I have been enjoying my Kalita Wave 185 brews, but not finding them quite as consistent as I might like, also (maybe due to the shallower bed) noticing a little more non-dissolved solids in the cup. Let’s not forget too that I’m actually pretty lazy…finding a method that allowed me to use the same grind setting & pour regime as a single mug V60 brew (see previous posts for V60 recipe) was also a factor. Maybe I should have said that first…?
Years ago I bought a Swissgold KF300 (AKA Frieling ‘Coffee for one’) & whilst useable, it seems to retain water above the shower insert and there’s little space between the insert and the bed. Coffee also tends to find it’s way up the outer walls of the insert. I guess, like many folk, I have few coffee brewers not actively employed all of the time. So, I thought I’d try using the Aeropress with Able disc in a similar fashion, but suspended above the brewer. Able disc is the ‘fine’ version if it makes a difference, I have also tried a paper Aeropress filter but found it held the water back & results weren’t good enough to encourage me to persevere, without also changing too many other aspects of the recipe.
Grind & weigh coffee dose, add to Kalita Wave 185 placed on mug/cup. Slide cup/mug & Kalita Wave 185 into the brew stand, sitting under the hole. Also place the Aeropress on the scales/brew stand so that when you later place it over the Kalita Wave, it doesn’t throw out your brew water weight after the bloom:
Bloom from your gooseneck kettle as normal, directly onto the bed, then stir/shake the brewer to ensure even wetting. I did initially try blooming through the Aeropress too, but extraction dropped, maybe due to insufficient agitation?
Whilst the bloom is…erm, blooming, place the Aeropress on top of the brew stand, ready for the brew water. At the end of the bloom time pour the brew water so that the stream falls straight down from the kettle spout, ideally landing in the centre of the Able filter.
After adding the last of the brew water give the Kalita Wave 185 & cup/mug a little shake to ensure grounds are washed off of the filter wall, though I am typically seeing far less grounds on the filter wall with this method. Note: I generally brew one single mug at a time with my Kalita Wave 185, using 225g of brew water. You can’t easily see the slurry level in the brewer using this method, so be sure to visually check slurry level between pulses if making large brews that could potentially overflow the brewer!
I feel the cups brewed in this manner have maybe less body than the traditional method, but improved clarity of flavour wins out for me. I am also finding this method more repeatable…but that may say more about me than the Kalita Wave in normal circumstances.
Obviously, if you don’t already own all the equipment mentioned, buying it all to emulate some crank on the internet is probably not the most cost effective route to a tasty cup. A good auto drip brewer can be had for about the same money.