Aerobie AeroPress $34.99 @ ALDI

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Best price in the recent past. Most recently advertised for $29.90 but that had $9.90 shipping attached to it.

Catalogue says it includes 350 microfilters.

Not on website yet so dodgy photo of catalogue page included.

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  • +4 votes

    This is a really good price for a very highly rated product.

    Personally, I couldn't figure out how to get a really good cup of coffee out of it, and I tried changing the variables, including water temperature, grind size, coffee type and amount, brewing time, etc, etc.

    • +5 votes

      What was wrong with the coffee that you were getting out of it? If you can describe what you were trying to improve I might be able to make some suggestions.

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        It was a couple of years ago, either too bitter or not strong enough or too strong, so bear with me

        I would usually flip the aeropress upside down, put about 17g of freshly ground coffee, wet the grinds for 30 seconds, then pour to number 4, stir 12 times, let sit for 30 seconds before flipping and slowly pressing

        • +3 votes

          30 seconds is way shorter than what I do. A lot of the 'recipes' I've seen will let the brew sit for 2 minutes or so, which seems to work for me.

        • +4 votes

          If it's bitter your water may be too hot, or your grind is so fine that it's over extracting very quickly.

          How else do you drink coffee? Do you like French press or pour over? Or just espresso? I ask because the aeropress mentions espresso, but it's completely different.

    • +10 votes

      You should be getting half decent filter style coffee, but if you were expecting espresso style you'd be disappointed. I must admit I'm not quite sure why the hype on these is quite as much as it is though. Only really use ours when travelling or camping, where it's generally one of the better options.

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        Probably that it in a nutshell. I got great coffee out of a very inexpensive espresso machine. Thought I was doing something very wrong.

      • +25 votes

        It gets hype because Americans drink pretty shitty filter coffee so being able to make pretty okay filter coffee is amaze.

    • +11 votes

      Just get better beans. I find that the easiest method to make good coffee.

    • +5 votes

      The AeroPress is great for camping, but I find at home a Moka pot beats it every time.

  • +4 votes

    Awesome price. I use mine multiple times per day. Never disappointed with the coffee I get.

    Almost want to grab this to have a spare.

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      You should, I've worn one out. My wife put the other in the dishwasher and screwed the rubber. I have a machine at home now and another at work, but may grab another.

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    Thank you OP!

  • -1 vote

    grab Lazzio dark roasted while you're at it; very lovely!

  • +1 vote

    Anyone knows when ALDI will have their guitar sales again?

    • -1 vote

      Someone at ALDI might

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      Week 4, Jan 2020

    • +6 votes

      Do you want the person you're buying it for to actually learn to play, or, is it just for an art project or a toddler to have "one like dad's" to drag around til someone stands on it and throws it away?

      While I dislike Aldi products in general, their guitars are TRULY AWFUL - some of the worst-contructed instruments I've ever seen. Twisted necks; bowed necks; twisted AND bowed necks on the same guitar; completely loose truss rod; necks separating at the body; gaps in that same spot obviously filled with PVC wood glue in a weak attempt to disguise the gap; sharp unfinished edges on frets; bridges lifting off the body (coming unglued).

      I tuned the first 3 strings, then began tuning the others, only to have the first ones go completely out of tune again - which isn't unheard of for new strings, but after 10 minutes of cycling through them over and over trying to get it to stablise!? Second guitar instead? Same thing! And the harmonics (a method of tuning by plucking strings, rather than using strict fret positions) was so far out of whack it made me gag with laughter; high actions just begging to inflict the next hand/wrist injury…

      I tried three different acoustics that day and every one made me wish I could afford to buy them just to smash them to splinters so they wouldn't be inflicted on anyone.

      An awful guitar will quickly discourage someone from bothering, because they won't be able to get it to sound right, but won't realise the problem isn't themselves.

      PLEASE, for the sake of the poor person receiving it, go to a music store - the cheapest guitar there will be better, because they sell only one thing - instruments - and want people to return for years to upgrade, buy sheet music/tablature, get lessons, etc. on word of mouth.

      Tell them you want 'cheap beginner' but not 'awful and discouraging', something with a low action but without buzzing frets when barr chords are used, and with the lightest (for a child or young girl) or second-lightest (all other beginners) set of strings fitted. You don't need extras like a tuner if it adds to the price, because there are free tuning apps for phones.

      If you buy a couple/few steps up than the cheapest they have, it will even better. And about 12-14% off the (undiscounted) ticket price is typical.

      One example: You'd be very unlucky to get a bad beginner guitar if you bought the cheapest Yamaha in the store, and it's probably going to be maybe only $50-$60 more than the Aldi junk (without a hard case anyway - which the Aldi won't have either).

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        Thank you!

        • +2 votes

          You're welcome - anyone I save from that fate is a win!

          I just had a quick glance at a music store, and the guitar I was going to recommend doesn't seem to be available. Anyway, the Yamaha Gigmaker packs - F310P is one - seems to be their bottom atm and is easily picked up for $200. The 'gigmaker' part refers to the fact it comes in a box with tuner, strap, carry bag, capo, string winder and some picks. But most of this is just passable stuff. So you might be able to get just the guitar model itself cheaper (ask if it's in the store without the other stuff and how much) - and use a phone app to tune it instead.

          Maybe you could squeeze them a little more on that price, $20 more maybe. Anyway, Yamaha have their tooling so precise after all these years, they really don't produce bad guitars. But the wood face will be of a 'lower grade' - rejected from being used in a more expensive guitar due to some physical blemish or audible flaw. So if you can, you might want to consider going a step or two up by adding another $100-$150 to get something like a Gigmaker 800 box (or again, just the same FG800 guitar that comes inside that box). Paying that extra will get you a 'solid-top' guitar. The lowest priced ones are ok, but a solid top (face) is often a nicer and deeper sound, more durable, heavier, more into the 'quality' region.

          You'll probably want to buy a strap if you don't get a Gigmaker pack. It's less tiring when the guitar isn't slipping around on your lap.

          Alternatively… the brand "Cort" has come a long way and has a couple base models that go for about $20-$30 cheaper, but still quite a good sound/build quality. (Today anyway.) But, everyone knows Yamaha… So if it doesn't work out, you'll get two-thirds or more of your money back selling a Yamaha because everyone recognises it, even if they don't know why. (Sell it when the stores are not having a sale.)

          Whatever you get, that solid top gets you into 'quality guitar' territory.

          I've been assuming you want a steel string acoustic (pop/rock/folk/church) too. But you might want a nylon string guitar (classical style) instead. The same thing applies really. Yamaha have produced good all-round guitars for years.

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    i see the manual burr grinder, is that on sale too ?

    • +2 votes

      It doesn’t have brand name attached to it. It says “Manual Coffee Grinder $14.99. Ceramic grinder with 4 adjustable grind settings”

      • +1 vote

        i know it's better to buy them in beans form but I can't justify myself having to grind the beans then do the Aeropress process day-in day-out.

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          Not sure why you got a down vote, it's a fair point.
          We don't grind at home. We buy 1kg of fresh roast beans from the local roaster and have them grind it for us. They lose freshness towards the end, but it's the price we pay for not wanting to grind. Plus the cafe grinds it at the correct number for our use (v60)

          • +6 votes

            @greentea: Just buy an electric grinder. It vastly improved my coffee over using preground stuff. Manual coffee grinding is for when you're in the bush or in a blackout.

      • +4 votes

        Most hand grinders, particularly at that price range, don't give an even grind, though still probably better than pre-ground. An electric burr grinder will give much better results (having used both cheap and expensive hand grinders)

        • +1 vote

          vic, what's the cheapest electric burr grinder? bang for buck

          • -2 votes

            @tempura: My sister swears by her $15 grinder from Kmart.

          • +2 votes

            @tempura: Don't really know, have only owned one (breville smart grinder pro) which is pretty highly rated on coffeesnobs.com.au (good site for coffee advice), but will set you back north of $150 when on sale. Breville's cheaper grinder will use the same mechanism, but still over $100. Don't know about cheaper options, check out coffeesnobs, or just try one I guess (Aldi's return policy is great for that).

            Filter-type coffees are also more forgiving than espresso in terms of grinder.

          • +2 votes

            @tempura: @tempura: I know electric is the going rate, but I've had no issue with my rhinowear hand grinder. Cost about $40 delivered, takes a minute or 2 to grind for a 2 cup Moka. Granted it's entry level but it's adjustable as well.

            • +1 vote

              @chonkie: Expressing my thoughts in maths: Pre-ground << Hand-grinder < Electric grinder.

              The biggest issue I have with hand grinders (and I've had a few of them, from cheapies to $100+) is they seem to produce and inconsistent size of grind; particularly on the larger grinds (which you want for filter-type brews). I think this has to do with the lack of momentum of the spinning burr - adding a flywheel or gearing system would probably help considerably.

              With electric burr grinders, I suspect basic grinding isn't too different from one to another, and price comes down to:
              * how long it will last
              * how much coffee you can grind at a time (domestic ones overheat if you use too much)
              * level of control of grind size
              * convenience factors (pre-set grind time, single/double short switch, porta-filter holders)
              * shiny
              * elitism

              • +1 vote

                @askvictor: Have you tried the Handground. Most consistent (and fastest) large grind I've ever had on a manual grinder. Not cheap though (I backed on Kickstarter).
                Issue with most manual grinders is there's not enough bracing on the axle to keep the burr straight.

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                  @NigelTufnel: I do indeed have a handground grinder, got it for that very reason, but found it suffering from the same problems as the others :( though the ergonomics are much better. I think it's a momentum issue.

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              @chonkie: Yeah, I love my Rhinowares hand grinder. I use that with both my Aeropress and Delter Coffee Press.

          • +2 votes

            @tempura: Manual grinder like the Hario Skerton (or the Aldi one in this pic) and then take the handle off and use a cordless drill to grind it (low speed). ;-)

          • +3 votes

            @tempura: Best bang for buck at the mo is the breville smart grinder in my opinion. occasionally you can get it for under $150. If you enjoy coffee and drink it every day I really think its worth it. Freshly roasted beans start to go stale after 4-6 weeks. Grounds tend to go stale in a few minutes. If you can get beans taht were roasted 2 weeks ago or so and grind them just before brewing the difference in quality compared to preground is out of this world.

        • +2 votes

          The fortunate thing is that the Aeropress is pretty forgiving with less than ideal grinds. For sure a good electric burr grinder is better, but I care about that a lot more for espresso or French press etc than I do for an Aeropress. If the $15 Aldi grinder is close to my Hario Mini Mill, it's still a pretty good value starting point paired with the Aeropress compared to whatever preground someone would otherwise be using.

  • +3 votes

    I was in love with aero presses for about 2 years. Can make very decent coffee with the right beans.

    Now I own an espresso I forgot I owned one.

  • +6 votes

    Reverse method works best.
    Use it everyday, easy to use and clean.

    Better to get the metal filter over the paper ones.

    • +1 vote

      Agree with all of that. I use the same method, including metal filter. I grind the same as I do for my espresso machine. AeroPress mainly used for long blacks at work.

  • +4 votes

    Good price. Aeropress is great. Far better than a plunger.

    I also highly recommend this addon https://fellowproducts.com/products/prismo
    Allows me to have short blacks when travelling/camping. Other half uses this and an Aldi frother to make lattes.

    • +2 votes

      I disagree with it being far better than a plunger, plunger wins hands down when making more than one cup. Some beans prefer one over the other too (one method being easier to get the best from the beans.)

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        I can make 2 cups of coffee with an aeropress quicker than 2 cups with a plunger and it would be far better. Plunger requires a longer brew time.

        Some beans prefer one over the other too

        Adjust your grind.

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          You obviously really prefer the profile of an Aeropress coffee.

          What's your Aeropress method for two cups of coffee?

          • +1 vote

            @Tunblor: Most plungers give you oily, grainy coffee. Unaware of anyone who prefers that profile.

            My method for two cups:
            Use the Aeropress twice using fine grind. That's it :)

            Only need 60 seconds steep using the reverse method.

            • +1 vote

              @zeggie: I think Aeropress coffee with the paper filter tastes thin and less interesting, even when I ramp up the strength. I use metal mesh filter.

              The oils add mouth feel and depth of flavour, and I like that. The silt and graininess I control by bean selection, using a better press and not drinking the last 15mm of coffee in the press. Some beans create a lot more silt than others, and that's why some beans (a minority) i don't like in a press pot.

              I use a hand grinder too, so there's no way I can grind, Aeropress, clean metal filter, grind, Aeropress, clean metal filter and then clean up, in the time it takes me to grind once, brew, press and then drink. The time advantage the press has really blows out when you have 3 or 4 or 5 people. Aeropress means one of the cups is sitting there going cold while I prepare the others as well.

              Our preferences and use cases are different, that's why I think it's not a clear case of one being better than the other, as you appear to think it is.

      • +2 votes

        I'm with Tunblor. Plunger/French Press works just fine. If you know what you're doing, it makes great coffee. There a few different techniques you can try as well. I recommend this to people who think it's a bad way to make coffee. This helps with the problem of grainy coffee or silt. If that's an issue for ya.
        The Ultimate French Press Technique

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    Zeggie can you buy the https://fellowproducts.com/products/prismo in Australia (ANSWERED my own question - on eBay $42 or $26 for the copy)

    • +3 votes

      The coffee is no different to a dripolator or plunger.

      Except for the fact that, uh, it is different and fixes several downsides of a plunger. Reduces oils ("muddles" your coffee and is also known to increase cholesterol), no grinds in your cup, easier to clean, faster overall from start to first sip.

      • +1 vote

        I agree, I like using an AeroPress over a French Press due to easier to clean and not having the coffee ground in my coffee.

      • +8 votes

        There is no bad cholesterol. Only foods bad for your cholesterol. It is a difference. Eggs contain cholesterol. It only helps your cholesterol health. Sugar, doesn't contain cholesterol. It does damage your bodies natural cholesterol. Coffee doesn't damage you. Shit every single study, filtered and unfiltered have proven great positive health benefits. The chlorogenic acid in unfiltered coffee is very good for your heart, among many others.

        Cholesterol is a complicated topic because the public have been terribly educated on it. Firstly overall cholesterol increases can but does not necessitate poor health outcomes. Why? Because there's more than one type of cholesterol. Just like there's many kinds of fat, sugars, fibers, etc. What is actually important in the case of cholesterol is actually particle SIZE. Not the number of them. Studies using food like margerine (proven to lower cholesterol) have only shown increasing negative outcomes on all health issues (diabetes, heart disease, cancer). Reason? It lowers your body's large buoyant cholesterol and does not lower the tiny particles produced by sugar.

        Certain foods decrease EXISTING cholesterol particle sizes. Yes no matter what you do you have a baseline of cholesterol in your body. Why? Because the body uses it to fix problems. That's why it increases in number and we hurt ourselves, or give ourselves a lot of inflammation.

        The worst thing you can do is eat sugar. Sugar profoundly decreases particle size. Coffee does not. It's a good reason to not put sugar in your coffee. Although it doesn't matter that much. Most sugar comes from junk food and stuff like Coke.

        The reason I wasted this time explaining this is because I'm sick of people talking about cholesterol as a bad thing. Every single dang study about eggs PROVING cholesterol is bad for you, has in turn been proven wrong over the last two decades. Cholesterol is just a response to damage and repair. We need it. Hell our brain is largely made up of it.

        • +2 votes

          There is no bad cholesterol.

          LDL is bad cholesterol. Many journal papers to back that up.

          Shit every single study

          Not even close. Yes coffee in general provides overall positive benefits, especially when young, but definitely not as you grow older or when your intake exceeds 2-3 cups a day.

          Sure, I can provide further clarification.

          Aeropress paper filters remove diterpene molecules ie. Cafestol and kahweol powerful agents that cause our bodies to increase the low density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) in our blood also observed in recent independent studies here's a recent one and published in peer reviewed journals.

          As with anything, moderation is key, but coffee drinkers tend to like drinking lots of coffee. Small things, like using a paper filter, can be beneficial to our long term health.

          • +6 votes

            @zeggie: No LDL is not bad. There are multiple forms of LDL and HDL. Only small dense LDL in the presence of systemic inflammation is when it becomes bad. Large buoyant LDL is what coffee fats mostly increases. You're correct that it IS LDL that changes. But there is NO PROOF that it is antherogenic at all. It also raises HDL cholesterol which is protective against heart disease.

            Again, there is no bad cholesterol. Only bad lifestyles. Sugar and inflammation can make any and all cholesterol into something dangerous. Is it the cholesterols fault? No. Cholesterol is only a bandaid (it's much more than a bandaid of course) for a serious injury. So why keep injuring yourself and blaming the bandaids for not working? That's what we are doing when we say this cholesterol is bad for you. Actually it's worse than that. It's blaming the bandaids for causing the injury in the first place. It's little more than misdirection. Blaming cholesterol is losing sight of the problem at hand.

            It's blaming the ambulance drivers for the sick and injured. If you get rid of the cholesterol, guess what? You're disease progresses faster. Every study related to lowering your cholesterol through food and drugs does not help IF you're lifestyle has not changed. If the inflammation is still there, you will get sick and it won't be the cholesterol's fault.

            Even then, lowering your cholesterol should only be done with food. All the drugs have dire consequences. Many cause muscle, insulin and mitochondria issues…

            You're also correct that coffee should be drunk in moderation. But everything is life needs to be done is moderation. That's just not profound enough to say about anything, let alone everything. My point was and is coffee will not be the cause of your or anyone's heart disease or diabetes. Sugar is the main cause and it is a waste of time trying to warn of the dangers of coffee when sugar is the primary culprit.

            Also I am quite sure that coffee is fine for people of any age. Except children of course. It has a significant effect of people circadian rhythm. Too much for children, but great for older folks who have difficulty maintaining their rhythm because it naturally breaks down as we age.

            I guarantee that if people stopped consuming sugar and milk with their coffee, that every single low quality junk correlational study and meta-study will debunk coffee as a contributing factor to heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Same with meat. Stop eating low quality meat on hamburgers and pouring tons of sugary sauces on top and it's association to those diseases disappears. Lastly, most correlational studies are absolutely bunk. Especially in the field of nutrition.

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              @Hunterex:

              No LDL is not bad.

              Well many studies have displayed a linear relationship with cardiovascular disease and I'll politely choose to trust all of those studies and articles over you at this stage.

              You're correct that it IS LDL that changes.

              And that's the crux of my original post. I'm glad you agree.

              I guarantee that if people stopped consuming sugar and milk with their coffee…

              Sure. I agree with you there, but this and your paragraphs above it have you going off on a tangent to make points that were never even raised.

              Using a paper filter can help reduce LDL, and any perceived benefits, which none are really reported, do not outweigh the perceived negatives, where several are reported.

              Not to mention it tastes better - the purpose of the original post :)

              • +2 votes

                @zeggie: I'm not trying to change what you drink or how you drink it or anything. If you prefer paper filtered coffee, cool. It's all good. My point is that LDL is not what causes atheroma. LDL is doing what it needs to you keep you alive. It's not trying to kill you. There's plenty of studies proving in the absence of inflammation, the small dense LDL and VLDL (which is much more important for health outcomes) will not affect your blood vessel lining and have no evidential causes of atheroma. Only in the presence of inflammation can this possibly be an issue.

                So the real question actually has nothing to do with cholesterol status. It's why is almost every study/meta-study shows a correlation between high LDL/VLDL and heart disease in the west? That's a much more interesting question. Are we all massively inflamed? Why? What are the root causes? Is it the air pollution? Is it the food? Is it the water? Is it our modern work life? Is it our gut microbiome? Is it the changing landscape?

                There is no study that shows a casual link between coffee and heart disease. Correlation does not equal causation.

                If cholesterol REALLY was THE issue, then the drugs (like statins) that lower it would have been a resounding success. Or even the foods like margerine. We would have stopped the heart disease epidemic. Except it didn't. It would not be the number one killer in the west. Except it is. All it did was have a rounding error of success and also happens to help cause diabetes, muscle wastage, mitochondria issues, etc. Even the little bit of success statins had in their trials was due to the fact that some were an anti-inflammatory drug as well (but not a very good one at that).

                You're better off trying to warding off inflammation than high cholesterol. In twenty years time, no one is going to be focusing on cholesterol. Maybe VLDL and why your cholesterol particle size is shrinking (stop eating sugar and rancid vegetable oils). Inflammation is what scientists are focusing on now. The new markers of health are all inflammation based. Zero are focused on cholesterol since it is not and never was the root cause of heart disease.

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                  @Hunterex: Essentially it's all about amounts/levels. Ever heard the adage that everything is a poison (the dose is the key)? Current wisdom is that too much LDL is a health risk factor for many/most people.

    • +9 votes

      IF I TALK IN CAPS LOCK THAT MEANS I'M CORRECT

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    If you miss out on this deal consider a Delter Press. A modern version of an Aeropress. I’ve got one for camping and love it.

    I’d even go so far as to say it’s worth the extra $5.

    • +1 vote

      From my understanding the Delta is also better for making coffee for two people

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      Superficially similar devices but the Delter produces something closer to a pour over. Aeropress immerses the grounds while the Delter keeps them separate until plunging. Also I'm pretty sure AB don't offer free shipping.

    • +1 vote

      I have done a few tests with both the Delter and Aeropress. I'd have to say that the result is definitely similar but the Delter did have a slightly better flavour and was slightly more aromatic.
      Tests done with hand ground beans.

      I think the Aeropress is easier to clean though. I also like the Puck Puck cold drip attachment for the Aeropress which I can't use on the Delter.

  • +2 votes

    I tried both a stainless steel filter and paper filter, for my taste the paper filter makes the coffee taste smoother.

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