Thursday, April 1, 2010

Mukka Express Americano

So last night, my wife dragged me to a John Mayer concert. That was one end of a burning candle. Then this morning, I needed to drag my kindergartner out of bed to finish her math homework. That was the other end of the burning candle. My groggy head was at the middle.

My normal two cups of French press coffee just wasn't cutting it. When that happens, I usually break out the Mukka Express and make a quasi-cappuccino. Hey, it isn't the best thing you ever had, but it does the job. Well, I opened the fridge and it dawned on me that my kids snarfed up all of the milk in the house this morning for breakfast.

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I decided to try to see how an americano would turn out in the Mukka Express. Frankly, I didn't care if it tasted like crap. When I'm in desperate need of caffeine, my standards drop. I made the americano exactly like I make a cappuccino, but just substituted water for the milk.

When the coffee was released through the valve into the top compartment, I thought something was wrong because of the brown color instead of black, but it was just the "crema" being formed as the coffee passed through the valve.

I should have taken a picture since the crema looked really decent. The taste of the americano completely blew away my expectations. I just made French press coffee this morning anyways, so comparing the two was easy. Just like a good americano, the Mukka americano has that strong coffee taste without the heavy, almost chewy mouthfeel of the French press coffee.