What is an Aeropress Espresso Press?
Lower your cholesterol and keep your gut happy with lower acidity all while drinking great coffee on the go!
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]S[/su_dropcap]ometimes a product comes onto the market that changes everything, especially when it’s unique to the manufacturer. Not a lot has changed in the coffee world for a while with the exception of bean-to-cup coffee machines becoming more common in domestic settings, so the arrival of the Aeropress is definitely something to raise an eyebrow at.
But what is this strange and mystical machine exactly? And does it make good coffee? Can it even make an espresso?
Aeropress by Aerobie Coffee Maker
Aeropress is made by Aerobie Coffee Maker, a company founded by Stanford lecturer Alan Adler. An engineer by trade, Adler is really an inventor and the Aeropress is his first foray into coffee technology.
The Aeropress is a French coffee style way of making a brew but benefits from having a much shorter brew time and no escaped granules in your cup. With a brew time of under a minute in total, you can go from no coffee to perfect coffee in just a couple of minutes.
The Aeropress comes with 8 pieces but it’s not as complicated as it looks. Actually, the operation is incredibly simple. Check out the video below.
Benefits of the Aeropress
- Rapid Brewing: After adding the coffee and stirring for around 10 seconds, you simply plunge the coffee down slowly over about 20 to 60 seconds and there, you have your brew! Compared to a French Press where you’ll be waiting for several minutes, this is fast coffee at its finest.
- Zero Granules: No coffee grains can find their way through the paper filter, unlike the metal filters of the French Press, which let a varying amount through.
- Highly Portable: Carrying a French Press around is highly impractical and when you’re on holiday or just going for a weekend camping trip, an Aeropress is small and easy to store. Aeropresses are also made out of Polypropylene, which makes them hardwearing and nowhere near as breakable as the glass French Presses. You can even buy your Aeropress with its own tote bag, perfect for camping and adventures holidays. Get the tote bag inclusive version here.
- Fast Clean-Up: As you plunge the Aeropress, the inside cleans itself thanks to the close-fitting nature of the plunger. All you need to do is throw away the coffee grounds, rinse the rubber seal and change the paper filter! Aerobie recommend that you do this immediately after making the coffee as it limits compression time on the rubber seal and increases longevity.
- Reusable Filters: Hate the idea of throwing away a paper filter after every brew? It’s perfectly fine to rinse your filter and reuse it. No more guilt!
- Still Guilty?: No problem. You can now buy a high quality stainless steel filter for your Aeropress that’s endlessly reusable. Get the Stainless Steel Filter Version here..
- Low Acidity: Amazingly, thanks to the brewing method, Aeropress coffee actually has just a 9th of the acidity of a French Press coffee.
Does the Aeropress make Espresso?
Once you’ve got the hang of using an Aeropress, it becomes like second nature and you can enjoy your rapid brew coffees within minutes of starting the process. Aeropress is definitely best as an espresso maker, although technically it doesn’t make espresso. Confused?
Espresso is a pretty technical thing, it’s a certain amount of water forced at high pressure through densely compacted coffee grounds. Because of the high pressure, a crema is also produced. Espresso is typically made with around 9 bars of pressure, a pressure the Aeropress cannot possible achieve. However, can you taste the difference between Aeropress espresso and ‘real’ espresso? Nope. Not really.
For this reason, Aerobie call the Aeropress an espresso maker because, when it comes down to the drink you’re making, it is an espresso. Furthermore, the Aeropress is only designed to make an espresso. Want a longer coffee? No problem, add hot water to the espresso you just pressed.
Why can’t I just press more water through the coffee grounds?
Water travelling through coffee grounds picks up flavour but also bitterness. With an Aeropress espresso, the coffee comes out perfectly but any more water than specified and it begins to taste bitter. That’s why you should add your further hot water to the espresso in your cup, not plunge it through the Aeropress.
How can I make other drinks like Lattes and Cappuccinos?
With ease. These drinks simply need hot or frothed milk added to the espresso. Get yourself a nice milk frother and you can make any coffee drink you want – the Aeropress provides you with a smooth, low-acid espresso that’s the perfect base for any coffee beverage.
Are there any health benefits of Aeropress?
The chemicals that raise cholesterol are found in coffee, however, paper filters remove virtually all of these, making the Aeropress a no-brainer for those who want to keep an eye on their cholesterol levels. The Aeropress method also has the same amount of caffeine as regular brewed coffee but it has considerably lower acidity, making it much easier on the digestive system.
How do I make the best possible Aeropress brew?
Unlike most coffee brewing methods, there is only one creator of Aeropress and they’ve created a great instruction manual that’s simple and easy to use. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can start creating any coffee you like with the Aeropress, including iced coffees.
Fundamentally though, here are the two main ways to create a perfect Aeropress espresso.
Water temperature: Aeropress’ inventor, Aerobie, state that the ideal water temperature to use in the Aeropress is 80°C and I would definitely uphold that. Get hold of a water thermometer and make sure you hit that temperature every time, it really does make for a delicious, smooth coffee.
Ground size: Freshly ground coffee is always better than pre-ground coffee and hopefully you’ve got yourself a great coffee bean grinder so you can grind the right amount of beans. (check out our coffee bean grinder reviews here) The Aeropress works best with espresso grind or ‘fine’ grind as this makes for a truly rich and yummy coffee. A good quality grinder will deliver the best results as it will create a uniform size of grind and allow the Aeropress to plunge more easily.
Is it better than French Press or Espresso Machine coffee?
The Aeropress is great for those who want high quality espresso without a single escaped coffee ground or for those who want coffee on the move, while travelling or camping for instance. I would say that Aeropress coffee doesn’t really taste any better than high quality French Press or Espresso Machine coffee, but it is very easy to use and clean; not to mention it’s a bargain!
For those with sensitive stomachs, the Aeropress could be your saving grace though, as you’ll get beautifully smooth coffee but with a 5th of the acidity of drip coffee and just a 9th of the acidity of French Press coffee. This alone is why many people are turning to the Aeropress.
As always, the quality of the coffee beans and grind will determine how good your coffee tastes. Use good ingredients and you’ll get good coffee.
I want to buy an Aeropress!
Buying an Aeropress is super simple but you have a couple of choices to make. While the original Aeropress only came with paper filters, you can now buy it with a reusable ultra fine stainless steel filter. This is a benefit because it’s far better for the environment than paper and you’ll never need to replace it.
The one downside? It lets those cholesterol-increasing chemicals through. For most people with a healthy diet and a moderate coffee consumption, the tiny amount of these chemicals isn’t a problem and a stainless steel filter will be better. If you’re really concerned though, you can still buy the paper filters with your Aeropress.
Aeropress with 350 Paper Filters
Aeropress with Reusable Stainless Steel FilterAerobie Aeropress Coffee Maker with Ultra Fine Stainless Steel Reusable Coffee Filter
Aeropress with Tote Carry BagAerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker with Tote Storage Bag
See the Complete Aeropress Instruction manual: http://www.aerobie.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/AeroPress-Instr-English-Rev.-D2.pdf
Aeropress FAQs: http://www.aerobie.com/aeropress/faqs/
And Finally, here’s a Hilarious hipster Aeropress tutorial!
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