derevaun Senior Member Joined: 25 Sep 2006 Posts: 112 Location: Olympia, WA Expertise: I love coffee
Espresso: Shoes and wallet Grinder: Hario Mini, Baratza Maestro Vac Pot: Yama 5c Drip: Clever, BCM4 Roaster: My neighbor's Diedrich
Posted Thu Apr 3, 2014, 11:20pm Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
I don't invert, because it's inconvenient. A vac pot gives a much better return on that amount of effort, IMHO. If the Aeropress had more capacity to hold a blooming brew, I'd be more interested in taking advantage of how it exposes the variables in coffee brewing.
I have a lot of respect for folks here who expertly coax awesome coffee from the thing. But for me, it feels like I'm fighting with the design and that there are better options. On the other hand, I like the AP as a reasonably simple way to hack out a nice, revealing cup of coffee.
I use both inverted or non-inverted. Inverted if I'm not in a hurry & always over the kitchen sink (drips when flipping), sometimes I just weigh in the grinds but not water. I tend to combine everything inverted, then flip for the steep, washing the grinds off the bung.
Non-inverted if I want a quicker cup, tend to weigh both grinds & water.
Inverted is better for ensuring an even steep with no/little percolation. Non inverted can be more a combination of percolation & steep, or swing more towards percolation depending on method.
If I'm just brewing 1 cup's worth, then I mostly use the Aeropress.
calblacksmith Moderator Joined: 25 Nov 2007 Posts: 7,766 Location: Riverside, Ca, U.S.A. Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32 Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major Vac Pot: 40s era Silex Drip: Msl. Com. brewers Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 6:47am Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
I too like a vac pot but the Aeropress is the daily driver at work. It is easy to use, little mess and a minimum of equipment as if that made any difference to my work setup lol.
I find it easier to brew inverted, just add water, stirr, let bloom, screw the cap on and hold the filter end over the cup as it is reverted to brew position. I do not have issues of leaks but perhaps it is only that I learned to not have them from use, IDK.
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 11:45am Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
I use my Aeropress solely for travel purposes. I use it inverted. I find it's actually less messy than using it "standard", becasue there's no leak past the plunger, but when you use it "standard" there's (at least for me) always a couple/few drips making it out the bottom somewhere onto the work surface. Also, I don't like the airpocket between the top of the brew and the plunger, and inverted, you can sort of "press" the coffee up, so that there's no air pocket when you screw on the filter cap.
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Posted Fri Apr 4, 2014, 2:50pm Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
I use it like a drip because I like drip brew, besides my tumblers are 16 oz.
I might steep for a couple minutes non-inverted. I don't leak, the suction holds it in just fine, but then I pull the plunger out so I can add more water through the grounds. When I reach my volume, I plunge to dry the puck before ejecting it.
jpender Senior Member Joined: 11 Jul 2011 Posts: 701 Location: California Expertise: I like coffee
Grinder: OE LIDO Vac Pot: S/S Moka Pot Drip: Aeropress
Posted Mon Apr 7, 2014, 10:08am Subject: Re: To invert, or not to invert?
I used the Aeropress inverted this morning for the first time in a while. I'd forgotten how tight it can be in terms of volume. I couldn't get all the water in at first and had to stir and wait and still it was right at the very top. It's tempting to put the plunger in just the tiniest bit but that's asking for an accident. My valve approach adds additional volume since there's no plunger. But non-inverted is the most forgiving since some of the liquid invariably ends up dripping through. Maybe using it the way it's designed is the best? Nah.
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