Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Bialetti Coffee Maker

When we were in Fernie for the last bit of 2010, I thought I'd check out a few of the sporting shops to see what that had in the way of back-country coffee making stuff. Thinking along the lines of micro-touring, I wanted something that was small, light and able to brew fresh with a small stove.

Beyond that, I'm a coffee snob. Have been for years. I've hand picked beens in South America, toured coffee plantations in Venezuala and visited a few different coffee roasters in multiple countries. I love good coffee. The idea of brewing a cup or two, and keeping it sealed in a thermos on my bike doesn't appeal to me the same as a cup of brewed espresso does. Even if I'm only out for a short little afternoon ride, the trouble of brewing a fresh shot, is so worth it to me.
During my search, I ended up finding a quite famous little espresso maker. The Bialetti Mocka Press. It came highly recommended by a few folks at the store and thought for 30 bucks, it was worth a try. I went back to our condo in Fernie and made a few pots to test it out. Now, this is about the only way I make coffee at all anymore. Even at home.
If you're looking to have some great coffee while out camping, and even at home for that matter, I highly recommend the Bialetti. They are available in sizes from two cup all the way up to 12. Light, tough, packable and makes excellent java.

I also have a crumby video of me brewing a cup with my camp stove in my garage here.



6 comments: said...

Yum. My burr grinder and Breville espresso-maker are two of my best friends. ;>)

Rat Trap Press said...

I've seen those little espresso makers around but I wasn't sure what to make of them. It looks much easier to use than the French press I bought for my camping trips.

Very informative video by the way.

Pondero said...

Thanks for this informative post. I enjoyed the video, and was totally geeked-out over the gear. I'm still trying to get the right balance between convenience and flavor.

adventure! said...

I love Moka Pots! It's the only way I make coffee at home. I have a collection of Moka Pots, one of which is a camping specific pot that GSI makes. I only use it on short tours. For longer tours I'll bring a Melita cone with reusable filter, which takes up less space.

adventure! said...

Here's another good Moka Pot instructional, provided by hometown uber coffee snobs Stumptown:

Jerome said...

Thanks for the link! Good to know how to properly use the mocka press. Tomorrow morning, I'll be pre-hearint my water!