[Homeroast] Plugging HandyBrew

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Tue May 3 12:48:51 CDT 2016


I just noticed that Tom is selling the large HandyBrew 2-for-1:

https://www.sweetmarias.com/product/handybrew-coffee-dripper-large

Brian

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 9:30 PM, Demian Ebert <coffehound at gmail.com> wrote:

> I am happy to report that adding the water first and THEN the ground coffee
> seems to have solved the plugging filter problem. I always figured Sweet
> Maria's Tip Sheets were proving the better way to do things, but in this
> case, the actual instructions that came with the HandyBrew are correct.
> Regardless, I think the key is to not over agitate the coffee once it's
> added. Just stir enough to moisten and ensure that you are getting a
> complete extraction but not create more settling than necessary. We're now
> able to run the Ricky at about +31 from zero and get a nice body and
> flavor. The best part is the cup is clean (no substantial amount of fines)
> and there's no paper taste.
>
> Good luck.
> Demian
>
> On Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 7:08 AM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Demian,
> >
> > I'd be interested in hearing how it goes, if you don't mind sharing your
> > experience.
> >
> > Brian
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 9:19 PM, Demian Ebert <coffehound at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Thanks Brian, I hadn't seen that video and the tip sheet from
> > SweetMaria's
> > > is coffee first, then water. We'll give that a try and see how it
> works.
> > >
> > > Demian
> > >
> > > On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 12:38 PM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > In case you missed it, Sweet Maria's has a video on YouTube.
> > > >
> > > > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpZ5LmshwlY
> > > >
> > > > I haven't used mine for several years because I couldn't get it to
> > > drain; I
> > > > might have to give it another try with the "water first" method.
> > > >
> > > > Brian
> > > >
> > > > On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 1:37 PM, Demian Ebert <coffehound at gmail.com>
> > > > wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > Morning-
> > > > > I got a couple (on the 2 for 1 sale) HandyBrewer's from
> SweetMaria's
> > > with
> > > > > my last coffee order. I'm always sort of on the look-out for a
> better
> > > way
> > > > > to make coffee in the office (currently using an AeroPress and
> while
> > I
> > > > like
> > > > > the clean-up and taste, I want more volume). I like the Clever, but
> > > don't
> > > > > like the flavor of paper filter that seems to permeate the cup,
> even
> > > with
> > > > > pre-rinsing. I was hoping that using a metal screen in the
> HandyBrew
> > > > would
> > > > > give me a clean cup without that paper taste.
> > > > >
> > > > > We've tried it a few times now and it plugs about half-way through
> > the
> > > > drip
> > > > > volume. This morning I ran my Rocky on the coarsest grind and it
> > still
> > > > > plugged up about halfway done. I'm wondering if anyone has run the
> > > > > HandyBrew without the secondary screen filter or if there's some
> > other
> > > > way
> > > > > to keep it from plugging. I'm not going to sieve my ground coffee
> and
> > > the
> > > > > grinder won't go any coarser.
> > > > >
> > > > > Thanks for the help,
> > > > >
> > > > > Demian Ebert
> > > > > Portland, OR
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