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Why the Aeropress?
If you're looking for a unique brewer for single cups of coffee, the AeroPress is one of the absolute best options out there. It may not look like much, but the AeroPress will produce clean, flavorful coffee every single time. These little brewers make such good coffee, they are used frequently in competitions! Simple and easy to use, they make great concentrated coffee and iced coffee as well.
The Taste Test
When we look for a brewer, we have some pretty strict criteria:
- Obviously it has to be good—very good.
- It has to be easy.
- It has to be fast.
- It has to be easy to clean up.
- It has to be economical.
The "Good" part.
A French press is easy to use, but leaves quite a bit of particulate matter in the coffee. Not a bad thing, but sometimes we just prefer a cleaner cup of filtered coffee. The Aeropress uses a small paper filter disk (350 are included) about the size of an old fashioned silver dollar that catches all the sediment. While a French press strains the coffee grounds out of the water, the Aeropress forces the water through the grounds under pressure like an espresso machine. The results seems to be coffee that is more fully extracted, without the bitter acids that can result in over steeped French press coffee. You actually only press a small amount of water through the grounds resulting in what Aerobie calls "espresso"--it's not, but it is a dense coffee concentrate. To that you simply add hot water to dilute to the strength you prefer, essentially making a modified Café Americano. Very rich, very smooth, very flavorful. The cup is virtually without that acidy bite that some coffees have.
The "Easy" part.
How's this: heat some water in a kettle or microwave. While it's heating, remove the filter cap and insert a paper filter and reattach cap. Grind 1 to 2 heaping scoops (included) to a grind finer than drip, but not quite as fine as espresso. How much? Depends on how strong you want your coffee or if you are going to make a couple of cups out of it. Use the funnel (included) to dump the ground coffee into the chamber. Set the chamber on top of the cup you want to use. (Note: in a moment you are going to exert downward pressure on that chamber tube, so a paper or Styrofoam cup really isn't strong enough.) With the water now in the 190 - 200 degrees F range, fill the plunger to about the number 4, saturating the coffee grounds. Give it a little stir, let it sit about a minute. Stir with the paddle (included) for 10 seconds. Insert the plunger and gently press down until all the water has been pushed through the ground coffee and into your cup. Remove the Aeropress. Enjoy. Note: we're not huge fans of the manufacturer's brewing method, for comprehensive instructions with pictures, check out this page.
We timed it from start to finish in under 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Most of the time was waiting on the water to heat. Easy Clean up? Just remove the filter cap, hold the Aeropress over the trash can, and press the plunger down to eject the coffee puck. Rinse. You're done. Economical? Considering how easy it is to use, how quick it brews a cup and the superior quality of that cup, and that it comes with all the accessories (funnel, paddle, filters, scoop) it is a bargain. The fact that the entire thing is made in the U.S.A. we thought was an added plus.
One Final Thought
We are home coffee roasters ourselves. We are simply not going to offer you anything that we don't personally use and enjoy. The Aeropress is not just another gizmo--it truly is a better way to brew coffee!
If you are unsatisfied with your green coffee purchase, we will issue you a refund in the form of an in-store credit. Since coffee is a food item, we can't take it back once it leaves our control. We will work closely with you to insure you get the quality you expected at a price that is fair. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. We will faithfully adhere to this policy for every customer, unless that customer is repeatedly abusing it. We withold the right to deny refunds, in rare cases, where a customer is repeatedly ordering coffee and then asking for a refund.
Home Coffee Roasters
The Gene Cafe and Behmor 1600 Plus are covered by a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer. The Fresh Roast SR-300 and SR-500 come with a 1 year warranty on the base unit and a 6 month warranty on the chaff collector, top cap and basket. Since the roasters are UL certified, the manufacturers ask that we refer all warranty issues directly to them. Although we do not directly provide repair service, we'll help you through the process to get your roaster back up and running. Should you return an unused roaster to us, we will refund your purchase minus the original shipping cost. Once you've used your roaster, we really can't take it back.
Any item not covered by a manufacturer's warranty is warranted by The Captain's Coffee to meet or exceed your expectations. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase for any reason, you may return the item to The Captain's Coffee for a replacement or refund in the form of an in-store credit. This offer is good for 30 days from the date of shipment. If applicable, the manufacturer's warranty will supersede this warranty for items sold by The Captain's Coffee.
We currently ship to any location in the US with the notable exception that Note that Hawaii Department of Agriculture regulations won't allow us to ship raw coffee to Hawaii.
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