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AeroPress

Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:12 PM

It may be that this bandwagon has left the station, but I've just bought an AeroPress, and I'm damned if I don't think it's an amazing piece of coffee making technology. Anyone ever played with one of these little bastards? It's really pretty cool. Basically, it's a very simple pump-and-filter arrangement that makes quite a credible shot of espresso, from a hand-powered machine that costs under $30. The only external input required in terms of power is the heating of the water.

From my point of view, this thing has just made the Keurig in my office obsolete. I don't even mind that I have to buy my own beans to use it. I can have good coffee - in the office. Oh happy day!

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:20 PM

All I have is a crappy coffee maker that gets tepid at best and imbues coffee with a plasticy taste.
Luckily there's a little shop near my work that has some nice coffee.
For some reason I was under the impressions that good coffee machines were super expensive but $30 is pretty good.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:30 PM

You can get a good French press for about the same price - that'll make you good drip coffee if you start with good beans. But if you want espresso, this is kind of an Italian press - it works a little like a French press, except it produces espresso.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:35 PM

I'm one of those really, really lucky people. I find coffee bitter and disgusting, in a way that no amount of sugar and milk can make tolerable.

Give me a small stockpile of carbonated sugar water with large concentrations of caffeine in it, and I'm happy. No cheap kitchen appliance can mess up the taste of my caffeine source! :)
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:36 PM

I mostly just want coffee. I've got some good hawaiin coffee that I haven't wanted to ruin. I'll probably look into presses.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 08:40 PM

Bodum is a very popular maker of French presses, and they make good ones in various sizes. Be careful to check the actual capacity - "one cup" can mean one American mug, or it can mean one measuring cup, about half a mug. Ounces are probably more informative.
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Re: AeroPress

Posted 16 July 2012 - 10:48 PM

View PostAtli, on 16 July 2012 - 09:35 PM, said:

I'm one of those really, really lucky people. I find coffee bitter and disgusting, in a way that no amount of sugar and milk can make tolerable.

Give me a small stockpile of carbonated sugar water with large concentrations of caffeine in it, and I'm happy. No cheap kitchen appliance can mess up the taste of my caffeine source! :)

sugar water will give you diabetes, coffee without sugar will not. you are the opposite of lucky.
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Posted 16 July 2012 - 11:40 PM

Actually I'm 'really, really' lucky. I don't need caffeine at all. I usually am fresh about 5 minutes after waking up. The only effect that coffee has on me is make me feel warm and sleepy.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:22 AM

I have an AeroPress, and I loved it dearly until I lost the filter cap. I've not yet gotten around to sending away for a new one.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:51 AM

Never seen one of those before! I'm very interested.

For home I prefer a Vacuum coffee maker. It's a show and a cuppa, all at the same time. They're not that popular, it seems, but they make damn good cup of coffee. I have an electric one. The water boils and, whoosh, into the upper chamber. Then the heater turns off and it just filters back down. Dead simple and easy to clean.
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Re: AeroPress

Posted 17 July 2012 - 06:06 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 17 July 2012 - 08:51 AM, said:

Never seen one of those before! I'm very interested.

For home I prefer a Vacuum coffee maker. It's a show and a cuppa, all at the same time. They're not that popular, it seems, but they make damn good cup of coffee. I have an electric one. The water boils and, whoosh, into the upper chamber. Then the heater turns off and it just filters back down. Dead simple and easy to clean.



kinida reminds me of a bowl--- in other news Bassvgai will be arrested as a coffee pusher
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:14 AM

He plays guitar now?
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Re: AeroPress

Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:23 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 17 July 2012 - 07:51 AM, said:

Never seen one of those before! I'm very interested.


For the money, the experiment is worth while. Worst case scenario, you're out $30. Best case scenario, you start realizing how many of your friends like coffee and need one of these things.
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Posted 17 July 2012 - 07:56 AM

Yeah, I won't likely replace my Keurig just for simple speed/convenience (and because everyone in the office can pick their own poison), but I'm very interested in checking this thing out for personal use.
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Re: AeroPress

Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:01 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 17 July 2012 - 09:14 AM, said:

He plays guitar now?



No, he's taken up fishing.
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