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Topic: aero press update and travel kit (45 lines)
1) From: Peter Zulkowski
Today was about the third time I experimented with my new Aeropress.
I am trying to get a coffee travel kit together and this is an essential 
part.
First I got out the Back to Basics mill. This is the aluminum one with a 
handle, usually sells for about $80.00 but I got it in a thrift store, 
in new condition, for $3.00. It is a bit smaller than a Zass knee mill.
Clamped it to the edge of the table, poured in coffee beans and started 
to crank.
This is not a coffee grinder, so you have to feed the beans into the 
mill part.. lots of pushing with finger.
It does grind great though, although now I am considering going back to 
the Zass knee mill, even though it is larger.
Another thing, the coffee just comes out the end. The resultant static 
helps to spread it around about a square foot area.
The Zass at least has a drawer to contain the grounds.
For the kit I have two immersion heaters, one  AC and a 12V one for in 
car brewing. In this case I just filled the plunger handle and popped it 
in the microwave. Also heated some additional water in the electric pot.
The grind was wonderfully consistent.
I put the Aeropress on top of the SS cup I have for the kit and poured 
in the hot water slowly.
Now another problem! When I pressed down on the plunger, the Aeropress 
became one with the SS cup!
Too close a fit! It took some prying to get the two apart.
Luckily I did not get burned or spill anything.
Need a different size SS cup for my kit!
A really great cup of coffee, considering the 15 minutes it took to make 
it.
Brewing was the easy part.
The grinding, cup fighting and water heating were the tough parts, and 
the most time consuming.
For the kit bag I was planning on using an oversize shaving kit type 
bag. Well, neither the mill nor the Zass will fit into that, but 
everything else will.
So I either need to get a larger bag, or carry the grinder outside the kit.
Probably will opt for a bit larger bag. Bass Pro Shop has a nice one...
PeterZ
Loving coffee, and how it is made, here in LHC


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