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Friday
Nov042011

AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker Giveaway (US and Canada!)

Who loves coffee? Raise your hands…

Good.

Now, who loves coffee, but has to settle for burned, over roasted, weak, or just all around bad coffee? A show of hands, please…

Wow. That’s a lot of hands! I know, I used to belong to the “has to settle for” group. I know the frustration. And be honest. When is the last time you took that first sip from a mug of coffee, and just felt your knees go weak because it tasted so damn good? It had been a long time for me.

 

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Winners are Lisa in the US and Sam in Canada. Congrats winners! Thank you to all that entered and stay tuned for more fun giveaways just around the corner. 

That was until I received an Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker to try. It’s changed the way I look at coffee. It’s changed the way I brew coffee, to be exact. And I don’t think I can ever go back to any other method! It’s so simple (and fast!), and yet--the espresso/coffee that it brews…you’ll taste it and wonder where it’s been all your life! And incidentally, Aerobie is also responsible for bringing some very cool toys to the market, as well. Check the site for details!

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Read through for your chance to win your own AeroPress Coffee & Espresso maker! I’ve got one for a US reader and one for a reader in Canada!

Here’s why it works so well (from CoffeeGeek.com) :

  • Total immersion of the grounds in the water results in rapid yet robust extraction of flavor.
  • Total immersion permits extraction at a moderate temperature, resulting in a smoother brew.
  • Air pressure shortens filtering time to 20 seconds. This avoids the bitterness of long processes such as drip brewing.
  • The air pressure also gently squeezes the last goodness from the grounds, further enriching the flavor.
  • Because of the lower temperature and short brew time, the acid level of the brew is much lower than conventional brewers. Laboratory pH testing measured AEROPRESS brew's acid as less than one fifth that of regular drip brew. The low acid is confirmed by coffee lovers who report that AEROPRESS brew is friendlier to their stomachs.
  • The AeroPress is made of totally BPA free plastic.

Until I was contacted by Constance, representing AeroPress, I’d never heard of it. Now, I’m shouting about it from the rooftops. Don’t believe me? Check out the 737 5-star reviews on Amazon! I’m not putting up with bad coffee any longer. The real test for me? I tried some black fresh brewed coffee from it the other day. I’ve never been able to handle black coffee, but brewed with the AeroPress--it’s smooth and rich with flavor. It was a pleasure to drink it that way!

Basically, you’re brewing a double shot of espresso. When you’re finished brewing, enjoy your shot as is, or top off with hot milk for a latte, add steamed milk for a cappuccino, or top it off with hot water for an Americano. The Aeropress will brew one to four espressos at a time. You can also make a full carafe of coffee using the AeroPress in less time than it takes to brew a pot of drip coffee. Two 3-scoop or 4-scoop pressings, topped off with hot water, will fill most vacuum carafes.

My method is simple:

My favorite coffee mug holds 24 ounces. (I like to heat up my mug by letting it sit for a couple of minutes with hot tap water in it while I heat the water for brewing. I pour out the water when I’m ready to brew.) I heat up 2 1/2 cups of water, then make two double shots. This means 2 scoops of coffee grounds, and then I pour hot water into the chamber up to the #2 mark. I then stir the water and grounds for about 10 seconds, and then push the plunger down through the chamber. I discard the grounds and rinse/reuse the filter, and repeat the steps to make another shot of espresso. The remaining hot water tops off the 2 shots, and I add half and half to complete my coffee Americano.

I could just pour all 4 scoops into the chamber, and add the water to the #4 mark, but it’s just as easy for me to do it the other way. And it’s still quick to do it twice, anyway. It’s also a cinch to clean! Just give it a quick rinse and air dry. It’s dishwasher safe, too.

A few things I’ve learned:

  1. Your water should ideally be around 175 degrees. Too hot and it’ll extract all the bitterness from the grounds.
  2. Slightly moisten the filter once you place it in the filter cap.
  3. Grind your beans somewhere between Fine and Espresso on the dial. I set the dial smack in the middle of these two settings, and it’s just right.

There's also something called the Inverted Method that a lot of AeroPress fans swear by. It gives you a slightly longer brew time--about a minute, before you flip it back over and press to brew. You can see a video on my friend Josh's site, The Quest For Zest. I haven't tired this method yet, but I will be very soon--I'm intrigued! 

Here’s a great, basic video on how to use the AeroPress. If you look on You Tube, there are a whole lot of people dedicated to theirs.

See? So simple!

 

The AeroPress is totally portable, too! So if you like, take your AeroPress to the office. Then you can drink fresh coffee all day! Or before you leave in the morning, just brew it right into your travel mug and take it to go.

Take it camping, or stock one in your RV.

It takes up barely any counter space. In fact, it’s so compact, you can store it away and use zero counter space!

It’s great for baking, when you need some brewed espresso or coffee.

It’s very affordable at just $25 and makes great gifts for the coffee lovers in your life!

Coffee lovers are so dedicated to the AeroPress, that they hold World AeroPress Championships! Last month, this year’s was held in Milan, Italy. Now that’s some serious dedication!

I’d like to leave you with a couple of the reviews I came across for the Aerobie AeroPress:

“You must try it to understand why this device is the only coffee maker I will ever own again. Making an AeroPress coffee takes only 30 seconds (start to finish) and best of all, only takes a few seconds to clean! The only negative aspect about the AeroPress is that I cannot drink the burnt espresso anymore at our favorite bakery.”

“A couple of years ago I bought a $1500 espresso machine. It works well – but it doesn’t turn out the consistent quality of the AeroPress. Now I use the AeroPress for ALL brewing and only use my expensive Italian machine for heating the AeroPress water and for foaming milk for my cappuccino.”

Giveaway!

 

The folks at Aerobie have agreed to give two AeroPresses away to my readers. I’m choosing one US winner and one Canadian winner. That’s right! Pay attention, all of you in Canada--I’ve got one for you, as well!

  1. Please leave a comment here (with a valid email address!) telling me what kind of coffee maker you’re currently using. You must specify if you’re in the US or Canada so I can choose one winner from each.

Bonus Entries:

1. Let me know which you’ll try first: espresso, latte, or cappuccino.

2. Tweet about the giveaway if you like. You can copy this text:

    AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker #Giveaway @elleskitchen (US and Canada!) http://tinyurl.com/6bgjx65 Your days of bad coffee are over!   

    Be sure to leave a comment on this post letting me know.

3. You can share this on Facebook if you’d like to. Again, leave a comment on this post to let me know that you did.

I’ll choose two winners on Friday, November 11th. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: I was given an Aerobie AeroPress to review and experiment with at no charge. My opinions are my own and I was not endorsed for them.