The AeroPress coffee maker claims to be 'an entirely new way to make coffee', and it certainly delivers. I've never had a coffee from a machine like this before. You can compare it to the French press, because both machines use the 'total immersion method', but that's where the smiliarities stop.
I decided to test it one morning and to be honest I was quite skeptical about its use and ability to last in my home, as I'm a heavy coffee drinker. I wanted to make sure that it could handle the constant use and wouldn't be a burden to make cup after cup. So I followed the directions for us:
Remove the plunger and the cap from the chamber.
Put a filter in the cap and twist it onto the chamber.
Stand the chamber on a sturdy mug.
Put the two Aeropress Scoops of fine-drip grind coffee into the chamber (I happened to use Hazelnut infused fine grind coffee)
Pour hot water slowly into the chamber up to the number '2' mark.
Stir the water and coffee with the paddle for about 10 seconds.
Wet the rubber seal and insert the plunger into the chamber while gently pressing down about a quater of an inch. Maintain that pressure until the plunger stops moving.
Then I filled the rest of my cup with water and added cream and sugar as I normally do.
It looked like a regular cup of coffee. There were no grounds in the top and no way to tell it was any different.
Because I had Hazelnut coffee there was the smell of hazelnuts, but it was fuller, as if I had used fresh hazelnuts and the distinct coffee aroma was still there. I did expect it to have that 'warm water' smell, but it didn't and I was quite impressed.
I expected the flavour to resemble water diluted with coffe and maybe the crunch of grounds with my cream and sugar, but I have to say, there was a full flavour accentuated by the pleasant smell. It was a complete emodied cup of coffee. There was no plastic taste, no grounds and best of all it only took a minute to make once the water was hot enough.
I am still using the AeroPress 3 weeks later for every cup and it is still going strong, which is a good thing as I usually go through two or three electric coffee makers a year.
The Aerppress coffee maker is just right for the 1-4 cups of coffee needed for you and a friend. It is simple to use and clean, too. You can use the grounds you currently have at home or the recommended espresso grounds or coffee beans. The AeroPress comes with its own scooper and directions and the process to make a coffee is flawless. It's a great buy with most retailers only charging about $30 and since it doesn't require electricity you can take it camping, on road trips and buy it as a gift for your loved ones.