This article is an in-depth AeroPress review. Full disclosure: This is one of my favorite travel equipment of all time, and if you don’t have one by now, I fully recommend and endorse it.
You may have heard about this thing called an AeroPress. AeroPress is a portable device used to brew coffee. Not only that, but the coffee is steeped for only 50 seconds or less. Not only does this mean that AeroPress is convenient and portable, but it’s also fast and reliable.
In this article, we cover everything you need to know about an AeroPress before you buy you – what it is, how it works, how you make coffee with it and a comparison chart.
How does an AeroPress work?
You may be wondering how an AeroPress can make a quality cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds. The answer contains a bit of a science. Unlike drip coffee makers, where they rely on gravity to pull water through coffee grounds, AeroPress uses air pressure. The air pressure forces the water in the AeroPress to plunger down.
If you’re wondering if AeroPress is safe to use (because it is plastic after all!), it definitely is. The material that the AeroPress is made of is heat resistant.
How do you make coffee with an AeroPress?
You may be wondering – how do you even make coffee with an AeroPress. The following directions are my favorite way to make coffee with the AeroPress when I am traveling or simply decide to whip out the AeroPress when I’m at home. This method is known as the inverse method, and this may be the best way to make a cup of coffee with the AeroPress.
1. Stick the plunger in the cylinder, but do not attach the filter.
2. Place the AeroPress on a table so that the plunger is on the table and the other end is open facing your ceiling.
3. Add 2 scoops of coffee grounds or freshly grinded coffee.
4. Heat water to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit and fill the AeroPress.
5. Stir the coffee grounds in the AeroPress.
6. Screw on the filter.
7. Let the AeroPress to sit upright for 2 minutes.
8. Flip the AeroPress over a cup.
9. Depress the plunger.
10. Add additional hot water to dilute the coffee if necessary.
Which is better: AeroPress vs Traditional French Press?
You may be wondering which one is better – the AeroPress or the traditional french press. In the chart below, we cover which one is better.
Also, if you want to read more about the french press, be sure to check out this article.
- Fine ground coffee – more surface area = more concentrated
- Less time to finish steeping
- As a result, less bitterness
- Coarse ground coffee – less surface area = less concentrated
- Takes longer to steep
- As a result, more acidity and bitterness
While the AeroPress is compact and travels well, it can also be messy to clean up. The AeroPress is super convenient and can make a cup of coffee in less than 60 seconds. Best of all, it is cheap and doesn't use electricity. It can, however, be limiting on what type of coffee you can make.
- Travels well
- Cost efficient
- Makes a cup in less than 60 seconds
- Doesn't require electricity
- Can be messy to clean up
- Need to balance the strength of the coffee carefully
- Limits you on what type of coffee you can make with it
Let me know what you think about this AeroPress review in the comments below and I’d love to hear what you think about product.