Would you believe that you can make a cup of espresso or cafe americano in 30 seconds flat and it would be the best cup of coffee you ever tasted? Would you believe that you only have to spend around $30 on the coffee maker that produced the perfect cup of coffee? And that a combination espresso/coffee maker is so portable you can take it to your office with you? Could the perfect cup of coffee come from such a modest-looking device as the Aeropress ®?
You may wonder what's so novel about the Aeropress, this simple looking one-cup coffee maker that makes better coffee than a $2000 espresso machine or a $10 simple plastic cone and paper filter.
Most similar to a French press system, the Aeropress uses total immersion and pressure, but the Aeropress has a separate filter and plunger, and the filter is on the bottom, where ground coffee is more evenly exposed to the pressure of the plunger. Cone shaped filter systems tend to "burn" the ground coffee in the center of the cone tip while under-brewing the coffee on the edges of the cone.
A truely good cup of coffee is not made with boiling water as a temperature above about 210 degrees Fahrenheit, produces a bitter taste. The Aeropress uses water at about 165 to 200, depending on which coffee connoisseur you ask.
The process of coffee making is much faster using the Aeropress, taking only 30 seconds, not counting the time it takes to heat the water or grind the coffee. Place 2 - 3 scoops of ground coffee, pour in water to the measured level on the filter, stir with the plunger for 10 seconds, and then press the plunger for 10 - 20 seconds. Add additional hot (not boiling) water for regular coffee or cafe americano, or drink as is for espresso strength.
Grind size and type of coffee you use are to your taste. Espresso grind is not necessary. If you don't like the taste of espresso coffee, you don't need to use an Espresso bean. You can make a good cup of coffee with Folger's or any store brand coffee. The Aeropress makes it taste better.
If you choose to save the coffee for later use to make iced coffee, cappuccino, latte, or other beverage, don't add water to what you have made. Keep the coffee in concentrate form in the refrigerator. Because you have not used boiling water, the taste will remain fresh for a few days. You can also use this concentrated coffee to add to cake or ice cream recipes.
Do I think the Aeropress makes the perfect cup of coffee? I think it can.
Perfect coffee is in the tastebuds of the taster. The Aeropress recognizes this and perhaps that is why the coffee maker is so lenient with the grind and type of coffee you use.
If the taste of Folgers is what you like, you can make a perfect cup of Folgers to your taste.
If you love French Roast, you can buy it fresh roasted, grind it fresh, and make your perfect espresso style French Roast or French Roast americano.
You get to experiment with different beans and different grinds. And doing this, I believe you can make a perfect cup of coffee with the Aeropress.
Aeropress is a product of Aeorbie® and was invented by its inventor/engineer President, Alan Adler. Aeropress is available at coffee shops and gourmet stores nationwide. It is also available on Amazon.com. (Read those customer reviews!) And watch the short video on the Aerobie website to see how easy it is to use and clean the Aeropress!