Posted Sun Jun 17, 2012, 1:19am Subject: Re: drip vs press vs aerobie
I'd recommend the Virtuoso Preciso. It is a great grinder for all levels of coffee brewing and has 11 micro adjustments between the 40 macro adjustments that the regular Virtuoso doesn't have, which gives you a fine tuning that is needed to really dial in espresso shots. That being said, I don't do espresso so I'd read up on it for espresso use specifically (I've read good things about its espresso performance but again, have no personal experience using it for espresso).
I'd highly recommend not wasting your money on the built in scale Baratza has available and buy a balance that you can brew on as well, something around 2000g capacity (so you can tare out your brewing system and grounds while still having headroom for water weight) and .1g resolution (for grounds accuracy). US Balance has a model called the US-Benchtop-Pro (with an accurate calibration weight included) that is exactly that and should be less than $50. Then you have a balance you can use to weigh your brew water with too (and anything else you want) and get a much more repeatable brew. Start at 1 gram of ground coffee to 17 grams of water, dial your grind for optimal extraction/taste (try starting at grind setting 23F with 30g on the Virtuoso P for if you end up with a Baratza) and then raise or lower the grounds weight to adjust the strength to your personal preference.
I personally highly dislike using any system that uses plastic/silicone touching the brewed/brewing coffee so I won't touch the Abid CCD or use the Aerobie anymore. I get the most amazing results from the Hario V60 using their white filters, Chemex white filters and the Able Kone with it (which fits and brews better in the 03 than in a Chemex IMO) and a french press for cup variety.
Symbols: = New Posts since your last visit = No New Posts since last visit = Newest post
Forum Rules: No profanity, illegal acts or personal attacks will be tolerated in these discussion boards. No commercial posting of any nature will be tolerated; only private sales by private individuals, in the "Buy and Sell" forum. No cross posting allowed - do not post your topic to more than one forum, nor repost a topic to the same forum. Who Can Read The Forum? Anyone can read posts in these discussion boards. Who Can Post New Topics? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post new topics. Who Can Post Replies? Any registered CoffeeGeek member can post replies. Can Photos be posted? Anyone can post photos in their new topics or replies. Who can change or delete posts? Any CoffeeGeek member can edit their own posts. Only moderators can delete posts. Probationary Period: If you are a new signup for CoffeeGeek, you cannot promote, endorse, criticise or otherwise post an unsolicited endorsement for any company, product or service in your first five postings.