The greatest one cup coffee maker ever? Maybe so (said Bloomberg Businessweek).
Know what it’s made of? Plastic.
Know how much it costs? 30 bucks.
That would be the AeroPress coffee maker. It might look a little goofy. Bon Appetit said it “works like an over-size syringe”. But then they also said, “it makes fantastic coffee”, so maybe a little goofy isn’t so bad.
“…makes the flavors sing like no other coffee maker I’ve used.” (Newsweek)
But besides your coffee beans, you need something else to make the world’s greatest single cup of coffee – you need petrochemicals. That’s because the polypropylene an AeroPress is made from – is made from propylene (they add “poly” in the lab by linking together all those little propylenes), a petrochemical.
“…I always travel with an AeroPress…it makes fantastic coffee.” (Bon Appetit)
And what’s so good about polypropylene?
It’s durable – it stands up to being used (with hot water) day in and day out.
It’s non-reactive – so your coffee tastes like, coffee. Nothing else (and nothing else in it, but what you add).
It’s recyclable – though odds are, you might not want to give it up.
“This is now, bar none, by favorite brewing method.” (Timothy Ferriss, 4-Hour Chef)
It looks, by the way, like this (sitting on top of a glass):