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Coffee Maker
Mon 16-May-11
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SumpRat
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Today I took delivery of my new coffee maker. I won't call it a machine as is it isn't as such.

Its the Aerobie Aeropress coffee maker, yes as made by the company that makes the throwing disks. ūüôā

It works by placing a micro filter on the base, loading it with coffee and water and then pressing a plunger down. It produced a very smooth and rich espresso strength coffee.

It must be quite environmentally friendly as, apart from manufacturing and water heating, it doesn't use any electricity.

 

http://www.aerobieshop.co.uk/coffee-maker/aerobie-.....maker.html

 

Simon 

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Tue 17-May-11
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That looks a neat idea, shame I don't drink enough coffee to warrant buying one.

Simon, will you have a look at your Facebook logo, if you click it it says page not found, you have too many http://www.

Your Twitter page says that it doesn't exist too.

I'll try that again!

Tue 17-May-11
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Sorted Facebook and Twitter, thanks for pointing it out. I was adding the web address when I didn't need to, didn't realise.

 

S. 

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Tue 17-May-11
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That's better.

I'll try that again!

Tue 17-May-11
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Simon, I don't actually see any environmental advantage as you heat the water, presumably, anyway and instead of the energy expended, however little that is, in running the pump you replace that with the energy producing the paper and then converting it to discs and shipping/packing them.

Frankly the only question is; is the coffee any good and you have answered that, so great carry on with it.

I assume you grind your own coffee beans as obviously if you buy pre-ground then the oils in the beans will have 'flashed off' by the time you come to make the coffee.

I keep my beans in the freezer and grind as required straight from the freezer, also I use a burr grinder as this leaves more of the oils in the grounds to increase the quality and smoothness of the coffee you are drinking.

The other thing I do, because I like my hot drinks hot hot hot is I pour boiling water into the cup I am going to use to minimise the heat loss when the coffee is made.

I love the look of Aero and it's simplicity and may well get one for when I am travelling, so many thanks etc...

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Tue 17-May-11
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Always enjoy reading your replies Chris, I recall us having an e-conversation a while ago about our mutual love of a good coffee... one question I have for you, you talk about using boiling water to heat your cup, do you use boiling water to make the coffee as I'd heard somewhere that you shouldn't as it scalds the coffee and spoils the flavour, have you heard that one?

And yes, I'm missing spellcheck too.

Wed 18-May-11
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OK So it isn't totally a 'green' product smile I heat the water using friction by rubbing it between two rocks wink. Previously I have been using my Phillips Senseo coffee machine. This has to be better than that although the Senseo does produce quite a good cup.  

 

Yes the filters have to be made, but apparently they can be used a number of times. Looking at the size of them you could get a good few from the equivalent size of a conventional drip filter paper.

 

As you say, the important bit is does the coffee taste good, yes it does, very good. At the moment I am using pre-ground Lavazza, but I'll sort out my grinder.

 

We are lucky in Reading as we have the Workhouse Coffee shop.They roast their own selected coffees, a lot of which are fair trade style.

 

https://www.facebook.com/workhousecoffee

 

SR 

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Wed 18-May-11
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SIMON: Well done, yes you are very lucky to have a local company roasting coffee. When I was a kid they were actually much more common than they are today and yet back then not nearly as much coffee was being drunk.

JANET: No never use boiling water as you say it wrecks the flavour, they say it scalds the bean, I am not too sure about that bit but it certainly makes the coffee much more bitter and this scalding process may be that the delicate flavours are driven off just leaving the stronger ones. As I said, I pre-heat the cup to minimise the heat loss when the coffee is made, the thick espresso mugs seem to disipate a lot of the heat from the small, albeit double, espresso shots from my machine.

Incidentally do you ever make hot chocolate and put a double espresso shot in it ? It beats the mochas in starbucks etc... and I am beginning to think perhaps I ought to investigate different types of chocolate, dunno.

My current coffee faivs are Kenya AA - I like the edge this has, Dark Roasted Ararbica - smooth chocolaty and gorgeous, Old Brown Java - this is very special, it is actually the first coffee the Dutch planted in Indonesia and it has loads of the old coffee flavour with very little acidity, exactly the reverse from Kenya AA. A light blend that I like is medium roasted Mysore & Mocha but you need a specialist shop to get that made up so don't have it around much. In fact if Simon does actually manage to get to join us in July I would be tempted to be cheeky and ask him if he could see if his local shop can do it cos we aint got anywhere that sophisticated here in rural, but lovely, Suffolk.

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Wed 18-May-11
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Don't know if they do OBJ but if I do manage to get over for the meet I'd be glad to bring coffee beans and my new coffee maker with me. Workhouse coffee are alsa on Twitter as, err, @WorkhouseCoffee. Ask them what they have closer to the time.

 

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Wed 18-May-11
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Simon, thanks.

Have you seen the linked Barista videos from their Facebook page ?

Try this for a start :

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Don't let Danny see it because he will expect a demonstration when we get to the meet.

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Wed 18-May-11
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The art is fantastic. Workhouse do the basic stuff and looks good.

 

S. 

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Wed 18-May-11
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We tried loads of pre-ground coffee brands from supermarkets and found Lavazza by far the best. Some day I will get around to roasting and grinding etc. There is nothing better than a shot of good espresso to start the day, followed by a mug or two of Americano.

I never heard of latte art before. Fascinating.

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Wed 18-May-11
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Danny, it is nothing to do with laisez-faire. Seriously I just wonder how the drink can still be hot after all that 'artistry' but it is impressive isn't it.

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Thu 19-May-11
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paperman said:

Danny, it is nothing to do with laisez-faire.

You had too much time to think that one up, Chris. Gone right over my head, it has.

Whoosh!

Give me 48 hours to get back to you. big_laugh

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Thu 19-May-11
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One of my biggest dissapointments with coffee was bringing some blue mountain back from Jamaica, freezing it till a special occasion, then using it to find it's the weakest, dishwaterlike coffe I've ever tasted this side of mellow birds.

I'm a taylors Hot Lava Java coffee girl, we do like to buy beans and grind them straight from the freezer but have to make economies and often buy ready ground when it's on offer.

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