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teddyB
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Posted Tue Oct 22, 2013, 6:12pm
Subject: Sweet spot for Clever Dripper
 

Hi all I cant seem to come up with any recipe that suits my tastes, No matter what I do I cant seem to get it right.

I ve been using a french press also without much sucess, Im getting my coffee from a local roaster but he is fairley new at it and I dont know if he knows what he is doing yet,  My grinder is a Bodum Bistro,  I have a scale and occasionally I get a great cup of coffee but usually the next one tastes like c--- I am so frustrated I dont know what to try next, my French press just broke so I am trying to decide whether  to go with  an Aropress  or they have a new French press out but its kinda pricy or should I keep tryin with the Dripper.  Please any suggestions would be appreiated -------- I need a good cup of coffee
 
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caffeinatedjen
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Posted Fri Oct 25, 2013, 10:40am
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It sounds like your coffee might be the source of your problems. Why don't you see if using a different roaster helps-like maybe ordering a five pound bag from Redbird. I mostly home roast but I have ordered from them a few times and it's always been wonderful. You can freeze what you can't use in a week in freezer bags or jars and take it out when you need it. This might help with consistency. I haven't been that fussy with the clever coffee dripper the way I am with espresso, I just measure it with scoop instead of weighing it, boil water in the microwave and let it come back off the boil before I pour it over the grounds. I do use a timer for four minutes, and then let it empty into a mug.
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Posted Tue Oct 29, 2013, 9:04am
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What do you think the problem was with your French press (before it broke)? I'm doing a big Bodum Fp every morning. Admittedly, it took me a few days to figure out how to get a good pot of coffee from it (it requires more coffee than you think), but now I don't even think about it.

What's the story with your press-pot coffee?

 
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 11:06am
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Ive actually had great success using the Clever Dripper as a traditional pour over brewer (no stand alone steep time).

Im a huge fan of Thirty-Thirty Coffee and their V60 pour over technique works very well for me.

 
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al_bongo
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Posted Sun Nov 10, 2013, 11:35am
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No easy answer here. Might be worth trying a different roaster, but if you can get a good cup and then a bad one from the same bag of beans I'd say it's probably not the roaster.

When you do get a good cup it would make sense that if you repeat your method exactly, you should get a good cup again.

You don't say what's wrong with your coffee: too weak, bitter, sour? It could be over extracted/underextracted or even a coffee you don't like.

It's simplest to change one variable at a time and probably the easiest one is to keep the grind the same and try different steep/brew times.
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