Interesting reading the Aeropress hate/love, some of your brew times seem very long from what I have read and tried over the years, aren't they massively bitter?
I switched from a french press a couple of years back as Mrs Pointer was pregnant and no longer drinking caffeinated coffee, so the single cup size of the aeropress was handy to make two different drinks. Initially I was trying to make espresso type shots for milk based drinks with random success, some v good, some bad. My tastes have since moved towards lighter/African etc roasts and I tend to just use it for filter type brews, which I think it does very well.
I agree with other posts about using the aeropress the right way up, you cannot help but lose some coffee whilst setting up, once the plunger goes in you can pull it back a little to stop this but it is not ideal.
For me the best method is inverted and using a metal filter (has lasted over a year of 2/3 cups per day and removes the faff/waste with the paper ones) plus a decent grind. I tend to use YB as they are local to me, plus I don't have a grinder yet. I don't really want to open the can of worms which owning one will inevitably bring me.