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Extra info for buyers plus Year 3 update,
This review is from: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker (Kitchen & Home)Most of the reviews are pretty accurate. Now I have this gadget, I've reluctantly dropped my steel mini-cafetiere but still use my 'smart mug' with plunger at work. But the Aeropress is almost as quick, and better - the coffee is crystal clear (but brown - you know what I mean), no crema, but that doesn't matter too much to me, and tasty.
Here is some how-to-use-it info:
[...link deleted by Amazon] Download the instructions from the manufacturer's website for details of how to brew, if you want to check before you buy. But it's quick, and not as complicated as they make it sound - I think there is an online video.
For people collecting greenie points: A year's filters use fewer trees than just ONE newspaper. Plus - you can quickly rinse and reuse the paper filter over and over if you wish - I use mine about 6 times each - such a mean old man...
The Playce I got my Aeropress from (a while ago) INCLUDED 300 filters at a low price - Amazon may be price matching by the time you read this.
Almost self-cleaning, but it's dishwashable if you prefer. VERY heavy-duty, slightly flexible (not brittle) clear plastic. UPDATE - after almost 3 years, this is a tad stained and has very small fissures (nothing bad) near the base and the dishwasher won't bleach it. Not a real prob, though.
Needs quite a bit of slow, sustained downward pressure for 15 seconds or so - weak-wristed ladies may struggle. In the interests of balance, that goes for weak-wristed gentlemen, too. A coarser grind makes things easier, but then your coffee's not as strong and you need even more.
I've just kept on using my usual 'all purpose-grind' coffees (e.g. T.....'s Lazy Sunday, or any supermarket own brands), with no problems re strength - you have to make it strong, then water it down for an 'americano' strength. Finer-ground Italian or filter-grind brands are OK, though, too. After almost 3 years, I've started grinding my own beans but, as it's a bit of a pain, I do a week's worth at a time and keep in a vacuum tin, which probably is self-defeating.
I now never use another gadget or machine to brew coffee. So that's a waste of money on my Bodum steel plunger jugs. Cafetieres leave fine bits (sludge), but this doesn't. It's that good - and I'm usually sceptical of gadget claims. Hope all that helps.
UPDATE - I forgot to say that you can make more than one cup at a time. The side markings on the tube are for espressos, which you, if you wish, dilute to make an Americano. So e.g. for 2 Americanos, make enough coffee for 2 espressos, but plunge into 2 separate mugs (50% into each mug), then dilute as necessary.
MUCH quicker than the great-looking but hard-to-find Chemex glass jug/wood collar/special filter, which I received as a gift. The Aeropress is 1 minute against 4 minutes with the Chemex for a single mug and its wasteful, single-use, giant filters.
November 2011 - no problems at all. Has been used twice a day for a year. Very slight scratching of the the tube by the plunger, understandably. Plenty of filters left as I make one last for about a week !
September 2012 - still brill.
November 2012. Very slight erosion at the end of the tube. Probably my fault for not ejecting the old coffee plug until the next time I use it, which is 24 hours later, usually. Still works fine, though. If it broke / went missing, I would immediately have to buy another one, and I don't often say that.
Spring 2013 - well, never one to give up, here's more... the latest ones are smoky grey, which should help disguise the slight staining which my Aeropress, now 3 years old, has picked up near the base. Probably my fault for never pressing out the used 'puck' of coffee until next morning. This has also led to the plastic slightly starting to 'corrode' near the base. But I really can't complain. It still works fine, don't be deterred! Birthday soon, and I think I need a new one. I'll keep the current one for holidays and emergency back-up. Because it WILL be an emergency the day they stop making these.
Thanks for the votes, everyone ! This is way more popular than my retro cubic fire review!
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2012 19:03:32 GMT
Thanks for the very informative review.
To add to your info, and to help anyone else, I use the inverted method (look up Aeropress inverted method on google video).
So you turn it upside down, and use only 1 scoop of coffee. Fill halfway with boiled water that has been left to cool in a mug for 30secs-1 minute, wait 5 seconds, then fill up again. Stir slowly for 15-20 seconds, screw the filter attachment on (with paper filter wetted and placed on the plastic filter). Turn right side up and depress plunger for 25-30 secs to put coffee into the mug. Apparently this amount of time is important as any less affects the smoothness of the coffee.
Finally, do not depress the plunger all the way to the bottom, stop just short before the very end (when the air starts to bubble through-it'll make sense when you use it for the first time). Apparently this is also where the bitterness of the coffee also comes through. Coffee tastes AMAZING and so smooth, everyone who has tried it loves it.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jan 2012 08:57:01 GMT
Cheshire Dave says:
Yes my son practises "the Australian method" and is very happy to do so.
Mind you, he's moved down to what Mrs Merton (see the DVD) calls 'that London' and it's filled his mind with all manner of artistic, bohemian and strange ideas... 8 -)
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2012 06:44:43 GMT
Cheshire Dave says:
Another tip - DON'T quite boil the water. (Or boil it and let it cool for more than a few seconds.) Which? magazine says just leave the hot water for a few seconds after boiling, but I disagree. That's too short a time.
If you don't boil, as recommended by Aeropress, the coffee is MUCH smoother. I didn't think this possible, but I've tried it a few times and it definitely is much less harsh. Strange but true.
For me, pushing out all the air to the very end of the tube didn'r affect things too much (too harsh), using the usual Aeropress non-upside down method.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jan 2012 10:25:56 GMT
Hi there Dave,
In the upside down method, the water boils, then you pour int into a cup and let it cool for 30 secs to 1 minute-surely that's the same thing?
Posted on 21 Mar 2012 13:18:06 GMT
A. Mortimer says:
I think this has to be one of the best reviews I have ever read! It spans over a year... well done my friend.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jul 2012 08:48:01 BDT
Aerobie say that the water should be at 80 DegC for best results. Leaving boiled water to cool for 30 secs to 1 minute in a mug is too short.
I have just made the following measurements with my calibrated digital food thermometer SuperFast Thermapen - professional food thermometer in black:
I took a standard fine bone china mug out of the cupboard at 23 DegC and filled it with 100 DegC water.
At 30 sec it was 90 DegC.
At 1 min it was 88 DegC.
It took 3min 30 sec to reach 80 DegC.
Hope this helps!
Posted on 24 Jan 2013 16:10:06 GMT
G. H. Jowett says:
YOU ! MADE ! ME ! BUY ! ONE !. Thank you for a super review.
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2013 16:44:45 GMT
Thanks rally, damn that sounds like a long time! Considering how cold my kitchen is at the moment I think a minute is just right, any other time and I'm going to at least double the time period:)
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 10:36:00 GMT
(Stirring all the time with probe.)
 Fine bone china mug (232g) at 18 DegC filled with 263g water at 100 DegC.
At 30 sec it was 89 DegC.
At 1 min it was 87 DegC.
Took 3min 20 sec to reach 80 DegC.
 Stoneware mug (316g) at 18 DegC filled with 287g water at 100 DegC.
At 30 sec it was 87 DegC.
At 1 min it was 84 DegC.
Took 2 min 20 sec to reach 80 DegC.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Apr 2013 02:30:23 BDT
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