Friday, February 28, 2014

AeroPress coffee---yes, I brought another machine!

'Oh no!' you say. 'Surely he hasn't been sucked in again.' Well, yes. Yes I was influenced by the 'good words' of another, this time  not from 'As Seen On TV.' No, a colleague told me about some reports done about cheaper version of coffee makers and getting a good quality coffee without breaking the bank. The one that met that goal---the AeroPress machine, retailing with extra filters and postage for about $NZ75. You can go to local cafes and get one for $59. Mine came from Ozone Coffee Roasters and it was on my doorstep within 24 hours. pretty damned good in my books.
For a change I read the instructions and watched the online video. That is very different from my usual 'rip-shit-and-bust' approach! The verdict?
If you are looking for a crema-rich espresso-style coffee, then maybe the maker's claims could be a tad exaggerated. BUT---it produces a really good tasting coffee; smooth to the gates with a lovely after-taste that I associate with a good cafĂ©-brewed cup of coffee and it is really easy to use and clean up. I can still taste the warm glow of the coffee, minutes after the final drop. I make mine with frothed milk. I use my La Favona machine to make that but I think that a cheap frother would be fine. Not for me the so-called American coffee that is little better than the nasty filtered stuff that has been sitting around for ages.
OK, I am not going to throw away my nice Italian machine, but for ease of use and consistent good coffee, I am sold. Yes, I love my crema, but you know what---there is little difference in taste. And---once the silky milk is added, you still get that thick brown ooze that hangs around the edges, making it quite similar to my flash coffee from the big machine. Well done Alan Alder---the inventor! I can see myself getting one for work. Finally, I have purchased something from online, for which I have no regrets. This one ranks right up there and beyond---- my 'solar oven.'

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