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  1. #91
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Scarborough, Maine
    Welp, I finally got the Aero Press and Capt. Ebb is right on as usual - it does indeed make a tasty and smooth cup-o-joe! You get the smoothness of a French press without the grit. Still using the paper filter though. One of the nifty things I like is that you simply "pop" the grinds (along with the filter) out into trash after pressing, then rinse the unit. No muss no fuss. I'd hate to have to dig the metal filter out of the trash and clean it. I guess I'm a product of this culture of convenience...
    Totoro (Sea Sprite 23 #626)

  2. #92
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    San Rafael, CA
    Aeropress takes years of practice....
    From coffee roast & apolitical bean selection, number of beans per scoop,
    seconds of grind, getting it all out of the grinder, into the chamber, loading
    it with correct ounces and perfect temperature sweet water, number of
    paddle strokes, how many seconds of soak? too long and the grounds stay
    wet.... yeah, right, just kidding.

    The morning coffee ritual with the device does require a number of steps.
    Do the second part next to the sink, so that rinsing the stainless strainer
    is but a deft pirouette between extraction, twisting the retainer cap (which,
    if the plunge has been finessed satisfactorily, will produce a puck of nearly
    dry coffee grounds... that releases the disk into the cap as it's twisted off.
    About 20% of the time I'll get it right.
    Does require quick handling because the cap is still pretty hot when removing.
    Did I plunge with aplomb? If the grounds are wet the disk sticks to the puck.
    Like I say, it takes awhile to train yourself to this tool...unless you're a born
    natural barista.

    Bought a new press from Aerobie. Can now get the Able filter from them.
    (New Ables have a very easy plunge and allow a bit of fines to settle in your
    cup. Personally don't mind. But paper filters give you completely clean brew
    with zero sediment.) All other parts are available as well.
    Also got a new S-Filter ('S' stands for micro-wire screen) made by Kaffeologie..
    This filter has a frame around the screen which makes it thicker than the laser
    cut Able. Couldn't make it work, too thick to get the cap to lock on to the
    To get room for the thicker filter, I was going to fiddle with a cap and try
    filing the lands down a bit (looks simple enough) but never got round to it...
    The new Aeropress is gorgeous. You'd expect changes. Except for graphics
    and a beautiful job of molding, all old and new parts are interchangeable.
    Me? still using my ole friend.

    Used up two stainless Able filters. Didn't wear them out, but krinkled the disks
    into stars, eventually the slight bends became too numerous to seal the cap,
    allowing grounds to escape through.
    My original cap has a belly in it. Put a metal disk in it, apply lots of pressure for
    lots of mornings and the disk ends up with radiating bend rays . It wasn't
    until I saw the new dead-flat caps that I realized the old one had bellied out
    from morning resistance exercises. It wasn't designed that way.
    I think the early Able's had finer holes, too.
    But heat and pressure had altered the cap and made it bulge.
    Extra pressure came from reusing the paper filters, which would be rinsed
    and dried on the bottoms of tumblers. The darker a filter became the more
    exercise to push thru a cuppa. Couldn't bear tossing an almost white one away
    ....so stainless really works for me.
    Ordered a very reasonably priced replacement stack of filters. Never used 'em.

    Aerobie recently sent a flyer advertising a new addition to the portability aspect
    of the Press. This is a stainless 'cup' that is large enough to pack the whole
    kaboodle and all its parts inside. Assuming that does not include the holder and
    paper filters, or any ground coffee. Sent an email, never heard back, asking
    what kind of stainless the cup was made out of.* Good idea for the boat.
    .................................................. .................................................. ..................
    Later EDIT: Bought extra caps that hold the paper or stainless filter disks.
    It is for sure that the grid is molded totally flat when new. The new easy
    Able disk that allows very fine sediments through, as said, requires minimum
    pressure to make coffee. Only a couple months old the stainless disk is now
    collecting a number of minor radiating bends. A straight-edge across the grid
    of the cap tells that a permanent bulge is being made. It won't matter when
    using paper filters. But it now appears that a permanent stainless replacement
    cannot be depended upon, because long term use of the metal filter eventally
    creates so many bends it will let grounds through.

    Later edit: 3 years of daily mug of finely ground, the Able s.s filter has not
    gotten 'starred' any worse. I'm more gentle in my plunging, it's all automatic,
    there is a tiny amount of sediment that is so fine that, except for it collecting in
    the bottom it almost is in solution. Like this fine 'dusting' on the tongue at the
    end of a perfect cup of organic Pacific Rim joe.

    .................................................. .................................................. ..................
    *The dedicated stainless steel cup may have been double-sided to keep liquid
    hot. Seem to remember a reviewer complained that the container should
    have had a top, or lid. The price was around $20. Can't find it on the net....
    Last edited by ebb; 02-15-2017 at 09:30 AM.

  3. #93
    Join Date
    Sep 2001
    San Rafael, CA

    Thumbs up MEGAPRO 151SS (15 in 1) DRIVER

    Was attracted to this screw driver because it has a #3 Philips.

    My other 2-bit drivers, just couldn't take it any longer!

    This might be the multibit driver that's always been looking for me!!

    Megapro 151SS has a stainless steel shank, bright yellow
    nylon handle
    with tiny molded-in handicap traction nibs,
    a marvelous pull-out carousel with 7 nickel-flashed double-
    end bits*
    that sucks back into the hollow handle as if there is a
    vacuum. Handle ends are navy blue and revolve independent of
    the body so you can turn the driver and bear down or guide it at the
    same time. It's 9" long with a big handful of solid cylindrlcal knobly
    grip. So, not all that much 316 stainless per se, but you can't miss
    MADE IN THE USA on the body.

    *bits are Rockwell 59-62, Can't do that with 300 alloys.
    Bits easily remove from the pull-out storage inside the end cap, but
    need hefty force to snap them back into their holsters. Weighs 1/2lb.
    The tool is not ratcheted.

    Could be assembled in the USA, hope we can mostly be assured that
    this clever and innovative tool is made with... pride.
    It is in all respects precisely engineered. Nothing wiggles, all tight.
    Bought two, one for a gift.

    Going to keep one onboard and one at home!
    4 Philips incl #3
    4 square head
    4 Torx star
    2 sloted
    Well made, size etched bits are replaceable. And there are a number
    of specialty bits available. https://www.techtoolsupply.com/ has more
    than 100 (not all nickel plated) Megapro bits to choose from, to
    change out those Torx you aren't going to use. Set of Allen hex heads
    would be good to keep in the tool. ToolTechSupply also stock many
    Megapro drivers. Two or three are 'yellow handle' -- but none of them
    are the 151SS with nickel plated bits and stainless steel shank.

    We'll see about the salt environment. Really beautiful well-made tool.
    (Know what's extra nice? You'll find the yellow handle in the tool bag!!)

    Driver from Specialized Products Co. $24.80 http://www.specialized.net/
    **This outfit is located in Southlake Texas. Two 151SS sub-total at
    $49.60. Freight added $13.55. They also charged me $4.03 sales tax.
    TOTAL: $67.18. $33.60 each. Still cheaper than amazon or ebay.
    They don't stock Megapro bits.

    Use amazon for ordering, re-search, reading comments, very helpful.
    Amazon good at that.
    Magapro 151SS comments all 5*****, no exception.
    However, if you avoid all the crooked finger come-ons and traps you
    have to navigate to place an order,
    you'll still find just before checkout, the price you paid is at least 20%
    higher compared with other vendors -- and to that there's always added
    shipping. And we're always punished for not selecting 'prime' with week-
    long delivery delays.

    Amazon thinks it knows too much about me, constantly scrolling back at
    me: past purchases, rejects, and always wrong products their algorithms
    predict aye desire. Takes time, but it's worth looking for companies that
    still take orders by phone.
    As you can see, not even independent vendors really have it together!!

    (Here's an eye-opening example why aye can't trust amazon:

    close-up foto of one double end bit with this legend: " MegaPro Phillips
    Bit 1-2 Nickel
    Plated. $20.19 + 6.99 shipping. Ships from and sold by

    OK, That's more than $27 for the same bit TechToolSupply sells at 2.99.
    Guessing, if these people sold the driver, it'll go for $250 -- such a deal.
    Not an isolated example of amazon's attempt to gouge customers.)

    'Leave red herrings all over the internet' ..... Loud Sue
    Last edited by ebb; Yesterday at 10:07 AM.

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