I got my hands on the Bellman CX-25 Stovetop Cappuccino maker (mucho thanks to Colin and CoffeeCrew). It's pretty cool. Gots lots of stuff in it. If you head to their website to check out all the bits, it sort of reminds me of building model airplanes and cars when I was a kid.
Anyhooo ... my problem is this, it makes really weak coffee. In my last 3 tries the coffee has been weaker than my coffee press ... almost on par with the way my Mom makes her coffee at home (and that's weak).
I'm using espresso beans here folks, so that shouldn't be it. I've gone from a fine grind to a grind like salt consistency as per what I read somewhere.
Now I'm going to have to fess up to something here … I'm putting boiling water into the boiler before it gets on to the burner on the stove. I figured that would shorten the overall time. Should I be doing this? Does the Bellman have to go through the entire heating up process to make it work right?
That pretty much did the trick. Let the Bellman do its thing on the stove and it made for a much stronger coffee. Still thinking it should be stronger though. I know it won't make it to espresso strength. I'd say right now the strength of coffee coming out is sorta just like a slightly weak Americano. Mind you I'm using espresso beans that I have not used in my moka pot or coffee press, so I'm not sure how strong it really is. Hmmmm
So now the question is ... how to get it there? I'll ponder that one over another cuppa coffee.
11 years 9 months ago - 11 years 9 months ago#3934by allan
I follow this method pretty closely, and am satisfied with the results.
I have actually experimented with tamping (can't stop myself sometimes) and I believe it yields a stronger extraction. I assume because it takes a little longer for the steam pressure to force the water through the beans. Remember to leave room for expansion though
I always remove from heat as soon as I hear the "bubbling" sound and stop the extraction.
Thanks for the link. I'll check it out when I get home (at work with net nanny). I'm always up for something new to give a whirl at. Welcome to the forum btw ... I see your post to this thread is your first. This is a good place to kick around coffee ideas. The more the better ... well it is for me anyway.