Time for another coffee gadget..
Back on this post in the gadget thread, superboyac mentioned the AeroPress
, though he never posted a link to information about it.
It's basically a $30 manual one-cup-at-a-time french press thingy:http://aerobie.com/p...oducts/aeropress.htm
I've been using it for a while now and I like it -- it's sort of fun, and it cleans up fairly well, and its good for if you only have an occasional cup of coffee.
Now the next logical step after getting one of those fellas is to grind your own beans (the home-roasters can talk about that process -- i won't be going there).
As for grinding -- the serious coffee folks will tell you that the more expensive "burr" grinders do a better job of grinding than the cheaper blade grinders. Personally, i'm not sure i really buy it. The burr grinders certainly produce more consistent sized grinds and may not leave you with some of the fine particles that the blade grinders will, but i'm not convinced that would be such a big deal.
However, as someone who has a great appreciation for small gadgets that don't take up much room -- the idea of a big burr grinder (and they are all relatively big) is aesthetically offensive.
Which brings us to these little hand (burr) grinders, which take some effort but can pretty quickly grind enough beans for a single cup of coffee.
Here's the one I picked up:http://www.amazon.co...rinder/dp/B001804CLY
Like I said I don't care much about burr vs blade, but what I like is that the coffee gets ground right before use and doesn't sit around for weeks, and it takes up almost no space, and cleans up super easy. Just dumps the ground from the grinder into the Aeropress (or whatever) and you are done.
If you don't mind doing a little work before each cup of coffee, this is a fairly nice combo with minimal counter space requirements and minimal cleanup.