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coffiend
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 5:27pm
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CraigA said:

"That's the rubber plunger seal breaking down.."

Is there any way to replace this? Is the plunger available separately?

 
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jpender
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 6:20pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

coffiend Said:

"That's the rubber plunger seal breaking down.."

Is there any way to replace this? Is the plunger available separately?

Posted March 10, 2014 link

A reliable source told me that this gooey stuff had been analyzed by a lab and was found to be mostly coffee oil. I've never had pure coffee oil to play with so I have no idea what it's like. And if it's mostly oil you can't help but wonder what the rest of it is. That gooey stuff is truly sticky, isn't it? I was able to remove it from my plunger with dishwasher detergent and a fair amount of effort. Getting it off my fingers was more problematic.

I continued to use my plunger for some time after washing off the goo without ill effect, but I wasn't brewing inverted so the plunger didn't contact the beverage directly. I would hazard a guess that your GI problem was unrelated. But it would only be a guess.

As for a replacement, either send Alan an email or call Aerobie directly. Odds are if you explain the problem you'll get one for free but they are inexpensive in any case.
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 6:23pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

rasqual Said:

That's the problem with things that inspire us; we become critical of how something so close to perfection can fall just short of it.   ;-D

Or worse, it really is as good as it can be, and then we become critical of all reality for not living up to its qualities.    LOL

Posted February 28, 2014 link

I think perfection requires context. And in a specific context the Aeropress is optimized. But in other contexts it is not. And so we hack.
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 7:09pm
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AlanAdler Said:

Responding to my esteemed friend and hacker Rasqual, who said I should have known better.  
I'm only the messenger.  Don't shoot the messenger.

Posted March 9, 2014 link

Old coffee geeks don't get shot. They get pressed harder.   ;-D
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coffiend
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 7:28pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

Thank you CraigA and jpender. Will call Aerobie.

 
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rasqual
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Posted Mon Mar 10, 2014, 8:45pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

AlanAdler Said:

If 185F had outscored the lower temps, we would have tested higher temps.  But we didn't because it finished last.

Posted February 22, 2014 link

At what measured temperatures were the first sips taken from the batches?

Was a measured temperature enforced, or were cuppers free to sip immediately after brewing? -- which, of course, would have biased the outcome in favor of the cooler brew on the simple grounds that no coffee is best when served too hot.

Seriously, was the first sip temperature rigorously controlled for?
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AlanAdler
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 7:27pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

coffiend Said:

I am quoting a post from jpender frm 2/23/14 (Chrome is having trouble using the quoting feature).


"I also have an old (now retired) plunger seal that became a sponge filled with what is possibly coffee oil. If I let it sit out unused for a week or two a very sticky goo will bead up on its surface. Attached is a photo I took of it after I'd left it untouched for about one month."

I'm having this same problem. I used the Aerobie for years exclusively, but when I inherited an Oscar would only use it occasionally for a change of pace.  This oily substance could neither be cleaned with a regular dish soap nor a solvent type cleaner, which was always great at cleaning coffee oils. After multiple cleanings, which did not remove this goo completely,  and using the press I encountered some intestinal distress. I am now afraid to use the Aerobie.  What could this oily substance possibly be?

Posted March 9, 2014 link

Over the years I've had some molded elastomer products get tacky.  Most recently it was the housing of Panasonic headphones and the housing of a Highgear plastic watch.  So I'm open to the possibility of that happening to our seals.  But when I sent a gooey seal to a lab they said the goo was coffee oil.

At any rate, regardless of what the goo is.  Call our office (650-493-3050) and order a replacement seal.  If you feel like paying for it, the price is about $3.  If you think it should be free, just say so and you'll get it.

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Alan
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 7:30pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

rasqual Said:

At what measured temperatures were the first sips taken from the batches?

Was a measured temperature enforced, or were cuppers free to sip immediately after brewing? -- which, of course, would have biased the outcome in favor of the cooler brew on the simple grounds that no coffee is best when served too hot.

Seriously, was the first sip temperature rigorously controlled for?

Posted March 10, 2014 link

I nuked the samples so they were all 130F.

Alan
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 7:33pm
Subject: Re: Aerobie Aeropress
 

coffiend Said:

CraigA said:

Is the plunger available separately?

Posted March 10, 2014 link

Yes.  Call 650-493-3050.  We replace for $3 or for free.  It's your call.

Alan
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Posted Thu Mar 13, 2014, 9:19pm
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That's a misquote above, I didn't say that..

 
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