AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker Reviews

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AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

  • Unique coffee/espresso maker uses total immersion and gentle pressure to produce coffee with extraordinarily rich flavor
  • Makes American style coffee or an espresso-style shot perfect for use in lattes or cappuccinos
  • Because of the lower temperature and short brew time, the acid level of the brew is much lower than conventional brewers
  • Micro-filtered coffee so pure and particle-free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate
  • Includes a years’ worth of micro-filters; BPA free

The AeroPress is an entirely new way to make coffee, American style or Espresso style for use in lattes, cappucinos and other espresso based drinks. AeroPress brews simply delicious coffee, 1-4 cups per pressing. Ideal water temperature and faster brewing yields rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. Other brewing processes use near boiling water and long exposure to coffee grounds. Quickly brew a variety of coffee drinks including an Americano or an espresso-style shot for use

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List Price: $ 32.14

Price: $ 23.93

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  • P. A. Cook says:

    Review by P. A. Cook for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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    I did many hours of research into coffee makers before deciding on an Aeropress. I learned that several factors influence the coffee you end up with: the temperature of the water, the way the water mixes with the coffee, and how the coffee is extracted from the grounds. I found it difficult to find knowledgeable reviews of the various coffee machines, so I decided to take control of my coffee preparation. The aeropress allows you to control how hot the water is and how long you let it mix with the coffee.

    The whole coffee making process is explained in the products instructions.

    1. Insert a filter and some coffee into the unit. A coffee scoop and some filters are included with the aeropress, they recommend 1 scoop of coffee per cup.

    2. Heat the right amount of water. Markers are printed on the side of the Aeropress to show the recommended amount of water for between 1 and 4 (the maximum) espresso shots. The manufacturers recommend water between 75 and 80 degrees. I don’t know if this is correct, because I don’t have a thermometer in the kitchen, and in any case, I’m not going to stick a thermometer in water to get it to a precise temperature. I boil water in my kettle and let the water sit for a set time before use. Alternatively, you could microwave the water for a set time. A bit of experimentation and you’ll find how hot you like the water. I agree with Aeropress that boiling hot water extracts unpleasant flavors.

    3. Mix the water with the grounds. The grounds are immersed in water, much like in a french press, but the manufacturers recommend letting the water sit for no more than about 10 seconds. I find that this is about right, but you can experiment and decide for yourself.

    4. Insert the plunger and push the water out of the Aeropress. You press the plunger down so that it extracts the water from the grounds over about 20 seconds. The Aeropress needs to be on a strong and stable container, such as a mug, for this part of the process. Pressing the plunger requires a bit of strength if you are making more than one espresso shot. You’ll need to press down for about 20 seconds.

    5. Drink up, or dilute the espresso shot(s) for American coffee or mix them for cappuccino, or whatever.

    I am very happy with the Aeropress. It makes great tasting coffee. It’s easy to clean and inexpensive. In my opinion the aeropress is superior to french press or manual drip percolator coffee. It is not as convenient as a machine but I’m willing to spend the effort for good coffee.

  • Megan Smith says:

    Review by Megan Smith for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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    As a certified coffee snob, I thought it didn’t get better than french press. Fugetaboudit! The Aeropress renders a sweet, flavorful, impeccable Americano every time that will change your expectations forever. I have a drip coffee machine, a french press and a Krups espresso maker, and they are all officially retired thanks to the Aeropress.

    I can’t say enough about the results, but note that the Aerobie is more time-consuming to use than either french press or drip coffee makers, more comparable to espresso makers. Well worth it, mind you, but NOT as quick and painless as the manufacturer would have you believe. This product makes espresso by forcing air through the grounds using a syringe-type plunger. You must put in a filter, add the grounds, measure out the precise amount of water, add water and stir. You then have to place the Aeropress on top of a cup to use it, exert a pretty good amount of force, and then, if you’re making two or more cups, divy the espresso up into other containers and add water or milk, if you want. So far I haven’t done it, but I think it would be really easy to push too hard, flip over the cup, and spray espresso everywhere.

    Still, greatest coffee ever, no competition. If you want the best, you gotta put in the time.

  • T. G. Bishop says:

    Review by T. G. Bishop for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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    Wow! Best cup of coffee I ever had. And so simple! The design is brilliant. I’m impressed with the quality of construction, ease of use, ease of cleanup, and the great taste. This is the end of all other methods of coffee production.

    I fill the plunger to the appropriate mark with hot tap water and place it in the microwave for 20 seconds (the experimentally determined time to reach 175). While the water is heating I place a filter sheet in the cap, place it on the chamber, and add 1 scoop of coffee. With the chamber on top of my cup, I add the now hot water, stir, and press. Cleanup consists of ejecting the used coffee into the composting pot and rinsing the end of the plunger. Then I’m ready to enjoy a perfect cup of coffee.

  • C. Young says:

    Review by C. Young for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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    As others have said, the Aeropress makes great coffee and espresso. The Aeropress lacks the style and design of the $3,000 automated Italian machines. In fact, it looks a lot like a bong or a chemistry set. It operates like no other coffee maker you have seen before. Who would have thought someone could come up with a new way to make coffee?

    The Aeropress is a completely manual system, which explains its low price. You espress the coffee manually by pressing on a plastic pipe that sends hot water through the coffee grounds, sort of like an upside down french press. It is very easy to use, and could easily be packed for travel.

    Pros:

    Cheap

    Great coffee

    Great espresso

    Takes up very little space

    No electronics to break

    No high-dollar bean mill required. A regular blade grinder will do.

    Right water temperature produces coffee with very low acid.

    Cons:

    You will go through a lot of beans because the coffee tastes so good

    It takes practice to make crema

    You need an instant-read thermometer to heat the water to 165 to 175 degrees

    You will have to heat and steam milk manually if you like milk-based espresso drinks

    No cool-looking Gaggia or Saeco espresso machine sitting in your kitchen

    No excuse to upgrade your blade grinder to a mill

  • M. L. Firm says:

    Review by M. L. Firm for AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
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    For reasons beyond the scope of this review, the Aeropress does not make espresso. However, it does make incredible coffee with ease.

    The Aeropress’ inability to make espresso is also the reason that it makes exceptionally good coffee: The oils and acids in coffee are trapped in the grounds that remain in the bottom of the Aeropress, instead of your cup. As a result, the Aeropress produces very low acid coffee that is smooth, clean and easy to drink black.

    The Aeropress makes coffee that is roughly four times the strength of an automatic drip machine, so it is perfect for making iced coffee and iced mochas. Because of the increased concentration, I brew directly into a tall glass containing cocoa powder and Equal. Brew into glass, stir, fill with ice and milk, stir again, drink. The concentration of the Aeropress coffee offsets the dilution from the ice, and allows you to have a fresh-brewed iced mocha, instead of making one with stale, cold coffee. Beware, once you make fresh coffee mochas, you will never be able to go back.

    For best results, buy good coffee beans and grind them immediately before brewing. If (with freshly ground, high quality coffee beans) your Aeropress coffee tastes flat, increase the temperature of the water to 190 F, and be sure to use good tasting water. If your Aeropress coffee tastes bitter, you are brewing it too long and the coffee is getting over-extracted. If the brewed coffee is too strong (Dad), simply dilute it per the included instructions.

    The Aeropress makes great coffee, is fast and easy to use, is easy to clean and is made in the United States. On top of all that, it is a great value. I cannot recommend the Aeropress more highly – but it still doesn’t make espresso.

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