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cprayaga
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Posted Sat May 31, 2014, 8:50pm
Subject: Aeropress
 

I find the Aeropress plunger needs a lot of pressing. Is there an easier way?
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Posted Sun Jun 1, 2014, 5:14am
Subject: Re: Aeropress
 

No, you must press every time you want coffee.  :p
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Or are you saying it requres a lot of pressure?  I don't think so, but my mom, weakened by arthritic hands probably can't press the plunger very far.  Then twisting the end to get the puck out is another issue, she doesn't have the grip for that.  You do need a sturdy cup -- like don't press into a paper cup.  

1)  If it really is too much for you, use it like a drip and allow gravity to do the work.  Don't use the plunger.
2)  The grind size is quite forgiving, try going a bit more coarse.
3)  There are metal filters you can buy instead of the paper filters that come in the kit.  I've never tried them, myself.
4)  From a physiological POV, put the press below waist level (ex: on a chair as opposed to the counter) so you can put your weight into it.
5)  Don't expect to press down too fast -- that's not the point of an aeropress.
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Posted Mon Jun 2, 2014, 11:45am
Subject: Re: Aeropress
 

I use an Aeropress nearly every day, I am not understanding that it "needs a lot of pressing".
As above, it does not take a lot of pressure, not much more than the weight of your hand so I really do not understand the problem, perhaps you could add in a little more detail?

 
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