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Topic: wild aeropress (13 msgs / 296 lines)
1) From: Peter Zulkowski
When I first got my AP I was cautious with it, and had good results. 
just got too little coffee.
Yesterday I tried what I know I like.. 34 Gr horse #30 to be mixed with 
16 0z H2O.
Seemed like a lot, but I did my usual pour some (to about 3/4 full) 
warmed water in and put the rest on to continue heating.
the bloom was extreme.
Grounds ran into my cup, all over the counter..
quick to the sink.. smush the rest into my cup, and add warmer water to 
full!
Wonderful coffee.
Then I went to the SM page to read how Tom does it.
Seems simple enough.
Measure the beans with the provided spoon...
also measure the water!
Wow.. sounds easy!
So I measure 3 scoops of beans,
and weighed them for the heck of it...
37 Gr..
I like this measuring stuff.
Great so far.
Next I measured my warmed water (not boiling but not luke warm) into the 
plunger part before dumping.
This is the answer I thought... MEASURMENT!  :) :)
Just in case..
I will do this in the sink :)
So I slowly dumped in the required amount...
rumble, rumble...
talk about bloom!!!
I tried stirring..
not a good idea.
tried capping it with the plunger and turning it upside down...
dumber still.....
Back on top of the cup and smush it..
It looks like a  swamp in there!
Cowboy Coffee :)  !!
Wise to keep a french press handy..
and a sink..
Coffee is great though :)
PeterZ
Hardly ever reads directions, here in LHC.

2) From: Jay Schainholz
I have also had good experience with Aeropress...three things might
explain what happened: 1)Too fine a grind or 2) you must completely
rotate the black filter/coffee retention circle or it could allow
grounds in or fall completely into the cup or 3) Filter not completely
nested in bottom
Any help??
Jay
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When I first got my AP I was cautious with it, and had good results. 
just got too little coffee.
Yesterday I tried what I know I like.. 34 Gr horse #30 to be mixed with
16 0z H2O.
Seemed like a lot, but I did my usual pour some (to about 3/4 full)
warmed water in and put the rest on to continue heating.
the bloom was extreme.
Grounds ran into my cup, all over the counter..
quick to the sink.. smush the rest into my cup, and add warmer water to
full!
Wonderful coffee.
Then I went to the SM page to read how Tom does it.
Seems simple enough.
Measure the beans with the provided spoon...
also measure the water!
Wow.. sounds easy!
So I measure 3 scoops of beans,
and weighed them for the heck of it...
37 Gr..
I like this measuring stuff.
Great so far.
Next I measured my warmed water (not boiling but not luke warm) into the
plunger part before dumping.
This is the answer I thought... MEASURMENT!  :) :) Just in case..
I will do this in the sink :)
So I slowly dumped in the required amount...
rumble, rumble...
talk about bloom!!!
I tried stirring..
not a good idea.
tried capping it with the plunger and turning it upside down...
dumber still.....
Back on top of the cup and smush it..
It looks like a  swamp in there!
Cowboy Coffee :)  !!
Wise to keep a french press handy..
and a sink..
Coffee is great though :)
PeterZ
Hardly ever reads directions, here in LHC

3) From: Justin Marquez
On 5/18/06, Peter Zulkowski  wrote:
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Try this -
a) Put about half of the water in first and stir down the bloom, then add
the rest, stir and press out.
or....
b) Make smaller batches
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

4) From: Michael McTryk
Peter - I am laughing while rolling on the floor reading your
description of the Aeropress experience. What I do to tame the madness
while trying to extract the maximum is put 3 scoops of grind into the
body and then slowly pour hot water somewhere into the 3 range
allowing for the bloom that will occur. It can be tricky to stir but I
do get in there with the stir thing-a-majig and mix it up a bit trying
to keep the mess about 1/4 inch from the top. This will generally make
about 2 good size mugs of coffee or will fill my 16 oz travel mug.
Michael McTryk
The Outback Roasterhttp://members.shaw.ca/mctryk/index.htm

5) From: Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary
A serious drawback of the AeroPress--one only hinted at in the instructions=
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and Tom neglects entirely--is the importance of placing the press on top of
one's receiving receptical before pressing.  On two occasions, I have
extracted coffee directly onto my counter top.  The resulting cup (squeezed
from my sink sponge) was far too cool to be enjoyable, though the hint of
lilac from the embedded Ajax liquid detergent has got some possibilities.
Other than this design flaw, I think that the Aero makes the best brewed cu=
p
I have ever had.
-- 
Martin
Heat + Beans
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On 5/19/06, Justin Marquez  wrote:
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6) From: llurgy
oh jeeeeze, I just coffee splattered all over myself :)
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7) From: Scott Marquardt
LOL
A good, droll delivery. Actually, though, this is a drawback of countertops
-- their seductive influence in clouding human judgment.   ;-)
On 5/19/06, llurgy  wrote:
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8) From: Michael Guterman
I can understand.  The other morning, while still in a fog, I just 
couldn't figure out why the portafilter wouldn't attach to the grinder.  
Need a way to have the coffee before having to make the coffee.
Michael
Scott Marquardt wrote:
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9) From: Angelo
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Thanks to postings by Scott, I use the inverted method, along with an 
electric frothing thingiehttp://tinyurl.com/ghdm2, which I happened 
to have picked up in my thrift shop travels.
I put in the grounds, and with the blender in with the grounds, I 
begin to slowly pour the hot water. As the water flows in, I start 
the blender..This causes a sort of vortex which pulls the coffee down 
into the hot water, saturating the coffee and stopping (or, at least, 
reducing) the bloom.
I think that the supplied stirrer is a bit too wide for handling 
blooming coffee...And though the "T" shape keeps one from tearing the 
filter, this is not necessary when using the inverted method. There 
is only possible contact with the rubber plunger.
After stirring the mixture, I cap the unit with the filter holder 
(don't forget the filter!), press down until I see some liquid come 
through the filter holder, turn the unit over onto the awaiting cup, 
and press down... Done! No mess, no fuss...
A+...

10) From: Peter Zulkowski
Thanks Jay,
The AP spiders over my cup, so overflow runs down the side and some of 
it goes into the cup.
Usually I do not change the Mazzer Mini settings for anything except 
espresso (only occasionally)
but yes, I probably should experiment with that.
There are just so many variables in getting great coffee.
Even though I try to get repeatability, that is next to impossible.
Every brewing method leaves a different taste,
degree of roast,
time of roast to that end point,
time between first and second crack,
amount of beans being roasted...
and on and on.
Nope, I am NOT complaining, it is just a game I play to try to get one 
cup to match another.
They all come out different and they are all delicious.
Roast a batch, and drink a little every day over a period of time.. 
weigh the same amount..
use the same amount of water.. same brew method..
different every day :)
With  only 72# of #30, I will probably not even come close to 
experiencing all of the nuances this wonderful bean can supply..
but I am enjoying every minute of the chase!
PeterZ
Glad it is only 110F today, here in LHC
Jay Schainholz wrote:
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11) From: Peter Zulkowski
Thank you Michael, for seeing through the mess into my weird humor ;)
I was just reporting the news, and the other Mike is correct..
there should be a way to have the coffee before you have to make it ;)
So, I will try the method of the slow pour, and, as with the french 
press, I am sure I will have favorable results.
Happy pressing,
PeterZ
Michael McTryk wrote:
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12) From: raymanowen
" Tom neglects entirely--" Not- Tom was just sceptical about his
receptacle...
 -ro

13) From: Scott Marquardt
You've perfectly described the action of the little battery frothers. I
don't think I mentioned that myself, though, did I? Not that I was holding
out on some secret or anything . . .
;-)
Basically, the frother just destroys the bloom as it forms -- with the adde=
d
benefit of accelerating the extraction.
On 5/19/06, Angelo  wrote:
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-- 
Scott


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