Well, it happened. I'm not the first by any stretch:http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/machines/213214#213214http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/machines/270012#270012 One of those incidents involved paper, one polyester. Well, now it was my turn. At work today, I was (a) careless about how far I turned the bayonet with poly in play, and (b) insane about how hard I was pressing, for some reason. The mess was ludicrous. It sounded like an explosion, and the first thing you knew I felt heat on my hand (mild burns that were painful for about 10 minutes), wet all over my shirt, and noticed that the slurry had distributed itself all over the walls in the corner of the company kitchenette where this occured. Miraculously, none of my colleagues came in to see the mess while I was cleaning it up [i]without benefit of paper towels[x], which were absent today. All the countertop accoutrements were splattered with slurry. It was insane. But worst of all, I wasted some great Sidamo. ;-D Has anyone else had Aero explosions? And let me be quick to mention to all that turning the cap on so that at least half the bayonet mount is engaged is pretty darned important. And don't press too hard. :-/ Wish I had a picture of that mess. A video would have been even better.
On 3/5/07, Scott Marquardt wrote: <Snip> My worst Aeropress incident involved trying an inverted press but forgetting to put a filter in the cap... that's what caffeine deprivation in the mornings can do to you! Safe Journeys and Sweet Music Justin Marquez (CYPRESS, TX)
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So, just checking... If I don't have poly filters, there's no point in risking a mess with the inverted method, right? -- Dave Some days... It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps On 3/6/07, Justin Schwarz wrote: <Snip>
On 3/6/07, Justin Schwarz wrote: <Snip> Well . . . I can't explain where your hairline cracks came from. The unit that exploded on me actually suffered no damage. I suspect the bayonet mount actually just slipped where I filed it. If I didn't have it at least half-way on, the particular cap I had in play didn't have much "flat" bayonet mating; only a few millimeters at most. In short, the Aero and cap are fine, and I was (gingerly! LOL) using it today without any problems. - Scott
On 3/6/07, Dave wrote: <Snip> That's pretty much true, IMO. However, MO must defer to the O of others, who have apparently squozen some oils through the paper in inverted fashion. I haven't explored that (see? doggonit, there's so much room for discovery with this device for everyone, 'cause there's such a huge space of possibilities it opens up -- I mean, c'mon people: when was the last time anyone you knew used a French press upside down? ;-) but it's certainly possible. There may be merit. There are certainly risks. If you have a sense of humor amid disaster, damn the torpedoes and forge ahead. :-) - Scott
Aye, Aye Cap'n! All ahead full! -- Dave Some days... It's just not worth chewing through the leather straps On 3/6/07, Scott Marquardt wrote: <Snip>
On 3/6/07, Dave wrote:So, just checking... If I don't have poly filters, there's no point in risking a mess with the inverted method, right? Dave, I've been using a recycled gold mesh coffee filter screen in my AP, and setting Rocky at #10, with very nice inverted results. I had a few extra #4 filters on hand and just cut the filter part out with an Exacto knife. Then I traced the AP paper filter circle on to the screen, then carefully cut it out with some sharp scissors. I grind very fine, and use lots of water. On days that I don't want any extra fines in my cup, I just slip in an AP filter. I also wet the filter with some water, before using it, as it clings much better, and much less likely to slip or fall off. Without using the paper filter, the amount of oils floating is insane, using both a screen filter and a wet paper filter, reduces the amount by nearly half. Of course these are just personal observations, I do not have access to the CSI lab, and cannot give you an accurate ratio of coffee oils to water ratio...but I can probably tell you what country the original green bean came from ;-) Gary