Aeropress coffee maker. Is it worth buying?

In this article you will see the Aeropress coffee maker review.

Aeropress is a fairly recent invention originally from the United States, invented in 2005 by Alan Adler and produced by AeroPress Inc. in the USA.

Among all the equipment for coffee brewing  the Aeropress is the most modern, since it appeared already in the 21st century, or rather in 2005. Nevertheless, the principle of its operation has been known to mankind since ancient times. The device resembles a syringe, but only with a filter in the lid, through the holes of which boiling water is mixed with coffee powder and passes. Here is a good and short illustrative video:

What are the advantages of an Aeropress coffee maker

Every year more and more people buy the `Aeropress for coffee making and there are some good reasons for this:

  1. Simplicity of design, making the device more durable and durable, does not require complicated care and costly repairs
  2.  Possibility to fully control the process of brewing in the Aeropress, pushing speed, water temperature, quantity of ingredients and other factors
  3. Small size compared with household coffee makers and the more professional coffee machines
  4. Mobility, because you can make espresso or another type of coffee with an aeropress anywhere — in the office, transport, outsid
  5. Safety, since the recipe for coffee in an aeropress does not need to use an open fire or electricity, and hot water is securely hidden in a sealed flask.

What are the disadvantages of the aeropress coffee maker

With all these advantages Aeropress has some negative aspects that must be considered when deciding to purchase it:

  1. Not all coffees are suitable for brewing in the aeropress, so in order to reduce costs in the process of finding the best options you can order a tasting set
  2. Temperature of the water, the weight of the ingredients and the brewing time will have to be set with the help of additional equipment
  3. Filters should be changed after each brewing, as they are disposable
  4. You can not make a cappuccino according to classical technology in the Aeropress

Features of the taste of aeropress coffee, differences from filtration methods

  • The drink turns out to be more dense, rounded due to the ingress of more coffee oils – they leak through the filter due to some pressure.
  • The taste is less pure than when coffee is made by filter methods: drip coffee makers, funnel, etc. There is almost always a slight dustiness in the taste. (Advice:The use of two paper filters at once helps to reduce dusty taste).
  •  Filter coffee will be more acidic and more nutritious. Coffee made in Aeropress – heavier, calmer and sweeter, slightly more saturated.

General recipe for coffee  brewing in an Aeropress

To brew coffee using the “aeropress” method, you will need:

  • Hot water with a temperature of 88-92 degrees: about 200-220 ml.
  • Ground coffee 12-20 grams

Coffee and water contact time: 1-2 minutes
You just have to focus on your taste. And on the coffee which is used. If you want it to be more saturated – put more coffee.

It is clear that you need to buy freshly roasted grains and grind them on a manual or electric (but necessarily a millstone) coffee grinder. 

 

AeroPress Go-a stripped-down version or a full analog?

In 2019, a new version of the Aeropress was born – the Aeropress Go coffee maker. This is a reduced “travel” model, which immediately has a 450 ml mug in the kit. The latter is also a solid cover.

Differences between the Aeropress and the classic version:

  1. The Aeropress Go kit weighs 328 g against 375 g for the classic. And this is together with the cup-cover.
    The cup-case provides both protection for the “coffee maker” and the organization of space – everything is folded in one place, nothing is hanging out.
  2. The maximum volume of water poured into the Go is 200 ml versus 260 ml for the original model. If you are used to pouring a typical volume of 200 ml for most recipes, or even more so to cook using the bypass method, then you should not have any questions about the capacity of the camping version at all.
  3. Aerepress Go does not have a funnel (it is not much needed), but it has a measuring spoon (also, I think, is not needed) and a spatula-of a different design, the spatula is folding.
  4. The perforation of holes in the filter holder has a different pattern – a more radial one.
  5. The filter stand has been replaced with a compact flat plastic case that fits about 10 filters. The case itself is organically embedded in a common mug-case. The filters themselves are the same, the diameter of the bulb is the same for both aeropresses. And the kit contains the same 350 disposable filters.

Conclusions, pros and cons

Aeropress is a very simple way of making coffee by an alternative method. You do not need a special kettle. At the same time, you still have a lot of ways to influence the final taste: grinding, coffee dosage, water dosage, infusion time, pressure force on the piston. The Aeropress is convenient to transport, while it is durable and lightweight.

It allows you to prepare a slightly more saturated drink than the filter method, and at the same time it is faster.

OVERALL REVIEW

  • It is easy and quick to cook, as well as clean up after.
  • The drink turns out to be more saturated than if made by filtering methods.
  • Convenient to take with you, lightweight and durable. Especially in the Aeropress Go version.
  • The taste is less pure and bright (in terms of acidity) compared to the filter.
  • It is difficult to completely get rid of dustiness in the taste.
  • Filters for an aeropress are much more difficult to buy than for a drip coffee maker/funnel.

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