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jaybar
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 12:37pm
Subject: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
 

Hi

I really love my 8 cup glass handle chemex and use it for 20-24 ounces. There are himes, however that I wish to brew MUCH less coffee. By much less I mean enough to fill an 11 ounce mugh and leave 1 ince at the top.  I am not sure my 8 cup chemex is the best option for making a final brew of 9-10 ounces. Given my eyesight and eye-hand coordination, I have ruled out Hario as requiring two exacting a poor (I tried) . I am looking for a reasonably tolerant device.  I have the Kalita 185 and that is definately much more tolerant than the Hario, but  I wonder if it can only brew 10 ounces? I like methods with a 3-5 minute brew time.

Here are some possibilities that have come to mind:

1) Kalita 155
2) Continue to use the Kalita 185 for rather small batches
3) 1-3 xup Chemex
4) Some type of non-plastic drip cone

I am atrracted to both Chemex and Kalita in that I have used them with good results.

Any thoughts including other possibilities I missed.

Thanks

Jay
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 12:48pm
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Hey Jay, sounds like you need the Clever Coffee Dripper. Makes a great single cup of coffee - very easy to use. Cost less than
   $20. Check it out.  
                                John
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 12:52pm
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I prefer non plastic options. But I won't rule it out.

Thanks

Jay
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 2:31pm
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I second the clever its a great brewer and makes a fine cup. If you prefer non plastic check out this Bonmac single hole filtercone.

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 3:02pm
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I'd say an Aeropress or a Clever, but since you prefer non-plastic you might consider the the german porcelain Walkure Karlsbad or Bayreuth brewers, not only are they beautifully made out of ceramic, they don't even require paper or metal filters, the top portion of the brewer includes a water difuser that allows for a forgiving pour technique while evenly saturating the coffee and a filter mesh made entirely out of the same ceramic as the rest of the brewer, i like them, but since they only recently have been imported to the U.S, you'll find it hard to find pre-given brewing instructions or parameters, but if you like experimenting it should be pretty cool, they come in different sizes, the smallest one being for one cup.

Intelligentsia sells some of them on their website, so does SeattleCoffeeGear and most recently Prima Coffee, they're a bit pricey, but totally worth it in my opinion.
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 7:18pm
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I would recommend a stainless steel Kalita 155. I use one and love it.
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 7:47pm
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Have you considered a very small french press, perhaps even an Espro?
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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:18pm
Subject: Re: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
 

Like most are saying, use the Clever.  I have one with a gold filter.  Works awesome; brew tastes very similar to french press.

Len

 
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2012, 8:08pm
Subject: Re: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
 

Most of the Melitta filter based drippers (BeeHouse, BonMac...) are ceramic, pretty forgiving and make a very good cup. I would recommend steering away from the size 1 as it is nice to have a little extra room and that size gives no headroom at all.

Stick to your guns and stay away from methods that brew in plastic, nylon and silicone, whether you taste it or not it is there.

I'd recommend steering away from the Espro FP as it uses silicone rings around the plunger. I personally can taste silicone when it's in the brew as well as when I'm using a travel mug using silicone rings to seal the lid. I have a beautiful Nissan Thermos mug I bought for $27 that I cannot use due to the coffee passing the silicone rings and adding a bad off flavor (which I highly doubt is merely a flavor, but rather chemicals leaching in the coffee). It's a shame, I otherwise love that mug.

 
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dan

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Posted Mon Jun 18, 2012, 8:16am
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