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Superb little coffee maker
on 4 June 2014
I Have been drinking fresh ground coffee for many years and tried most devices on the market - it all started with a humble yellow plastic cone and Melitta filter papers and led eventually to two different espresso machines (Krupps and DeLonghi), with cafetieres, stove top cafeteras (as used commonly in Spain and Italy), and a pod machine along the way.
In my opinion none of the above have consistently produced a cup of coffee as good as the humble plastic Aeropress coffee maker. At first it seemed a little fiddly but you soon get used to the process and it makes a smooth cup of coffee every time. I've given up on all other types of coffee machine and take this with me whenever I go away.
It does have a few drawbacks. If you religiously follow their instructions for making a cup of coffee you will use an awful lot of fresh ground coffee, especially if you drink an average of 6 cups a day like me. I have experimented a bit, like others, and adapted their method so I use less coffee (basically I just have it "brewing" a little longer) and I still enjoy it more than any other method. You might also find it very difficult to depress the plunger at times, but it does ease after a while. In fact, as the rubber seal wears over time the plunger loses its efficacy and will need to be replaced - I think mine lasted about six months (i.e. about 1,000 uses). Finally, it can be tedious having to take it apart and rinse it immediately after every use (especially if your kitchen sink is in use at the time!) but it's a very simple process and you don't have to worry about cleaning and descaling on a regular basis as you do with an espresso machine.
In summary, if you love your fresh coffee I would give it a go.