Aerobie AeroPress - The World's Favourite Coffee Maker:
Ask just about coffee lover and they'll sing you the praises of the mighty AeroPress. Read on as we review it for you below!
What you'll find here:
- A bit of background info on the AeroPress and how it came to be.
- The many reasons why I recommend and use it daily
- Where you should look to buy it for the best pricing and service.
- The best way to use it, including the winning recipes from a number of AeroPress World Champions (yep, there's an AeroPress World Championship!)
AeroPress Coffee Maker REVIEW BY DARCY - BIRCHER BAR FOUNDER & OWNER:
The AeroPress is widely regarded as one of the best manual coffee makers on the planet and has been my number one pick for many years now. I've travelled with it all over the place and it's made far superior coffee than any of the $1000 + benchtop espresso machines I've come across. If you've got access to hot water & ground coffee, you'll always have a great coffee on hand!
In my opinion due to the pressure created in the chamber, Aeropress coffee is closer to espresso than filter coffee, typically producing a richer, more full-bodied flavour than a batch brew, pour-over or traditional French Press.
It is versatile and pretty forgiving when it comes to grind size and coffee styles (black coffee vs milk coffee), but there are definitely a few simple recipes and 'best practices' that help produce consistently great coffee (read recipes below).
It's the easiest to clean and most portable coffee maker I've found, packing down to less than 500g including the paddle, scoop, funnel and filters. In all my experimenting my favourite coffee to use is Byron Bay Coffee Company's Organic Espresso Blend, ground in the Porlex Hand Grinder - again, both easy to travel with too.
- Consistently makes top quality espresso-style coffee
- Super portable and easy to clean - packs down small and light, perfect for camping, hiking and travelling
- One of the best 'bang for your buck' coffee makers available - very affordable
- The paper filters can be a bit messy and impart some flavour to the coffee as well - I'd always recommend getting an Able Disk to go with it
- I always prefer to avoid mixing hot water and plastic - would love to see an insulated metal AeroPress one day!
Where Can I Buy It?:
Hit the big blue button at the top of this page to check the best pricing and customer service we've found. The pricing can change quite quickly on them so we keep this link as up-to-date as possible.
If you prefer to purchase in-store too, a number of cafes and specialty coffee suppliers often stock them as well.
What is the AeroPress?:
Invented in 2005 by Aerobie company president Alan Adler, the AeroPress is a small handheld 'total immersion' coffee maker with the ability to make coffee from filter brew strength, through to espresso. It consists of two 'nesting cylinders' - one with a flexible rubber airtight seal that fits inside the second chamber in a similar way to a syringe.
The Aerobie AeroPress has fast become a brewing device known worldwide for producing outstanding coffee with simplicity in mind, in fact, it's become so iconic that there has been a documentary made about it!
As a total immersion coffee maker - it offers a consistent and easy way to brew coffee with lower acidity and without bitterness every time. The lightweight, simple-to-use and easy-to-clean design have made this everyday coffee maker known for its use while travelling - ensuring you always have a delicious brew wherever you are.
Take it camping, boating, hiking or backpacking and the AeroPress is in its element - while still remaining the perfect option for home or office use as well.
How to Use the AeroPress (& Recipes):
The popularity of the AeroPress has exploded in recent years and as such, there are now tonnes of great AeroPress brew guides and recipes available, many of which have been formulated by world-class baristas at the World AeroPress Championships!
Experimenting with your own coffee, grind type, steep times and methods can be half of the fun, but to get you started we've listed 3 awesome recipes for you below - :
1.) The original AeroPress recipe
As the inventor and mastermind behind this brilliant gadget, this one's definitely worth a watch. Alan suggests a very simple and easy to follow method - hit play below and let him quickly walk you through it.
2.) The 2017 WAC's winning recipe from Paulina Miczka
The 2017 champion Paulina Miczka walks you through her winning recipe below!
Here's the breakdown:
Grind: [fine] 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 [coarse]
Water: 370g @ 84°C
Put 35g of ground coffee into your AeroPress
From 0:00 to 0:15, add 150g of water
From 0:15 to 0:35, stir and keep stirring
At 0:35, put filter cap (with pre-wet filter) in place
At 1:05, flip the AeroPress and start pressing
At 1:35, stop pressing. You should have now 90ml of the concentrated brew (4.5%TDS)
Add 160g - 200g of hot water and enjoy!
Total brew time - 1:35
3.) The 2015 WAC's winning recipe from Lukas Zahradnik
Lukas quickly steps you through the recipe that got him the crown in 2015.
Here's the breakdown:
Water: 230g @ 79°C
- Grind coffee at "7.3" on a Malkoenig EK43
- Heat water to 79°C
- Add 60g of water
- Turbulent wiggle for 15 seconds
- Allow 30 seconds of bloom
- Add the rest of the water in 10 seconds
- Press down for 45 seconds
Total brew time - 1:35
If you'd love to try out a few more recipes, check out this ultimate guide to the AeroPress by Asser at Coffee Chronicler!
What it Includes:
- 1x Chamber
- 1x Plunger
- 1x Filter Cap
- 1x Paddle
- 1x Scoop
- 1 x 350 Micro Filters for AeroPress or the equivalent of a years supply
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