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Posted Wed Jan 8, 2014, 8:53pm
Subject: Kickstarter brewer - Duo Coffee Steeper
 

Anyone see this new brewer on Kickstarter? The Duo Coffee Steeper
Click Here (www.kickstarter.com)
I just backed it.

Its kind of like a self-enclosed non-plastic CCD or french press meets hario pourover. I am most interested in whether the filter is as good as they claim. It could be a good brewing option for me to use at work getting just hot water from the horrible Van Houtte machine that provides free swill to my fellow co-workers.

Curious if anyone has any thoughts?
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 8:14am
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Thoughts, well it does not do anything that an Aeropress does not do at $20 retail price, in fact, except for the slight difference of an Aeropress pressing the coffee through the bed of grounds VS a drip style as this is, there really isn't any difference. Well except that Aeropress has been out for years, lots of mods abound as well as modified brew methods, it is inexpensive, un breakable and proven.

This thing is just a drip brewer that has an "On/Off" control for draining of the coffee from the cone. YMMV.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 11:06am
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I wish that:
-  the upper vessel was insulated
-  the lower vessel was double walled like the Espro press, and of metal and not glass. Swing a pickax for a couple of hours and a tapered glass vessel is not the first thing you are likely to pick up.
- and that the filter was cylindrical (flat bottomed) and not conical, although depending on how the grounds sit in the water that might not matter at all.

On the other hand, looking at the mainstream coffee-drinking public, it looks nice, it is easy to use, and will make better coffee than 95% of the coffee makers in homes today.

 
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Posted Thu Jan 9, 2014, 12:27pm
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I had to stop when the guy pours coffee all over himself, way too cheesy for me.

I don't see why it shouldn't brew good coffee, but my initial thoughts is that it seems too tall and prone to breaking due to the use of glass, it just looks like the kind of coffee gadget you can never fit under any kitchen cabinet and gets knocked down out of the counter when you least expect it.

I'd only consider getting this if the upper brewer could be bought without the decanter and easily be made to fit a standard mug, or whatever pitcher you want to use.
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Posted Fri Jan 10, 2014, 2:24pm
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The brewing concept has appeal, but it looks like cleaning it after each use would be difficult at best.  Conical filter, metal screens, tall vessel with a narrow waist.  All hard to keep clean.  So, possible but doubtful.
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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 8:33am
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This does not seem anything like an aeropress to me calblack. I would compare it ot a CCD or even a press pot before I would compare it to an aeropress. Your final comment (drip brewer with on/off) I agree with, but that does not describe an aeropress.

Frcn: good points. I too have a fear about the glass breaking. I bought my Hario pourover setup with a mini glass carafe and managed to break it within a couple of months. I imagine glass is cheaper than double-walled metal, hence the decision... I thnk the conical is a better choice as it will be better if you only want to make half a pot.

Kickastarter videos are always cheesy. Seems to be the thing to do. I ignored the cheese and focused on the product because it still intrigued me.

I watched the video a couple more times, this thing is way bigger than you initially think. Look at it when they are holding it. At first I thought it was like a regular ppress pot size, but it is quite large.
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Posted Sat Jan 11, 2014, 11:03am
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Whether by accident, or design, this looks like it may be a shade cleverer than the CCD. It seems to have a 2 stage filter, so your grinds steep in the permanent filter, at draw down the brew can run off the top of, & around, the bed...less impact of draw down? You can, of course, get a similar effect by using a metal filter and a paper filter in the CCD (as per Nick Cho's video), but the CCD doesn't make 4 cups of coffee.

If there's a lot of space under the #1stage filter, it may act like a pourover to start with, then steep when full? I'd add enough water to 1/2 fill, dose, then add remainder. Otherwise, it looks pretty fool-proof in concept?
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