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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes great coffee,
The Aerobie makes 1-4 strong espresso measures of coffee in 25 seconds from when the kettle boils. Insert one of the micro-filters in the base, lock on, place over a cup or mug, insert one scoop of coffee per espresso and then add boiled water that is 5 seconds off the boil up to the appropriate mark. Stir for 20 seconds with the stirrer in the pack, insert the plunger and press down till it reaches the 4 mark at the top. Keep the same pressure and air, not the plunger, forces the water through the coffee. As the coffee is only in contact with water for 20 seconds you don't get any bitterness, and the micro filter holds back even the finest grounds. After use you can remove the filter holder and push out the "puck" of coffee straight into the bin or compost. The rubber plunger cleans the inside as it goes, so all you need to do is clean off the end after use.
You can then drink the hot espresso, or use it as a base for latte, americano, cappuccino etc. I like to start the day with a black triple espresso americano.
If you want to use beans, use one scoop of beans per espresso and grind them while the kettle boils. A funnel is supplied to get the coffee out of the grinder into the AeroPress easily.
You can save filter papers by rinsing them off after use and putting back in the holder to dry, you can use one a day this way.
You can use the plunger as a water measure, and even boil the water in it in a microwave (its specially designed to pour more easily so you can do this). Its also dishwasher safe. To make 2-4 coffees, just make 2-4 espressos in one mug and then divide into 2,3 or 4 or make in a jug.
The only problem with it is that, having made your coffee you don't want to clean it immediately, its too hot anyway, and it tends to drip. I leave it on the side of the draining board till I am washing up but a saucer would do as well. This is why I didn't give 5 stars. However it is much quicker, makes better coffee, and is cheaper to use than Nespresso, Senseo or any of the capsule/pod machines.
Compact and light so great for taking to work for real coffee without any fuss, especially as all you need is a kettle.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in kitchen or outside of home,
The nylon bag is totally useless. Order without.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso maker,
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great tasting coffee,
This review is from: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso - w/zippered nylon tote bag (Kitchen & Home)Purchased this to bring my own coffee to work and save money. I find an italian coffee (on the hob) leaves coffee tasting slightly burnt from the hot steam processes. This is device is brilliant and coffee tastes lovely and smooth.
Advice- don't overly force the plunger down as filter will tear.
- Also when refilling with water for a second pass on same ground cofffee break the coffee puck first, otherwise an air pocket will form when filling container with hot water which will pop and spray hot water up which may burn you.
- agree with others saying filters can be reused
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The coffee lacks oomph,
This review is from: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso - w/zippered nylon tote bag (Kitchen & Home)Full marks to this device in terms of portability, simplicity and easiness to clean. The bag that is supplied is very cheap with man-made fibres, but it's got a zip and does the job. I question whether it's worth the extra money on top of the press on its own.
The paper filters are supposedly one-use, but two filtrations can be got from them. Alternatively you could also purchase a Kaffeologie S Filter for AeroPress - Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Reusable Coffee Filter for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Makers, which I find produces a better drink; the paper ones seem to block some of the oils and doesn't let the crema through. It saves money in the long run too, as you'll never have to buy any more ever again.
Less than full marks for the end result, though - although the flavours come out nicely, it's a light brew; I'm used to using a pump espresso machine, and I find that in comparison, the crema is lacking, and the viscocity and pure WELLY just isn't there. It's almost like tea if you don't get it right. To get a good cup of coffee, you want the hot (not boiling) water to push through the beans as quickly as possible, so that the bitter tastes aren't added. That's the main problem with percolators, cafitieres and hob-top makers - they stew rather than purge, and the clarity of the individual flavours gets lost.
So, what you get here is a way of forcing water through at pressure without having to use an expensive water pump (inside an expensive machine). My advice is to buy a good burr grinder, such as Dualit 75015 Coffee Grinder, Black; and start grinding your own beans to the fineness that suits your taste best - the finer you grind, the harder it is for the water to be pumper through. This helps to make the end result stronger, but it's still not quite there for me.
Which, if you like your coffee like that, is great. I've built up far too much of a resistance to caffeine over my years of being on the bean; I NEED full-strength fuel! For the smokers out there, this is a bit like having to smoke Silk Cut when you've been puffing away on Marlboro Reds :)
A great little device that gives a way to get a pressure-driven cup of coffee at a budget price.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee, small gadget,
We used to have a filter coffee machine, and before that a manual drip filter and cafetière. The coffee from the Aeropress is much smoother, and the filter papers so fine that you don't get the sludge that you often get from a cafetière. It is quite and easy to use, and quick and easy to clean up.
The tote bag didn't come with mine because they were out, and I believe they offered me a small refund.
Although I like reasonably strong coffee, the instructions called for using a ridiculous amount of ground coffee per espresso cup, and the scoop that comes with it is huge. We now use the same amount of ground coffee that we used to use with our filter machine (about a tablespoon per small cup) and that seems about right.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best cup of coffee ever!!!,
This review is from: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso - w/zippered nylon tote bag (Kitchen & Home)For all coffee lovers,this makes getting up in the morning all the easier when the end result will satisfy your coffee needs.
5.0 out of 5 stars better coffee,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great coffee maker,
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin!,
Judging by YouTube videos on the best way to use the Aerobie...this could get very nerdy!
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