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Aerobie Aeropress - Dan Gray's Review
Posted: May 7, 2011, 7:54am
review rating: 7.0
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Arrow The Aerobie Aeropress has 48 Reviews
Arrow The Aerobie Aeropress has been rated 8.68 overall by our member reviewers
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Lenore Epstein 9.60
Matt McCurley 9.33
Jesse Cass 9.33
Marc Visconte 8.71
Donald Varona 8.55

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 8.6
Manufacturer: Aerobie Inc., Quality: 10
Average Price: $30.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $28.00 Cost vs. Value 9
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 8
Owned for: 2 weeks Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: Various Frence Press, Vacpot, Stovetop Espresso, Gaggia Classic, Bodum Pourover.
Bottom Line: Good coffee but experiment to develop a technique that works for you,
Positive Product Points

A well engineered with sufficient excess material and design thought to give the impression of a product built to last.
Well considered accessories.
Excellent coffee once technique developed.
Easy clean-up with little mess.

Negative Product Points

Brewer won't fit into small cup so you are limited to quite broad cups.

Detailed Commentary

A well engineered, robust product. The Aeropress is well built with sufficient excess material and design thought to give the impression of a product with many years of service to give. It comes with well considered accessories and a generous filter supply sufficient for around a year of use.

As for the coffee, it can be excellent but requires you to develop your own technique. One thing the aeropress is not is an espresso maker. It falls somewhere between an espresso machine and a French press. It makes a more concentrated product then a press but without the real depth and extraction of well made espresso. Its main sensitivity is to water temperature. The grind will effect flavour but much of the brewing advice online points towards lower water temperatures  (around 89 degrees C). I experimented over a few days and found that while off-the-boil water works well the problem with lowering the temperature was that I quickly gained very, very sour coffee, This was exacerbated by topping up with cooler water. However, when made using the inverted technique and just-off-the-boil water, with two scoops of freshly ground coffee just a little courser then required for Espresso and a pretty much full brewing reservoir leaving just enough space to allow stirring and a 40s wait the product was excellent when topped up with off-the-boil water.

Clean-up is easy. Just unscrew the filter, pop out the puck (like an Espresso machine) and rinse the parts under the tap.

Buying Experience

The usual smooth Amazon experience.

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