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    Would this IKEA plunger be OK? Or would the IKEA drip coffee maker be better?

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    I've seen this coffee plunger on the IKEA website

    https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/50358978/

    I used to have a cheaper IKEA coffee plunger but the circular part on top broke when I was pushing down on it.

    I also saw this IKEA drip coffee maker

    https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/70358963/

    It's smaller than the coffee plunger, though. So maybe not as convenient when I have friends over. What would the coffee be like from that, compared to the plunger?

    I'm still getting by with this cheap plunger I bought from KMart. I have to be careful using it because the glass thingy can fall out of the plastic holder.

    I guess I've got IKEA on the brain. I saw a reasonably priced Bodum plunger at MYERs in the Melbourne CBD. Probably save me money (from not driving all the way to Richmond) if I just by this Bodum plunger, if it's still there that is.

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    The plunger would be ok, the dripper would be better IMO. I’m rarely impressed with plunger coffee.
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    G'day pamount

    Plunger: For some reason a much maligned means of making a cuppa. If it has any plastic in contact with the coffee grounds it will taint the taste beyond redemption. Find an all stainless & glass* one. My old Bodum's were 90% stainless with just a fine plastic mesh underneath the stainless "coarser" mesh. Throw out the plastic mesh and enjoy a pretty good coffee of that style.

    Just prewarm the plunger, add the grounds (hopefully from a very even particle spread grinder), add water at 92 degrees Celsius (or just under) to the desired level, stir the "goop" until all the grounds are saturated and place the mesh just above the goop. Watch it carefully (at first) - when the grounds start to settle out, slowly & gently depress the plunger - which should take very little pressure to lower the mesh.

    Done correctly it will really highlight the regional differences of the brew. If the style appeals, use a chemical lab's magnetic stirrer** under it - works in under a minute and has even less of a stewed taste.

    Dripolator - I haven't been able to drink a drip coffee and enjoy it for years other than the Brazen. Even then I still prefer my 1980's modded "stirrer plunger"** - and so to most of my friends.


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    * Glass tube - essential to see what is happening.
    **my 1980's modded "stirrer plunger" - After testing the concept with an expensive chem lab stirrer, my "cohort in crime" (i.e. the other half of the mutual discussion to minimise stewing taste) made a couple for about $10 back then - start with a small, simple electric motor, attach a "2/3 plunger diameter arm" at 90 degrees to the shaft, attach a small bar magnet at the each end of the arm (both with the same pole orientation). Add a potentiometer to control the speed, get a couple of "magnetic pellets" (the chem stirrer name for them) and then power it with a set of batteries / small transformer (mine is a 6 volt motor and originally 4 AA batteries - now a 6V transformer). Make enough of a platform to hold the plunger and off it goes... My original batteries lasted for months, so it doesn't need much power - I used to take it camping, as it is also very light (but bulky as a prototype).
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    Pamount, if the only issue with the Kmart plunger for you is that it falls out of the plastic, why don't you glue it in with standard silicone sealant (if you have some or a neighbour does at home)? Silicone is heatproof, you would only need a tiny amount and would save any further expenditure. A tube of silicone is $5 or so dollars so not worth the exercise if you or a neighbour don't already have a tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Pamount, if the only issue with the Kmart plunger for you is that it falls out of the plastic, why don't you glue it in with standard silicone sealant (if you have some or a neighbour does at home)? Silicone is heatproof, you would only need a tiny amount and would save any further expenditure. A tube of silicone is $5 or so dollars so not worth the exercise if you or a neighbour don't already have a tube.
    But what if that's not the only issue? Maybe it won't last that long? Who knows? It cost me less than $10, so I don't think it's worth my while to spend time or money on "fixing" it.

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    You are right, I should have realised that from your post.

    You also probably realise most Ikea products have pricepoint as a primary feature, so you can start the cycle again.

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    I have this model at home; fantastic for the price, it can't be beat. It's worth going to Ikea just for a meatball lunch.


    https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20297849/
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    Behmor Brazen - $249 - Free Freight
    Quote Originally Posted by Erimus View Post
    I have this model at home; fantastic for the price, it can't be beat. It's worth going to Ikea just for a meatball lunch.


    https://www.ikea.com/au/en/catalog/products/20297849/
    I have to admit I’m rather attracted to the food at IKEA. I know it’s not exactly 5 Star but it hits the spot for me.



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