Ever walk past a $4.00 a cup coffee store and wish that the coffee they served tasted like the coffee smell they pump out to the sidewalk?
Ever wish that it was possible to brew a decent cup of coffee in your hotel room only to get poisoned by the toxins flowing out of the room brewer?
There is hope... There are answers and they all come from Kinetic Koffee and the AeroPress.
We have previously reviewed the coffee offerings from Mark Ritz and his wonderful Kinetic Koffee line, but way back in what was likely March of last year Mark sent me a test version of the Aeropress to review. This device most closely resembles a hypodermic syringe. It is a clear plastic tube with a clear plastic, rubber gasketted plunger that fits inside. The syringe is capped with a screened end piece that accepts a paper filter and it works like this...
1) Boil some water, and grind up some Kinetic Koffee.
2) Place a precut paper filter into the removeable end cap.
3) Add between 1 & 4 measures (supplied) of Koffee into the Aeropress tube.
4) Place the press onto an appropriate sized cup or mug.
5) Pour the appropriate amount of 180 degree water into the Aeropress' marked tube.
6) Stir the grinds and water with the supplied stirrer (measured to length to prevent tearing the filter) for approximately 10 seconds.
7) Insert the plunger into the Aeropress body and slowly press.
8) If you want espresso, drink the result.
9) If you want American smooth coffee, add more hot water and consume.
The entire process takes less than a minute and the result is quite simply the best cup of coffee I have personally ever made, period!
Our policy on these pages it to give products a good review if they perform as advertised, and this frankly often has a fairly forgiving definition. But to get an excellent rating the product has to perform its claimed function flawlessly. The Aeropress goes so far beyond that level that I simply can not award it enough stars. This inexpensive, simple, environmentally friendly devise makes the best coffee I have tasted anywhere.
The used grinds exit this press as a neat little hockey puck, perfect for your compost heap, the silver dollar sized filter degrades in the same heap, and that's the whole thing. Clean up of the press takes seconds. For a short trip you can store the grinds you take with you in a small baggie inside the press plunger and use the room coffee maker to boil some water for the press (better to use the stove or microwave if available as the coffee makers can add off flavors) and your day will start much better.
This press is my preferred method of brewing and I simply refuse to travel with out it!