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Jimb021
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Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 5:41am
Subject: Aeropress - How to decrease the pressing time?
 

Hello everybody,

a few weeks ago, I bought an aeropress and a hario mini mill. I love them. However, I was experimenting and I am not able to decrease the pressing time.

Usually, I use the inverted method with something between espresso and drip coarseness (6 clicks on my mini mill) and temperature 94 Celsius. My pressing time is 35-40 seconds and I am not able to decrease it. It made me to decrease the contact time to 35 seconds with the pressing time 40 seconds (and I got great results with these settings). However, I would like to be able to decrease the pressing time anyway.

Any tips how to decrease this pressing time?

I tried this:

A/ Coarser grind - It definitely helped. Nevertheless, I would like to be able to try non-inverted method with a very fine grind. For this and other methods, I would need to reach pressing time around the 20 seconds.

B/ Do not use so much power during pressing and make short 0,5s breaks (leaving air from an aeropress makes it easier to push) - This just showed me that how much power I use is almost not important for pressing time.

C/ Clean my aeropress very properly and make the plunger wet before I start - I didn't see any change.


Other aeropress users which I know, don't have this problem. I found two possibilities why it could be so.

1/ I have a brown version of aeropress (and I suspect that there is a different roughness of surface..).

2/ My grinder (or maybe all hario mini mill grinders) creates a little bit untypical kind of grind which make it harder to press.


Do you have any ideas/recommendations?

Thank you for help!

Jakub
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Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 8:07am
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Jakub, why do you want to decrease the pressing time? From what I have learned, contact time of grounds in water is important for flavor and mouthfeel. The way the Aeropress is designed, the time used for extraction (pressing time) is a part of that.

I'm curious to see how the experienced folks answer this.
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Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 8:55am
Subject: Re: Aeropress - How to decrease the pressing time?
 

bekeld Said:

Jakub, why do you want to decrease the pressing time? From what I have learned, contact time of grounds in water is important for flavor and mouthfeel. The way the Aeropress is designed, the time used for extraction (pressing time) is a part of that.

I'm curious to see how the experienced folks answer this.

Posted July 15, 2012 link

I have used my aeropress for many years (+6).  I have one of the original BPA added ones.  (Yes I am still alive as I write this).  In any rate, I grind very fine ( and the amount is use is: I put my grinder on 4 cup).  After putting the grinds in the aeropress I pour 11 oz of water in it and still briskly for 30 seconds, then I press it.  I do not do the inversion method.  I wouldn't use less time for the stirring.  I feel that 30 seconds allows good extraction.

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Posted Sun Jul 15, 2012, 9:09am
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DUDE, you're getting your coffee in under 1 minute, how much faster do you need it?
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Posted Sun Jul 22, 2012, 9:33pm
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I'm also using a Hario Mini, set to 5 clicks, my pressing time is about 40 seconds (Disk Fine filter, paper was a little slower perhaps). Aeropress is also one of the recent brown ones.

My total contact time is almost four minutes...I'm very happy with the results, so I'm not changing anything. I was also getting good results with total contact time about a minute and a half, I changed it to calm down some very bright Guatemalan and just stayed with the longer time as I've not tasted any signs of over-extraction (temp at the end drops from 195F to around 175F so that's likely why).
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