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« Reply #280 on: September 09, 2013, 03:03:06 AM »

Can someone provide the Pros & Cons of a Coffee Press vs an everyday filtered coffe maker  
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Coffee Press
+ More control over the final product (timing, temperature)
+ Thicker, fuller coffee
- More muss and fuss
- Breakage possible (the glass can slip out of the holder).

Filtered coffee maker
+ Set it and Forget it (even better with a auto-start timer)
+ Consistent
+ More filtering means less cholesterol producing lipids in the coffee
- Routine maintenance required
- Cost of paper filters
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« Reply #281 on: September 09, 2013, 11:27:35 AM »

Thanks Norm that is helpful.

Another probably basic question re Coffee Presses - what are the features in presses  makiing one a Good - Better and Best Coffee Press

Finally can anyone recommend one - preferably one made in USA or Europe - I know a huge request in this day and age 

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« Reply #282 on: September 09, 2013, 01:26:42 PM »

Thanks Norm that is helpful.

Another probably basic question re Coffee Presses - what are the features in presses  makiing one a Good - Better and Best Coffee Press

Finally can anyone recommend one - preferably one made in USA or Europe - I know a huge request in this day and age 



Several of us here at ye olde Larrivée forums use the Aeropress to make near espresso with no bitterness, and no 'roughage' that you get with most French pressed coffee.  http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm

I learned about it in this thread.  I don't bother with Charbucks, with drip made coffee, gave my Bodum Brasil french press away, etc.  It kind of spoils you - so be prepared for that.  I'm not sure if it's made in the USA or not.  Certainly engineered here.  No 'made in anywhere' stuff on the  main parts as far as I can tell.

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« Reply #283 on: September 09, 2013, 05:28:19 PM »

Scott, they appear to be made in the USA and exactly what I was after!!! Thanks
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« Reply #284 on: September 09, 2013, 11:13:18 PM »

Joyce, I have been using this press for about the last five or six years: http://bodum.bodum.com/us/en-us/shop/detail/10096-364US4/
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« Reply #285 on: September 10, 2013, 01:27:13 PM »

Get the Aeropress, biggest improvement I ever made to the taste of coffee.
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« Reply #286 on: September 10, 2013, 02:55:46 PM »




Alternatley, get in touch with your inner cowboy and throw the grounds in the bottom of a pot  of boiling water . . .  


Reminds me of the coffee they made in the Army.  yak
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« Reply #287 on: September 10, 2013, 05:50:21 PM »

A camping perc style is all that's needed take it from someone who drinks 15-20 cups a day both caff and decaff.
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« Reply #288 on: September 10, 2013, 06:09:39 PM »

I love my quart French Press. It's quick and easy to brew and quick add easy to clean. The polycarbonate outer sleeve insulates and helps keep the glass beaker from getting broken. I have cut way back on my coffee consumption and try to stick to just two quarts a day...
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« Reply #289 on: September 10, 2013, 06:34:49 PM »

I love my quart French Press. It's quick and easy to brew and quick add easy to clean. The polycarbonate outer sleeve insulates and helps keep the glass beaker from getting broken. I have cut way back on my coffee consumption and try to stick to just two quarts a day...
I use the same and have cut back to two Large cups. Think Larrivee Forum cups.
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« Reply #290 on: September 10, 2013, 08:34:40 PM »

This is the Bodum French Press model I gave away after using my Aeropress for about a week.

This is the Bodum mini press that just sits on my bookshelf at work now doing nothing - and it was a Valentine's Day gift from my wife.

Lots of folks in our area swearing by 'pourover' methodology.  It would have to be pretty danged good for me to give up the Aeropress method.

I finally bought my Aeropress after having my first cup from it at a relatively large local roaster (good but not cork-sniffer unnecessary exclusivity) started offering Aeropressed coffee and the local news radio station was going to do an event there focusing on the Aeropress.  Yes, I heard about it first from my fellow forumites, but tasting was believing.  So I bought it local.

Haven't looked back since.   Raise your hand if you simply love the essence of coffee flavor.  Raise your hand if bitterness is one downside.  That bitterness thing, you can pretty much forget about it if you follow the instructions even somewhat closely.  Warning, the Aeropress uses copious amounts of coffee for the yield, but the flavor is very intense.  To make coffee from the nectar, you can go 3-1 water to nectar ratio and still have pretty strong taste going on.

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« Reply #291 on: September 11, 2013, 03:21:43 AM »

A camping perc style is all that's needed take it from someone who drinks 15-20 cups a day both caff and decaff.
I sure enjoy my old perc.  Had it about 12 yrs now.  It's all scarred from campouts over the years and the grime never fully washes off, but I wouldn't trade for it. I still like a press pot from time to time too though.  This is my old perc
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« Reply #292 on: September 11, 2013, 12:38:33 PM »

I am on my second package of Peets . I am enjoying the House Blend this time around. Very good ,,fresh ground beans smell so good!javascript:void(0);javascript:void(0);
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« Reply #293 on: September 11, 2013, 12:51:17 PM »

Peet's makes an excellent French Roast for the press.  I'll usually treat myself to a pound or two around the holidays.  Add a splash of heavy whipping cream to a cup and you're in for a treat. 
 
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« Reply #294 on: September 25, 2013, 12:08:14 AM »

Just a brief update I ended up going with the Aeropress  I am not much of a drinker myself got it really for visitors and have turned more than 5 additional sales by serving it up. ( use the inverted method :-). My sister is a real coffee snob and had never heard of them and was very impressed. Her favorite coffee being Kick--CENSORED- said the Aeropress  kicks--CENSORED-.

Thanks folks for the recommendation and other info provided here in assisting me with this decision.
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« Reply #295 on: December 08, 2013, 04:47:39 PM »

I recently got a Bialetti Moka Express stovetop perc.  This is a small pot that makes about 6 oz. of highly concentrated coffee.  Along with a hand-pumped milk frother, this is some of the best coffee I've ever had.  So far I've tried some of the fancy canned Italian blends and some reg dark roast Community Coffee: it all takes great.  I highly recommend this method for something different.

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« Reply #296 on: January 25, 2014, 09:55:00 PM »

Just a little love for the folks here who turned me on to the Aeropress about a year and a half ago.  Had an entirely delicious mug this AM made with store brand bulk Kona blend from the local 'granola' type grocery store.  Liquid dark chocolate is what comes out of this thing, with no bitterness.  What a great invention!  If the guy just had better graphic design on his packaging, he would sell millions of these.

His website looks straight out of 1992:  http://aerobie.com/products/aeropress.htm

Packaging is the same lame lack of creative design other than it being a hexagonal cylinder box - which has to cost him quite a bit to get that thing punched and folded/glued.
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« Reply #297 on: March 05, 2014, 12:09:17 AM »

Aeropress - an interesting article
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« Reply #298 on: March 05, 2014, 01:07:06 PM »

Interesting, indeed.
In other news, just heard that the new Keurig machines (you know, those one-cup coffee pod servers) will embed a DRM chip in there, so you can't buy non-Keurig pods for it.

You will recall "Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a class of technologies that are used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders, and individuals with the intent to control the use of digital content and devices after sale. Discs with DRM schemes are not legitimately standards-compliant Compact Discs (CDs) but are rather CD-ROM media. Therefore they all lack the CD logotype found on discs which follow the standard (known as Red Book). Therefore these CDs could not be played on all CD players or personal computers. Personal computers running Microsoft Windows would sometimes even crash when attempting to play the CDs.
Many online music stores employ DRM to restrict usage of music purchased and downloaded online.
Prior to 2009, Apple's iTunes Store utilized the FairPlay DRM system for music. Apple did not license its DRM to other companies, so only Apple devices and Apples QuickTime media player could play iTunes music."
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« Reply #299 on: April 21, 2014, 07:09:45 PM »

(edited, added to the list)
Short list of coffees I have tried and like in my Aeropress:

Kroger store brand "Private Selection" Kona Blend http://www.privateselection.com/artisan-products/gourmet-beverages/coffee/kona-blend-coffee/
Kroger store brand "Private Selection" Sumatra Mandheling (can't find a link)

(BTW Kroger stores are nationwide under a huge list of other brands:  King Soopers, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Ralph's, Smith's, etc.)

Boyer's Kona Blend http://www.boyerscoffee.com/shop/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=84  King Soopers and Sam's club sell this brand in CO, not sure about elsewhere)
Switchback Roasters Guatamala Huehuetanango http://switchbackroasters.myshopify.com/ (currently not available)
Sprouts market Kona Blend: https://www.sprouts.com/departments/bulk-foods;jsessionid=16AAA44B7BAA56DBC87A01F425B093B4-n1 (coffee not listed specifically)
Gevalia French Roast: http://www.gevalia.com/Gevalia-In-Store/gevalia-instore,default,pg.html
Gevalia Traditional Roast: http://www.gevalia.com/Gevalia-In-Store/gevalia-instore,default,pg.html
Starbucks Italian Roast: http://www.starbucks.com/coffee/dark/italian-roast
Starbucks Cafe Verona: http://www.starbucksstore.com/caff%C3%A8-verona/VM_CAFFEVERONA,default,pd.html
Daz Bog White Nights Espresso Roast:  http://store.dazbog.com/white-nights-espresso--12-oz-bag.html
Daz Bog Brazil Santos:  http://store.dazbog.com/brazilian-santos-12-oz-bag.html

FYI Daz Bog is the bulk coffee available at Kroger-affiliated stores in Colorado.  Right now (April 26th) most of them are only 8$/lb whole bean.  If you are ever on a layover in Denver International Airport, Daz Bog has a shop in Concourse C near gate C47.

List of coffees I've tried in my Aeropress which were ok, and definitely better than drip (I mill these into espresso grind fine-ness):
Folgers
Maxwell House

List of coffees I've tried in my Aeropress and wouldn't try again:



I consider the Aeropress to be the coffee world equivalent of a great microphone pre-amp:  You can make a cheap mic sound decent using a great pre-amp, and you will almost always make an expensive mic sound crummy using a crummy pre-amp.
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