I will second the french press. I switched to a french press a few years ago and haven't looked back. Don't be surprised if the coffee seems to have fine particles and sediment in the coffee. Believe it or not it adds a lot of body to the coffee.A lot of people don't have either the available funds or need for a high-end coffee maker. For my money, a simple french press 1) makes the most flavorable coffee, 2) is cheap as chips, and 3) doesn't take up counter space. The lack of a paper filter means you are getting all the flavor.
I've used a French press for over twenty years, and an Aeropress for the past two months. I've produced more good cups in '07 than in the last twenty years combined. The Aeropress extracts much more flavor (I've tried them side by side) without bitterness or sludge.A lot of people don't have either the available funds or need for a high-end coffee maker. For my money, a simple french press 1) makes the most flavorable coffee, 2) is cheap as chips, and 3) doesn't take up counter space. The lack of a paper filter means you are getting all the flavor. I like my Gaggia espresso maker, but for great coffee, I go the press every time. I just got a pound of Peet's Major Dickason's Blend and brewed some in a press, and I can't imagine it getting any better than this. I view the fancy-schmancy coffee makers as the Gillette Fusion of the coffee world and the press as the DE razor. Simpler is better, IMHO.
Last January while I was a student in Munich, Germany my friends and I would frequent the Cafe Testarossa quite often before retiring to the "malted barley cafes" . It was between Sendlinger Tor and Marienplatz somewhere, but I can't remember the street name. At any rate, yes, the coffee was excellent. While all my Mexican and other non-German European friends were shelling out 4 or 5 Euros for Cafe Machiatos, I was quite happy with my 1.50 euro "kaffee."If you live in NYC, find an Italian groceria or deli and look for Testarossa coffee. Yeah, like the Ferrari. First drank it in Rome. It is outstanding. For an Italian coffee, it is very smooth. A friend who is a coffee freak has found someplace in NY that he buys from by the case and sells a few of his closest friends a bag or two.
I guess I find it quitte excessive to keep a pot of heated water around all day for a cup of coffee in the morning and a cup of coffee in the evening...However has anyone mentioned coffee maker brands? After going through several myself, I found simple is better. I perfer Bunn. Many restaurants use them (D&D). They keep the water heated in the maker, which allows you to get closer to that 205 degree mark. You get a pot of coffee or water for tea in minutes. As an everyday coffee maker, Bunn is great.
Good point, but after trying several regular coffee makers, none of them seemed to be able to heat the water up to the right temp before spraying the grinds. After reading various reviews on coffee makers I gave it a try, and I love it.
The commercial Bunn coffee makers are designed so that they are plumbed into the water supply of the restaurant. There's a chamber inside the machine that preheats the water and keeps it hot in between pots. Most of them have a spigot attached so that hot water can be drawn off for a cup of tea when I customer orders that.