You know the feeling you get when you touch down in Mumbai and you realize you left your AeroPress filters safely tucked away in your kitchen 7797 miles away? Ugh.
My solution: empty tea bags.
A few notes about this particular MacGyver setup:
- Rinse the bags thoroughly
- I double-up with paper from two bags of tea
- The extra paper can be unwieldy when screwing the screen on to the Aeropress (cut to-size if possible)
- These particular tea bags are surprisingly water-impermeable. This is fine for the Aeropress because you have pressure from the plunger, but I don’t think this approach would work well for, say, pour-over
Us coffee nerds are obsessed with all the little details of the kit. Grinder, brewer, kettle, timer, thermometer, etc. But despite all the pomp and circumstance we include around our sacred ritual, coffee itself is a fairly simple. Fresh coffee + hot water + attention = delicious.