We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape. We didn’t get a good night’s sleep. We’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.
– Jerry Seinfeld
A Quest for Quality, Infused at an Early Age
My love of good coffee started early in life. My Italian mama would greet me in the morning with a breakfast of milky percolated coffee and crunchy toasted Italian bread, which I would dip into my coffee.
Mum’s Italian coffee heritage rubbed off onto me in a huge way and I’ve been on a quest for the perfect cup pretty much all my life.
Over the years, I’ve owned every sort of coffee machine imaginable. From the humble Bialetti Italian aluminium coffee percolator (known affectionately as a “caffetiera”), to fancy stainless steel equivalents, and on to increasingly sophisticated espresso and cappuccino makers.
Oh, the procession of coffee makers that have graced my gas burners and electrical outlets has been a long one!
I generally hold a deep affection for this array of coffee gadgetry that has come and gone in my life, and yes, there have also been some horrible mistakes. I count the pod-based coffee machines (not mentioning any names, er, Nespresso – OK I couldn’t help it!) amongst the worst coffee-related purchases I have ever made.
But hey, this is supposed to be a happy introduction about what makes me tick and why coffee has had such a huge role in my life, so will save my savage criticism of pod-based coffee machines for my AeroPress Economics 101 article.
Anyway, it’s good to have you here, and it’s good to know there are a like-minded caffeine addicts out there who share a similar quest for better coffee.
How I Changed My Coffee Habits
Not so long ago, I was in a bit of a coffee “no man’s land”.
You see, I’d received a Nespresso coffee maker from my wife as a birthday present.
I really tried to like it. I even fooled myself that it was convenient. I tried to ignore the fact that most of the coffee “varieties” either tasted the same as others, or tasted like utter crap.
I tried to get over the built-in limitation of minuscule quantities of ground coffee in every pod, by having two or three pods worth of coffee every morning just to get me going.
After a year of struggling this way, and getting increasingly frustrated over the limited choice of coffees and the spiralling cost of owning this little nightmare, I decided to do something about it.
Now you might think this is where I say I discovered the AeroPress, but no – that came later and was quite an accident.
I simply stopped using my Nespresso and went back to the old school aluminium caffetiera.
Over the following months, my morning ritual changed from loading two or three pods and having a very ordinary coffee, to having a markedly better cup of Joe, albeit with the pain of a bit of extra cleanup and the nagging worry of using an aluminium coffee maker.
I’ll leave out any talk about the health fears of using aluminium coffee makers, that’s a discussion for another time.
My New Best Coffee Mate
I do love my tea as well, and one day was searching online about how to get more flavour from my favourite tea.
I discovered a website where a person mentioned that they were using a coffee maker to brew their tea. A coffee maker??
This interested me, and it wasn’t long before I bought myself one of these little devices, which of course turned out to be the Aerobie AeroPress.
It has been a year now, and the AeroPress has given me back my coffee freedom, in a way that I would never have imagined before owning one.
Anyway, enough about me. You probably came here to find out more about this impossibly simple (heck, I’d even go so far to call it ridiculously simple) coffee maker.
So go ahead, explore this little site I made in dedication to the most stupidly simple genius invention in all of coffeedom!