A close second to the French press was the less-familiar (but equally praised) AeroPress by Aerobie, invented and launched in 2005 by Alan Adler, an aerodynamic-toy designer. It's a sleek, small, one-of-a-kind device: a cylindrical plastic chamber and plunger, filter cap with seal and a funnel, for placing over individual cups. Just scoop coffee into the chamber, add water, stir 10 seconds and gently plunge. The result is a liquid coffee concentrate. For Americano coffee, add water to fill a cup; for latte or cappuccino, add milk. For espresso — pronto! — it's ready (amazon.com; about $30, price varies by retailer).