June 12, 2006
More coffee options

After our nice find of Java Juice as instant coffee, Michele was on the look out for other options. While shopping at the 99 Ranch Market (an Asian supermarket in LA), she found a box of Casa Coffee.

Sure enough it's another way brew a single cup of coffee for those of us that are coffee machine challenged.

Basically, it's a single use drip coffee packet. You rip off the top and place it in the cup. The Casa Coffee people call it a 'flying bag' due to the wings on the outside that hold the coffee packet in place.

Pouring the water in was a bit troublesome. It didn't work so well trying to use the hot water dispenser. I assume they intend you to use a teapot.

Once the water was in the coffee got one pass though the grounds and into the cup. In theory, it works just like a standard drip coffee maker.

Once the water it through, you lift the 'wings' and toss the used coffee packet away.

Too bad the coffee didn't taste too good. Maybe they didn't use good beans to start, or maybe I didn't let it steep right, but the coffee was weak and tasted a bit stale. The mouth feel was wrong, missing that essential oil that just barely is seen on fresh brewed coffee. It would do in a pinch, but I prefer even the powdered instant more.

I gave it a second try the next day. I poured the water in a bit too fast and the grounds overflowed the filter and went into my cup. I spent the next five minutes trying to get the floating grounds out of the cup. Falling at that, I put in extra sugar and drank it down anyways.

I have to give props to Casa Coffee for a neat idea,but they probably need a one way filter system that prevents overflow and better beans. By the way, be sure to check out the impressive Casa Coffee wallpaper!

Posted by michael at June 12, 2006 09:53 PM


While I certainly appreciate all your efforts in the realm of coffee-related research, especially in light of the recent
news that coffee consumption can help lower your risk for cirrhosis
, I have to say...

Dear God Man, buy a #$%$ coffee maker! (At least look into a french press.)

Posted by: Brad [http://www.flyingw.org] on June 13, 2006 8:51 AM

While you're at it, invest in a coffee grinder and buy only whole beans. Grind them as you use them, and store the remainder in an air-tight container out of the sun (not the freezer...never the freezer.)

Bad pre-ground coffee will taste bad, cheap and stale, no matter what the bag looks like.

Posted by: BillB [http://squidly.com] on June 15, 2006 5:39 PM

For Christmas I received a new coffee maker with a built-in grinder. Just add the whole beans and press brew. Makes great coffee and no need for purchasing an extra bean grinder.

BillB is right about the whole beans. Once you go fresh ground you never go back.

Posted by: Bribo [] on June 16, 2006 7:13 AM

Now Bribo just has to buy decent coffee and he'll be there!

Posted by: BillB [http://squidly.com] on June 16, 2006 12:09 PM
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