September 21, 2019

Handson Coava Coffee Disk filter for Aeropress

By admin

first_imgMy two favorite new coffee toys for the holiday season have been metal filters from Coava Coffee. This is a coffee shop in Portland that recently released metal filters, namely the Kone and Disk. The Kone is built for pour-over coffee makers (like the Chemex and Hario V60) while the Disk is built for use with the Aeropress.The two filters are made from reusable stainless steel covered with “photochemically machined holes“. They are used in the place of the paper filters that are standard with pour-over and Aeropress coffee making. The use of a metal filter means that more of the coffee’s oil and sediment can make its way to the final cup, giving the drinker something closer to a French press coffee.The Disk was designed to fit perfectly in the place of Aeropress‘ normal paper filters. The brew process is the same but you’ll want to adjust your grind to compensate for the new filter. I’ve had good luck with a fine ground (at least for my Capresso burr grinder) and after using the Disk for a few days I was given a Kone, which actually includes a grind sample. This sample basically matched the sweet spot I had found with my grinder so my estimates were confirmed.You can see the process in the video above, but what you can’t do is taste the coffee. I’ve been able to get a good cup from the Aeropress with Coava’s Disk, definitely comparable to the paper filter. The difference isn’t huge, but I’m still working on it. The filter hasn’t clogged despite the small holes but it has been harder to press the plunger down than it previously was. I will say that have yet put out a cup of coffee that is both exceptional and very different from a paper filtered one. I do like the extra particulate in the cup though and a hint of mud at the bottom is a nice change so I feel that I’m on the right track.I’ve had better luck with the Kone where I’ve really been able to do some nice things compared to my normal paper filters. I was recently given half a pound of Coava’s Honduras – Benjamin Miranda beans so you can bet I’ll be experimenting.Aeropress filters cost about $3 for 350 so unless you use your Aeropress a lot the $15 Disk isn’t going to buy itself back very soon. That’s a minor point though given that this is a great way to experiment with a cool coffee tool and the same $15 will only get you about 4 cups of coffee from a high-end establishment anyway. The only downside of the Disk (aside from the chance of losing it) is that some extra clean up is required–you can’t just drop the used filter and ground coffee into the garbage. Rather, you have to let things cool, remove the filter, and then give it a wash.Overall, I’d recommend the Disk to any Aeropress fan.Read more or buy one from Coavalast_img