Pretty fucking dire happenings - the espresso machine is on the fritz!
Although thankfully it's still under warranty, this fact alone is not enough to calm our nerves. So, after a very short stint with some coffee bags (which my wife had squirrelled away to use when I don't make coffee fast enough), I'm now rather happy to be fully reacquainted with the Aeropress which, since arrival of the espresso machine, had been relegated to use while camping or on trips.
Personally, I find the espresso machine pretty quick & easy to use, including the clean-up which is just a rinse of the portafilter and basket followed by a wipe around the group head.
But the Aeropress seems even easier, and maybe even quicker - although I'm thinking this may be a case of 'rose tinted glasses' as I'm just so grateful to have fresh coffee again.
Either way, I loved my Aeropress before I had an espresso machine, and since then, we always appreciate it when we're camping or out & about, but now I have developed a newfound love & appreciation for it at home as a more-than-worthy backup for our beloved espresso machine - & I don't think I ever realised it was quite that good.
The simplicity of the design.
The ease of use.
The quality of the coffee.
I love it.
You can't beat an espresso machine, of course, or at least, I don't think you can. But for the price, convenience, and simply for the variety, I think every coffee lover should give an Aeropress a go.
And you never know just when it might pull you out of a tight spot!
Stay highly caffeinated my homies