Created by legendary inventor Alan Adler - of Aerobie flyng disc fame - the AeroPress is a great way to ease into becoming a certified coffee snob without breaking the bank! It's a great little device if you're brewing coffee 1-2 cups of coffee at a time and it's fast.
Here's how it works:
1. Pressurized Extraction: Quick Brew Times - The device sits on top of your coffee mug and you simple add ground coffee and hot water (~200ºF works best). You let the ground steep for 30-60 seconds, and then press down on the plunger. In about the same amount of time as it takes for a Keurig to do its job, you've got a cup of coffee with vastly superior flavor and no un-recyclable waste.
2. It's Flexible: Endless Experimentation! - In addition to the standard brewing procedure, you can also go "inverted" and turn the AeroPress upside down, effectively turning it into an immersion-style brewer like a French Press. In recent years, there have been endless "recipes" cooked up by AeroPress lovers around the world and even world championship AeroPress brewing competitions! The flexibility of brewing with this device lends itself to endless experimentation with widely varying results in the cup. It's a fun rabbit hole to dive down!
3. Easy to Clean - When you're done brewing, simply place the spend grounds and tiny paper filter in the compost or trash. Then with a quick rinse of the 3 plastic pieces of the device, you're all done or ready for another brew. Quick & easy, with very little waste.
4. It's Portable: Take it Anywhere! - The AeroPress can pack easily in your work bag or luggage for trips. (See the photo above, of Roaster Brian doing an inverted brew at the base of Devil's Tower in Wyoming.) As long as you can ensure access to hot water and fresh-roasted coffee from Ross Street Roasting Co., you don't have to suffer crappy coffee when you travel!