We’ve come up with a few gift ideas to simplify your festive season shopping, and today the focus is on that wonderous thing we just cannot live without: PROPER COFFEE. And I have to say PROPER coffee, because not all coffee presses are created equal. As you know, we don’t often do product reviews, but every now and again something so awesome comes along that we just HAVE to try it out for ourselves. The lovely people at More Flavour sent me a box of goodies to play with, and oh my goodness, it nearly made me change careers! The Aerobie® Aeropress®, Rhino Hand Burr Grinder and Minipresso Portable Espresso Maker are all incredibly gifts – even if you buy it for yourself. Special thanks also to Josh at Flatmountain Coffee Roasters in Woodstock for the amazing Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans!
It makes sense to start with this one first since the beans have to be ground before all else. This is such a clever little thing and it packs quite a bit of punch as well. It’s a compact design – perfect for people on the go – with a removable handle, durable stainless steel casing, ceramic burrs and a handy carry pouch. The grind size is adjustable so you can really tailor your coffee to your needs. But we warned, you don’t want to be grinding coffee for 10 with this baby! It takes about 2 single shots’ worth of beans (42 grams) and you have to work it to get a result. But then again, when you want good coffee it’s worth it!
Now, there’s a whole subculture around Aeropress® that I have only recently found out about. It’s a craft! I followed the very easy instructions on the packaging and produced an excellent cup of coffee with very little effort. It’s a bit more time-consuming than other coffee makers, but again, the proof is in the coffee. The unique patented dual-brewing method results in a perfect cup every time, regardless of grind size. It works by allowing the coffee time to brew and then applying pressure to filter it through the microfiber paper filter. They even have different recipes to try out! So if you know a serious coffee junky, this is the perfect gadget for them.
This little bit of genius really does it for me: it’s an amazing design, it’s compact and lightweight, it’s completely hand powered and it makes the PERFECT cup of espresso. I even tried it with decaf beans that don’t usually present such great crema, but it did not disappoint. It was amazing! I have to admit, it had me when I opened the box: I am a self-confessed lover of good design, and this lovely little things screams great design. The scoop fits into the cup that screws onto the top of the machine. The canister at the bottom holds exactly 1 shot of water, and the pumping mechanism cleverly pops out when you turn the dial. Just awesome. And the fact that it makes really awesome espresso bumps it to the top of my Christmas wish list!
So there you have it: 3 great presents for the coffee lovers in your life. But you know what, I’m sure that you’ve been so good this year that you can treat yourself to them as well! Buy all of your awesome coffee products from More Flavour Company.