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coffeebeforesleep
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 9:47pm
Subject: To invert, or not to invert?
 

What is your preferred method of using the Aeropress, inverted or "standard?" What is the rationale behind your selected method?

Happy plunging!
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Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 10:20pm
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I don't invert, because it's inconvenient. A vac pot gives a much better return on that amount of effort, IMHO. If the Aeropress had more capacity to hold a blooming brew, I'd be more interested in taking advantage of how it exposes the variables in coffee brewing.

I have a lot of respect for folks here who expertly coax awesome coffee from the thing. But for me, it feels like I'm fighting with the design and that there are better options. On the other hand, I like the AP as a reasonably simple way to hack out a nice, revealing cup of coffee.
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 12:34am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

coffeebeforesleep Said:

What is your preferred method of using the Aeropress, inverted or "standard?" What is the rationale behind your selected method?

Happy plunging!

Posted April 3, 2014 link

I use both inverted or non-inverted. Inverted if I'm not in a hurry & always over the kitchen sink (drips when flipping), sometimes I just weigh in the grinds but not water. I tend to combine everything inverted, then flip for the steep, washing the grinds off the bung.

Non-inverted if I want a quicker cup, tend to weigh both grinds & water.

Inverted is better for ensuring an even steep with no/little percolation. Non inverted can be more a combination of percolation & steep, or swing more towards percolation depending on method.

If I'm just brewing 1 cup's worth, then I mostly use the Aeropress.
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 5:47am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I too like a vac pot but the Aeropress is the daily driver at work. It is easy to use, little mess and a minimum of equipment as if that made any difference to my work setup lol.

I find it easier to brew inverted, just add water, stirr, let bloom, screw the cap on and hold the filter end over the cup as it is reverted to brew position. I do not have issues of leaks but perhaps it is only that I learned to not have them from use, IDK.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 10:45am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I use my Aeropress solely for travel purposes.  I use it inverted. I find it's actually less messy than using it "standard", becasue there's no leak past the plunger, but when you use it "standard" there's (at least for me) always a couple/few drips making it out the bottom somewhere onto the work surface.  Also, I don't like the airpocket between the top of the brew and the plunger, and inverted, you can sort of "press" the coffee up, so that there's no air pocket when you screw on the filter cap.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:30am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I use in it one three ways depending on grind, desired steep time and mood: inverted; non-inverted; and with a valve replacing the cap.

emradguy Said:

I don't like the airpocket between the top of the brew and the plunger...

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Why not?
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:36am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

um....I guess it's the sound it makes when I press.  I suppose that's silly, but for whatever reason it bothers me.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 1:50pm
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I use it like a drip because I like drip brew, besides my tumblers are 16 oz.

I might steep for a couple minutes non-inverted.  I don't leak, the suction holds it in just fine, but then I pull the plunger out so I can add more water through the grounds.  When I reach my volume, I plunge to dry the puck before ejecting it.
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 6:41am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I too brew into a 16 oz mug but I only go one time through the grounds, add hot water to bring to the top of the mug. Works for me with no mess. YMMV!

 
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Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 9:08am
Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
 

I used the Aeropress inverted this morning for the first time in a while. I'd forgotten how tight it can be in terms of volume. I couldn't get all the water in at first and had to stir and wait and still it was right at the very top. It's tempting to put the plunger in just the tiniest bit but that's asking for an accident. My valve approach adds additional volume since there's no plunger. But non-inverted is the most forgiving since some of the liquid invariably ends up dripping through. Maybe using it the way it's designed is the best? Nah.
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