A unique coffee maker for small amounts ... and great for travel too. It makes a very clean, sediment-free cup in a short period of time, and is easy to clean up. You just need ground coffee, hot water, and a mug. Brewing with the AeroPress gives good control over the variables - you can easily adjust the water temperature, or water-to-coffee ratio to change the results. Another thing we like is that all parts are BPA free.
The AeroPress is a coffee making system ideal for travel, or brewing a small amount at the home or office. In my tests, the cup results match both the full pot Technivorm brews, and my cupping results (the process where we mix grinds directly with water and use a spoon to taste many coffees at once.) After a lot of frustration on vacations using friends and relatives dirty, low temperature coffee makers, the AeroPress seems like a perfect match for the Home Roaster away from their home brewing setup.
There's one big problem with the brewer: the claims made by the manufacturer! This is not an espresso maker, as they claim, nor are other "made-for-TV" type exaggerations on the package true. This is a brewer that makes a concentrated coffee, then you add hot water to enjoy. It will have other ideal uses too: making iced coffee, coffee for cooking recipes, a concentrate for later uses, etc. But I like it to make a quick, small, clean cup.
The instructions that come with the brewer are good, but I have made my own AeroPress pictorial instructions to show the way I think it should be used. I know, it's no looker. Someone here commented that it has all the charm of a medical device. Bad packaging and bad looks doesn't mean bad coffee though - the AeroPress is well made, the instructions are good, it is easy to use (1 or 2 cup learning curve), fast, easy to clean, and will travel well. I think positive features have made it a good brewer to add to my "arsenal" ... maybe you have a need for this too.
The Aeropress comes with a pack of 350 filters, filter holder, stirring paddle measuring scoop and funnel.
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