carl311 Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2013 Posts: 1 Location: Idaho Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Mar 31, 2013, 5:42pm Subject: Questions about plastic Melitta drip cone.
Hello all, first post!
I started drinking coffee again (in moderation) last year after a long hiatus. Eschewing crappy kurigs and auto drippers that I used before , I opted for an all manual approach starting with the $3 plastic Melitta cone and later an Aeropress. I have cheap electric kettle (sans goosneck) for my water heating and pouring. I love making coffee in both, and have a few Qs about how everyone has achieved good results with the Melitta .
What grind coarseness is best? (I grind at the supermarket still :( Coffee/water ratio? So far I use one Aeropress scoop for a 8-12oz mugfull on the weekends, two scoops to brew into a 16oz thermos to take to work. Pour technique? I presoak the grounds till the bloom dies down, then slooooowly add the rest of the water until my thermos is full, then toss the cone in the sink to drain. I've experimented with small pulse pours, and also with just filling to the top and walking away, both with inconsistent results.
Lastly, should I drill some holes in the bottom better results? I notice that the Bonmac and Beehouse are pretty identical designs, but with more holes.
First off, I can't believe you get bloom from supermarket coffee. That would be unique. Go with what Alan Adler recommends for the Aerobie. A gooseneck kettle is not necessary for an Aerobie press, but most certainly IS for a pour over.
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