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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 (actual press 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.
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I was SUPER sceptical and unsure about buying the Aeropress. I'd read and heard good things about it, and that the quality of the coffee was amazing - but I've never been big on black coffee, it's always too acidic/bitter for my tastes - but the Aeropress is supposed to brew less bitter coffee right?
Well let me tell you, it absolutely does. Hands down the best coffee I've ever had.
It's easy to use. Easy to clean. The result is fantastic. I'm going to buy another one to keep at the office so I can have awesome coffee there too.
If you're on the bench about getting one. I hope this review helps you to take the leap. Treat yo self! Have awesome coffee.
Using the unit is super straight forward, use filter grade coffee - follow the guidelines around setting up the unit; which are put filter paper in and lock the nozzle in place. I would suggest re-washing the filter paper before hand as it can have a bit of a taste which will impact your coffee. Fill with one scope of ground coffee and you're ready to go - I use 80 degrees centigrade water as I find 90 and 100 give it a slight bitter edge. Pour to the level you want ( start with 1, I go to 2 for a long black), mix with the paddle for 10-15 seconds and start gently pressing. Before you know it; you're done.
Cleaning wise, once you done pressing and extracting every last drop (don't press too hard) you can simply take the end filter off and easily eject the used coffee grounds into the bin. A simple wipe or rinse of the end and that's all the detailed cleaning you need to do!
I am now experimenting with different roasts and blends to find the best setup. Highly recommend this unit and it's now even replaced my Nespresso for making a strong and delicious cup of coffee in the morning.
Would recommend even if it does make me look like a coffee snob!
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I first notices the AeroPress on a BBC film on their website, where it was pitted against some expensive and middle of the road coffee machines, in the blind test, the AeroPress won. It looked interesting, partly because I like manual devices (I've spent a fortune fitting solar panels to my house, so don't like to waste energy), partly because it prefers water at 80 degrees or so, a few times during the year, the British summer supplies enough solar energy to get my hot water tank to that temperature, via thermal solar panels (in the winter, a wood burning stove provides ample hot water) and perhaps mostly out of fascination to try an unusual product.
I've owned this for just over 4 months, it has been used daily to make anything from 3-9 mugs of coffee and every single cup has been great. I use a hand burr grinder which produces consistent results to grind the coffee quite finely. I find for the best coffee (for my taste) the water needs to be in the 80 degree level - I measured my kettle through the cycle and now know when the steam levels indicate this is the rough temperature. Hotter water seems to make it more bitter, cooler water more smooth but less interesting, but even then I've never had a really bad cup from this device.
I religiously rinse the bits after making the coffee, and every couple of days it gets washed in detergent. I reuse the paper filters by rinsing under fresh warm water, which if left to dry before re-using gives them a considerable lifespan. I reckon to get 1 month out of each filter making one cup of coffee a day, I only dispose of a filter when it gets too difficult to push the coffee through, or it's inconvenient to rinse them. If anything by cup 5 or 6 there's a noticeable reduction in coffee flowing through with plunging, at this point every cup is at it's best. Damp filters have a tendency to tear, I found that it's best to make sure you always use the reused filter the same way up, which the indentations show and eventually one side is darker than the other.
If you buy this you may find the best results come from being a scientist, you've got many variables to play with, each will affect the coffee in some way, beans, quantity, grind, water temperature, age of filter, stir or not, brewing time and probably many others all impact the coffee.
Perhaps the best thing is when I'm away from home staying in a Travelodge, the choice is no longer between a sachet of Nescafe instant or £2 at the nearest Costa. This is light, easy to pack and well worth the effort of taking away.
All in all I'm more than pleased, it's easily lived up to the hype (in my opinion) and after well over 100 cups of coffee, it's already paid for itself. Now all I need is someone to come up with a drying rack for the filter papers and I'll have the perfect coffee 'machine'.
It's easy to operate and any ground coffee can be used with it. It's also small enough to travel with as I do regularly.
This is my second aero press after the rubber on last one failed after a year of constant use. I think they had a stint with a different manufacturer as my brother bought one year's ago and it's still going strong, I'm happy to say the lettering on this one resembles his perfectly so maybe they are back to the good factory.
Tip: I don't take much notice of the numbers just one scoop of coffee then fill with water for a big mug of strong coffee. Also I prefer the upside down method which is a little risky but YouTube will guide you on that.
I will always have an aero press In my kitchen!
It's easy to use, easy to clean and is super-consistent. I haven't tried any of the recipes such as late or cappuccino yet as I drink coffee black, but the instructions make it look pretty easy.
Anyhoo - 100% recommend this to anyone who loves coffee. Brilliant gadget.
It is fiddly to get used to and I needed to be shown how to use it properly as it kept leaking. To use, I turn it upside down, resting on the plunger. Put a scoop of coffee in, pour in water. Put a filter in the cap and pour hot water through the filter. Then place the cap & filter on top and (this is the important bit) push the plunger slightly to expel any air inside. When I didn't do this step, I would turn the whole thing over and the coffee would just drip through the filter before I even had a chance to press the plunger. If you leave the coffee too long, or push the plunger down too far (crushing the coffee), it gives quite a bitter taste, but otherwise it works like a charm - just needs a little getting used to.
I got this about 6 months ago and it still seems to be working well. However, like I read in another review, it doesn't seem to hold as much water any more as the rubber seal doesn't seem to stay in place until it gets to about the 2 or 3 cup mark. I'm not sure what the cause of this is.
Clean up is incredibly easy and the device itself seems very sturdy - I expect it to last for years.
When purchasing, you check out the many different techniques possible when using this machine. I suggest doing a Google search for 'Aeropress World Championships', as the exact recipes used by the winners each year are published and they have some really interesting techniques to share! I've been using an inverted method that seems to be really effective.
Makes very good coffee, making it easy to make adjustments to flavour and strength depending on brewing time
Cleaning is very easy, quick rinse off under the tap is all that's needed
Small item, hardly takes up space on the worktop
After 10 months the plunger no longer seals properly resulting in frequent spills. This is based on 1-2 cups a day so not overly heavy use.
You need quite a significant amount of coffee per cup (although it's very tasty to be fair)
Easy enough to make one cup of coffee but if you need more than one it is not very convenient.
Personally I won't purchase another Aeropress and have gone for an old fashioned filter coffee machine.
Nevertheless I think the Aeropress is a good product as it will certainly have its uses due to the small size, versatility and ease of use. I would say great for frequent travellers, camping or occasional use at home or office but not as a daily coffee machine due to the durability issues.
I'm still figuring out how to make the best (for me) cup of coffee with it, but there is little doubt in my mind that this produces the best coffee I've ever made. It's smooth, strong (as strong as you want it, anyhow), versatile (much easier to make lattes/cappuccinos), and easy to use. Even with pre-ground coffee and inaccurately measured temperature for the water, it's a superior cup of coffee.
I would recommend purchasing a thermometer to check the water temp, it does work better at 180F. Also, it does seem to use a bit more coffee per cup than a cafetiere or drip, so be aware of that, but it's totally worth it!
Simple to clean, durable design and construction, and small enough to store just about anywhere!
You won't regret it!
Its probably not great for a dinner party etc as it only makes one cup at a time, but its worth it to spoil yourself. Another tiop is to simply wash the filter with running water and reuse mulitple times..
Baristas all over the world are using it, some of them even win World Cup Coffee Making events with it, there are loads of videos on YouTube praising it...so AeroPress is definitelly one of the best coffee brewing devices you can put your hands on.
Don't listen to people that rated it below 5 stars. They rated their coffee making skills actually, not the AeroPress.
Buy yourself a specialty coffee, a good hand grinder, a kettle with thermometer, a filtering water jug, a scale and start brew amazing coffee! YouTube is full of brewing methods videos ;)
I bought mine 5 months ago. Coffee never tasted better since then. I enjoy brewing light and medium roasted coffees as AeroPress can very well take out their flavours, thus giving me the oportunity to have a coffee different than the same-flat-bitter-taste-espresso you can find at coffee shops. Once you'll build some skills on the AeroPress you'll never walk into a Costa or Starbucks. Guaranteed!
- Adding more water before plunging counterintuitively makes the coffee tastes more bitter - since the water is mixed in with the grounds for longer
- To prevent water leaking before plunging, put in the plunger and pull it up slightly to create a vacuum. This helps if you want to let the coffee steep (or 'bloom' as it is known)
- The more 'expert' methods from coffee places on youtube tend to produce quite bitter coffee (at least for me - I'm certainly no coffee connoisseur!). Though some videos are quite fascinating to watch for having seemingly checked all the boxes for hipster stereotypes
- For water, I leave the kettle for 1-2 mins after boiling before pouring it in. Have left it for longer to get a lower temperature but tbh didn't notice much difference (coffee just tastes colder)
- I find just using your forearm and leaning on it is the easiest way to plunge (similar to Adler)
- When plunging, as soon as you reach the grounds/feel resistance at the bottom, stop immediately otherwise the grounds get pushed in and the coffee will taste too bitter
- Grind size also matters, e.g. if you use finer grind such as espresso grind, then your brewing time should be shorter, i.e. don't steep or steep too long. Though I haven't tested that out
The Aeropress can be quite sensitive and slight adjustments can affect the taste significantly, which is both a blessing and a curse - it's very flexible and you can easily make something to suit, but with some experimenting/learning about coffeemaking necessary beforehand. I do wish the makers would release more instructions in terms of how to adjust the coffee strength (e.g. if you want stronger tasting Americano, follow steps 1-2-3, medium strength, steps 9-10-11, etc.) - that would make it much easier for new users
After seeing the reviews off this AeroPress, I decided to 'take the plunge' and was sure a piece of cheap plastic wouldn't give a great cup of coffee. I was WRONG! Using the boutique coffee's from my old machine, it produces an amazing taste, you can actually smell the notes of the coffee instead of the burnt smell and there is NO sludge in the bottom! The paper filters do an amazing job to give a smooth, clean taste.
I'm actually smitten with it :) Can't believe something so cheap can give such a good taste. Obviously, the coffee you put in is a big part of that, but it's doing a much better job than the cafetiere or Stovetop Maker.
If you are looking at this.....BUY IT!
This is basically a mini-coffee press and comes with everything you need from the get go.
It takes a couple of minutes to learn how to use it, after that, it's simple to make decent coffee every time. Basically add filter paper to holder, screw it to the bottom of the press. Use the scoop and funnel to deposit coffee grounds into press. Stick it on your mug. Pour on boiling water. Count to ten. Gently squeeze. Throw away filter and grounds. Rinse out Aeropress. Drink coffee.
I had one of these and it lasted for 6 years. It failed in the end because I was washing it in the dishwasher which is a no-no. Just rinse out and it's fine.
My other tip is not to leave the plunger in place inside the press. Just squeeze it all the way out the bottom when storing.