Able KONE Stainless Steel Filter
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The new KONE is the latest addition to Able Brewing's family of metal coffee filters. The third generation of the KONE, like it's predecessors, is designed for use with Chemex (fits standard 6-, 8-, and 10-cup Chemex brewers) and other cone-shaped pour over devices, but offers some remarkable improvements from the second generation. Designed as a reusable alternative to paper filters, the stainless steel KONE creates a cup with the brightness of a pour over and the body and nuance of an Eva Solo. For more information on the unique design of the KONE, as well as our recommended brewing parameters, check out the feature box below.
Brew Method: Pour Over
The KONE by Able Brewing is a dramatic improvement of an already exceptional and widely celebrated product. The new design of the third generation KONE features even thinner steel, but the newly sealed (and not-at-all sharp) tip and permanent plastic rim assert the device's safety and maintain its shape. Smaller filtration holes allow for fewer fines in the cup and permit more opportunities for variation and experimentation with grind settings and pouring styles. The KONE filter will bring a healthy measure of patriotism to your brewing apparatus, as it is made entirely in the USA.
For brewing on the KONE, a precision pouring kettle is recommended for proper control. After heating the water, "rinse" the filter. (Note that this is not considered a true "rinse", as this is not a paper medium; rather, applying hot water heats the KONE and server.) We recommend using a medium grind setting and a starting temperature of ~200 degrees. A safe starting ratio is 33 grams of coffee to 500 milliliters of water. After tossing the rinse water, place coffee in the KONE and tap its edge to even the bed. Pour 10-15% of your total water volume evenly over the coffee, and wait for about 45 seconds for the coffee to bloom. Pour in a controlled manner over the coffee, avoiding the edges, until you get around 200 ml, and then finish your pouring slowly down the center of the KONE until you get to 500ml. We recommend a total brew time of 3:00-3:30, including pre-infusion.
Able's KONE has several distinctive features. Being reusable, it produces no waste. Unlike some reusable filters, it's easy to clean. The metal filter permits more of the coffee's natural oils into the cup — oils that paper keeps out — and doesn't impart any strange flavors to the coffee. And buying one supports our national economy, since the Kone is designed and manufactured in the USA.
$449.00The Baratza Vario looks much like Baratza's other offerings (i.e., the Encore, Virtuoso, and Preciso) in regard to silhouette, footprint, and general design. Those who've used them extensively, however, know that there's far more than mere nomenclature that separates the Vario from its brethren. Practically speaking, it has shown to give a consistently uniform and desirable grind for the full grind spectrum, all the way from espresso to press pot, something no other non-commercial grinder currently out on the market can boast. It is a highly efficient machine, wasting very little in the way of coffee grounds, but it shines in its ability to produce excellent espresso, shot after shot after shot, a feature aided by the three timed dosing presets it allows the user to store and recall at the push of a button.
$2,865.00When it comes to serving freshly brewed coffee in a commercial setting, one key dilemma has continually arisen. How can a commercial, high volume coffee shop make quick, fresh coffee without sacrificing quality? The solution has been either (1) to slightly sacrifice quality by making a large amount of drip coffee every hour or so, or (2) to preserve quality but to slow down production and possibly lose a potential profit with single-cup brewing (V60, Chemex, French Press, etc.). The brewing process that the Bunn Trifecta is built upon could be the answer to this significant dilemma.
The Trifecta has been anxiously awaited by the coffee community since Starbucks bought the rights to the Clover brewing system and took it off the market. At a fraction of the price of the Clover, the Trifecta could be the next-generation coffee system. The process is incredibly simple and efficient without sacrificing quality. It can be compared to a Syphon Brewer in its use of total immersion, constant temperature, and agitation of the grounds.
First, the hot water completely saturates the freshly ground beans resulting in a French Press like immersion. This takes advantage of the total extraction of beans that can only take place in full immersion brewing systems.
Second, Air is injected into the pressurized chamber which agitates the grounds. This further enhances extraction by exciting the grounds and water as they interact with each other.
Third, at just the right time (before over-extraction can take place), the pressurized air presses the coffee through a metal filter into the waiting cup. Similar to the Aeropress, this added pressure further enhances the extraction process and ensures a full-bodied flavor in the coffee. To read a full, hands-on review of the Bunn Trifecta by our coffee team, click here: Bunn Trifecta First Impression.
The Fretta Iced Coffee Brewer is Hario's answer to brewing the perfect cup of iced coffee. Hario has combined their famous V60 brewer with a decanter and plastic diffuser to assure that the coffee is quickly cooled by hitting ice immediately after the brewing process. This quick heat transition is important in conserving the flavor of the coffee. The Fretta comes with 10 size 02 paper filters. We recommend that you purchase extra filters as well. To do this select filters as an add-on from the options on the right or go to our Hario 02 filter listing. Also recommend is a pouring kettle. We offer both the Hario Buono Kettle as well as the Kalita Wave Pot Kettle in the drop-down menu on the right.