I missed that post. Very interesting. I thought that the caps were supposed to be convex but when I got a second Aeropress I noticed that the new cap was flat. So you can reflatten it with the heat of boiling water? Mine hasn't been causing any problem... especially since I haven't even been using the cap.
Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 2:09pm Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
My preference now for using the AP as an extractor (not a steeper) and doing the steep in a mason jar or Pyrex is probably extending the life of my system. I am starting to see crazing in the plastic where there is the most heat and pressure (right where the puck is).
I also have to keep re-adjusting my cap, especially if I don't use a disc. A disc helps reduce the pressure of squeezing the grounds making my cap convex.
When I first made the AeroPress I stirred the coffee and hot water in a measuring cup, then poured the slurry into the press. But after brewing this way for about a month I tried doing it all in the press. I could not detect any reduction in brew quality, so this became the standard method -- one less item to rinse.
Regarding your crazing. We will happily replace your chamber. Just call our office 650-493-3050.
Speaking of short brewing time, is it normal to brew with one of those pre-packaged single serve cups so fast? Near the end of that video about the CajunCoffeePress the guy pushes the water through in about 2 seconds. I steep my instant coffee longer.
CajunCoffeePress Senior Member Joined: 20 Jul 2013 Posts: 9 Location: San Diego Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Thu Aug 1, 2013, 9:24pm Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
It actually is better to press a small amount and wet the grounds in the cup and then finish with a slower press. This will give you a better extraction! I did edit out some of the pressing to save time on the video. I have noticed that the Kickstarter crowd does not seem to like long videos.
dagoat Senior Member Joined: 10 Dec 2004 Posts: 376 Location: santa barbara, ca Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: La Pavoni Europiccola, BDB... Grinder: HG-One, baratza vario Vac Pot: aeropress Drip: manual Roaster: cafe rosto
Posted Fri Aug 2, 2013, 2:22am Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
I have a question for those with lots of brewing experience.
I like the Aeropress. It's my go to brew method. Cheap, simple, forgiving, fast, portable. But for me it tends to produce coffee that is muted in flavor. Round, warm, smooth, easy to approach -- but not especially complex.
90% of my coffee life is espresso, and if i didn't travel for a living, it would be more... BUT... what you present in this quote, particularly the part i bolded, is precisely what I like about the Aeropress. i use it when i have old coffee that doesn't make the grade for espresso, but i can't bear throwing it away. The Aeropress, using Alan's recipe exactly as he presents it, is far and away the most enjoyable way of drinking post-prime coffee, that I have tried.
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