I like coffee. I’m actually pretty happy with instant most of the time, it’s obviously not ‘proper’ coffee but it’s a warm, caffinated beverage that I enjoy. However, sometimes I yearn for the real thing but can’t be bothered with most of the home brew methods.
Some common options and why they are not for me:
Stove top – I’m too inattentive and forgetful
Cafetiere – The thought of washing it up makes me sigh
Filter machine – I don’t have one; they take up valuable worktop space
Fancy pants machine – see above re worktop and cleaning, plus I’m a tightwad.
But there’s another option! Some years ago, a dear friend, knowing my love of coffee and of gadget, bought me an AeroPress. Looking a bit like (what I imagine) a penis enlarger looks like, and coupled with little filter paper circles and things that unscrew and plunge, it ticks many boxes. It also makes lovely coffee for 1 or 2 people and in about 1 minute too, combining pressure, filtering and steeping method in one, giant syringe like contraption.
This is what I do:
- Slightly plunge plunger into main tube.
- Add scoop of chosen coffee
- Top with water from freshly boiled kettle
- Put filter paper in lid
- Attach lid
- Hold coffee mug over lid
- Walk to sink
- Invert operation so coffee starts entering cup
Walk back to counter
- Fully plunge
- Add milk or whatever
To wash up, just plunge the grains straight into bin and quick wash of parts – takes seconds.
So simple and effective, I LOVE my AeroPress! Plus it’s made by 80’s park staple Aeorobie so bonus points for that.