I was recently given a chance to try out the Aerobie® AeroPress® Coffee and Espresso Maker. Aerobie was founded in 1984 and they specialized in making sports toys, but in 2005 they started the production of this espresso maker.
How about a little about the inventor? This is pretty amazing:
"AEROPRESS is the result of several years of applied research by inventor/engineer Alan Adler. He conducted numerous brewing experiments, measuring the brew with laboratory instruments. The experiments demonstrated that proper temperature, total immersion and rapid filtering were key to flavor excellence. He then designed and tested dozens of brewers before settling on the AEROPRESS design. The design was further validated by coffee lovers who tested prototypes in their homes. Adler has about forty U.S. patents and an equal number of foreign patents. He is President of Aerobie, Inc, Palo Alto, California and a lecturer in mechanical engineering at Stanford University. Adler’s best-known invention is the Aerobie flying ring which set the Guinness World record for the world’s farthest throw (1,333 feet)."
Who needs another gadget in the kitchen, right? I do. I mean, I do. Our Kitchen Aid Coffee Maker has been well used but between cleaning and drying each part, I wish the time was spent on buying a cup from Starbucks. I know. Ha ha.
Yes, I drink coffee with an infant and it is usually much needed. Did I mention that my baby sleeps through the night? Thank you. :-)
In comes this COOL and innovative Aeropress. As the title suggests, all one has to do is press a plunger in a cylinder that has been filled with finely ground coffee and hot water and coffee is ready in your mug in 20 seconds.
I believe I initially was out of town when the product first arrived so I gave the task to my husband to read the instructions and to try the coffee for the first time. I came home a few days later and he prepared me a mug of coffee. Talk about the smoothest tasting coffee. It is so creamy and well, the clean-up process is quick and easy and I can one cup or two cups without a problem.
The chamber has removable filter cap where a very thin filter is placed. The filter cap is placed back on the chamber. There is a funnel provided to prevent coffee spills. I really did not think this was necessary.
Now you can get your favorite finely ground or you can use espresso grounds. I really like Lavazza coffee for anything espresso-related. It is ground already.
The chamber is labeled with 1 to 4 cup increments. For one- 10-ounce cup of coffee you will need 2 scoops of coffee and the water will have to be filled to the number 2 line. The scoop is provided in the box.
What is not really labeled is that you can make multiple cups by increasing the scoops of coffee.
The chamber is placed on top of a mug while all this process occurs. Dripping will otherwise occur.
Hot water is then poured into the chamber up the number 2 line or to line 4 for two cups of coffee. There is a stirrer that is also provided. Stir the coffee for 10 seconds.
Using the plunger provided, the rubber seal must be moistened before being placed in the chamber.
The plunger must be pressed gently downwards, until all the air is expelled and the coffee has been released into the mug.
You now have a double shot of espresso that can be consumed as is or you can make a American coffee by adding hot water to the coffee or a latte by adding hot milk.
Does this sound tantalizing?? The steps seem complicated but once you know what needs to be done it is a cinch.
The one thing that I do is reuse the grounds. I remove the plunger and add more hot water, stir, and press for another cup of coffee. I think it tastes JUST as good.
There were some things that seemed a bit confusing to me. It is just assumed that the coffee scoops are multiplied for the amount of coffee servings. The other thing is that even though the instructions talk about GENTLY pressing the plunger into the chamber, it was quite hard to gently press downwards. It is a bit of hand workout but it is WORTH IT!
If you get a chance go to Aeropress website's and watch the video, demonstrating how it all works.
How about a chance to win one of these babies? The company was very nice to offer one to my readers.
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