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  1. #1
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    Aerobie Aeropress

    All I can say is WOW! I just purchased the Aerobie Aeropress and I must say, it truly is the best tasting coffee I've EVER had. I was debating on whether or not I should get a French Press (FP) or AeroPress (AP) and personally for me, I think I made the right choice. I did a lot of research on it and it had nothing but great reviews, reviews that I now agree with. The packaging and even the apparatus looks like a 5th grade science fair project but it really gets the job done. The big debate with the AP vs the FP is if whether or not the AP makes espresso with crema, and on my first trial, I actually got a lot of crema. Some get crema, some don't, I guess it's all in the technique. Cleanup was a breeze, just eject the "puck" and run the chamber under water, you're done.
    The only thing I regret is making it at 11pm, hahaha, I'm gonna be wide awake now!

    Here's a clip...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9siQ2y_sM9E

    Pros
    Great tasting coffee, smooth, rich and not bitter
    Sediment Free (a big reason why I went with an AP rather than the FP)
    Cleanup is fast and easy
    Affordable, $30

    Cons
    Nothing I can think of at the moment but if I come up with one, I'll be sure to post it.
    Brewing Method: Aeropress

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    Hello "cuppED"

    Thanks for the review of your new Aerobie Aeropress. It's always great to hear when someone is really pleased with his (or her) purchase.

    Now I'm curious.

    What kind of coffee did you use when you tried it? How was it ground?

    I hope you'll continue to enjoy your Aeropress coffee just as much as you did the first time.

    Rose

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    I second that, thanks for the review and video.

    I would imagine that you could grind finer than for a FP because there's a filter in the AP.

    Seems like an easier clean up than the wire screen filter of a FP too. Just pop the puck and rinse. It's like a syringe.

    But, I wonder how the coffee tastes compared to using a FP.... there seems to be no "steep" time. Just stir for ten seconds, while the coffee is already running through the filter, then plunge (press). The video shows a decent amount of crema.

    How is a $5000 espresso machine any better than this $30 method???
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    One costs $4,970 more so of course, it's better.

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    Hello again,

    This weekend I was reading the November/December issue of "Cook's Illustrated" magazine, and I noticed that on page 32 of their Equipment Corner section, they have a review of new products that are on the market.

    The review that caught my eye was the about Handheld Expresso Makers. They compared the Aerobie Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker ($29.95) with the Handpresso Wild Portable Espresso Maker($149.99)

    The tasters described the brew made from the Handpresso as having a muddy and bitter finish. However, they liked the Aeropress. They say, "The lightweight plastic Aeropress did better (than the Handpresso) Using freshly ground beans, it produced smooth espresso that, according to tasters, combined the slightly heavier body of French Press coffee and the cleanliness of drip coffee. With good reason--the Aeropress mimics the technology of both."

    It looks like there is more to the Aeropress than we thought! It may be worth checking out.

    Rose

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    PinkRose,
    I just went to CharBucks and got their Pikes Peak blend and ground the beans to an espresso grind (Not a big fan of starbucks, not that they're terrible, but just not a fan; but I was excited to use my AeroPress and so I quickly went there to get some ground up beans to try it out).
    I've been using my Aeropress a lot lately and I really haven't had a bad cup of joe yet. I'm really pleased with this purchase and I hope it gets more recognition soon. Good to hear that its in a magazine review!
    Brewing Method: Aeropress

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    Based on these comments, I just bought an AeroPress. I can't wait to get it. I am thinking of using it for camping.
    Jim Lyon
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    relax and roast some beans

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    Hello Jim,

    I can't wait to read your review of the Aeropress. I hope it arrives real soon!

    Rose

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    Jlyon10,
    Can't wait for you to get it, hope it turns out well just as it did for me. I'm actually enjoying a cup of brew from my aeropress as I write this post, hahaha. Definitely let us know what you think!
    Brewing Method: Aeropress

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    My AP is gathering dust in the cupboard as I found I much prefer real espresso/americanos & french press/finum brew to what I get from the AP. It is handy on a trip but brewing right in a travel mug with a Finum filter is much easier so why bother? The only "advantage" is the paper filter removing that little bit of sludge from the bottom of the cup which isn't an issue for me. The down side is that the filter also removes some of the oils which give the coffee flavor.

 

 
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