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Old 01-12-2016, 12:09 PM   #131
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I have used the Able filter for many years now, and it works great. It too let's the pills through. To be fair, I haven't tried the mesh ones though.
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:18 PM   #132
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Following Jim's recommendation, I bought the Able Disk filter, which is the punched type (a sheet of stainless steel punch with many fine holes). It came from Amazon.ca for C$17.95. I use it routinely.

It puts up far more resistance to flow than a paper filter, which means the plunger must be pushed much harder to brew at the same rate. A little bit of fine grounds get through but that's minimal - not enough for me to want to use a coarser grind, and not nearly as much as I found with a french press. I find that a lot of grounds usually stick to it when the press is emptied, so I need to scrape them off (I use the stirring paddle). It is very easy to clean, but overall paper is certainly easier to use.

I am tempted to try one of the mesh designs, but I'm wondering about two potential issues:
  1. It might be hard to construct one with a thin enough edge; these fit in where the Aeropress design has only allowed enough space for a sheet of paper, and according to online reviews early versions of at least one brand simply didn't work because the filter holder would not fit with them in place.
  2. I don't know how easily it would clean up.
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Old 01-12-2016, 03:38 PM   #133
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This will be my set-up ...ez!! Love the coffee, just make sure you have that filter well seated or grounds do happen...yuck!!
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Old 01-12-2016, 04:23 PM   #134
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I've been using the "s" mesh filter for over a year without a problem. If the resistance gets too hard, reverse and then continue down. Cleans the same as the other filter.
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Old 01-12-2016, 05:54 PM   #135
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Following Jim's recommendation, I bought the Able Disk filter, which is the punched type (a sheet of stainless steel punch with many fine holes). It came from Amazon.ca for C$17.95. I use it routinely.

It puts up far more resistance to flow than a paper filter, which means the plunger must be pushed much harder to brew at the same rate. A little bit of fine grounds get through but that's minimal - not enough for me to want to use a coarser grind, and not nearly as much as I found with a french press. I find that a lot of grounds usually stick to it when the press is emptied, so I need to scrape them off (I use the stirring paddle). It is very easy to clean, but overall paper is certainly easier to use.
For those either using, or thinking of using, a metal filter, there are a three things to do that will ensure there is minimal back pressure.

1. Make certain that the filter is clean. A quick wipe will not work and only clog the holes further. I either scrub with a mushroom brush under hot water, or if one is not handy, I swish in a cup of boiled water. Both methods will clear the oils and super fine grounds. This having to carefully clean the metal filter, as opposed to quickly washing the paper ones is the only added work to the process, and is mere seconds. A clean metal filter does not require any more effort than a paper one.

The next two things are for either metal or paper filters.

2. Let the grounds sit for at least the last 15 seconds without stirring, allowing the bulk of the grounds float to the top.

3. Use a very light pressure when you press, the inventor recommends 15 lbs. This will ensure the grounds at the bottom do not pack down.

If you carefully follow all these easy steps the back pressure will be modest.

The very few super fine grinds that do get through a metal filter are almost impossible to detect to the taste, and are only at the bottom, as they are extremely fine and all the flavour has been extracted.
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Old 01-12-2016, 09:03 PM   #136
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1. Make certain that the filter is clean. A quick wipe will not work and only clog the holes further. I either scrub with a mushroom brush under hot water, or if one is not handy, I swish in a cup of boiled water.
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A clean metal filter does not require any more effort than a paper one.
I found the need for more force from the very first use, and I routinely clean the filter. Although I don't often use a scrub brush, the holes are visually clear. Maybe I'll try an especially thorough cleaning and see if that makes a difference.

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3. Use a very light pressure when you press, the inventor recommends 15 lbs. This will ensure the grounds at the bottom do not pack down.

If you carefully follow all these easy steps the back pressure will be modest.
"Light pressure": that's a little bit like telling someone to turn a bolt until it is "tight", or in cooking saying to a "dollop" of cream... it will mean very different things to different people. Now 15 pounds (of force, not pressure) - that I can work with.... but now I'll need to brew tomorrow morning's coffee on a scale!

I press just hard enough to run the plunger down in the recommended time - that takes a lot more force with my Able Disk than with paper, and the grounds are certainly packed down (as they are with paper). They may have changed the perforation size or spacing, or we may be using different grinds.

The size of the holes in the Able Disk look reasonable to me, but I'm surprised how widely they are spaced. The void ratio of this disk is very small (it's mostly steel, not holes) even though the Aeropress filter holder provides lots of support. Between the filter holder and the disk, there are not many tiny holes for the coffee to pass through.

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The very few super fine grinds that do get through a metal filter are almost impossible to detect to the taste, and are only at the bottom, as they are extremely fine and all the flavour has been extracted.
That agrees with my experience.
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The mesh filter mfr. quotes 10,000 holes per square inch. Definitely more holes, less resistance to forcing the water through the filter. There are absolutely no grinds that make it to the bottom of the cup. As to cleaning, you just clean it with a sponge, no brush necessary as it doesn't clog up.
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Anyone tried a Paulig cup of coffee?

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Very Funny, Bob! Luckily I like my coffee black. Wouldn't have to keep an eye dropper for creamer or a grain of sugar around
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