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AeroPress: Holiday gift for the coffee geek

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All of my coffee-loving friends and family are obsessed with this little gizmo, called an AeroPress. Last year my husband and I gave them as stocking stuffers to no less than 8 people, and several of those converts now refuse to travel without their coffee maker in tow. This contraption is brilliant on several fronts: it makes delicious coffee in less than 2 minutes, you can brew by the cup, it's completely analog (nothing to plug in), it's inexpensive ($25) and entirely portable (camping trips, etc). Also, you can make your coffee as strong as you like by adding more or less grounds. The low-tech mechanism is even popping up at coffee bars that take their brewing very seriously. Here's a step-by-step of how it works and some links to more information on the AeroPress and places to order.

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The aeropress consists of 3 parts—a chamber, plunger, and a plastic filter cap that fits on the bottom.

1 The aeropress consists of 3 parts—a chamber, plunger, and a plastic filter cap that fits on the bottom.

To make a cup, insert a paper liner in the filter.

2 To make a cup, insert a paper liner in the filter.

Add finely ground coffee beans to the container.

3 Add finely ground coffee beans to the container.

Set the container on top of a sturdy coffee cup.

4 Set the container on top of a sturdy coffee cup.

Pour hot (not boiling) water into the chamber.

5 Pour hot (not boiling) water into the chamber.

Stop at the number 2 mark for espresso-like coffee. Add more water if you prefer.

6 Stop at the number 2 mark for espresso-like coffee. Add more water if you prefer.

Stir for 10 seconds.

7 Stir for 10 seconds.

Use the plunger to force the coffee down through the filter directly into the cup.

8 Use the plunger to force the coffee down through the filter directly into the cup.

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When you get to the bottom, continue to press until the plunger makes contact with the coffee grounds.

10 When you get to the bottom, continue to press until the plunger makes contact with the coffee grounds.

Cuppa.

11 Cuppa.

Cleanup is easy. Just press the plunger all the way down until the disc of used grounds pops out the bottom.

12 Cleanup is easy. Just press the plunger all the way down until the disc of used grounds pops out the bottom.

Comments (1)

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    Seems interesting.
    I can't start my day without 2 cups of coffee. It wakes me up and gives me a boost.

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