I like my Aeropress, it was only $37 plus another $16 for an aftermarket metallic filter yet it produces coffee and espresso as good as very high dollar setups. I live in an area that's lined with authentic Italian coffee houses and none of them seem to make a better espresso than I can with this thing, or a coffee for that matter.
As a bonus its easily portable enough to bring along travelling or to work.
The only thing I need now is a good grinder, I'll probably go with something like a Hario hand mill or some other kind of manual burr grinder, good electric grinders are expensive.
Tell me more!!!!!! I used to love drinking a pot of good coffee out of my standard Braun coffee maker. After a trip to Italy, I started making myself a couple of 'espresso' shots with a cheap but effective small IMUSA aluminum stovetop moka pot.
I am really intrigued by this Aeropress!! My only concern is that I really like my coffee and espresso/moka piping HOT and I am afraid that this will be too cool.
I put the grounds in the press, heat a glass of water for 1.30 in the microwave, put a third of the cup into the device, stir for 10 seconds, press it directly in a coffee cup, toss the rest of the water into the coffee cup if I'm making a coffee and then toss the compressed used grounds into the trash and run the press under the tap quickly to clean it. Done.
The result is incredible flavor and no bitterness and acidity, depending on the beans and brewing method it can come out tasting like a mocha. If the water's too hot it'll make it bitter and isn't good for the press but you can always give it another 20 or 30 seconds in the microwave if you have one at hand. The only real downside I've found is that because of the low temperature of the water and the abbreviated brewing process you need a fair bit of ground beand for a given amount of coffee.