[Homeroast] Plugging HandyBrew

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Wed May 4 13:14:56 CDT 2016


Thanks for the times/stages. It's always interesting and helpful to know
what others are doing.

Brian

On Wed, May 4, 2016 at 12:03 PM, Demian Ebert <coffehound at gmail.com> wrote:

> My wife is using it most of the time so the tines below are from what she's
> told me. Steep time is about 2 minutes and it takes most of 4 minutes to
> drain.
>
> Demian
> On May 3, 2016 10:41 AM, "Brian Kamnetz" <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Good to know, Demian. Thanks for your report. I look forward to trying
> this
> > out.
> >
> > Out of idle curiosity, how long do you let it steep before starting to
> > drain, and how long does the draining take?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > 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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