I have seen a couple of posts recently of people using a type of screen to break the pour as they are pouring the water into the brew bed. Has anyone tested and done a comparison doing this? I have tried pouring through my Aeropress with a filter in it to create a raining effect on the brew bed and find I have to grind slightly finer and get a cleaner cup. I’m wondering if this is a thing or just some weird thing that some people are trying. It creates less agitation and has a shower screen effect. I’ve seen an actual screen with a handle that someone designed for this purpose, people use a french press screen to break the water, and I’ve used an Aeropress.
Are you referring to https://melodrip.co/? I think it’s a great idea, I’ve made a homemade version by sticking a takeaway chopstick into one of the holes in the aeropress screen, as shown here: https://coffeeforums.co.uk/showthread.php?32138-Kalita-wave&p=506792#post506792
It gives less undissolved solids in the cup, so cleaner tasting results. Probably not needed if you have something like EK43, but with lesser grinders it definitely increases clarity.
Yeah, thanks for the links. I saw it on IG and couldn’t find it again. I’ll read more on it and do more experimenting. Do you use a filter in the Aeropress cap? I find the holes are too big and need a filter to slow the water down.
I have a Melodrip and would offer the following comments:
- I typically pour with 2 hands with my kettle; 1 on the handle, and then I use a couple of fingers from the other hand on top of the kettle in order to keep a consistent pace and motion to avoid ‘swinging’ the kettle. For me, the Melodrip took a bit of practice so that I could pour 1-handed while using the other to hold the MD.
- I do love the Melodrip for decanting into a cup. I pour from whatever I brewed into (typically a Hario Range Server) slowly through the MD into the serving vessel. Because the volume is ‘broken’ into smaller drops, it definitely cools the coffee a little quicker which I like for pour-over brewing.