If you want to make an occasional espresso and don’t feel like investing money in an automatic espresso maker, get an Aerobie AeroPress. A bit like a giant syringe, the AeroPress works with the pressure, essential to espresso-making, being created manually as you push down the plunger.
As you can see in the video, this is a very low-tech and hands-on brewing method. And it's small enough to take anywhere, so long as you have access to hot water. In fact, I often take my own AeroPress with me when traveling, along with some ground coffee in a sealed container.
Most hotels have coffee makers in the room, so I use it to heat the water, but then make my coffee with the AeroPress. The difference in quality is amazing.
While a shot from the AeroPress can pass as espresso, myself I produce the shot and then top it up with more hot water in the mug to create a wonderful Americano. In other words, a terrific cup of coffee.
Although the Aeropress is nothing much to look at and is far from high-tech, it has attracted a huge following of fans over the last few years.
There are now AeroPress brewing competitions taking place allover the world. In the same way that baristas can win prices for making the best shots of espresso, coffee lovers can now win prizes for the best espresso or coffee made with an AeroPress brewer.
For you and me, it's enough to know that the Aeropress really does make very good coffee. We can use it at home or tuck it into our luggage when traveling.
This is a about as simple as coffee makers can be.
You can buy the AeroPress at Amazon.com
The hand coffee mill in the photo is the Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder.
About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…