Why aren't there screw-threads inside the Aeropress sleeve?

I'm staying in a hotel with nothing but paper cups in the room, and I'm not travelling with my usual suitcase in which I stash my emergency polypropelene folding cup, so I'm reduced to making my hotel coffee using the awkward hold-the-sleeve method, in which you grip the sleeve as hard as you can with your left hand while pushing down on the piston with your right, supporting the press so you don't crush the paper cup beneath.

How to Aeropress like a champ

The winning recipes from the 2012 Aeropress championships give me the fear. Clearly I have not been paying enough attention to this.

17 grams of coffee (light roasted fresh crop washed Sidamo from Heart roasters)

fine filter grind on a Mahlkönig Tanzania

paper filter rinsed with hot water

water from Maridalsvannet (brought in glass bottles from my flat in Oslo, Norway)

inverted brewing method

preheat aeropress for 10 sec

96 Celcius pour temp (gives ca 90 C actual brew temp)

260 grams of water

no stiring

50 sec steep time

20 sec press time – slow enough to get a clean brew but also some fines (yuck) and oils (yum)

stop pressing before air comes out

wait for the fines to sink and temp to cool, then pour but hold back the last part with the fines (taste sample for yourself!)

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Barista plunges three Aeropresses at once

Johanna writes, "Carlos Aguirre, a trainer at
Academia Barista Pro, stunned audiences worldwide when he pushed not
1, not 2 but 3 aeropresses at the same time for his signature drink
during National Salvadoran Barista Competition."

That's a lot of aeropressin'. — Read the rest

Make your Keurig as messy as a French press and as tasty as motel drip coffee with this reusable plastic k-cup

After several attempts to get something drinkable out of the Ekobrew Classic Reusable Filter, I figured it out: just grind it finer than the normal stuff in a k-cup and tamp it down a bit. The results were everything I dreamed of and was promised: a k-cup that must be laboriously cleaned after every use, a return to the messy and time-consuming rituals of coffee production that Keurig machines otherwise obviate, and a brew that somehow makes a $20-a-bag Kona blend taste like Maxwell House. — Read the rest

Touring, complete: what gear survived four months of hard-wearing book-tour?

I had the last official stop of my book tour for my novel Walkaway on Saturday, when I gave a talk and signing at Defcon in Las Vegas. It was the conclusion of four months of near-continuous touring, starting with three weeks of pre-release events; then six weeks of one-city-per-day travel through the US, Canada and the UK, then two months of weekly or twice-weekly events at book fairs, festivals and conferences around the USA.