[Homeroast] Plugging HandyBrew

Barbara C. Greenspon lilysownahmah at greensponassociates.com
Fri May 6 21:33:34 CDT 2016


Years ago, we had a small group that met occasionally, but that was truly a long time ago.  Small world, indeed.


> On May 6, 2016, at 9:26 PM, Brian Kamnetz <bkamnetz at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Barbara,
> 
> I've been on the list a long time, since 2003 or 2004. I'm from Wisconsin
> but was in New Mexico when I joined the list, then was in South Carolina,
> and have been here since 2011. I mentioned Mankato because I recalled that
> you were up in the Cities. Small world when it comes to coffee!
> 
> On Fri, May 6, 2016 at 9:17 PM, Barbara C. Greenspon <
> lilysownahmah at greensponassociates.com> wrote:
> 
>> 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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