I hope that she won’t mind my mentioning it, but one of my daughters-in-law is even more of a gadget connoisseur than I am. It was she who recommended the Aeropress coffee maker. It also comes highly recommended by Has Bean coffee.
Now you can’t go to France on a camping holiday and drink instant coffee, can you? So I had every excuse to buy one to produce our breakfast café au lait.
It also does a very nice grand crème and a fabulous Americano.
Here’s how it works:
In summary, I love this machine. It’s extremely quick and easy to use, mess-free and easy to rinse clean, and produces one or two shots of dark rich smooth coffee, stronger than a French press or filter, not quite as strong as an espresso.
Do I have a criticism? Just a couple. I love my espresso, and if anything the Aeropress takes away that edge of bitterness that makes espresso so addictive. But maybe that just me being a Philistine.
And there are too many bits. OK, the basic machine is just two halves and a filter holder, but there’s a stirrer and a scoop, and a filter paper holder, and the pack of papers, and a funnel as well. You can get a bag to keep it all in. If you’re as disorganised as I am, that’s essential!
And the little coffee grinder? It’s a Hario Ceramic Slim, and is just the right size to match the Aeropress. It too is highly recommended.