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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 5:42pm
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I'm planning to buy a Espro Press, after all the reviews I've heard and I'm impressed by the features. But I wanna know a couple things before I purchase the French press. First...Do I need too grind coarser? This sounds funny I know but, It has a double filter. Does this make a difference? Second: Can I keep my coffee sitting Inside the french press to keep It hot? Reason I ask Is because I hear people say It's stainless steal and It keeps things hot and Blah Blah Blah. So...What do you think?

 
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Posted Fri Aug 16, 2013, 6:23pm
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The grind should be about the same as for regular FP. Shoot for about 10-15# pressure when you plunge after ~5 minutes extraction. The other thing you do is go slightly coarser if you get fines in your cup. Of course, this may be a grinder, rather than a grind setting problem. I use the single serve one. I dose with 20g and 300ml water @ 200F. Randy Glass (frcn), has a great review on his site www.espressomyespresso.com and he also describes a technique to increase your yield.

 
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Posted Sat Aug 17, 2013, 6:36pm
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I have found the Espro press to be quite flexible regarding grind size. My normal size grind is also regular Bodum french press grind, but I have used drip sized grind with acceptable (3 minute steep) results. The finer grind produces more fines in the coffee, but it is still a fraction of the fines in a normal french press grind and single filter press. This flexibility allows some of the experimentation that is possible with the Aero Press .

With the one liter Espro press I find that when leaving 50% in the pot, it is still fine for 45 minutes to an hour. The smaller the mass of coffee left, the faster it will cool of course. In my opinion however there is no way to store coffee for 45 minutes and expect it to taste as exquisite as it does immediately after brewing. I'm certainly looking forward to receiving
my 18 ounce Kickstarter press later this month.

Each new Espro press design has been refined to further reduce the amount of difficult to access coffee left below the filters.
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Posted Sat Aug 17, 2013, 6:57pm
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emradguy Said:

The grind should be about the same as for regular FP. Shoot for about 10-15# pressure when you plunge after ~5 minutes extraction. The other thing you do is go slightly coarser if you get fines in your cup. Of course, this may be a grinder, rather than a grind setting problem. I use the single serve one. I dose with 20g and 300ml water @ 200F. Randy Glass (frcn), has a great review on his site www.espressomyespresso.com and he also describes a technique to increase your yield.

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Five minutes? Normal plunge time, or Is that your preference for the espro press? I use 4 minutes on a 22-24 for the Baratza Encore.

 
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Posted Sun Aug 18, 2013, 4:49am
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Thecoffeenerd Said:

Five minutes? Normal plunge time, or Is that your preference for the espro press? I use 4 minutes on a 22-24 for the Baratza Encore.

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I was using 3 minutes when I first got it. I have a long past history with long time use of a Bodum (it was my primary prep method for many years). It pretty much ended when I got into espresso - about 10 years ago. So, I hadn't remembered my old technique (if one can call it that). I was quite happy with the 3 minute press. Then I read a couple of posts from Netphilosopher, who takes a very scientific approach to coffee. Those posts were responses to queries of how to best prepare FP, and they pretty much convinced me to grind a little coarser and steep longer. I have to admit that it's not all that better in the cup than the 3 minute preps - except my minimal fines became almost nil, so I suppose the last couple sips are better now. If you have a prep method you like already, you should probably try that first then modify as necessary.

Can't comment at all about Encore settings. I use an OE Lido for ALL of my non-espresso preps. The only Baratza I own isn't even a real Baratza, it's an old Solis 166...and to be honest, I don't use it for anything.

 
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Posted Mon Aug 19, 2013, 8:05am
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If I'm preparing coffee for more than two, the large Espro press is the only method I use. I need to get rid of the auto drip machines sitting in the basement.

However, this one liter size is far from ideal for the two mugs I usually prepare. That is where the coming medium size should be ideal. The other nice thing about the refined design is the bottom couple of inches has been slightly tapered to reduce the volume of coffee below the filter.

The large size had already reduced this volume below the top filter (compared to the small size) by changing the second filter from a flat disk style of filter to a closely spaced nested basket design.
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