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allenb4473
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 4:49am
Subject: Best brew method for me?
 

I've been using a keurig with a reusable k-kup. It make great coffee, but only a cup at a time. I recently tried using a drip coffee maker, a cheap machine I borrowed from someone, and it tasted horrible. I'm no expert, but I assume that the paper filter removes alot of the good stuff.

I use a cheap Mr Coffee burr grinder. I'm sure its not anywhere near the top of the list, but I'm satisfied with it so far.

I've been considering a french press, but I know nothing about them. If I get something like a bodium, how can I keep it warm? (It'll be parked on my desk at the office and I drink alot of coffee all day long)
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 7:07am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

Well, BEST, that........ depends.
Drip, when done properly can be a very nice cup but so can a french press, vac pot, aeropress, cleaver dripper, harrio, and the list goes on.
What is it that you expect or want in a cup of coffee? How much effort do you want to put into this and how much clean up are you comfortable with?
There is a brew method for you someplace but we really need to know a little more from you to give more help.

 
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allenb4473
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 8:37am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

Im torn between a french press and the clever coffee dripper.  I work 8 - 10 hour shifts on the phone for xbox live tech support. I'm almost always really really busy.  I've been using my keurig with the reusable k-cup for about a year now and Im ok with the taste as long as its got a fresh grind, but I dont really have time to get up and clean out the kcup all the time.  I tried an auto drip, but IMO it tasted like crap.  I think I've learned to appreciate the oily goodness that comes from not using a filter.  A french press sounds like the ticket, but Im a little concerned about cleanup as well as keeping it hot throughout the night. This thermal bodium looks good, but I read that it only stays hot for a couple hours...,
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Maybe a clever dripper plus one of these adjustable hot pots would be good, but would I find the filtered brew similar to the drip?
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Basically Im wanting something to taste similar to the wire mesh basket setup on my keurig, but at the same time either make alot more coffee and keep it warm or be really convenient to make another cup at my desk while juggling the phone and a keyboard.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 8:48am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

allenb4473 Said:

I've been using a keurig with a reusable k-kup. It make great coffee, but only a cup at a time. I recently tried using a drip coffee maker, a cheap machine I borrowed from someone, and it tasted horrible. I'm no expert, but I assume that the paper filter removes alot of the good stuff.

I use a cheap Mr Coffee burr grinder. I'm sure its not anywhere near the top of the list, but I'm satisfied with it so far.

I've been considering a french press, but I know nothing about them. If I get something like a bodium, how can I keep it warm? (It'll be parked on my desk at the office and I drink alot of coffee all day long)

Posted October 26, 2012 link

Dovetailing on what calblacksmith said, I think it will depend on your parameters.  A good drip pot (like a Technivorm, the new Brazen, or similar) will give you far superior results to the very bland Keurig and you can get quite a few of them with a thermal carafe that should keep your coffee nice and warm.  So, the paper filter is not the culprit.  

However, if you want to go with a French press, far be it from me to stop you: it's one of my favourite ways to prepare coffee.  The results are excellent and consistent (as long as the grinder isn't complete garbage) and the preparation is simple.  You will need a thermos to pour your coffee into from the French press, however.  In addition, no matter how good the grinder, you will have some fines escape the French press filter and some will settle on the bottom of your cup.  Some people like me do not mind this grit -- you can just not to drink the last gulp or two of your cup -- but others have a very low tolerance for this.  Only you know if this will bother you or not.
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 9:00am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

allenb4473 Said:

A french press sounds like the ticket, but Im a little concerned about cleanup as well as keeping it hot throughout the night. This thermal bodium looks good, but I read that it only stays hot for a couple hours...,
Click Here (www.amazon.com)

Maybe a clever dripper plus one of these adjustable hot pots would be good, but would I find the filtered brew similar to the drip?
Click Here (www.amazon.com)


Basically Im wanting something to taste similar to the wire mesh basket setup on my keurig, but at the same time either make alot more coffee and keep it warm or be really convenient to make another cup at my desk while juggling the phone and a keyboard.

Posted October 26, 2012 link

A few things:

  1. The thermal Bodum Columbia is one of the mainstays in my kitchen and WELL worth the money.  However, the thermal component is there to ensure a more consistent temperature _while brewing_.  You cannot leave your coffee in there with the grounds at the bottom because you are still effectively brewing the coffee and it will end up over-extracted pretty quickly.  Either way, you still need a thermos.

  2. The adjustable kettle would be useful for many preparations (as a way to ensure correct brewing temperature), and I can't wait to get one myself.  But it's not a thermos, you don't want to keep your coffee in there.

  3. A clever coffee dripper is a good choice.  I broke mine a few weeks ago and am waiting for the porcelain version to come out.  Compared to a French press, it will produce a cleaner cup -- which is both good and bad, in my books.  Properly done, it's very good and maybe slightly less fussy in terms of grinder requirements.  Slightly easier cleanup too (though I really don't think a French press is too bad).  It should be miles better than the Keurig.  You will need a thermos for it as well.
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allenb4473
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 9:06am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

DexD Said:

.  In addition, no matter how good the grinder, you will have some fines escape the French press filter and some will settle on the bottom of your cup.  Some people like me do not mind this grit -- you can just not to drink the last gulp or two of your cup -- but others have a very low tolerance for this.  Only you know if this will bother you or not.

Posted October 26, 2012 link

Oddly enough....I like the fines and all the junk at the bottom of the cup.

On a related note....ever try an extremely fine grind on top of vanilla ice cream?  Pure awesomeness
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Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:13am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

French press? No.
Espro Press? Yes.

The fines in the cup add bitterness.

 
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Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:17am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

The Espro will be nice for sure, it should be on your short list.

since you are considering the kettle on your desk, so you have a good source of hot water (good move!) a little cleaner cup and a drop dead easy device to clean is the Aeropress. It kind of is half way between french press and drip. It does use a paper filter but some of the oils do get through esp if you do an inverted press. (there is a whole culture built up around the Aeropress) or use the aftermarket filter disc, or BOTH!

To clean an Aeropress, you simply unscrew the bottom then push the grounds out and into a trash can. A rinse would be best but for short term, a wipe with a cloth will have it ready for the next cup when you are ready. It brews a concentrated brew, not espresso but not like a drip or press pot either. I tend to mix 1:1 with water so you have no problem getting a 16 oz mug out of a single press. It makes one cup at a time. Another positive point is that they are about $30, pretty inexpensive as things go so it will not break the bank to try, a GOOD drip pot can easily be 10 times that..

Also, the Aeropress brews a bit cooler at about 170 or so per the instructions that come with it so it is less fussy about water temp.

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calblacksmith
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:23am
Subject: Re: Best brew method for me?
 

Xbox live huh........ I have had some "issues" with the way things are run there! I bet you have NEVER heard that before! :D

 
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