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Buckley
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 4:15am
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A lot of nice, sincere replies.  Lesliepbg (OP), are you still with us?

Regarding cloth 'coffee sock', these are still everywhere in Asia.  I picked up two when I was in Bangkok.  It is very likely that you will be able to find them in an Asian market ("Oriental Grocery Store") that caters to Thai or Vietnamese customers.

NetP, how do you keep the fines from clinging to the larger particles while you are screening them?

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Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 10:38am
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Another fact filled post from Steve, THANKS! :D You bring up things I never have thought about, that is a good thing!

Mine will be a lot shorter and much more cryptic and TOTALLY PERSONAL OPINION!!

Aeropress, good
French press, not so good
Manual drip, OK to good
Any cold coffee, BAD
Most HOT coffee (properly made) GOOD

YMMV!

 
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Posted Sun May 19, 2013, 3:11pm
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 4:56am
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sumatraman Said:

i got one of these for 4 bucks (incl shipping)

Can't get cheaper then that.
Makes great coffee. Full infusion.
I put a saucer on top to keep heat in while brewing.

Can't find them anymore, but you might, or maybe similar.
Wish I had bought more than one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOy1pwt8WeY

Posted May 18, 2013 link

These look a lot like Hario Woodneck filters. You may want to check them out -- even Williams Sonoma seems to stock such things.
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 9:10am
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As many have stated cheap is entirely subjective.

If you are referring to initial cost of a brewing device, a Pourover is probably your best bet. I've seen plastic ones for less than $10 and you can get an electric kettle for about the same. It's not ideal, and you'll need some practice to get the technique down but once you do, you can definately get a good cup of coffe for less than $20. Ideally for a pourover, if you can get a ceramic cone and a gooseneck kettle, that would take it up a notch as well as the price ($40-50 for a gooseneck kettle, 20-30 for a ceramic pourover).

Good grinders are all over the place for cost. Electrics are usually $100+ (I currently have a Baratza Encore, it's good for my purposes, resonably consistent with about a gram lost in the grinder) and hand grinders are ~$40 though I'm not very familiar with them.

If you're looking at automatic drip, there are very few that brew a "proper" cup of coffee. All of them are $100+. (I curently have a Behmor Brazen and I have caused coffee envy with every coffee drinker in my family)

For the coffee itself, it all depends on how much you pay per pound, how strong you like it and what you consider "good/great" coffee. If you get into roasting your own coffee, I personally pay ~$7/lb for the current Guatamala Antigua I have been roasting (~$8.20/lbs roasted) and I tend to brew it at a 18:1 ratio for myself (around $0.30 for an 8 oz cup)

I guess to answer your question, an aeropress is a "inexpensive" and good way to brew coffee, but your final costs will vary. It's all about how deep down the rabbit hole you intend to go.
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Posted Wed May 22, 2013, 9:57am
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I agree with RandomTask.

Spending time on this forum ...sends you down a slippery slope ...or up the cost curve ...in search of 'great'.

 
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