Cheap Espresso in a Moka Pot
For a change of pace this week, I am shedding the expensive espresso machines and going back to the basics with a $20 Moka pot and a can of Cafe Bustelo, which just cost me $2.50. Yes, that's right, it is less than a Grande Latte at Starbucks. Luckily, I didn't just lose my job, but I have to admit that I like a Cafe au Lait brewed with the thick espresso that the Bustelo brews. It's got to have a fair amount of robusta in there to hit this prices, and no it is not a light and aromatic wonder-brew, but it is good in its own way.
The syrupy results from a 6 minute brewing time on my stove give me a rich flavor that when cut with a bit of sugar and milk taste like a strong bodied coffee that I can really enjoy. the slightly tannic flavor has a long and strong coffee finish. I use the "4-cup" maker for my coffee in the morning with a few heaping tablespoons of coffee and brew on the stovetop. Easy, quick and pretty darn good.
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Posted by Scott Martin at April 12, 2010 6:39 AM