Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Cookware >
Apr 13, 2007 01:24 PM

Finally a decent cup of coffee at home

Thanks to the poster who recommended the Aeropress- I just got one and have been having the best coffee of my life! After buying a drip machine and a french press, I had almost given up on having a decent cup of coffee at home, and for only 30$ this thing is a steal!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. That's great to hear! Have you been using any particular type(s) of coffee beans? Experimenting yet? I would guess that just about anything you cold-brew would be more agreeable in general, but wonder how the flavors are.

    5 Replies
    1. re: bulavinaka

      So far I went to Whole Foods and spent a buck for a bag of their extra dark french roast- it tastes like wine in the Aeropress- many flavors and notes, never experienced coffee like that before. I figure I'll work my way through the whole foods supply and then try other varieties at groundworks and others mentioned on the coffee thread- i like buying small quantities, trying them for a few days or a week, then trying another- I like to experiment!

      What does cold-brew mean?

      1. re: Iateitup

        My bad - I thought you were the OP asking about extracting coffee by cold-brewing. The method vastly reduces the amount acids that often cause stomach upset. The brewer you have is excellent - just not the one I was thinking of... But still glad you mentioned it and also to hear you are getting the nuances that never were revealed before. Thanks, and sorry again for confusing your post!

        1. re: Iateitup

          With an extra dark French Roast, almost all the "flavors and notes" you'd be tasting relate to the carbon on the bean, not the bean itself. Why not try a ligher roast of a better (and fresher) coffee? Then you'd really be impressed by what you can taste in the Aerobie.

          Btw, some folks are working on metal screens (e.g. Swiss Gold-type filters) to replace the paper ones, which tend (like all paper) to trap some of the goodness one would want in their cup.

          1. re: Panini Guy

            Cool about the metal screens, I actually emailed the company about reusable screens but they said there weren't any. I am definitely going to experiemtn with many different varieties, although I tend to like dark ones.

            1. re: Iateitup

              McMaster-Carr sells .002" plastic mesh for $20 for a 1x4' sheet. And
              plenty of other sizes. Search for "wire mesh" here
              Probably a ton of other filtration options buried in there too.

      2. I got the Aeropress 3 months ago and haven't drunk a coffee made any other way since. The coffee is just amazingly smooth, the set up, pour and clean up very easy. I've been using a variety of organic coffee beans, mostly dark roast (mostly $12 a pound) ground fine (but not extra fine) espresso. Short of a personal barista and an expensive Italian machine I don't think you can get a better cup of coffee.


        5 Replies
        1. re: markdefrates

          Thanks for the tip...I just ordered one on line....I am looking forward to using it....hey for 30 bucks, what can you loose...especially since right now I am using one of those pod machines...and not happy with the coffee.....but truthfully still better than the insipid brew at Starsucks!!

          1. re: markdefrates

            I think these are going to be the next wave for home coffee brewing - it's simple, easy to clean, and makes a great cup. I think the process of a brief but compressive extraction from the beans is brilliant. Like tea, if the coffee grounds are allowed to sit in hot water for longer than necessary, the leaching of acids and tannins begins. I currently use a Chemex which I've relied on for 12 years, but it may be time to put that puppy on display and go for one of these as well...

            1. re: bulavinaka

              Hi bulavinaka,

              we always post on eachothers threads- I could kiss you! Don't forget they're also cheap, at 30$ a pop. I researched the Chemex before buying the Aeropress but I read something online about how the chemex filters should be presoaked (ideally) and it seemed like the aeropress was just easier so I got that and am happy.

              1. re: Iateitup

                Hey Iateitup - my face is flush like a ripe peach in summer! The price of this Aeropress is unreal, especially when you consider that alot of serious coffee drinkers would pay a king's ransom for anything that would create the ultimate cup. To be honest I've never read up much on the Chemex - I don't know anyone else who owns one and you're the first that I've heard about the presoaking but it sounds like it's worth a try - you've obviously done your research. The extra step of presoaking would definitely sway me toward the Aero even without trying either... I don't have many filters left so it's just more of an incentive to retire the Chemex. From what I understand, the Chemex was invented by a lady - I think from Europe - back in the 50s, thus the mid-century modern feel to it. For an era that was dominated by males, this was quite a feat.

                Thanks to your brief but alluring post, I'm ordering one today as well... can't wait to try it! Happy sipping...

          2. If anyone wants to research this nifty little coffee maker, there is a 1000+ post thread on coffeegeek with many of the posts comming directly from the inventer of the Aeropress.


            1 Reply
            1. re: chipman

              Wow, invented by the same guy who invented the aerobie. What a life, inventing
              better frisbees and coffee makers. I'm perfectly happy with my stovetop "espresso"
              thing, but I may have to get one of these things just for the nerd value!