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Old 10-04-2007, 06:51 PM   #99
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Learned all I know about the Aeropress from the Coffeegeek.com forum so here goes:

1. I set my Capresso Infinity between Fine and Medium. Grind needs to be finer than Drip and not as fine as espresso. Rule of Thumb: if the press "stalls" or is too hard to press, the grind is too fine. At about 15 lb. pressure the press should take about 20 seconds +/- (trick I learned, just put your hand on the press then lean your arm on your hand on the press -- that's about 12-15 lbs for the "normal" arm. Also beats trying to push down with both hands on a Pre-coffee morning.

2. Water temp is HIGHLY debated. Instructions recommend between 165-175 - not over 175 F. Actually it depends what you want in the cup. That's the joy of the Aeropress -- you can "design" the cup. Experiment, experimint, experiment. My pref. is between 180 and 190 depending on the darkness of the roast. Higher temps for lighter roasts. lower temps for darker roasts.

3. The instructions recommend stirring vigorously (like the Clover) for 10 seconds and press for 20 seconds -- AGAIN, Depends on what you want in the cup. Experiment, experiment, experiment. Fast or slow press -- Did I say Experiment

I roasted three batches of Ethiopia Yirgacheffe today (iR2). I like it light around city to city+. I roasted some up to full city/light french and did not like it.

Being a virtual newbie to the coffee "snob" scene, I'm not yet familiar with the varieties you mentioned. Would be interested in what you think of them. I'm not an experienced "cupper", wouldn't have a clue.

I'm currently roasting and drinking Tanzania Highland Peaberry, the Yirg I mentioned, and Guatemala SHB Ep Estate Antiqua. Just got the last two (5lb each) and am working on a roast profile I like for them.

That's the joy of the Aeropress. Complete control over:
Water temp.
extraction time (steep/contact with grinds)
filtration methods
etc. etc.

Did I mention experiment No other method I know of offers the extent of control over the brew as does the Aeropress.

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:56 PM   #100
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Learned all I know about the Aeropress from the Coffeegeek.com forum so here goes:

1. I set my Capresso Infinity ,(snip_
etc. etc.
Did I mention experiment No other method I know of offers the extent of control over the brew as does the Aeropress.

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Thanks much. Got the Aeropress today and about to try my first cup with it. I think I'll go with the 175 temp and 10 seconds for the first try. The Guatamalan I have is pretty nice so I'm going with that. I am certainly no coffee geek "cupper" either. But the few cups I have in a day I want to be is good as I can make them. So experimenting is fun.
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Old 10-05-2007, 09:18 PM   #101
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Thanks much. Got the Aeropress today and about to try my first cup with it. I think I'll go with the 175 temp and 10 seconds for the first try. The Guatamalan I have is pretty nice so I'm going with that. I am certainly no coffee geek "cupper" either. But the few cups I have in a day I want to be is good as I can make them. So experimenting is fun.
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Old 10-11-2007, 11:27 AM   #102
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Well the Aeropress is amazing. This thing is THE easiest thing to use. And as for cleanup there's nothing to it! This is the coffee maker I have been looking for for camping. Beats the H**L out of any French press. And it is even easier to use then the filter basket on top of the cup method.

Oh did I mention the coffee tasted GREAT. The acid and bitterness is realy cut. And NO grounds. Not the slightest hint of grounds. And you can make a killer espresso or regular cup with it.

All you need to use it is the Aeropress, anything to boil water in and a cup. I also have in my kitchen a small container with an opening the size of a coffee cup that I sit the Aeropress on top of to "pop" out the grounds when finished brewing. Then you just wave it under running water and put it away. It realy is great! Great cup of coffee also.

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Old 10-11-2007, 10:42 PM   #103
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I haven't roasted my own for awhile but I was getting a nice selection of organic, fair trade, green coffee beans from Seven Bridges.

http://www.breworganic.com

You can also get all you beer making items there too but I don't think it would work well in an Egg.

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Old 10-12-2007, 05:16 AM   #104
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Well the Aeropress is amazing. This thing is THE easiest thing to use. And as for cleanup there's nothing to it! This is the coffee maker I have been looking for for camping. Beats the H**L out of any French press. And it is even easier to use then the filter basket on top of the cup method.

Oh did I mention the coffee tasted GREAT. The acid and bitterness is realy cut. And NO grounds. Not the slightest hint of grounds. And you can make a killer espresso or regular cup with it.

All you need to use it is the Aeropress, anything to boil water in and a cup. I also have in my kitchen a small container with an opening the size of a coffee cup that I sit the Aeropress on top of to "pop" out the grounds when finished brewing. Then you just wave it under running water and put it away. It realy is great! Great cup of coffee also.

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Glad you liked it!!
Now comes the fun. It's so easy to experiment;
Different coffees
different grinds
different water temps
Extraction/brew times
Grind/water ratios
different filters


You can make your own "designer" coffee. Because of the reduced acid and bitterness I find myself drinking much stronger coffee. My "usual" quick cup is 4 T grinds to abut 6 oz of water.

Enjoy!!
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Old 10-12-2007, 05:23 AM   #105
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I haven't roasted my own for awhile but I was getting a nice selection of organic, fair trade, green coffee beans from Seven Bridges.

http://www.breworganic.com

You can also get all you beer making items there too but I don't think it would work well in an Egg.

Paula
Living in GA I use Javajoejava Co. --they ship free to addys in GA.! Decent selection also. Have also used Sweet Maria's -- But like I said, I'm relatively new to the roasting scene. Have discovered there is a learning curve.
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Old 10-12-2007, 11:13 PM   #106
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Living in GA I use Javajoejava Co. --they ship free to addys in GA.! Decent selection also. Have also used Sweet Maria's -- But like I said, I'm relatively new to the roasting scene. Have discovered there is a learning curve.
I've learned that when you buy the quickee roasters that it can roast too fast. Suddenly you have a Spanish, practically burnt roast. But I still enjoy it, the roaster that is, not the burnt stuff.

Hmmmm, maybe it's time to start roasting again.
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I've learned that when you buy the quickee roasters that it can roast too fast. Suddenly you have a Spanish, practically burnt roast. But I still enjoy it, the roaster that is, not the burnt stuff.

Hmmmm, maybe it's time to start roasting again.
What type/brand roaster do you have?
Thinking of selling it?
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Old 10-14-2007, 12:19 AM   #108
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What type/brand roaster do you have?
Thinking of selling it?
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Probably not till I have money for a pricier model. Before I invest in a new roaster it will be money into various camper safety items like CO and propane detectors, you know what I mean if you've read the catalytic heater question.

Since I'm not at home I can't tell you the brand but it makes small quantities at one time, about a pots worth. It has a warmup time period of a couple of minutes and then you dump the green beans in for no more than five (if I remember right) depending on the roast. It's a very simple setup, kinda like a really, really hot hairdryer. You just have to sit there and wait for first crack, second crack and if you are brave till the oils start smoking, then pull them out fast. Seconds too long can kill your planned roast.

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Dave Mac,

If I may chime in here I currently am roasting with an iRoast2 from Sweet Maria's.

Also have modified 3 or 4 popcorn poppers which also do a remarkably good job roasting the bean in smaller amounts.

I have a Stir Crazy popcorn popper that I'm waiting to modify when I afford to get Sunpentown convection/turbo oven.

Do a google for popcorn coffee roasters and you'll come up with some interesting sites.

Sounds like Paula may have a Fresh roast roaster.

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Found it!

It is a FreshRoast, see url below. I bought it from these guys.

http://www.breworganic.com/index.asp?PageA...&ProdID=760

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Dave Mac,

If I may chime in here I currently am roasting with an iRoast2 from Sweet Maria's.

Also have modified 3 or 4 popcorn poppers which also do a remarkably good job roasting the bean in smaller amounts.

I have a Stir Crazy popcorn popper that I'm waiting to modify when I afford to get Sunpentown convection/turbo oven.

Do a google for popcorn coffee roasters and you'll come up with some interesting sites.

Sounds like Paula may have a Fresh roast roaster.

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Thanks for the info. I had seen the iRoast2 and actualy JUST watched videos on popcorn popper roasting on Youtube! Anyone interested go to youtube and search "home coffee roast" and you'll see m,any different ways.
I am currently waiting for some roasted Kona coffee direct from an estate in Hawaii. I have been dieing to tell you all about it but I want to see, smell and taste it before I report. I'm thinking today MUST be the day that the mail man brings it!. I can't wait! And now I am going to garage sale me a air popcorn popper with the vents on the sides of the bottom not in the middle as I learned from watching videos.

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Hello my name's Roberta, I'm a coffee addict.

No true connoisseur but I love my coffee like the rest of you. Black coffee doesn't always agree with my stomach particularly first thing in the morning. Latte or a cappuccino give me my coffee hit and the milk seems to work well to neutralize whatever causes my stomach to react. Recently purchased one of the Bialetti Mukka Express pots. I think it will work well for my needs. I was bit surprised at the price but I like the fact that I can toss everything in at once, water, coffee, milk and within four minutes of the time I set it on the stove I have my morning brew. Not quite the same as what I make with the Gaggia on my kitchen counter but in the long run the Mukka seems a lot easier. The taste is quite mellow even with the Kirkland Roast by Starbucks from Costco or some of the grocery store expresso roast beans. Heading down to Descanso, CA with some of my women's trailer group this weekend so I'm going to give it the trailer test

The aeropress sounds like a nifty way to make coffee too but then I'd have to heat milk, etc.

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