jaybar Senior Member Joined: 13 Sep 2011 Posts: 182 Location: Brooklyn Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 12:37pm Subject: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
I really love my 8 cup glass handle chemex and use it for 20-24 ounces. There are himes, however that I wish to brew MUCH less coffee. By much less I mean enough to fill an 11 ounce mugh and leave 1 ince at the top. I am not sure my 8 cup chemex is the best option for making a final brew of 9-10 ounces. Given my eyesight and eye-hand coordination, I have ruled out Hario as requiring two exacting a poor (I tried) . I am looking for a reasonably tolerant device. I have the Kalita 185 and that is definately much more tolerant than the Hario, but I wonder if it can only brew 10 ounces? I like methods with a 3-5 minute brew time.
Here are some possibilities that have come to mind:
1) Kalita 155 2) Continue to use the Kalita 185 for rather small batches 3) 1-3 xup Chemex 4) Some type of non-plastic drip cone
I am atrracted to both Chemex and Kalita in that I have used them with good results.
Any thoughts including other possibilities I missed.
oktyone Senior Member Joined: 26 Apr 2012 Posts: 33 Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 3:02pm Subject: Re: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
I'd say an Aeropress or a Clever, but since you prefer non-plastic you might consider the the german porcelain Walkure Karlsbad or Bayreuth brewers, not only are they beautifully made out of ceramic, they don't even require paper or metal filters, the top portion of the brewer includes a water difuser that allows for a forgiving pour technique while evenly saturating the coffee and a filter mesh made entirely out of the same ceramic as the rest of the brewer, i like them, but since they only recently have been imported to the U.S, you'll find it hard to find pre-given brewing instructions or parameters, but if you like experimenting it should be pretty cool, they come in different sizes, the smallest one being for one cup.
Intelligentsia sells some of them on their website, so does SeattleCoffeeGear and most recently Prima Coffee, they're a bit pricey, but totally worth it in my opinion.
Posted Sat Jun 9, 2012, 10:18pm Subject: Re: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
Like most are saying, use the Clever. I have one with a gold filter. Works awesome; brew tastes very similar to french press.
"Coffee leads men to trifle away their time, scald their chops, and spend their money, all for a little base, black, thick, nasty, bitter, stinking nauseous puddle water." ~The Women's Petition Against Coffee, 1674
Posted Sun Jun 17, 2012, 8:08pm Subject: Re: Options for Brewing a single Mug that are forgiving of pour technique?
Most of the Melitta filter based drippers (BeeHouse, BonMac...) are ceramic, pretty forgiving and make a very good cup. I would recommend steering away from the size 1 as it is nice to have a little extra room and that size gives no headroom at all.
Stick to your guns and stay away from methods that brew in plastic, nylon and silicone, whether you taste it or not it is there.
I'd recommend steering away from the Espro FP as it uses silicone rings around the plunger. I personally can taste silicone when it's in the brew as well as when I'm using a travel mug using silicone rings to seal the lid. I have a beautiful Nissan Thermos mug I bought for $27 that I cannot use due to the coffee passing the silicone rings and adding a bad off flavor (which I highly doubt is merely a flavor, but rather chemicals leaching in the coffee). It's a shame, I otherwise love that mug.
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