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CoffeeCaine
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 11:57am
Subject: Brewed coffee making for work
 

I'm looking at a options for making coffee at work. I have a porlex grinder and currently use a French Press. I was thinking of moving over to either a Clever Dripper or an Aeropress.

Which ever option I go for it has to be minimum labour intensive. Any suggestions on which of these would be the best option or an alternative?
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CoffeeNark
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 1:41pm
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What will you do for water?

I'm retired now but I had a small French press and the office before retirement.  I used the hot water from the office brewer but it sucked.
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CoffeeCaine
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 3:58pm
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CoffeeNark Said:

What will you do for water?

I'm retired now but I had a small French press and the office before retirement.  I used the hot water from the office brewer but it sucked.

Posted January 2, 2014 link

We've got a kettle on a small kitchen thankfully.
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 4:10pm
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AeroPress makes great coffee fast, easy & quick clean up! Much quicker than a FP. Hard to beat!
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Posted Thu Jan 2, 2014, 5:31pm
Subject: Re: Brewed coffee making for work
 

I'm a big fan of the Clever Dripper. (I got mine as a free gift when I recently bought a new electric kettle from Sweet Maria's.)  The Dripper is a combination of a French press and a manual drip.  It would seem great for work.  All you need is the Dripper, a #4 paper filter and hot water.  Cleanup for the Dripper is pretty easy since you just toss the filter and rinse out the Dripper. I've never used an AeroPress, which definitely has its fans.
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Posted Fri Jan 3, 2014, 7:25pm
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I've tried French press at the office.  It's a fast trip to the kitchen.  Put in the coffee, put in the water and take it back to your desk to steep.  But it's hard to clean out.  Whether it's used for coffee grounds or loose tea leaves, a lot of that has to go down the drain and it takes a lot of water to release it.  That could be a problem in some office kitchens which are prone to plumbing problems.  Secondly, it's fragile.  After mine broke, I never brought its replacement back to the office.

I've tried Aeropress at the office.  It's a little more time in the kitchen.  For me, I count three items to wash after you've made your coffee.  I can't just leave it with a wipe until the next day.  Then you only get one mug for your effort, even if you dilute to Americano.

For those desperate afternoons, I bought a cheap K-cup brewer (not Keurig) for my desk and a refillable k-cup.  I went with the one that uses a filter because I can just pull it out and toss it, then just rinse the holder.  Otherwise, I'd have the same problem as cleaning out a French press.  Despite packing in the coffee, I still find the coffee weak and it doesn't fill my 8 oz mug.  Because I can't pre-warm my mug, the coffee gets cold really fast.  If I used it once or twice daily, you're supposed to decalcify it.  I use it maybe once a month just to make sure it still works.

I had to go through all this to come back full circle to where I started--plastic (Melitta) cone with a #2 filter.  It takes a little longer in the kitchen, but that time is used making coffee for a 16 oz tumbler, not cleaning.  I'd love a Clever dripper to hold the steep a little longer, but I can control my grind size to compensate, plus my cone was only $2 years & years ago so I don't worry about breaking it or losing it.
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 3:58am
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I use a Sowden Oscar Softbrew at work (having tried most manual methods, individually & in combination), quicker clean up than French press (which still gets the odd use) and not fussy about timings to the minute, which is handy if you get caught on the phone or called into a meeting. I doubt you'd get good results with a Porlex though (I haven't), a Lido 2 or Made by Knock grinder would be better (& faster).

Bearing the Porlex in mind, I prefer the Bonavita immersion cone over the newer CCD, it needs a preheat, but again timings to the minute need not be crucial.
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Posted Sat Jan 4, 2014, 8:31am
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I always used a tea strainer to help clean a French press.  Wipe out 90% of the grounds with a spoon/fork/paper tower into the trash, and rinse the rest out pouring it through a tea strainer.  Never took me more than a couple of minutes to clean with most of the time spent disassembling the strainer to get a few grinds out of it.
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