Today is a Storm Day: laundry is done, #stormchips are purchased (and #stormbeer) along with some power outage supplies (Sent hubby to buy ready to eat foods... he bought apples and cereal...).
Storm Day means everything is special, you just have to tag "storm" in front and voila! Instant excuse for a special moment.
For example: #stormcoffee.
A few weeks ago our lovely friends who are currently living in Exeter, sent us an Aeropress espresso/coffee maker as a housewarming gift. I will admit, I am in love.
(if the pictures look sunny, it's because I took them a few weeks ago...)
It would appear that we are a bit behind the Aeropress bandwagon. A quick search on the internet and you see a whole host of hipster coffee fans drooling over this espresso making doodad. When it comes to coffee, I do want it to be tasty, but if it's too gadget-y than forget it.
Thankfully, the aeropress is easy peasy, low tech and low cleaning maintenance.
What is it:
A cylinder where you have your grinds, pour the almost boiling water (to the handy dandy measuring lines), slowly press the water through the filter and... that's it! You have your espresso.
(Pour the grinds with the handy little funnel deal-y to minimize grind spillage)Why I like it:
It's a low tech ridiculously easy to use way to make espresso.
It is beyond easy to clean: afterwards you remove the filter and push out the puck of grinds into the compost and rinse out the components. Done.
It involves minimal energy (but then, so does a French press)
The resulting espresso and coffee is much much smoother than our French press.
(Pour the water up to 2 for a double espresso)
(Stir for 10 seconds- yes exactly 10)Some drawbacks:
It comes with paper filters. Now, there are stainless steel filter options, however from my stainless steel coffee mug research days I am aware that steel products are MUCH more energy intensive and environment damaging than paper. Honestly I'm not sure how many times I'd have to use the aeropress in order to balance the damage done by the mining of the stainless steel vs paper. Also, you can reuse the paper filters several times... which we do.
(SLOWLY plunge for 20 seconds. Yes exactly 20)
The entire set up is made of plastic (our French press is glass and stainless steel).
(The cute little "puck" at the end!)