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Posted Fri Oct 28, 2005, 6:55am
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I use the Melitta pour over at work, but I use a slightly different method. Instead of placing the grounds into the filter and pouring the water over them, I first put the grounds and the water in a paper cup, letting them sit for a few minutes, (stirring occasionally), and then I pour the mixture into the filter.
I believe that this technique lets me get away with using a cheap blade grinder and results in a stronger, richer brew although one with more caffeine in it.
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Posted Sat Oct 29, 2005, 6:11am
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aurelio Said:

But please tell us more about cloth filters!!  Where to buy 'em?  Which brand!  How to clean them!
Aurelio

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I have what is called a colador de tela.  It is the same thing.  A cloth filter with a handle.  It is used to make Cuban coffee.  If you have a latin market in your area take a look.  Usually can be found for around $1.50

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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005, 3:44am
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scubadoo97 Said:

I have what is called a colador de tela.  It is the same thing.  A cloth filter with a handle.  It is used to make Cuban coffee.  If you have a latin market in your area take a look.  Usually can be found for around $1.50

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They sell those in Wal-mart here.  I call them  "Coffee Socks".  

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Posted Mon Nov 7, 2005, 10:03am
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One issue here... prices are in US funds (Amazon. com)...
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Posted Sat Nov 19, 2005, 6:37am
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Mark, I have a Kitchen Aid model A-9 coffee mill. I really like it. What do you think of this coffee mill as far as grinding in comparison to others you mentioned? I'll welcome anyone's input as well. Thanks.
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Posted Fri Nov 25, 2005, 8:44pm
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Very interesting method.  I like the photos especially.  As I got further into the piece it occurred to me that this method is really very similar to that I have used since the 60s (exclusively until recently)--Chemex.  Substitute a cloth filter in the Chemex and you would essentially duplicate this system.  All the use and care instructions about water temperature and such comments from readers would apply.

As for comments about where to get cloth filter: could these be so difficult to make?  From experience with the Sunbeam C-50 vacuum brewer I should emphasize that cloth filters seem to accumulate rancid oils over time and can be renewed with alkaline cleaners such as household ammonia or Urnex Cafiza.
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Posted Tue Nov 29, 2005, 1:08am
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Sounds so good the way you put it, I want some coffee and I am already having a cup. lol.
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Posted Sat Dec 3, 2005, 11:15am
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Great article!  I had never heard of cloth filters before and will now give one a try.

One thing I might add that hasn't been suggested yet:  When using my Melitta brew cup I pour the water over the ground coffee and then cover the top of the Melitta brew cup with a small plate or saucer.  I find this keeps the heat in during the brewing process and results in a much hotter cup of coffee.  I also preheat my mug with hot tap water.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 5, 2005, 6:18pm
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Hi, I'm new!  What an interesting site!

I have two questions on this tutorial. Looking at the photos, it seems that the coffee is being held in a small filter in the upper part of the pot. So it is not circulating through all the water? Does it make a difference than if you mix all the water with the grounds, then filter it?

I use my Melitta pot (manual, not automatic pot) kind of backwards from how it is supposed to be used. I put the grounds in the pot then add the water and stir (like a huge french press. I cover the pot and let it sit 4-5 minutes. Then I filter it, usually with the gold filter, into a thermos.

I'm no expert because I was born without being able to smell, so my taster certainly isn't up to yours, but I am always looking for a better way to brew. Trying to figure out if the coffee shop coffee is better just because it's stronger, or what!

Also, I'm interested in how the filters get washed. If they are not available in the US, can we make them from fabric?

Sincerely, Lily Winter (randikash)
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Posted Thu Dec 8, 2005, 1:59pm
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Have you been compared to the Nuclear Power Industry lately?  They also like to overlook the end product of their process.  
   Please include your cleanup methods when "how to"- ing  - -  or perhaps you might post a discussion of less water-wasting methods of cleanup, which is my peeve when considering frenchpress or cloth filter methods.  Also info regarding the effects of grounds on gardening welcome.
   And there was a question about Why pour hot water Through coffee instead of Combining hot water and coffee and Then Filtering that  - -  would that not produce a stronger cuppa??
   Thank you for being out there and helping with improving life's necessities, much appreciation and gratitude  - -
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