Posted 26 October 2011 - 10:10 PM
I developed my coffee habit out of necessity. I was writing a thesis in a dorm room I rented in my favourite city, and the hours after lunch would be entirely unproductive without my making a trip to a cafe and downing a mug of house brew. By the end of my thesis, I could no longer function properly without at least a mug a day.
I've tried making coffee in a French press, and the results were quite undrinkable. I've never understood the popularity of the press. I've used several presses including the stuff from Bodum and none delivered an acceptable brew.
A far better solution is a drip machine. This is very popular with the Germans. I would grind the coffee in an electric grinder then put them in a paper filter and the machine would drip hot water into the filter. A jug beneath the filter collected the coffee. The problem with this arrangement is that most of the oils would get stuck in the paper filter. The coffee is bland. I drank lots of drip filter coffee.
Until I discovered the mocha maker.
I actually bought the most advanced model, the Brikka, whose operating principle is not unlike that of an espresso machine:
This delivered the best coffee I could make at home. I guess I could just buy an espresso machine...
When not at home, I mostly drink illy coffee. Madam Kwan's make illy coffee, Häagen Daaz makes them, Espressemente in Pavilion makes them. Another place for exquisite coffee is this French-run cafe in the Hartamas Shopping Center, topmost floor. Cafe Vienna in KLCC is great too.I find Starbucks and Coffee Bean stuff undrinkable.
Posted 27 October 2011 - 08:59 AM
My usual cup is a double shot cafe latte, or sometimes without milk; a double espresso. I get my Highlander Coffee Supremo Blend beans from Coffee Ritual in PJ (usually less than 2 weeks old roast), grind em with my Isomac Professionale grinder, and brew the espresso with my Gaggia G107 maker. All very entry-level stuff, but makes one helluva cup.
Pics of my gear (taken off the net- exact same models shown):
Posted 27 October 2011 - 05:21 PM
My grinder is currently my 2nd; my first was a Krups burr grinder (always get burr grinders, the blade ones are inconsistent and produce a lot of dust). Got it off this guy who has a coffee-lovers community in Malaysia. Its mid-range for home use, cost me 1.2k.
Kotmj, perhaps the first step to up-the-ante in your coffee experience is to get some freshly ground beans. Those at coffee ritual are really good. Oh...and stay away from 'dark' roasts...they're akin to a well-done steak: definitely roasted, bitter and tasteless. Go for medium roasts. I used to mistake 'bitterness' for 'body'. U can ask the grinder to grind really fine, since you're using a mokapot.
BTW, when I was in Rome, I noticed the locals drinking coffee (espresso, they'll have none of that 'americano' stuff) with sugar and a side order of plain water (to wash it down?).
KF Chan's blog (coffee in Malaysia) has lotsa useful info, including some nice watering holes.
Posted 28 October 2011 - 02:30 PM
It was almost impossible to find. Someone by the name of Danny welcomed me. I asked for a latte.
I asked for sugar to go with it as I normally do, but Danny looked at me disapprovingly. "Try it without," he suggested. My God, it was the best latte I had in my life.
Danny showed me all kinds of stuff, how grinders work, espresso machines, beans, Coffe Ritual in PJ etc. When I finished my latte, he suggested I try an Aeropress. "You really get to taste the coffee that way."
There was no bitterness. Just the most aromatic stuff I've ever drunk.
I bought myself an Aeropress and 250g of Highlander Supremo roasted on the 11th. I will buy a Hario handgrinder next and start making my own coffee at work instead of drinking the Lavazza espresso my bosses like so much (they drink 5 shots a day).
Posted 28 October 2011 - 08:53 PM
Oh yeah...check out the discount: its a way to reward loyal, regular customers.
Must drop in someday.
Posted 29 October 2011 - 09:36 PM
Carbman, on the left are the paper filters that come with the Aeropress. I believe they can be bought off the net. Not as convenient as buying the normal conical paper filter (I recommend Daiso).
I bought the handgrinder today. A Kyocera, much more expensive than Hario, but it is more advanced. Now I can make good coffee wherever I go.
I do not really see an espresso machine in my apartment because it would only be used once a week on Sundays. I limit myself to one cup a day, so Mon-Fri I have my cup in the office. On Saturdays, I have bad coffee near the sifu's workshop. It's only on Sundays that I'm home.
I tried a cap at SF Coffee today. It is inoffensive but not very good. I like that they have good bananas at RM1 apiece though.
Posted 01 November 2011 - 09:44 PM
Posted 01 November 2011 - 09:58 PM
It takes me about 3 minutes to grind out 1.5 Aeropress scoops.
I've been busy demo-ing my coffee setup to my colleagues. I'll put beans in the grinder and let them grind their own coffee then show how the Aeropress works. I think I'm a born door-to-door salesman.
Posted 24 December 2011 - 08:21 PM
Superlative cappucino, too.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:02 PM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:41 AM
Next meet-up there? Would love to get a taste of its latte or even long black with a shot of milk on the side. Mmmph.
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