models for a test drive. Watch as Gail does a first pass on the features and we compare their brewed coffee. This is our initial assessment to determine whether or not we’ll be adding them to our line up — jury’s still out!
Look, summer is approaching. It may not feel like it in your neck of the woods (it certainly doesn’t in ours), but the calendar does not lie. And now is a great time for you to pick up your travel-friendly coffee gear and get to know it up close and personal before you’re stuck with each other in the backwoods of the Appalachia, dusty peaks of the Sierra Madre and / or the semi-rough and tender South Seas.
One of the crew’s favorite on-the-go prep methods is the ever popular AeroPress and we asked Gail to show us how she preps her java when she’s on the road. We also experimented a bit with an espresso-infused extraction we had seen last year at the US Barista Championships to see if it was good / bad / ugly. Watch and learn!
In response to a few customer requests, we performed the following tests related to french press / press pot coffee. First: Which of the insulated stainless steel press pots retain their heat the longest? Second: How does the coffee taste at different steeping intervals?
#1: Insulated Stainless Steel Temperature Testing
We took the 8 cup versions (roughly 35 oz.) of the Bodum, La Cafetiere and Frieling double-walled stainless steel presses and filled them with hot water. We then measured their start temp and checked in on them at regular intervals — 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours and 24 hours. Watch the excitement unfold:
Since you don’t actually want to keep your coffee in your press pot for hours on end (the ideal way to prepare and serve coffee this way is to pour it out right after the desired steep time has completed, either into serving cups or an insulated pitcher), arguably the most important interval in the test was the first one, right after 30 minutes. In that round, the winner was the La Cafetiere, which lost only 19.1F degrees, as opposed to the Frieling’s 21.4F and the Bodum’s 21.6F. But still, these were all pretty close so selecting any of the three models will still be a good choice.
#2: French Press Steep Test
Next, we wanted to find out how press pot coffee tasted when steeped at different durations — 4 minutes, 6 minutes or 8 minutes. We loaded up three 8 cup Bodum presses and then tasted them. Possibly a bit more scintillating than the video above — and this time with 100% more Allison!
One of our favorite coffee prep methods is press pot / French press and so we were very excited to try out Espro’s unique version of this. In addition to the usual filter screen, it has a microfilter that takes out the ‘silt’ often found in press pot coffee, leaving you with a delicious cuppa sans sludge.
Here at Seattle Coffee Gear HQ, we have three different cold coffee brew contraptions available — the Hourglass, which makes a concentrate to which you can add hot or cold water; the Hario Cold Brew, which does not make a concentrate and is perfect for iced coffee; and the new kid on the block: The Sowden, which you can use to make hot or cold coffee or tea.
We lined them up together, prepared them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and then tasted them side by side. Watch as we compare their flavor.