gimpy wrote:I use the Knock Feldgrind as my travel grinder with the Flair. I heat just about everything (water) in a microwave, if possible.
I only take it to my kids houses, though. Otherwise, I suffer thru hotel coffee and local Starbucks, normally.
Yes your grinder makes way more sense but I'm finishing my Ph.D and trying to be frugal
How do you heat the metal cylinder with the microwave option? Just pour in hot water?
I use a Lido grinder for travel, which comes with it's own travel case, and while it isn't tiny I find it's easy enough if I'm already making space for the Flair. Still, there are smaller grinders which might be okay for the Flair.
You might look into an immersion boiler to use for a travel preheating option (very small, fits into the kit). Or a travel kettle, or maybe just the bottom part of a Moka pot.
My dispersion screen very easily pushes into the portafilter and always has. It's one of my annoyances, but usually it only happens if I'm pressing all the water out of the cylinder, so I don't do that anymore and just keep a wet puck which isn't that hard to dispose of. It can also squeeze in if I'm not careful when putting it on the portafilter, it requires a light touch. As far as the portafilter being distorted, I have noticed it varies from day to day. It is sometimes a tight fit, other times not. Might be the temperature?
I think immersion heater is smart. I looked into that years ago. I would want a thermometer with it too as it affects flavour.
Glad to hear I'm not the only one with the screen issue. It doesn't cause any problems.
I do push through all the way and blowing out the puck works well for me too.
David, I'm with Frank on the choice of grinder for best balance of performance and portability and with Mike on using an immersion heater for both brew water and preheat. My fav is to invert the cylinder in a mug, cover up with water and drop an immersion heater right down the middle, clipping it onto the cylinder. Carefully transfer the cylinder out and use the water to brew.
I'd like to know how you do travel with the Pharos! Especially grinding light to medium WITHOUT bench dogs to hold down the back end. I'm struggling to find a rhythm with the oppositional forces that a mere 15 cranks for 17g demands.
RE the pf out of round, is that on more than one pf? Send photos over to email@example.com
so we can check it out. Might be a warranty issue.
Yes your heating idea sounds smart. I need to find a reasonably priced one in the great white north. Prob eBay from China
Well I have a death grip on the Pharos. I embarrassed myself in front of my Dad grinding light roasted Tanzanian Peaberry. But with my medium dark roasted Uganda and Honduras no problem at all.
I will check tomorrow. It doesn't affect results. I'm impressed you are asking. It was my wife's gift to me so she is extremely pleased that I am happy wth it. Now the pressures on me to gift her just as well.
Does anyone use a portable water filter solution? I see filter straws on amazon but that seems a bit wacky for this purpose. But who knows.... maybe with a foldable silicone container