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Old 01-13-2015, 09:19 PM   #81
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Just had a great cup made "normal" style. I tried the inverted method last night and didn't like it as much, at least with this roast.


Thanks for the brightness tip Jim. I will stay away from the metal filters then.

Don, I just mix up the water and the grounds, then press.
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Old 01-29-2015, 02:13 PM   #82
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Went at a slight tangent to Jim's reco for the Hario mini and got a Porlex JP-30.

First impressions are positive -- grind seems very consistent, especially at finer grinds. Jim, I'll show you at the rally if you like.
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Old 01-29-2015, 08:30 PM   #83
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Went at a slight tangent to Jim's reco for the Hario mini and got a Porlex JP-30.

First impressions are positive -- grind seems very consistent, especially at finer grinds. Jim, I'll show you at the rally if you like.
That's the one I use. Works great. About 3 minutes with the hopper full, and enough for two cups of coffee.
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OK, I see Ian is the one with the Hario (now that I looked harder).

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Greetings - - Has anyone had any experience with the 12v coffee machines ?


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Greetings - - Has anyone had any experience with the 12v coffee machines ?


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Good friends of ours had one, and ended up getting rid of it. They found that it took WAY too long to brew coffee, and was a fairly good draw on the battery, a big issue as we are always boondocking. Granted this was a few years ago before any of us did any kind of solar. The biggest drawback was, like most drip brewers of any voltage, is that the temperature of the water was not high enough for proper extraction, and it did not make very good coffee at all. Not sure of the brand.

Of all the folks I camp with, there is a variety of coffee making methods commonly used, including perk, French press, AeroPress (my favourite), pour over, cowboy coffee, and mocha pot. None of these require electricity, and properly done make a better cup of coffee than just about any electric brewer. And as a bonus, save your electricity for the more needed furnace fan.
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... and properly done make a better cup of coffee than just about any electric brewer...
And THAT is the main point. Others "mileage may vary", but percolated coffee to us is undrinkable. I was ruined for the common brewing methods in the US the very first time I went to Europe when I was 19. I'm sitting there drinking properly prepared coffee for the first time, saying to myself " so THAT is what its supposed to taste like."
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Robert, if coffee is percolated properly, it can be very good. IMO most just do it wrong. What I suggest (and always do myself), is;
-make certain you use enough coffee. One heaping tablespoon per cup. Over extracting too little grounds to get it stronger just results in a bitter taste.
-once the coffee starts to perc, immediately turn it down to a point that there is just a very slow perc.
-only let it perc for no more than 3 minutes. And further and you will just start to extract unwanted acidity from the grounds. Again, do not over peculate, or get bitter coffee.
-then, pour all the coffee into cups to drink, and if any is left over, put it into a carafe. DO NOT let it sit with heat under it.

This is far from my favourite method of extraction, but done with care can be quite acceptable, and having a big pot will let you serve to lots of people. For two of us, I just would never consider it. In fact, I have made a dozen (or more) cups in the morning for us and friends, using my AeroPress, making only two cups at a time. I can still socialize while doing so, and usually hand the grinder to one of my guests to do the hard work.
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I agree Jim that if you use the right technique then any method will yield decent results. Yours sounds a lot like the European pressure brew methods I've seen. I was referring to the traditional "plug it in and let it boil" method (usually with MJB or Folgers from a can) that I grew up seeing. I'm sorry but YUCK.

To partially plagiarize a phrase from one of my favorite authors Douglas Adams, that method results in a "dull brown liquid that tastes almost, but not quite, entirely unlike coffee."
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(usually with MJB or Folgers from a can)
If you insist on talking like like that on this forum, I will have to request the site team ban you. There is no call for such foul talk.

With the European pressure method, are you referring to what is also called stove top espresso, using one of these pots?



I use one of these mocha pots quite a bit, my second most used method after the Areopress. I usually drink it Americano style, or add some whipped milk for a cappuccino. Sometimes I drink it straight out of the pot too. This method produces a much heavier, but wonderfully intense flavour coffee. It also has a wonderful aftertaste to it too. I roast the coffee a bit darker than I would for other extracting methods.

And interesting titbit (for those who don't know), is that the term for Americano coffee came from during WW2, when America troops when drinking this Italian stovetop coffee, had to water it down to suit there pallet, and what they were more used to.
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