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Posted Thu Feb 7, 2013, 7:20pm
Subject: Aeropress Metal Disks
 

There are a few of these out there.
Does one make a noticeably better cup than the others?
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013, 3:47pm
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The Disk, Disk Fine, and S-filter. I own all three and it is MY PLEASURE to write up a little review.

The Disk: This is a thick and dependable filter that would take effort to bend or break. It produces a full and thick cup with sediment in the bottom. Cleaner than a french press for sure, but more sediment than the other two filters. It works with regular and inverted aeropress methods and is straightforward.

The Disk Fine: This filter is MUCH more thin and will take on little ripples across its surface over time. Still, if you take care of it, it will last. I've used mine a lot since getting it and have loved traveling with it once I got used to the thinness. The holes are much smaller than the regular Disk and produce a much cleaner cup, still with the oils and fill body. I love this Disk for the cleaner last sip. Works with both regular and inverted methods.

The S-Filter: This filter is different than the Disks. It features a metal circle with mesh welded onto it. The mesh is VERY fine and lets in even less sediment than the Disk Fine. It has the durability of the regular Disk as well making this a contender. My one issue with it is that it lets too much water drain through to use it with a regular method, but it is amazing with an inverted method.

I personally love regular methods and use an 18g/275ml ratio, so the Disk Fine is my favorite, but if I travel, I often take the s-filter.

Good luck - hope this helps.
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013, 8:43pm
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Thank you, Sam21. That was exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

I received a standard Able Disk as a Christmas present and find I prefer the coffee I press through it over the paper filters. So naturally I am curious about the other disks. I know this is a matter of opinion. So much in coffee is opinion. De gustibus non est disputandum, I think is the standard phrase.

By the way, why Sam21? You're 24 now!
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Posted Fri Feb 8, 2013, 8:46pm
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jpender Said:

Thank you, Sam21. That was exactly the kind of information I was looking for.

I received a standard Able Disk as a Christmas present and find I prefer the coffee I press through it over the paper filters. So naturally I am curious about the other disks. I know this is a matter of opinion. So much in coffee is opinion. De gustibus non est disputandum, I think is the standard phrase.

By the way, why Sam21? You're 24 now!

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Definitely a matter of opinion. I don't think you could go wrong with a Disk Fine in addition to the regular disk.

Hockey number - stuck with me over the years since!
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Posted Tue Feb 12, 2013, 1:19pm
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Thanks Sam21 for the great review of the different filters. What sort of grind are you using?
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Posted Tue Feb 12, 2013, 1:21pm
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KoHiLabs Said:

Thanks Sam21 for the great review of the different filters. What sort of grind are you using?

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That is always the most difficult question. I use a 1.3mm on my Rosco, which is like coarse salt. I wouldn't go as far as to say sea salt coarse, but it is right around what you would use for a V60 - not fine, but not in that medium drip range that you would use for a Beehouse/Kalita. My grind really does not change with the different filters, although I am sure I could go even finer with the s-filter. Maybe I would go finer, short contact time, and quick press.

I could always grind a few beans and post a pic, but I hope this is helpful!
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Posted Tue Feb 12, 2013, 1:42pm
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Thank you Sam21. Very helpful. I wish we had an easier way to discuss grind in the coffee world. It's such a critical variable, but we have no practical way to precisely convey the exact particle size. If you have a chance to post photos at some point, I'm sure that would be helpful to those also trying to determine optimal grind. Cheers.
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Posted Tue Feb 12, 2013, 1:46pm
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KoHiLabs Said:

Thank you Sam21. Very helpful. I wish we had an easier way to discuss grind in the coffee world. It's such a critical variable, but we have no practical way to precisely convey the exact particle size. If you have a chance to post photos at some point, I'm sure that would be helpful to those also trying to determine optimal grind. Cheers.

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Absolutely. I don't have any beans to throw in my Rosco at the moment, but when I do, I will happily snap a picture and upload it.
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