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January 22, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Stein loves his AeroPress coffee gizmo: and that’s no java jive

This week on Food for Thought, my KPLU sidekick Dick Stein waxed rhapsodic over his new coffeemaker. No fancy-pants-expensive espresso machine nor sleek drip coffeemaker, this. His “fabulous AeroPress!” — recently ordered online, cost him around $25. Stein told me the gizmo works not unlike a French-press, though he insists it’s “way better” and leaves nary a speck of ground coffee in your cup. It’s “the greatest coffeemaker, ever!” according to the jazzoid behind KPLU’s Big Red Switch. Pitching the thing as if he were Ron Popeil, he said, “It makes the most delicious, rich, non-bitter coffee I’ve had anywhere.”

Hmmm, I thought, recalling every similar gadget I’ve bought and discarded over the years. But then I remembered that Stein’s the guy who turned me on to what he deems the “best cookbook, ever” — Molly Stevens’ “All About Braising.” And he wasn’t whistling the jazz version of “Dixie” with that recommendation. And then I got a missive from Eater Jay Milton.

Jay heard us carrying on about the AeroPress on the radio yesterday, and wrote: “I’m with Stein — the AeroPress is awesome! Friends from Palo Alto (home of the AeroPress) gave me one a couple of years ago, and though I don’t use it every day (I used to), it does make a great, smooth single cup of coffee.” The only down-side, Jay noted, is it takes a bit of work. “But man, is the coffee good!” Here’s a quick video, showing the work Jay was referring to:

OK, I’m sold. I’ll buy one. Meanwhile, anybody else want to weigh in on the subject?

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