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slickfast
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Posted Tue May 7, 2013, 8:59am
Subject: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

]]]Hey fellow coffeegeeks!

I'm a big fan of the AeroPress. Anytime I start to get used to the coffee it makes I'll make a cup for a new friend and watch their face on the first sip. It's incredible! Most people just simply don't know coffee can be this good until they try it, and the AeroPress is THE coffee press for the common man. But there is one thing I hate about it.

It's a pain in the neck to transport with all of its little pieces. And because of how good it is, I want to bring it everywhere: to the office, on trips, etc. I thought it was super annoying and after talking to some other APers they agreed with me. AeroPress told me I could buy a carrying bag. I didn't want a carrying bag. I wanted the existing pieces to be better designed.

So I made a little project around it and designed a solution:
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Essentially, it just replaces the paper filter holder and makes it way more useful. Instead of being just a holder, the bottom of it would snap onto the rim of the AP plunger to hold the scoop and plunger in place. Then, the upper compartment holds the filters. To keep the filters from falling out, I designed it to use the black plastic filter cap as the filter cap. This way you aren't tempted (like I do every day) to put the black cap back on the AP which holds the plunger in a compressed position (not good).

Bottom line: this thing holds all the essential AP components in one piece so I can throw it in my bag and take it anywhere easily.

Does anyone else want one? or am I the only one who thinks this is a problem?
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jbviau
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Posted Tue May 7, 2013, 10:38am
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

Sounds cool, but would it be possible to show an illustration of how everything would look all packed up? I'm having trouble visualizing it for some reason. Thanks.
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slickfast
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Posted Tue May 7, 2013, 11:12am
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

jbviau Said:

Sounds cool, but would it be possible to show an illustration of how everything would look all packed up? I'm having trouble visualizing it for some reason. Thanks.

Posted May 7, 2013 link

I definitely intend on making that... these are just the first modelling pics I've completed so I wanted to get them on here. Thanks for the suggestion, and will do!
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Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 7:58am
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

I was thinking the same thing...having trouble visualizing the completed setup.  It would probably be helpful if you took pictures in stages too.  What did you make that out of?  I was thinking some kind of rubber, until I saw the blue photo...or is that just a different one?  Are you planning on selling these?  I'd be interested if it's works as good as you make it sound.

 
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Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 1:03pm
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

emradguy Said:

I was thinking the same thing...having trouble visualizing the completed setup.  It would probably be helpful if you took pictures in stages too.  What did you make that out of?  I was thinking some kind of rubber, until I saw the blue photo...or is that just a different one?  Are you planning on selling these?  I'd be interested if it's works as good as you make it sound.

Posted May 8, 2013 link

Agreed, I need to make that. I'll make an assembly video so you guys can see how it all goes together.

As far as material, I was thinking of durable ABS plastic, but if I can I'd love to do it out of some kind of recycled plastic.

If it doesn't work how it sounds I'm not interested in it! Stay tuned for more.
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calblacksmith
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 8:16am
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

If you feel the need, more power to you!
I really am not bothered by the AP stuff. I use a zip bag and throw all the AP stuff in it. It keeps things clean and together. APs are pretty inexpensive and I have a few of them, stashed where I tend to make coffee so I don't travel with them except for like on vacation or something. Then I need to pack an electric kettle too so everything just goes into the kettle, in the zip bag anyway.

YMMV!

 
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slickfast
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 6:36am
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

calblacksmith Said:

If you feel the need, more power to you!
I really am not bothered by the AP stuff. I use a zip bag and throw all the AP stuff in it. It keeps things clean and together. APs are pretty inexpensive and I have a few of them, stashed where I tend to make coffee so I don't travel with them except for like on vacation or something. Then I need to pack an electric kettle too so everything just goes into the kettle, in the zip bag anyway.

YMMV!

Posted May 14, 2013 link

You're right. I might be off my rocker here, but I feel like the AP hardware should be designed to fit together. That's what my idea does... It basically just replaces the filter holder with something that's designed to do more than one job. Now it does three: contains the filters, contains the scoop/paddle, and holds the black cap without compressing the plunger. Its a little solution I totally agree, but it bugs me! I shouldn't NEED a bag.

Anyway, I've been a bit preoccupied with life at the moment, otherwise I'd have a video to show how it all works. Hopefully I'll get some time this week/weekend.
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 12:44pm
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

I did not intend to sound like a put down, I may be out of step with most other people, go for it, put it out there and see if the world beats a path to your door!

Sorry if it came off very negative.

 
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 1:11pm
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

Maybe I'll start using a large zip bag.  It kind of bothers me that I have to do something like that, but it seems no matter how I try to pack the parts in my backpack, they end up flopping around all over...or I forget which compartment this or that is in.  So until something better comes along (hint, hint - but no rush...honestly :-) ), I guess I'll try to zipbag or simlar.

 
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slickfast
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 1:26pm
Subject: Re: Love the AeroPress, but I hate this.
 

calblacksmith Said:

I did not intend to sound like a put down, I may be out of step with most other people, go for it, put it out there and see if the world beats a path to your door!

Sorry if it came off very negative.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

Oh no don't worry! I can totally understand where you're coming from, and considering your situation I don't think you really have a need for one. Constructive critical comments are always welcome!

emradguy Said:

Maybe I'll start using a large zip bag.  It kind of bothers me that I have to do something like that, but it seems no matter how I try to pack the parts in my backpack, they end up flopping around all over...or I forget which compartment this or that is in.  So until something better comes along (hint, hint - but no rush...honestly :-) ), I guess I'll try to zipbag or simlar.

Posted May 15, 2013 link

Great to hear man. I think this will TOTALLY solve your problem, as that's why I thought of it in the first place. Hopefully I'll have something to show for it soon!
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