The New York Times Blog on Dining Out
Drip coffee can be a problem at even the best coffee bars. If it’s not stewing in an urn it’s creating long lines while it steeps in a press pot or dribbles from a pourover.
Enter the press pot to go, a nifty improvement available at BKoffie, the rough-hewn African coffee bar that just opened at 370 West 51st Street.
The fully recyclable cup comes with what almost looks like a typical sipping lid. But attached to the underside is a plunger operated by a long plastic golf tee that you stick into a little hole in the top.
Into the cup goes the freshly ground coffee, from your choice of African beans, along with any sugar you request. The counter person adds boiling water, gives it a stir and attaches the lid. You are instructed to wait three minutes or so before pressing the plunger, which clicks as it meets the cover and seals it.
This personal French press method, using XPress cups made by SmartCup in Auburn, Calif., combined with excellent coffee from Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia or Kenya, of the house-blend mix of several of these, results in a terrific cup of Joe, $2 to $4 depending on the bean, for 16 ounces.
BKoffie, 370 West 51st Street, (646) 330-5515.