And the winner is……..
Please don’t forget to e-mail me your shipping address Kandi, so that Aerobie can get your coffeemaker out to you right away!
I am the only one in my house so drinks coffee. So a few years ago when all these great “one cup brewing systems” started appearing, it seemed like the perfect solution for me. I no longer needed to brew four cups in my big coffee pot and have it taste just so-so. I could brew one simply amazing cup all by itself. I ended up getting a great deal on a Melitta One:One and I fell in love.
I loved that I could brew a cup of coffee in just about two minutes. I loved all the great flavors the pods came in. I loved that there was almost no cleanup since it brewed directly into the cup.
But eventually the excitement of that first love wore off. I got tired of looking for the coffee pods that were never easy to find. And sometimes I’d walk past the coffee aisle in my local Reasors just as someone was grinding up some amazing smelling gourmet coffee and, oh I wanted to buy some. I started to fall out of love with my little Melitta, and my eyes started to wander. I told myself it was silly. I had a perfectly lovely coffeemaker at home. But I’d be at Sears looking at something else, and I’d drift over to the coffeemakers “just to see what they had”.
Before I knew it I was surfing the Internet for “coffeemaker porn”. Drooling over the Keurig with their refillable k-cups. That’s when I saw the AeroPress Coffeemaker on Amazon. It seemed like fate. My Melitta was small, but this thing was positively tiny. And it was inexpensive. And the reviews were great. In my mind I thought “I can have the best of both worlds. I can still use my Melitta, but have this for those times I need something else.”
I tried not to think of it as cheating. I mean, I still loved my Melitta. But I started using the AeroPress more and more. I just couldn’t stop. Then came this summer. The summer I discovered iced coffee (thanks to a free coupon at Starbucks and some free samples of International Delights). And I found out that this thing makes great iced coffee,too! (You don’t have to go to all the trouble in this tutorial. Just giving you options. It’s also good if you just brew it and add milk, half and half, or even ice cream)
Finally I knew that I had to choose. I realized that it had been 9 months since I’d even touched my Melitta. It was time to let her go and be faithful to my new love. I gently boxed her up and promised that she’d find someone else, and I took her to Goodwill.
So let me tell you a little about why I love my AeroPress, and why I think you will too.
- It’s inexpensive. $26 for the brewer on Amazon is affordable for just about anybody.
- It’s compact. It literally takes no more room in my cabinet than a coffee mug.
- It’s not electric. That means you can use it camping or anywhere you have access to hot water. Mine even came with a travel bag to make it easy to transport.
- It’s versatile. What you actually make is a super concentrated coffee similar to expresso, which you can then either dilute for the perfect cup of coffee, or use over ice with milk or half and half (or brew it right over a scoop of ice cream – YUM!) for the perfect iced coffee beverage. It’s also great for those recipes that call for a small amount of strong coffee.
- It’s easy to clean. You can rinse if you’d like, but you can also just wipe the plunger with a paper towel. And you brew directly into your cup, just like my Melitta. You can even use the plunger to measure and heat your water in the microwave.
- The filters are very inexpensive. And there is a reusable steel filter available if you’d like to be more “green”.
- It’s fast. Once your water is hot (in the microwave or teakettle) it takes just 30 seconds to brew.
I let Aerobie know that I loved their product and wanted to do a review, and they offered a FREE AEROPRESS COFFEEMAKER for a giveaway. (Thank you Aerobie!) But even if you don’t win, I hope that the next time you are considering a new coffeemaker you will consider an AeroPress. I really do love it that much.
**I received no compensation for this post. Open to readers in U.S. and Canada only. Entries will be taken throughout the weekend, and a winner will be chosen and announced on this blog post on Monday, July 29. I will need the winner to contact me with a mailing address BY TUESDAY so that I can forward it to Aerobie for shipping. I will make every effort to contact the winner, but I’d hate to see your spam filter keep you from receiving this prize, so please come back to check**
The coffeemaker will ship direct to the winner from Aerobie. I have no control over ship times, but I can help you reach my contact at Aerobie if there is a problem.