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    Now that im away from home for coffee related buisness i have been thinking i may purchase an Aeropress and a hand grinder combination for the mornings and nights.

    The other day in Adelaide when i was doing the Clipsal 500 i managed to get a quick visit to Bar 9 in and sampled an Ethiopian Sidamo from an Aeropress and was very pleased with what i tasted.

    Im curious on the thoughs of others regarding this type of setup and what the options are?

    I know of the Aeropress and Mypressi. The Hario and the Kyocera hand grinders. Are there any other contraptions i should take a look at?

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    Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

    Originally posted by 7C455B556F77300 link=1268813306/0#0 date=1268813306
    Now that im away from home for coffee related buisness i have been thinking i may purchase an Aeropress and a hand grinder combination for the mornings and nights.

    The other day in Adelaide when i was doing the Clipsal 500 i managed to get a quick visit to Bar 9 in and sampled an Ethiopian Sidamo from an Aeropress and was very pleased with what i tasted.

    Im curious on the thoughs of others regarding this type of setup and what the options are?

    I know of the Aeropress and Mypressi. The Hario and the Kyocera hand grinders. Are there any other contraptions i should take a look at?
    Hario V60 Pourover
    Clever Coffee Dripper

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    • #3
      Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

      The Clever dripper looks pretty good as far as pour overs go.

      Does anyone own an aray of these types of brewers who can provide some insight into difference in tatse between the Clever type of brewer and the Aeropress?

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      • #4
        Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

        Best discussed in the manual brewing section but the Aeropress is nothing like a drip brew in flavour profile.

        Clever coffee brewer sort of like swiss gold drip with some more variation available due to the mechanics of it. A Neru sock from Sorentina will do you just as well or better with a cleaner cup and a smaller packet to ship in this type of option.

        For bash and crash portability the Aeropress is the best I have seen Aerobie do plastics properly and near indestructibly. For personal flavour or taste I prefer something else however.

        For a Grinder the Kyocera is a better option for out and out toughness followed by the Hario Skeleton (more hopper capacity)

        Depending on flavour preference the Avanti twin walled Plungers are also worth considering along with a grinder.

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        • #5
          Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

          Whatever it is...it has to be of smallish size and not weigh too much.
          It also has to be pretty much indestructable due to the fact it will be going though around 20 bagage handling stations per year.

          So i figured the Aeropress fit that bill pretty well and is not much more expensive than something like the clever pou rover.

          So other than the Hario and the Kyocera hand grinders is there any others?

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          • #6
            Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

            Consider the Aeropress a strong black coffee rather than espresso despite the packets claims. If you like t otaste your coffees individual flavours then the Neru sock is certainly worth considering even if it is just to try.

            Apart from Zassenhaus (currently not readily available NEW in Australia) your oly other choice is second hand on the bay of evil. There is a few other Ceramic burred hand grinders coming out of Japan but I havnt tried them yet. Either that or just get a good excess baggage allowance and take the VARIO

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            • #7
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              lol @ taking the Vario!

              I had a rather expensive Canon camera smashed up last week hence the reason to keep the spenditure down

              I have tasted what the Aeropress can produe and would be happy with it i think...its mainly down to the Hario and Kyocera now.

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              • #8
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                gotta say Ive been very happy with my aeropress/kyocera combo. its easy to get an OK coffee from the aeropress, but like any machine you can finetune your approach to find the sweet spot. this thing is made to last, and for $50 which includes a ton of filters its hard to beat. its not espresso, more of a strong filter coffee. the kyocera is pretty hardy as well (have dropped a few times), and it feels like they were made for each other as the collector for the grinds on the kyocera fits snugly in the aeropress chamber for a clean dosing.

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                • #9
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                  Au_d2 kindly loaned me a Kyocera while at the Nationals earlier this year and I found it performed quite well. I was intending to get a few to sell with the Aeropress until I bumped into someone at the Nationals who had a Hario so I was able to compare the two. The things I preferred about the Hario grinder (apart from the price and looks 8-)) is how well the outer burr and the crank are held in place. With the Kyocera the outer burr wobbled around a fair bit and the crank handle had a habit of coming off during use - I presumed this was normal for these sorts of devices until I tried the Hario and found it superior in these regards. Admittedly the unit I tried was a demo unit so new ones may exhibit this to a lesser degree.

                  The Hario Skeleton as far as Im aware is a similar unit to the one we sell (MSS1) but the Skeleton is a physically larger unit. Given the main reason you get a hand grinder is for portability we opted for the one with the smallest hopper and grounds container we could get. The MSS1 can store enough beans and grounds for 3-4 cups worth of beans which I think is more than sufficient for most situations. If once in a while you need to grind enough for 6 cups of coffee you just have to refill the hopper - not too onerous Id think? :-?

                  With either unit though Im sure youll find people that are quite happy with them. At the time of writing weve got info on the Harios in the Pullman site sponsor area.

                  Greg

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                  • #10
                    Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

                    Aeropress + Hario combo it is then!

                    Order placed along with some spare valved bags and a new hottop rear filter ;D

                    Thanks Greg

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                    • #11
                      Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

                      Can definitely vouch for the Hario Skerton - its a fantastic grinder with really good grind size consistency. I also like the idea of the smaller MSS1.

                      Let us know how you go Luke

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                      • #12
                        Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

                        I also just got the aeropress and hario grinder combo from thingscoffee.  

                        After opening the box and finding the instructions all in Japanese (and being a green bean myself) a quick e-mail to Greg Pullman and I was on my way.

                        The grinder itself it very easy to use, although when adjusting the burrs be careful - the outer ceramic ring drops down when the bottom jar catcher thingy is off.  Better to adjust a few clicks, put the catcher back on and then try a test grind.

                        The dose measurements on the grinder correspond very nicely with the aeropress scoop too.

                        My first grind and aeropress was very promising.  Not having a refined palate, I was still very impressed by the lack of bitterness (and lack of goop at the bottom of the cup ;D) - in fact, I happily drank my latte without any sugar.

                        The missus seemed to enjoy her flat white too.  In the morning Ill try the caffeinated beans I just got from Cosmorex....

                        Cheers

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                        • #13
                          Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

                          Originally posted by 7B657D7066657E7F110 link=1268813307/11#11 date=1273138715
                          I also just got the aeropress and hario grinder combo from thingscoffee.  

                          After opening the box and finding the instructions all in Japanese (and being a green bean myself) a quick e-mail to Greg Pullman and I was on my way.

                          The grinder itself it very easy to use, although when adjusting the burrs be careful - the outer ceramic ring drops down when the bottom jar catcher thingy is off.  Better to adjust a few clicks, put the catcher back on and then try a test grind.
                          Turn the grinder upside down and that outer burr will stay right outa the way! Generally speaking, about three clicks away from binding is about right for espresso, and for the Aeropress you can use anywhere from that point to about six to eight clicks from binding, depending on how many cups youre making.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

                            Im thinking about an aeropress now. Are there any other suggestions for a portable "espresso-like" device?

                            Thanks all.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Aeropress + Hand grinder combo thought?

                              Originally posted by 7647534A5F121612260 link=1268813307/13#13 date=1286415670
                              Im thinking about an aeropress now.  Are there any other suggestions for a portable "espresso-like" device?

                              Thanks all.
                              An Aeropress is not "espresso-like" - as a device, maybe but not as for taste. A vietnamese coffee pot tastes more like espresso to me, or for something more expensive but true espresso, the mypressi twist.

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