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Local AeroPress inventor takes coffee to 'Go'


Los Altos inventor Alan Adler’s AeroPress is a staple of high-end coffeehouses at points around the globe, and he’s releasing a travel version of the coffee-brewing apparatus this month.

His fully manual, air-pressed devices – which come with an online FAQ extensive enough to warm an engineer’s heart – extract personalized espresso shots using less pressure, and at a lower temperature, than conventional methods.

The AeroPress Go travel edition uses the same combination of food-safe polypropylene and silicone to press up to three servings of espresso-style concentrated coffee, and packs into its own cup.

The low-acid, high-speed brewing process also can be prolonged (from one minute to two) to create cold-brew style drinks. Adding water or hot milk changes the espresso to a drink more like drip coffee or a latte.

The AeroPress Go weighs 11.4 oz when assembled with all its parts, making it a contender in the category of backpacking-friendly caffeine options.

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– Eliza Ridgeway

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