Filter brewing: improved with duct tape

Posted at 2009-08-04 23.56

Dave Walsh, in his article about the Abid Clever, highlighted a problem I had with the theory of filter coffee: the variables you want to be directly proportional to one another (contact time and grind size) turn out to be inversely proportional.

I wanted to try a filter brew of Has Bean’s El Salvador Pacamara but was reluctant to mess with the grind to get it nicely to a 4-minute extraction. Enter duct tape: I stuck it over the holes till the three minute mark then prised it back for the final 30 seconds' drain.

Honestly, I think I got the grind too coarse: I had been aiming for something akin to James Hoffman’s cafetière grind but wound up with something coarser still. Consequently, it was a bit on the weak side but the technique seems to show great promise.

3 Comments for 'Filter brewing: improved with duct tape'

    2009-08-05 | 07.10 +0100

    What a surprise reading about hasbean coffee on pdo ;)
    A Cafetiere-grind won't bring you anywhere near 4 minutes in the filter (I guess you already know that one), but have you seen James Hoffmanns' Filter/Chemex-video? Very helpful for me back then - as was his French Press video (he once made one for us visiting that style and it was mind boggingly perfect).


    btw, what grinder are you using?

    2009-08-05 | 09.40 +0100

    Hi Lukas. I should perhaps filter my planet feed… Still, no matter.

    Yes, I definitely need to grind finer: we'll see if that has the desired effect. I don't want to updose: I'm not going far beyond 60g per litre.

    I've watched practically every one of James' videos: always full of useful stuff.

    At present, I'm using a wobbly hand-grinder but I have my eye on a Mazzer Super Jolly like we have at work.

    2009-08-05 | 11.09 +0100

    Hi Stribb, thanks for the post. Please don't filter your posts for the planet’s sake. PDO and such are supposed to be aggregations of the personal blogs of Debian-related people: there’s no charter saying the content must be about Debian all the time. I (and many others) find it more interesting and colourful to read about the lives of the people involved.

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