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Topic: My plastic *chemex* (4 msgs / 85 lines)
1) From: Turbosimba
I have had this little plastic cone single cup brewer for about 30 years.  
When I bought it, it came with a supply of round, Chemex style filters. You had  
to fold them into a cone and plop them into the black, cone shaped brewer 
which  sat directly on top of a cup.  There are little peekaboo slots in the base 
 so you can watch your cup fill up and avoid over filling. Like the Chemex, 
the  coffee drips from the bottom at a single point. This is supposed to be one 
of  the secrets of Chemex. The coffee is concentrated into a single stream, 
unlike a  Melitta which streams out of a flat bottom. 
 
They stopped selling this little jewel many years ago, and the round  filters 
are no longer available.  However, a Mr. Coffee type paper basket  works 
well. You flatten out the ruffles, then fold it into a triangle. 
 
I hadn't used the little brewer in several years. Now that I've gotten into  
home roasting, I have about 7 or 8 different types of brewers, Australian 
press,  French press, Melitta single cup cones, the new Aeropress, as well as a 
Bodum  Santos electric vacuum pot which I use for guests. Since I'm the only 
coffee  drinker in the house, I almost always use a single cup maker. 
 
Well, I found the little beauty in a high cupboard the other day and  
purchased some Mr. Coffee type filters for it.  Guess what????  It  makes better 
coffee than any of my other single cup methods. By FAR!!!  My  guess is the cone 
shape with its single stream delivery system. I also  notice that it brews 
rather quickly, unlike a Melitta which can stall,  especially if the grind is too 
fine and after the grounds are saturated with  water. I wonder if the speed 
has anything to do with the great flavor it  produces.....
 
Does anybody have any opinions about this?  I sure wish someone would  start 
making these things again.  I remember paying  $1.98 for it,  which included a 
few starter filter disks. Today it would be a bargain at five  bucks. 
 
Jeff

2) From: Peter Zulkowski
Hi Jeff,
Now you have MY interest!
Me too on all the different methods of brewing. But I am lacking one of 
those little cones like you have.
There has been some discussions about cone one cup thingies recently, 
and there was some input as to whether the smoothness or roughness of 
the inside made a difference.
Seems the consensus was that if the inside had ridges running down 
toward the drip hole then that was a plus.
Is the inside of the cone you use smooth or does it have ridges?
If it does have ridges are they deep or shallow?
Thanks for telling us about your 'old' device.
PeterZ
Loves all kinds of coffee gadgets, here in LHC, AZ.
Turbosimba wrote:
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3) From: Turbosimba
Hi Peter Z.....  no ridges inside, just a semi smooth  surface.  My guess is 
still the coffee gets concentrated into a single  drip.  I've not seen one of 
these contraptions in years, but it is very  primitive, acutally, wouldn't be 
hard to manufacture at all. 
Jeff

4) From: Scott Marquardt
I swear by my Melitta 103 porcelain cone for just the opposite reason
that you're fnding your plastic unit valuable -- namely, the high
quality fluting that ensures good flow through the sides of the
filter. I may use a finer grind than some people, though (on my SM+ I
use the actual drip setting), meaning both that (a) the faster
extraction that comes from relying on more filter surface area is
necessary to avoid over-extraction, and (b) the finer grind slows the
filtration rate somewhat to compensate for increased flow through more
filter surface area.
I believe I'm an oddball in this respect. Cone designers put
ineffective, token fluting in just the bottom of their units -- so
apparently filtering through just the bottom is taken for granted.
It's lonely [filtering] at the top.   ;-)


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