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Coffee preparation techniques besides espresso like pourover.
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Postby Bak Ta Lo » Mar 29, 2012, 9:00 pm

I have the habit now of not pressing out the very last part, I picked it up after reading an interview with the AeroPress world champion from a few years back, she did not press to the end. I cannot find the interview again online, but she said something about the end of the press affecting the balance of the cup. Would be good to know if it really matters, as I do love the whoosh sound it makes when you do press it all the way.
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Postby the_trystero » Mar 29, 2012, 9:22 pm

drgary wrote:I've not noticed a problem -- although haven't tested this -- but the difference might be that I always use paper filters to preserve heart health. I don't have a metal disk to test and won't do that anyway. FWIW Alan Adler (AeroPress inventor) just presses straight through, using a paper filter.

I have a feeling we'll see something unique in the last bit with both the metal filter and the paper filter. The paper prevents the fine sediment that gets through the metal filter but I don't think it affects the cup much, if at all.
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Postby BenGeldreich » Mar 29, 2012, 9:59 pm

I think I saw the same video as I too have not been pressing right to the end. I wait until I here the first sound of air being pushed through and stop. I push the rest of the liquid into the sink. The video I saw said something about the bottom part tends to have a bitter taste. I haven't done any tests to validate this.


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Postby samuellaw178 » Mar 29, 2012, 10:05 pm

I've always pushed my Aeropress to the end. The "whoosh" sound is something to be relished. :P Honestly I don't think it would make much difference, but more of a 'belief'. Unlike espresso, the pushing on Aeropress will not add any bitterness/overextraction, it's more of an act of filtering the coffee. But if you press the coffee bed with the plunger, that *might* have some effect, but not significant in my experience(could be due to my newbie palate :P).

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Postby drgary » Mar 30, 2012, 10:03 am

Tried it this morning. Can't tell a difference in taste with the last push through the coffee grounds. Since I'm using the upright method and sealing the flow with the plunger so it can steep, I realized that too much coffee is dripping through at the start. I tasted that first part separately and the concentration was light but the taste was fine. I prefer this to the inverted method where it's harder to get the paper filter to seal well without careful wetting and futzing. I'll have to make sure the plunger is making a better seal at the start. Coffee used was Zoka Ethiopia Harrar Natural Processed, LIDO grinder at 2 turns, 1 cup water heated to about 200F, stirred 10 seconds, steeped 2 minutes.

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Postby aecletec » Mar 30, 2012, 10:27 am

I prefer the upright method too... but I use a stainless sink strainer to help distribute the water and lower drip through. I put my plunger in at an angle and then tilt horizontal to complete the seal. The disk from able/coava delivers a more dirty/less clean cup with more body.

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Postby Sam21 » Mar 30, 2012, 12:23 pm

Inverted, 230ml of 203F water, 18g coffee ground to 24 on Preciso.

1. Heat press with boiling water/press water into mug to preheat, then float filter cap/DISK in mug to heat.
2. 18g of coffee in the press. 230ml water slowly poured onto the coffee. Back and forth stir. Seal with heated cap.
3. Press upper portion of Aeropress down onto the plunger until there is absolutely no air left in the press.
4. From the time the water hits the coffee to the end of the steep is 60 seconds.
5. I plunge slowly and evenly for 45 seconds and stop right before I hear the air.

I made a cup this morning. Really juicy fruit character with fantastic floral aromas. I prefer the Disk filter, but find that I personally lean towards the juicer fruit notes that metal and cloth filters produce. On the LIDO, I have been grinding at 1.5 turns for this same method, but am going to begin grinding finer and seeing how far I can push this method without over-extracting.


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Postby Bak Ta Lo » Mar 30, 2012, 2:53 pm

Go register at Prima to get one of the new finer screen Able Disks for free!
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Postby jbviau » Mar 30, 2012, 3:22 pm

^^^ Entered. Thanks!
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Postby Bak Ta Lo » Mar 31, 2012, 1:05 am


Very cool right? I am excited to try it, hope we get several H-B members selected in the test group, so we can compare notes. Did you see that from that group of 100 they will pick several to get to submit their AeroPress brew recipe to be included in the packaging, you could become AeroPress famous! :)

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