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derekdehaan116
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Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012, 2:25pm
Subject: Just getting started
 

So, i am pretty new to this whole home brew stuff, but fortunately have had some exposure through friends.

I was look into getting a Hario mini mill for my grinder and a Bodum chambord 12oz. for brew method.

Im really only making coffee for myself most of the time.

Im a poor college student so i do not have a lot as far as funds go.

Was hoping i could get some feed back, thoughts, or ideas.

Thanks in advanced,

Derek
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emradguy
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Posted Fri Nov 23, 2012, 2:59pm
Subject: Re: Just getting started
 

Hi Derek,

Welcome to CG!

There are better options than the Bodum presses.

This one... http://tinyurl.com/alt2kud ...is a bit more expensive, but the review of it on www.espressomyespresso.com is very convincing.

The Aerobie Aeropress is another good option and it too is only about $25.  It's also all plastic and extremely portable.
Check it out here: Click Here (www.sweetmarias.com)

These are just a couple of options worth looking at.

Good luck!

 
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Sam21
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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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cerridwyn
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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.

Good luck on your journey.

 
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JamesInTaiwan
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Posted Sun Nov 25, 2012, 10:01pm
Subject: Re: Just getting started
 

Derek,

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.

Aloha,

James
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Posted Wed Nov 28, 2012, 11:55am
Subject: Re: Just getting started
 

Netphilosopher Said:

-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.

Posted November 26, 2012 link

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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