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Posted Sun Feb 9, 2014, 3:27pm
Subject: Silex "2-cupper" pour-over

I'd bought one of these neat little things a while back of an online auction site for around $35, I think, and used it for the first (successful) time today. I believe they used cloth filters, which no longer exist, so I previously tried using a mesh disc cut from an old #2 cone filter placed under the small glass spreader. No good. So, it sat on the dresser until a while ago. I have a bunch of #2 basket paper filters in the cabinet, and thought I'd give them a try. Lo and behold, it worked like a charm! The filter popped up a bit, being slightly larger in diameter. But I heated up some water in a Sona Ware 4-cup kettle (another neat little vintage thingie I scored), placed the filter in the top bowl of the Silex, ran a bit through it, and the filter sucked on down to almost perfect shape. I left the spreader out, put in two scoops of medium grind Guatemalan, and let it bloom for about 30 seconds. Worked the rest of the water in over two more minutes or so, kicked back with the first *real* cup this thing has probably seen since the '30s. I've been gun-shy about using paper filters ever since using a mesh cone for the past 8 years or so, but not any more. I'm currently eyeballing a cup-top pour-over to add to my collection...and now have no qualms about brewing through paper.

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Posted Sat Mar 1, 2014, 9:17am
Subject: Re: Silex "2-cupper" pour-over

Hi, i just received the 2 cupper from ebay purchase - and this morning I gave it a try.
I didn't realize when I bid on it that it had only the 2 pieces and no insert (spreader).

So, i tried your method with a #4 (I think) basket filter.
I was using pre-ground coffee that isn't great, yet I was surprised that the cup
was pretty good considering.

I can't wait to try it with decent stuff (hopefully home roast) soon.

Question - does anyone know where the insert or the cloth filters can be sourced?
It would be nice to try those.
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