The Aerobie Aeropress was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, a mechanical engineer and retired Stanford University professor.
Adler is also the man behind the famous Aerobie Flying Ring (a frisbee-like toy).
The Aeropress has garnered a cult following among coffee enthusiasts for its simplicity and versatility.
Every year, coffee enthusiasts from all over the world gather to compete in the Aeropress World Championship. The rules are simple: each competitor must use an Aeropress coffee maker to brew a single cup of coffee. But the challenge lies in the fact that each competitor must use their own unique recipe, meaning that the competition is as much about creativity as it is about coffee-making skills.
In recent years, the competition has become increasingly competitive, with many of the world’s best baristas vying for the title.
WHO SHOULD CONSIDER THE AEROPRESS?
One of the Aeropress’ main strengths is its compact size. It’s small and lightweight enough that you can easily fit it into your regular backpack and bring it to work or on a trip.
However, the small size also means that the Aeropress is somewhat limited in its capacity. If you are just brewing for one or maybe even two persons that’s no problem.
If you have to brew coffee for your family or a larger group you better look for something with a larger capacity.
The Aeropress is made out of PBA-free plastic material. Over the years the material has been slightly altered with each new iteration. The latest model has been a cloudish, greyish semi-transparent material, which not only looks great but also has proven to be very resistant to wear and tear.
The plunger part itself has a silicone seal, which is removable. That means you can easily clean all parts.
Even though the device is all plastic and rubber it’s extremely sturdy.
The silicone seal is put under some stress and can get a bit grubby and oily after heavy use, but it’s very affordable to buy a new one from Aerobie, if you think that’s necessary.
I have never heard of anyone breaking any parts of the device. However, if you for instance loose the cap, you can also get a spare one.
The older models were a bit more prone to scratches, but the new and slightly improved design and material has put an end to that
As mentioned in the section above the brewer is extremely sturdy. But let’s dwell a bit more on the design and some its features. The little coffee maker is capable of brewing in two different ways: Inverted and normal.
First, you rinse a paper filter, insert in the plastic disk.
Then you prepare the device and add ground coffee, followed by an exact measured dose of water.
After that, you plunge.
Voila: You have coffee! Of course, there’s a lot more to making a great cup of joe than that, but you get the basic principle.
The design not only is revolutionary and innovative at the same time, but it’s also quite practical in many ways: The brewer is basically cleaning itself while it’s brewing.
EASE OF USE
The brewer is very easy to use, but there is a learning curve. Of course, you can just start using the typical ‘beginner’ recipes, you’d find online, but at the same time, there are millions of small tweaks you can apply as you go along.
In that sense, the brewer is a great source of fun. It’s easy to get started, but the options are limitless as your proficiency as an Aero-barista grows.
One thing I want to emphasize though is that there are a few techniques and best practices that you should definitely apply in your brewing, which will help you make great coffee a lot faster. It’s easy to make good coffee with the Aeropress… however, making truly heavenly coffee is another matter entirely. That is unless you check out our ‘secret’ tricks to getting the most out of the Aeropress.
This is an Aeropress review only though, so more about that in my other post here.
As mentioned before there are a million of different ways to brew, which all have their own impact on taste. However, in general, it’s a device that has more in common with the pour over method rather than espresso or the French press.
This comes down to using a paper filter. A paper filter blocks out many of the coffee oils from entering the final cup. A lot of people actually like this, because it enhances the more subtle coffee flavors. However, some more hardcore coffee drinkers will actually prefer a stronger and more ‘oily’ coffee. If you are one of those persons, you probably already know it.
You can consider investing in an extra metal filter disk and use it in lieu of the paper filters. It’s quite cheap and totally alters the capabilities of the coffee maker. There are quite a few different metal disk filters out there, but essentially they do the same.
Bonus Info💡: There is also a special paper filter called the Aesir filter, which IMO is a must-have when using the AeroPress. It elevates the coffee to an even higher level
Back in the days the Aeropress was ‘marketed’ as a bit of an alternative to espresso – hence the name. However most people today agree that its primary strength lies in more traditional ‘black coffee’.
That being said the Aeropress is an extremely versatile brewer that can do just about anything. Even stuff like cold drip and cold brew can be made with the Aeropress.
So what’s the verdict on the Aeropress?
Well, it’s a coffee classic for a good reason! It’s a well-designed coffee maker that is simple to use and produces a good cup of coffee.
The main downside is that it can be a bit tricky to find the right technique and recipe with so many options out there. It’s a bit overwhelming.
However, whether you’re looking for an easy way to make a great cup of coffee (or a new hobby!), I think the Aeropress is worth trying.
The AeroPress is a lot more versatile than the French press. You can brew all kinds of coffee with it due to its unusual design. Is it also better? As a coffee professional, I will have to say “yes”. The design of the contraption lets you have a lot more control over the brewing process, but this is also the reason that it can be difficult to use properly.
Is the AeroPress really that good?
Both yes and no. In general, it’s not that easy to make a truly magnificent cup of coffee with this device. The kind of cup that rivals the best of pour overs is hard to achieve. However, when you become an advanced AeroBarista, you can make some outstanding cups.
Is the plastic safe?
Yes, it’s made with polyprobylene, which is considered safe and PBA-free.
Is AeroPress good for espresso?
It can make some strong and concentrated shots that will satisfy many people, however, it cannot make genuine espresso. The pressure is not anywhere near 9 bars. You can invest in the special Prismo cap if you want to make something a bit more like espresso.
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