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danar
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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 2:08am
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Right now, I'm still trying to decide on what type of ceramic drip filter to buy. And, one of the deciding factors will end up being how easy will it be to find filters for the ceramic drip filter I buy. If you have to pay shipping and handling everytime for new package of filters, it will quickly add up.

I know where I can find Hario V60 filters in Orange County, but I'd rather not buy the V60- I find it too inconsistent/ too depedent on how skillfully you pour it which can be an issue early in the morning when you're still only half-awake.

So, I'm leaning towards getting something more like a Bonmac or Kalita wave but it depends on how easily I can find the filters locally. Anybody know who, preferably in OC, might carry them?

And, does anybody know who also sells the Bonmac or Kalita wave ceramic drippers locally too? I figure if I can buy both the dripper and the filter, I wouldn't have to pay shipping costs for them.
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Posted Mon Feb 27, 2012, 4:22pm
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you may want to consider getting the clever dripper.  it uses standard filters you can get at the supermarket and it's really difficult to mess up with.

i've never had a bad cup out of the thing.  i know you can purchase them for 15 bucks at Demitasse in little tokyo and Handsome in the artist district in DTLA
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Posted Tue Feb 28, 2012, 12:02am
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I've heard about the consistency of the clever dripper, but I'd rather buy something ceramic instead of plastic because plastic loses heat and possible concerns about leaching from plastic. ( I figure why even take that risk, no matter how small, if you can avoid it.)

Plus, I've read Scott Rao's criticisms about the clever dripper and that's made a bit wary of buying one as well.
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Posted Wed Feb 29, 2012, 12:35pm
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danar Said:

I've heard about the consistency of the clever dripper, but I'd rather buy something ceramic instead of plastic because plastic loses heat and possible concerns about leaching from plastic. ( I figure why even take that risk, no matter how small, if you can avoid it.)

Plus, I've read Scott Rao's criticisms about the clever dripper and that's made a bit wary of buying one as well.

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hmm well the plastic on the clever is bpa free and personally i havent had any plastic taste leeching into my cup.  ive never felt that a slight decrease(not noticeable to me) in tempature caused any issues.  personally, i do no like to drink my coffee that hot anyway.  i end up only with the sensation of pain and numbing/burning of my taste buds when the coffee is too hot.  with many of my coffees i will actually pour my cup into another cup to cool it further to open up some of the more acidic flavors.

best thing i can recommend is to just give all the ones you're interested in a try.  at worst with the clever, you end up spending under 20 bucks for something that almost guaranteed will make a good cup of coffee.
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Posted Thu Mar 1, 2012, 12:51am
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frank828 Said:

hmm well the plastic on the clever is bpa free and personally i havent had any plastic taste leeching into my cup .

Posted February 29, 2012 link

But, the research is increasingly showing that we shouldn't be just concerned about just bpa plastics. Even BPA-free plastic was found to leech chemicals.

Click Here (news.discovery.com)

Just because you can't taste any plastic leaching doesn't mean that it isn't leaching.

frank828 Said:

best thing i can recommend is to just give all the ones you're interested in a try.  at worst with the clever, you end up spending under 20 bucks for something that almost guaranteed will make a good cup of coffee.

Posted February 29, 2012 link

But, not including shipping and handling or buying the different filters for each specific dripper, the kalita wave is going to cost around $35, the bon mac $15-$20, and the clever is going to cost another $20. It all adds up.
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Posted Mon Mar 12, 2012, 9:45am
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I stopped in at Portola Coffee Lab and was impressed by their wide variety of brewers and other goods for sale (including several good books).  They also have a lot of different brew methods such as siphon, Trifecta, V60, etc. and could probably speak to the different brew methods, in fact I think their blog talks a bit about the different brew methods.  You can see some of the items for sale in the background of one of the pictures on my blog post that talked about Portola here.

I've heard, but can't confirm, that the filters for the Kalita Wave can be hard to come by.

 
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2012, 6:31pm
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Try the BeeHouse dripper. It is ceramic and uses Melitta filters which you should be able to get at most regular coffee shop, supermarkets and even Target/Wallfart (uhhhh...not quite sure that last one is quite right 8). It makes a good cup too. I'm totally with you on the plastics, nylons and esp. silicone with hot liquids and stick to glass, ceramic and stainless

 
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Posted Sun Jun 17, 2012, 6:42pm
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don't forget the Chemex which is easier to use than the V60 (my favorite) due to its much thicker filter and although it is EXPENSIVE you can get the Able Kone v3 for it (and never buy paper filters again if you really like it). The v3 Kone should be MUCH easier to use than v1 (which I have) and v2 also.

That being said though, the Chemex does goes back to your original issue of filter availability but I'd be surprised if you can't readily get them at a local coffee shop (my local hardware store sells them).

 
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