We’ve been drinking the same ol’ Folgers Columbian coffee for 4 years now, and for some reason I was sparked by a little trip down memory lane to buy my own Flavia machine, the “personal” model.
Flavia uses these dinky little pouches with a little valve at the top. It superheats some water, injects it into the little pouch bringing out the flavor (and caffeine) of the drink and causing the bottom of the pouch to open. Then it flushes more water through the pouch to fill the cup.
It produces fantastic aromas and the drinks are superb. Its a little on the stingy side – a dial on the machine goes from a strong 8oz drink to a weak 12oz drink. But there’s a fairly wide variety too.
At a cost of about 45c per pouch it’s not exactly cheap, but it’s been a little moment of excitement for atleast three of us today (Killer, Animal, myself; not sure if anyone else was as pleased with this little novelty).
It was fun discovering that if you get a beverage machine to brew you a personal cup of hot drink and you take a sip out of it without waiting, the drink invariably tastes of burned-tounge. The first round of drinks were a little bit of a dissapointment – they all tasted watery. Then we worked out that you need to give the drink a minute to do the brownian motion thing (or a good, vigorous stir) and the drinks are really very pleasant.
Makes a very nice cup of Earl Grey – it actually tastes of bergamot rather than bergamot flavor.