Coffee Headache

I go through phases of drinking coffee. I love the stuff, but don’t like the idea of being addicted to caffeine. Last Spring, while I was in the height of a “I WANT COFFEE” phase, I bought a product called the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. It’s a really simple vacuum pressure system with very few parts, quick brew time, and no messy cleanup. It was recommended by a local coffee shop, and I figured for $30 it was worth a try. The one thing that scared me about the system is that I try not to drink hot water from plastic. I researched the Aeropress before I bought it and found that it is made with BPA-free platic that’s FDA approved and has been tested by an independent lab to show that it does not leach chemicals into the coffee. I would still rather have a stainless system, but with such reassuring data I figured I was just being paranoid.

So I bought the Aeropress, and it makes AMAZING coffee. It’s smooth, rich, (can be) SUPER strong, and, unlike french press, it lacks acidity and coffee grounds. In short, I like it better than any coffee maker I’ve used before it. So I recommended it to my mom and to Courtenay (who bought one for her mom as well) and a few other people with a need for the easy traveling, no mess coffee maker. Then Courtenay visited me a couple months ago, and she brought her Aeropress – which is made from a different plastic! She ordered hers off Amazon, and I – in an attempt to support local business – purchased mine from a family owned kitchen shop in Manitou Springs. Apparently, mine is from an old stock, and has the BPA in it. I called Aerobie, who makes the Aeropress and the woman sounded surprised that I ended up with the older plastic (mine’s blueish and the new ones are not). I fully expected her to replace it for the cost of shipping, at-most, but she said it would cost $20 (including shipping) for the replacement parts. I told her that I’ve recommended the product to several people, it didn’t change the price. $20? The original cost me $29.99: retail! I told her I thought they should replace them for free since their advertising of BPA plastic is why I purchased the product, but I ended up giving her my credit card info and agreeing to pay $20. So it goes…

Or does it? I was just finishing that last paragraph and trying to decide how I could recommend the coffee maker without having to recommend a product from a brand with poor customer service when they called me back. “Hello, Ben? This is Michelle from Aerobie, I just talked to our manager and we agreed that we could replace those parts for just the cost of shipping.” Sweet! That’s what I expected in the first place! Way to go Michelle! Moral? Wait at least 10 minutes for the company to call back before you post a nasty blog about a company’s customer service. And buy an Aerobie Aeropress if you want a low-cost, zero-mess, zero maintenance, easy to travel with coffee maker – which produces better coffee than machines ten times its price. (I would say 100 times its price, but the one $3000 espresso machine I’ve had the pleasure of using did make a very good cup of espresso – still, the aeropress can compete.) Just double check before you buy that you’re not buying the older blueish plastic (she told me they haven’t made them in over a year). The new ones are grayish, or just clear.

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Ben Collins Professional Triathlete

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  1. You really need to get Brandon to use this – because his post about the salty coffee maker was probably your best post ever in the whole world. You should just repost it because it was so good.

    You know you could just drink decaf or half caf or something. There really isn’t anything better than a cup of espresso (or coffee) and a good Ayn Rand book. Actually, some smooth jazz might improve that moment but I am probably going to far there.

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