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Netphilosopher
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Posted Tue May 7, 2013, 4:21pm
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AlanAdler Said:

"The Blossom" was a $15 plastic cap with a rubber valve, which replaced the standard AeroPress cap.  It was just what you want.  It was offered as an accessory for the AeroPress.  But the kickstarter effort failed, so Jeremy moved on to his $11,000 machine

I searched the internet for a photo of it without success, but I only searched for a few minutes.  I'll bet it's out there.  You could write to Jeremy.

Posted May 6, 2013 link

I did and he responded promptly. He said it was called "The Bloom" and that it appeared it would not have garnered enough customers to be profitable. Maybe I would have been the only person to buy one!

I had been thinking that a pressure sensitive valve would be a nice approach. And it turns out that's what he used. I may try to kludge something together at some point. It will be a MacGyver project though, probably with lots of silicone glue. Too bad I can't just order one.
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Posted Tue May 7, 2013, 7:17pm
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jpender Said:

I may try to kludge something together at some point.

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Well, as you know, I don't see a need for this.  But I'm also a compulsive engineer.  So here's an idea.

Cut a disc of thin rubber the size of a filter and put it between your metal disc and our cap.  Cut a lot of short slits in the rubber.  They will act as pressure sensitive valves.

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Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 4:44pm
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AlanAdler Said:

Well, as you know, I don't see a need for this.  But I'm also a compulsive engineer.  So here's an idea.

Cut a disc of thin rubber the size of a filter and put it between your metal disc and our cap.  Cut a lot of short slits in the rubber.  They will act as pressure sensitive valves.

Posted May 7, 2013 link

There's not much tolerance in the differential threads of that cap. And I'm a little squeamish about taking a dremel to it.

I tried a pretty skimpy skinny thin piece of silicone and I couldn't twist the cap closed with it in there, even without a filter.
Then I tried some siliconized nylon material. That fit, but it isn't elastic enough to seal when breached with slits.

I was thinking of something a little different, but I think I'd need to modify the cap first. Ideally the valve would be integral to a replacement cap. Or better still a drop-in filter disk that only passes liquid at a certain pressure, if that's even possible.

Yeah, whatever.
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 10:15am
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A Few AeroPressing Tidbits

Hello All,

Here are a few tidbits which may be of interest.

Mug Knockbox:

After pressing and removing the cap, I stand the AeroPress on this old travel mug and press.  We keep this mug next to our coffee things so it's more convenient than walking over to our trash.  I use the mug's travel cap to contain the coffee aroma and empty the mug into our garden every few days.  I used to be bothered by dumping used filters in the garden, but now I view them as beneficial leaf mulch.  Pic below.

Shaken, Not Stirred:

I've found that I can get full extraction when pressing a single scoop by agitating the mug instead of stirring.  I swirl the mug (with the AeroPress on top) in a tiny circle for ten seconds.  It a bit of laziness, which save rinsing the paddle.  

This does not work well for more than one scoop.

Best regards,

Alan

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 10:27am
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Alan, do you find using the mug knockbox to be preferable to launching the puck of coffee grounds into the neighbor's yard? Granted you save the inconvenience of walking outside, but you lose out on the pleasure of seeing the puck sailing over the hedge.    :-)


On another topic, I have been testing my kaffeologie metal filter as regards letting fines through into the brew. Even at french press coarse grinds I'm noticing a significant amount of fine coffee grind getting through the metal and getting caught by the paper filter.  This is much less, as it happens, when brewing with the inverted method, which suggests that the Kaffeologie filter is best used for inverted brewing.
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 11:00am
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paulbel Said:

the pleasure of seeing the puck sailing over the hedge.    :-)

Posted May 18, 2013 link

Next pressing, I'll measure my puck ejection distance.  

We could start a contest!

Rules:  Stand with your toes just behind a line.  Eject puck.  Measure from near edge of landed puck to the line.  Feet and landed puck must be at the same elevation (no tall buildings).  Honor system applies.

Can we enter my grandson Scott Adler?  He's the guy you speak to when you call our office and order replacements for lost caps, etc.  He's 6' 5".  So he'll be launching from greater elevation, and applying greater punch (he lifts iron).

Rasqual (6' and a lot of inches), where are you?

PS  Ballistic theory recommends a launch angle of 45 degrees above horizontal.

Best,

Alan
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 7:23pm
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AlanAdler Said:

Rules:  Stand with your toes just behind a line.  Eject puck.  Measure from near edge of landed puck to the line.  Feet and landed puck must be at the same elevation (no tall buildings).  Honor system applies.

Posted May 18, 2013 link

First attempt tonight, a measly 65 inches.

Surely you guys can beat that!

Alan
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 9:45am
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GREAT! we have a new sport!

Spent puck puking, OK, there may be a better name but I got the ball rolling!
LOL

Alan, I love the Aeropress, I have two, one at work and one at home. They are in my "travel kit" Thanks for a great product.

 
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