Episode 4: Coffee

Thank you all so much for watching. This is so much fun. There is so much I want to share. I can’t wait for next week. And the week after that. And the week after that. So here are the show notes:





Future projects:

Podcasts for you watch!


Eyes and Ears:


And just in case you are wondering, “Where do I buy a moka?” here are some links (all are for Amazon.com). Our equivalent to the cheapest but, as you can see, you can spend A LOT on a moka. I do not recommend doing so as our cheapy has lasted for 2 years and I doubt the Richard Sapper is 20 times better.

Primula 3-cup stovetop espresso maker $9.95

Richard SapperΒ  3-cup stovetop espresso maker $197.00

Primula 6-cup stovetop espresso maker $14.95

Richard Sapper 6-cup stovetop espresso maker $223.00

Bialetti Brikka 4-cup $54.99

18 responses to “Episode 4: Coffee

  1. hey becky! i really love your podcast! thanks so much for the tutorial on the coffee. i am definitely going to try it.

    • Thanks so much! I love coffee made with the moka. I should have linked to the Amazon listing for a cheap one and the Brikka…maybe I’ll go add those to the show notes. I will totally give free advertising to coffee supply producers. πŸ™‚

  2. How cool are you!!! Do they drink tea in Germany?? I had to switch to herbal tea as coffee & caffeine bothers me.I have the coffee press that works for tea also. I so enjoy all your videocasts so keep up the good work my dear..I will keep your husband in my prayers as I’ve been in your shoes many years ago. deb in Illinois

    • They do drink tea here and tea ordered at a restaurant here is better than tea at a restaurant in the States. We buy our loose leaf tea at the same little organics (bio) store where we buy our coffee. They have an amazing selection of teas.

      Is your coffee/tea press a French press? I’ve not thought of using it for tea but it should work fine. We are on a constant search for the “perfect” tea pot but in the meantime we use a small clay pitcher that an artist friend of ours made.

  3. I’ve been enjoying your podcasts. I’ve made tea in a French Press a few times. I’m curious how you knit. What do other German knitters think of your style? I like hearing the prices in euros as that’s what I use. I don’t know anything about American overseas army bases. What’s it like living on one?

    • I knit with the working yarn held in my left hand, which I believe is continental. Aside from the one German lady, I don’t know what the “normal” method is for Germans. There are a couple of German ladies who work at the library. I should ask them.

      Living on an American overseas base…is interesting. I am very glad we are having this experience but it is very hard as well. The culture shock was much greater than I’d expected. And it’s the little things that really get to us, like restaurants not being open at 2:30 in the afternoon. Or the difference in the driving culture or the difference in civil engineering. Those are the things that “bother” us most whereas the language barrier isn’t as big of a deal – probably because we expected it so much.

      Anyway, I hope you continue to watch the podcast and I will continue to share my experiences living overseas. πŸ™‚

  4. Love your show! I am so impressed with all your knitting! You have inspired me to get busy on my socks. I want to cast on my first shawl too. I really want to try a good cup of coffee. I may just have to buy a new pot. Thanks for a great podcast.

    • Thank you! And I’m so glad I’ve inspired you! I am feeling a little discouraged with my husband’s socks. His feet are so long compared to mine and my daughter’s! ARGH!

      Thanks for watching and commenting!

  5. Becky,
    my daughter has liked Joshua Jackson since the movie Mighty Ducks and then fell totally in love with him when he was Pacey on Dawson’s Creek. I think he (Joshua Jackson) is one of the hunkiest/dreamiest men ever – in my opinion he’s definitely tied with Ryan Reynolds. yummy yummy oh my – now there’s two men I’d love to be sandwiched between!
    On Fringe – I adore Walter, he’s adorably quirky and extremely interesting.
    I LOVE your podcast – you are super fun and such a natural “be yourself” person.
    I agree with you on The Expectant Knitter podcast – Steph is another fun gal.

    • I had a crush on him from Mighty Ducks but at that time in my life I had a crush on every boy in every movie I saw. The entire cast of Mighty Ducks (and all sequels) and the entire cast of Newsies, for some. My bedroom walls were covered with posters. It all seems so silly now. But I was seriously boy crazy.

      And now I’m man-crazy. Which is totally different and not at all silly. πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much for your kind words. So wonderful to hear!

  6. We have a moka coffee maker. It is strong coffee. I use my cone filter the most but I tend to switch off between them. πŸ™‚
    Great episode!

    • If I had another coffee maker, I’d probably switch back and forth as well. I actually wish we had a french press as I like it better for iced coffee, for whatever reason.

      Thanks for watching and taking the time to comment! I really appreciate it!

  7. I have been catching up on your podcast and just watched the Coffee episode last night. I had just heard about Moka pots recently and My mother has one but we didn’t know how to use it. After watching your podcast last night, I made some coffee with the Moka pot this morning and we both loved it! I am like you, I really don’t like drip coffee and the home espresso machine has been so-so and not worth the hassle. But the Moka pot was easy and I used the coffee we had for the espresso machine and I really liked it. I’d make another cup but Id be up all night.

    • So glad the coffee episode has been such a hit! And I can not tell you how thrilled I am that it helped you use the Moka! We had a home “espresso” machine (I say that with some sarcasm as, having learned what actually makes espresso espresso, I know that it was in fact, some piece of non-espresso machine crap) and it was WAY more trouble than it was worth. Honestly, if it made coffee by itself, cleaned up afterwards, and did a song and dance routine while it brewed, it would still have found its way to the curb. That’s how bad the coffee was that came out of it. And don’t even get me started on the milk frothing wand. Crap. Pure, unadulterated crap.

      I digress.

      • yeah, Im not in a hurry to get a milk frother. The microwaved milk (which is how I make my warm milk before bedtime) worked just fine with the coffee out of the Moka.

      • yup. We microwave our milk and have even made milk foam for cappucinos by hand. We put high fat milk in a small glass jar (Palmer’s All Fruit jam jar, I believe) that has been chilled, either by putting in the freezer for a while or just by keeping the milk in it in the fridge. Anyway, we fill it about 1/3 full and shake. And shake. And open the lid to let out extra air then close tightly and shake some more. Repeat until the milk has increased in volume to almost full. Let the milk rest for a few minutes (lets the frothed part raise to the top). Scoop out and use as milk foam. Works fairly well but high fat milk is a necessity as is having it VERY cold.

  8. Ooo! Another reason for me to splurge on the local creamery’s raw milk. Last time I bought some we used a liquid iced coffee mix that we can’t find anymore and made awesome creamy ice coffee.

    Oh BTW, I tried to find you on Plurk, including jumping from your Rav page and it says “user name not found”. If you still have a plurk acct can you add me? Im Kiarapanther

  9. HI!! I’ve just started watching podcasts while on summer vacation and stumbled across yours which I love. My family just went to Southern Germany for a week and I’m all alone with my knitting, sewing and podcasts. LOOOVING it. Just wanted to let you know that another American in Germany is watching. Hugs from Berlin!!!

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