The Aeropress gets a lot of odd remarks. Although it looks like it would be better suited for use on the set of Breaking Bad or Grey’s Anatomy and was developed by a sport toy company, don’t let that confuse you out of trying it. This brewer is adored by the coffee community, and for good reason. At just under thirty bucks it’s extremely affordable, and it’s quick and easy to use. So, what makes the Aeropress so good, and how is it different from something like French Press or Pour Over? Well, it uses a paper filter like the pour over method and a plunger like a french press, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end--aside from the fact they all brew coffee, that is. Heat up your water to between 195-205?. There is some variance about the “best possible temperature” just make sure it’s not boiling as this will burn the coffee). Measure out 20 grams of beans and grind them slightly finer than drip coffee. As with pour over you’re going to want to pre wet the filter to remove any paper residue and heat up the brewer. Some people prefer to use a metal filter to keep in some of the oils that the paper filter will remove, but it’s really up to your preference. Prep time’s over, time to brew. Now there are two ways to do this, upright or inverted. To brew upright the Aeropress should be right side up over a cup. You’re going to screw on the filter and it’s holder, add the coffee and when you’re ready to add the water start your timer and pour. The whole process should only take about a minute, add the water and stir slowly for about ten seconds then let it steep. When it hits the one minute mark, you’re going to slowly push down and empty the coffee into your cup until you hear air escaping with a hiss. Press down the rest of the way in a separate container and dump the puck & filter. If you’re using the metal filter you can easily clean it with soap and water, or if you’re into conserving you can give your paper filter a rinse and reuse it a few times. The thing about the regular upright method, is that some of the coffee is going to drip through the filter during the steeping time without being fully extracted. To combat the effect this has on the end cup, many users have resorted to turning the Aeropress upside down and using the inverted brew method. This is going to be a nearly identical process: just turn the aeropress upside down, add your coffee grinds and water then stir, then while it’s steeping screw on your filter and holder and when you hit one minute, turn it upright onto a glass and press down until you hear air hissing and viola! No under-extracted drips, and the same quick and easy process. The end result in your cup is going to be pretty concentrated, you can drink it straight or add some hot water or milk. Contrary to the boxes’ claim it’s not really espresso--as it isn’t brewed under 9 bars of pressure--but it is definitely one concentrated cup of coffee. This is a great brewer to take camping, in that case you might want to check out this manual hario grinder. Also, as I mentioned in my pour over blog, I’m a fan of the hario gooseneck kettle. And, as always if you need a visual check out these great video for the upright and inverted methods. Happy brewing.
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The Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker is an innovative alternative to the traditional drip coffee maker, espresso machine and French press. The Aeropress features two copolyester cylinders, one fitted with a rubber plunger, to create an airtight brewing environment. The uncompromising seal lets the press build rapid air pressure, when the plunger is depressed, to brew flavorful, smooth and low-acid coffee.
Unlike a French press, the Aeropress uses disposable micro-filters to strain out stray coffee grounds and ensure sediment-free drinks. This unique coffee and espresso maker is portable and efficient—capable of delivering a complete beverage in roughly 30 seconds (20-second actual press time).
To use, put the paper filter into place and add two scoops of finely ground coffee to the bottom cylinder (brewing chamber). Place the Aeropress on top of a standard coffee cup. Pour hot water (175°F, as recommended by Aerobie) over the ground coffee. Stir the water-coffee mixture for 10 seconds. Wet the rubber seal on the top cyclinder (plunger) and insert it into the brewing chamber. Carefully and gently press down on the plunger.
The Aeropress extracts a double espresso. Hot water can be added to create an Americano or top the drink off with milk to make a latte. The US-made Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker comes with the following free accessories (cup not included):
- A stirrer
- A coffee scoop
- A plastic funnel
- 350 micro-filters and a filter holder
when using the AeorPress to full capacity, how many cups are created?
Thank you for the question. The Aeropress will make one cup of coffee at a time correctly. It will be one of the nicest cups of coffee out there though. It is very easy to clean and make a second cup though.
I recently ordered the AeroPress. It should be arriving today and I am very excited because I've read such great feedback. My question or perhaps statement is, this device makes a concentrated coffee in which you add water to make it like a regular cup of coffee or something similar to an Americano, right? I keep reading how this makes espresso but don't quite understand where people are getting that from, even if its printed on the box. So is this just a hybrid, or can you actually call it espresso? My other observation would be that it does not seem to have the capacity to make a full cup of coffee...hence adding water? Without even using this yet, I guess I'll say that this device does not make espresso. Thoughts anyone?
I own an aeropress myself and I find it makes a perfect cup of coffee (no acidity, no bitterness) if you follow the instructions of course. They are pretty simple: stir for 10 seconds and push down for another 20sec. Use about 18 grams of ground coffee (medium). Even though they advertise it as an espresso making device, I wouldn't call it espresso.
Following on Anis' post, you may also want to try an "Inverted Brew" technique. While you won't be able to easily make a proper espresso using the Aeropress as the instructions suggest, an inverted brew lets the oils and gasses (which rise up) flow out through the filter rather than become stuck up with the grounds. Do it with care and it won't risk any mess, either.
There are people out there who write the Aeropress off as an accessory at best. Today I wanted to shed some light on this product and what they've been missing out on this whole time. For starters, the price tag is less than $30.00. This thing is a must have for anyone who truly loves coffee, period. This compact coffee maker produces a rich, full bodied cup of coffee using using the same basic principles as a French press. This allows for total immersion brewing and light pressure to give you a low acidic, smooth cup of coffee. The use of this machine is very simple and cleaning is a snap. The Aeropress is like an “ah ha!” moment, and after your first cup you wonder why you’d never bought one before. The truly magical part of this machine are the many different ways you can brew with it; playing with different variables to find the exact cup of coffee, you’re looking for. Water temperature, grind size, pressure, steep time, agitation and volume. With a bit of perseverance, you’re sure to find that one cup of coffee that will bring you to your knees in tears of joy. Once you've had the chance to use this wonderfully magical device, the real fun can begin. I have spent countless hours on youtube, watching how others have brewed with the Aeropress. It’s almost like a cult for those of us that know about it. You can brew in the traditional method in Aeropress suggests or you can use the inverted method. I have actually watched people make espresso on it. Mind you they had to make a few additional adjustments but it still was possible. My last words and a suggestion for you, if you haven't tried an Aeropress before, or even looked at one, please do yourself a favor and take a look. The Aeropress is one of the top must haves on my list. If you like to travel, a good cup at the office, a cup at friend’s who doesn't have a coffee maker (yes, these people still exist) or would like something simple to make a great cup of coffee at home. Pick the Aerobie Aeropress up, I can promise you won't be disappointed with it. Great things still do come in small packages. Till next time. For the love of coffee. Warm Regards, Shane Ancefsky
Hi everyone, I came across an Aeropress in our kitchen and decided to mess around with it. With weather pretty much having gone from winter and straight into summer, it's gotten rather hot lately. After seeing a post on Reddit about cold brewing with the Aeropress, I decided that I would give it a try myself. Being relatively impatient, I really hoped that it would work, so I'd have a lazier way to make iced coffee. Sadly, I don't know much about the Aeropress, so I snagged Andrew, our CS manager to help me. For starters, here's what we used to conduct our test (I apologize in advance for our Cinco de Mayo tablecloth). We gradually became less scientific about brewing as we went on. Our variables and results are listed below: 6oz of cold water and 2 level tablespoons of coffee, espresso grind, 1 minute steep time, inverted brew - Relatively weak cup, somewhat tart. 8oz of cold water and 4 level tablespoons of coffee, espresso grind, 1 minute steep time, inverted brew - Somewhat stronger cup yet more bitter cup, not quite to our tastes though. 6oz of cold water and 3 heaping tablespoons of coffee, espresso grind, 2 ½ minute steep time, regular brew - Looked like coffee, tasted like coffee, didn't melt any ice! Cup 1 Cup 2 Cup 3 So, was our experiment a success? I'd say yes it was. It took us a bit of tinkering, but in the end we managed to produce a drinkable cup of coffee using cold water and an Aeropress. Would I do it again? Maybe--the Aeropress is extremely easy to use and easy to clean up. I suppose that what I liked best was how potent and smooth the coffee was after adjusting the variables to our liking. It was too cold to melt much of the ice, so the flavor wasn't diluted. It's definitely something to try if you want some cold coffee and have an Aeropress laying around. Conveniently, we had some surplus Ghirardelli Caramel sauce, a Jura Froth Pro and a near-expiration gallon of milk that we were able to combine to create a smooth cold foamed sweetened milk drink. We present to you the iced cappuccino pictured below. Here are some "fun" pictures for your enjoyment!
Since my co-workers are so much more adept at testing espresso machines, I took the opportunity to try brewing a cup of Americano coffee using the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. I have been intrigued with press-brewing coffee for several years now after first watching my friend Tracy using a French press in the office to make his coffee every day. Until today I have only made coffee drip-brewed in percolators, or drip-coffee filter brewers, or single-serve K-cup machines. A friend sent me some pre-ground coffee for Christmas so I thought this would be the perfect time to try press-made coffee. The Aerobie AeroPress was available for testing so I figured it’s time to give it a work out. It comes packaged with a body cylinder chamber having level markings on the side, a plunger with an articulated rubber plunger seal, a filter cap that screws onto the bottom of the chamber, a filter holder and 350 micro-filters, a measuring scoop, funnel, and a stirrer. Since this one had been opened by the sales department for previous testing, the instructions were missing. I quickly read the brewing instruction on the internet and set out to make my first cup. I loaded a filter into the filter cap and screwed it onto the chamber and set the assembly on my sturdy metal woodworkers coffee mug. I put 2 full scoops of pre-ground coffee in the chamber and poured in hot water. While Aerobie recommends water at 176°, I just boiled water and waited, hmmm... about 3 seconds for it to cool, then poured water into the chamber and started stirring using the stirrer that comes with the AeroPress. The Stirrer is well-designed, shaped, and sized so that you can’t drop it into the chamber and you also can’t scrape the filter in the bottom of the cap. I stirred for about 10 seconds, then wet the rim of the plunger-seal and put the plunger into the top of the chamber and started to gently press it into the chamber. As the pressure started to build I heard it relieve through the filter and liquid started to drop into the mug below. I continued to press gently until the plunger bottomed out. I removed the assembly from the cup and added some more hot water to the mug to make my cup of Americano coffee. Voila! Darn good fresh brewed coffee with no grounds or "dregs-dust" in the cup, the filter works great! And I could make just one cup without brewing a full or partial drip-pot. Now I can have a fresh-brewed cup of coffee and my tea-drinking wife can have a mug of tea from the same pot of hot water. I didn’t pay enough attention to the instructions on how to eject the spent grounds and used-filter from the unit and made a mess, luckily over the sink, when I just backed the plunger out of the cylinder. I should have unscrewed the filter holder over the waste can and then pushed the plunger on through to eject all of the grounds. Oh well, I’ll do better on the next cup. Now I can’t wait to try some fresh ground coffee like coffee purists do to see if the quality of the coffee can get better. Oh did I mention that the coffee I used was a Christmas gift, from 2 years ago? Even so it still made very good coffee!