AeroPress Espresso Maker

When I used to work from home, I found that the one thing I missed most was a well-made, triple-shot Americano to get my day going. My regular home brew made via French Press wasn't delivering quite the punch I needed, but I also wasn't ready to throw down several hundred bucks for an espresso machine. I don't remember who told me about the Aeropress—a freelancing friend, I'm sure—but I do recall my initial skepticism. An espresso maker made of three plastic parts? But this is design and function in their highest forms: it's perfect for both home and (now that I'm back in an office) work—no plugs, no noise, and likely the easiest cleanup and maintenance of any espresso maker on the market — plus it makes a perfect, strong brew every time, no matter where you are.

Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $25.95 at Amazon.com.