What is it?
Why do I need it?
If you want good coffee, want it fast, want it cheap, want to be able to make it anywhere and do not want to compromise on taste, then, 1) you’re high maintenance and 2) you definitely want an AeroPress.
I stumbled upon this little beauty when I was looking for a cheap solution to the god-awful Nestle Blend 43 Instant Coffee at my office. I wanted to be able to make French Press coffee at work with out the messing around. Now, I’ve run the whole gamut of coffee styles and owned pretty much all the machines to make them! From Nespresso and Italian style coffees with frothed milk to a French Press and long blacks with a dash of cream. There are so many variables, you can tinker with the subtleties of making coffee for a lifetime if thats what makes you happy. But, when I want coffee, just give me the damn coffee already! And make sure its a good one.
With the AeroPress you can make up to 4 coffees at the same time and it literally takes 1 minute, plus the time it takes to almost boil your kettle. Yes, almost boil. If you’re an avid tea or coffee drinker you will know that boiling depletes oxygen in the water and oxygen helps the flavour develop. Too high heat will also scold your tealeaves or coffee grinds and create a bitter flavour, not to mention scold your mouth if you’re too eager to drink it. About 80ºC is the water temperature you’re aiming for – almost boiling but no bubbles. We have a fancy Bonita Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle because Mr CC (pictured above holding his beloved Mash mug) is a Virgo and having to ‘guesstimate’ the temperature will break his brain. Ours is set to 85ºC because we like to live dangerously, and also still make a french press coffee from time to time.
AeroPress uses full immersion brewing combined with air pressure and microfilter to make seriously smooth and seriously quick coffee. The microfilter lifts out all of the grit or ‘body’ that a french press lets escape into your cup, and that means you can drink every single mouthful you brew – not having to leave the dregs in your mug because they are thick with coffee sludge. The air pressure extraction method means zero brew time (although I like to let the grinds ‘bloom’ before I pour all the water in) and no brew time plus the microfilter makes for rich flavour with no acidity or bitterness. Oh, and you can make both Italian and American style coffees as this will make an espresso or a long black depending on how much water you add. Win win win!
So how exactly do you use this thing? As I said earlier, there are endless variables, but for the essentials, watch this video:
(language warning if you watch to the end)
Whats it made of?
Yes, as you can see, its plastic. But it is BPA and phthalate free. The reason that its plastic? Portability. Glass is breakable and stainless steal too heavy. I thought exactly the same thing, why plastic? But believe me the manufacturers, Aerobie, have put thought into this. It is NOT dishwasher safe, but clean up entails a 10 second rinse under the tap.
Fun fact: Aerobie’s other claim to fame is the Aerobie Flying Ring. What you and I might call a Frisbee (if that wasn’t a registered trademark to a rival company). They are featured in the Guiness Book of World Records!
Whats the damage?
I bought mine from Amazon.com with bonus travel bag and a years worth of filters for $33.90US. They are also available from practically any local coffee roasters (if you’d rather shop small and local) as they preserve the true taste of the beans.
Now tell me, how do you make your coffee? Does it involve as much precision as surgery like Mr CC? Or are you more of an improvisor (me)? What coffee paraphernalia do you use?