I've been using the AeroPress for 3 years now and it is my main coffee maker. The cup it brews is nuanced and flavorful. The process of using it is simple. Heat water. Place the ground coffee in the brewer and press the plunger to create a concentrated coffee that resembles a shot of espresso. Add water to fill the cup and you will have a nice single cup of joe.
If you buy your coffee at the supermarket or local Starbucks, read no further. The AeroPress is a handy coffee maker. It travels well and brews a good cup. It's great for making just one cup.
Unfortunately for me, I've become very picky about my cup. I even roast my own coffee from selected green beans and never get more than a few days ahead of consumption. Coffee has more flavor compounds than wine, almost all of which degrade quickly. So unless you order from a custom house that sends only today's roast or roast your own, the extra ability of the AeroPress to pull all the flavor of fresh coffee won't matter.
(that's the aero press on top of my stove)
There are a few things to know about using the AeroPress for optimum extraction. The instructions indicate that you should use 170 degree water. it makes a difference. Hotter water robs the cup of the subtleties available in freshly roasted coffee. Cooler water doesn't fully extract enough from the beans. The temperature isn't totally fussy. I normally use 180 degree water and sometimes a few degrees hotter.
I pour water into the AeroPress, stir with the included stir paddle for about 10 seconds, then wait another 10 seconds before depressing the plunger.
I know this sounds like a lot of effort. It was at first. i had to learn how to judge the temperature of my tea kettle by the pre-whistle sound it makes. I had to learn how hard to press the plunger and how fine to grind my coffee. Now, I've brewed so many hundreds of cups that the process is automatic. You wouldn't know by watching the practice that went into doing it.
Is it worth the learning curve? That is the question. I first bought the coffee maker to be able to have a good cup while traveling. The AeroPress packs compactly an only requires coffee and a source of hot I would bring my own coffee and a tea coil so I wasn't at the mercy of road coffee. After a bit, I realized that I actually preferred the coffee it made to either my french press or drip machine. But, I've become a bit of a coffee snob. You see I love FRESH coffee, that is, roasted within the last week.
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With total immersion brewing, the AeroPress produces uniform extraction for the ultimate in full coffee flavor. To brew a double espresso or 10-ounce cup of coffee: