We're coffee addicts. We wish we weren't, but we are. Which is why the AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker caught our eye. Designed by Palo Alto inventor/engineer Alan Adler (who, incidentally, also designed the Aerobie flying ring and the Dogobie, a flying disc for dogs -- how's that for a tie-in to Pet Month?), the AeroPress is billed as "an entirely new way to make coffee." Water and grounds are mixed together for 10 seconds, then gentle air pressure pushes the mixture through a micro-filter. Total immersion of the grounds in the water means you can extract the flavor at a moderate temperature, which results in a smoother brew. The filtering time is just 20 seconds, so there's no bitterness.
All of this means lower acid, happier stomachs, happier people. Both Jeffrey Steingarten (food writer/Vogue Food Editor) and Kenneth Davids (author of several books about coffee and editor of coffeereview.com) gave the AeroPress good reviews. The website has comparisons to French Presses, espresso machines, drip brewing, and pod brewing. Sold for about $30 through these online and walk-in retailers. Have you tried the AeroPress? What did you think?