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A nice alternative to powered coffee makers.

  • Aug 10, 2010
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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.


A nice alternative to powered coffee makers. A nice alternative to powered coffee makers.

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March 02, 2011
I'm a bit of a coffee snob too and appreciate the points you made about how best to get a flavorful cup and the pitfalls of storing any roasted coffee for too long. This is on my shortlist when my current coffee maker conks out, thanks!
August 26, 2010
The iced coffee sounds wonderful. The Aeropress should give you a nice concentrated shot to pour over the ice and milk.
August 26, 2010
Cool. Good to know! By the way, just a technical tip -- when you want to reply to a comment, you should click on "Reply" underneath the comment so that the recipient will get a notification about it. I only knew that you replied this time because I saw it in the activity feed ;)
August 26, 2010
Hi devora, thanks for the tip.
August 27, 2010
My pleasure! :)
August 26, 2010
Wow, judging by your review and that picture of all the kitchen gadgets by your stove, you really are a huge coffee lover! So I trust your review and am seriously considering getting one of these.  I often make Vietnamese drip coffee at home and this sounds like a much more efficient way to get similar results.  Thanks for sharing, Michael!
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I have too many coffee makers, a couple of drip brewers, a couple of french presses, a vacuum brewer and a nice Gaggia Classic Espresso machine. During a vacation last winter I got this to travel with so I could have a decent cup anywhere. It worked for that. In fact it worked so well that this, the least expensive coffee brewer I have is the one I use almost all the time. The concentrated coffee it brews tastes a lot like an americano, though I only have to add an equal amount of water to the brew …
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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. To brew a double espresso or 10-ounce cup of coffee:

  • 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).
This will result in a double espresso. To make an Americano, simply top off the mug with hot water, or add hot milk for a creamy latte. The AeroPress can press from 1 to 4 scoops, and each scoop from the included AeroPress scoop makes the equivalent of ...
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Brand: AeroPress
Category: Coffee Makers, Espresso Makers

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