Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008, 3:27pm Subject: Re: Are All Press Pots The Same (moving on from Aerobie Aeropress)
Hey John ... I stuck the coffee I was using in a footnote at the end of the post - in fine print. It's my absolute favourite in the world - Peets Arabian Mocha Sanani. In Mark's "How to Use a Press Pot" guide he suggested 8.5 grams per 4 oz of coffee. Since I was going for 12 oz, I added 25 grams of coffee ... more than I need for the Aerobie - which was a bit annoying.
Posted Tue Jun 24, 2008, 7:11pm Subject: Re: Are All Press Pots The Same (moving on from Aerobie Aeropress)
I've had a few of Peet's coffees but never tried that one. Some coffees aren't really suited for press pot brewing & some people just don't like the flavors it brings out. Personally I've yet to have a cup of paper filtered coffee that I really liked all that much & that includes using the Aeropress. Trying the same coffee back to back in the A/P, press & the Finum I think the in cup brewing brings out the best flavors. You might want to try brewing some other coffees before you give up on the press.
Posted Sat Jun 28, 2008, 7:05am Subject: Re: Are All Press Pots The Same (moving on from Aerobie Aeropress)
I wanted to try the bodum again today and after preparing my coffee I noticed I forgot to change the grind. I had set it back to 6.5 on the Kitchen Aid for my Aerobie. Turns out the coffee I made on the bodum with the 6.5 grind turned out to be a REALLY good cup of coffee - as tasty as with the Aerobie EXCEPT it was really saw-dusty! Obviously I need a finer filter. So, I now have more hope for the Bodum than I did before.
I'm still trying to find a place to buy the suggested replacement filters. I looked around on www.greenbeanery.ca (a Toronto retailer) and couldn't find them. I emailed their sales department to see if they have them.
Posted Sat Jun 28, 2008, 8:52am Subject: Re: Are All Press Pots The Same (moving on from Aerobie Aeropress)
6.5 on the KA is probably a bit much for any Press Pot filter, even with the extra nylon filter which I've used. I don't think I ever used much over 4 -4.5 on my KA with the press but I still got better flavor then I ever got out of my A/P. Keep in mind that the KA gives a real mixed bag of grounds at any setting. A drip grind from my M4 or a coarse grind out of my Zassenhaus will produce better results in the cup.
Posted Sun Jul 6, 2008, 10:31pm Subject: Re: Are All Press Pots The Same (moving on from Aerobie Aeropress)
As I await my new nylon filter I searched around the forums and several people mentioned that they get better results with the bodum by plunging S.....L.....O.....W.....L.....Y. So, I thought I'd try that.
It does make a difference.
I still have the tinny taste but the amount of sediment/dust/cloud (whatever its called) that makes it into the cup is noticeably reduced when I plunged more slowly than I had before. I'm used to plunging pretty quickly with the Aerobie. Applying about 1/10th the pressure and plunging through the 12 ounces over 10 or 15 seconds, rather than the 2 or 3 I did before makes a difference.
The theory is that if you plunge fast, the higher pressure of a faster plunge results in coffee and sediment getting round the outside of the filter more so than when applying slower/lighter pressure.
Works for me. I'm still using a 6.5 KA grind and I no longer have sediment/chaulky taste as an issue. My sole remaining issue is the tinny taste - which I expect a nylon filter will help with - if I can find one to purchase here in Canada.
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