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coffeeguydenton
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Posted Tue Jun 25, 2013, 9:41pm
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

My greatest annoyance is also the thing I love most about making coffee- the number of variables.  I love it because there are infinite variations.  I love it because no single cup of coffee ever tastes exactly the same as the last.  I love it because there is always hope of something better, something more perfect.  And for everyone of those reasons I hate it.  Just when I think I am getting a particular roast figured out, some variable changes and throws things off.  Is it the grind, or was it my bloom time?  Was the water too hot?  Was it because I spaced out and ground the beans early, or because the water is different here?  Darn it, I forgot to rinse the Chemex filter!
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calblacksmith
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Posted Wed Jun 26, 2013, 7:08am
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

My aeropress setup takes 5 minutes from the first thought of wanting coffee until it is cleaned up and I am sipping my brew. Over half of that is waiting for the water kettle to heat up.

I only heat 16 oz of water at a time and I start the kettle before anything else. To setup the aeropress, dose, grind and put the grounds into the aeropress takes about 1 1/2 minutes the rest of the time is waiting for the water to get hot. I brew about 8 oz of aeropress and add the rest of the water from the kettle to this brew in a 16 oz mug.

 
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Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:08am
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

Perhaps it is just this morning and I am ready for my vacation but my biggest annoyance is that care and attention to detail combined with information is all that is need to make great coffee.

A lot of people just starting out think that it is tech and wiz bang computer controlled equipment, then they have a hard time understanding when you try to help them understand differently.

ARRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH

Only two more days until vacation!!!!!!!!!

 
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cerridwyn
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Posted Thu Jun 27, 2013, 6:45pm
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

My process depends.

But I like coffee at work. And to get a cup mid morning, spending 5 minutes is not always possible. I can do that of an afternoon, and we often do. (I don't care for aeropresssed coffee, but will use a Hario or French Press). But in the middle of something when my cup is empty, I want instant gratification, I want it now!

I understand those for which the journey is as important as the cup. And sometimes it is. But sometimes I just want the cup of coffee and want someone else to make it for me and have it ready exactly when I want it.

 
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slickfast
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Posted Sun Jun 30, 2013, 9:03am
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

Wow, this is great. Thank you all for the responses!

How cool would it be to control EVERY parameter though? Aside from doing it yourself in something like an Aeropress or Chemex, I would love to have a great, repeatable cup that I could make without using my brain. That's my biggest annoyance.
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CheapBastid
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Posted Tue Jul 2, 2013, 12:13pm
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

That I can't quickly do a pot's worth in an Aeropress for parties.

C'mon Alan!  Make an Aeropress XL!

I'm not sure what the problem is with storing the Aeropress.  Set it up inverted with plunger all the way through (so it doesn't shrink), rest the cap on the notches (above the plunger), set the funnel inverted on top of the press, and the filter holder inverted slid over the funnel.

Simple, stable, compact, and easy storage.
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Posted Thu Jul 4, 2013, 7:10pm
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

My greatest annoyance about making coffee is I'm the only one who knows how to make good coffee.

(That was a JOKE before anyone says anything!)
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DavecUK
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Posted Fri Jul 5, 2013, 7:04am
Subject: Re: What's your greatest annoyance about making coffee?
 

jpender Said:

My greatest annoyance is that I don't have a simple gadget that allows me to easily carry all those Aeropress parts and accessories.

Posted June 21, 2013 link

Here is a suggestion, strictly for Aeropress owners who also have espresso machines at home (which a lot of owners do), but want that smooth taste on the go, at work or when out and about.

  1. Take the Areopress and place it in the cupboard along with all the usual accessories. Find a small plastic container that holds from 120-250ml, whatever your comfortable carrying. Pull 2 to 4 double shots and tip them into said container. When out and about or at work, tip required amount in cup, add hot water, (milk and sugar optional) then drink and enjoy. You will be surprised how good it tastes. This makes excellent use of an expensive espresso machine and gives great coffee on the go.
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