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Aerobie Aeropress - M B's Review
Posted: August 26, 2009, 1:39pm
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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: 6.8
Manufacturer: Aerobie Inc., Quality: 8
Average Price: $30.00 Usability: 9
Price Paid: $36.00 Cost vs. Value 7
Where Bought: GreenBeanery Aesthetics 3
Owned for: 1 month Overall 7
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: Yes
Similar Items Owned: French Press
Bottom Line: For wives with touchy stomaches and those who want a break from espresso, it does the job.
Positive Product Points

Very easy to use
Seems durable and well made
Reduces acidity - good for the wife!

Negative Product Points

Uses lots of coffee
Easy to knock over when stacked
Removes flavour complexity
Annoying to make multiple cups at once

Detailed Commentary

I originally bought this for my wife, as she enjoys the taste of coffee but the acidity bothers her stomach, making it difficult for her to share in my hobby/obsession.  Having read up on it, and the claims of reduced acidity, I decided to take the $40CDN plunge.  Bottom line? She likes the coffee that comes out of it, and it is significantly easier on her stomach.  However, I'm writing this from my point of view and I'm less sold on it.

First of all, this thing does not produce espresso.  I was skeptical of the claims, and it turns out I was right.  It is closer to a moka pot brew than an espresso or french press, but it's a different flavour entirely.  I brewed some freshly roasted Costa Rican Terrazu in the aeropress, my moka pot, a drip filter, a french press and my espresso machine and did a flavour test.  

The aeropress was the "smoothest" of the bunch, but also by far the simplest.  The bite of the coffee was gone, but so was the flavour complexity.  While in the espresso I could pick out different notes, the aspects of the coffee, the aeropress was a homogeneous mixture of all of them, while muted.  It was like listening to an orchestral performance in a concert hall (Or a nice pair of Sennheisers) followed by an mp3 rip from an ipod with the stock headphones.  The different instruments, volumes and locations all squashed into one distorted mess.  It was sad, the real coffee flavour was gone!

Over the next few days I tried the aeropress with different waters, temperatures, coffees, water ratios and anything else I could think of.  Yes, there were differences, but the true flavour of the coffee always felt constrained.  It was trying to get out, it was right there.... but it just couldn't make it past the little paper filter.  I even tried a redeye, pulling a shot and pouring it into an aeropress americano.  It didn't do justice to the shot, and it ruined the one thing that the aeropress has, the reduced acidity.

So what does this all mean?  If you have someone who likes coffee but can't stand the acidity, they may like this brew.  If you like having a smooth cup to change things up every once in awhile, you'll probably like it.  If you're an espresso addict? This won't do it.  It does what I wanted it to, but it couldn't do what I wish it could.

Buying Experience

I bought it from GreenBeanery in downtown Toronto.  They had a demo unit out so I took a look at it and decided to get one.  The barista there was very helpful, even pulling me a double to have while I waited for him to find a unit in the back.

Three Month Followup

It has settled into a bit of an odd role, as an at-school coffee maker.  It is mainly due to the durability, inexpensive price and (most of all) the quick cleanup.  When I'm running after kids I don't have time to sit and relax and enjoy the coffee, so I don't really notice the flavour.   I still don't think it really does the coffee justice, but for a quick and easy cup when I'm figuratively on the run, it does the job.

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