I may have found it.
We’ve all been on the quest for the holy grail of coffee… the perfect coffee maker. What I’ve found is the nearly perfect coffee maker.
This isn’t a fresh-off-the-press new coffee brewing method. It took me a while to catch on because I was pretty comfortable with the coffee brewers and methods I was using before, and I was just stuck in my ways.
My answer to the question may surprise you. But the bottom line is, who can say what the best coffee maker really is anyway? The debate will be endless. I’m just going to tell you in this article why I think this is the most inexpensive, quick, easy, delicious and versatile way to make coffee.
The coffee maker I’m talking about is the AeroPress.
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Another reason I was a bit of a late-bloomer with the AeroPress is because, well, I was afraid of being hipster. But my fears were overshadowed when I finally gave in and put an AeroPress on my Christmas list, and gave it a try. I have at least a few friends who own one and I heard good things about it from them.
After some time of using AeroPress and relishing it’s black gold, I’ll tell you why it’s best coffee maker in the entire universe. That’s a joke. I just get excited because it’s really, really good.
So, what’s the best coffee maker, you ask? Here is my take on it.
For a coffee brewing method that makes simply amazing coffee and all the other great features it has, it is super inexpensive!
You can get them online for just under $30. This is less than many of the automatic electric coffee machines on the market. Basically, it’s a steal for what you’re getting with an AeroPress. When you buy one it even includes 350 filters. That will hold you off for a good while. If you don’t want to keep buying filters, you can even buy a lifetime stainless steel mesh filter for $8 or $10.
It can be nice to have a state-of-the-art coffee machine, but the fact is that not everyone has $500 or $1,000 to spend on the most hip, modern espresso maker or coffee machine.
Quick To Use
Waiting for the water to heat is what takes the longest when you’re using AeroPress! It only takes 10 seconds to stir your coffee after your pour the water, then it’s ready to press.
That’s approximately 30 seconds to one minute that it takes to make your coffee after heating the water. The only thing quicker than that would be a coffee IV by your bedside going straight into your arm.
Mind you, some automatic coffee makers are fast. For example the Moccamaster, which is popular in Europe, is really fast. But for what you get with AeroPress, it’s insanely fast and well worth the tiny bit of extra effort it may take. Factoring in the time it takes to heat the water, AeroPress is just about as quick as using a Moccamaster or other automatic coffee makers.
In addition – cue the Hallelujah Chorus – it’s super easy to clean!
Here is a quick recipe (or guideline) for how to brew hot coffee with AeroPress:
- Grind 17-20g of coffee (very fine, almost as fine as espresso)
- Water temperature should be approx. 194° – 200° F (90° – 93° C)
- Assemble AeroPress with filter
- Add coffee to number 1
- Water to number 3
- Stir for 10 seconds
- Let it sit for another 10 seconds
- Leave as is for espresso, or add desired amount of water to make regular coffee
The fact that it’s inexpensive is one of the best features about it; also around the top of the list is that it makes such delicious coffee!
One thing I love about the coffee AeroPress produces is that it has a low acidity. There are a few reasons for this. One of them is its microfilter, another is because of the very fine grind level of the coffee. I don’t like when coffee tastes acidic, so the low acidity of AeroPress is appealing to me.
The flavor is robust, rich, wonderfully smooth and well-extracted with AeroPress. When I leave it like espresso without adding water at the end, I love to savor it even without any milk or cream most of the time. It’s strong and rich but with very little bite. I like drinking coffee, not motor oil!
It’s really a unique flavor with AeroPress that I loved since the first time I poured a cup. I must admit, I really like French press also. They both have their own qualities, but AeroPress is one tough competitor for everything else!
You can basically make any kind of drink you want with an AeroPress – espresso, regular coffee, cold brew, iced coffee, latte, cappuccino, iced latte, espresso con panna. Almost any coffee/espresso beverage you could want, you can make it!
This is because AeroPress can instantly make espresso, cold brew and regular coffee. Not only are these great just plain, they’re also the base for whatever other beverage you could want. This versatility is unmatched in any other coffee maker or brewing method I know of. I wrote another post about making iced coffee with AeroPress you can read here.
Yes, You Will Be Addicted…
It may look slightly gimmicky.
You might even think it was something that someone bought it from an infomercial if you just took a quick glance at the packaging. But AeroPress is a real deal, amazing coffee brewing method. Even the hipsters agree with me on that one! (I love hipsters by the way, even if I poke fun at you occasionally)
I know, we all probably know, French press is a wonderful thing. And difficult to compete with.
One of the few cons about AeroPress is that it only makes one cup at a time! It’s so good I just keep wanting more of it to feed my AeroPress addiction. But seriously it would be great if it were possible to make more than one cup at a time. It’s so easy, quick and fun to use though, I hardly mind that it only makes one cup at a time. It’s not a problem to simply make another one because that way, you know that you will always drink the freshest Joe possible. This is actually a key factor in making coffee as fresh as it can be.
I’ve seen that there is a “splitter” that makes it possible to make two cups at the same time. This could be a delightful investment if you enjoy your coffee with someone special and want to save a few minutes. Although I’ve never tried it myself.
There is no perfect coffee brewing method though, each has its cons. No one can really say that any certain coffee maker is the best; it’s a matter of taste and preference. However, I can say that the AeroPress has become my favorite brewing method.
The only thing that may be more difficult than finding the best coffee maker is finding the best coffee beans…
So if you haven’t tried AeroPress, I would highly recommend making the investment!
Do you have any questions about this coffee maker, or any comments? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll be happy to hear from you. And no matter which brewing method you choose, I hope that I can help you brew the best coffee possible and help you with tips you maybe didn’t know before. Cheers!