You can make better coffee. Below you’ll find seven of the most common obstacles to producing cafe-quality coffee at home. Of course, there are countless ways to improve your coffee, but what you’ll find below will certainly put you on the right path. It’s worth adding that nothing suggested below includes spending lots of money on high-end equipment. You can actually improve your brews and save money at the same time. It’s a win/win scenario.
A common criticism levelled at the ROK espresso maker is that it can’t produce crema. In almost all cases we’ve dealt with, the issue turned out to be the grinder. If your grind setting is off, or your grinder won’t grind fine enough, you won’t get the espresso you’re looking for from the ROK. Here are 25 videos of folks who have figured that out.
Our talented mate, Scott, has put together another unplugged coffee masterpiece. Check out this video of Scott and his family doing the off-the-grid, unplugged coffee thing, the way it’s meant to be done. Pack up your coffee kit and get out in the world. You’ll see cameos from the ROK espresso maker, Handpresso, Minipresso and a Porlex grinder.
With a bottomless portafilter, you want to see the coffee extract evenly across the basket, and for the pour to coalesce into a single stream. These are signs that your grind setting and tamping are on the money. Hit slow motion and drop in a funky soundtrack and you’ve got yourself some classic coffee porn.
This photo won’t impress the average coffee geek and I’m not about to win any latte art competitions, but for me it was a minor miracle. I’ve poured a heart before, but this morning might have been one of the first times I’ve poured two hearts in a row. Why is that a big deal for me? Typically I would have poured a heart and then, much to my frustration, followed with some sort of blobby wombat (my son is great at identifying shapes in my latte art). For two years I’ve been using the Bellman milk steamer and while I believed I understood the fundamentals of milk steaming, it has taken this long to begin to consistently apply the knowledge. Continue reading
This is a great end-to-end video of the ROK espresso brewing process. The only things I would add are: 1. Run hot water through the ROK after you’ve finished to flush out any residual grounds and oils. 2. Remove the white filter screen and dry thoroughly before putting the ROK away.
Video credit: Максим Рязанов
Where to buy ROK espresso maker:
New Zealand: https://presso.co.nz/rok