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October 16, 2006

AeroPress — 'Fantastic brew'


That's how Jonathan Margolis, in last week's Financial Times How to Spend It supplement, described the product of this espresso-for-one machine.

From a British website:

    AeroPress Coffee Maker — Mmm... Coffee!

    Making high quality filter coffee is a right palaver, isn't it? Yes, you can use one of those plunger/cafetiere thingamabobs, but who can be bothered with all that waiting around and washing up? Then there's the posh electric coffee machine: chic and effective, maybe, but this pricey device seems to be the Noughties equivalent of the fondue set, as it invariably ends up collecting dust alongside your sandwich toaster and naked doughnut-hoopla set. (What, haven't you got one?).

    Thankfully your good friends at Firebox (or should that be Firebucks?) have discovered a nifty new way to make deliciously smooth filter coffee in no time. The ingenious Aerobie AeroPress is a manually operated device capable of producing pro-standard cups of filter coffee and espresso in less time than it takes to say 'I'll have a frappacappadoodah with sprinkles'.


    Independent reviewers and coffee connoisseurs agree that the Aerobie AeroPress delivers the smoothest, richest, purest and fastest cup of coffee (under 30 seconds) you're ever likely to find - and it only costs a bit more than a few double espressos and couple of muffins down your local poncey coffee shop.

    Using the AeroPress is a doddle: simply put your coffee in the transparent chamber, pour in hot water, stir for 10 seconds and then depress the plunger. Gentle air pressure forces the mix through a special micro-filter and into the cup below. Easy, eh?


    The total brewing time of only 30 seconds reduces acidity in the grounds and results in an exceptionally smooth taste. And the total immersion of the grounds causes rapid yet robust extraction of flavour. We could go on with the scientific blurb but the bottom line is the AeroPress makes the most delicious cup of coffee (including espresso) we've ever tasted.

    The amazing AeroPress comes complete with everything you need to get started, including a year's supply of micro filters, so unless you're a chronic bean fiend the only thing you need to buy is the coffee.

    We really can't stress just how superior coffee made using this simple gizmo tastes. Of course we could always invite you round for a quick cup, but that would involve divulging the secret location of our subterranean HQ. Besides, we've just run out of biccies.



    1 x Year supply of micro-filters.
    1 x Filter holder.
    1 x AeroPress (chamber + plunger).
    1 x Funnel.
    1 x Scoop.
    1 x Stirrer.
    1 x Instruction leaflet.

    Please note: Cup and coffee not included.




Note that there's an informative demonstration video on this chaotic page just below the item description.

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I've had an Aeropress for several months and find it makes the smooooothest, bitter-free coffee. It doesn't let you make a true pulled espresso, but who cares. And the puck of grounds left in the press is easy to chuck in with the composting. You don't have to rinse the grounds down the drain like when you wash out your French press. I have nearly every kind of coffee pot, from vacuum to unused perc, and find the Aeropress an excellent addition to my collection.

Posted by: LeRoy Bidlo | Oct 16, 2006 10:15:28 AM

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