Last week, the L.A. Times weighed in with a story headlined "AeroPress coffeemakers brew loyal fans." It talks about what many AeroPress aficionados have known for months or even years - that it is hardly attractive or elegant or high-tech, but that its simplicity may hold the key to its success.
I wrote a story on the AeroPress last July that began this way:
"In the overcaffeinated competition among coffee makers, the AeroPress is a game-changer: an invention that thrills with its simplicity and functionality.
It makes extraordinary coffee -- crisp, clean and balanced, allowing for the complex flavors of the ground beans to ring true on the palate without distracting bitterness.
What's more, the AeroPress costs less than $30, is made of shatterproof plastic, is very easy to clean, was invented in California and, unlike nearly every other coffee contraption, is made in the United States."
Recently, when Chris Macias, The Bee's wine writer, mentioned he was interested in a new coffeemaker, I suggested the AeroPress (he gives me wine tips and I return the favor with coffee stuff). He got one and loves it.
Which leads us to our question - or questions - for readers out there who are really into coffee: Have you tried the AeroPress? If not, what is your preferred brewing method at home? If you'd rather get your coffee from the pros, what is your favorite coffee shop (and why)?