The quest to make a good cup of coffee in Mauritius from local and import beans
February 11, 2015
Lately I have been trying to make my own good cup of coffee from grinding my own beans and getting the dosages right in using various techniques from the French Press to the Bialetti / Moka Italian coffee maker. I started as a coffee drinker with the soluble brands such as Ricoffy and other Nestlé brands which I still find good and does simplify the procedures if you just want a cup of coffee without all the hassles. If you want it strong you just take a few more spoons.
Finding the right coffee to your liking can be as difficult as figuring out a good wine or any other delicacies. With all my recent coffee experiments I’m yet not really satisfied after several months. In discussion with some other coffee drinkers, many have told me, that they are as well on the constant quest of the best coffee experience! Even after years!
I still do believe Ricoffy is one of the best options even if it is just a soluble chicory. By “just” I do not claim that it’s inferior. I have often come to similar tasting experiences that a cup of ricoffy simply tasted very similar of the coffee I had in the French Press and through the paper filter. That’s where I come to the point where I wonder, why all the effort to get the same taste? Why not switch back to Ricoffy?
I do not own a coffee machine like the Nespresso which probably will take the coffee making to a new experience but I somehow do not fancy buying those capsules. And am not really looking for Espressos.
So far I have only tried 2 local coffee brands from Mauritius. And the roasted beans you use play a major role on the end result as well.
How do you like your coffee in Mauritius?
Which brands do you use and where do you buy them?
How do you make your coffee in order to get the best coffee experience & taste?
This is the French Press. You can get them at Super U. I have tried to make a good cup of coffee with that in using both the Chamarel and La Fournaise roasted beans. I tried all sorts of dosages and I have not come to a satisfying result. I have given up on the French Press. I now use it to just as a water measuring gauge. Also, you need a coffee grinder than can deliver you a more coarse grind, not fine grind.
My coffee making arsenal.
With this Mocha / Bialetti coffee maker you can make excellent Espressos. This one is of the brand Melitta, Made in China. You can buy it at Super U. It makes sufficient Espressos for 4-6 Persons. It’s not ideal for just one person and gets kind of tricky to reduce the dosage. You will only get a good Espresso if you completely fill up the filter, which takes around 200 beans. On top your Espresso will even have Crema. A sign that it’s good. It’s also easy to overdose on the consumption if you are going to drink it alone. The Espresso that you will get will be very strong meaning you should only take a very small amount of it. I underestimated this once and filled a big cup which I partly cut with water. Yet it was so strong that I overdosed myself and I had heart palpitations after and I wasn’t OK for one whole week! That’s the first time I ever overdosed on Espresso. So, it’s possible. If you drink to many Espressos you can overdose and feel really bad! Since am not on the lookout for an Espresso, but more for a big cup of plain black coffee, I have stopped using this one.
This one is the smaller version of above. A guest left me this one. It’s small and makes just one cup. The results are not satisfying even if you fill up the filter completely. It then takes around 80 beans. I didn’t get any proper Espresso or enough strong coffee to cut it with water to make a big cup of black coffee. Tried less water, more beans. Gave up on this one to.
That’s my new thing! The Melitta plastic filter cone for 2 cups. Am more satisfied with the results I get from this one than all the stuff above! Anyone knows where you can get a ceramic one?
The device with which I grind the beans. Not ideal for a French Press.
The local Mauritian coffee brand: Café La Fournaise. The beans don’t come from Mauritius, they have been roasted here. I like it. I will have to try a few more other mixtures that they offer. We don’t really have much choice in Mauritius!
The packaging is nice, the beans are from Mauritius. They are big brown beans roasted here. I don’t like their taste. Are there any fans out there of this brand?
How to keep the beans having their freshness.
The beans in the mixer.
The paper filters which do a great job. You can get that at Super U.
What you can use to get a simple big cup of plain black coffee.
Here goes the grinding!
The cup is waiting for the grinded beans.
After the grinding that’s how it looks like.
Take it out.
Pour it into the paper filter.
Hot water is ready. Not boiling.
Pour it in.
A big cup of black coffee is ready. So far that’s the way I like it best, but yet not so fully satisfied. Still looking for that special kind of Aroma. I once grinded 200 coffee beans and placed it in the paper filter. The Aroma was pleasing but in that way my coffee packet will finish in no time. So right now am using 3 big spoons of beans. It’s kind of OK. How much do you use to get a perfect cup of plain black coffee?
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