If you are one of the espresso aficionados, but you don’t have an espresso machine at home or don’t really want to get one. Is there any suitable alternative? Here is your choice. The AeroPress is the best way to make espresso-like coffee. It’s cheap, easy and versatile, more importantly, it can really make perfect cup of coffee, and you will fall in love with it.
In this in-depth AeroPress coffee maker review, I’ll show you everything you need to know about this handy coffee brewer and why it is worth your attention.
What is the AeroPress Coffee Maker?
AeroPress is a durable, compact and lightweight manual coffee maker invented by Alan Adler in 2005. It’s originally designed as a quick brew method, and the brewing process takes only 1 minute. It lets the coffee grounds immerse in hot water in the brew chamber for a short time and forces the coffee out by pushing a plunger. You can get strong and condense flavor using finer coffee grounds. At first, many people consider it a great and cheap alternative for espresso machines and call it AeroPress coffee and espresso maker.
As AeroPress became popular, coffee geeks invented more creative brewing methods using this coffee maker. And due to its compact size, AeroPress is also the favorite travel coffee maker of all time.
If you are interested in the story behind the AeroPress, check this Alan Adler interview.
Who should consider the AeroPress?
AeroPress is the best choice for the following coffee enthusiasts:
- Coffee lover who wants to have great coffee anywhere while camping, traveling.
- Espresso drinker who lives on espresso and are looking for rich flavor but don’t want to buy an expensive espresso machine.
- Coffee drinker who is on a budget.
- Anyone who likes trying new things and experiments on different brew methods.
- Coffee drinkers who like good coffee but hate the hassles, just want an easy to clean and efficient device.
The AeroPress Coffee Maker Review
What Model does AeroPress offer?
Currently, two models are available: The original version and the Go version.
AeroPress Go is the travel version, which is smaller and lighter with a built-in mug. The overall design and usage are the same as the original version, except for the brewing capacity. The AeroPress Go version is slightly more expensive than the original version.
The original version of AeroPress.
- Capacity: 10 oz （296ml coffee）
- 5.4” x 4.2” x 3.8” (14 cm x 11 cm x 10 cm)
- Weight: 8.0 oz (226 g)
- Comes with a travel tote bag
Travel version with a mug.
- Capacity: 8 oz （237 ml coffee）
- 4.6” x 3.6” x 3.6” (12 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm)
- Weight: 11.5 oz (326 g)
- With a travel mug
What does the AeroPress come with?
Here are what the AeroPress comes with when you unbox the package. A brew chamber, plunger, funnel, stirrer, a measuring scoop, 350 pieces of paper filters, a filter holder. In the AeroPress Go, you have an extra mug and lid. Those are everything you need to make coffee using the AeroPress coffee maker. Of course, you’ll need to prepare the water and ground coffee yourself.
Material – What is AeroPress Made of
The Aeropress is made of PBA-free polypropylene and silicone. Is it safe to use with hot water? The FDA approved the materials used in all the plastic parts for safe use with foods and beverages.
Those plastics parts are very durable, and you don’t need to worry about dropping them on the grounds. As long as you use them properly, it can serve you fantastic coffee for years.
The AeroPress Design
At first glance, the AeroPress looks like a large syringe. Is it good looking? Not really. It’s not as elegant as other coffee makers. However, it is becoming another iconic coffee maker like the French Press, Chemex, Moka pot in their own filed and gaining an important position in the coffee world.
Alan Adler focused on convenience, flexibility and portability when designing this coffee press device. It may not look charming as other coffee makers on your countertop, but it is designed to be with you anywhere you go and serve you a great cup of coffee whenever you want.
Actually, the manufacturer changed the design a few times since the release in 2005. Now the latest version is light grey, and the numbering on the brew chamber is changed from gold foil to red. But the overall shape remains the same as it was.
Ease of use
If you follow the official manual, you can make a cup of coffee in 1 minute or so. Yes, it’s super easy to use even for beginner coffee fans. You don’t need to invest in any extra gear. The measuring scoop and number mark on the tube are tested and designed for anyone to get started in no time.
The AeroPress is easy to setup. Put the filter paper in the cap, screw the cap to the brew chamber. Add coffee grounds and hot water, press the plunger and done. This is the inventor Alan Adler’s initial design idea, who wanted to find a more efficient device and brew method to make coffee at home.
Once you mastered the beginner brewing skills, you can think out of the box and try different brewing methods. In this case, it requires a learning curve. There are countless recipes online that you can follow and explore.
You can follow the World AeroPress Championship winning recipes to brew coffee like a professional barista or create your own AeroPress receipt. This AeroPress Instruction that shows you the basic and one of the champion recipes, you’ll learn the brew time, ratio, grind size and more details.
AeroPress Coffee taste – Can it make a perfect cup of coffee?
It’s hard to conclude the taste of the AeroPress coffee since there are tons of different recipes. You can make almost any type of coffee using this coffee brewer.
Generally speaking, the paper filter blocks the coffee oils like the pour over and Chemex, enhancing the coffee’s cleanliness and brightness. What’s more, it can produce coffee without bitterness with a short contact time so that you can enjoy a smooth cup of joe.
However, you may find the AeroPress coffee is not as full bodied as we can expect from the other brewing methods like the French press or Moka pot coffee. Overall it can produce great enough coffee for our daily caffeine drinks.
Brewing Flexibility – Can it make espresso or other coffee?
AeroPress coffee and espresso are not the same. The AeroPress can’t make the real espresso. The pressure is not anywhere near the 9 par standard. However, AeroPress can indeed produce an intense espresso style coffee if you use the fine grinds and the proper amount of water.
It is no exaggeration to say that AeroPress is the most versatile coffee brewer. You can make coffee in different ways. For example, if you use the coarse grind and a long immersion time, you’ll get a French press style coffee. Or if you dilute the condensed coffee with hot water, you’ll get a cup of Americano. You can effortlessly turn the AeroPress into a cold brew coffee dripper using the PuckPuck accessary. If you like fuller-bodied you can also try the metal filter instead of the papers.
9 Ways To Make Coffee With the AeroPress – by European Coffee Trip
AeroPress is your perfect companion when traveling or enjoying outdoor activities. It’s a compact and lightweight coffee maker. The original one is 11.5 oz, while the Go version is only 8 oz. It’s made of plastic so it won’t be break like the ceramic or glass brewers. You can easily pack the AeroPress into your backpack and go anywhere with it.
Both versions are small enough to go anywhere with you.
The original AeroPress’s brew chamber holds 10 oz (296 ml) of coffee, while the AeroPress Go only holds 8 oz (237 ml). That means you can have 1-3 cups of espresso-like drinks each time. If you use the inverted method, letting the brew chamber sit on the plunger. The plunger will take some space resulting in even less room for the water. Normally it’s suitable for a single cup each time.
Ease of cleaning
It’s super easy to clean the AeroPress. After brewing coffee with the AeroPress, remove the filter cap and push the coffee out. When you remove the plunger from the brew chamber, it will wipe out the leftover grounds as well. Then simply rinse it with warm water. If you often use the dark roasted coffee, the coffee oil will make the tube and seal sticky. You can use a little bit of dish soap to clean it. Also, you can put the AeroPress on the top shelf of your dishwasher. After using for months, it’s also great to remove the rubber seal from the plunger and clean it thoroughly.
Value for Money
AeroPress is a very affordable coffee maker. At maybe 1/10 of the cost for the entry-level espresso machine, you can enjoy the rich, condensed coffee flavor like the real espresso. And it also brings you lots of fun in making coffee, it is well worth every penny you spent. At the same price, you can buy a regular pour over dripper or a French press. Just one thing, no matter what coffee makers you use, it’s always good to use freshly ground coffee. It would be best to consider getting a good coffee grinder, which can always increase your coffee quality.
The Verdict – AeroPress is a handy coffee maker that can give you delicious coffee
AeroPress is one of the best inventions for coffee lovers. It proved itself a great coffee brewer and became a popular brewing method, even a new coffee culture. You can play around with it and make dozens of different coffee such as cold brew, French press, Americano, espresso-like coffee, and more. It’s flexible, lightweight and one of the best travel coffee maker.
Many manufacturers provide the 3rd party accessories to increase the experience and fun for AeroPress coffee. Here are the most popular products:
1. Fellow Prismo
This attachment forced the coffee through the special valve to create the flavor closer to the espresso. It replaces the original paper filter, adding a fuller body and more ‘crema’ in your AeroPress coffee.
2. Altura Premium Mesh Filter
This reusable metal filter replaces the paper filter. You’ll get a fuller flavor since it allows the coffee oils into your cup. It’s great for traveling, so you don’t need to pack dozens of paper filters. More importantly, it’s more environmentally friendly.
This small gadget turns your AeroPress into a cold brew dripping device. It’s easy to use, let the PUCKPUCK sit on your brew chamber, attach the bottle to the PUCKPUCK. It allows you to adjust the coffee drip rate. You can fill the bottle with water or ice. You’ll get a smooth cup of cold brew coffee with lower acidity.
FAQ about AeroPress
Both the Aeropress original and Go version including all the materials are made in the USA.
Yes, you can buy all the replacement parts and replace them if they are aging or damaged instead of purchasing a brand new one. And the manufacturer also offers a 1-year warranty.