faster and easier than french press while making a smooth cup of coffee. especially useful at work.
Positive Product Points
faster to brew(<1min), easier to clean(<10sec). makes a nice, smooth cup.
Negative Product Points
This may look like a high school science project (it is a giant plastic syringe) . I don't agree with the manufacture water level. I ended up having twice more water not to get too smooth cup.
I was sick of the coffee at my workplace--the famous Folgers--but I knew that my coffee press will not be easy to use at work. It takes time to brew and especially the cleaning will be a pain in the neck at work. Aeropress is exactly the one I was looking for. From preparing to cleaning the tool, it takes less than 2 minutes at most, and above all, it makes great coffee. I read a posting that they sold their espresso machine at home being impressed by Aeropress, but I don't feel it can replace my Silvia at all. However, still, it makes a lot better than the drip machine with Folgers, and I'm more than happy with it. I'd like to recommend this to my friends.
One thing is, I didn't like the recommended water levels. If follwed, the cup is too smooth and doesn't have enough caffein.. :) I ended up adding twice as much water than the labels.
I have always used 1st line, but Aeropress was not available at that time, so bought it at Amazon. I believe a 3rd party shipped the item, but had no problem.