Cafflano Klassic – All In One Coffee Maker: background information.
The first time I encountered the Cafflano Klassic was during a flight to Seoul, South Korea. We were bringing the Dutch Barista champion Merijn Gijsbers to the world championships and he treated us on a cup of coffee from the Cafflano Klassic. I was impressed.
Beanscorp has started the production of the Cafflano products in 2013 and their product line now consists out of three coffee makers: Cafflano Klassic, Cafflano Kompact and the Cafflano Kompresso. In just 5 years they have managed to sell their products in over 80 countries using a simple but beautiful mission:
Develop, manufacture and provide quality coffee gear that are Simple, Innovative, Economic, Convenient, Sustainable and Portable for all coffee lovers!
It was at the World of Coffee Amsterdam that I got to speak with Justin Ahn, managing director of Beanscorp Europe, and spoke with him about this product. His pitch was great and since I already tasted a brew from the Cafflano Klassic, I decided to do a review. Right now I have traveled 104.085 Kilometers and took the Cafflano Klassic to Sao Paulo, Paramaribo, San Francisco, Chicago, Quito and Guayaquil. Let’s see what my findings are about this all-in-one-coffee-maker.
Cafflano Klassic – All In One Coffee Maker: Unboxing.
The Cafflano Klassic comes in a beige cylinder that opens by sliding the top off. Inside you will find the brewer in a wrapping that protects it against any bumping and shaking. When you take the Cafflano Klassic out, the modern and smooth design looks great and the rubber bottom of the brewer makes sure it will not slide on smooth surfaces.
The cap of the brewer has a square hole on the side and a removable black lid. When you screw off the cap and turn it upside down, you will see that this is actually your kettle. You use this cap to pour the hot water onto the coffee grounds. You use the removable black lid top close off the cap. That way you’ll prevent spilling hot water while pouring. The pouring is done through a square little hole in the side of the cap. The material feels thick and it will not heat up while using it, so it’s easy to hold on to even when using hot water.
When you screw the cap off, you look straight at the grinder. The handle of the grinder is folded in to preserve space and it feels sturdy and solid. The grind size is adjusted by turning a metal wheel at the base of the handle. First you unscrew the little top on the handle, push the handle down and that way you can adjust the metal wheel. Easy does it! Beanscorp has decided to use ceramic burrs for the grinder of this brewer. The plastic structure inside the grinder prevent beans from jumping out while you grind your beans.
When you take the grinder out, you will see a removable metal etched stainless filter dripper underneath. The filter has super fine holes etched for brewing the coffee. The filter is round with one edge cut off to make sure that enough air can circulate while brewing. Holding all this is a insulated tumbler that can hold a total of 450 ml of liquids…or in this case coffee. The Cafflano Klassic comes in a Red/black, or a Black/red color combination.
Cafflano Klassic – All In One Coffee Maker: Brewing coffee.
The Cafflano Klassic is a brewer made for people that move around a lot. By car, hiking, flying…you name it. There is just one thing you need to bring along and that is a heat source to boil your water. That said, I must say that Beanscorp has thought about almost everything. Inside the grinder you will find three lines that indicate the amount of beans, it is not very exact but the first line indicated 18 grams, the third line 25 grams of coffee.
Adjusting the grinder is easy and the grinder feels sturdy when you grind the beans. Looking at the ground coffee, you can see that the grind size is a little uneven, but you can always grind the coffee a second time if you like.
After grinding the coffee you pour hot water in the cap and close it off with the removable black lid so you can pour. The lack of a second hole in the lid will force you to either pour unevenly, or slightly lift the lid to let air inside. I never use the lid and have never burned myself.
The pouring is easily done and the filter is doing a great job. The tumbler functions very well and will keep your coffee hot for quite a while. The result of the brewing (when you have the grind size and pouring under control) is consistently good and I enjoyed a great cup of coffee almost all the time. When you’re done brewing the coffee, emptying the filter is a bit tricky. The residue of the coffee that remains in the filter after emptying it the first time, needs to be washed out with water.
Cafflano Klassic – All In One Coffee Maker: The Verdict.
Beanscorp has created a splendid brewer with the Cafflano Klassic. I have used the brewer in the airplane, in a hotel and outside and the only thing that I needed was hot water. Setting up the Cafflano Klassic is just easy and everything works as it should. The only downside was that I had to lift the black lid in order to pour evenly while brewing but that is definitely not a deal breaker for me.
The brew that you get out of the Cafflano Klassic is great. All the flavors and aroma’s are right there. Of course this is not the same as brewing with a Hario V60 at home, but this can be way better than what you sometimes get in a cafe. The brewer is sturdy, modern looking, effective and easy to bring along on your travels. If you are a serious coffee drinker and travel often, camp outside a lot or love hiking, this is definitely a brewer to try out. Especially on an airplane this is a lifesaver!
The price of this brewer is set at 99,- dollars global and around 95,- euros.