I have just realized that I have one coffee maker for each day of the week (Neapolitan flip coffee pot, a traditional moka, one V60, one Chemex, a syphon coffee maker, a French press, an old electric coffeemaker). And while I can only admit that the coffee machine situation here at home has gone quite out of control (juuuust a little bit), on the other hand I must confess that enjoying a coffee is a serious business.
I love the gestures that accompany any coffee preparation, probably that is the thing that I love the most – even more than the coffee itself (is that crazy?) – and I do appreciate the fact that I am slowly being able to recognise slight differences in the taste of coffee depending on the machine used.
I would love to deepen my knowledge of coffee, but at the moment the so-called “specialty coffees” are not affordable for me, so I am practising with simpler and cheaper options that also happen to be easy to find nearby at local supermarkets. Hence, as you can see in the photos, the Starbucks and the Ikea packages.
On the other hand I am growing my wish list of specialty coffees to buy and try as soon as possible! I attended the Milan Coffee Festival last year and I discovered a world of flavors and aromas and mastery that I would have never imagined otherwise, what a magnificent world that of coffee is.
The Neapolitan flip coffee pot shown in these photos is (together with the syphon) the newest addition to the family, and since last month I have been using it non-stop for our daily breakfast. There are a couple of things I love mostly about this coffee maker: first thing first, the coffee is in-between a filter coffee and a moka (please excuse my lack of technicalities here), it has the strenght of moka (but without the taste of burnt) and it is longer than a classic espresso from a moka so for me it’s ideal every morning to give me a generous caffeine boost to wake up!
Secondly, the gestures of the preparation: I adore the fact that it takes some time to get ready. In fact after you fill the bottom section and with water, the filter with the ground coffee and place the upside down pot on top, you put it on the cooker and, when the water boils, you flip over the coffee-maker to let the water filtering through the coffee powder. Once all the water filtered, both the water-boiling and filter sections are removed, so you can serve the coffee from the pot, covering it with its own lid to maintain it hot.
It’s a process that takes a solid 15 minutes, so I do not recommend it if you are on the rush!