Anyone seen this "Java Wand" thing? It is a straw with a filter on the end of it. Novel idea, but I think you would overextract your coffee with this device. I'm SURE you would ruin any tea you tried to make. It would probably be a good modern version of the bombilla. Has anyone tried this? -- Steven Hay hay.steve -AT- gmail.com Barry Paradox: Consider k to be the greatest element of the set of natural numbers whose description require maximum of 50 words: "(k+1) is a natural number which requires more than 50 words to describe it."
I went to their website to have a look. Yeah, it looks very similiar to the different bombillas I use for Yerba Mate. I guess the benifit of this one would be the glass straw as opposed to my metal or plastic ones. You're right about the overextraction for sure, unless it is drank within a few minutes. That's why I usually brew my mate in a French Press. Of course, this does pose an interesting experiment. Try drinking coffee with a hint of Mate tradition: Fill a coffee mug with coffee grinds to 1/2 or 2/3 full. Cover mug with hand and turn upside down to shake any fines to the top so they don't clog the filter. Insert bombilla or Java Wand into the gound coffee. Pour over hot water. Drink the entire cup (the host should be the one drinking the first cup due to the strenght and potential bitterness) and then refill with hot water and pass on to the next guest. They do the same, and then the next and the next. Just keep passing it around in a circle. Now, mate can last for many cups this way without changing drastically in the cup (minus the first cup) but I wonder what would happen to the coffee over this time? Okay, so maybe not the best idea, but it's the only idea I can come up with for a wand like this Java one. I guess if I get bored, I'll try one of my bombillas in a cup of cowboy coffee.... -Branden On 9/10/06, Steve Hay wrote: <Snip>
Actually, I just thought of one possibly somewhat practical idea. Why not use a bombilla or Java Wand at the cupping table? Rid of those time honored silver spoons and use a device such as the bombilla! No chance of slurping up grounds and if they are used during a cupping competition more than one person could be sticking their filtered straws into the same cup at the same time. Alright, so maybe it wouldn't work so well in a professional setting, but if anyone is cupping at home and wants to try an alternative, a bombilla might just put a different spin on cupping. The only issue I see is with aeration. A cupper would be missing that first initial spray of coffee against the tongue. But this could be solved to a slight degree by bringing the liquid into the front of the mouth, remove bombilla from lips and then aerate. I might just have to try this one but alas I have spent way too long on this subject that at first I found silly... -Branden On 9/10/06, Branden Byers wrote: <Snip>