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- SMOOTHEST - Using the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing yields rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness.
- RICHEST - Total immersion brewing results in uniform extraction of the ultimate in full coffee flavor.
- PUREST - Micro filtered for grit free coffee – unlike other press-type coffee makers.
- FASTEST - One minute from start to enjoy. The actual press time takes only 20 seconds.
- MADE IN THE US - Patented
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Fast and convenient, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes one of the best cups of coffee you'll ever taste. This innovative uses the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce coffee and espresso that has rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. It makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs), features a micro filtered for grit free coffee, and takes just 1 minute to make coffee (actual press time takes only 20 seconds).
With total immersion brewing, the AeroPress produces uniform extraction for the ultimate in full coffee flavor.
- Place a microfilter in the bottom cap of the AeroPress chamber and twist the cap tightly closed.
- Place two scoops of ground coffee from the included AeroPress scoop into the chamber.
- Stand the chamber on a sturdy mug, then proceed to pour hot water into the top of the chamber (175 degrees F is optimal).
- Stir the water and coffee with the included paddle for about 10 seconds.
- Insert the plunger into the chamber and gently press down about a quarter of an inch and continue to maintain that pressure for 20 to 30 seconds (gentle pressure is the key to easy AeroPressing).
You can also make a full carafe of coffee using the AeroPress in less time than it takes to brew a pot of drip coffee. Two 3-scoop or 4-scoop pressing, topped off with hot water, will fill most vacuum carafes.
The AeroPress is the result of several years of applied research by inventor/engineer Alan Adler, who conducted numerous brewing experiments, measuring the brew with laboratory instruments. The experiments demonstrated that proper temperature, total immersion and rapid filtering were key to flavor excellence. He then designed and tested dozens of brewers before settling on the AeroPress design. Adler's best-known invention is the Aerobie flying ring which set the Guinness World record for the world's farthest throw (1,333 feet).
Comparison of Brewing MethodsDrip Brewing
Traditional drip brewing passes water through a bed of grounds. When the water first drips into the bed, it is too hot and bitterness is extracted. As the water filters downward through the bed, it becomes too cool and extraction is weak. The water doesn't contact all of the grounds uniformly. Grounds at the edge of the bed are under-extracted, while grounds at the center are over- extracted and contribute bitterness.
Total immersion of the grounds in the AeroPress completely solves these problems. All of the grounds contact the same water temperature, and the brewing process is short and sweet. The gentle air pressure of the AeroPress also extracts extra flavor from the coffee. Ordinary drip brewers leave a lot of flavor in their soggy grounds.
The drip method cannot make a robust single cup because the small amount of water doesn't heat the bed enough for rich extraction. It is also slow. AeroPress makes one to four servings with a single pressing in less than a minute. The flavor is equally rich for any number of cups.
Most coffee lovers agree that espresso is less bitter than drip brew because of the shorter brewing time. However when we ran comparison taste-tests in the homes of espresso lovers, they all agreed that AeroPress espresso tasted better than the brew from their high-priced European espresso machines--why? The reason is that the total immersion brewing of the AeroPress yields a robust flavor at lower temperature--and lower temperature brew is far less bitter. Home espresso machines don’t allow adjustment of temperature. But even if they did, their lack of total immersion would not yield robust flavor at reduced temperature. In addition to smoother taste, the AeroPress has several other advantages over conventional espresso machines.
- Grind is not critical in the AeroPress. Grind is so critical in espresso machines that most grinders cannot produce a grind fine enough to make a good tasting shot! Special espresso grinders cost hundreds of dollars and require frequent cleaning.
- Espresso experts always adjust the grind when there are changes in humidity or batches of coffee. They throw away two or three shots while adjusting the grind in to achieve the desired 25-second shot.
- There is no tamping in the AeroPress. Books on espresso teach the art of just the right amount of tamping. They instruct the home barista to practice on the bathroom scale to learn exactly thirty pounds of pressure.
- There is no pre-warming of the portafilter head. In fact the AeroPress has no portafilter head!
- There is no maintenance. Espresso machines require regular cleaning and descaling with caustic chemicals. They also require disassembly and cleaning of the showerhead.
- There is no need to judge when to stop the pull. This is the most critical skill in using an espresso machine. As espresso lovers well know, most would-be baristas in coffee shops, hotels and restaurants run the pump too long--extracting sour bitterness from the grounds.
- With the AeroPress, the amount of water is predetermined by the user, who can brew any strength from weak to super-intense just by choosing the desired amount of water prior to pressing.
Many single-cup pod brewers have come to market recently. Some of these machines make American coffee. Others make espresso. They range in price from about $60 to several hundred dollars. A highly respected product review magazine tested the three most popular pod brewers and reported the flavor as "mediocre at best."
People see some similarities between the AeroPress and a French Press. Both use total immersion and pressure. But the similarities end there.
The filter in the French Press is at the top of the mixture. Because coffee floats, the floating grounds clog the filter and makes pressing and cleaning very difficult. Users are instructed to use only coarse ground coffee. But this reduces the amount of flavor that can be extracted from the coffee and necessitates long steeping times which extract bitterness.
Furthermore, even coarse ground coffee includes many fine particles. These small particles pass through and around the filter resulting in a bitter, gritty brew. The particles in the brew continue to leach out bitterness. Consequently French press users are advised to drink or decant the brew immediately. Also, some particles clog the filter screen making pressing and cleaning very difficult.
AeroPress coffee is micro-filtered. It so pure and particle-free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate. The concentrate can be drunk as espresso, mixed with milk for lattes, or diluted to make American coffee. French presses cannot make espresso or lattes. Finally, cleaning the French press is quite a chore. The AeroPress chamber is self-cleaning. A ten-second rinse of the plunger is all that's required.
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Using the unit is super straight forward, use filter grade coffee - follow the guidelines around setting up the unit; which are put filter paper in and lock the nozzle in place. I would suggest re-washing the filter paper before hand as it can have a bit of a taste which will impact your coffee. Fill with one scope of ground coffee and you're ready to go - I use 80 degrees centigrade water as I find 90 and 100 give it a slight bitter edge. Pour to the level you want ( start with 1, I go to 2 for a long black), mix with the paddle for 10-15 seconds and start gently pressing. Before you know it; you're done.
Cleaning wise, once you done pressing and extracting every last drop (don't press too hard) you can simply take the end filter off and easily eject the used coffee grounds into the bin. A simple wipe or rinse of the end and that's all the detailed cleaning you need to do!
I am now experimenting with different roasts and blends to find the best setup. Highly recommend this unit and it's now even replaced my Nespresso for making a strong and delicious cup of coffee in the morning.
Bought this last week and wow what a difference, fast easy, coffee grounds into compost, paper filters also. i bought a steel(reusable) filter to test against paper. didn't notice a difference in flavour.
it really does reduce the bitterness.
if you buy this you wont regret it. the aeropress sat in my wish list for 6 months , wish i bought it sooner.
I was SUPER sceptical and unsure about buying the Aeropress. I'd read and heard good things about it, and that the quality of the coffee was amazing - but I've never been big on black coffee, it's always too acidic/bitter for my tastes - but the Aeropress is supposed to brew less bitter coffee right?
Well let me tell you, it absolutely does. Hands down the best coffee I've ever had.
It's easy to use. Easy to clean. The result is fantastic. I'm going to buy another one to keep at the office so I can have awesome coffee there too.
If you're on the bench about getting one. I hope this review helps you to take the leap. Treat yo self! Have awesome coffee.
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I first notices the AeroPress on a BBC film on their website, where it was pitted against some expensive and middle of the road coffee machines, in the blind test, the AeroPress won. It looked interesting, partly because I like manual devices (I've spent a fortune fitting solar panels to my house, so don't like to waste energy), partly because it prefers water at 80 degrees or so, a few times during the year, the British summer supplies enough solar energy to get my hot water tank to that temperature, via thermal solar panels (in the winter, a wood burning stove provides ample hot water) and perhaps mostly out of fascination to try an unusual product.
I've owned this for just over 4 months, it has been used daily to make anything from 3-9 mugs of coffee and every single cup has been great. I use a hand burr grinder which produces consistent results to grind the coffee quite finely. I find for the best coffee (for my taste) the water needs to be in the 80 degree level - I measured my kettle through the cycle and now know when the steam levels indicate this is the rough temperature. Hotter water seems to make it more bitter, cooler water more smooth but less interesting, but even then I've never had a really bad cup from this device.
I religiously rinse the bits after making the coffee, and every couple of days it gets washed in detergent. I reuse the paper filters by rinsing under fresh warm water, which if left to dry before re-using gives them a considerable lifespan. I reckon to get 1 month out of each filter making one cup of coffee a day, I only dispose of a filter when it gets too difficult to push the coffee through, or it's inconvenient to rinse them. If anything by cup 5 or 6 there's a noticeable reduction in coffee flowing through with plunging, at this point every cup is at it's best. Damp filters have a tendency to tear, I found that it's best to make sure you always use the reused filter the same way up, which the indentations show and eventually one side is darker than the other.
If you buy this you may find the best results come from being a scientist, you've got many variables to play with, each will affect the coffee in some way, beans, quantity, grind, water temperature, age of filter, stir or not, brewing time and probably many others all impact the coffee.
Perhaps the best thing is when I'm away from home staying in a Travelodge, the choice is no longer between a sachet of Nescafe instant or £2 at the nearest Costa. This is light, easy to pack and well worth the effort of taking away.
All in all I'm more than pleased, it's easily lived up to the hype (in my opinion) and after well over 100 cups of coffee, it's already paid for itself. Now all I need is someone to come up with a drying rack for the filter papers and I'll have the perfect coffee 'machine'.
It is fiddly to get used to and I needed to be shown how to use it properly as it kept leaking. To use, I turn it upside down, resting on the plunger. Put a scoop of coffee in, pour in water. Put a filter in the cap and pour hot water through the filter. Then place the cap & filter on top and (this is the important bit) push the plunger slightly to expel any air inside. When I didn't do this step, I would turn the whole thing over and the coffee would just drip through the filter before I even had a chance to press the plunger. If you leave the coffee too long, or push the plunger down too far (crushing the coffee), it gives quite a bitter taste, but otherwise it works like a charm - just needs a little getting used to.
I got this about 6 months ago and it still seems to be working well. However, like I read in another review, it doesn't seem to hold as much water any more as the rubber seal doesn't seem to stay in place until it gets to about the 2 or 3 cup mark. I'm not sure what the cause of this is.
Wer jedoch den schnellen morgentlichen Kaffee will, sollte besser auf eine Kaffeemaschine o.ä. zurückgreifen.
Die Zubereitung mit der Aeropress benötigt doch etwas Zeit.
Für den optimalen Geschmack sollte man die Bohnen selbst, direkt vor der Zubereitung mahlen.
Ich persönlich finde, dass bei richtiger Wahl der Bohnen und idealer Zubereitung, einer der besten Kaffees rauskommt, den man je getrunken hat.
Die mitgelieferten Filter halten wirklich lange. Ich trinke etwa 3-5 Tassen täglich (natürlich nicht nur mit Aeropress), und benutze die Aeropress etwa 7 mal pro Woche im Schnitt. Habe bei meinem Paket 500 Filter mitgeliefert bekommen, da kommt man wirklich lange aus.
Man muss sich nur im Klaren sein, dass das Material irgendwann Abnutzungserscheinungen aufweisen wird und man sich im Falle ein neues Gerät kaufen muss. Bei dem Preis finde ich das aber nicht so schlimm, aber es ist halt Plastik...
Die Aeropress ist recht kompakt, man kann sie durchaus überall hin mitnehmen.
Die Reinigung ist auch sehr einfach, alle Teile sind einfach auseinanderzubauen. Ich reinige sie immer nach jedem Gebrauch sogleich einfach mit Wasser und stecke die Teile dann und wann mal in den Geschirrspüler.
Alles in Allem tolles Preis-Leistungsverhältnis. Nur sollte meiner Meinung nach vor dem Kauf folgendes beachtet werden:
- die Zubereitung benötigt etwas Zeit (eher für Kaffeeliebhaber geeignet) (ca. 5-10min mit Mahlen, Wasser aufkochen und Reinigung)
- die Bohnen sollte man für ein optimales Ergebniss selbst immer direkt vor der Zubereitung mahlen (was der zusätzlichen Anschaffung eines Mahlwerks bedarf)
- pro Zyklus nur eine Tasse möglich (geht auch mehr, geht aber nicht so gut und der Geschmack ist dann auch weniger gut)
- Das Material besitzt ein von der Benützungsfrequenz abhängiges "Ablaufdatum"
- Nicht jede Bohnenart/Marke geeignet, das muss man für sich selbst herausfinden, wie auch den Mahlgrad
- Optimale Zubereitungstechnik muss auch selbst herausgefunden werden
Ist man sich dessen Bewusst und man nimmt dies in Kauf, erwartet einen ein außergewöhnlich gutes Kaffee-Erlebnis. Hoffe ich konnte helfen.
I mainly use a Chemex and have done for years but thought I'd give an Aeropress a go.
Its superbly made, really. As an engineer in another discipline I appreciate the deisgn, its very clever and I have no doubt this thing would last for ever.
I followed the instructions and made a cup. Loved the experience of it. Taste was not what I was expecting. Fast forward three or four days and some trips down various YouTube rabbit holes: there is an AeroPress world championship and an excellent subreddit. There are countless ways of making coffee with this device and I tried about a dozen over the week I had it. There was some difference in taste as I altered grind settings, inverted or non inverted brewing, brewing times, weights (beans and water) temperatures etc.
The best I got to was below what I'd make with the Chemex hungover and in a rush. A shame, I really wanted to like this but it just didn't make good coffee.
As an aside you somtimes see these being sold as being great for camping. I've done a *lot* of camping albeit at the ultralight end of things. This thing would drive me up the wall. It *is* quite light but its bulky, would be fiddly to clean on the trail and its just not worth the extra effort for 'real coffee'
I also wondered how it would be to live with - whilst its ultra reliable there are quite a few bits to it that need washing, perhaps I've got used to the simplicity of a Chemex.