Popo Senior Member Joined: 4 Sep 2012 Posts: 5 Location: East Bay Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:37pm Subject: The aeropress: re-envisioned and repurposed as an espresso machine
A friend and I created a contraption to use an aeropress as a true espresso machine: 9 bars pressure, a puck, and a metal filter. Check it out! I'll answer any questions that anyone has. As far as I know, this hasn't been done before.
qualin Senior Member Joined: 30 Jun 2012 Posts: 642 Location: Calgary, AB Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 5:26am Subject: Re: The aeropress: re-envisioned and repurposed as an espresso machine
This is awesome. :) Your video looks professionally produced and sounds like it too. Manual lever machines pretty much work on the same principal.
Do you plan on getting your machine remade into metal?
A few things which will help you...
I noticed you had a scale in the video.. if it measures down to 0.1 gram resolution, run with that. If not, you may want to consider a scale which has that resolution.
Measure your input dose. What are you aiming for now? I have no idea what an Aeropress needs, but start out with 16 grams. That's a typical double shot. Measure your extraction time. Aim for approximately 25 seconds, plus/minus 5 seconds. Measure your output. You appear to be aiming for a cup full. See if you can aim for roughly 32 grams. Plus/Minus 4 grams.
Tare the scale first on your dose and tare the cup second.
That may help you make your drinks a bit more consistent. Compare those results to your espresso machine using parameters as close as possible. (I noticed you had one in your video.)
Good luck! Let us know if that helps.
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Posted Mon Dec 31, 2012, 7:34am Subject: Re: The aeropress: re-envisioned and repurposed as an espresso machine
That's awesome! After watching the video, I was thinking, "Man, those shots must be black and white back to back," but then I read the rest, and obviously that's the case. Still an awesome contraption. Probably the most inexpensive espresso machine to date.
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:46am Subject: Re: The aeropress: re-envisioned and repurposed as an espresso machine
One major fault is that you loose the temp in the water way too quickly, the Areopress was never built to be a manual espresso machine, the plastic body, I would think, will not take that kind of abuse for long.
I guess if you were dying for shots, it is better than nothing but you have an espresso machine anyway so what really was the point?
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Posted Wed Jan 2, 2013, 7:55pm Subject: Re: The aeropress: re-envisioned and repurposed as an espresso machine
Great ingenuity. Where there is a will there is a way. Maybe your friend can make a ceramic cloth slipover cylinder (to retain heat) to slip over the aeropress body after tamping the grounds. After that he can pour in the water and press.
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