Yes, I have been called a coffee snob. However, I deny the term. I am not adamant about grinding my own coffee or exactly where my beans come from. I do love a good strong flavour (preferably German), but I am more interested in how the coffee is brewed and enjoyed.
For instance, coffee and drive through should rarely coexist. One thing I miss about France is the café culture, where one could read a book and people watch for hours without being disturbed. When you order un café (a coffee), the waiter will bring you a single espresso with two sugar cubes on the side. Once in Italy, I bought myself a single stovetop espresso dripolator that has been a faithful friend throughout the years.
Most people gawk and ask questions when I pull it out, so I thought I would open up my kitchen and the tutorial for all.
#1 Meet the Solo Espresso Maker
This simple contraption has three parts, the bottom that holds the water, the middle section that holds the coffee grounds, and the top spout. It uses heat to force the water through the coffee grounds and up into the cup.
#2 Add Water
#3 Add Coffee Grounds
Fill the coffee holder up with your roast of choice (above I chose Swiss Mövenpick brand, medium roast, although I also love German Jacobs) and place it into the bottom piece, filled with water.
#4 Select Espresso Cup
#5 Get Ready to Brew
Screw the top part of the coffee maker onto the two bottom layers, and you’re ready to brew on the stovetop. The espresso cup sits on the shelf directly below the spout.
#6 Turn on the Heat
#7 Watch the Magic
As the water in the bottom heats, it will be forced up through the coffee, through a filter, and finally up through the spout and into your cup. Once it starts to pour, it will be done very quickly. At this point, immediately remove the espresso cup with an oven mitt or towel. Turn off the heat. Every inch of the espresso maker will be burning hot, so don’t touch it. However, you need to remove it from the heat or the plastic will eventually melt. I usually dip a spoon under the spout to move the whole thing to the sink to cool.
Grab an old or new friend to share the coffee with. If you’re lucky, you’ll own a two-cup espresso maker! I am not so fortunate. My only companion this time is the devious little Xena, hoping for a few grains of sugar to be dropped from the counter