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French Press vs Chemex?

Easy hack for manual grinders...remove crank from top of grinder...thread on two nuts that match the threads. One will be tightened against the other to lock the top one in place. Get a cheap low RPM rechargable electric screwdriver from local do it yourself store. Get a socket wrench bit that matches the nut size...voila! Automatic grinder for as much coffee as you can take. Try Hario "skull" ceramic burr grinder...works well. Hackable, and supposedly the reciever jar has same threads on the neck as canning jars so you can make a reciever to hold more coffee ;). And, if you break the reciever, you can get new canning jar for cheap ;)

Apr 29, 2012
klickster in Cookware

French Press vs Chemex?

The metal screen might be a better way to go. I was originally thinking of this but didnt know where to purchase fine-mesh screen...will go to the local asian market and see what I can find..great tip :)

Apr 29, 2012
klickster in Cookware

For coffee snobs - a clever French press on Kickstarter!

Read more about cafestol...anticarcinogen and prevents parkinsons...i'll take the higher serum cholestorol and skip the cancer and parkinsons ;)

Apr 28, 2012
klickster in Cookware

French Press vs Chemex?

Forgot..boil the freshly purchased linen for 10 minutes to remove impurities and sanitize. Also, pre-wet filters before using...helps them "stick" together and make a hemogenous filter when layered. Lastly, you can use one of those ceramic "pourover" deals that holds a #4 or #6 cone filter and use that to hold your filter clothes over the beaker while pouring...very small binderclips (black paperclip things) work well too..two or three around the edge of the beaker to hold the filter in place...these are good because they wont contaminate the coffee that fills the filter "cup" (droopy part that will act like a bowl that you pour the coffee into...a little ghetto, but really secure hold without breaking beaker ;)

Apr 28, 2012
klickster in Cookware

French Press vs Chemex?

Stick with the french press. It makes a better cup of coffee for you since you already are use to it (sludge).
I like my bodum chambord with freshly coarse-ground beans. I found a neat trick for filtering frenchpress coffee but it requires you have something to pour the coffee from the french press into...like another unused french press beaker (glass) of equal voume. Heres what you do..

Go to a fabrics store and purchase a yard of *unbleached* linen fabric that is somewhat loose weave. Ideally same weave as a bandanna. Fine enough to catch particles but open enough to let coffee oils (flavor) through. You want a fast pourthrough...the coffee shouldnt sit in the filter when poured through the filter. Cut two squares big enough to fit over the diameter of the second french press beaker and allow the filter to droop down into the beaker (to hold coffee as you pour (you'll pour french press coffee though this filter into empty french press beaker - the second beaker will hold filtered coffee and filter will catch sludge). The two pieces should be layed atop one another to make a two-layer filter...this way the second layer can catch what first layer missed. Once filtered, enjoy! Cleanup is easy...flip filters over and run in sink to "reverse" the flow and release sludge...then hang to dry...filter will stain over time but will not impart bad flavors :) boil once and a while to sanitize and remove any sediment attached to filter cloth. Note this method reduces sludge, keeps flavor...does not elimalinate the sludge...on purpose!

Apr 28, 2012
klickster in Cookware