Able DISK Fine Reviews & Recipes

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UPDATE: Able has announced that the DISK Fine will be going into production, details here: DISK Fine Production & Recipe Deadline

Should You Buy The DISK Fine from Able? Keep Reading to See What Others Have to Say!

Our goal with this post is to have one central location for DISK Fine web discussions that will offer helpful recipes, tips, and ratings on the DISK Fine. This post and these reviews will help Able decide whether the DISK Fine will go into production. If you would like more information on the DISK Fine, then first read the original blogpost on our announcement: Enter for a Chance to Receive & Test a Free Pre-Release DISK Fine Filter from Able.

Able DISK Fine User Submitted Reviews

We welcome your reviews and recipe submissions in the comments below. These two types of comments will be most helpful (though feel free to interact with other commentors on recipes, reviews, etc):

1. Recipes - One user submitted recipe of the DISK Fine will be taken from this blogpost and will be included on the DISK Fine packaging if it goes into production. We will determine at a later date exacty how we will decide on the winner (though we can promise that it will include some sort of voting system - UPDATE: Because of logistical difficulties, we will be testing in-house instead of using a voting system.). Therefore, if you have received a DISK Fine, we invite you to submit your recipe in the comments below. Only the recipes submitted in comments to this blogpost will be considered for placement on the production DISK Fine packaging. Please keep in mind that we cannot guarantee that the DISK Fine will go into production so we cannot guarantee that a recipe will be chosen.

2. Reviews & Ratings - If you have had the privilege of using the DISK Fine, please tell us about it in the comments below! This will help Able determine if it will be worth going into full production with the DISK Fine.

Able DISK Fine Blogger Reviews

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We hope to keep updating this section with links to bloggers that have written in-depth and insightful reviews on their impressions of the DISK Fine (if you want your blog featured, please email us a link to your post and we will take it into consideration).

Able DISK Fine Forum Discussions

Join the discussions about the DISK Fine on these online coffee forums:

  • - "Able Disk Fine Filter Winners?" - Excerpt: "I ground on the middle of the Fine setting, and after following the directions I ended up with a perfectly extracted full bodied cup. The body was obviously much fuller than the paper filters, however it was ABSOLUTELY cleaner and juicer than what I got from the original DISK filter. The mouthfeel is like what I would imagine the Kone would produce when used in that full immersion device that Able is about to debut. It was clean like a Kone brew, but had the nice body typical of a full immersion brew." -EvanOz85
  • - "Able Brewing's Disk Fine" - Excerpt: "This was using my standard recipe--17 g. coffee ground fairly coarse (1.625 turns CCW from zero on the LIDO), 210 g. water, steep for 1:30 inverted, finish plunging by 2:00. Next I'll probably brew uninverted and see what the drip-through is like." -jbviau
  • - "Anyone Else Get One Of These?" - Excerpt: "just tried my first cup. gotta say, it really does produce a superior cup to paper filters in my opinion. much richer cup, and no superfines at the bottom (was expecting some based on the flavor profile, being so much closer to a french press cup)." -elltydd
  • - "Decided to Document My Aeropress DISK Fine Brew This Morning" - Excerpt: "Hard to see in the picture, but there is a decent amount of oil on the surface of the coffee, due to the slight oilyness of the coffee I am using and the nature of the Disk filter, versus a paper one. Coffee was intensely fruity and somewhat floral, with restrained acidity and a long finish that was almost like honey/tobacco/citrus mixed together, super viscous mouthfeel too. Overall, I would be super happy if I had a cup that tasted like this every morning." -superbowlfunday

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I have been playing with my DISK Fine for quite a while now, and thought it high time to post my review. Ok for starters the DISK Fine is fantastic. I really prefer its results to that over the paper filters, it simply produces a much cleaner brighter cup. I am an Electrician by trade and travel around quite a lot. I always take my Aeropress and a hand grinder to work to brew coffee fresh at smoko, (to much ridicule by the instant coffee drinking tradies!) and used to dislike the extra time it took to rinse the paper filter, and the paper taste if it wasn't rinsed well. I had the first version of the DISK, but had a bit of a hit and miss rate with my results. I have produced amazing results with the original, but had a hard time with the sludge at the bottom of the cup. The new breed of DISK, produces a cup with a lot less fines without the paper taste and the need to rinse the paper filter. Sure it takes a bit of extra time to rinse the filter, but it's a small price to pay for a greatly improved cup with this brewer. The new DISK is a bit thinner than the original version and needs to be handled with a little care. Clean it up and dry it straight after use, and keep it in a nice dry spot. I keep mine in my original Able Brewing DISK envelope with its mate. My recipe is inverted. 1. Preheat everything, dump water and invert Aeropress. 2. Add 16g freshly ground (coarse drip) to chamber (a click or 2 below plunger on most conical burr grinders). 3. Add 50ml freshly boiled (preferably filtered) water at about 95 deg. 4. Hit start on a timer and allow to bloom for 30 sec. 5. Add remaining water to 220ml. 6. Place filter cap on top of Aeropress with the DISK Fine writing facing towards the filter and carefully flip onto preheated mug. 7. At 1.20 remove the Aeropress plunger dunk the top grounds gently, place plunger back in and at 1.30 press for 20 sec to about 1.50  8. Give the  cup a good stir and allow it to sit and cool slightly. 9. Enjoy! WARNING: If you have a beard, do not sniff the DISK Fine to see how it smells at any time. I caught my whiskers once doing this and it was pretty unpleasant. Thanks to Prima and Able Brewing for the opportunity to test one of the new DISK Fine and apologies for the delay on posting my review. Chris Jenkins Melbourne, AUS

I'm torn, as I'd like to enter the contest and yet don't want to reinvent the wheel! It's surprising to me that so many entries feature the inverted method. That's what I favor, but most of us are probably a little more hardcore than the average Aeropress user (could be wrong on this point). So yes, echoing what many others have come up with, I did settle on the following recipe: - 17 g. coffee ground at about "coarse drip" - 210 g. water, added to the inverted Aeropress in two stages: 100 g. first, stir, then the remaining water followed by a final stir - Cap and steep - Revert at 1:30 and plunge slowly, finishing between 2:00 and 2:15 Honestly, I think Joelrudolph above is on to something by providing two recipes, one non-inverted and one inverted. You could label them "beginner" and "advanced," respectively, or something similar. No disrespect intended to fans of the "non-inverted" method, of course; after all, Tim Wendelboe's shop doesn't invert if I recall correctly, and this year's U.S. Aeropress champion, Jay Caragay, didn't either. What's nice is that the non-inverted, "beginner" method pairs naturally with a finer grind for less drip-through (especially if you do a quick bloom), and that's a grind that's easier for people to achieve with some degree of consistency using gear that's not exorbitantly expensive. Also, based on some limited testing I've decided that stopping the press once you hear the "hiss" is not really vital either for taste or fines minimization. That's one step you can leave out of the "beginner" recipe. There you go, for what it's worth. Thanks much for the opportunity! And thank to Keith at Able for hooking me up originally with a DISK Fine. I love mine, and it has renewed my interest in Aeropressing for sure.

We really have been having fun with the Fine.  We had the original disk and like it except for the fines.  The Fine disk gives you a great cup with all the yummy body and great high toned flavors.  We us a medium grind with an inverted press, 17 grams of coffee, a 2 min steep and 20-30 sec plunge.  Excellent.  Bjava Coffee Indianapolis, IN

Thank you very much to Prima and Able for making the Disk Fine available to us testers.  Please see my full take on the product in my blog post here: My Aeropress Recipe: Inverted. I don't claim to have come up with this originally.  I've tried a lot of others' brew methods, tweaked them, and tweaked some more.  This one is probably derived from another recipe that I saw online. Parameters: 15 grams of coffee ground slightly coarser than standard filter drip 220 grams of water @ 201 degrees Fahrenheit 1:55 total targeted brew time 1.) Set up your aeropress so that is it inverted.  Fill with boiling water to preheat.  Preheat mug and Disk Fine as well.2.) Place coffee grounds in aeropress, then place aeropress on scale and tare.3.) In about twenty seconds, pour 100 grams of water into aeropress and stir 3 times (clock is now at 0:20)4.) Using another twenty seconds, pour in the remaining 120 grams of water (clock is now at 0:40)5.) Place DISK Fine (along with black filter harness)6.) Steep coffee in aeropress until clock reaches 1:107.) At 1:10, flip aeropress and slowly press coffee.  Aim to finish the press at 1:558.) As soon as you hear air being pushed through the grounds into your mug, STOP!9.) Enjoy  

I was stoked to be selected to receive one of the first #DiskFine and have absolutely loved using it. Over the past 6 months we (4 in our office) had migrated to almost exclusively brewing using V60. Since receiving the DiskFine we have rarely touched the V60. Our favorite brewing paramaters are as follows: Inverted brewing 17g of Coffee at medium-fine grind (#15 on Maestro) 30g preinfusion of 200 degree water for 30 seconds - stir quickly at beginning to saturate all grounds Add remaining 210g of 200 degree water (may need to stir to help reduce bloom, depending on roast date) Flip onto mug at 1:50 and press for 30 seconds - resulting in 2:20 brew time

#DiskFine Recipe: Invert the Aeropress 16g of grounds (slightly finer than drip; 12 on Preciso) 210g of H2O (198-202 deg F) Stir for ~10 seconds At 50secs, flip and begin pressing Finish at 1:20 Then proceed to marvel at the combination of clarity and body, neither over-powering or recognizable, but together allow for a full spectrum of flavors to develop on the palate.  This is particularly so as the cup cools. (Full review to follow... possible on a well overdue blog of some sort. In short, the Fine has replaced all of my Aeropress filter choices; I rarely even think of paper and look at my v1 and v2 Disks as the necessary stepping stones to the great performing Fine. I see no hesitation in recommending Aeropress fans purchase one.)

Disk recipe: 15.5 grams of gourmet coffee 210 degree water 250 grams of H20 50 second bloom time Stir seven times before putting Aeropress bottom on. 10 second press time Yummy

To be sure of competing in the recipe competition, I'll post it here. My review can be found right here: And here the recipe, be sure to use good filtered water, well of boil (about 88 to 90 degrees Celsius, 190 - 194 Fahrenheit) Preheat Aeropress and filter (NOTE: use normal method, so NOT inverted) Grind 18 grams of coffee a tad coarse Add ground coffee to Aeropress Pour over twice the amount of water to bloom (so 40 ml) Give the Aeropress a good twirl Pour over water along to sides of the Aeropress Stop when the Aeropress is almost full (you just added 260 ml) Give it two short bottom stirs Press slowly without pressing out any air Enjoy!

Recipe Name: DISK-Fine "20-200-n-2" Recipe: 20g of your coffee of choice, ground slightly courser than pour-over, pour 200g of 200F water into an inverted Aeropress and allow your coffee of choice to steep for 2 min. At that time insert your DISK-Fine filter and cap, re-vert and plunge into your favorite mug. Enjoy! Thank you Able Brewing for the chance to enter this awesome contest. It has been a pleasure to use the new DISK-Fine. Looking forward to trying some of these recipes in the contest.

I find the DISK Fine quite lovely indeed. The body of the coffee is a bit bigger than with paper. There is a bit more sediment too, the amount depends quite a bit on grind, coffee that's used  and overall brew method. I got a few cups that I would call sludgy, but most of the time the amount of sediment in the cup has been very little. I have been getting the best results with the following recipe as a starting point: I use the same grind as I probably would for 2 min 30 s V60. 15 grams coffee 200 grams water, temp around 85 degrees celcius. Inverted, pour quickly and stir well, 50 seconds steep (flip at, say, 40 sec), 30 seconds plunge, finish the moment the noise begins. The grind is virtually impossible to communicate/replicate and the brew time is obviously dependent on the grind. Also, different brew times will bring forth different flavor profiles. To really exaggerate those berry/fruity aromas I have used shorter brews, whereas chocolate/caramel comes forward if the brew is a bit longer. I found this especially enlightening when trying to balance the white grape acidity and chocolate flavors of Hasbean's Bolivia Machacamarca. The starting point in this recipe has worked best with acidy coffees with loads of berries and fruit to display.

It's taken me a bit long to find a method I feel confident sharing, but after many trials, I think I've found one. One of the qualities of the aeropress that I appreciate is its versatility; it's great to see so many different recipes available. However, generally speaking, I tend to favor extractions that utilize a longer brew time revealing sweeter fuller cups. I haven't seen many recipes here with a time longer than 3 minutes or so. Also, I could't picture myself ever wanting to spend the time to prepare a filter brew that yields less that 300ml or so. So, my recipe is as follows: 1) Inverted, add 19-20 of coarsely ground coffee. (I used De La Paz's Mumirwa from Burundi). Although I don't brew Chemex often, I'd imagine the grind size would be right around there. 2) Set timer to 3:30 and add 200g of water (just off a rolling boil). 3) With a minute remaining on the time give a light stir, just enough to break up the crust. 4) As the timer runs out, cap the aeropress, flip, and plunge. 5) Add 100g of water to the brew, stir, and serve.

This is the Cliff's Notes version of my review, as I seem to be way late to produce a review that would affect production. :) Most of my thoughts on the the Disk Fine will echo many that have come before. It is producing great cups that are slightly cleaner than the previous installment of the Disk. There is minimal sediment, but it seems to allow enough of the coffee oils through to produce an aromatic, flavorful cup. I am happy to hear that production is moving forward, however, I am also happy that Able will continue to produce the "regular" disk. I feel they both produce cups that are distinct enough to do so. RECIPE: NON-INVERTED/NORMAL ORIENTATION Ensure that Disk Fine is placed in the cap so lettering is visible to you Cap aeropress and place on your cup/serving vessel Pour a bit of hot water into aeropress to preheat it and your cup Dump water and replace aeropress on top of cup Add 16g medium(22-23 on Virtuoso) ground coffee to aeropress Add ~50g of 201F water Stir 5 times Continue adding water until you reach 220g Place plunger in the top, just enough to stop coffee from exiting into the cup At 1:15 begin pressing Finish at 1:45, stopping right at or before the air begins to release. It will sound like a low hiss. Hooray coffee!

You will find my review here: Thank you :) My recipe  Inverted methodBrew recipe for Fine Disk:15g coffee200g of water (94°C)TDS 1,401). start the timer and pour the water on the grounds2). stir 3 times3). put the disk on the top (logo outwards)4). close the aeropress and push it gently down until you see the first drops5). after 40 to 50sec. invert the aeropress and press gently downwards6). total brew time: 1:20 min

i am coming from an aero press with the original Disk filter.  having both, i'd say that the Disk Fine is an improvement, but not a necessary addition for current Disk users.  as others have said, the Disk Fine allows for a fuller cup than when using paper filters.  it produces a much cleaner cup than French Press, so really it fits somewhere between the two.   on its own, the aero press is a great device.  it allows users to play with the effects of grind, bloom, brew time, and temperature.  with Disk Fine, brewers can retain the full flavor without sacrificing the convenience and effectiveness of the aero press.  

Since I typically use the Aeropress as my travel brewer, I was excited to receive the DISK Fine in the mail just before leaving town on back-to-back trips. Perfect test conditions. Overall, I'm impressed with the product and will keep it with my roadie brewing kit. My first trip was out to Southern Oregon on business. I brought along 12 oz. of Ecuadorean coffee that I had just received from TONX. While at the office I was using the DISK fine/AeroPress combo with a 1930s Dienes coffee mill that I cleaned up for a co-worker. This particular mill grinds suitably for drip and aeropress, but does produce more fines than most of the hand mills I've used. (I believe this is a function of the fact that it is a side- rather than top-cranking coffee mill.) My second trip was a week-long loop around Guatemala, an actual vacation. I ordered a Guatemalan coffee from Klatch to take along for that trip. I used my standard travel mill, which is a Hario Mini Slim. I'm not crazy about that grinder, but that's part of the reason it's perfect for travel purposes. Simple, compact and unbreakable is my preference for travel. Since the DISK Fine can be stored in the Aeropress, it fits that bill. Here a some observations from those trips:OBSERVATION 1: In spite of the fact that the Dienes grinder I used in Oregon produced more fines than I am used to, the resulting cup was cleaner than expected. The first couple times I used the DISK Fine, I studied the bottom of the cup carefully. While some sediment does pass through the metal filter, the quantity is pretty insignificant. For example, the resulting sediment is much less than what one gets using the classic Chambord French Press, even with a good coarse grind. Personally, I like to grind for Aeropress slightly finer than I do for drip and considerably finer than I do for French Press. Nevertheless, I found that the cup brewed with the DISK Fine was good to the last drop. No need to toss out the last sip. Truly impressive performance in this regard.OBSERVATION 2: My general impression is that the DISK Fine is a pretty seamless substitute for the paper filters. While I didn't taste cups made with the DISK Fine side by side with ones made using the standard paper filters, I did have these back to back. They were equivalent to my tastebuds. I didn't really prefer on over the other, even though I prefer pourover brewing with a paper filter at home over French Press. If you prefer French Press to drip brewing, you'll probably prefer the DISK Fine filter over the standard Aeropress filters.OBSERVATION 3: While the DISK Fine filter is a great addition to my travel brewing kit in general, I'm not sure that I'd take it camping. In situations where there was running water handy, I felt that the DISK Fine brewing experience was comparable with the standard process. However, when we were camping on the beach in Guatemala (at a surf camp), it was awkward to remove and rinse the DISK Fine filter between back-to-back cups. In this case, the whole brewing process was a lot easier if I just used the paper filters, popped the puck into the trash, and started a new cup with a new filter.Here's my take on the typical non-inverted Aeropress brewing recipe:1. Grind ± 24 grams of coffee roughly at a drip grind, maybe a little finer2. Heat brew water to ± 200 degrees2. Bring the press and the coffee cup to temperature with hot rinse water3. Load the coffee grinds and pour off the rinse water4. Wet the grinds and let them bloom for 15 – 20 seconds5. Add water slowly until it reaches the top of the Aeropress, agitating the grinds as you pour 6. Stir the grinds for 10 – 15 seconds 7. Wait 15 – 20 seconds, then plunge slowlyThe total time from bloom to press is typically in the 1:30 – 2:00 range, a bit longer than what the standard recipe calls for. I never use the plunger to create a vacuum in the tube. After the ground are bloomed in Step 4, there is very little drip through during steps 5 – 7. This produces a tasty cup that is an excellent substitute on the road for a homemade pourover.Big thanks to everyone at Prima Coffee and DISK Fine on behalf of the 100 beta testers!

I've had the Disk Fine for several days now and have compared it to several different brew methods.  Old versus New Disk! When compared to the old disk, the new disk is a much better product then the old version.  The main difference between the two disk is the amount of fines in the cup at the bottom.  Flavour is similar but the Disk Fine is better because the lack of fines.  Another area the Disk Fine excels is experimentation.  The old disk was limited by the fines but the new disk allows for a much wider range of grinds.  For people with the old disk this would be a worthwhile upgrade.  For those without a disk should buy this now.  It offers a much different cup than paper filters and I would say is worth the 15 dollars.  I also compared this to other brew methods such as the Coava Kone and french press.  As expected the Disk Fine produced much different cup.  For people without the aeropress/Disk should get one because it offers a much different cup than any comparable brew method.  Recipe (Preheat everything!) Non-Inverted: 19 grams of coffee ground at 8 on a Virtuoso. Water at 202 F Start timer. pour 30 grams of water over 10 seconds into the grounds, stir and let sit for 60 seconds. Add 260 grams of water over 30 seconds, stir and let sit for 30 seconds. Press for 30 seconds to the hiss and no more. I whole heartily recommend for the Able Disk Fine for anyone who wants a great cup of coffee.

We've been very happy with the results using a variety of brewing recipes. The only concern I have is that I noticed a rippling in the disk after three or four uses. I have yet to detect a noticeable impact on extraction, but durability is somewhat of a concern. I should add that we've been very gentle with the disk, and mindful of how we've stored it.

Interesting, thanks for that insight.  I think this helps enforce Able's decision to keep the standard DISK around as well.

My DISK FINE lasted about 9 days in a busy coffee bar that features only 2 brew methods for all coffees, one of them being an Aeropress that we currently use DISKs in. I don't recommend using it in busy cafe on an Aeropress bar. Our Recipe is as follows, 100g bypass of hot water 25g ground coffee 150g bloom of water. 96 degrees Celsius. 45 sec. 100g additional after 45 sec.  Plunge at 1:30 Total Brew time- 1:45 Delicious.

My review is the "broseph" review: essentially, thumbs up--much better than paper or the previous DISKs, fuller aroma, great clarity, minimal sediment. My recipe is simple. 17g ground slightly finer than drip, close to a v60 setting. Aeropress is upright. Put coffee in, then pour about 250 mL of just off-boil water (no need to let it cool down) into it. Stir a few times. Put plunger in to seal. Wait a minute. Remove plunger, stir a few times. Plunge should take 30 seconds.

Trying out the Disk Fine has been very fun for me. Before this I had never used an AeroPress extensively. My over all impression is great. The product itself is very well made and looks great. There is minimal sediment left in the cup with all different kinds of grind settings and produced a great cup of coffee. My biggest problem with the Disk Fine is during clean up. with paper filters you can simply "pump out" the used filter and coffee without having to touch anything. With the Disk I have to pry the hot piece of metal off the AeroPress before discarding the coffee. I also couldn't help but notice cost. The Current Able Disk sells for 15 dollars. 350 paper filters sells at a cost of 4 dollars. If the Disk Fine sells at a comparable price as the first Disk you would have to brew 1,312 cups of coffee for it to make economical sense. Thats one cup of coffee a day for three and a half years. I see no problem in that, but my concern would be if the thinner more flexible disk could last for well over 1,000 brews. All that being said, it doesn't change the fact that this is a pretty rad product. With all of the brews and experiments I tried here is the recipe I came up with. Using Counter Culture Coffee's Colombian "La Golondrina" about a week off roast. Inverted- (preheated AeroPress) 18 grams of coffee ground to the consistency of Mortons coarse kosher salt Start timer add 3 oz of water ~roughly 200 degrees  Stir 10-15 times quickly Finishing adding 4 oz water Let steep for 1 minute total Flip and press- press should last 20-22 seconds  Thanks so much to everyone and Able Brewing and Prima Coffee Equipment for doing this. Zach Neuman Coffee Director Cafe Helios Raleigh, NC

I have just received 'Able Disk' last week. I can' wait to bring to my favourite cafe for them to experiment it. Because they serve coffee brewing by Aeropress. We (some customers and I) have compared it with the former one, with same grind size, same coffee, same of everything, the only variable is the disk. When the barista pressed the tube, he has found instantly that it is easer to press. For us, by comparing the mouthful feeling, we do like the coffee brewed by 'Able Disk' better. We also compared the residue in the bottom of the cup, ' Able Disk' is a true winner without a doubt. I think people use Aeropress for their cup of coffee, apart from enjoy its mouthful feeling of the coffee, it is the quickest way to have a very decent cup of coffee. Easy to clean is my first and foremost concern. I have been using paper filter from the day one of using Aeropress as I don't find the quality brewed from former disk has shown the big difference. Paper filter seems the quickest way to make a cup of coffee. However, tasting is largely improved by the 'Able Disk', this 'inconvenient truth' of having a better cup of coffee, I would like to invest extra 10 seconds in a rush to my work in the mornIng to have my coffee brewed by 'Able Disk'. Highly recommended.

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I'm more comfortable brewing a pour over than an Aeropress and have been trying out a few different recipes. Brewing with the Able DISK Fine has consistently produced rounded, full-bodied cups. The small amount of sediment that it produces is easily overlooked for the downright pleasant cup of coffee. One of these is superior to paper filters and definitely worth the money.

Initial results have been very positive with the new Disk FINE filter. It consistently produces a clean, full bodied cup, letting through the good stuff that gets trapped by paper filters. The Disk FINE leaves less sediment in your cup than the current Able Disk, though some sediment is still present. With proper care, the flexibility of this new ultra-thin disk should not affect durability, providing you store and transport in a sturdy sleeve. I hope this flexibility will prevent the permanent bending I have experienced on my old Able Disk. Non-Inverted: 17g: a bit finer than drip Water: 195F 1) Start timer, add 50g of water, stir 4 times 2) Add 210g water and stir 3 times 3) Start press at 1:20, finish at 1:35 or before "hiss" Inverted: 16g: a bit finer than drip Water: 195F 1) Start timer; add 40g water, let bloom for 10 seconds 2) Add 180g water and stir 5 times 3) Flip at 1:15, press at 1:20, finishing at 1:40 or before "hiss" Note: always pre-heat the Aeropress, disk, and cup. I recommend the new Disk FINE over paper filters and believe it is an improvement over the current Able Disk. It's reusable and great for travel. Keep up the great work -- still room for reFINEment, but we're getting closer to creating a flawless cup on the Aeropress! Follow me on twitter: @joelrudolph

Initial thoughts on the Able DISK Fine: The new filter is similar to the original in that it is a great, reusable metal filter that doesn't filter out coffee oils that many people like to have in their cup.  However, that's about where the similarities end.  As can be seen by the information provided, the DISK fine is thinner metal than the original.  At first, I have some doubts regarding the stability of the filter, but happily found those to be unfounded. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the fine filters held up better since they are less likely to get permanently bent than the originals.  Also, I noticed that the plunge required less force with the fine filter.  I found this surprising, but this may be an indication that there is more surface area of holes (so to speak) than in the original filter.   When I first started using the fine version of the filter, I was unsure of whether or not it actually produced a cleaner cup.  So I set out to do some quanitative testing.  The protocol I followed was relatively simple: 1. Weigh cup prior to brewing 2. Brew according to directions below 3. Drink until there was too much sludge to get one last clean sip 4. Weigh the cup afterwards to determine how much material was left attributable to sludge The recipe I followed for this was straight forward: 17.5 g of coffee ground on medium setting with a Baratza virtuoso brewed via the inverted method.  Since the maximum volume of the aeropress was utilized, measurement of water volume was not necessary.  Water was about 2 minutes off boil.   After doing 3 cups for both the fine and original filter, I found the differences to be significant with a P value of 0.0041 via a two-tailed t-test (significant would have been P less than or equal to 0.05).  For those wondering, the average difference for the fine filter was 1.1 g and for the original filter was 2.9 g.  The fact that such a significant difference was apparent with n = 3 was impressive.  Due to these findings, I think it would be worthwhile to offer the DISK Fine.  I would certainly buy it if I knew it made that much of a difference! I used the method mentioned previously due to the low sensitivity of my digital scale (one decimal place; I do not keep an analytical balance in my home and I never will!).  It would probably be a better experiment to filter out sentiment with paper filters and find the difference between the fine and disk filters.  I'm also planning on completing a set of paper filters to see how the fine disk compares to them.   Here's a recipe for iced coffee I've been enjoying with the warmer weather: 1. 20g coffee ground on medium setting with Baratza virtuoso 2. I utilized about half the maximum volume of the aeropress, with the end of the plunger slightly toward the filter end of the circled 3 using the inverted method. 3. Add ground coffee, followed by water about 2 minutes off a boil.  Add about half the maximal amount of water. 4. Stir coffee 6-10 times to ensure it is well mixed. 5. Add water till aeropress is full.  Place filter on and let steep 1-2 minutes. 6. While steeping, filler your mug/cup/glass with ice.  Add enough ice so it doesn't all melt upon brewing. 7. Plunge brew over ice, stir, add cream/milk if desired 8. Enjoy Hope you find these comments helpful. Rich

My thoughts about the DISK Fine in a few words: I. LOVE. THIS. THING! I'll share my best recipes for both iced and hot coffee. Iced, using the inverted method: 20g of Counter Culture La Frontera ground at 3 on a Guatemala Lab grinder, which is slightly finer than I use for single-cup pour-overs in a Bonmac Pro. 200ml of 201F water Pour half of the water over grounds, stir 3-4 times to saturate grounds, and pour the rest of the water into the slurry Steep for 1 minute and slowly press, looking for about :45 seconds worth of press time, stopping the press when you begin to hear air coming through the filter. This is pressed directly over a carafe full of ice. I don't measure my ice, but I want there to be enough ice that the coffee becomes cold immediately and doesn't melt all of the ice. I've found doing it this way that the amount of ice that melts works out to be just right to cut the concentrated brew, while the remaining ice keeps it cold and delicious without becoming watered down. With the La Frontera, this brought about a huge amount of chocolate notes with a nice amount of body for an iced coffee freshly brewed. Hot, also using the inverted method (Props to Daniel Moore, fellow Jubala barista, for this recipe): 22g of Counter Culture El Gavilan ground at 3 on a Guatemala Lab grinder, which is slightly finer than I use for single-cup pour-overs in a Bonmac Pro.200ml of ~200F water pulled straight from the Curtis boiler tower.Pour half of the water over grounds, stir 3-4 times to saturate grounds, and pour the rest of the water into the slurrySteep for 1 minute and quickly press, looking for about :15 seconds worth of press time, stopping the press when you begin to hear air coming through the filter. Cut brew with 3-4oz of hot water This recipe yielded a cup with a very full body, almost like a light fruit juice, which complimented the massive amount of fresh fruit notes that were in the cup. This may be one of the best cups I've had in a long time. One of the things that impressed me about both iced and hot cups with the DISK Fine was the full body WITHOUT the sludge. For this reason, I think that I would have absolutely no hesitation in buying one of these things if they were to be offered. Everyone that tasted my test brews at the shop really enjoyed them, which in my book means this thing is a success. Jesse Gordon Barista at Jubala Village Coffee Raleigh, NC p.s. If you have any questions about either of these recipes or want to know any other details about what I think about this product, contact me on twitter @jessebgordon:twitter 

All coffee ground with an Orphan Espresso Lido Grinder Recipe: Inverted Aeropress, 15g coffee,  204F water, Stir to deflate bloom, Steep for 1min, press 15-20sec After working with the Disk Fine for several days now I can say that I really like it and think that it should be in the arsenal of every coffee aficionado who uses an Aeropress.  The Disk Fine came to me and was one of options that I did not even know I needed.  A stack of paper filters was less than $10 for a year’s supply and after two years of regular use I had developed a routine that I could accomplish while asleep.  When the first Disk came out I read reviews about it online and just decided that it wasn’t for me because the holes were just too large and there was too much resulting sediment at the bottom of the cups.  The Disk Fine though with a better hole design coupled with my recent appreciation of good French Press coffee made opened my opinion. When I first received the disk I had a few trepidations.  First was how much trouble cleaning the disk might be?  Second will the disk just fall out when I go to put the filter on since I use the inverted method?  Third, when pressing with I get leakage out of the side of the filter and down the outside of my cups, making a mess all around me?  Fourth, how much sediment will be at the bottom of my cup?  Essentially the Aeropress had been in my coffee arsenal as my go to method for a clean, mess free, trouble free cup of coffee.  Anything imposing on that philosophy would be nixed from my arsenal. The Regular Aeropress and the Disk Fine Aeropress give two similar but very distinct cups of coffee.  Anyone who has had both French Press and Vac Pot or even regular drip coffee can appreciate the difference in the body of the coffee.  This difference can be felt as a heavier thicker and at times almost silt like feeling.  While not as drastic of a difference one of the first characteristics that jumps out at you is that the Disk Fine cup has more body to the coffee.  Whether it has more solids, more oils, or what have you there is a difference, but not a plus or minus just a difference in the cup.  The regular Aeropress is known for its juiciness in character and good flavor profile.  This juiciness was still present in the Disk Fine cup but was hidden some by the extra body of the coffee.  The flavor profile in the cup while similar had some very distinct differences.  In my normal Aeropress all the flavors are there and while some are more forward than others, they are all nicely built on top of each other.  With the Disk Fine all the flavors are there but they are more distinct and independent of one another.  I also noticed I had brighter flavors come forward more with the Disk Fine.  However I also noticed that since all the flavors were highlighted that if there were off flavors in the coffee those were also more prominent.  As the cup cooled the cups behaved the same with some new flavors opening up as the temp dropped.  At the end of the cup there was another great difference between the two filters.  The disk fine had a noticeable amount of sediment in the last sip while the regular paper filter was mostly clean on the bottom.  Unlike some other reviewers I found the last sip to be off putting and just had too much sediment for my taste.  I must note that it was only on the last sip or two that the sediment was noticed. The disk was really easy to work with.  I used the Inverted method for all my Aeropress cups and found that a rinse of the filter while in the filtercap before I used it caused the filter to stick and not fall out even when held upside down.  With the grinds the same, I found the Disk Fine to offer a little more resistance on the press than the regular filter, but the difference was marginal and did not detract from the experience.  I noticed no side leakage and no warping of the disk when pressing.  At this point in time I see the Disk Fine as a regular in my coffee rotation. Disk Fine Pros: More Body to Cup Less Waste Brighter High Notes Reusable Easy and less bulk to Travel with Durable Easy to work with   Cons: More Sediment in Cup Off flavors more prominent  

Not sure if it worked, but you can find my review & recipe here: Also on twitter: @nielsverkade:twitter 

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17g of a fruity South American coffee 170ml of water Stir and wait about a 1:30 Inverted Brings out the tartness and leaves the chocolate and cream at home. Full mouth feel without the grittiness of a French press.

I'm not a coffee professional, but I've been using Aeropress for quite a while, and with a Coava disk for the past year. Now I'm trying out the new Able Fine disk, thanks to you guys, and I'm liking it a lot. I've done side by side comparisons with the two disks, and there are clear differences in favor of the Fine: much cleaner taste, full body, nuances of taste come through more, almost no sediment in the bottom of the cup. I was afraid that the Fine disk would require harder pressure and a longer time for the press, but it really feels about the same. The only slightly negative thing about the Fine is that it is much thinner and more delicate; feels like it could be damaged more easily. But I haven't done that so far, and it cleans up very easily. I'm using it all the time now.

When I am using Disk properly, I see indeed a slight difference in my cup of coffee. It is cleaner without too much waste on the bottom of the cup...The cup is softer, sore silky in taste and there is more flavours in the cup.   Recipe: 15 g. of coffee grinded finer than drip 92 degrees hot water. Pour the water, up to number 4, over the coffee Stir the coffee an wait 20 sec. Then press the plunge together within 25 sec.

Thus far, I only have a recipe. Inverted brew: 16g coffee, 220g water @ 195F. Initial pour to 100g, stir several times, finish pouring to 220g.  Place filter and cap on Aeropress, and flip @ 45 sec. Long slow press, finishing at 1:25. Don't press the air out. Grind was at #20 on Baratza Virtuoso.

Having tested out both the 010 and 008 sizes previously, I was eager to give the fine a go, although I will say I was skeptical about what improvements I'd see.  While the 008 produces some sediment, I certainly don't consider it too much - nothing like a French Press.  My mild dislike of this sediment never turned me off from the far superior flavor of the disk over the aeropress' paper filters.  Like others have noted, the fine is super thin.  I tend to use my aeropress a lot for travel so I'm somewhat less excited about the thin design. Unlike the regular disk which is built to take a beating, I wouldn't be surprised if the fine, at some point during a typical use (especially one with a lot of travel) would end up bending (or possibly breaking).  All this says to me, that the fine is going to need to produce a much better tasting coffee to warrant buying it over the current disc (i.e. the 008).  I'm still testing, but thus far I've done two head to head rounds, pairing off the 008 with the fine.  I brewed both some (somewhat old, but still tasty) Metropolis Yirgacheffe and some Four Barrel Bolivia.  Both times, I stuck with a more or less standard recipe, which involves 20g of coffee ground to my standard drip/pourover setting for a paper filter, inverted press, with water temperature at approximately 200.  I didn't have access to my scale so I didn't weigh the water, but I since I was using the same coffee at the same grind setting I was just sure to pour water to the same point for both pressing, which brought the bloom to just under the top.  I poured for 15 seconds, did 4 short stirs and capped in the next 15 seconds, inverted at 30 seconds, did a quick pull back of the plunger and rested for 15 seconds and then plunged for 15 seconds.  With both coffees, I have to say I was surprised by the taste.  The fine-brewed coffee had a depth, both in terms of flavor and mouthfeel that was more robust and full than it's larger-holed cousin.  The coffee was silkier and less bright with more bass notes and a rounder overall profile.  This was a subtle difference, mind you, but very much distinct. And I have to say that I liked it better.  It was a more satisfying cup of coffee all around, with the regular disc-brewed cup seeming thin by comparison.  This result is a little baffling to me though. I would think that the resulting fine-brewed cup would seem cleaner, not fuller-bodied. I'd like to play around more. I've noticed that my coffee dose is a bit higher and steep time shorter than several of the recipes below.  Maybe someone with a refractometer could give my recipe a test and tell me what's going on. As far as fines in the cup, these were less with the fine than with the standard disc, maybe by almost half, but it wasn't as though they were gone.  There was still a healthy dose of sediment at the bottom, especially after the coffee sat in the cups for a couple of hours.  It wasn't as though I was brewing with paper. At any rate, I'd say so far, it's a toss up for me.  I like the durability of the standard disc, but I do seem to like the fine-brewed coffee a bit better.  Either way, I'd still say you'd have to be crazy not to by a disc if you are a regular aeropress user.  Moreover, I think reluctant or ex-users should give the disc a try since it may convince you to use the aeropress if, like me, you don't like the paper filters that come with it.  But I think the jury is still out about which filter would be better to get if the fine does go into production. I can't see much of a reason to by both based on my small amount of testing, although with enough trials I might (I did, for instance) note that that larger, older disc was my preference for darker roasted coffees.

I'll agree with others that I (not a coffee professional) found paper and the fine disk to produce a very similar cup, but the disk cup is superior. I routinely use the Aeropress inverted, 1 min 30 sec steep, slow plunge, with about 24 gr of coffee. I ran through an assortment of coffees: Colombia Cerro Azul Geisha and Rwanda Coko Coop (both from Ceremony), Bolivia Camino del Muerte (Kickapoo), and even an India Mysore (Zingerman's). Clearly, the disk allowed oils that I never got with paper, and just this small tweak I thought improved mouthfeel and simply added a dimension of flavor that truly displayed the character of each coffee. I was surprised that every cup I made did have a notable amount of extremely small fines with the disk that I never got with paper. I don't mind some sediment, and it probably added to the nice mouthfeel, but I will say that aesthetically, it created a cloudy cup which may turn some people off. Honestly,  I would have balked at purchasing this without trying it first. Now that I have, I am perfectly satisfied with it, and recommend it without reservation. The "green" aspect of not having to use and discard paper filters, even though they are small, really appeals to me. My single concern is that the disk seems so delicate. So far I have not bent it, but imagine one day it's possible that when I flip the filter holder the disk (since it doesn't stick in the holder) it could land off-center and get bent by the holder, or get bent when I clean it. Time will tell.

Overall, we prefer the Disk to paper filters when brewing with the Aeropress. However, I was a bit surprised at how similar the cups turned out to be. I had assumed that the Disk would change the cup significantly with increased oils and fines in the cup. While oil and some grounds were present in the brew, it seemed to add a silkiness to the body and the cups were still very clean and the flavors clear. My favorite recipe for the disk: 20g coffee ground just finer than drip, 226g water, 1 minute inverted steep time, with a quick plunge (20-30 seconds). Using Madcap's Burundi Gacokwe, the acidity was bright and juicy in both paper and Disk brews, but the Disk brew seemed more dynamic and the added body balanced out the cup a bit. One note on cleanup:  I was initially disappointed with the increased timer that it took me to clean the filter, which seems like it could be bent easily if your not careful. After a few attempts, I found that sliding the filter off the grounds was the cleanest way to remove it.

After brewing a good amount this past week with the fine disk, I've found a method that I really enjoy. Inverted 18 grams of coffee Finer grind (#4 on Mahlkonig) Pour 50grams in 20 seconds Stir for 10 seconds Pour to a total of 220grams by :55 Cap and wait until 1:25 At 1:25 flip and press for 30 seconds End press at 1:55 The resulting cups brewed with this method have a medium-full body with the best balance of acidity and sweetness compared to other methods I was experimenting with. I found if I coursened the grind up the acidity was a little over bearing, with flavors indicative of under extraction.

New discovery with the Aero Disk Fine! Its different but really tasty 11g of Ethiopia Sidamo from Kikapoo Coffee Roasters (or another light bodied coffee with sparkling acidity, preferably lime-like) 90g of hot water 1/3-1/2 ounce of Agave 12oz ice 2 oz Gin 1 Lime Slice Pour 35g hot water over ground coffee (slightly finer than drip grind) in an inverted Aeropress. Stir to wet all grounds, add the rest of the water. Press after 45 seconds directly over ice. Add agave, lime slice (with a slight squeeze), and gin. Stir and serve in a highball glass Deliciously light and refreshing. Slightly sweet with hints of citrus and a nice subtle juniper berry and cacao finish.

My review (including blind taste testing of three coffees) is posted on Excerpt: "... there were small but noticeable differences in the cup. The metal-filtered AP brew was more acidic and fruitier than the paper-filtered AP brew... I preferred the metal-filtered brew across the board."

I have not used the current Able Disk so cannot compare, but I quit using the Aeropress quite some time ago because I did not like the lack of body and lack of mouthfeel from the paper filters. The Able Fine Disk puts the coffee from the Aeropress on similar footing to the more expensive Espro Press. Minimal fines in the cup and a full-body coffee. I put a full review on my website ( linked in the review section in the right-hand column of the main page. No recipes from me, but I have been enjoying a city roast of Tanzanian brewed in the Aeropress using the Able Fine Disk ("El Disco Fino").

I received my filter disk last week and I have been using it for 5 or 6 days so far and I like it. It combines the best parts of a French press and the Aeropress. There is hardly any sediment at the bottom of the cup using the finer than drip grind that I use.   I am using it with Mexico Terruno Nayarita Natural from LAMILL. The preparation method I use is: grind 15 g of coffee a little finer than drip (same as I use for 1 cup V60, or setting #20 on Baratza virtuoso 586). Assemble the aeropress with the metal able DISK fine filter and dump the coffee in. Fill the aeropress with 200F water up to the 4 mark and stir. Wait 1:15 minutes and stir again. Start plunging with light pressure so that it takes between 30 and 45 seconds to completely plunge the coffee. The filter itself feels a little flimsy. It is flexible and mine came with a little bend across the disk but it is still functional. I imagine these will break if you completely bend it but I am not willing to try it. The other thing that I noticed is if you wash it right away then it can be easily cleaned. If you leave it for a day it becomes difficult to clean the coffee off the pores. I have attached a picture I took of the filter after washing it twice with soap and water and there were still I would say 10% of the pores clogged. Of course a brush or soaking it solves the problem. I would recommend this filter for people who enjoy aeropress and I imagine it shouldn’t be too expensive.

I live in Boulder, CO and so I want to start by explaining some of the challenges I face by brewing at altitude.1) Of course water boils at about 201.5 to 202 Farenheit. 2) Unless the coffee is at least 12-14 days old, you get a bloom so significant that it restricts the amount of water that can be added to the Aeropress. The lower atmospheric pressure causes the coffee to degas at a much slower rate. Typically I have trouble fitting 180 grams of water in my Aeropress because of bloom. 3) At altitude it is extremely difficult to produce an espresso shot that has a final brewed weight of than 23-24 grams maximum (no matter what the volume). I have tried for over a year with many different espressos and have found it simply impossible at altitude to achieve similar total brew weights as at sea-level. This principle translates to extraction in the Aeropress. These things were taken into consideration in producing my recipe: 21g coffee, ground slightly finer than drip (the high dose produces a more similar to sea-level extraction percentage at altitude) 185g of water (due to larger blooms) Water temp just off rumble (about 201F) Inverted Aeropress Preheat everything. Add coffee. Add 30-35g water and stir to fully wet all grounds. fill with rest of water, pouring very slowly to prevent excessive bloom. place lid and Able Disk Fine filter on top. After 45 seconds total flip and press for 20-25 secs. Total time 1:05-1:10. Dillute with hot water to taste (aprox 1:1) There it is! hope it helps and thanks for letting me be a part of this

So far I'm a big fan of the results I've gotten with the DISK Fine.  I've played around with brew parameters a bit, and my best cups have been very similar to other folks (15g. coffee, 220g. water, 1min. brew inverted, 30-45s. plunge). I really like that at least thus far (with less than 20 cups made, and coffee ground on a lower-end burr grinder) this disk produces a cup that strikes a great balance between the second generation DISK and the paper filters.  It lets a lot more of the oils through, but enough sediment as well that it is distinctly different from either the second gen disk or the paper.  From the standpoint of product consumer, this is exciting for me because I'm less inclined to replace the use of my other disk or my paper filters with the DISK Fine, but rather now have three distinct filter methods for my Aeropress, depending on how I'm feeling. I'm still playing with my recipe, and if I find something different from what others have already offered, I'll be sure to share.

Here's the recipe. Inverted Aeropress.22g coffee to 220g water.Grind: slightly finer than drip. #20 on the Baratza Virtuoso Preciso (micro adjust at dead center)-Bloom with 30g water for 20 seconds.-Pour in remaining water, stir.-At the 1 minute mark, flip onto receiving vessel and plunge. Plunge should be approx 30 sec.Total brew time: 1 min 30 sec.Results?A bit more sediment, but no difference in texture, mouthfeel, flavor, aroma, etc. The filter is very easy to handle and clean. All-in-all, it's a winner. Here's slightly more info on my blog:  -Randy

I prefer the DISK Fine over the paper filters. Inverted method, 12 grams of finer-than-drip ground Ethiopian Tchembe coffee, 200 ml of 210 deg F water. Pour in 50 ml of water and let it sit for 15 seconds.  Then pour in the rest and stir.  Wait 1 minute and then press, giving 20-25 seconds for the pressing process. Sniff, pause, contemplate, sip, pause, enjoy.

I'm glad you guys found my comment online :] Just to follow up, I've made several more cups since, and have enjoyed each immensely. It really is a happy medium between pour-over and french press, as far as flavor goes. Not to rehash all the other recipes, but I use 18g of fine to medium-fine grounds with 3 - 4 ounces of water at ~200*F (or about 30 seconds off boil). I use the inverted method, and stir once after pouring the water to saturate. My desired brew time is 30 - 60 seconds, with 30 second plunge time. I then dilute the results up to a total volume of 10-12 ounces.

Best brew so far: 17g Handsome Mpito (Tanzania), ground finer than drip, similar to moka pot 250g water at ~205 F Inverted brew Preheat the Aeropress with water just off the boil. Drain and add grounds. Add about half the water, stir once and bloom for 45 seconds. Add rest of water, steep one minute. Add filter, screw on cap, flip onto a mug, and let sit for another 15-20 seconds, before pressing within 40 seconds. Total brew time is about 2:40. Results are sweet, tart, super clean, and medium-bodied. Not much in the way of sediment at the bottom of the cup, a pleasant difference between this and my DISK 010. The Fine produces a cup very similar to the standard paper filters, and resists pressing in much the same way. The cup does have a bit more surface oil, but I did side by side brews with paper and the DISK Fine, and couldn't taste much of a difference - except you don't have to rinse the DISK.

Best results from first round of brewing and testing: 15.5g Rwanda Nyarusiza roasted by Intelligentsia/250ml water with aeropress inverted Grind at 3.25 on a Ditting KR1403 (medium fine, 4.00 is cupping, 3.5 V60 for reference) flip at 1minute, begin pressing at 2:15, finish at 2:30. Extraction 19.92, TDS 1.39 Remarkably clean cup with wonderful balance and present body that didn't overwhelm, very structured acidity that cooled well and retained sweetness and clarity. Overall I've still had best results with inverted method, but have been able to use the plugger to press, while previous DISK was best used letting the coffee drain through rather than pressing.

Brew parameters: 17g of beans / 220g of water (grind at medium + or #24 on Baratza grinder) Brew for 1 minute (inverted) Screw on cap, flip over and press within 45 seconds. Results are much cleaner than the 2nd gen Disk and carries a little more sweetness to each cup. Disk Fine seems to produce more clarity and a little less acidity. Update: Post on the Able Disk Fine is up now... Head over here to view:

I've found these to be good brew parameters:  Inverted. Dosage: 17g of coffee H2O Temp: 204 degrees Grind: med fineExtraction time: 2:00Go slowly with the plunger, press softly.

Love my new Fine Disk. This produces a highly nuanced, clean cup with good mouth feel and body. Love the new Disk and love that it was free! Its great that its reusable. The only draw back is that when using the Disk, clean up takes slightly longer. With a paper filter, clean up is a wiz. But the Disk is reusable and produces a superior cup, so it is worth the additional clean up time. I'm still experimenting to find the best recipe (grind setting, water temp, and dosage). I'll be sure to share it when I get one that is 'Prima-Coffee' worthy.

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