Posted Tue Oct 25, 2011, 3:27pm Subject: First Time V60 User
Hi, first post. Been brewing Chemex at home for the last couple years. Eager to get started with my new V60 set up. Glass dripper 02 and range server 03 has just arrived along with the buono kettle. I'm in Pasadena and use mostly Klatch beans. They are phenomenal. We have a beautiful Intelligentsia nearby and I'm fascinated with the pour over bar. This and the coffeegeek forums has peaked my interest in Hario pour overs. My question is regarding an older thread where a member recommended using Melitta #4s with a crease folded to fit the 02 hario cone. I have Filtropa #4s and assume it is the same size as a melitta 4, thus the same technique. However when I fold the filter as shown in the picture, the filter in effect gets thicker near the cone opening when I fit it in to the dripper (extra paper from the fold). Will this added thickness affect the extraction? Or am I simply folding it the wrong way? Also wondering, are the Hario filters that awful where I should definately be looking for an alternative? I know they are pricey, but I've heard the quality is bad also. Thx for any info...
Posted Tue Oct 25, 2011, 7:09pm Subject: Re: First Time V60 User
Well, to be honest I haven't tried Intelli's beans often enough to compare. I got hooked on Klatch when I was making espresso a few years ago. Then I switched to Chemex with Klatch dark and med/dark roasts andthe Intelli roast profile was too light for me. However, now I don't like dark or med/dark and I'm buying medium and light roasts and have been on a steady diet of klatch ethiopian or mexican. I get it from a small cafe in Pasadena that sells Klatch beans. It's not directly from Klatch so the selection is not as big. But I will be trying Intelli again soon since I have aquired a taste for lighter roasts now. Intelli's prices seem alot higher per/lb though.
Posted Wed Oct 26, 2011, 6:21am Subject: Re: First Time V60 User
Drawing from your Chemex experience, you ought to be somewhat familiar with the filter being thicker on one side due to folding. That, in my experience, has no negative impact on extraction. I'm sure there is some impact, but it's not negative. I have used folded (bamboo) filters in my V60 and found that I needed to make no adjustments to technique.
I will also say that I haven't had the adverse experience with Hario white filters that the other gentleman has. I DO see the "oil slick" on top of the cup that he has referenced, but have not found it detrimental to taste. The first two sips are wasted on me anyway; I can't really taste my coffee until the third or fourth sip (I've tried various cooling times, but this is always the case with me).
I say grab a pack of 40 if you can bare the expenditure in the name of scientific experimentation.
Posted Wed Oct 26, 2011, 9:28am Subject: Re: First Time V60 User
Thx, yes when I made my next Chemex cup after posting I realized this. Seeing all the uneven paper on the Filtropa made me think I was doing something wrong. I'll try some different filters and experiment.
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