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Topic: Monday Morning's Cup (8 msgs / 186 lines)
1) From: Yakster
This morning I pulled a shot of the Panama dry processed coffee while making
two cups of the same for the Wife and I in the CCD (Clever Coffee Dripper).
The Wife asked to join me in an espresso last night, straight shot.  She
didn't like it and was surprised at the intense flavors.  Next time I'll
make it an Americano.
There was quite a bit of bloom this morning from this coffee in the CCD, and
the shot tasted better then yesterday, but still not as nice as the end
Costa Rica La Yunta I tired to pull as a shot.  Now I really wish I'd tried
that as espresso sooner.
Trying to do a shot of espresso and the CCD at the same time with only one
timer and trying to get the kids ready to take to school didn't go so well,
I'll have to pick up another timer and/or get up earlier if I'm going to
enjoy a shot in the morning.  Maybe I'll have to find a source for BBQ pork
buns so I can skip the trip to Roy's Garage altogether.  I even forgot to
pre-heat my coffee cup, so I ended up drinking a warm coffee on the way to
drop the kids at school... not quite what I wanted.
For all the kinks, having that espresso shot this morning somehow made my
Monday a better start to the week.
Enjoy your Monday.
-Chris
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2) From: Doug Hoople
Hi Chris,
Thanks for the whole story, unedited.
We like to hear of the travails as well as the triumphs here. Makes us all a
bit more human. And, as you say, a bad day of brewing home-roast still makes
a decent coffee day.
For myself today, working through 4 batches of Bali Blue Krishna Kintimani
roasted on Saturday afternoon, 1 cup each HG/DB. Keeping them in 4 separate
containers, and am finding myself surprised a the differences in the 4 in
spite of the "identical" roasting profiles. They were all targeted to turn
out the same, but each batch has its own personality.
So yesterday, my wife and I had sublime cups vacpot-brewed from one of the
good batches. This morning, though, I brewed from the batch that picked up a
bit of scorching at the end, and it wasn't nearly as nice.
Still a decent coffee day, though, so all is well in the world.
Doug
On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 9:07 AM, Yakster  wrote:
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3) From: Dean De Crisce
When you use the ccd, do you use the paper filter washed out, or a swiss
gold. I can definitely taste the paper and dont like that.
Thanks,
Dean
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4) From: Yakster
I wet the paper filter before I use it.  I don't notice the paper taste
either way.  Paper taste has never been a big issue with me, but I get the
heeby jeebies when I eat an ice cream bar and lick the wooden Popsicle
stick.
I found that I have hundreds of cone filters that fit from a past dead drip
machine, so while I ordered the Filtropia filters from SM with the CCD, I'm
expending my stock of old filters that finally have a purpose.  When they're
gone, I'll have more storage for my coffee paraphernalia!
I did order a 36" x 36" sheet of 5 micron poly felt to play with as a filter
media from McMaster.com.  I plan to make a few Aeropress discs, but may try
and make a cone filter out of it as well if I can figure an easy way to do
this.
My purist setup is a Yama 8 cup siphon brewer with a Cory glass rod, but I
haven't had enough coffee drinkers to justify playing with this more then
the initial setup and test.
-Chris
On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:06 PM, Dean De Crisce wrote:
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5) From: Yakster
I guess for me, it's less about paper taste when using the paper filters,
but the possible lack of coffee oils that may benefit the cup.  Once I have
a 5 micron poly filter in the AP, I might be able to decide if this is
really the case.  I've heard that the gold filter is contraindicated in the
CCD because of the fines that will make it's way through.  This might not be
an issue with the poly felt.
I just can't see myself sustaining an upside-down brew on the AP with poly
filters, that's an awful lot of work and potential for mess first thing in
the morning when I can't fully open my eyes yet.  We'll see.
-Chris
(sorry for answering my own reply, consider this message a p.s.)
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6) From: R Nepsund
On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 3:18 PM, Yakster  wrote:
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What worked for me making a cone was to simply cut out a large disk
and fold it up a bit when inserting it into the dripper.   I tried
cutting it up and melting the edges together, but it leaked.  On the
AP disks remember to thin the edges so it can fit in the AP by
splitting the edges with a serated knife and cutting off one half.
Oxyclean can clean the filter material.
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7) From: Yakster
Wow, thanks for the great advice on gold filters and poly filters in the AP
and CCD.
Great, practical advice, I'll put into practice soon.
Now to buy some Oxyclean...
-Chris
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8) From: Justin Schwarz
I too enjoyed some panama DP in the CCD  that I roasted Saturday.   
Unfortunately 2:45 was way too early for me to think of pulling  
shots.  Tomorrow morning I will get some shots in before work closer  
to normal people time, no 2.5 hour commute to deal with.
I really like the poly felt for the AP, discs are fairly easy to clean  
but a cone filter was way too much work to get clean and I only used  
it a few times.  I found that oxyclean was very dificult to rinse  
clean completely.  I preferred to use Seventh Generation Free & Clear  
dish soap, very mild and left zero detectable residue.
-Justin
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