AeroPress Coffee Maker Review

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At first glance, the AeroPress seemed like a toy to me. However, after I used it, I  find out  the the device is very capable of brewing an incredible cup of coffee.

The AeroPress is a creative gravity and pressured powered coffee press that was invented by Alan Alder 2005. The AeroPress is a manual, popular brewing device, especially among travelers and people on the go; it is cheap, easy to use, and very portable.

So if you’re interested in a coffee brewer capable of brewing up a great flavored cup of coffee or two, you may want to read this product review. This will help you understand the features of AeroPress and decide whether it is right for you.

PARTS OF THE AEROPRESS included in the package

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-plunger
-the chamber
-stirrer
-scoop
-funnel
-filter stand
-instruction manual
-plunger seal
-filter cap
-and 350 paper filters

The chamber and the plunger are made of polypropylene (BPA) free, and the plunger seal is made up of silicon.

About An The Aeropress

Aeropress is a manual coffee maker that makes excellent coffee, and it fits anywhere between a French Press and an Espresso maker. The Aeropress consists of three major elements: a filer cap, a brewing chamber, a plunger and seal. When they are fitted together, these elements act and looks like a powerful syringe, yes you heard me right.

The AeroPress is an interesting coffee maker to experiment with, it’s cool to use, and will brew great tasting coffee in record time.

If you are on the search for a coffee maker that’s simple to use for outdoor hiking, camping or traveling, the AeroPress will appeal to you. You can take this coffee maker along with you even in transit to work or other short trips. It’s well-built, portable, and you can use it with minimum effort.

So if you are that coffee lover thinking to increase your coffee arsenal, then then check out the inexpensive AeroPress.

Who is an AeroPress Made For?

One of the major strengths of the AeroPress is its size and weight. It’s so light in weight that it can fit into your backpack without taking a lot of space, and be carried along whenever you need it.

However, the small size has some limitations. If you want to brew just one to three coffees, there is no problem using AeroPress. But if you need to make coffee for large crowds, you’ll need more than one AeroPress, or a larger coffee maker.

Build Quality

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AeroPress consists of PBA free plastic materials. Over the years, the materials have been slightly adjusted. Now, the latest model of AeroPress has a cloud, grayish semi-transparent material. This makes AeroPress look great and also, resistant to wear and tear.

In addition, there’s the plunger part that has a removable rubber seal, which makes the AeroPress so easy to clean . I also like that even though AeroPress is all plastic and rubber, it’s is built strong, and has a solid feel to it. Even after it’s dropped or under extreme pressure, it does not break.

The previous model had some issues with holding together well and scratched easily, but the new and improved material design took care of all these issues.

Design

As mentioned earlier, the man behind AeroPress invention is Alan Alder. And before he created the AeroPress, he invented the Aerobie Frisbee which made him famous.

Now that we have seen that AeroPress is very strong, we’re going to check its design and features. Note that AeroPress can brew coffee in two different ways: the inverted, and the normal form.

  • The first thing is to wash your paper filter thoroughly and then, put it in your plastic disk
  • Next, you start up your AeroPress coffee maker, add your ground coffee into it, and put
    pour in your measured dose of cup of water
  • Then, you plunge the coffee through.
  • Now, you enjoy your great cup of Joe!

Although there is more to making a great cup of coffee such as grinding your coffee, you can follow these basic steps to get brew your coffee with an AeroPress.

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The design of the AeroPress is not only innovative but also, practical in many ways. For example, after you brew your coffee, with AeroPress, you have no leftover grounds or residues to clean up, thanks to the filter paper. While you’re brewing with the AeroPress, the brewer will automatically clean itself.

That’s great, isn’t it?

Easy to Use

The AeroPress coffee maker is easy to use and you can begin by applying the beginner’s recipes you find online. After that, there are some small tweaks you can use along to perfect your method till you get the perfect cup for you.

To make a good coffee, there are a lot of methods and best practices you can apply. And with the AeroPress it makes it easy for you to trial and error for perfection.

  • To get the best results use 175°F hot water to get the best results when brewing hot coffee.
  • Use one scoop of fine grind coffee. Additional scoops of coffee can be added if you want a stronger brew. You can also double or
    triple the amount of coffee and water to press 2–3 servings at a time.
  • American Coffee: Fill the chamber with water to Level 1 Level. Stir 15 seconds, press the plunger slowly, add hot water to make an 8 oz cup of American coffee.
  • Cold brew coffee: Fill the chamber with water to Level 1. Stir 60 seconds, press the plunger slowly, then add normal temperature or ice water for an 8 oz. cold brew coffee.
  • Latte: Fill the chamber with water to Level 1. Stir 15 seconds, press the plunger slowly, then add milk to make an 8 oz. of Latte coffee.
  • Cappuccino: Fill the chamber with water to Level 1. Stir 15 seconds, press the plunger slowly, then add milk equal to the amount of pressed coffee to make a Cappuccino.
  • CAUTION: Never press plunger if the rubber seal is loose. Never press the plunger hard, or
    into a fragile or narrow cup; use a solid cup. If you press the plunger hard, it may result in breakage and spills of hot coffee.

Taste the Brew

There are a lot of different ways to brew coffee and each brewing method has its own effect on its taste. AeroPress coffee taste has more in common with the pour-over method rather than the espresso or French press.

The AeroPress uses a paper filter which prevents the coffee oils from entering the brewed coffee. A lot of people like the coffee filter because it adds to the coffee flavors and no coffee grit enters the brewed coffee.

If you are a coffee drinker that loves the coffee oils for a stronger coffee, you have the option with the AeroPress. You can easily change the paper filter with an available metal filter which allows the coffee oils to mix with the brewed coffee. This will change the results of the coffee maker and also, help you get you a more flavorful tasting coffee.

There are a lot of inexpensive re-usable metal filters disks you can find on-line and will do the job.

Portability

The Aerobie AeroPress has a lot of followers for its portability features. AeroPress is one of the best coffee makers on the market for travelers and coffee lovers who participate in outdoors sports activities.

As stated earlier, it is small in size, compact, made of plastic, and resists pressure and drops well, and not likely to break. AeroPress does not need electricity to operate which makes it my favorite for camping and road trips.

Value for Money

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Re-usable metal filter

AeroPress is certainly worth buying and it will give you many returns on your investment. Unlike most French press models, the price is in the same price range. AeroPress is durable and built to last and I believe it’s easier to use and maintain.

The paper filters are cheap and affordable. And if you do not want a paper filter, you can buy a reusable metal filter.

Think Before You Buy if:

  • You need to make large quantities of coffee

Although AeroPress makes good coffee, because of its small size, it makes a limited amount of coffee for one to three people.

AeroPress is very quick, practical and portable. It is not meant to be placed in the kitchen for decoration. If you want a coffee maker that is aesthetically pleasing to put on your kitchen countertop, you can consider the various coffee makers on the market with a wide range of prices.

What I Don’t Like about the AeroPress

As a matter of fact, I’ve always loved the AeroPress. However, while I have no complaint about it, there are some areas of usage people might dislike.

Requires Attention

Brewing coffee in an AeroPress requires some effort and some people may dislike that. The AeroPress requires your overall attention during the brewing process. You need focused attention while brewing; you cannot just press a button and leave. So for coffee lovers who make their coffee on the go, this may not work for them, it depends on the individual.

Getting the Best Results Requires Experimentation

I would not see it as a negative, but for some people this manual coffee maker is made to experiment a few times till you get the perfect coffee for you. This implies that you will have to invest the effort if you want the best results.

A Single Serve Coffee Maker

It’s important to know that AeroPress is actually a single serve coffee maker. It’s not made to serve large groups. But if it’s made for you and maybe one or two more, it makes sense.

The AeroPress can produce coffee for three users at a time, but for more than three people, it requires several batches which take additional effort and time. However, if a large group of people are to be served, you may want to check the French Press.

Pros

  • One of the best manual and portable coffee makers around
  • Recognized for fast brew time and ease of use
  • Makes cold brew and espresso, as well as good brewed coffee

Cons

  • Only makes 1-2 cups of coffee at a time

Summary of the AeroPress Review

  • It uses a short brew time to produce a high-quality coffee
  • It is light in weight and portable, good for travelers and outdoors
  • It’s super easy to clean up
  • You can brew espresso and pour-over coffee

Conclusion

I really like the AeroPress for its simplicity and the quality coffee it makes and is ideal for any coffee lover searching for a rich and smooth cup of coffee without acidity or bitterness. This coffee maker Brews one to three delicious cups of American or espresso style coffee in about a minute, and the part I also enjoy is that clean up takes only a few seconds. I recommend it!

Happy sipping!

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4 thoughts on “AeroPress Coffee Maker Review”

  1. I’ve wanted to try the aeropress coffee maker for a while now, and your review is helpful. How hard is it to clean though? If i go camping, especially backpacking, will it be difficult to clean and pack up again. How long does it take to set up, brew, clean, and then put away? If I wanted this for my home or office, would a Keurig single serve be better? Thanks. Nice job on what you have so far. 

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    • Jim, thank you for your AeroPress comments. The difference using Aeropress vs Keurig is the quality of coffee. The AeroPress provides you with best coffee extraction, but Keurig is a button press and get a coffee in 20 seconds. Cleaning is simple, but It’s important to clean every single part of the AeroPress to make sure that you get the best extraction possible, which results in the best coffee.
      I have summed  up the 4 cleaning methods:

      Rinse your AeroPress thoroughly after each brew.Clean your AeroPress by using a mild soap.Soak the AeroPress parts in a vinegar solution (Optional,not each time)Pop the AeroPress in the dishwasher.(if home)

      Michael

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  2. This is so cool and people are beyond brilliant to come up with products like these. If you had asked me, I would have thought only very simple instant coffee would be possible when out hiking or outdoors. But no, someone went and made this whole brilliant device. And they really thought of everything with this device too, from lightweight to easy to clean up.

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    • Christina, thank you for your comments. I agree with everything you said, and on top of that, because of its process, it makes incredible fresh and flavorful coffee.

      Michael

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