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Old 09-13-2020, 01:05 PM   #1
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My Favorite Way To Make Coffee

https://aeropress.com/

It's not a gimmick or trend. It's not trendy pour over. Nothing to plug in. No glass or mechanical systems to break. It's a manual press. Just need hot water.
They have a repeatable/dependable recipe:specific water temp, amount of water, amount of ground coffee, steeping time. You can tweak it to your personal taste.

All food safe plastics, hand washable. Camping, hotel, boat, tailgate, office, home.

I've been truly enjoying the best coffee every day for three years now. I've had all kinds of coffee makers, some very good.

What's your favorite method?
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Nespresso. Several different vendors to buy quality capsules from.

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Those look pretty slick all right.

I use a one cup stainless steel bodum...no paper filter needed

- two slightly rounded tablespoons coffee
- pour boiled water in from about 18" above bodum to introduce air
- stir 8 times, let settle
- stir 8 times again
- let sit for no longer than a minute
- push mesh screen to bottom of bodum slowly
- pour into mug from about 18" to introduce air
- enjoy!
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I'm a strong coffee person. +1 on aeropress. Compact, easy to clean, and makes a dynamite cup of coffee. Only makes a single cup at a time, but I drink in a vacuum mug so it stays hot for a couple hours.

I buy Bustelo or Pilon fine grind cuban coffee in vacuum bagged 10 Oz bricks. Easy to carry several months supply aboard.

Works for me

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I'm about to purchase an aeropress to try it out. I am nervous about it because I only drink coffee in the morning with breakfast, and as measured accurately, I drink four cups of coffee during this time. I'm not sure how much I will want to put up with making four cups of coffee every morning with it.

Here for your watching and brewing pleasure:
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I'm about to purchase an aeropress to try it out. I am nervous about it because I only drink coffee in the morning with breakfast, and as measured accurately, I drink four cups of coffee during this time. I'm not sure how much I will want to put up with making four cups of coffee every morning with it.

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Rsn48 - it may not be for you if you make multiple cups. I drink two 10-Oz cups in the morning about 1-1/2 hrs apart in an insulated cup. I use an electric tea kettle so takes about 2-mins to heat the water.

I bought it as an alternative to Keurig K-cups to reduce waste. Works well for me. My wife isn't crazy about the added nuisance to make a cup. She prefers a super automatic coffee maker which is the size of a small Volkswagen.
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Peter,
What is wrong with having to pull a dinghy full of specialty coffee makers and supplies on your travels, as long as it keeps the Admiral happy?
We only drink one cup each per day, and use a small conical shaped filter and boiled water. Works great for us. We do buy a good quality coffee, often grinding our own.
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I'm currently trying to retire from contract aviation, a profession that runs primarily on caffeine and popcorn with whatever can be shaken from a vending machine to supplement. As such, I've sampled everything referred to as coffee from the fancy machines to the venerable Bunn commercial. My favorite has always been the simple French Press. I never leave home without my stainless FP with integral sippy cup lid and plug in heating coil.

Having said that, I've never been introduced to the AeroPress! I'm actually looking forward to conducting experiments in my pseudoretirement with this promising new piece of gear.

For me, ease of use is the primary consideration. The gold standard is of course the plumbed in Keurig. Insert cup, push button; done. My go-to nowadays in my Tassimo T-disk machine because it will make a 14oz cup. Compared to standard 10oz cups I can cut the number of cups I consume per day by around 30%.

Thanks for the tip!
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The aeropress is same principle as French Press, just a smaller scale. It's much easier to clean and easier for me to get a consistent cup of coffee with the included measuring scoop. The pressed "Puck" pops right out and just needs a simple rinse to clean vs disassembling a French Press.

When I was delivering, my gear bag included a double-wall SS French Press and either Peets or Starbucks French or Italian Roast. I can put up with a lot of compromise as long as I have decent coffee in the morning.

I started down this path about 10 years ago. Until recently, I traveled every week, and often went to either my boat in SF or my cabin in CO on weekends instead of home. I'd arrive late at night and get up early. Any coffee I'd left from previous trip was old and undrinkable. So I went with K-cups which seem to have a very long shelf life. I then realized just how impractical they are in terms of storage and landfill. I them went to Nespresso which makes a very good cup of coffee.

When I found the Aeropress and the vacuum packed espresso-grind Cuban coffee (Bustelo or Pilon), well, that solved everything. Very easy to store on my boat.

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I'm currently trying to retire from contract aviation, a profession that runs primarily on caffeine and popcorn with whatever can be shaken from a vending machine to supplement. As such, I've sampled everything referred to as coffee from the fancy machines to the venerable Bunn commercial. My favorite has always been the simple French Press. I never leave home without my stainless FP with integral sippy cup lid and plug in heating coil.

Having said that, I've never been introduced to the AeroPress! I'm actually looking forward to conducting experiments in my pseudoretirement with this promising new piece of gear.

For me, ease of use is the primary consideration. The gold standard is of course the plumbed in Keurig. Insert cup, push button; done. My go-to nowadays in my Tassimo T-disk machine because it will make a 14oz cup. Compared to standard 10oz cups I can cut the number of cups I consume per day by around 30%.

Thanks for the tip!
Congrats on upcoming retirement. As a way to fill my free time, I purchased a Gene Cafe electronic coffee roaster, electric burr grinder, the Aero Press and 4 varieties of green beans from a local roaster. The roaster was quite pricey but as a hobby, not a never-ending collection of additional gear and money like some hobbies can be.
The roaster came with several tested time/temp combinations that are precisely repeatable and also allows for adjustment for your own recipe. I had fun for about a year with different green beans and roasting recipes. I then settled on Costa Rica beans from a particular estate/farm. So I don't do much experimenting any more. I've found that a 6 oz baggie of freshly roasted beans is a perfect gift for friends, family and other people in your life that you appreciate. Always a big smile and excitement from the recipients.
It's been almost five years and the roaster comes out once a week to roast a batch of beans. When it dies, I won't replace it. I'll buy from the local roaster in small batches.
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Congrats on upcoming retirement. As a way to fill my free time, I purchased a Gene Cafe electronic coffee roaster, electric burr grinder, the Aero Press and 4 varieties of green beans from a local roaster. The roaster was quite pricey but as a hobby, not a never-ending collection of additional gear and money like some hobbies can be.
The roaster came with several tested time/temp combinations that are precisely repeatable and also allows for adjustment for your own recipe. I had fun for about a year with different green beans and roasting recipes. I then settled on Costa Rica beans from a particular estate/farm. So I don't do much experimenting any more. I've found that a 6 oz baggie of freshly roasted beans is a perfect gift for friends, family and other people in your life that you appreciate. Always a big smile and excitement from the recipients.
It's been almost five years and the roaster comes out once a week to roast a batch of beans. When it dies, I won't replace it. I'll buy from the local roaster in small batches.
Yea, about that retirement... I've been trying for years now but the darn phone keeps ringing! Another plane in the wrong place and gotta be moved! Oh well, good thing I enjoy it!

What an awesome gift idea! I love giving and receiving gifts that can't be bought. In this age of Amazon anything you can imagine on a whim it's hard to shop for those you care about.

I can just barely remember my grandmother's older sister roasting coffee beans in an iron skillet. Quite an aroma but I was too young to appreciate it.
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Ignore the kale soup.

Press that makes two cups at a time. A "5" or "6" on the burr grinder, and we're off to the races. On the weekend, when big projects are required, a second round is made.

I've been eyeing the aeropress for a while. Lots of good reviews, but we always make a minimum of TWO cups at a time.

And for beans, "Ravens brew, dead man's reach" when we think to order it. Otherwise the local stuff, peet's major dickasons, or charbucks sumatra will suffice.
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It's easy enough to make two cups with aero press. You can run hot water trough the same grounds twice. Just use a bit more grounds. Because you're using 175 degree water, there's plenty of coffee goodness to extract twice. There's a slight difference between 1st and second cup. But nowhere near the difference you'd expect. For 4 cups, it might make more sense to use a large thermal french press. But if storage space is at a premium, like hotel room or camping, aero press wins for compactness.
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I have an old picture of my grandparents on a luxury cruise drinking Sanka instant coffee. My how times/tastes have changed.

French press for me
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I have turned the coffee making over to Mr Coffee. I use 6 scoops and water for 10 cups.
My cup holds about 2 1/2 normal cups.... Sometimes I drink the pot and sometime almost drink the pot.
Taste? No idea. Most of my taste buds were surgically removed as a possible treatment for sleep apnea.
I doctor my coffee with canned milk and canned milk. (a trick I learned when working in logging camps in northern Alberta, Canada)
Coffee grounds? Pretty much what ever is on sale.
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I have turned the coffee making over to Mr Coffee. I use 6 scoops and water for 10 cups.
My cup holds about 2 1/2 normal cups.... Sometimes I drink the pot and sometime almost drink the pot.
Taste? No idea. Most of my taste buds were surgically removed as a possible treatment for sleep apnea.
I doctor my coffee with canned milk and canned milk. (a trick I learned when working in logging camps in northern Alberta, Canada)
Coffee grounds? Pretty much what ever is on sale.
That's the recipe for a pot of good coffee. Didn't know about taste bud removal for sleep apnea. Hope it made a difference for you. I always keep a couple cans of sweetened condensed milk for backup to my 1/2 and 1/2.
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I doctor my coffee with canned milk and canned milk. (a trick I learned when working in logging camps in northern Alberta, Canada)
So I guess the secret is the double application of the canned milk?
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I have an old picture of my grandparents on a luxury cruise drinking Sanka instant coffee. My how times/tastes have changed.

French press for me
Plenty of places in the world where Nescafe or Sanka are the height of coffee drinking.
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Like at home, we have an espresso machine and grinder on the boat. From previous threads, as do plenty of TF members.

Milk in coffee is an abomination.
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