Could Mr. Coffee be the way to go?I can certainly sympathize with Bruni's shameful feelings about using a drip machine "long after any self-respecting epicure was supposed to." Once when buying locally roasted, Fair Trade coffee beans from the coffee bar down the street, I was asked by the barista which method I would be using to brew my coffee. Her scorn was thick as the sludge at the bottom of a french press pot when she heard I was using an electric drip machine.
Let's be clear: I don't think that drip makers make the best coffee and neither does Bruni. He contends that fancier home-brewing tools like the Chemex and the single-cup drip cone produce a superior cup of coffee, but one which — at least to him — is not worth the extra time and effort spent boiling, soaking, blooming and pouring. First thing in the morning, a cup of coffee magically brewed moments before by a pre-programmed machine may taste just as good as that carefully made cup that took ten minutes to make.
• Read the article: Loving Coffee Without Being a Drip
What do you think? Are non-drip coffee brewing methods worth the extra time and effort? Or do people need to stop looking down on the humble drip machine?