I've had this thing for like 3 years, but I've always felt like the coffee was waaay too weak, albeit tasty. I would use freshly roasted coffee, ground finely (although I never felt like I could get a remotely even grind...it's just the cheap whirly grinder type thing), and I'm pretty sure there was a time in my life that I did measure the temperature of the water, aiming for hot-but-not-too-hot. I can't do that now though.
Now, I li sample ve in a dorm room, and I am Out Of Space. So, preground coffee it is (or cafeteria coffee, which doesn't suck, but isn't great). Last week, I found myself with a packet of preground starbucks coffee (the new blonde roast, which is surprisingly good, I guess I don't like bold coffee as much as I thought) - nowhere near fresh, probably, but I measured it when it was already ground, without thinking, so I used a ton more coffee (any tips on measuring preground coffee?). That, plus the fact that I was using a super-tiny mug so I didn't dilute the coffee much meant that it was probably the best aeropress cup I've ever had. But do I really have to use a ton of coffee to get that? And only get a small cup out of it?
Also, coffee purchasing: I can't afford nice coffee (especially when I have unlimited access to dining hall coffee, so I can't justify spending much on coffee at all). What can I get (preground - no room for a grinder!) at the grocery store that would suffice for the aeropress? Unfortunately, I don't have access to the grocery store grinding machine deals, either (nyc grocery stores, not normal grocery stores).
Finally, I'd like to try this
technique, but I do not have the luxury of a scale, or measuring unground beans, or grinding my own coffee, or a thermometer (but I do have this
, with its adjustable temperature dial - I just don't know how to tell how hot the water is.
I recognize I don't have the tools for great coffee, but I'd like to do my best - anyone have any tips for aeropressing?