BUY THE BIALETTI BRIKKA AND WE'LL THROW IN 250G OF RINALDO'S COFFEE (YOU CHOOSE) FOR FREE.
At the tender age of 18, Rinaldo left the heady metropolis of West Cumbria for university, armed with a tartan suitcase in which, among other things, was his dad's 6-cup Bialetti stove top. Every morning he'd make a full pot and gulp it down using hideous robusta too-finely pre-ground coffee, thinking this was normal behaviour for most strapping lads. Some years later, when the rubber seal melted he threw the away the family heirloom and bought another pot, not realising you could get a replacement for a few quid. Idiot!
How times have changed. Rin, now lovingly roasts only the very finest single origin Arabica coffee and has talked to his pals at Bialetti, to bring to the UK the new Bialetti "Brikka"stove top.
What's so swank about the Brikka? Well, if you're on a budget and like a strong espresso drink this is an ideal solution. The real advantage of this new model, is that unlike other stove tops, the Brikka has a pressure valve that releases when the coffee percolates through, giving a lovely crema. So it's a very simply, inexpensive way to recreate a machine espresso drink at home.
Rin's Tips for the Perfect Stove Top Espresso:
1. Use filtered, cold water
2. Fill to the stamped"H2O" guide in the upper chamber then pour into the lower pot (this gives the exact amount of water required - a nice design improvement by Bialetti) - over or underfilling can produce pressure issues, so stick to the recommended level
3. Use freshly roasted coffee and ideally grind from fresh - this will give you the best chance of a deep crema
4. Don't grind too finely - unfortunately, established brands like pre-ground Lavazza, is too fine. Your grind should have a bit of bite if you runs it in your fingertips - similar to a fine salt texture
5. Fill the basket and level off with a flat finger or a knife. Tap the sides to settle the coffee, get rid of air pockets that can cause "channelling" but DON'T TAMP. Ensure the edges of the basket are clear of grinds
6. Before placing the stove top on the cooker ring, move the pressure valve up and down to ensure it's moving freely
7. Use a high heat if using an electric ring
8. If the pressure valve gets stuck for any reason, have a tablespoon at the ready and gently lift the valve when the crema is ready to be released
(As the instructions recommend, do 3 separate heatings with coffee [BUT DON'T DRINK THE COFFEE] to "season" the pot.
Overall, we think this is great improvement to the world of speciality coffee - a fantastic way to have a strong Arabica morning coffee. We've tried it and we're super impressed.
(Note - currently out of stock ... re-stocking soon)
An ingenious and inxpensive way to get the best out our your loose-leaf teas. The Bredemeijer tea filter is just about the quickest way to infuse your tea and definitively the easiest bit of kit to clean.
Add your tea in the filter and stand it into your cup of hot water (the flat brim will conveniently sit on the rim of your cup/mug).
Once your tea has brewed simply remove the infuser and stand it on the upturned lid, which now doubles as a coaster. That's what we call "double-Dutch" ... clever people, those Neverminders!
Simply tap out the leaves in your compost bin and rinse the diffuser and lid under the tap or put in the microwave.
Coffee Equation: 1 part chemistry + 1 part intuition + 1 part design = Chemex perfection
Created in 1941 by Peter Schlumbohn, this iconic piece of brewing kit has remained unchanged since it was first brought to market – a testament to its great design and functionality.
It’s made of Borosilicate non-porous glass, which won’t absorb odours or chemical residues. The hourglass shape is a classic design and aids the dripping motion as the coffee is brewing.
(note: Filter papers purchased separately)
Rin’s Serving Tips:
This is a stylish, must-have piece of kit for anyone serious about pour-over coffee. The unique long, thin goose-neck allows for accurate pouring and flow rate of water. It comes in brushed stainless steel, with an easy-to-remove lid. An essential buddy for Chemex, Hario V60 Dripper and Aeropress.
Simply place your boiling water in the kettle and pour. No drips, no spills, no probs. It’s a kettle Jim, but not as we know it.
Looks rather coolio too.
Rin’s Serving Tips:
Rin’s serving tips:
BUY THIS ITEM AND GET A FREE 250G BAG OF OUR COFFEE BEANS OF YOUR CHOICE
A perfect combination of grinding fresh beans and working those biceps into peak condition (all you rock-climbers out there, what are you waiting for?!).The Rhinoware Hand Grinder also comes with a very clever attachment for grinding directly into your Aeropress. How cool is that?
Awesome for the home or super-compact for travel use.
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Sowden SoftBrew™ Coffeepot: James 4-Cup 0.7l (23.5oz)
Another of George Sowden's Italian beauties from the Milan-based designer. This coffeepot is aesthetically stunning and it's one of the easiest ways to make great coffee.
Like its teapot cousin, Jakob, the James coffeepot is made from a thick porcelain composite, which gives excellent heat retention, while the hollow-formed handle always remains cool. The SoftBrew stainless steel filter comprises thousands of microscopic holes which allow the ground coffee particles to move around the hot water, releasing their flavours.
You can easily remove the filter to prevent the coffee from over-brewing and becoming astringent. Both the pot and filter are super-easy to clean by rinsing them under a tap.
A lovely and hassle-free way to make coffee. Perfect for my single origin coffee.
Sowden SoftBrew™ Tea - model: JAKOB
Designed by Milan-based George Sowden, all-round whizz-kid and good egg, the Jakob teapot combines Italian style with Chinese tradition. The teapot is made from a thick porcelain composite, which gives excellent heat retention, while the hollow-formed handle always remains cool to the touch.
What really sets this brand apart from the competition is the SoftBrew stainless steel filter, which comprises thousands of microscopic holes. This design allows the leaves the space to move freely in the hot water, releasing all their flavour without getting crushed or damaged. The filter is very easy to remove, so that the brew can be separated from the wet tea leaves at the appropriate time to avoid the liquor becoming overly bitter. It's also very easy to clean by simply rinsing it under a tap.
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