AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker with Tote Bag and 350 Additional Filters - Quickly Makes Delicious Coffee Without Bitterness - 1 to 3 Cups Per Press
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- Popular with coffee enthusiasts worldwide, the patented AeroPress is a new kind of coffee press that uses a rapid, total immersion brewing process to make smooth, delicious, full flavored coffee without bitterness and with low acidity.
- Good-bye French Press! The rapid brewing AeroPress avoids the bitterness and high acidity created by the long steep time required by the French press. Plus, the AeroPress paper Microfilter eliminates grit and means clean up takes seconds.
- Makes 1 to 3 cups of American coffee per pressing in about a minute, and unlike a French press, it can also brew espresso style coffee for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks.
- Perfect for home kitchen use, the AeroPress is lightweight, compact, portable and durable. The tote bag makes it easy to pack with some coffee and a cup for use while traveling, camping, backpacking, boating and more!
- Includes the AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 700 microfilters, a filter holder, and a zippered nylon tote bag. Phthalate free and BPA free. Mug not included. Assembled measurements: 9 1/2" h X 4" w X 4" d
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Popular with coffee enthusiasts worldwide, the patented AeroPress is a new kind of coffee press that uses a rapid, total immersion brewing process to make smooth, delicious, full flavored coffee without bitterness and with low acidity. Good-bye French Press! The rapid brewing AeroPress avoids the bitterness and high acidity created by the long steep time required by the French press. Plus, the AeroPress paper Microfilter eliminates grit and means clean up takes seconds. Makes 1 to 3 cups of American coffee per pressing in about a minute, and unlike a French press, it can also brew espresso style coffee for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks. Perfect for home kitchen use, the AeroPress is lightweight, compact, portable and durable. The tote bag makes it easy to pack with some coffee and a cup for use while traveling, camping, backpacking, boating and more! Includes the AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 700 microfilters, a filter holder, and a zippered nylon tote bag. Phthalate free and BPA free. Mug not included. Assembled measurements: 9 1/2" h X 4" w X 4" d
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When we would go camping in our small trailer, my wife and I would drink instant coffee because it's easy and not messy, but the flavor and caffeine levels were lacking. We bought a French press and the flavor and caffeine were definitely an improvement. However, the messiness of it put us off: smacking it like an almost-empty ketchup bottle trying to get most of the grounds out, then having to rinse out the rest.
Then we heard about the Aeropress. We bought it and tried it at home and while camping. It makes good coffee, but it didn't knock our socks off (sorry, Aeropress aficionados). But we liked it enough to buy another one and give to our son to help him save money from always buying at coffee houses. More recently, we bought a couple of ultra-fine metal filters for the Aeropress on Amazon from Cornucopia Brands. We wanted to see if there was a taste difference between the paper and metal filters for our unsophisticated palates; more on that in a minute.
Comparing the French press and Aeropress: My wife and I think they make similar-tasting coffee and both are better than our drip machine and light years ahead of instant (granules or bags). IMO, the French press is easier for making the coffee (scoop coffee into the cylinder, pour boiling/very hot water in, wait a few minutes, press plunger down, pour coffee out) while the Aeropress directions can be rather. . . fussy: scoop coffee into chamber (some buffs measure it by the GRAM!), shake chamber to level coffee, pour 175 degree F water (185 degree F if using light roast) to level 2 in the chamber (buffs pour in a little water, let the coffee "bloom" for a few seconds, then pour the rest in; also, some buffs measure the water by the ml, possibly by the cc), stir ten seconds, then insert plunger and press gently for 20 to 60 seconds. [There's also the "inverted method" which we use that allows the coffee to brew longer.] Realistically, you don't have to be so exact to end up with really good coffee and experimentation is encouraged to discover what works best for you, but the French press is still easier up to this point. When it comes to clean-up however, the Aeropress wins by a landslide: unscrew cap, hold over trash can, and push plunger all the way to expel the paper filter and "puck" of grounds, and rinse the plunger's rubber tip. That's it. Also, the Aeropress is at least twice as quick to make coffee which is important if you're the one waiting with bleary eyes and blurred brain.
I slightly prefer the French press taste (possibly because the paper filter supposedly restricts many of the beans' oils from reaching the mug) while my wife slightly prefers the Aeropress. However, for camping, it's definitely the Aeropress because of the easier clean-up.
The oils question caused us to buy the Cornucopia Brands metal filter on Amazon to try them out--for two filters at that price, how could we go wrong? In a taste test with my wife, our son, and me, we all tasted a small difference between the paper filter and metal filter. Our son and I preferred the metal while my wife preferred the paper. So we gave one metal filter to our son and I kept the other one. With the metal filter, you have to remember not to push the filter into the trash with the grounds and that it's one more thing to rinse off. Of course, those that reuse the paper filters to save natural resources or money have to do the same.
So, for these two coffee rubes: we think both the Aeropress and French press make better coffee than our drip machine (forget about instant), but not so much that we don't use our dripper several times a workweek due to laziness/time; we think the Aeropress and French press make similar tasting coffee although I think the French press has a fuller body to it because of the oils (albeit with higher cholesterol, too), but that using a metal filter in the Aeropress makes up some of that difference; and, finally, the French press is easier in set up and brewing while the Aeropress is quicker in brewing and easier in clean-up. A final consideration is that a French press uses more coffee per serving that a dripper and the Aeropress uses more than a French press. For us, it's 2.5 teaspoons vs 3 t. vs 4 t. per serving. Not a huge difference, but it's there.
BTW, before we got an Aeropress, I'd heard of cappuccinos, but didn't know what they were; now, I've even made a couple when I needed a little boost in the afternoon. Thanks Aeropress for making me feel a little more worldly.
- super easy to use
- paper filters can be re-used
- portable & light weight (takes up no counter space)
- Can make espresso & regular coffee
- easy clean up.
- Can make both coffee very strong or very light, depending on your taste.
- can only make one (small) cup at a time so not ideal as a primary coffee maker for households with multiple morning coffee drinkers
- sometimes the paper filter shifts and you end up with grinds in your coffee. That’s rare though.
- If you tamp down your grinds too hard it will make it impossible for the water to pass through. A few light taps is all it needs.
- depending on how strong or weak you like your coffee, you may need to pass hot water over the grinds twice.
The reason that I have only given it three stars, is that the AeroPress that I bought from the French Market has turned out to be a counterfeit. I discovered this when the rubber plunger wore out after only 7 months of usage. It should last 3-4 years of daily usage. Luckily, AeroPress was willing to sell me a replacement plunger. I hope that it will fit on the unit that I have.
The French Market is not an authorized AeroPress dealer, and the AeroPress that they sell is counterfeit and not covered under the AerPress warrantee.
If you are serious about your coffee, I highly recommend that you get an AeroPress, but be careful who you buy it from. Before buying one on Amazon, go to AeroPress.com and check the list of authorized dealers. It's the only way that you can be assured of getting a genuine AeroPress that is covered by the Warrantee.
I have found that using the AeroPress brings out all of the flavors in a coffee bean. I'm not sure why. Perhaps the pressure that is created forces the flavor out of the bean? An example, I purchased Mokito (Verde, Rosso, and Bianco) beans from Seattle Coffee Gear. It was billed as a coffee bean good for a drip or coffee maker. The beans are slightly oily not as much as Peet's but using a gravity drip and coffee maker, the coffee came out bitter. I made coffee in the AeroPress and somehow I was able to make out all of the flavors and undertones as described on the coffee package.
I use the AeroPress if I want a small cup of strong cup of coffee. If I want a larger cup I user the gravity drip and if more than one cup the coffee machine.
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Now, were I to purchase this again, I would simply get the base model (Aerobie 83R01) with a stainless steel filter (or a separate order of paper filters).
The tote bag is the reason this review is getting 4 stars instead of 5. Seriously, you're paying an extra 20-30 dollars for the flimsiest, cheapest tote bag that can hold all the items, until you take it out. You won't be able to get it all back in without ripping it.
Buy the base model. The tote bag is an extra 20-30 bucks and I wouldn't buy it for a dollar.
Do yourself a favour, and buy either a digital kettle with adjustable temperature settings or a fast-read digital thermometer. (Those kettles are the best!) You want to brew with 175 degree F (80-ish C) water. This temperature is the key to super-smooth coffee, without extracting the bitterness.
This kit comes with the zippered pouch, which is great for travelling.
The culprit is the black silicon/rubber seal on the end of the shaft used to press down. This should be offered by the company as a replacement part.