The ‘AeroPress‘ as of lately has sparked the interest of many coffee connoisseurs and nerds alike. We are here to help you understand what the hype is all about and help you discern whether or not it is right for you.
The AeroPress is a way of brewing espresso strength coffee to be drunk as is or to be used for an americano (espresso & hot water). The method I use is the Inverted Brewing Method (a much more detailed post on this method to come out soon) in which you flip the press upside down and put the grounds into the tube. I then pour water at about 179 degrees Fahrenheit halfway up the tube and then let the coffee brew for about 30 seconds. I then slowly fill the the tube the rest of the way with hot water and then put the filter cap on and press the coffee directly into a mug (I spend about 40 seconds pressing the coffee very gently). Then I drink it black. Then I smile.
Here is the basic guide to the lovely AeroPress. I had trouble finding negatives to write about, however, wanted to give you all as much information as possible.
-Very simple to use
-Very quick and easy to clean
-It only takes about 1:27 (about) to brew a cup of coffee from start to finish
-It gives you the kind of taste you expect from a French Press except without the oils and sludge
-Super affordable (You can find it online for as low as $20 if you look hard enough)
-Not ideal for lighter roasts in my opinion
-Very annoying when a large group of friends each want a cup of coffee (you have to make each one individually)
It makes a great, strong cup of coffee in a very short amount of time with little difficulty. Also, the relatively low cost of it makes it a huge plus. On the other hand, if you do not enjoy strong coffee, it may not be the best route for you, however, there are still many options and variables in terms of brewing time and the grounds to water ratio that you could mess with to make it a little easier to handle. But for the rest of you; go get ya one!
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Interestingly, my friend bought an aeropress and we drink that coffee at work. We love that it’s easy to make and easy to clean…we struggled with lighter roasts not tasting as good though. And then we found our perfect blend with a lighter and a stronger roast that tastes brilliant!! We haven’t ever used the inverted brewing method though…hmm… Should home that a thought!
That’s awesome! Yes–definitely try the inverted method! In my opinion I think it’s way better! I’ll post a tutorial soon!!
I picked one of these up a few years ago, and it’s my favorite way to brew coffee outside of the espresso machine. It does make a great cup. Love how fast and easy is it, and how there is no clean up. I get tired of the french press cleanup, (and occasionally breaking one).
Good to know about the light roasts! I’m usually a dark roast drinker but like to switch it up to a light roast every few months. I’ll bring the chemex out of retirement when I do!
Yes! It’s my favorite way as well–especially because of how easy it is…even I get lazy with making coffee… And that’s good to hear! Hope it is helpful!
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I bought an Aeorpress once after hearing a very smart Vermont fiddler rave about it. The box did not contain all the parts so I took it back. And couldn’t bring myself to buy it again. My absolutely favorite, which I know now, because I tried to live without it and go back to a filter holder thingie, is the Clever Dripper. I have to take a stance here: this is the closest to a French press that you will get. Better. Fresh tasting. No sludge. Easy. It sits, extracts, you stir maybe, 4-5 minutes, you place it on your mug, it drains, you toss the grinds and paper in the compost. Et voila. Try it. **I also measure, for one serving, ~19g ish coffee, med-coarse grind, add ~400g ish water. I try not to be too finicky about it, but I can’t help myself.
I can agree, the clever dripper is fantastic. I do one of those every couple weeks when I’m feeling like changing things up a bit! I would certainly say try an aero press again; I bet it’s rare for them to come without all the parts. The Clever dripper and Aeropress are certainly a bit different, however, both are awesome….
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