AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker - Quickly Makes Delicious Coffee Without Bitterness - 1 to 3 Cups Per Pressing
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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, making it also ideal for traveling, camping, backpacking, boating and more!
- Includes the AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 350 microfilters and a filter holder. Phthalate free and BPA free. Mug not included. Assembled measurements: 9 1/2" h X 4" w X 4" d
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AeroPress Coffee Maker
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Available with zippered nylon tote bag - great for travel
- Clean up takes just seconds
- Microfilter means no grit in your cup (unlike a French press)
- Brews espresso style coffee for use in lattes and other espresso based drinks
- Brews regular American style coffee
- Makes 1 to 3 cups per pressing in about one minute
- Has always been phthalate free and has been bisphenol-A (BPA) free since 2009
- Rapid, total immersion brewing process makes delicious full flavored coffee without bitterness
A Better Coffee Press
The AeroPress coffee maker is a new kind of coffee press that brews coffee under ideal conditions: proper temperature, total immersion, and rapid filtering. This results in amazingly delicious coffee with a wide range of beautiful flavors but without bitterness and with very low acidity. Since its introduction the AeroPress has become a much beloved brewer for serious coffee lovers and coffee professionals around the world.
The AeroPress coffee maker is most commonly used in the home kitchen but it is lightweight, compact, and durable, making it ideal for use when camping, backpacking, boating, or just traveling. The AeroPress is available with a zippered nylon tote bag (see photo at left) that makes it easy to travel with the coffee maker and a bag of coffee. Packs of 350 replacement filters (see photo at left) can be purchased from many retailers that carry the AeroPress.
The AeroPress Coffee Maker Compared to Other Methods
Automatic drip coffee makers:
Most automatic drip machines produce uneven extraction from the bed of coffee grounds: over extracting where the hot water lands at the center of the bed and under extracting at the edges*. The AeroPress totally immerses the coffee grounds in hot water, resulting in even extraction for rich, full flavor.
Pourover brewers depend on meticulous pouring and timing to produce a good-tasting cup. The AeroPress’s full immersion method means that a quick ten-second stir leads to great extraction for full flavored coffee.
Home espresso machines:
Home espresso machines only brew espresso. The AeroPress can produce regular American style coffee or an espresso style concentrate which can be used like espresso in espresso based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.
Single serve pod brewers:
Single serve pod brewers are undeniably convenient, but unfortunately they brew a stale cup of coffee.
French presses use coarsely ground coffee because of the size of the holes in their filters. The coarsely ground coffee particles have less surface area than finely ground coffee. The lower surface area necessitates a long steeping time to extract full coffee flavor. Unfortunately, this results in bitterness and acidity in the cup. The AeroPress uses espresso or fine-drip grind coffee with a big surface area to quickly extract rich, full flavor without bitterness.
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 developed during 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, making it also ideal for traveling, camping, backpacking, boating and more! Includes the AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 350 microfilters and a filter holder. Mug not included. Assembled measurements: 9 1/2" h X 4" w X 4" d
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Then, buy this.
Your life will never be the same.
I can't really think of anything to say that hasn't been said before, but this is basically the iPhone of the coffee world. It changes the game:
1) Easy to use, easy to clean, doesn't require elaborate rituals
2) Makes REALLY GOOD coffee, that can be easily adjusted to suit your taste
3) It's FREAKING CHEAP compared to owning a whole counter full of coffee appliances (trust me, I've been there)
4) It's portable. You can take it on trips, use it in hotels. You can take it camping, hunting, or fishing. You can take it to your office. In fact, I bought a second one for my office. This thing can make the best coffee anywhere you have boiling water.
I'm going to keep this brief, because. Really. Just buy it already. The more time you spend reading this, the longer until Aeropress changes your life.
UPDATED - Okay, it's been maybe 4 months since I bought my first Aeropress. I liked it so much I got another one for my office. The first Aeropress has had maybe 500 cups through it, the second maybe 100. The problem is, the seal on that first unit is totally, completely shot. You can't even really push down on it, or air burps past the plunger. Worse, sometimes hot coffee makes it past, and spurts out the top all over your hand. This started a few weeks ago and has gotten steadily worse.
Googling, it looks like this does happen to people from time to time, and Aerobie do make a replacement part, but apparently you have to call and order it - it's not available on Amazon or Aerobee's website that I can find.
I don't mind replacing a worn out part, but this thing is 4 months old. There's only two coffee drinkers in my house. Yeah, we both drink a lot of coffee, but there's two of us. Two people wearing out a coffee appliance in 3 or 4 months is kind of ridiculous. I don't know how much the seals cost, but I am probably going to ask for several. I'm not going to stop using this, and I do still believe it's the single best way to make coffee, but I am pretty disappointed. Hopefully this is an isolated incident. I'll report back in a few months when the second unit has a similar volume through it, or once the first one hits the next ~500 cups. In the meantime, I'm sadly deducting a star from my prior 5 star rating.
UPDATED AGAIN - 6 months (roughly) later. The high-use unit at home is juuuuust starting to wear out again. It's been a little more robust this time but is still starting to wear. The lower-use unit at my office is still going strong on it's first rubber bit. It looks like the rubber part has a useful life of maybe 750-1,000 cups of coffee. For some people that's gonna be years maybe? For us, it's not very long. I still love this thing, I'm still gonna keep using it, but I'm still slightly disappointed. They should just bundle the rubber part with the filters. It's a little annoying to order, there is apparently one online source in Canada or you can call (yes, CALL on a phone - no online ordering) the manufacturer.
Also, I want to share a useful tip. Once the rubber seal does start to wear, if you soak it in very hot water for a minute before use, it sometimes rejuvenates it and lets it seal. So, even once it's worn you can kind of still use it, but with an extra step that only works some of the time.
1. I use Starbucks espresso beans available at most any supermarket. I've tried other brands such as Peet's but my personal preference is the SB espresso.
2. I grind the beans fresh every day to very fine consistency.
3. I use a 16 oz mug.
4. I dump a slightly rounded scoop of the grind into the receiver.
5. I pour water that is between 185-195F over the grounds all the way near the top. I used to use water that had reached boiling -- big mistake. The best flavor comes from water at a lower heat. You can buy a heater, such as Cuisinart, with a builtin thermometer.
6. Stir the water gently for a minimum of 10 seconds. Along with correct water temp, I've found this step to be crucial. Stirring allows the grounds to settle (much of them will float) and 'bloom' as the water gently drips out. Stirring properly affects flavor more than any other step and I think it's the key to the flavor release this device produces - superior to drip or press alone.
7. When the liquid descends to the 'o' on the AeroPress logo, I begin to plunge very slowly until it's all expelled.
8. What's produced is about 9 oz of coffee which I dilute with more hot water to produce 15 oz of my perfect (to me) Americano.
9. Because I use a fine grind, some residue may remain on the lip of the cup which I wipe with a paper towel before drinking.
Note: My original Aeropress receiver became deformed and the plastic surface bubbled inside because I used water that was too hot. My newer set apparently uses a stronger plastic and I've had no problems. And I never use boiling water.
Glass would be preferred partly because of plastic leaching, and partly because of cracking that has occurred inside the tube due to hot/cold cycles. The cracks have not caused any issues so far, but they may eventually cause suction issues or wear down the rubber as it moves past (in my pictures you can see some wear on the surface of the rubber). This is after 3-4 years and 1000 cups of coffee.
Also a comment regarding the plunger. I actually store the plunger inside the tube, pushed all the way through until it pops out the end, just to save some space. This seems to keep it in better shape, pinching the narrow part of the rubber and forcing the wide end to expand, at least in theory. Perhaps this is by design, otherwise I would suggest the designers to consider this when they design the pyrex glass version.
As for the pyrex design, I would use pyrex for the tube, strong metal for the plunger rigid part, strong metal for the screw thing, and silicone plunger. All food safe.
Fortunately, a few creative individuals created a alternative way to brew coffee using the device that produces much better results!
The "Inverse Brew" method:
1. Stick the plunger in the cylinder, but do not attach the filter.
2. Place the Aeropress on a table so that the plunger is on the table and the other end is open facing your ceiling.
3. Add ~2 scoops of coffee grounds (freshly ground if possible!)
4. Heat water to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and fill the Aeropress. Stir.
5. Screw on the filter and allow the Aeropress to sit upright for 2 minutes.
6. Flip the Aeropress over a cup and depress the plunger.
7. Add additional hot water to your preference of strength and heat.
This method will produce a very smooth cup of coffee, and is infinitely better than the way described in the Aeropress directions!
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It took some experimenting but I eventually found a technique that produces a great cup every time.
My method (results may vary):
- Boil water (I use a glass electric kettle) and let sit for ~10min
- I pull plunger to ~3, and put in one full scoop of finely ground coffee (I stand the press on the plunger)
- Add 10min old water, filling tube about halfway and use mixer to make sure the grinds are sufficiently mixed
- Fill up rest of way leaving a couple millimetres of space below rim (i.e. a small air pocket), add filter (I use a reusable metal one), place cover on SECURELY and then flip over onto cup of choice
- Wait ~4min, then slowly press plunger through until you hear/feel the air pushing through at the end
- Fill up cup rest of way with water from kettle (yes, it's cooled a bit more by this point, but I don't like mine piping hot, anyway)
- Enjoy! (If you're inclined, add whatever extra you want, but I prefer my coffee black)
LPT: If you find your coffee is bitter, you can add a small pinch of salt do the dry grinds before adding water, this will counteract that bitterness a bit.
I ain't doin' no fancy "inverted method", "dose control", "measuring", etc., but I do keep to these rules:
* Use the recommended temperature of water, which is fairly cool. Boiling water makes gross coffee.
* Use the paper filters. It tastes arguably better (see: fancy pour-over cover folk).
* Use more water than the directions say.
Things I have to help me make such a good cup, which may or may not help or be "required"
* Temperature-controlled kettle, for easily getting the right temperature.
* Electric burr grinder, for consistency of freshly-ground fresh coffee.
The process is easy enough even for multiple cups, and fast. Cleanup is really easy, if occasionally messy with the grinds. A stable cup is highly recommended, but always be very careful to put pressure straight downward through the whole process.
Would always recommend. 10/10 best coffee maker.
However, I could see the rubber tamper break off with time. Also the quantity of coffee isn't that much, fills a small mug. I would love to see them make a double size version, I would definitely buy!
The funnel attachment is great for loading the grounds in and also doubles as a funnel for pressing the coffee into smaller mouth cups and thermoses. I only drink a couple cups a day max so I can't justify wasting beans and making a whole pot. Thats where this shines!
I use a fine grind (more coarse than espresso) with the stock paper filters and a medium grind with the reusable stainless one. I have yet to find any grounds in my coffee.
BTW, I bought mine for ~$45, I think ~68 like it is now is too much.
I was surprised how evenly the coffee got spread over my kitchen. Blast radius was also a lot more than you'd expect. Overall, I did not find it easy to use.