Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker with Tote Bag
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- Unique coffee espresso maker uses total immersion and gentle pressure to produce coffee with extraordinarily rich flavor
- Makes american style coffee or an espresso style shot perfect for use in lattes or cappuccinos
- Made in the usa
- Micro filtered coffee so pure and particle free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate for Cold brew coffee
- Included travel bag makes this item great for traveling the world and brewing great coffee
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With total immersion brewing, the AeroPress produces uniform extraction for the ultimate in full coffee flavor.
- Place a microfilter in the bottom cap of the AeroPress chamber and twist the cap tightly closed.
- Place two scoops of ground coffee from the included AeroPress scoop into the chamber.
- Stand the chamber on a sturdy mug, then proceed to pour hot water into the top of the chamber (175 degrees F is optimal).
- Stir the water and coffee with the included paddle for about 10 seconds.
- Insert the plunger into the chamber and gently press down about a quarter of an inch and continue to maintain that pressure for 20 to 30 seconds (gentle pressure is the key to easy AeroPressing).
You can also make a full carafe of coffee using the AeroPress in less time than it takes to brew a pot of drip coffee. Two 3-scoop or 4-scoop pressing, topped off with hot water, will fill most vacuum carafes.
The AeroPress is the result of several years of applied research by inventor/engineer Alan Adler, who conducted numerous brewing experiments, measuring the brew with laboratory instruments. The experiments demonstrated that proper temperature, total immersion and rapid filtering were key to flavor excellence. He then designed and tested dozens of brewers before settling on the AeroPress design. Adler's best-known invention is the Aerobie flying ring which set the Guinness World record for the world's farthest throw (1,333 feet).
Comparison of Brewing MethodsDrip Brewing
Traditional drip brewing passes water through a bed of grounds. When the water first drips into the bed, it is too hot and bitterness is extracted. As the water filters downward through the bed, it becomes too cool and extraction is weak. The water doesn't contact all of the grounds uniformly. Grounds at the edge of the bed are under-extracted, while grounds at the center are over- extracted and contribute bitterness.
Total immersion of the grounds in the AeroPress completely solves these problems. All of the grounds contact the same water temperature, and the brewing process is short and sweet. The gentle air pressure of the AeroPress also extracts extra flavor from the coffee. Ordinary drip brewers leave a lot of flavor in their soggy grounds.
The drip method cannot make a robust single cup because the small amount of water doesn't heat the bed enough for rich extraction. It is also slow. AeroPress makes one to four servings with a single pressing in less than a minute. The flavor is equally rich for any number of cups.
Most coffee lovers agree that espresso is less bitter than drip brew because of the shorter brewing time. However when we ran comparison taste-tests in the homes of espresso lovers, they all agreed that AeroPress espresso tasted better than the brew from their high-priced European espresso machines--why? The reason is that the total immersion brewing of the AeroPress yields a robust flavor at lower temperature--and lower temperature brew is far less bitter. Home espresso machines don’t allow adjustment of temperature. But even if they did, their lack of total immersion would not yield robust flavor at reduced temperature. In addition to smoother taste, the AeroPress has several other advantages over conventional espresso machines.
- Grind is not critical in the AeroPress. Grind is so critical in espresso machines that most grinders cannot produce a grind fine enough to make a good tasting shot! Special espresso grinders cost hundreds of dollars and require frequent cleaning.
- Espresso experts always adjust the grind when there are changes in humidity or batches of coffee. They throw away two or three shots while adjusting the grind in to achieve the desired 25-second shot.
- There is no tamping in the AeroPress. Books on espresso teach the art of just the right amount of tamping. They instruct the home barista to practice on the bathroom scale to learn exactly thirty pounds of pressure.
- There is no pre-warming of the portafilter head. In fact the AeroPress has no portafilter head!
- There is no maintenance. Espresso machines require regular cleaning and descaling with caustic chemicals. They also require disassembly and cleaning of the showerhead.
- There is no need to judge when to stop the pull. This is the most critical skill in using an espresso machine. As espresso lovers well know, most would-be baristas in coffee shops, hotels and restaurants run the pump too long--extracting sour bitterness from the grounds.
- With the AeroPress, the amount of water is predetermined by the user, who can brew any strength from weak to super-intense just by choosing the desired amount of water prior to pressing.
Many single-cup pod brewers have come to market recently. Some of these machines make American coffee. Others make espresso. They range in price from about $60 to several hundred dollars. A highly respected product review magazine tested the three most popular pod brewers and reported the flavor as "mediocre at best."
People see some similarities between the AeroPress and a French Press. Both use total immersion and pressure. But the similarities end there.
The filter in the French Press is at the top of the mixture. Because coffee floats, the floating grounds clog the filter and makes pressing and cleaning very difficult. Users are instructed to use only coarse ground coffee. But this reduces the amount of flavor that can be extracted from the coffee and necessitates long steeping times which extract bitterness.
Furthermore, even coarse ground coffee includes many fine particles. These small particles pass through and around the filter resulting in a bitter, gritty brew. The particles in the brew continue to leach out bitterness. Consequently French press users are advised to drink or decant the brew immediately. Also, some particles clog the filter screen making pressing and cleaning very difficult.
AeroPress coffee is micro-filtered. It so pure and particle-free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate. The concentrate can be drunk as espresso, mixed with milk for lattes, or diluted to make American coffee. French presses cannot make espresso or lattes. Finally, cleaning the French press is quite a chore. The AeroPress chamber is self-cleaning. A ten-second rinse of the plunger is all that's required.
Top Customer Reviews
I said yes.
Okay, enough backstory. Down to the deets. She loves it! This coffee maker is so fun! Really, I love making coffee with this thing. It's so fast and easy to make the perfect espresso. So easy and quick to clean as well. You can make your coffee, clean it, and put it all back neatly in about 2 minutes. I'm not joking. It's made to last, too. Every piece of the kit is well made, and I can't imagine any of it breaking unless I ran over it in my truck. But I wouldn't do that because it would be #wasteful. I'm going to start taking this thing to work as well. Don't tell my wife. I'll also be taking this thing camping this summer because it's going to be perfect for that too. I'll also be taking it with me on any work trips I have to take. That sounds a little extreme, but I really love this thing!
+ Quality product
+ Great tasting espresso
+ Easy to clean
+ Fun to use
+ Look like a cool hipster when you make it this way
+ It all fits together neatly when you put it away
- Not glass, so I sometimes wonder if any of the flavor is tainted by the plastic heating up.
Our french press has been put back in the cabinet, and the espresso percolator has been shelved like a forgotten childhood toy. I paid full price for this product, and would happily pay full price again for a second one! If you didn't think this review sucked, please click yes and you'll receive a special blessing from the coffee gods.
I got this aeropress for Christmas 2006 and it is great. I followed the initial instructions, but preferred my coffee a bit different. So, I experimented with grind, water temperature, amount of coffee/water, etc., until I found the right combination for *my* personal preference. I use this to make a cup of coffee, not espresso (that is, I add water to the result to get "regular" coffee), so I can't comment on the quality of espresso taste. I have noticed that coffee beans/grind from different sources have their own "sweet spots" for best grind and coffee/water quantity to get the taste I prefer. So, now that I know how I like to brew a couple different types, I try to stick with those so that I don't have to go through the experimenting stage needed if I try a completely new coffee bean/grind. That works for me. This coffee tastes great. :)
Oh, I should mention that I have also used french press coffee makers. I really like the taste of french press coffee, but got sick of the grinds and/or sediment that always ends up in the bottom of the coffee and made the bottom of the cup taste gross. True to its advertising, the aeropress doesn't seem to leave grinds or sediment. I sip my cup kind of slowly and end up zapping it in the microwave to heat it up again several times. The coffee does not get bitter from sitting in my mug because there is not coffee grind sediment soaking at the bottom. That is a huge plus for me!Read more ›
If you like coffee, buy it.
I use it to make great coffee when camping, traveling, at home, and at work. All you need is hot water and good beans.
I also wanted to mention how durable this is. I have used it literally every day for at least 2 years and everything still works great.
For this little gem, I have found that asking for "cone filter grind" makes the perfect cup and you need less coffee. Most "presses" use a coarser ground, but I don't think that's the case with this. I have tried both and hands down a finer, NOT EXPRESSO, grind is the best. Not bitter and you get a perfect cup of coffee each time. I just returned from France and though I had use of a French Press where I was staying, I preferred my Aerobie...as did the host once he tried it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought to travel with. Got a few lbs of good coffee. I use it daily with great pleasure. Cleans up easily. A bit fussy to use but fine. Read morePublished 12 hours ago by Majhul
Fairly easy to use, no complaints here. Practice makes perfect and I'm ready for each cup of coffee to taste better and better with this press! Read morePublished 2 days ago by Steve
An excellent coffee making system. Great for home or travel use. Coffee is never bitter.Published 2 days ago by Sailor Gal
I received this today and had to try it immediately.....do follow the directions, I failed to the first time. But when I did..nirvana in a cup! Read morePublished 4 days ago by mismgt
I'm a long time french press user. Not anymore. This Aeropress is easy to use and most importantly makes better coffee than my press. The flavor difference is amazing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Tamar L. Kerr
Best coffee maker. Period.
Cheap, fast and easy cleaning, and the results produce excellent full balanced flavor. That put's this in a rarified space. Read more