This week's advice column: our coffee guru explains the Bialetti machine and why drip pots are rapidly becoming dinosaurs
A: Always, always a stovetop. The entire trend in coffee-making today is single-serve coffee, after all. Thus the recent deal between Green Mountain Coffee, which owns the single-serve market leader, Keurig, and Starbucks—an alliance that even a year ago would seem unthinkable. And, of course Starbucks Via instant coffee, in single-serve packets, has done better than anyone dreamed, and caused an interesting rift between Starbucks and its longtime supermarket distributor, Kraft.
So single-serve is big business, and drip coffee, with the too-many cups that go stale too fast, will soon seem an antiquated countertop dust-gatherer. The movement will be in single-serve machines, which so far haven't particularly impressed me but are nonetheless clean and easy to use. And, I hope, back to stovetop machines, which are what every Italian household uses to make coffee and the method I use every morning and numerous afternoons.