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AeroPress – my favourite way to make coffee

AeroPress Coffee Maker

It’s funny, my 2 favourite coffee making tools begin with ‘Aero’, my AeroPress Coffee Maker and Aerolatte milk frother.  We all own something which we feel rather guilty about buying.  I’m the type of person who will look at a few pieces of plastic and say, “That would cost about R20 to be manufactured,” and weigh it against the cost.  Last year I was given a Yuppiechef gift voucher for my birthday, I had been coveting an AeroPress for some time.  Back then on Yuppiechef the AeroPress was R499, an amount that I would never normally spend on myself (thanks to the current exchange rate the price is even more silly now).  The gift voucher was the perfect excuse to indulge in my wish.  For a few pieces of plastic, and a bit of rubber it is a crazy price BUT the AeroPress is my favourite way to make a single serving of coffee.  It is as quick as making a cup of tea and the fastest way to make real coffee (I never buy instant coffee).  Some connoisseurs say that it provides the best flavour but I can’t really make that distinction.

If you want to really spoil a coffee lover the AeroPress Coffee Maker would make the perfect gift.

3 comments

  1. I have never even seen one! My favorite kitchen appliance is our expresso maker – I adore it

  2. The Aeropress is great. There are so many techniques that can be used to get different flavours out of the beans. You notice the biggest changes when you try the same beans with both Aeropress, and another form (say, french press/plunger). Trying a lot of different roasteries(there are a lot of local roasteries these days) should also quickly help you distinguish between a good cup and a bad cup(provided you keep your Aeropress method consistent).

    I found that the dark roasts I used to like out of a plunger, where not useable with an Aeropress, due to their bitterness. I changed to medium roasts now, and I must say that comparatively, coffee out of the Aeropress is far better than from a plunger.

    Another big change will come if you grind your own beans, instead of buying ready ground coffee. Especially if the beans are fresh. Unfortunately, most of the coffee in a supermarket has been sitting around for a while(unless the particular brand is a local roastery. Then it may be newish…). Ideally you would want to find coffee 5-7 days after roasting. I wish roasteries would put a label on the bag, with the roasting date.

    The price is relatively steep, but compared with an espresso machine, it is cheap.

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