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lesliepbg
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 5:15am
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I'm thinking about buying an AeroPress... Any thoughts?
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 6:22am
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Your cheapest cup of above average coffee is to go to a good cafe on a good day with your favorite barista and order one.
If you want two dozen or more great cups of coffee you will have to make six dozen or more of your own.
I am assuming that folks are evenly divided when it comes to cheap between Aeropress and French press.
I do not have a French press; I have an Aeropress.  I vote for French press.
As an aside, one can extract a wider, more complex and interesting flavor profile from any quality roast by using espresso extraction than brewing method, although some beans are better for brewing and roasted for brewing and espresso extraction does not uncover anything else in them.  Brewing is fine and delicious in its own right.
But flavor nuance is why people mortgage their houses for an espresso machine.
I have been using a Mypressi handheld espresso machine for two years and I have not been disappointed with the quality that it is capable of pulling.  If I might infer what the range of your proposed budget is, then the Mypressi is high-midrange, $160.

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 6:43am
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The French Press is, IMO, an obsolete coffee making device. The amount of "sludge" that the screen allow into the cup add to bitterness. They also allow steeping to continue so when you are done brewing you really need to transfer all the coffee into another vessel. The Espro press solved all that making a MUCH better cup of coffee, but it is also much more expensive. The Aeropress is the second least expensive way to make a good cup of coffee. The even more affordable is the pour-over cone.

 
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 7:22am
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lesliepbg Said:

I'm thinking about buying an AeroPress... Any thoughts?

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Aeropress is pretty much tried and true.  I have had one for years and still use it.  I also have a Clever with gold filter (I use that more than the Aeropress).  I also have a french press and enjoy the coffee from it, but like Randy mentions there is the sludge issue (I just don't drink the last sip).  I will have to say my favorite of the 3 is the Clever with gold filter:

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It is so darn easy to use, and easy to maintain.  I consider it even easier to use than the aeropress and french.  All in all same price as Aeropress even with gold filter purchase.

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 8:12am
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A Clever and a decent hand grinder. While press needs a coarser grind than many hand grinders can reliably deliver, and espresso needs finer, the grind for a Clever seems comfortably within the range of even the most affordable hand grinders.

Clever gives you the advantage of press-style immersion brewing with the cleanliness of pour-over, and without the finagling I've found I have to do with an Aeropress (inverted or non-inverted? how much to dilute it after your brew it? and so on).  Using the gold filter gets back the press-style body in the cup.

I still have my Aeropress and Cafelogie S-Filter, but I find I don't use it all that frequently anymore, though it does make a nice cup.
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 10:28am
Subject: Re: What's the cheapest way to get a great cup of coffee?
 

lesliepbg Said:

I'm thinking about buying an AeroPress... Any thoughts?

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I have had an Aeropress for a few years and it continues to be what I use for a single cup of (say) 9 oz.  I use about 16 grams of coffee and get 28 cups for $10/lb (as roasted) or $0.36 per cup.

I also have a Brazen brewer which makes 4 -9oz mugs using 65 grams of coffee which gives me the same (more or less) $0.36 per cup.  

The larger pot provides a BIG POT character to the cup (better) but honestly, the Aeropress is decent and I use it unless I have a need for 4 big mugs, when company comes over.

I would say that the Aeropress is a low-cost brewer which does not use an unreasonable amount of coffee, so low first-cost and low cost of supplies.  

(OTOH, a pod brewer such as a Keurig would have a high first-cost and the pods run around $0.75 per cup.  I don't recommend that.)

 
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 3:28pm
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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 8:05pm
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i got one of these for 4 bucks (incl shipping)

Can't get cheaper then that.
Makes great coffee. Full infusion.
I put a saucer on top to keep heat in while brewing.

Can't find them anymore, but you might, or maybe similar.
Wish I had bought more than one.

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Posted Sat May 18, 2013, 8:45pm
Subject: Re: What's the cheapest way to get a great cup of coffee?
 

sumatraman Said:

i got one of these for 4 bucks (incl shipping)

Can't get cheaper then that.
Makes great coffee. Full infusion.
I put a saucer on top to keep heat in while brewing.

Can't find them anymore, but you might, or maybe similar.
Wish I had bought more than one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOy1pwt8WeY

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+1.  You can make them out of old clean 100% cotton socks.  Just cut the toe section off and leave a bit extra to drape over the cup.
Cost=nothing

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