Posted on February 17, 2010 by Mike
Following up on the New York Times article by Oliver Strand, I spent some time at Cafe Grumpy today playing with Bunn’s new Trifecta. First discussed on Coffeed just over a year ago, the bullet points listed here by Kevin last October seem to hold true today. But I didn’t enjoy Bunn’s recommended recipe. I tried it, and wasn’t thrilled with the cup. Instead I chose to use it like an Aeropress, which the design reminded me of immediately. Using Ben’s method I produced a few cups that tasted pretty good.
It’s an automated one-cup brewer, built in an era when many people are turning towards less automation. It won’t replace my daily pour-over rituals but I’m glad that Grumpy is playing with one. Machines like these provide new opportunities to challenge your understanding of the brewing process. When so many variables can be isolated and controlled, you can experiment more with each one. I just wonder how long it will take before someone submits a Trifecta recipe to brewmethods.com.