Electro Rock, on 19 December 2011 - 04:09 PM, said:
I find my Aeropress coffee to be more oily than my French press coffee.
I also find that the quality of the beans and grind seems to matter less than with other brewing methods.
According to what I have read it is due to a combination of the water temperature (175 degree F/ 79 Celsius - use a digital thermometer for accuracy), shorter brewing time and pressure developed during the press.
My friend picked up one of the Coava stainless steel disks to replace the paper filters and says it tastes even better. He uses the inverted method and says more flavour is extracted from the bloom as result. His other tip - run the rubber plunge seal under hot tap water before use to ease the amount of force needed for the plunge.
Whatever it makes a terrific cup of coffee.
Add an Aerolatte or similar battery operated hand frother (Mine is a cheap plastic model I picked up at Ikea a few years ago and it works great) although sometimes I do use my panaretto milk frother on my espresso machine to steam milk
and you have the ability to make excellent lattes/ cafe au laits. BTW if you are heating the milk in the microwave use 50% or less power and bring it 150-155F (66-68C) checking with a digital thermometer. I use a 50:50 ratio of coffee to milk.