For the stovetop, or three rocks and a fire, a blue-speckled steel percolator makes completely functional cowboy coffee with no effort -- insert grounds and water and heat.
For the rest, the most complex, Rube Goldberg -style machine is best, purely for ambience. Frankly, I don't believe that coffee makers are nearly as complex as they could be. Dials, valves, gauges, complex tubing ... if it doesn't require an advanced degree in chemical engineering to understand the manual, what's the point?
A vacuum-operated coffee maker might be interesting ... I've been wanting some more excuses to get a vacuum pump for quite a while. The excuse is to build it as a prop for a movie, naturally. Custom bent glass tubing and ground-glass jointware ....
Extra points for brass (increased maintenance required).
Mon Aug 31, 2009 7:54 am
Joined: 18 May 2008 Posts: 308 Location: Bay Area, CA
We've been nothing but happy with our Baratza for the last 6 months.
I bought it thinking that if it didn't change my coffee routine significantly, I would just sell it for a bit of a loss, and be no worse for the wear.
The first sip showed it was a great investment.
Thanks for being my fountain of coffee knowledge, and for introducing me to others like @CoffeeGeek.
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