Posted Sat Nov 24, 2012, 9:09am Subject: Re: Just getting started
I would definitely recommend a clever dripper or an aeropress. I would go for a Hario Skerton paired with one of those two brewers if I were you. The aeropress is great and you can always add on reusable filters over time. I use my aero everywhere and love the single cups it makes.
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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2012, 8:33pm Subject: Re: Just getting started
I prefer my Skerton to my mini mill (mini mill fits better in suitcase if I'm flying, hence why I own one). On the other hand I like french pressed coffee 100x better than Aeropress (and yes I've had it made by someone who really knows how to use it.)
French press is easy, but leaves you with a strong, hearty cup of coffee. Pour over, whatever method you use, is generally lighter (maybe not the right word for it, but the best I can come up with.)
I don't know what might be in your area to go and test things out, different ways to prepare. You might look in the regional forums and see if there are places that actually make coffee in different ways that you can compare the same coffee in, for instance, a french press or pour over. It could help you decide which works better for you.
Posted Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:01pm Subject: Re: Just getting started
The Hario Mini Mill is awesome and durable, unlike the Skerton, which is made of glass. You can throw it in the backpack or suitcase in a pinch for camping or traveling on weekends. I use mine at work, until my grinder died and it has been pressed into service for my espresso machine. Yes, it's that good. Not perfect, and it's only a stopgap, but it does ok!
I've never really developed an appreciation for French Presses. Messy, cleanup is a hassle, and I always seem to get grounds in my coffee. I am sure I am doing something wrong, but I'm not really interested.
+1 on the Aeropress. I have an Aeropress that is grand - Quick, easy, cleans up in a snap, and can provide a smooth flavorful cup. I use mine at work, or used to until my mini mill moved back home.
You'll need a hot water kettle, too.
On your budget and especially if you're in the dorm, I'd recommend the above.
Posted Mon Nov 26, 2012, 7:42am Subject: Re: Just getting started
Derek, I'd recommend the Clever Coffee Dripper (aka CCD) over the AeroPress for a few reasons:
-COST: The CCD is lower cost. ~$18 on Amazon, vs. ~$25 for the AeroPress
-CAPACITY: The CCD can brew a normal strength cup of coffee up to 12 oz/370g yield. The AeroPress has a limited capacity, so if you want more than about 220g (220ml, or about 7 1/2 fluid oz) at normal strength and proper extraction, you'll have to make strong coffee and dilute with hot water. It's fine for taste, but kind of a pain.
-STEEP BREWING: The AeroPress isn't recommended or designed for inverted use, but that is the only way to achieve longer steep times. The CCD is designed as a steep and release brewer.
-FLEXIBILITY of BREWING METHOD: The CCD can also be used as a normal pourover (without the steep, and you control the brew water delivery). You can use it with or without the release valve, just on top of a coffee cup. The AeroPress is not designed to be used as a pourover, and results in attempting to use it as such are mixed.
Just things to consider. Both brewers need a decent grinder, a source of hot water. Metal/reusable filters are available for both.
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You are 100% correct. That said however, there are a lot of us that invert brew in the Aeropress anyway, it isn't hard to do and it is pretty widely done.
I always brew concentrated with the Aeropress, when I heat the water in the electric kettle, I just heat more than need to press the coffee. By the time the coffee is brewed in the press, the water in the kettle has cooled a little and I just add it to the concentrate. I brew into my 16 oz mug on a regular basis. YMMV!
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