I drink a lot of coffee. Enough that I can slam an espresso dopio late at night and go straight to bed, falling alseep a few minutes later. For years I had a Gaggia espresso machine in my office. Actual steam driven motherfucker. Depending on my attention to detail, and the quality of the ground I was using, it could make a great cup of java, or the worst mouthful of stewed donkey piss you've ever tasted.
I switched to a simple plunger for a long time. Shamefully, I filled a big arse Bodum at the start of the day, hit the press, and just microwaved the leftovers as needed.
Did I mention the donkey piss?
Not sure where I first heard about the Aeropress. Maybe from Marco Arment's blog. Perhaps in a magazine feature on inventors. Because it was totally invented by an old fashioned inventor who likes to invent stuff. And drink coffee.
It's a deceptively simple-looking system, that is a little less simple once you unpack all the components and have to put them together early in the morning before you've had your first cup of coffee. Worth it though.
Long story short, the rubber tipped plunger makes for an air tight seal in the, er, coffee tube, and surprisingly effective and efficient filter cap strains out the grounds. The video below shows you the 'inverted' method, which I don't use. (Turn off the sound. Banjos.)
I love this fucking thing. It makes a great cup of coffee every time. Not much crema, unfortunately, but I use an Aldi milk frother to put a little cafe class on top. (Interesting side note. Mikey Robbins once told me Aldi Milk Frother is his porn star name).
I'm gonna throw in a buy link here because I've used this enough now to be happy recommending it to anyone. It's way cheaper than a Gaggia, or Nespresso. If you decide to get one, remember to pick up some paper filters too. Although I'm getting myself a stainless steel filter next week.