I have both, and to my taste the KMB makes the best brewed coffee of any method I have tried (Aeropress, auto drip, manual drip, french press, vac pot). KMB coffee is richer and fuller than normal drip, but with no sludge in the cup. Some people have posted here that dialing the right grind and dose on the KMB is tricky, but I can't get a bad pot out mine.
A full KMB pot is slightly more than a liter. I use four scoops of beans, as heaping as a I can get them, ground at #27 on the Rocky, for a full pot. When leveled and lightly tamped, this amount fills up the filter basket just below the level where the retaining screw in the lid would make an impression on the surface of the coffee. I would say the KMB is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the Aeropress in getting the most out of a given amount of coffee.
By the way, how do you get 40oz out an Aeropress? I assume you do multiple pressings. I'd find this very tedious, but if you want more than a liter out a KMB, you will have to brew more than one pot.
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I've got both, too. As DrugOfChoice said, many people believe that dialing in the right grind and dose is tricky, and I'm one of them. I used the KMB as my primary brewer for a couple of years, but abandoned it for a TV after my carafe cracked. The KMB brews a cup with a unique and distinctive flavor: some people love it, other don't. There is not doubt, though, you'll get way better mileage out of your beans with the KMB than you do with the AP. I'm on a low-caffeine diet with my wife right now, so I've gone back to the AP for a double once a day--in my book, the AP makes the best cup going (if you don't mind paying for the all those extra beans).
Yes, I do multiple pressings. To get 40 oz I can do 2 @ 4 scoops and if the bloom is too high I can do 2 @ 3 scoops + 1 @ 2 scoops. I pour the extract into the Thermos carafe and add 32 oz of 175F water. And yes, it's pretty tedious.
But the results are so good that the coffee diisappears off the table ...!!
I would like to replace it with a Krups Moka Brew, again available in Canada. But only if it makes great coffee. That's why I'm asking for opinions from folks who have both.
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