[Homeroast] Plugging HandyBrew

Barbara C. Greenspon lilysownahmah at greensponassociates.com
Fri May 6 21:17:37 CDT 2016


Hi, Brian -

Thanks for your note.  We’re in Minneapolis!

Neighbors!


> On May 6, 2016, at 9:15 PM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Barbara, I'm happy to hear that you took the plunge and like the results.
> I'm in Mankato but have a sister in Florida who I have been getting deeper
> and deeper (though very slowly) into coffee. She and I went 50/50 on a
> 2-for-1. I have the smaller model but now and then it's nice to be able to
> make a bigger batch.
> 
> Brian
> 
> On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 4:53 PM, Barbara C. Greenspon <
> lilysownahmah at greensponassociates.com> wrote:
> 
>> Thanks for the discussion.  I kind of skimmed it, just to know the general
>> info about this.  I had no intention of having one, but when I read the
>> “solution “ to put water in first and then the link for the 2 for one +
>> sale, I ordered a pair; they just got here, and we just made our first
>> cups. Fantastic right out of the box!  Perfect for travel, and we’re
>> thrilled.  Thanks again to this wonderful list!
>> 
>> Barbara
>> 
>> 
>> 
>>> On May 4, 2016, at 1:14 PM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 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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