Great Tasting Fast cleanup Comes with everything you need.
Negative Product Points
With so many variables, results can be inconsistent.
What's in the box? -Aeropress -A gazillion filters (with plastic container/stand) -Stirring paddle (specially designed so that it wont reach down to filter to scrape it) -Funnel (for pouring grinds into cylinder) -Scooper
The first thing that strikes you when opening the box is the wealth of accessories that are included. At first they seem extraneous, but after using them you can tell they really did put lots of thought into the product and what is needed to have a satisfactory experience.
I use the Aeropress in the morning for my morning americano (a double). Here is my routine:
Fill the plunger up to the '2' mark twice, and empty the contents into a mug. This gives me a mug of 8 oz. of water. I fill the plunger up one more time to the '2' giving me 4 oz. of water in the plunger. Both plunger and mug go into the microwave for 3 minutes and 15 seconds. While the microwave heats the water, I grind up 2 scoops of beans using the included scooper. The filter is attached to the cylinder, the funnel placed on top and the beans are deposited into the cylinder. I use an el-cheapo blade grinder and grind finely. The water is just about done at this point, I place the AP over the mug and pour the water from the plunger over the grinds, stir for about 10 seconds then plunge. The result a perfect americano!
It did take a bit of experimentation to get the routine down that works for me, a digital thermometer is essential so you can figure out how long it takes to get your water at a temperature that tastes good to you.
My $100 Bunn now sits in the corner of the kitchen, unused.
Easy Breezy from Sweet Marias. I also purchased one as a gift for a buddy from thinkgeek.com who had it for cheaper than Maria's and a better deal on shipping. The experience there was perfect also.