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Product: AeroPress Coffee Maker
Price: Low range
Size: 250ml (1 cup)
Warranty: 1 year
My Rating: 9 out of 10
The AeroPress coffee maker was invented in 2005 by a man named Alan Adler.
Through the years since then, it has really caught on in the coffee world, and rightly so. It’s a small coffee brewer that packs a big taste punch. It just so happens to be my favorite coffee maker!
The AeroPress is, of course, a press. This means that coffee is steeped and then extracted by manually pressing a piston-like device. French press is also a press coffee maker, of course, but the two are vastly different.
Because of the high-pressured extraction and low volume of water the AeroPress can hold, the coffee comes out like an espresso shot.
Although, you can just add more water to it and it makes a wonderful cup of “regular” American coffee also. It’s not necessarily the most beautiful coffee maker ever; but if it’s amazing, delicious coffee you’re after, AeroPress is for you.
In terms of coffee makers it’s relatively new. But it has become a big name in the coffee world for many reasons: it makes a low acidic cup of coffee that has a taste like no other, it’s quick, and other reasons I’ll mention below.
AeroPress is a name in the coffee world that’s become associated with rich, specialty, very high quality coffee. It’s a coffee maker for everyone.
Pros & Cons
Here are the pros and cons of AeroPress…
- Low price
- Absolutely delicious coffee
- Easy to clean
- It can be a little hard to press
- It just doesn’t make enough coffee! (One cup at a time)
If I can put it this way, the AeroPress has just about every “pro” you’re looking for.
First off, it’s really low priced. For just under $30, the heavenly coffee you get from it that makes it a steal. And with a one-year warranty you can’t really go wrong!
The taste of AeroPress coffee is just superb. If you like to get the most out of your coffee that you can, this coffee maker does it. Not only is the coffee low acidic, it’s also rich, smooth, not bitter, and it brings out your coffee’s flavor profile in the best way.
There are some other great brewing methods that produce a wonderful cup of coffee, like French press, pour over, and others.
But the taste of AeroPress coffee is almost perfectly balanced in my opinion. It extracts as much flavor as possible, making a bold cup of coffee that’s as rich and strong as it can be without being a full on espresso shot.
It doesn’t have to be an espresso shot either. AeroPress is amazingly versatile. You can make espresso, American coffee, Americano, lattes, iced coffee, and more.
There is not a single other coffee maker on the market I’m aware of that can make so many types of coffee drinks, and make them coffee shop quality like AeroPress does.
It’s also a fast coffee maker. Including the time for heating the water, you can make coffee in three to four minutes.
I love fast coffee makers. It’s also a quick and easy clean up. The cleanup time, including washing off the parts with water, is about 30 to 45 seconds.
There are only two cons about it I can think of.
The first one is that it can be hard to press; it can be a bit of a shoulder workout. This isn’t a major problem though in my opinion. I think for at least 99% of the people who would use an AeroPress, it’s not a problem either.
If you feel that AeroPress is a bit too hard to press though, you should adjust the fineness of your coffee grounds and make them just a little more coarse. This will make a difference and take off some of the pressure.
The other con of AeroPress is that… basically it’s just so good and it only makes one cup at a time… and I want more than one cup at a time!
But this has a solution also, at least if you want to brew for two or three people at a time. Here’s a video from Alan Adler, the man himself, explaining how to make more than one cup at a time with AeroPress.
You can even make three cups and make one like an espresso, the others like American coffee! Or vice versa.
On the other hand, the beauty of the fact that AeroPress technically only makes one cup at a time is that you know your coffee will always be fresh.
This is another factor that gives you the best tasting cup of coffee you can get from AeroPress.
In my opinion, these cons are not very bad, and they both have a solution!
How To Use
Before we get into the tutorial, I should say I have more in-depth how-to’s for AeroPress including one for the inverted method, which I prefer a bit more over the traditional method.
This is how to make a standard AeroPress, similar to the directions written on the box, but more improved.
- Grind 17-20g of coffee (very fine, almost as fine as espresso. On a scale from 1 to 10, if 1 is the finest, grind on 2 or 3.)
- Water temperature should be about 190° – 195° F or 87° – 90° C (Although Alan Adler says it should be 175° F (80° C), so you can go that low.)
- Assemble AeroPress with filter
- Add coffee to number 1 in the chamber
- Add hot water to number 3
- Stir for 10 seconds
- Let it sit for another 10 seconds, up to 1 minute
- Leave as is for espresso, or add desired amount of hot water to make regular coffee
Try Different Things
If you buy an AeroPress and give it a go, it’s a good idea to try different water temperatures, amounts of coffee, the inverted method, blooming the coffee, different steeping times, the fineness of the grounds, and other things.
The thing about this coffee maker is that even if you just follow the standard instructions on the AeroPress, your coffee will still turn out amazing.
But you can experiment with so many aspects of it and make it better and better. Eventually you’ll find your favorite way aof making it.
You can also find many other helpful websites and tutorials about it. The art of attempting to perfect the AeroPress brew is definitely a journey, but a wonderful one!
The Bottom Line
The bottom line is this: AeroPress is an amazing coffee maker.
It’s not only my favorite coffee maker, it has become the favorite brewing method of many high-caliber baristas all over the world.
Although it’s a popular coffee maker, it still has a hidden gem aspect to it. If you don’t have an AeroPress and you enjoy brewing coffee at home, I cannot recommend it enough.
Just like any coffee maker or brewing method, it has its cons. But at least in my opinion, they are so small and all the pros outweigh them hugely.
I hope that if you get one you’ll love it just as much as I do!
I hope this review was helpful. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let me know! Happy AeroPressing, coffee cheers!