Sunday, January 4, 2009

When looking for a good cup of coffee

I am a little addicted to coffee and I am slowly moving to a more sophisticated method of making coffee. I had drip coffee machines but they have been watery and lack the flavor and texture of the coffee I am drinking now.

For over a year I have been using senseo. It is the only coffee short of store bought like starbucks that I can drink with just milk. I perfer drinking with just milk because sugar seems to cause a great deal of fatigue. This is probably because of my medical condition so I generally avoid sugars.

In any case I have come to rely on a two cups from a large pod(intended for 2 cups) every day in the morning. I have made my own pods since using up the samples included in the machine because of the cost plus convenience of making them from home; all you need is coffee filters which are very inexpensive. 99cents for 200 which is good for half a year.

It is time for a change. I was looking for an alternative to my electric machine Senseo HD7810/75 Single Serve Coffee Machine to something the Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker. I asked my friend who was very health conscious who than cautioned me about alumnium cookware because a study shows alumnium was found in alzheimer patients because it does not escape the body. This annoyed me a bit because I am not even sure what my cookware is made of. Should i be replacing some of them? If anyone knows please tell me because a google search was not helpful.

I was however directed to an AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker which contains Bisphenol A (BPA). It was odd because my friend says it should be safe because it only takes around a minute to make inside the aeropress and there is greater bisphenol A found in can foods than is leeched by plastics. I searched on the internet was was confirmed so I learn 3 things today which I probably did not want to know. The most important which concerns coffee is that the best brew occurs at around 170 degress and any higher will cause higher acids which are distasteful, bad for the teech and bad for the stomach. This does explain why most single server coffees are superior than drip coffee.

My final conclusion is to wait for a glass/stainless steel version of the aeropress. My senseo does a good job even though I do not know if the materials are made of bisphenol A (the water conainer may contain it because it is semi transparent) but I am happy with it. I occasionally grind my own beans but cannot say I notice much of a difference however I am tempted on getting a burr grinder just because coffee gives me so much joy everyday. I recently purchased 12 packages of 12 ounch grinded 100% arabica beans so it should settle the matter and provide me with enough coffee for a good year. In which time I will reconsider these issues again.

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