18 December 2006

Nifty gifty: Aeropress Espresso Maker

Mama needs her caffeine. Mama's also a bit of a coffee snob, having spent her formative years living in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto across the street from the original Peet's Coffee. So, when my mom got me an Aeropress, I was skeptical. It's basically two plastic tubes with a rubber gasket and filters, and looks like something Austin Powers might pull out of his bag.

Well, folks, Bubbie was right. In about 15 seconds, this contraption pumps out the smoothest, most flavorful cup I've ever had. The Aeropress makes a concentrated brew to which you add water (similar to an Americano). It's best when used for single cups of coffee, so it's ideal for the mom or dad who needs wants a quick cup without having to fire up the coffee machine. And, it's easy to clean (unlike the french press) and supremely portable/unbreakable. Best of all, it's cheap ($25-$30 depending on where you buy it), at least when compared to those fancy home espresso makers.

PS. Think Geek agrees: watch this exciting video of Mark Frauenfelder using his Aeropress!

Update: I just checked Amazon, and they're out, but at this late date it's probably better to go brick-and-mortar anyway. Here's where you can buy an Aeropress in person.

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I bought one of these several months ago, and can vouch for it completely. Hands down the best cup of coffee I've had. Now I need to buy a second one so I can keep one at work.

This is very timely. My French press broke today. I wonder if they sell these in Canada. Hmmm....

I bought one for my husband and he loves it as much as I do. I have one at the office and one at home. Definitely must agree it is the best cup of coffee I have ever had other than on my trip to Italy :)

Here is a website that sells it in Canada for anyone who is interested. The cost posted includes both taxes and shipping.



Yeah these coffee makers have gained a great reputation quickly since their release. The coffee made from these isn't quite espresso as the box may state but is a great cup of coffee. Variables such as water temp, grind, and steep time can all be explored thoroughly.

Enjoy yours!

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