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Monday, May 14, 2012

Review: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

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Some people just can’t get up and going without coffee in the morning. I can understand. I love a good cup while I’m getting ready, especially when I’m on vacation. I’ve gotten to the point that when I travel, I bring my own ground coffee, simply because we’ve stayed in so many places where they either don’t provide enough for our stay or provide crummy coffee or instant crystals. Now, I don’t think I’m all that picky about coffee, but if you’re going to go through the trouble of putting a coffee maker in my room, then giving me instant coffee seems senseless. Generally, this only happens in the UK, but it also has happened in South America, so I assume it has happened to more than just me.

Going to the coffee shop can get spendy and even if you bring your own coffee, some of those in-room coffee makers just aren’t any good. I know how angry that can make some people. If you are a frequent traveler and like a consistent cup of coffee, what’s a person to do besides spend $4+ on an espresso or latte from a nearby Starbucks? Well, I’ve got a new solution for you, brought to you by Aerobie.

You know that I’m not into packing unnecessary items in my travel bag, but I’m all for saving money and bringing something from home that’s going to make my trip more comfortable. Luckily, the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker is fairly small and packable and I won’t need to bring along the accessories that come along with it if I don’t want to (stirrer, spoon, funnel and filter holder).

When I read that people claimed that the AeroPress made the best coffee they ever had, I was intrigued and was interested to try it. Once you figure out how the filter cap fits onto the chamber, the AeroPress is super easy to use. If you can measure grounds and push down on a plunger, you could have a fast cup of coffee, too! The steps are easy:

·         Put a filter in the filter cap
·         Screw filter cap onto the chamber
·         Place chamber onto a coffee cup
·         Add two spoonfuls of grounds to the chamber
·         Add 1 cup of hot water to the chamber and stir with grounds
·         Insert plunger and press down firmly
·         Enjoy your coffee!

Now, at home I have and use a Keurig coffeemaker regularly and I found that the AeroPress made a similar quality cup of my favorite coffee. The air pressure brewing extracts all the best flavor from your grounds without having to wait for the water to drip through them like a regular coffeemaker. Even other travel coffeemakers take more time to make one cup of coffee. With the AeroPress, you can make coffee for everyone in your travel party quickly. Like, everyone could drink coffee together, instead of being practically done with their cup by the time the next one is ready. The other awesome thing about the AeroPress is that it doesn’t need to be plugged in, so you can use it anywhere, even if you go camping. Even if you don’t have a microwave to heat up water, you can just run the tap until it’s as hot as it gets and use that to make your coffee. I tried both ways and my coffee was just as good both times. The coffee was rich and not bitter at all, which can sometimes be a problem with dark roast. What it can’t do is make mediocre coffee better tasting. I did try with some flavored coffee, but it still came out weak and unappealing.

While I probably wouldn’t replace my current coffeemaker at home as other peoplesay they did, I would add this to my travel bag and know that I will be able to get a great cup of coffee wherever I am. My dad is an all-day coffee drinker and being so, I anticipate I may buy him this little gadget for his trips, because it makes good coffee, fast. You can even buy a metal filter for it to save on purchasing new paper filters and also create less waste. Unlike some of the other things I’ve reviewed and suggested for your travel bags, Aerobie makes the AeroPress available worldwide.

More information
Where to buy: on Amazon and many on and offline retailers in the U.S. | International
How much is it?: $25.95
Other Specs: 4.8″ tall
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Disclosure: I was provided with the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker for the purpose of this review, but all opinions are my own.

Have you tried the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker? If not, would you consider trying it out?

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