I have had this little plastic cone single cup brewer for about 30 years.
When I bought it, it came with a supply of round, Chemex style filters. You had
to fold them into a cone and plop them into the black, cone shaped brewer
which sat directly on top of a cup. There are little peekaboo slots in the base
so you can watch your cup fill up and avoid over filling. Like the Chemex,
the coffee drips from the bottom at a single point. This is supposed to be one
of the secrets of Chemex. The coffee is concentrated into a single stream,
unlike a Melitta which streams out of a flat bottom.
They stopped selling this little jewel many years ago, and the round filters
are no longer available. However, a Mr. Coffee type paper basket works
well. You flatten out the ruffles, then fold it into a triangle.
I hadn't used the little brewer in several years. Now that I've gotten into
home roasting, I have about 7 or 8 different types of brewers, Australian
press, French press, Melitta single cup cones, the new Aeropress, as well as a
Bodum Santos electric vacuum pot which I use for guests. Since I'm the only
coffee drinker in the house, I almost always use a single cup maker.
Well, I found the little beauty in a high cupboard the other day and
purchased some Mr. Coffee type filters for it. Guess what???? It makes better
coffee than any of my other single cup methods. By FAR!!! My guess is the cone
shape with its single stream delivery system. I also notice that it brews
rather quickly, unlike a Melitta which can stall, especially if the grind is too
fine and after the grounds are saturated with water. I wonder if the speed
has anything to do with the great flavor it produces.....
Does anybody have any opinions about this? I sure wish someone would start
making these things again. I remember paying $1.98 for it, which included a
few starter filter disks. Today it would be a bargain at five bucks.