Hello Mutineers! If you’ve followed us here on the website or on social media sites like Instagram and Facebook, you know that I like to share the things we actually use around Mutiny Ranch. Since our interests are diverse these items range from animal care to gardening implements but also footwear and kitchen gadgets. No matter what the item is though if we recommend it here then we personally own and use it or have researched it enough to have it on our “wishlist”.
Today’s Item of the Day (3/18/2021) is one of my all-time favorites…the Aeropress Coffee Maker (sometimes called the Aerobie). You guys know how much I love coffee (I roast my own beans!) so this is a serious post. The Aeropress is a very popular brew method for Rvers and Sailors because it’s light, compact, and completely manual (no electricity needed). But I still use mine in our sticks n’ bricks house. As a matter of fact, we don’t own an electric coffee maker at all.
I’ve had my current Aeropress since 2015 and it works just like the day I bought it. That’s saying a lot for a coffee maker that often gets used 3 times a day…for 6 years! On the rare occasion we lose power here it’s been a handy thing to have for my 3 pm coffee breaks.
The Aeropress Coffee Maker is small enough and light enough for throwing in a backpack to take along camping. By itself, the Aeropress can create an “espresso like” brew that’s strong enough for making a latte or an Americano but it can also brew a regular cup of coffee. The coffee grounds end up getting compressed in the filter area which can be screwed off. Press the plunger and all the grounds get expelled like a hockey puck making clean-up super easy and virtually water-free (a huge plus if you’re camping or have limited freshwater).
So, maybe you don’t camp or live in an RV or on a boat. That’s alright. The Aeropress actually makes one of the best cups of coffee (in the opinion of a LOT of people). If you don’t believe me then you should check out the World Aeropress Championship whose mission is to find the world’s best cup of coffee brewed with an Aeropress. It’s serious business people! I kid you not…up to 60 countries participate! If that’s not a good enough reason then just think about those times you lost power (hurricane, tornado, snowstorm, ice storm, limbs down) where a manual coffee maker might have come in handy.
For those of us who prefer espresso, there’s a fairly new gadget that you can add to your Aeropress that allows for pressurization so the extraction is more syrupy. It can even create crema. If that sounds right up your alley you’ll want to check out the Prismo Pressure-Actuated Attachment. Granted, this might not beat out an espresso shot pulled from a La Pavoni Esperto Competente but you’ll save about $1975.00 (US)…and you’ll be able to take the Prismo camping.
Although your initial Aeropress Coffee Maker purchase comes with tiny white coffee filters I’d encourage you to (eventually, if not now) buy a stainless steel reusable filter like this one by Altura. Note that the Prismo Attachment comes with one that can be used for making regular coffee or “espresso” so no need to purchase one separately if you get the Prismo.
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