I have participated in the Ars Technica Sekrit Santa event ever since it was started four years ago. Every year I got something awesome: niche coffee from Honduras, very nice tea, and a Gnomad, Gunpowder tea and tulip glass teaware, and an Italian stovetop coffee maker complete with homemade instructional DVD.
Those were all great, but I got something so totally unexpectedly awesome that I thought I’d post about it here on Gibberish, and recommend it to all of you.
The Aerobie Aeropress coffee/espresso maker is simple and effective. How simple? This simple:
- Grind your beans up — my conical burr grinder has a hojillion settings, and I have found that three settings more fine that drip is best thus far.
- Heat up some water to 170ish degrees. This is done easily at NORAD with the aid of the Upton Imports multi-temperature electric kettle.
- Attach the circular paper cone to the filter basket of the Aeropress and screw it onto the main tube, which is made of plastic and is about five inches high.
- Add one scoop (provided) of coffee for each shot of espresso you want to make.
- Pour the hot water over the grounds. The oval-shaped guidelines tell you how much water to put in depending on how many shots make.
- Stir the hot water so that all of the grounds are wet:
- Compress the water and the grounds with the plunger. Go slowly, but firmly. It takes less than a minute to make four shots:
- Mmm, shots. Not bad head on the shots, either (also pictured is another wonderful gift, a double-walled glass cup, which I will review later):
- Clean up is easy: unscrew the filter basket and push the espresso “puck” out with the plunger:
Thanks to Stilts for demonstrating.
Making four shots takes about a minute. I finish up my drink with hot water, it makes an Americano, which happens to be my favorite coffee drink of all time. Doing this at home sure beats driving into work to get one!!
I love the hell out of this thing. I made about a half pound’s worth of espresso with it over the last three days. It is damn damn good and I highly recommend that you buy the Aeropress, if not for yourself, but for any coffee lovers you may know.
The Aeropress sells for $26 at ThinkGeek.com. It comes with 100 filters (which I have used up to four times apiece), a stirring stick, a cone for grinding coffee directly into the chamber, and a coffee scoop. You can buy 350 filters for as little as $3.50 from Zaccardi’s.
Get the Aeropress, you won’t be disappointed.