I love coffee. I love the taste of coffee; I’m one of those rare people who drink it black. I enjoy the ritual of making coffee; I look forward to it every morning. I especially enjoy having the time to kick back, relax, and slowly sip that perfect cup.
A few months ago, my electric coffee maker decided to break down. It was my second coffeemaker in 4 months, which in my opinion is one too many times. Who has the money to keep replacing coffeemakers every few months? Thanks to Bed Bath and Beyond’s return policy I was covered, but I knew there had to be a cheaper and better solution out there for me. So I started to explore other options for making coffee that didn’t include an electric coffeemaker.
I’m trying several different hot coffee brewing methods, and sharing my findings here. For all you coffee connoisseurs: sorry, but I’m not bothering to check the water temperature. I’m just heating the water to the boiling point in my stovetop teakettle and going with it as it is.
Here’s my new favorite coffee brewing method – the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso maker. It is a single cup coffee and espresso maker, so this method is best for brewing one cup at a time.
I consulted the experts at Stumptown Coffee; I knew I’d get some good advice there. An employee there suggested the Aeropress to me, and I’m so glad he did. He mentioned that the Aeropress is great for travel because of its compact size. I loved the idea of being able to make my own coffee on a trip and not spending the money to buy it out all the time! The Aeropress even comes with a cloth travel pouch and 300 small disc-shaped paper filters.
The Aeropress yielded a super smooth cup of coffee. It’s fast, easy, compact, hardly any cleanup, and it’s CHEAP! I paid $35 for it.
Instructions for using the Aeropress are easy. And cleanup is so simple! The filter unscrews and you just pop out the grounds with the plunger. Grounds are already pressed together and in the trash. Rinse off the plunger, and that’s IT! Cleanup is DONE. Quick brew, quick cleanup.
I ended up using one level scoop of coffee grounds for one cup of coffee.
Next week I’ll be reviewing another coffee brewing method. Stay tuned!