Whether you are a coffee addict, or just the casual coffee goer, the Aeropress is a must have item. Efficient but not expensive, the Aeropress offers a cup of coffee that would have even your local coffee shop barista jonesin’ for a taste.
A coffee pot is just fine, and obviously more convenient right? Maybe you think, you’re not that kind of coffee drinker that needs all those fancy gadgets. The Aeropress is not only made for everyone, it is a life hack for every kind of coffee drinker.
Why the Aeropress is Just About the Best Coffee Hack
So what makes the AeroPress so awesome for everyone?
- Make a great cup of coffee in just a few minutes
- Easy-to-clean. Even easier clean up than a coffee pot.
- Great flavor. Outstanding even. The real kicker here, the flavor is what makes this product stand out. Aeropress coffee gives the Moka Pot brew and French Press brew a good run for their money, coffee tasting wise. It’s by far superior than drip coffee and for some people, can even replicate a good espresso brew.
- Travel-friendly and ergonomic design. Easy to store, pack, and even a good camping option.
- It’s FUN to use
- Made from FDA approved polypropylene, specifically for durability and better seal for pressing
If buying great coffee by the cup is draining your wallet, enjoy the following suggestions on how easy it is to make a comparable, if not better, rich cup of coffee with the Aeropress in your own home.
Depending on where you purchase your Aeropress, it should come with everything you need from the filters ( a little over 300), a scoop, funnel, and the Aeropress itself.
How to Brew a Simple Yet Great Tasting Coffee with the Aeropress
Here are instructions on how to make a simple yet great cup of coffee with an aeropress:
- Set up the AeroPress, take the plunger out and set aside
- Put a filter in the detachable plastic disk and wet with hot water. Wetting the filter helps it to adhere to the cap better. Twist cap closed
- Add your scoop of coffee, around 15 grams, provided scoop helps with measurement
- Fill with water. The lines on the side show 1, 2, 3, or 4 servings.
- Stir gently with provided stirrer for about 10 seconds
- Let the coffee steep in the water for about a minute or more
- Put plunger in at a slight angle until it is vertical
- Push coffee into the cup and BAM
Tips for Getting the Best Aeropress Brew
- Differing pressure can yield different tasting coffee. Fast, forceful pressure will offer a bolder cup while easy, slow pressure will yield a smoother cup.
- Stop pressing once there is a “hissing” sound
- For clean up, simply run under warm to slightly hot water and the Aeropress is ready to be used again.
- For iced coffee simply poor a stronger brew over ice, or, refrigerate a stronger brew for about an hour before serving
The Quality of Water
The quality of your water will affect the quality of your coffee. Depending on your demographic, you may have questionable tap water. Tap water contains minerals and sometimes a strong taste of chlorine! I think everyone can agree pool water does not sound appetizing. I don’t think you want that extra kick in your coffee to be chlorine. I should also mention boiling water is NOT optimal for a good tasting cup of coffee. Boiling water is too hot and will bring out the bitter qualities in your coffee. A temperature of 165-175 degrees Fahrenheit will yield better coffee. Experiment and don’t be afraid to get the thermometer out.
To Bean, or Not to Bean
There is no shortage of coffee variety, it can almost seem endless. It doesn’t always matter what brand you go for. Despite the brand, it’s the type of coffee bean you are interested in.
Arabica: Most popular are Arabica beans. Used in the most popular coffee such as Starbucks and even McDonalds. Arabica beans have a strong bold flavor but without bitterness and a tolerable amount of caffeine.
Robusta: Robusta beans are the cost-effective option, however, the robusta bean is known for higher caffeine and a bitter taste. If robusta beans are more in your budget, the Aeropress is the ideal method of getting quality flavor out of them considering it’s popularity for smoothing out the rough edges of even the most bitter coffee.
Back to the original question, yes, you should bean. Buying whole bean coffee will help keep the integrity of the flavor. Once coffee is ground, it starts losing it’s flavor right away. This will definitely be another cost effective route, saving flavor, saves coffee, saves money, and you can take that to the bank.
With all of these tips, you can use what you have. The wonderful thing about the Aeropress with micro filtration, it can take bitterness out and offer a smooth cup of coffee from most coffee types
The AeroPress vs Other Coffee Brewing Methods
I have already mentioned some of the stand alone qualities, but how does it compare to other popular products.
AeroPress vs the Good Ol’ Coffee Pot
Lets start with the run-of-the-mill drip method of making coffee. The staple regular coffee maker. This appliance is found in almost every kitchen. While it’s great for a basic cup of coffee, compared to the Aeropress, the only bonus about the regular coffee maker is it can make coffee for more people faster.
We all know that tried and true saying, quality over quantity. That is what you can expect from the Aeropress, a quality cup of coffee. With brew time in around a minute, quantity does not take long to reach.
If you or your household is making pot after pot and throwing half of the coffee away because it’s too much, you are pouring money down the drain, literally.
The flavor, the drip method of brewing coffee can be rather flawed. The water that goes through the coffee grounds does not keep consistent temperature. By the time the water has gone through the entire filter, it has cooled down significantly. This makes the first half of the pot strong and bitter, which in turn is topped with watery, weakened coffee. The flavor from the coffee grounds is not fully extracted.
What makes the AeroPress popular is the consistency in flavor. The grounds are completely extracted of all the flavor, with full immersion and consistent air pressure. In turn, that can lead to needing less coffee and more savings.
Coffee makers can be bulky and counter space can sometimes be an issue. The Aeropress is a compact product that doesn’t need electricity and does ‘t have bulky cords.
AeroPress vs the French Press
How about the french press, the two seem very similar. They are similar to an extent. One notable difference is the use of filters. One might think that a french press would dominate this trait, since it does not require filters.
The built in filtering system of a french press does not offer full coffee filtration. The paper filters for the Aeropress offer a micro filtration for ground free, smooth coffee.
- This filtration is also beneficial in other ways. According to the aeorobie aeropress websites frequently asked questions page, AeroPress brewed coffee contains about one-fifth the acidity of drip brewed coffee and one-ninth the acidity of French press brewed coffee. Because of this it’s easier on your stomach. For those who may be sensitive to coffee, this may be helpful.
Another thing to keep in mind about Aeropress filters as that usually the Aeropress includes over 300 filters when you purchase it. Their paper filter goes through a process called non-elemental chlorine bleaching. Safer than previous ways filters were bleached.
The dimensions of the filters are 2.5 inches (63.5mm) in diameter. Although the company’s flavor testing promoted the bleached filters, for personal preference you can make and use any kind of filter that suits your needs or taste. There is also a metal mesh option as well.
AeroPress vs The Moka Pot
How does the Aeropress compare to a moka pot?
A Moka pot is a nice little contraption that can also make a great cup of coffee. The Moka pot can be tricky, and right off the bat puts the Aeropress’s simplicity to use in the limelight. The Aeropress can make a great cup of coffee without tips and tricks. To use a Moka pot effectively the tips and tricks become an essential part in its coffee brewing process. Using a Moka pot without this knowledge can lead to very disappointing coffee.
Clean up is essential for a Moka pot. This is a common complaint with the Moka pot and why it can produce very bitter coffee. Build-up can happen easily in the Moka pot, meaning regular cleaning and maintenance is required. Compared to cleaning the Aeropress, which takes a matter of seconds. The two in this area are not even in the same ball field.
Here’s a tip: the Moka pot should have hot water in the valve to begin. Most people start with cold water, just like the drip method of brewing. The cold water in the coffee can also cause a bitter brew in the end.
The Aeropress can simply be used with boiled water (after being cooled), microwaved water, or even hot tap water if necessary. The moka pot needs a stove or high heating source to get the water hot enough. Which goes back to not using boiling water to brew coffee. Many people aren’t too keen on the potential bitter taste of a Moka pot, therefore getting the temperature right can be tricky.
For most of these products, the coarseness of the coffee is specific to that device. With the Aeropress, not only can any coarseness of coffee be used, but it can be used to adjust the flavor.
What Other People Think About the Aeropress
I keep saying the Aeropress is a known for it’s flavor and functionality. What does everyone else have to say about it?
For starters, the Aeropress holds a 4.7 out of 5 star rating on Amazon. Followed by over 4,000 reviews!
We tested seven models and the $30 AeroPress beat out the $5,500 Jura Giga 5….Through alchemy and air pressure, you get a rich, bold, assertive, pure cup of coffee that’s also complex and clean. Sure, there’s no digital display or built-in grinder. But that $5,000 in your pocket will buy a whole lot of beans.
New York Daily News, April 21, 2013:
Good coffee is hard to find in most hotels, but hot water isn’t. That’s why I always travel with an AeroPress, a funny-looking coffee maker made out of rugged plastic that works like an over-size syringe….It makes fantastic coffee.
Oliver Strand, Bon Appétit, January 2012:
When used properly, AeroPress produces a remarkably good straight espresso-style coffee and an excellent American-style taller cup. In fact, it produces a better espresso-style coffee than many home machines that cost twenty or thirty times as much.
Wait, there’s Even World Championships With Aeropress Brewing…
Another exciting fact about the Aeropress is there is actually an Aeropress world championship. Coming around in 2008, this fan-organized competition has broadened the horizon and showcases just how versatile the AeroPress can be.
The most recent champion winner is Filip Kucharczy from Poland. Here is his award-winning recipe and method you can try with your Aeropress courtesy of the Aerobie World Aeropress Championship section of their website, where you can also find more award-winning methods of brewing!
- Here we start with the inverted method. The inverted method of brewing is popular, but can be a little tricky, maybe keep some paper towels around. To start all you need to do is flip everything upside down. Keep the plunger in the aeropress. You may have to keep a hand on it to keep it from going either direction.
- Fill with 35 grams of your favorite ground coffee. For this recipe the ground should be coarse.
- Use a paper filter and make sure it has been rinsed with water.
- Start a timer and fill with 150 grams of water for 15 seconds.
- Stir for an extra 15 seconds.
- Put the lid with the filter on, wait til the timer has reached a full minute.
- Turn the Aeropress over, give it a swirl, and press into whatever cup you would like
- You can also add an additional 100 to 120 grams to adjust flavor.
The Final Word
In our opinion, outside of an expensive espresso machine, AeroPress is the best coffee maker you can get your hands on. It’s by far the most travel friendly and versitile coffee brewing method and the coffee produced by a good Aeropress brew is fantastic and, in our opinion and that of many other experts, perhaps some of the best tasting home-brewed coffee you can make.
A good cup of coffee from the popular local coffee shop can run about 4 to 7 dollars. It’s easy to pay a small amount once a day. That’s roughly $35 a week, $140 a month, and over $1000 dollars a year! Even the priciest bag of arabica beans can save you money in the long run. Not to mention the extra time you have to fight through traffic to wait in line at a busy coffee shop.
You don’t have to go through the hassle, save yourself from the rush hour madness. Enjoy a quality cup of coffee at home, in less than a few minutes, that can be personalized to your taste. The AeroPress gives you the foundation of a great cup of coffee wherever you need it.