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  • May 13, 2008
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I have too many coffee makers, a couple of drip brewers, a couple of french presses, a vacuum brewer and a nice Gaggia Classic Espresso machine. During a vacation last winter I got this to travel with so I could have a decent cup anywhere. It worked for that. In fact it worked so well that this, the least expensive coffee brewer I have is the one I use almost all the time. The concentrated coffee it brews tastes a lot like an americano, though I only have to add an equal amount of water to the brew instead of the 4 to 1 ratio of coffee to hot water I use when I use the espresso machine. So the AeroPress doesn't quite make espresso.

There is a short learning curve involved in getting the best cuppa. The manufacturer recommends a water temperature of about 170 degrees but I use the same 200 degrees that I would for french press coffee or tea. There is a difference in taste. I like the darker drink that the hotter water offers. Too much espresso in my past, I guess.

In addition to consistent temperature the fineness of the grind makes a big difference. If the plunger is difficult to depress then the coffee is too fine. If the coffee is too weak then it is too course. A couple of cups was all it took to dial in the fineness of the grind. I do have a decent but not top of the line burr grinder. I err on the side of using a bit too little water in the AeroPress. It's always easy to add a touch more hot water to the cup if the coffee is too strong. There's not much to do if the cup is too weak other than to grin and bear it. The learning curve for this coffee maker is more than for a drip machine but less than for an espresso maker, a lot less.

The coffee I get is not the muddy stuff that comes from a french press, which uses a very different method of separating the coffee from the grounds. The press gives a very nuanced cup with a wider range of flavors than I get from any other coffee maker I've ever used. It really is a brilliant design. It's easy to clean, sturdy, travels well and makes a great cup of coffee. If you are only brewing one cup, or one for you and another then it's a joy to use. I wouldn't want to serve coffee to a brunch party with it. I've tried making a cappuccino and a latte with it and a stove top steamer. That wasn't a great success. You need to use a real espresso machine for that, though the AeroPress does serve well for cafe au lait, and brilliantly for my one morning cup. Do use a wide based cup for brewing. It is possible to tip your whole apparatus over with a narrow cup and a bit too little attention to pressing the plunger strait in.

Filters are easy to use and very reasonable $3.50-$4.00 for 350. If you want to bother you can even rinse and dry the filters for reuse.

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Fast and convenient, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes one of the best cups of coffee you'll ever taste. This innovative uses the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce coffee and espresso that has rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. It makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs), features a micro filtered for grit free coffee, and takes just 1 minute to make coffee (actual press time takes only 20 seconds).

With total immersion brewing, the AeroPress produces uniform extraction for the ultimate in full coffee flavor. To brew a double espresso or 10-ounce cup of coffee:

  • Place a microfilter in the bottom cap of the AeroPress chamber and twist the cap tightly closed.
  • Place two scoops of ground coffee from the included AeroPress scoop into the chamber.
  • Stand the chamber on a sturdy mug, then proceed to pour hot water into the top of the chamber (175 degrees F is optimal).
  • Stir the water and coffee with the included paddle for about 10 seconds.
  • Insert the plunger into the chamber and gently press down about a quarter of an inch and continue to maintain that pressure for 20 to 30 seconds (gentle pressure is the key to easy AeroPressing).
This will result in a double espresso. To make an Americano, simply top off the mug with hot water, or add hot milk for a creamy latte. The AeroPress can press from 1 to 4 scoops, and each scoop from the included AeroPress scoop makes the equivalent of ...
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Category: Coffee Makers, Espresso Makers

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