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rpavich
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Posted Sun Jan 26, 2014, 5:16am
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thanks very much!

I also discovered something funny.

I have two Keruig brewers and I started to wonder what the temp of the water was coming out of them...as it turns out...it's 180 deg f exactly.

I just use the Keurig to dose the hot water into my cup...after 20 or 30 seconds its down to 175 deg f and I'm good to go!

I've tried this with different doses...different coffee..and I've found that I really like the water at 175 deg and small amount of water per coffee I'm using a fairly fine grind, one scoop only and topping it off with the water to the "1" mark and then adding hot water into my cup afterwords.

Just an FYI about how much coffee this thing uses, the Keruig uses 9 grams of coffee per serving and a single scoop is 12 grams...so it's comparable, and even when I use 9 grams the coffee tastes great.
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rpavich
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Posted Tue Jan 28, 2014, 6:08am
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Ok....I have a question:

I drink small cups of coffee. I drink them at work, and I waste a lot of coffee if I take too much at one time.

I tried to experiment with the Aeropress by putting less than a full scoop in at a time and only putting the water up to the "not quite the "1" line" and made a great short cup of coffee (I topped it off with just a few oz of water...cup total probably 5 or 6 oz.

But this morning I tried to do that again and the water ran right on through!

The only way to stop it was the do the inverted method, which was messier and less convenient.

Any pointers on how to keep the water from running right on through when using less than a scoop of grounds?
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jpender
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Drip: Aeropress
Posted Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:30am
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rpavich Said:

But this morning I tried to do that again and the water ran right on through!

The only way to stop it was the do the inverted method, which was messier and less convenient.

Any pointers on how to keep the water from running right on through when using less than a scoop of grounds?

Posted January 28, 2014 link

Inverted is a common approach and not messy with practice.

Some people have good luck with inserting the plunger a few centimeters and then pulling it back to create a vacuum. You will push some of the liquid through when you do this. And it makes it harder to stir or fold in floating grounds once the plunger is in place. But it will stop the flow.

A third method is to brew in a seperate container and then pour the slurry into the Aeropress for filtration.

Fourth method: I added a pressure sensitive valve to my Aeropress. It holds the liquid until I insert the plunger and start pressing. In principle all this requires is a replacement cap with the valve but nobody manufactures one. And it's a home modification that isn't all that easy to do.

Fifth method: Grind finely enough so that the flow will be slower and you'll end up with a tasty cup despite what flows though.
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paulbel
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Espresso: aeropress
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Posted Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:51am
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Grinding finely is a good approach no matter what. The Aeropress with its paper filter is very forgiving of ultrafine grinds and the lower temperature works well with this approach.

But before you get real fancy, check the positioning of the paper filter. What you're describing (one time it worked fine, and then the next...) suggests that the flow through might actually have been a bit of flow around.
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rpavich
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Posted Tue Jan 28, 2014, 10:56am
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thanks for the tip...that's possible; I reused the paper filter several times and it wasn't exactly flat.
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AlanAdler
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Espresso: AeroPress
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Posted Mon Feb 10, 2014, 12:18pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

rpavich Said:

Ok....I have a question:

I drink small cups of coffee. I drink them at work, and I waste a lot of coffee if I take too much at one time.

I tried to experiment with the Aeropress by putting less than a full scoop in at a time and only putting the water up to the "not quite the "1" line" and made a great short cup of coffee (I topped it off with just a few oz of water...cup total probably 5 or 6 oz.

But this morning I tried to do that again and the water ran right on through!

The only way to stop it was the do the inverted method, which was messier and less convenient.

Any pointers on how to keep the water from running right on through when using less than a scoop of grounds?

Posted January 28, 2014 link

Give the chamber a few shakes to level the bed of coffee before adding water.  This is especially important with small doses.  If you can see the filter before you pour, the water will run right through.  Also, pour gently to avoid blasting the grounds aside.

Alan
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Posted Mon Feb 10, 2014, 2:36pm
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I,  too,  do not like the inverted method because coffee had dripped or spilled more than once using that method.  And the standard method I do not like either for the premature flow, as soon as water is poured into the device. So I've come up with my own method that I think is addressed both complaints.

I have not given it a name so I don't know what to call it... Maybe the nutty method :)

1) Put coffee grind dose in a glass or metal pitcher. At work I use a rinsed paper cup.
2) dispense/pour in hot water and stir.
3) pour mixture into AP and plunge.

I like this method because
  1.  No chance for inverted AP to tilt over and drip or spill onto counter.
  2.  No hot potatoing a device filled with scorching water.
  3.  No premature flowing of water during brew process.
  4.  No brewing of coffee in plastic.
  5.  I can brew inconspicuously by quickly dispensing hot water into my paper cup and stir while I walk back to my desk (like a normal person) and quickly plunge instead of do all this "special"  stuff in the kitchen and incur negative perceptions around me. Eg. coffee snob, not busy/slacking off etc...
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rpavich
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Posted Mon Feb 10, 2014, 2:40pm
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AlanAdler Said:

Give the chamber a few shakes to level the bed of coffee before adding water.  This is especially important with small doses.  If you can see the filter before you pour, the water will run right through.  Also, pour gently to avoid blasting the grounds aside.

Alan

Posted February 10, 2014 link

Thanks Alan...that's what I found out.

I'v also found its best to grind very fine.

Things are going great with it now, I can't make a bad cup with it!
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paulbel
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Espresso: aeropress
Grinder: conical burr (cuisinart)
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Posted Mon Feb 10, 2014, 3:17pm
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[quote658392

1) Put coffee grind dose in a glass or metal pitcher. At work I use a rinsed paper cup.
2) dispense/pour in hot water and stir.
3) pour mixture into AP and plunge.

.[x]

This is essentially what I do when I need to make larger amounts. I stirr into a large pyrex measuring cup and pour through a melitta filter funnel. No plunge-ability but it's not bad.
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rasqual
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Location: Chicago area
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: *$ Barista, non-pressurized
Grinder: SMP
Vac Pot: Yama, Aeropress
Drip: Porcelain Melitta 103, Hario
Roaster: "ring roaster", mod popper
Posted Fri Feb 14, 2014, 5:10pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

I leave for a while and come back and no one's mentioning just using more water?

<shakes head>

Kids nowadays.

;-)

Drip-through doesn't matter in the least, provided you can get a proper extraction with whatever water the grind is in. If you have enough water, you'll be able to do that. Obviously, if you're using very little water, you won't. But why anyone would panic at the drip-through -- as if they couldn't just add more water -- I really don't understand.

Even if you're trying to make a relatively concentrated Aeropressing for any number of reasons, using more water is not likely to defeat that purpose.

Take charge of the brewing variables yourself. You're not obliged to follow the manufacturer's instructions.

Er . . . hi, Alan.     ;-D
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