We were looking for ways to improve our aeropress technique – in cease you don’t know what it is then an aeropress is a sort of inverted french press!
We got swayed into the world of the aeropress because of our sad and pathetic, yet very real addiction to espresso coffee. The van had fairly limited capabilities in terms of what it could provide us on that front. There was no power, so that meant that we were never going to be able to go for a delonghi, baby gaggia style of espresso machine. So, we looked at the gas powered ones, but they didn’t fit within our budget – so that left the option of one of those stove-top machines… but however hard I try, the result of that is always a little bit on the bitter side. I think the old adage coffee boiled, coffee spoiled may well apply here? But for whatever reason, the stove top worked for the caffeine fix – but not for the flavour. So, that let us thinking about our other options.
We could always boil water and make instant coffee YEAH RIGHT! – and peculators make me think of my mum’s dinner parties, French press – too stale, filter coffee – too Starbucks. Then a client told us about the aeropress technique – well it sounded too good to be true.. but as they only cost about £30 then why not give it a go… and it worked. The technique is pretty simple and the only other hardware that you need is something to boil hot water in – and that is easy to get, even Betty can sort that out for us.
The result is a sort of clean, slightly less thick espresso – perfectly adequate for our needs! So goodbye to the stove top and hello to the aeropress technique!
As to the actual style of the press – the technique to get the maximum out f the bean, well there was a little bit of debate, but in the end we just figured that I like it slow – perhaps I’m just a bit of a tease? But the drip of the coffee gets me salivating, whereas my partner – well she just likes to get it over with and shoves the plunger down! The coffee maker is as varied as the coffee machine itself!