Originally Posted by Solitude
These makers are only made to make the specific amount of coffee.
Don’t try to make half a pot. It will brew it,... of course but the intended process is made to force right amount of water through a full basket coffee and tastes best this way.
I see no purpose in buying bad coffee. To me it’s like buying cheap wine. You may be able to keep it down but Ughghgh.
We've had great success using half the grounds with all the water to make a pot of 'American' style coffee. Never did this until we were renting
an apartment in Naples. We arrived late in the day and had no time to shop for food
. The apartment had Pilon espresso and a stove top machine. We wanted a cup of American style to start the day so we tried half the grounds. Came out fine. Later we wanted espresso and used a full basket of grounds and it too was just fine.
Interesting about the tamping. We were instructed by the manager of a restaurant in my family's home town in precisely how to tamp the grounds. We usually tamp the grounds but sometimes forget (especially before the first pot and only one eye is functioning, barely) and I don't notice a difference.
As far as quality of beans I couldn't agree more. We have found a good price
on beans in a 'farmers market' near Atlanta,Ga. We can buy beans from two dozen countries, mostly African and South/Central American. The most expensive we tried were Jamacian Blue Moutain at $35usd/lb. We did percieve a less acidic taste as promised but not enough to justify that price
day after day. Usual price on the other beans is about $5.99 for cafinated and $7.99 for Swiss Water Process (SWP) decafinated per pound.
I would also like to offer some perspective to anyone who asked a question about coffee related items in this thread. I have a small cookbook
that was given out for free at a bank in Italy
. It contains only recipies for pasta sauces (or gravy as some say) and suggests the best pasta shapes for each. It is organized by canton. There are nearly 100 recepies
some with tomatoes some without. I have had many folks over the years tell me they have THE recepie for REAL Italian spaghetti sauce. I give them a photocopy of the little book.
'Bottle of red, bottle of white....It all depends upon YOU'RE appetite...' (Billy Joel).
First picture morning in the cockpit
Second picture the 12 cup Kontessa on the stove the 6 cup (correction not 4) Bialeti to the left in the back of the other dishes. American 'percolator' to the left of that.