Written By Colin Hynes Coffee & Tea / Edibles / Kitchen Tools Sep 8, 2014 Able Brewing Disk for Aeropress Review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestOur Rating If you’re anything like me, you probably drink a lot of coffee. And, if you’re anything like me, you probably drink too much coffee — way too much. So I find myself at a lot of coffee shops and, usually, I just have whatever the barista recommends on that particular day. When I’m at home, though, I love to experiment with different ways of making some joe, and with different beans. Having experimented extensively, my travels through the valley of the bean have taught me that one of the most inexpensive ways to make excellent coffee is the Aeropress by Aerobie (yes, the same people that made that weird Frisbee). The Aeropress is a great device to take camping; its ease of use and incredibly easy cleanup make it highly portable. Its ease of use lends itself well to a the obligatory before, after, and during lunch coffee, and it’s just shy of being as easy as heading to a coffee shop.While the Aeropress is hard to beat in terms of convenience and quality of brew, its use of paper filters isn’t ideal (the filters are about $3.50-4 US for 350). The Able Brewing “Disk Coffee Filter” helps with this.I have been using the Able Brewing Disk over the standard filter for over two weeks now, and can say with certainty that it has changed the contents of my garbage/compost can — my use of paper filters has dropped drastically. While I set out to make brewing coffee easier, the Disk does require a bit more work to clean and maintain rather than paper filters. Still, I’m not throwing out three filters a day, and I’ll never have to face the dreaded “oh my god I’m out of paper filters” moment. The construction of the disk is great. It is exceptionally strong and doesn’t seem to bend, even when trying to do so. The metal is smooth with no burrs, although the edges do feel like they might tear skin. Despite trying to purposefully over pack the Disk (I even tried reducing the grind the a similar size as the filter’s holes), I have yet to clog the thing. What’s more, scrub it up with a good bristled brush, and it looks brand-new again. Nice.Throughout my two week stint of Disk-use, I’ve done some taste comparisons between using old school paper filters and this futuristic Disk device. Tasting each cup side by side, I couldn’t taste any significant differences between paper and metal filtration. As much as I might love this disc, it appears that bean freshness and the grinder/grind used when brewing is what makes the biggest difference. Still, the Disc is an A+ in my books. I’ll definitely continue to use the Able Brewing Disk when getting my Aeropress on.– The Aeropress + Able Brewing Disk produce a “damn fine cup of coffee.“The Disk is available online and in many coffee shops across North America. $12.5US $16 CADNote: I am looking forward to trying out Able’s other products, too. I’ll be trying out the “Kone” soon, which replaces the paper filter in a Chemex or any other pour over device. They also have an entire “Kone” brewing system, which is their interpretation of the pour over method. The Breakdown 9 It works great! 9.0 Total Score SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Colin Hynes Colin is the Assistant Editor at EAT. You can contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org. Colin was born in Nova Scotia and spent his first five years there. His mother and father owned an inn and restaurant and Colin spent his time ... Read More You may also like Coffee & Tea March 7, 2017 Is Your Coffee in Season? GROWING UP IN MANITOBA TAUGHT ME TO APPRECIATE SEASONAL fruits and vegetables. Unlike Vancouver Island, Manitoba has a brief growing season. All of ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Interesting Locals April 22, 2016 The Caffe Fantastico Story “A full of beans love story for owners Ryan and Kristy Taylor.” It’s a Thursday morning at Caffe Fantastico. You are standing in line ... Read More Coffee & Tea / First Look / Victoria December 23, 2015 Hide + Seek Coffee: A New Coffee Shop in Oak Bay If you are a visitor to Oak Bay village, you may have noticed the papered window in one of the empty stores in the historic Bell Block. In a clean, ... Read More Coffee & Tea August 10, 2015 An Interview with Oughtred Coffee’s Director of Coffee & Co-owner Michael Oughtred Oughtred Coffee & Tea has been roasting and selling coffee in Nanaimo since 1973. Over the years they have grown to serve much of Western ... Read More Coffee & Tea May 25, 2015 Nitro-Infused Coffee is THE Thing This Summer ... Read More Coffee & Tea / Vancouver May 11, 2015 Elysian Coffee Roastery Back in 2000, Elysian Coffee opened its first café around the corner from Vancouver’s Fifth Avenue Cinemas. It did things differently from the ... Read More Comments are closed.