One question. I have an assortment of high end grinders all meant for my espresso drinks. These are all in my coffee bar in my man cave Can i get away with a lesser grinder for a pour over? I would prefer to have a simpler/smaller and perhaps cheaper grinder in my kitchen to use with the Woodneck. I prefer not to run up and down just to grind some beans and i also don't want to change my settings too much (although its easy with the Vario). I already have an old Kitchenaid (A9?) sitting in the kitchen. I haven't used this for years but my wife and i like it because of the aesthetics. Should i not even bother trying to use the Kitchenaid?
Oh, man. I love the look of the A9, too, but I got rid of mine. Its tenure in my household did not overlap with my Woodneck's, but I would say that the A9 is a pretty lousy grinder for any kind of pourover -- the grind is just too inconsistent, meaning that you get a clogged filter and overextracted dust together with a bunch of underextracted boulders. I was much much happier with a refurb Baratza, which is not super-expensive.
Been spending more time with the Woodneck and still loving it. I haven't quiet figured out what grind works best yet. However, I just know that I haven' had a bad cup yet. Always using fresh beans and washing and rinsing the filter with hot water and storing in the fridge in a Tupperware container of water. Just so easy to use and love. The kitchen aid doesn't seem to fit the bill though. Now that I am a coffee geek I look at the ground coffe and it's so uneven I didn't even attempt to brew anything winit.
Posted Thu Nov 1, 2012, 1:13am Subject: Re: Hario Woodneck
I just got one of the 480ml pots, also. The whole device is smaller than I pictured it in my mind, but it's certainly sufficient to make the 12-16 oz. of coffee I usually enjoy in a cup. Regarding the cloth filter, I just rinsed it very well under the hot water faucet, squeezed it out, and made a first batch. I have to say that I like it. There is something mild/mellow about the coffee it brews. I use the Hario "beehive" kettle to pour in stages, without being to A-R about it. The device is aesthetically pleasing--very Japanese! Price is not too bad--I got it from Prima Coffee in Kentucky. That's my 2-cents worth of input!
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