Ikea RÅDIG Espresso Pot

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If you like your coffee strong, there's nothing stronger…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $18 CAD

Summary

If you like your coffee strong, there's nothing stronger than moka-pot!!

Pros

  • Stainless steel
  • Super-strong coffee
  • Fire safe and stove safe

Cons

  • Hard to clean
  • Doesn't pack down or nest efficiently
  • Turns you into a coffee snob

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Do you like the GSI single-shot espresso maker? Well this makes six shots of that same strong coffee in one batch!!

Believe it or not, this is my camping coffee pot. It's a moka-pot style coffee maker, made by IKEA, and it's all stainless steel!! I find it makes superb coffee that could wake the dead, and it's about the same size as a standard 1L Bodum or Nalgene.

Taste (9/10): If you heat slowly and remove from heat when the water is done, you'll get a very nice tasting super strong cuppa joe. Unfortunately, the moka-pot design inherently requires a bit more supervision than other methods. If you don't remove it from heat at the appropriate time, you can very quickly end up scalding the grounds and causing a more bitter/sour coffee.

Prep (5/10): The moka-pot style of coffee maker takes a little bit of assembly to make a pot of coffee. Somewhat similar in complexity to a percolator, but then also requiring supervision when brewing. If you're the kind of person that needs a quicker, simpler, no-hassle caffeine hit in the morning, then you should choose a simpler apparatus like a french press, Aeropress, or a pour-over.

Satiety (10/10): This coffee maker is a bit misleading to those of us who are accustomed to our "regular" or "double-double" drip coffee in the morning. This pot makes six standard espresso shots worth of coffee that's even more concentrated than espresso. The relatively smaller volume of coffee is actually quite satisfying, because the concentration of coffee is so much stronger. if you need more volume, just add water to your cup after brewing. Trust me, the coffee is rich enough to tolerate some dilution.

Energy (10/10): As I said before, this hits you with all the concentrated goodness of espresso, and you can obviously choose a lighter roast of coffee beans to get even more caffeine delivery. You'll be wired in no time.

Packing (6/10): One day I would like to see a moka pot that's designed to nest into a smaller package for transport. So far, this and all other moka-pots I've seen are not collapsible or nestable. Don't get me wrong, it's a small pot... but it could be even smaller / more efficient.

Best For: Coffee snobs, lovers of dark/thick coffee, poor sleepers, hangover victims...

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