For travelers who need their coffee, the right travel coffee maker is no easy task; but I’ve ended my search with the AeroPress by Aerobie, Inc. That’s been no easy task for me; finding the right hotel or camping coffee maker is right up there with finding the right suitcase and under-the-seat carry-on. And I will admit I own more than a few coffeemakers, suitcases and carry-on bags that go unused because they weren’t quite right.
Practical, Portable and a Great Cup of Coffee
I discovered the AeroPress while visiting family in Chicago. While I’m otherwise a pretty good house guest, I am a (ahem; bit of a) coffee snob and really like a good, strong, well-brewed cup of coffee in the morning. My sister-in-law had recently switched to the AeroPress and she was right; the AeroPress truly makes a great cup of coffee, at home or on the road.
Previously, I traveled with either a one-cup glass French press or a plastic pour-through filter. Both are compact and did well for me when on the road. The AeroPress is the same size as the glass French press and even smaller than the pour-though, but I prefer the coffee made with the AeroPress.
How the AeroPress Works
To make a cup of coffee with the AeroPress, follow the directions, but basically:
- Place a filter in the cap. (You can re-use the filter once, or purchase a re-usable wire mesh filter. Attach the cap to the chamber.
- Place the chamber over your coffee cup and add coffee.
- Pour hot water into the coffee chamber. Stir 10 seconds.
- Insert the plunger into the chamber and press slowly.
Clean-up is easy. Remove the cap; push the plunger in fully to eject the coffee plug in the trash. It comes out clean. Rinse and you’re ready for the next cup.
A Well-Designed Product
Aerobie, Inc. is run by Alan Adler, inventor and CEO. Adler teaches engineering at Stanford University and holds some 40 patents. Their other product is Aerobie Pro flying disk, which holds the Guinness World Record for farthest throw. In designing his coffee maker, Adler considered optimum conditions for making a good cup of coffee and did his best to incorporate them in his product.
My AeroPress kit included the AeroPress coffee maker, a funnel, a coffee scoop, stirrer, 350 micro filters, a filter holder and a zippered travel bag. It’s lightweight and compact (BPA-free) plastic.
The coffee maker sells for about $30.00. I’m ready for my next trip!
AeroPress Coffeemaker: www.aerobie.com The AeroPress is available at large retailers and online from large retailers like Starbucks, Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Cost Plus, Sur la Table, Target, and Amazon and independent stores across the country. (It’s a good idea to consult their website: apparently, there are counterfeits out there that are sold on Amazon and EBay. If buying on Amazon, just be sure to use one of the authorized distributors.
– Article photos courtesy Aerobie, Inc. Cover photo by Nancy Zaffaro.