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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:31pm
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One of the nice things about the BV1800 is that the cone that the filter sits in is completely separate from everything else, so you can totally remove it, and now you have a shower-head very-hot-water dispenser. If you have the thermal carafe version, there's actually quite a long way between the shower head and the base, which lets you fit an awful lot of things in there.

Here's some experiments I tried to take advantage of that.
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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:32pm
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Firstly, you can make coffee one cup at a time; just pour one cup's worth of water into it, put the cone on top of your cup, dump in grounds, and voila. This works very well, and I take advantage of it a lot as a quick and easy way to make a coffee.

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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:33pm
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You can also put a V60 cone under there as well, if you prefer -- it fits just fine. You don't get as much control as doing proper pourover, mind you, but it still works very nicely. (note the use of standard #4 cone filter folded to fit)

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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:34pm
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and of course, you can also use the BV1800 to heat just enough water to fill a pourover kettle; it's quicker than heating the kettle on the stovetop, because less heat goes to waste. It's slower than heating water in a kettle (directly in proportion to the difference in wattage), but my kettle's minimum fill is more water than I need so it actually takes longer that way.

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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:36pm
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Now we're just replacing a kettle, you can also use it to fill a standard french press; fill the press to the right level, dump that water into the BV1800, and off you go. This doesn't work terribly well in practise -- the grounds swell up once the first drops hit them, and then they don't get stirred well enough because the drips aren't powerful enough to mix, so I end up having to manually stir them anyway, at which point I may as well have used the kettle because this amount of water _is_ over the minimum fill level.

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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:38pm
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An inverted Aeropress _just_ fits in there -- but it turns out that this can be actively a bad idea, because the grounds can swell enough to rise over the top of the aeropress and make a terrible mess. As with the french press, it's not very useful, either, because you still need to manually stir them (or not, depending on exactly what brewing method you're using -- part of the fun of an aeropress is playing with timing and stuff, and using the BV1800 to fill it takes that control away)

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Posted Wed Mar 19, 2014, 7:39pm
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Finally, yes, you can fill a teapot this way -- it can be a bit splashy because the amount of fall of the water is enough to splash around, depending on exactly how your teapot works, but the principle is there, at least.

I guess you could even put a cup under there with just a teabag in it, but that would almost certainly be really splashy.

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