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What Is An Aeropress? Coffee-Making Method Takes Off

03/21/2014 12:38 EDT | Updated 03/21/2014 12:59 EDT

At a time when buying a great cup coffee is usually only a five-minute walk away, people still want to know how to home brew a truly spectacular pot of joe, and Aeropress is offering a new option for doing just that.

What is Aeropress? It's a brand name for a coffee maker, coined by Aerobie, the creators of the press. But it's also become a verb in and of itself, as in "here's world-famous barista Gwilym Davies aeropressing a coffee."

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As for the actual process, it's similar to a French press, in that a plunger is used to filter and brew the coffee. But for the Aeropress, it's more of an individual creation. You place a filter in the Aeropress, cap it, then put ground coffee in the chamber (the company recommends espresso grind for a single scoop and drip grind for two or more scoops). Add in water (again, between 165° and 175°F is recommended, though coffee shop Sweet Maria's says 195° to 200°F has worked best for them). Stir the coffee and water together, wait about 20 seconds, and then plunge.

You'll want to follow the instructions from the company, depending on what kind of coffee you'd like (espresso, americano, etc.). But as for why this process tastes so much better than any other, it has to do with the immersion of the water and coffee together before getting pushed through the filter. That allows for the flavour to come through without any bitterness, according to the company, and the many foodie fans who've given positive reviews.

Sold for about $30 at a variety of online stores and local coffee retailers, the Aeropress could revolutionize the office coffeemaker — and by revolutionize, we mean render it obselete. Have you tried an Aeropress? What did you think?

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