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« Reply #220 on: December 24, 2012, 08:27:57 PM »

With my Aeropress, I've never measured temp.  I get to full boil then remove from heat for 1 minute as per the Aeropress suggested method,  then pour over the grinds, stir for a count to about 20 seconds using the highly accurate: one thousand one, one thousand two.... method.  Press the thing in about 10-15 seconds, and then doctor per the mood of the day - add some of the hot water for americano, add cream and sugar, whatever.  Not had a bitter cup yet.

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« Reply #221 on: December 24, 2012, 10:13:36 PM »

With my Aeropress, I've never measured temp.  I get to full boil then remove from heat for 1 minute as per the Aeropress suggested method,  then pour over the grinds, stir for a count to about 20 seconds using the highly accurate: one thousand one, one thousand two.... method.  Press the thing in about 10-15 seconds, and then doctor per the mood of the day - add some of the hot water for americano, add cream and sugar, whatever.  Not had a bitter cup yet.


  And you can do all this BEFORE you have had your first cup of coffee?
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« Reply #222 on: December 24, 2012, 11:03:46 PM »

I enjoy my aeropress on occasion.

Have you ever tried increasing your temp a little?  Typically the recommended brewing temp for coffee is between 195-205F - the right temperature for proper extraction.  That is particularly the reason why I use a Technivorm for auto drip.  Most auto drip machines cannot reach this temp range.  The Technivorm is one of only 4 home drip machines certified by SCAA to brew within this range.

I've used temps from off-boil to 175F (the inventor's recommendation).  It's fun to experiment.  I don't have a favorite temperature.

Check out the Behmor Brazen brewer ($200).  You set brewing temperature (one degree Fahrenheit increments), pre-soak time (in seconds), and it calibrates for boiling temperature AND altitude to ensure accuracy.  I've got one and it is pretty remarkable how much one or two degrees can affect flavor.  I didn't imagine it would make much of a difference.
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« Reply #223 on: December 25, 2012, 01:56:20 AM »

Check out the Behmor Brazen brewer ($200).  You set brewing temperature (one degree Fahrenheit increments), pre-soak time (in seconds), and it calibrates for boiling temperature AND altitude to ensure accuracy.  I've got one and it is pretty remarkable how much one or two degrees can affect flavor.  I didn't imagine it would make much of a difference.

I'll have to do a little searching around to check out that device.

Yeah, the variabilities are endless, but there is a definite spectrum where things taste right to me.  This is part of what fascinates me about coffee - origin, brew method, etc. all lead to a nice challenge.  I've also tossed in roasting of green beans on occasion.  Quite an art form, if you ask me, but one well worth developing for the very best cup.

Another factor, of course, is the grind size and quality.  That's actually my weak point, IMO.  I've got a decent slow speed burr grinder, but nothing like one of the Mazzer's or MACAP's.  Fortunately for me, mine works ok for drip and press coffee.  Whenever I can afford a decent espresso machine, I'll have to budget for an improved grinder too.  Skimping on the quality of the grinder is sort of like buying a nice camera body, but not putting money into the lenses at the same time.  Little good does a nice espresso machine serve you without a high quality grind.
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« Reply #224 on: December 26, 2012, 06:14:48 AM »

  And you can do all this BEFORE you have had your first cup of coffee?

Honestly, there really isn't a comparison to your standard drip cup of coffee.  From the Aeropress, the coffee flavor is deep and wide, without bitterness.  It's like a very intense hot-cocoa flavor for the most part.

So, yes, the flavor is worth it - and that's basically all I have for the day, versus multi-cups of java.
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« Reply #225 on: January 18, 2013, 03:04:06 AM »

The Prof_Stack household just got another jolt of caffeine with this new lever espresso machine, a Ponte Vecchio Lusso. 



...complete with German made hand grinder from Zassenhaus.  The coffee was roasted at home.



Great espresso, lots of steaming power for latte art, and way cool retro styling.   
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« Reply #226 on: January 18, 2013, 03:11:28 AM »

Very nice.   
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« Reply #227 on: January 18, 2013, 11:50:33 AM »

prof_stack my mouth is literally salivating right now!!
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« Reply #228 on: January 18, 2013, 02:46:37 PM »

prof_stack my mouth is literally salivating right now!!
Heh, this morning's Sumatra is amazingly smooth, but bursting with flavor.  I'm surprised how much more I like the coffee coming from this machine.  The Aeropress is lonely right now, but will be used again.

BTW, it cost no more than a 03 series with typical online discount.  I got it here in Seattle. 
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« Reply #229 on: January 19, 2013, 05:20:01 PM »


BTW, it cost no more than a 03 series with typical online discount.  I got it here in Seattle. 

So you didn't buy it to save the cost of buying coffee at the 7-11.   
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« Reply #230 on: January 19, 2013, 08:30:37 PM »

  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. whistling
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« Reply #231 on: January 20, 2013, 03:38:12 AM »

  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. whistling
Funny that.  Today I visited a fellow coffee geek who just got a $2500 lever espresso machine made in London.  Coupled with a $900 hand-grinder, he makes my coffee hobby seem downright ghetto!   
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« Reply #232 on: January 20, 2013, 03:05:44 PM »

  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. whistling
Works for me.  Must be a Texas thing. 
 
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« Reply #233 on: January 20, 2013, 03:09:11 PM »

Works for me.  Must be a Texas thing. 
 

Hey Community coffee lovers.  I have access to a big cache of expired ground Community coffee for cheap.  Should I bother with any of it?  Which blend would you recommend?

-Scott
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« Reply #234 on: January 20, 2013, 06:07:54 PM »

  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. whistling
Could have used one of those this morning, sans power because of the high winds. 20 F here right now, supposed to get down to 3 F tomorrow.
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« Reply #235 on: January 21, 2013, 04:00:20 PM »

Hey Community coffee lovers.  I have access to a big cache of expired ground Community coffee for cheap.  Should I bother with any of it?  Which blend would you recommend?

-Scott
I like their Colombian and Dark.
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« Reply #236 on: January 23, 2013, 03:35:00 PM »

   Enjoying my second cup of smooth "Great Value" 100 percent Columbian     I made it in a French press though, with filtered water.
My wife enjoyed her three cups as well. I think I paid less than $3.75 for a pound of this at Wal-Mart. 
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« Reply #237 on: January 23, 2013, 06:24:15 PM »

   Enjoying my second cup of smooth "Great Value" 100 percent Columbian     I made it in a French press though, with filtered water.
My wife enjoyed her three cups as well. I think I paid less than $3.75 for a pound of this at Wal-Mart. 
Part of their "unfair trade" line?  Ha!
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« Reply #238 on: January 23, 2013, 07:44:20 PM »

  I'm headin to Wal-Mart to get some great value Columbian and then down to Goodwill and look for an old perk pot you heat up on the stove. whistling

Got my Peet's $4 plastic #4 basket and my $0.025 recycled filters to strain my $16.00 a pound Sumatra Blue Batak.
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« Reply #239 on: January 24, 2013, 12:01:22 AM »

Works for me.  Must be a Texas thing. 
 

Well, I'm gonna try the Great Value stuff in my Aeropress.  I will buy store-brand any chance I get because in most cases it's from the same factory/source as the brand names.  However, what I'm finding is that the local Kroger chain, King Soopers, doesn't have entry-level store brand whole bean coffee.

They have their 'Private Selection' brand which is almost always priced higher than nearly every other brand name except Peet's and DazBog (which is a local roaster in Denver).  I can usually get a good deal on the Gevalia, for which their French Roast is excellent - not burned like Shizzle-bux.

I also like the Eight-o-Clock Columbian, but they are pulling a little packaging game where they've shaved an ounce or two off their net weight.  I think they sell in 10 or 11 oz. bags now, instead of the typical 12 oz bags which at one time I thought were 16 oz. bags.

-Scott
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