Once I had reviewed the primary brewing methods, I thought I’d covered it all.

Wrong.

I was as jubilant as a humming bird to learn about the ‘AeroPress‘ (and secretly mortified it’s been around since 2005 without me knowing).

Fortunately, the person who tipped me off about the press also owns one, so I was able to give it a try for myself.

My initial impression from the name was that it was an imitation French press, but the the box describes it as a “coffee and espresso maker.”

I was skeptical.

The AeroPress‘ flavor is supposed to set itself apart from other brewing methods because it is:

-Less acidic than coffee (it has a lower pH)

-Low bitterness

One of the AeroPress’ most marketable feature is its ability to brew in 30 seconds or less — but that seems overstated from my experience.

Disadvantages:

-The assembly time is much more involved than a French press, espresso machine or coffee maker.

-The cleanup

-The stacks of filters and the multiple equipment components.

-The plunger gets stuck

Advantages:

-Quick brew time

-Smooth flavor

-Versatility — you can make lattes, americanos and straight espresso.

The instructions provided in the package are simple:

1. Remove plunger and the cap from the chamber.

2. Put a filter in the cap and twist it onto the chamber.

3. Stand the chamber on a sturdy mug.

4. Add two scoops of fine-drip grind coffee.

5. Pour hot water into the chamber.

6. Stir the water.

7. Insert the plunger and press down, maintaining the same pressure for 20 to 30 seconds.

8. Drink the americano, or add milk to make a latte.

The idea for the brewing device is certainly innovative and fun — I just don’t see myself stumbling into my kitchen half asleep starting my coffee this way.

It’s too involved for the morning. Oh, and it costs between $25 and $30 — the same for a drip maker.

The Aeropress

Check out my slideshow of using the AeroPress here.

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