I managed to get my hands on one of these outside of Prima's generous giveaway
, so I thought it would be appropriate to start a review thread as a supplement to the feedback about Able's DISK Fine that Prima will be collecting on their own site.
Here's a very quick first impression:
- They're not kidding when they say this is thin. I won't say it's insubstantial, but you can easily flex it between two fingers.
- The holes are tiny, as advertised. When I held the DISK Fine up to a light source, it seemed like a handful of holes were plugged, so I gave both sides a light scrubbing using a soft toothbrush. "Problem" solved. I felt I needed to do the same after I brewed a cup.
- The plunge struck me as a touch more effortful than usual. Nothing to worry about, I don't think.
- Here's a shot of the small amount of fine sediment I found at the bottom of my mug following round #1. I'd say it's about what I get using my Eva Solo + LIDO, but the coffee itself tasted more clarified. I would have been happy to drink this last sip.
- This was using my standard recipe--17 g. coffee ground fairly coarse (1.625 turns CCW from zero on the LIDO), 210 g. water, steep for 1:30 inverted, finish plunging by 2:00. Next I'll probably brew uninverted and see what the drip-through is like.
- As for cup quality, it's there. Complicating things re: this judgment is the fact that I don't love the particular coffee I chose, Kuma's Burundi Gacokwe, in the Aeropress; it's better in the Eva Solo or as a pourover in the Beehouse. Still, I'm impressed. The DISK Fine got me closer to where I like to be with this Burundi than a standard paper Aeropress filter was able to.
More to follow soon...