If it is espresso you like use a "mocha" machine (those you put on the stove of aluminum or stainless).
Never wash it with soap (that is what the italians say). The older the machine is, better the coffee it will make.
01/16/2012 - 2:26pm
I've spent many years traveling throughout the world. It has been my general opinion that the best coffee is italian. I also believe that the "american" roast is excellent. Unlike most I think Starbucks coffee is not good. I also believe that most espresso blend in this country is too burnt.
The worst coffee of all is the so called "french Roast". Coffee in France is Awful. Why anyone would imitate it I cannot imagine.
I suspect that many in the coffee trade have not understood that supposed "high quality" coffee cannot be over-roasted. The oils become bitter. The italians use a low grade Brazilian coffee that has a low oil content. As for Robusta, I would generally agree. It is awful. Though I must say the Neapolitans put a little Robusta in their coffee for reasons I do not know. Their coffee, if you have ever had it, is arguably the best in Italy.
01/16/2012 - 2:22pm
My best tip for a perfect cup of coffee goes back to the bean selection. Arabica beans? Might as well just get Foldgers or Maxwell House. I gotta have my Kona.
01/02/2012 - 4:11pm
I heard somewhere that adding a pinch of salt to the water makes it taste better. Have you ever heard of this and if so is it true?
12/12/2011 - 1:44pm
All of the above rules, plus brew coffee in a French press for 4 - 5 minutes. Use a coarser grind than for drip coffee. It's the best!!!!