Aeropress

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Having read some of the threads here and having become disillusioned with the inability of my Tassimo machine to make a decent latte, I ordered an Aeropress from Amazon together with a bag of Rave signature blend.

Wow! I am seriously impressed! I know it doesn't make true espresso but the shot of concentrated coffee it does make is great as a basis for longer drinks. I'm currently enjoying a wet latte that tastes better than the one from Starbucks this morning, all from a device that cost £23 including the coffee! I am very pleased, and it has the bonus that I can take it with me on holiday.
 
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themadremmy said:
I have SWMBO tipped off that should she feeling like treating, me an aeropress is on my wishlist. Thinking of adding a hand grinder too.
I made the same suggestion to my good lady a couple of years ago and I was very happy when the following Christmas came around and she'd got me both. I got a Porlex hand grinder, which is the perfect size to fit inside the Aeropress plunger, so it's a really compact solution for coffee on the go.

Certainly beats the nescafe and soap powder option available in the vending machines at work!
 
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Hiya,

Couple years ago I spent 3 weeks with an Aeropress and stopped after finally figuring the results were not ever gonna be better than it was. Strange stuff.

Doesn't taste like a French Press or a simple pour over Melitta type, not like espresso and not like regular brewed coffee. I just didn't get the attraction.

Martin
 
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dodgy said:
Doesn't taste like a French Press or a simple pour over Melitta type, not like espresso and not like regular brewed coffee. I just didn't get the attraction.
I think that the type of bean (or pre-ground blend) that you use is really key. Not saying that it would make the coffee taste like any of the other mechanisms you mention, but I like rich almost choclatey coffee with little acidity and it took me a bit of shopping around before I found the right blends. Now I've got it sorted, I wouldn't be without it.
 

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ChopperHarris said:
dodgy said:
Doesn't taste like a French Press or a simple pour over Melitta type, not like espresso and not like regular brewed coffee. I just didn't get the attraction.
I think that the type of bean (or pre-ground blend) that you use is really key. Not saying that it would make the coffee taste like any of the other mechanisms you mention, but I like rich almost choclatey coffee with little acidity and it took me a bit of shopping around before I found the right blends. Now I've got it sorted, I wouldn't be without it.
Spot on - the key is getting the grind right. I've got 250ml of grinds that are too fine and makes the pressing of the water through the grinds virtually impossible. The build up of pressure is quite impressive! But the coffee, when done right, is excellent, to my taste. Clean tasting. As previous posters mention it's not a true espresso, although there is at least one YouTube video showing how to make an espresso with a cream. After all espresso is hot water through coffee grinds under pressure.

The great thing is that it is simple, doesn't cost much and is pretty portable to boot.

What's not to like?
 
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I've started using the inverted brew too, it's less messy and does give a better result. What I like best about the coffee is the lack of bitterness. I'm not an espresso drinker, but even the initial shot, while too strong for me to drink straight is not bitter. I also like the fact that the coffee is really clean with no grit.

Rave is the only coffee I've tried so far but it's lovely and they offer Aeropress grind as an option. I am considering a Hario hand grinder, although I don't know if the difference would be as noticeable in a latte?
 
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