The first (and only) time we used our French Press was on the Erie Canal. I remember it well. I don't remember the coffee, mind you, but what I do remember is the mess I had to clean up afterwards. Those coffee grounds clung to that French Press for dear life and it took a tremendous amount of water to clean the contraption and rinse all of the rogue coffee grounds out of the sink. On a boat where water is a precious commodity, I deemed at that moment that we would be tea drinkers. And tea drinkers we were, until now.
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker I thought twice before I said "no thanks" - and I am so glad I did. This thing is the BOMB! French press, move over! The AreoPress is in town!
Long story short, I am now a coffee making fool. If you pay us a visit these days, you get a cuppa joe made by yours truly - I love it that much. My dad is particularly fond of this arrangement, being that he loves coffee and I now love to make it. It's easy, it requires no power, it takes up hardly any space, and it's good. Really good. Perfect for the boat.
The Aeropress works similarly to a French Press, but without the mess. You put the fine-ground coffee into the big plastic cylinder, set it atop a coffee mug, top off the plastic cylinder with boiling water, mix for 10 seconds and then push down the steaming contents with the plunger-type insert until you bottom out at the filter. What results in the mug is one seriously tasty cup of coffee. Depending on the coffee-to-water ratio, you can make espressos, lattes or whatever type of brew your heart desires. The best part? The used up coffee grounds just pop out of the bottom into a garbage can and one quick rinse later, you're good to go again. It is so easy. If my instructions baffle you, check out this Youtube Video on how to use it.
I can PROMISE you, this is one product that will make it on to the new boat. As for my dad, he's now a total convert and has an AeroPress on order for his boat. And now I have to run, dad is watching the olympics and has requested his "evening cup"!
And now for the giveaway! Aerobie will send an Aeropress to one of you fine followers!! Here's how you can register to win (c'mon you know the drill!):
- Comment on this post telling me why you love coffee (you will notice I have removed captcha and made it easy for you!)
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Once you do one of the above, you will be entered to win! I will draw the winner on Monday and I seriously cannot wait to get one of you guys this awesome coffeemaker - you will NOT be disappointed!
Brittany, Scott & Isla