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Topic: Ok Aeropress arrives today... (9 msgs / 274 lines)
1) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
Hello all,
    my Aeropress arrives today according to UPS when it gets here I am 
making coffee!!!
Question: I hear about the inverted use... does that make it better? How 
do I do it? I have the tip sheet/instructions from SM for using it 
normally but where do I get the directions for inverted use?
Dennis

2) From: Scott Marquardt
http://scott.marquardt.googlepages.com/invertedaeropressingforbettercoffeeis
not always clear -- but I try to present some theory in compelling ways.
And I STILL don't have an actual, full picture of the Aeropress upside down
on that page.  :-\
More photos here, by a more practical soul than I:http://www.flickr.com/photos/mmm_crema/sets/72157594161014192/The method can help with wash-through if that's a problem for you. It
doesn't appreciably modify the cup itself unless you use polyester media, in
which case the cup is quite a bit different BUT the reason you do inverted
with polyester is because you have to -- wash-through would be dramatic in
an upright position.
The method also robs you of headroom, so if you have serious bloom issues
they'll be exacerbated if you're doing large Aeropressings. For my part, I
generally do singles or doubles, but in both cases I fill the column as much
as I can, with off-boil water.
Alan Adler's advice to use cooler water isn't as crazy as some make it out
to be; the brew tastes great and that approach really tames a dark roast.
For lighter roasts, though, I'd counsel hotter water.
Enjoy the Aeropress. You'll find that it gives you a lot of control over
extraction variables -- which is a great way to get intimate with your brew.
HTH
On 8/15/06, Dennis & Marjorie True  wrote:
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3) From: Justin Marquez
On 8/15/06, Dennis & Marjorie True  wrote:
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To use it inverted, don't out the filter holder in place, do put the
plunger in just a little ways.  Set it down on the plunger end.  Put
in the grinds down on the rubber end of the plunger (looking up at you
at present).  Add the hot water in on top of the grinds.  Stir them as
long as you feel they need stirring.  Put the filter and cap assembly
on the open end, cinch it down carefully.  carefully and quickly turn
the A/P over on top of your mug and press it out.
Used in the regular fashion, as soon as you pour the water in, some
runs out early into your mug, losing extraction possibilites (and
maybe thats why the A/P bean scoop is about 50% bigger than you would
normally expect it would be). Inverted use gives full control over
extraction volume and time.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)

4) From: Scott Marquardt
I'd add this advice quite contrary to the instructions that come with an
Aero: in all cases -- all the time, every time -- use more water than the
instructions call for. I can't think of a single reason not to -- unless, of
course, your technique with the Aero (grind, pressure you use, etc.) tends
to stall the press, threatening over-extraction; this could be made worse by
use of more water.
I'm finding myself using entirely normal amounts of coffee lately. True, the
polyester helps a lot with that, 'cause I needn't be at all concerned about
stalling a pressing. But even before I was using exclusively polyester, I
was starting to see more efficient extraction simply by using more water.
Alan Adler and I have had some friendly differences on the Aeropress, though
he knows I'm one of its top fans. But on this issue -- water quantity -- I'd
argue the matter quite seriously with him.
Over coffee, of course.    ;-)
- Scott
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Used in the regular fashion, as soon as you pour the water in, some
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5) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
It is here and I am wearing my Monkey Shirt!!!!!! reading over the 
directions for the Aeropress and oogling my Bodum grinder!!!!
how fine do i make the grounds for the Aeropress...Espresso grind or not 
quite so fine?
Dennis

6) From: Scott Marquardt
Not espresso fine. Finer than drip.
That's a good starting point. If you get a lot of wash-through, grind finer.
If not, go coarser only if you feel a need to stir/extract longer.
Press lightly; avoid the temptation to press harder if the press slows.
Account for press time in your extraction.
Taste, decide if it's under or over extracted based on your acquaintance
with the origin you're brewing.
That's one darned crucial thing, as we all know -- the best experiments with
new brewing devices are with our most familiar beans/roast.
Have fun!
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Scott

7) From: Sandy Andina
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So you're saying that inverting will let me use a smaller amount of  
coffee? Hmmmm.....
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Sandy
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So you're saying that inverting =
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Aug 15, 2006, at 1:39 PM, Justin Marquez wrote:
On 8/15/06, Dennis & Marjorie True <dmtrue> wrote: = Hello all,   = my Aeropress arrives today according to UPS when it gets here I = ammaking coffee!!!do I do it? I have the tip = sheet/instructions from SM for using itnormally = but where do I get the directions for inverted use? To use it inverted, don't out = the filter holder in place, do put theplunger = in just a little ways.  = Set it down on the plunger end.  Putin the grinds down on the rubber end of the plunger = (looking up at youat present).  Add the hot water in on top = of the grinds.  Stir them = aslong as you feel they need stirring.  Put the filter and cap = assemblyon the open end, cinch it down = carefully.  carefully and = quickly turnthe A/P over on top of your mug = and press it out. Used in the regular fashion, as soon as you pour the = water in, someruns out early into your mug, = losing extraction possibilites (andmaybe thats = why the A/P bean scoop is about 50% bigger than you wouldnormally expect it would be). Inverted use gives = full control overextraction volume and = time. Safe = Journeys and Sweet MusicJustin = Marquez (Snyder, TX)homeroast mailing listhttp://li=sts.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroastTo change your personal list settings (digest = options, vacations, unsvbscribes) go to http://=sweetmarias.com/maillistinfo.html#personalsettings = = --Apple-Mail-55--871149270--

8) From: Scott Marquardt
Chiming in -- just using more water, even without inversion, will do that
for you.
Don't worry about wash-through, so long as you have enough left in the
column to make extraction efficient. As long as you don't use more water
than you want to end up in your final cup, if you complete a good extraction
your cup will be great.
- Scott
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9) From: Dennis & Marjorie True
when I tried the Aeropress in the normal fashion I found no "early run 
out" but I am going to try the inverted method next cup...
I am still working on the proper grind for the Aeropress
Dennis
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