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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent although plastic - surprisingly good coffee & so simple!, 11 May 2010
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I thought I was a bit of a coffee freak having dabbled over the years in grinding, various espresso machines (of sufficient pressure, i.e. 15 bars and above), stove-top espresso makers, filter machines, cafetieres etc. To be fair, a decent espresso maker is worth its weight, if only for the "creme" it produces, but for speed, simplicity and ease of cleaning, you can't fault using a coffee cone. Mess? What mess? Compared to the faff of cleaning a cafetiere and filter, this is truly a pleasure, for coffee that (in my opinion) tastes no different.

I'd advise getting some decent filter papers - I prefer the 2-cup size and would avoid the supermarket-own variety. Tried them, many of them split (even after folding over the bottom edge before placing in the cone) and trust me - the resulting weak coffee + grounds in your mug is NOT worth any potential saving from cheap filters.

I've found the key to a decent cup of coffee using this method is to heat the milk (but not too much or it taints the coffee in my opinion) and to use decent ground coffee that is suitable for this method of preparation (I prefer ILLY, although of course there are others).

This cone is tough, reasonably coloured, the handle is useful and it sits on any cup/mug I've tried it on. Two small holes at the base release the coffee whilst the flared base help to retain the heat and avoid mess. The only downside for this as a means of speedy (and decentish) coffee making, is that it's made of plastic and I'm not convinced that it doesn't slightly taint the flavour, especially given the temperature of the water that passes over it.

I know that it's possible to get hold of a porcelain cone and I think that's going to be my next purchase.

Hope this has helped.
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Initial post: 8 Feb 2011 11:30:54 GMT
WhiteCrow says:
did you get that porcelein holder?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Feb 2011 07:49:55 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2011 13:36:47 GMT
WhiteCrow says:
found a very reasonably priced cone here:

http://www.algcoffee.co.uk/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=1299

am using it now (quick delivery - no problems) - though probably a plastic one is just as good 8^)

enjoy that cup!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2011 19:25:11 GMT
Thanks for this tip. I'm going to buy one of these.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jan 2012 15:27:31 GMT
MC says:
Sold out there too! :(

However it is worth scouring the web for a ceramic version. My view is that over time, plastic absorbs the oils from the coffee and imparts a slightly 'stale' taste to the fresh brew.
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