Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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- SMOOTHEST - Using the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing yields rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness.
- RICHEST - Total immersion brewing results in uniform extraction of the ultimate in full coffee flavor.
- PUREST - Micro filtered for grit free coffee – unlike other press-type coffee makers.
- FASTEST - One minute from start to enjoy. The actual press time takes only 20 seconds.
- MADE IN THE US - Patented
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Fast and convenient, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes one of the best cups of coffee you'll ever taste. This innovative uses the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce coffee and espresso that has rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. It makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs), features a micro filtered for grit free coffee, and takes just 1 minute to make coffee (actualpress time takes only 20 seconds).
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
So I have a thing for good coffee, which starts with the roast and the purity and temperature of the water. But when it comes to extraction, very few, if any, brewing devices put so much control into the hands of the brewer.
With this brewer, I have made some of the best cups of coffee I've ever had. You can achieve the quality of brewed coffee as with a classic pour-over but in a much more convenient and durable system.
It's faster than a crappy Mr. Coffee, easier and more forgiving than a pour over like the Hario V60 and more durable than anything else I've ever used, besides of course a Turkish coffee brewing pot.
Sometimes you're just too busy to brew a coffee everyday (even it is does only take 2-3 minutes from start to finish). Or perhaps you hate being stuck with the crappy coffee found at your office. The versatility to brew a regular cup of coffee or an "espresso extract" is awesome. On a busy week, I will brew a heavy concentrated brew of coffee and store in a vacuumed, air-free, glass Porto bottle. When I want to make a coffee, I simply pour a measure of the coffee extract into a cup, cut with either iced or hot water and enjoy my quick, dead simple brew.
When traveling, this thing really shows off. If you travel and hate using hotel coffee and coffee makers, take this on your next trip, use the in-room coffee maker to heat up bottled water and use the Aerobie's coffee cavity to hold your coffee safe for travel. You can then brew the best cup of coffee you'll ever have at a hotel. This goes for camping, business travel or backpacking.Read more ›
This is the best coffee I have ever made at home. Period.
I am a believer.
Thank you AeroPress!
UPDATE June 2015: Suddenly the rubber end of the plunger has gone really sticky. I haven't done anything new; I always just rinse it out and every once in a while I handwash it. Now it is so sticky I can't push it through, making it effectively broken.
- Grind two scoops of fresh coffee beans (I prefer a dark roast)
- Insert the plunger into the Aeropress until the rubber stopper on the plunger is at the "4"
- Flip it over so that it is sitting on the plunger end and the end that you connect the filter to is facing up
- Pour in the freshly ground coffee
- Pour in your slightly less than boiling water, up to around the "1" mark
- Stir for 10 seconds
- Add the filter and grate to the top
- Let sit for 5 minutes
- Flip over onto your coffee cup and depress over the course of about a 20 count
- Add additional hot water to your liking
- DRINK AND ENJOY!
It's not exactly speedy. I usually make 1 cup a day with it, my "good" cup, and then have some regular coffee later on. For a while you will be playing around with it, fine-tuning your process until you find one that works. It took about 20 cups for me to find my pattern. I heat water in a glass in the microwave for 1:50, run it through 3 tbsps. of fresh grounds in the aeropress, then heat up the finished cup for another 30 seconds. (Making the water hotter to begin with doesn't work as well - took me a while to discover that.)
I wouldn't say I'm a coffee snob, and I'm not even buying fresh locally roasted beans. Just whatever looks nice and is on sale from Kroger. I enjoy a nice cup of coffee, and this provides it. After a year I am about halfway through the filters that came with it. It's a great little coffee maker and worth the price.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased in april of 2013. Been using this thing pretty much daily since and it's none the worse for wear. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Ray A. - independent & unsolicited reviewer
We've had this for about a week and love it! Still experimenting to get the best results, but every cup so far has been vastly superior to our old drip coffeemaker: consistently... Read morePublished 20 hours ago by Jazz Person
best "French press" that currently exists! easy to use, easy to clean, coffee tastes perfect. Great for hunting, camping, or just using at your desk job!Published 1 day ago by Tim
The best coffee maker I've ever had. Easy to use and saves a lot of time.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Dead simple to use and produces fantastic coffee with a variety of grind sizes. The trick about heating the water to ~170F instead of boiling makes a huge difference in terms of... Read morePublished 1 day ago by J. Watts
This is my second aeropress purchased after I lost the filter cap for my original. Gives you the control over all brewing parameters so you can make great coffee. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brian Abbott
First aeropress I bought lasted 4yrs and I travelled the world with it and it eventually wore out. My new one lasted 5months and the seal is gone and it's useless already. Read morePublished 2 days ago by jason
I'm not going to sit here and say I'm a well-trained barista, a coffee snob, or any self-made description that implies I know more about coffee than the average Joe (no pun... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Matthew Kleinberg