Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25.99
Aeropress makes the best coffe on the planet. I take mine everywhere with me.
- Very easy and fast to use
It takes just a minute to make an amazing cup of coffee. I bought this for camping, but now I use it every morning. Once you try the AeroPress you will never go back to coffe any other way.
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Source: received it as a personal gift
The best cup of espresso you'll ever make on the trail, but there's a trick to using it.
- Simple to use
- Easy to clean up
- Makes REALLY good espresso
- On the bulky side for camping use
- Filters require replacement
There's a trick to making the best use of this. Don't follow their instructions. At least, don't follow one step.
Their instructions say to position the chamber (with filter) over your cup, then add coffee grounds and hot water. If you do this, the water runs through too quickly and your coffee won't steep properly.
Instead, put the plunger in the chamber, withdraw the plunger to allow for the amount of coffee you intend making, then stand it upside-down, with the plunger on the bottom. Add your coffee and hot water (175-180 degrees), stir and steep. Then screw the filter holder and filter onto the chamber, flip over and press into your cup.
I guarantee it will be be best cup of espresso you've ever had in the middle of nowhere.
Price Paid: GBP 20.00
Expensive (UK) and possibly too heavy. Made in the USA.
This coffee press gives you a pseudo-espresso in a couple of minutes, to which you can then add hot water, in order to get a drink similar to an Americano or Long Black.
The device can be stripped down to the essential chamber and plunger for backpacking but even then it weighs just under 250g, which is similar to the Bodin double wall press with the drinking top. However, the Bodin can only be used for one person if you make it normally, whereas the Aeropress can make a lot (4+) of 'shots' at once.
The company would do well to manufacture a lighter weight version and utilise the inside of the plunger airspace for storage, especially of the filters which could easily get wet or dirty. You could zip-lock some coffee and put it in there perhaps. Actually, you can carry the measuring spoon if you cut the handle a bit and force it in the plunger airspace.
Coffee needs to be fine ground so if you're planning a long trek, you might have to have it sent out or find a supermarket with a self-service grinder.
Your cup needs to be the right diameter at the top; about 'large mug' size.
One cannot help but ponder the idea of using such a pump action filter to clean water and I wonder whether we will ever see something in Lexan that also has a filter disc for cleaning your water; then you could boil the assembly for a bit and use it to make coffee once again.
Ultimately, making coffee on this is a bit like using a burger press. It's just too plastic and mundane an experience. It doesn't have the rough and ready quality of a normal french press, nor does it have the refined quality of a real espresso machine/kettle. Now if they made it out of carbon fibre...
The endless quest for a good, lightweight brew kit continues. ;-)
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AeroPress(TM), an entirely new way to brew coffee. Make great regular coffee, espresso or lattes right in camp. Life's too short to drink bad coffee. If you like coffee, you'll love your AeroPress! Outdoor Gear Lab gave the AeroPress a Top Pick Award for 2012. Of the coffee makers in its testing, "The AeroPress came out as the distinct taste winner..." Hot, not boiling, water is mixed with the grounds for only 10 seconds, extracting the richest flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. Then, gentle air pressure pushes the brew through a micro-filter in about 20 seconds. Brew up to four shots of super-smooth espresso at a time. Dilute with hot water for a great cup of regular coffee or with milk for an excellent latte.Cleanup is a snap. Eject the "puck" of spent grounds and rinse or wipe the plunger to remove the coffee oils. Lightweight, indestructible and totally portable, the AeroPress is great for the outdoors person who wants to enjoy the same great coffee out in the wilds that they get at their favorite coffee shop. Comes with 350 micro-filter papers (that can be rinsed and reused), a coffee measuring scoop, stirrer and funnel for adding coffee ground to the AeroPress. The AeroPress isn't just for camp coffee. You'll find that it's the only way you want to make coffee at home too. And why pay $3.00 or more for a coffee drink when you can now quickly and easily make as good a cup, or better, at home for mere pennies! Use the money you save to buy more boating gear! Made in the U.S., by the same people who brought you the amazing Aerobie(R) Flying Ring!
People like to enjoy a cup of coffee on the trail, and no coffee maker will make a shot of espresso as quick and conveniently as the AeroPress. This coffee press uses air to turn your favorite coffee grounds into smooth and rich espresso faster than any other press on the market. From start to finish, it only takes one minute before you are enjoying a nice shot, or even an Americano with your freeze dried breakfast. Also, no need to worry about the possibility of chewing on your grounds...the AeroPress is micro filtered which prevents any of the grit from making it into your cup.Still not sure if this is going to compare to your morning lattes from Starbucks?...Pick one of these up and we think you will be quite surprised.
- Mountains Plus
Forget the bitter, acidic coffee you're used to drinking from a standard coffee press. The AeroPress from Aerobie takes only 30 seconds, but makes the smoothest, best-tasting coffee that coffeereview.com, Sunset Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Cooks Junction, and you, have ever tasted.
- Mountain Gear
The Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a manual espresso maker that packs a punch in a small, affordable package. Billed as producing the world's smoothest, richest brew, we can attest that it's one of the best. What's the secret? The simple, 2 tube manual espresso maker uses gentle air pressure to produce rich flavor with low acidity and no bitterness. Total immersion brewing results in a uniform extraction for a full coffee flavor. Mini micro filters give you grit free coffee and very little paper waste. Easy clean-up! The used grounds and filter pop out into the trash, then rinse off your AeroPress and you're done. It's fast - only a minute stands between you and the perfect cup of AeroPress coffee!. Press time is just 20 seconds. Makes 1 to 4 cups (1 to 2 mugs) of coffee or espresso per batch. Ideal water temperature is key, so be sure to follow the water temp instructions and find the method that works best in your home or camp. But trust us, it's simple. Kit includes the Aerobie AeroPress, a funnel for grounds (to make for a no-mess prep), 350 micro-filters, scoop and stirrer. Made in the USA. Drink a lot of coffee? Get an extra pack of AeroPress replacement filters. Fully portable, this manual espresso maker is great for camping. Once you try AeroPress coffee, you'll never go back!. The Aerobie AeroPress is the coffee maker everyone's talking about - you'll never need a coffee shop fix again with this amazing manual espresso and coffee maker. Kit includes the Aerobie AeroPress, a funnel for grounds, 350 micro-filters, scoop and stirrer. Makes 1 to 4 cups (1 or 2 mugs) of coffee or espresso. Made in the USA
- Tahoe Mountain Sports