Is there some special way to clean Swissgold cone filters? Ever since I started using one in my Presto Scand. the coffee doesn't taste so good. I've cleaned the machine repeatedly with no improvement. It's not the beans, since most of the time I brew with my french press. I'm not positive it's the filter, but the problem seem to show up about the time I got it. Tomorrow I'll try using a paper filter to make sure.
The swissgold .vs. the paper will definately taste different as the paper will take out some of the oils and some of the sediment the sg lets through. Try soaking the swissgold filter in the stuff you use to clean your pot with, put it in a small bowl / jar etc with hot water and soak the sg a bit and use a soft toothbrush or scrubbie to gently swish it around to clean the gunk off that might have deposited in it. I throw mine into an ultrasonic cleaner every few weeks and you'd be amazed how much crud comes out of them. Aaron
The mfgr doesn't mention dishwasher safety, but I've always put my #4 swissgold on the top rack with good results. I simply do hot water rinse on days between. Good luck diagnosing the problem. I love the results I get with mine and find it closer to a presspot than to a paper drip.
I think you ought to adjust the grind and brew time towards a press brew- coarser than drip grind and a longer "soak" time. Depending on your grinder, an additional paper filter might stop some unpleasant fines from entering your brew, along with some very pleasant oils and aromas. I retract the additional paper filter suggestion- try using about 50% more grounds than usual, coarser ground. Maybe the SG filter just allows for an excessively rapid flow and truncated brew time. Does the Scand. have a "Pause Brew" valve on it? If so, just withdraw the carafe until the filter basket fills and shut off until it has brewed ~90seconds or so. Then replace the carafe and hit the power again. Cheers -RayO, aka Opa! Got Grinder? On 8/16/07, Erik Snapper wrote: <Snip> -- "When the theme hits the bass, I dance the Jig!" - -Virgil Fox at the Mighty Wichita (ex- NYC Paramount) WurliTzer- 1976
Thanks for all the all the suggestions. I'm currently doing a massive test using all the brewing methods at my disposal -- press, Presto Scand., old 4-cup Mr. Crappy, manual pourover, Swissgold permanent, crappy old permanent filter, paper filters -- to try to track down the problem. My grinder is a fairly new Kitchenaid Proline that I am still trying to get dialed in for the different brew methods. I'll get it nailed eventually! -Luke