I often plan our family trips based on the proximity to good coffee. Coffee is my everything — aside from my family of course — I really love the stuff. And I hate drinking mediocre hotel room coffee first thing in the morning. Hate it. So when I received an AeroPress Coffee Maker for review, which is what coffee connoisseurs use to make one perfect cup of coffee on the go, you can imagine my excitement.
The AeroPress coffee maker is lightweight, compact, BPA and phthalate free, and comes with 8 parts (including filters) that fit a zippered nylon tote bag that makes it perfect for travel.
The AeroPress is like a cross between a French press and a pour over. After using a few times, I can honestly say this thing is freaking awesome. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, and consistently produces a very smooth grit-free cup of very good coffee.
First things first, you need fine grind for drip or espresso grind coffee — I got a bag of Stumptown from a local shop.
Next you need hot water, and here’s the one part that tricky. AeroPress is very specific on the temperature of the water, saying it should be 175°. They even suggest using a thermometer. I wasn’t doing that. Especially first thing in the morning. I used a kettle and boiled the water and then let it sit for the suggested 15 minutes (according to AeroPress) to get it to the best temperature. If you use a hotel coffee maker to get hot water, it’s likely at the right temp.
You add a paper filter, a heaping spoonful of coffee (using the spoon that comes with it) and then pour the water up to level 2. Stir it for 10 seconds, then press slowly for 60 seconds. Remove the press and top off the coffee with water and you’re good to go.
See how it’s done in the AeroPress video below:
The AeroPress Coffee Maker will cost you around $30 and filter packs for about $6 per 350. You can purchase your own at these retailers.