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#400977 - 02/12/14 10:01 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8268
Loc: Tacoma
The standard paper filters. I even tried doubling them.

How about the Bonavita? It seems to be SCAA certified, also. Not customizable like the Brazen, but seems to do about the same thing as the Technivorm for about half the price. America's Test Kitchen liked it. Yes, I'd rather have something built by hand in the Netherlands than something built in China; just not sure how much of a premium I'm willing to pay in this instance. I like the idea of the glass-lined carafe.
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#400983 - 02/12/14 10:31 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
The standard paper filters. I even tried doubling them.

How about the Bonavita? It seems to be SCAA certified, also. Not customizable like the Brazen, but seems to do about the same thing as the Technivorm for about half the price. America's Test Kitchen liked it. Yes, I'd rather have something built by hand in the Netherlands than something built in China; just not sure how much of a premium I'm willing to pay in this instance. I like the idea of the glass-lined carafe.


Have the Bonavita for a over year now, best coffee brewer I ever had, options.. well It takes less than 8 mins to brew so don't really need or miss any digital options, best thing coffee is still hot even after 4 hrs.

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#401005 - 02/13/14 01:37 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
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Registered: 09/07/11
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The SCAA parameters require water temps at the coffee grounds to be 197F/92C to 205F/98C. This is where lesser brewers fail - they just are not hot enough at most altitudes.

The Brazen preheats the water in the top reservoir to the desired/set temp, opens the valve for 15 secs, closes for the set pre-soak time & then opens the valve again until it empties through the coffee & turns itself off. This morning, just for laughs, I cranked up my Brazen from 204F to 206F. No difference in taste but it was slightly hotter to the tongue (mouthfeel?)...

TAM


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#401012 - 02/13/14 07:28 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: tomtuttle]
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What type of water do you use for the Aeropress? Is it distilled? RO? Filtered tap? It may make a difference in how fast it passes through the filter.

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#401013 - 02/13/14 07:36 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
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Filtered tap water. Like Tom, our water is very soft and quite good.
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#401014 - 02/13/14 08:42 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 12/06/07
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Loc: Canada
Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
I like the look of the Brazen, but lots of people seem to have trouble with it. Thanks for the referral!

I've got an aeropress and I like it, but I feel like it's just a glorified pour-over. By the time you stir it and wait a couple seconds, half of the liquor has already flowed through the filter. I'd like to be able to control the contact time a little better, like with a french press. Suggestions?

Tom. I use a poor mans French press: my trusty 2 cup pyrex measuring cup and a permanent (metal) filter. Paper absorbs a lot of the oils that give a good coffee its flavour and texture.

I boil the water in the measuring cup (microwave) giving it a quick stir to bring the temp down below boiling before dumping in the ground coffee. I stir in the grounds and let it steep for about 3 minutes, stirring a couple of times. Pour through the filter and enjoy!

There are two key things in my coffee: fresh roast beans a (between 4 and 7 days post roast and consumed within a week) and a good grinder.

For a grinder you want something that does not make a lot of fines or you end up with a lot of crud in the bottom of the cup. The best hand grinder out there is the Lido by Orphan Espresso, but it may be more than you want to spend to work at grinding coffee. You can get recommendations for a good electric burr grinder, but expect to pay in the $300+ range to get something that does not make a mess of the coffee.

Being in Seattle, you are in the Mecca of fresh roast beans. You can probably wander into at least a dozen places that roast their own and sample various beans and roasts.

I have found a local source of an Ethiopian Yergacheffe that makes a stunningly good light roast. I get a strong black current flavour from it. No shit!! I'm not one for high brow descriptions of things, but there is no doubt in my mind what I taste.

Its a lot more than your local grocery store coffee, but to me its worth that amazing flavour.
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#401021 - 02/13/14 10:38 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
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Registered: 07/23/04
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Loc: Up yonder
I usually get my beans from Paradise Roasters. They have flat rate shipping of $3.49 priority mail for any order under 15 pounds, and I get them within a week of placing the order. Good price on many of their roasts. As I pull shots of espresso, I usually just get their Espresso Nuevo. http://www.paradiseroasters.com/espresso-nuevo/

They have several other roasts too. Their medium roast Sumatra Danau Toba is excellent for drip coffee, and pretty good for espresso too.

I've ordered some different roasts from Stumptown Roasters (down there is Tom's area), and they were quite good too, but the shipping costs made it prohibitive.
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#401027 - 02/14/14 01:20 AM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 172
Loc: Edmonton, Alberta
That might be the difference. The water here is quite hard. My machines need to be descaled fairly often. Maybe try using spring water with more minerals than your tap water to see if that gives you more contact time?

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#401530 - 02/28/14 01:37 PM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
Posts: 4787
Loc: western canada
I'm not a coffee drinker but i did have this once in my hotel room one morning because i was thirsty.
Does that count?


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#401618 - 03/03/14 09:29 AM Re: Any coffee geeks here? [Re: michael_d]
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Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 3875
Loc: Up yonder
For the Aeropress guys.... Stumptown Roasters just posted an article on their blog with usage tips. http://stumptowncoffee.com/news/
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