Trinity One 3 in 1 Brewer review

Coming from the other side of the world (New Zealand), I tend to be interested in innovative new products that get exported over here and for a while now, I’ve had my eye on the Trinity One that was designed by Mark Folker in Brisbane, Australia (still the southern hemisphere…) and I’ve wondered where to get it from in the UK.  A while back I saw them on kickstarter, and they obviously they got a good response!

Joyfully I found out Coffee Hit here in the UK are now distributing them, so I got my barista hands on an early edition to preview and review for you!

The Trinity One (I’ll shorten it to just ‘Trinity’ in this blog) is essentially a 3-in-1 filter coffee brewer, that looks reminiscent of an ‘espresso’ machine because it comes with a ‘portafilter’ handle, which is pretty cool. It triples as a pour over V60/chemex brewer, Press Brewer (like an Aeropress), and small batch cold brewer (see end of blog for quick easy recipe).

The portafilter handle has a few functions, so it’s not just for a cool look! When you turn the handle left or right, it actually opens and closes a valve, which holds or releases brewed coffee through into your vessel. How the Trinity works is that you put your coffee in the chamber and pour hot water in either using the pour over method, or like an aeropress, fill the chamber with hot water, initially making sure the porterfilter valve is closed to first saturate the coffee and water. Then using the Trinity T-shaped 2.25kg weight to ‘press’ the water through, open the valve and it will press automatically.

The T-shaped (3kg) weight is actually what I think makes this brewer unique and innovative because it forms an airtight seal against the chamber wall allowing an even, clean press, every time.  Which means a more consistent brew!  Even though I really love the Aeropress, sometimes I have to really press hard on it and I’ve had a couple where the rubber seal has gone sticky for some reason ( I think I left it in the sun…). But with this Trinity, I don’t even need to touch it, because of physics, it automatically presses the coffee through into my cup (or jug)!

And while we’re on the geeky-train, the metal frame of the Trinity is made of powder coated matte-black carbon steel, which makes it durable – and I know how cycle geeks love a bit of carbon steel! Ha!

At first I was unsure as to how to measure the water, but there is a line in the clear chamber which measures to about 250ml, perfect for one cup. If you want a stronger or weaker brew, you can amend your dose or fill above or below the line. Also the chamber is made of really durable BPA-free plastic so it can withstand high pressure and temperature, and doesn't give you any nastys - better than glass!

When you’re finished with the brew, just twist the porter filter out - similar to as you would on an espresso machine. The T-shaped weight actually pushes down on a detachable ‘n-cap’ which pops off when you take the handle out. The coffee puck will be neatly packed in the handle for you to take away and discard. It is brilliantly clean! I was super surprised with how clean the chamber is after brewing, so the clean up is minimal! I literally just wiped the bottom of the chamber and threw the grinds out. Done.

What I think is great about this brewer is that you can, not only consolidate all your coffee paraphernalia into one brewer, but it also looks slick as heck. The bamboo finish is a classy touch too. I guarantee if you have a friends over for dinner, it’ll be a topic of conversation because it has a really dramatic and theatrical quality about it, you can't help but ask what this beauty does! Likewise if you’re a café owner and thinking of having a brew bar, this is a great way to visually let your customers know about your filter coffee as well as offer really consistent and tasty brews.  You could even have 2 or 3 set up for different origins or brew methods because the cone shaped opening at the top fits a Hario V60 (02) and Chemex filter paper perfectly.  Again, your customers will be wanting to try a brew from this!

If you're interested, check the Trinity One out here at Coffee Hit (UK).

Extra Notes:

To make coldbrew in the Trinity, just put 40 grams of coffee in the chamber, and fill it with cold filtered water. Be sure to check the valve is closed. Then leave for 4-6 hours and open the valve to release your brew! 

Copenhagen Stories

Copenhagen Stories

By Celeste Wong

From

The Girl in the Café

For years I’ve wanted to visit my Danish friend in Copenhagen – so off I set.  Unfortunately Roar was working a lot while I was there, but I’m glad we got to hang out a bit and it was great to have a local to help suggest places for me to visit.

I actually get anxious when I know I’m about to get on a plane (not because of the actual flying itself) – but I suffer from the fear of not being able to pack everything I think I might need in my suitcase! Luckily this time I packed a couple of extra hoodies into my beautiful and roomy luggage (thanks Eastpak!) because Copenhagen turned out to be a lot chillier than I anticipated. 

I’m a bit in-love with my bright juicy-red apple Tranzshell (by Eastpak) because of its shape and colour. It’s always a relief to see it roll out on baggage claim.  So it appears, my anxiety is becoming less and less…

One thing that surprised me about Copenhagen was the fact that you can practically walk everywhere. It’s amazing. No wonder everyone cycles, because it’s flat with designated cycle lanes that are so clear and safe – unlike London (You can hire them everywhere). Though, I decided to walk instead of cycle so I could really take in the sights at my own leisure. 

I was impressed by the variety of cafes and restaurants there. Obviously expectations were high, being the home of NOMA (a restaurant I am still dying to go to). But fortunately there are plenty of great alternatives.  Manfreds is one restaurant that I had been told by so many people to go to, so how could I not? It’s the alternative to Relae (across the road) which is the more fancy and expensive version. But Manfreds was perfect for me and probably more my style. After a long day of coffee and sight seeing, I treated myself to a 7 course chef’s selection so I could try a bit of everything. Expecting the dishes to be small, I feared I might still be hungry after – but I wasn’t. It was fantastic. All the dishes were interesting and varied. I’d highly recommend a visit (the steak tartar is a favourite there too).

Meyers Bagleri (Jaggersborgard) also lived up to its reputation for their famous cinnamon rolls (the bread version, not the pastry) which are to die for.  I made the most of this place, eating one almost every day, strolling through the close by autumnal Assistens Cemetery with a coffee in hand of course. The cinnamon rolls are soft and substantial, yet not too heavy and the cinnamon is tasty but not overpowering nor too sweet. Perfection.

Coffee

The Coffee Collective Jaegersborggade

The Coffee Collective Jaegersborggade

Despite Denmark’s coffee consumption per capita declining, coffee culture in Copenhagen is definitely growing, Like their neighbours in Berlin, people tend to sit in and take time to drink their coffees but it seems the takeaway trade is getting a little more popular here.

I’ve been wanting to visit The Coffee Collective café for a long time and it's probably the most reputable café/roaster in Denmark. It’s long standing quality reputation in London didn’t disappoint. I visited all three sites; Their original café on Jaegersborggade, is tiny and very lo-fi. Charmingly low-key, it’s like walking into someone’s house or kitchen. Their second café in Torvehalle is very slick with dark wood, glass, and silver equipment that suits the busy nature of being in a famous indoor specialty food market. It was buzzing - very much a haven for travellers wanting to get out of the cold and grab a decent coffee.  I met up with Rasmus who I met years ago at a London Coffee Festival. Even back then he fascinated me with his natural enthusiasm for coffee and killer smile. It was great to see he was still continuing his work with The Coffee Collective, overseeing all three sites. He gave me a tour of their roastery (and their newest café). Serene and sophisticated, serving a small but attractive food menu. I was not only impressed by their technology and processes but mostly impressed by their ethos and company structure. We spoke a lot about the London trends and the differences between being a barista in London and Copenhagen. I met Klaus Thomsen briefly (World Barista Champion 2006 ) who told me about their direct trade structure and about the riots in Ethiopia which are making trade dangerous for roasteries to travel to.

I particularly enjoyed Prolog Coffee Bar which is a quirky tiny coffee bar in the meatpacking district of Vester Bro, that has many other good eateries around. It’s a cool area to wander around. I really enjoyed chatting Sebastian, one of the co-owners who made me a lovely Honduras coffee, he roasted himself. Other cafes that I also enjoyed was Democratic Coffee (that retails new coffee roaster (Patrik Rolf's) April Coffee Cph), Atelier September  (frenchy chic) and Coffee Lab (Dark and cosy).  I missed 108cph because of the rain one day – but it gives me an excuse to visit again!

Louisiana (Museum of Modern Art) is about 40 minutes by train from Copenhagen city centre and is a MUST to visit. The building was incredible and overlooks the ocean. There were 3 exhibits going on inside, as well as many sculptures displayed on the picturesque grounds outside to explore with a terrific café and gift shop. My favourite exhibit was French artist Louise Bourgeois with her “Structures of Existence – The Cells”. I found her exhibition very powerful and emotive. 

Louisiana is also conveniently close to the Ferry Docks to Helsingborg (Sweden) where (the famous swedish) Koppi Café and Roasters happens to be! So I popped over to say hi. There were very few people walking around Helsingborg, but as soon as I stepped into Koppi Café it seemed as if I was magically transported into another world of warmth and vibrancy. The space is beautiful and the vibe was jolly and alive. It was kind of strange because you look outside and it’s a ghost town!

After a refreshing Coffee Tonic (a classic on their menu that was delicious) I had a long chat with Klaus (the manager there) about the realities of using technologies like the Marco SP9, different brew methods and service.

Aware that it was getting late and dark, I walked down to their new roastery in a super industrial part of town and had a blast catching up with Blazko (their head roaster) and watching him roast whilst talking about where they get their beans, their processes and plans ahead. They made me a V60 pourover with their favourite Costa Rican import then it turned quickly to beers…

If you are in Copenhagen, it’s such an easy trip to visit Koppi in Helsingborg, Sweden. You should also take a trip to Malmo from Copenhagen too, as it’s supposed to rival Stockholm for its famous scandi design asthetic aswell, Koppi have just opened a new café there this week!

The thing I love about travelling and exploring is that by seeing and talking to different people along the way, I get a really unique insight on what really goes on within a place or culture. We’re all shaped by our experiences and the more we push ourselves to learn by doing and asking, the more connected we can feel to the world and others. I’m also getting much more efficient at packing my luggage/daypack and better at navigating around foreign cities. Cant wait for the next trip - I hear there's great coffee in Prague...

Below I’ve set out a possible itinerary by area so that you not only get caffeinated by some of the best cafes Copenhagen has to offer but you also get culturally fed as well. You can see Copenhagen in around 3 to 4 days comfortably and use good cafes as a destination point to go explore the surrounding sights on the way. Enjoy! 


Nyhavn

Nyhavn

Day 1: by areas

Coffee CollectiveGodthåbsvej

Head to meat packing district Vester Bro.

Go to Democratic Coffee bar and/or Prolog coffee bar

Nyhavn to see the boats and colourful docks

Head over the new footbridge to Christiania (where Noma is)

Café 108 is there too.

Then on the way back you can visit Radhus, Tivoli Gardens (and fun park) and other food places surrounding.

Famous Assistens Cemetery

Famous Assistens Cemetery

 

Day 2: Jægersborggade

(A super cool boutique street)

The Coffee Collective (their first café)

Meyers Bageri

Grod (famous porridge café)

Manfreds and Relae are on this street

Famous Assistens Cemetery

 

Round Tower

Round Tower

3. City Centre

Torvehalle nekbh specialty food market (one building is sweet, the other is savory) – The Coffee Collective is here too.

Round Tower (about £5 to walk up to the rooftop)

Rosenberg Castle

Atelier September Café

Coffee Lab

Illum Department Store and main shops.

 

Louisiana museum - "Cells" by Louise Bougouis

Louisiana museum - "Cells" by Louise Bougouis

 

Day 4. Louisiana & Koppi Coffee

Louisiana museum of modern art (Central station to Humlebaek station)

Then 10 minutes to Helsingor Station where you can catch the 30minute ferry to Helsingborg, Sweden and visit Koppi Coffee Roasters - or do a day trip to Malmo, Sweden on the fairy to see their brand new cafe! (Plus, I hear the design & shopping there in Malmo is amazing).