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Topic: Stovetop/Moka Pot update (5 msgs / 109 lines)
1) From: michael brown
Hey guys,
you told me to post my results after playing the 'moka pot' some more.  soo=
oo, based on recommendations, i tweaked the grind so it was about two-third=
s towards my setting for espresso, from my drip coffee setting.  and used c=
old water rather than warmed up water.  the end result is MUCH better than =
last time.  not stale, bland, or boring.  it took about 3 min to get to boi=
ling, then 3 more min to get to perculating.   i'm wondering if maybe i'm l=
etting it sit on the burned too long before pulling it off the flame.  it s=
eems like once it gets to perculating, the actual "brew time" is rather qui=
ck.  possibly quicker than i thought.   just thinking out loud now, really.=
  thanks for all the suggestions!
oh it was a kenyan AA that i brewed.  made for a great SO double shot this =
morning.  almost tastes metallic.  i may go do another batch in a min and s=
ee if i pull it off the heat quicker, what happens.
thanks again!
Michael B
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2) From: Kris McN
Michael,
Excellent!
I'm kinda confused about what you mean when you say "boiling" versus
"percolating", though.  At what point does the coffee start flowing/oozing
from the spout?  I generally keep it at a temp that gets coffee flowing
about 3-4 minutes in, then I pull it as soon as it starts sputtering at the
end, about 1-2 minutes later.  If it's sputtering earlier in the process,
you may want to turn down the heat a bit.
Best,
Kris McN
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3) From: michael brown
okay, that helps.  i hear what i think is boiling coming from the bottom at=
 about 3 min.  at 6min is when it starts to percolating (flowing/oozing).  =
that sputtering is what i was hearing when i wasn't sure if i was supposed =
to pull it off the heat.  good stuff.  thanks!
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4) From: michael brown
one final update; more or less to let you know i've gotten to the point where minor tweaks will give me the end result that i can enjoy.  today, i upped the heat just a 'smidge' to try and get it percolating a little sooner, still happened at 6min.  BUT i pulled it from the heat as soon as it started it's 'sputter' at the end.  the end result was the best thus far.  it was a kenyan AA, that a friend gave to me from another local roaster, so now i have to see what it can do with 'good' coffee (i.e. my own)  thanks for all the help!  this list is truely wonderful!
Michael B
b'ham, AL
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5) From: Brian Kamnetz
Congratulations, Michael. Your experience with the moka pot, when I
think about it, is similar to all coffee experiences. We get
interested in some aspect of it, ask a bunch of questions, try it, ask
more questions, modify, and things get better and better.
Brian
On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 11:54 AM, michael brown  wrote:
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