This is my first Instructable. I did not invent anything here nor do I work for the company that designed the item shown, I simply think it is a cool coffee press. The Aerobie AeroPress is a coffee maker which uses air pressure to push water through grounds which are filtered by a paper filter, producing a drink that could arguably be called espresso. After that, I add some water, a bit of Splenda, and some half and half to make an Americano. I think it tastes great, as good as any coffee I have bought at a cafe, and from what I have read, some people say this device is as good as some $1000+ machines. But for $30 at Amazon.com, and because I can bring this with me to work I was sold. I want to show you how it works.
Step 1: The parts of the Aeropress
These are the parts of the AeroPress, parts are indicated in photo and described individually.
Step 2: Attach filter
A re-usable paper filter is inserted in the filter screen, screen is then securely screwed onto the "bottom" tube via a bayonet mount.
Step 3: Placing on the cup.
Place the now assembled "Bottom" tube on your cup.
Step 4: Add the coffee grounds
Choosing the perfect type of coffee is up to you. Unlike the more common french press, this system uses a finer grind. Experiment with types of bean, and grind till you find the one perfect for your taste. I prefer a dark roast with a fine espresso/turkish grind, however many prefer to use the fine/drip type grind.
Step 5: Heating and measuring the water
You can heat your water however you choose. The "Top" tube is microwave safe and you can simply heat your water directly in it.
Step 6: Adding water to the grounds
The one of the unique qualities of the AeroPress is, not a lot of water, or steeping time, is needed to make your coffee.