A minimalist, manual espresso maker under $50
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Fast and convenient, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes one of the best cups of coffee you'll ever taste. This innovative uses the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce coffee and espresso that has rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. It makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs), features a micro filtered for grit free coffee, and takes just 1 minute to make coffee (actual press time takes only 30 seconds). Make your coffee American style or Espresso style for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks.
The AeroPress has received nothing short of fantastic reviews, and because of it's affordable price point yet fantastic quality, is often regarded as a perfect entry point to the world of coffee and brewing. Perfect for the coffee enthusiast or the fledging apprentice alike, the Aeropress also makes for a great gift.
Here's a video showing the Aeropress Coffee Maker in action through the hands of Gwilym Davies, World Barista Champion 2009:
Its total-immersion system permits extraction at a moderate temperature and a short brew time. Water and grounds are mixed together for 10 seconds, then gentle air pressure pushes the mix through a micro-filter in just 20 seconds, which avoids the bitterness of long processes such as drip brewing. The air pressure also gently squeezes the last goodness from the grounds, further enriching the flavor. The total brewing time of only 30 seconds results in an exceptionally smooth brew.
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