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It's official - i'm in love...with my new Aeropress!

goodhealthgourmet Dec 11, 2009 09:17 AM

i have to thank my fellow Chowhounds for recommending this little gadget. i spotted it at Sur La Table last night, and since i've been hating the coffee that my Krups produces, i decided to pick one up. i just used it this morning, and i'm truly amazed. this thing produced, hands-down, the *BEST* cup of coffee i've ever brewed at home. granted, it might not be the most efficient setup if you have a house full of guests, but for one or two people, it's ideal. hardly anything to clean up, and it's so small you can stash it in a cabinet or drawer and save the precious counter space a larger, much more expensive machine usually requires. it's genius!

just had to share :)

  1. Joe Blowe Dec 11, 2009 11:20 AM

    Welcome to the club! Don't forget to check out the Mother Of All AeroPress Threads:


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    1. re: Joe Blowe
      goodhealthgourmet Dec 11, 2009 02:16 PM

      holy schnikes that's a mammoth thread! thanks for sharing - i'll have to read through it one of these days when i have a few hours free ;)

      1. re: Joe Blowe
        Ron_L Dec 14, 2009 10:48 AM

        There is also a ton of information on the Aeropress here...


        Scott is Rasqual on Coffeegeek and has put more time into getting the best coffee out of the Aeropress than anyone that I know (even maybe more than the inventor :) ).

        I love my Aeropress. It is my travel coffeemaker (along with a brass hand grinder and an electric kettle).

        1. re: Ron_L
          can_i_try_some Dec 15, 2009 01:36 PM

          Okay - thanks for this link. His idea of inverting the Aeropress is genius!

          I was disappointed in a batch of beans I had bought from a well respected local roaster (Phil & Sebastian in Calgary - you gotta try them!). I loved the coffee when I tried it from their Clover. Usually I can produce similar results, with some trial and error, on my Aeropress, but this coffee would always come out flat, no matter what I tried.

          Then I tried the upside-down brewing method as outlined in your link - big difference. The inverted brew was a lot brighter and nuanced, thanks to more of the oils making it through the drip instead of being caught up in the grinds.

          I'm never going back to the conventional method.

          For the coffee lovers out there - do yourself a favour and pick one up. It's well worth it.

      2. Vetter Dec 11, 2009 08:07 PM

        Hi GHG! Hey, would it be tidy enough to use in my office, where I just have a blade grinder and a bar sink? I'm wondering if it's more mess than a Melitta or a French press, or less....?

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        1. re: Vetter
          goodhealthgourmet Dec 11, 2009 08:15 PM

          absolutely. it's neater than a french press, and seriously makes better coffee. as long as you also have access to hot water - which you obviously do if you're already using a french press - you're good to go.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            scubadoo97 Dec 14, 2009 04:27 PM

            It's not so bad mess wise. We travel with fresh beans when staying in hotels and the AP has worked well when they have those crappy pod water heater "coffee machines" in the room. I just push the puck into the garbage can and rinse the AP in the sink. Not very messy at all. A FP would be much worse to deal with.

            1. re: scubadoo97
              Jane917 Dec 14, 2009 04:40 PM

              Just don't do what most of us have done once......remember to put the AP over the cup before you start pushing! :)

              1. re: Jane917
                scubadoo97 Dec 15, 2009 04:32 AM

                Thanks for the tip.

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          dmd_kc Dec 12, 2009 12:36 PM

          OK, you've finally convinced me to put one on my Christmas list. I've been resisting because it's almost comical how many coffee-preparation devices I own: drip pot (good, not great coffee, but so easy), French press (pain to clean, but good coffee), vacuum pot (huge pain to clean and so fragile that I'm afraid to use it, but great coffee), moka pot (ick), even a spendy Gaggia pump espresso maker (can make fine espresso, after pulling many crappy ones getting things adjusted right -- I haven't even plugged it in for years).

          At least the Aeropress small and easy to store.

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          1. re: dmd_kc
            goodhealthgourmet Dec 12, 2009 02:57 PM

            you won't be sorry. two uses and my drip maker has already been relegated to the back of the closet in the guest room :)

          2. yayadave Dec 12, 2009 08:26 PM

            Wait 'till you try an Abid.

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            1. re: yayadave
              Joe Blowe Dec 12, 2009 09:56 PM

              Why would anyone try that when there's AeroPress??! That's nothing but a delayed-action drip cone; something that is easily achieved (because I used to do it) by brewing your coffee in a Pyrex measuring cup, for whatever length of time, and then pouring it through a Melitta filter cone. Been there, done that.

              AeroPress rocks ALL OVER THIS, without a doubt...

              1. re: Joe Blowe
                chipman Dec 12, 2009 11:26 PM

                "AeroPress rocks ALL OVER THIS, without a doubt.."

                And you've never even tried the Abid? Yes the Areopress is a really good little coffee maker, but if you check the various threads on CG, you will see the Abid gets very high marks for an individual brewer as well.

                1. re: chipman
                  Joe Blowe Dec 13, 2009 07:55 AM

                  It may get good reviews, but I fail to see how the end product would be any different from the method I outlined above:

                  • Mix your coffee and hot water in a Pyrex measuring cup or similar, cover or not
                  • Brew/stir to your own specifications
                  • Pour the brew through a (pre-moistened or not) filter-lined cone (or SwissGold, et al)

                  This is how I used to make my coffee for umpteen years, and I have a strong hunch the Abid is NO different.

                  The Abid may eliminate the additional mixing vessel, but it's hardly revolutionary. If you could explain any differences, I'd appreciate it.

                  1. re: Joe Blowe
                    chipman Dec 13, 2009 10:42 AM

                    It's probably not much different than what you have done in the past. However, it is only $13.00. A better comparison would be to the simple pour over method which does not allow for a proper brewing time.

                    1. re: chipman
                      Joe Blowe Dec 13, 2009 11:22 AM

                      "A better comparison would be to the simple pour over method which does not allow for a proper brewing time."

                      I'll agree with you on that. But, IMO, the Abid (I'm guessing) and my old method for pourover do not compare to the AP. The final products have different mouthfeel, textures, nuances, etc.

                      As far as the 13 bucks is concerned, yes it's cheap and anyone about to purchase their *first* filter cone should probably consider the Abid.   BUT, if somebody already has a cone then I feel you can do without the Abid, and just follow my method above.

                      1. re: Joe Blowe
                        Vetter Dec 14, 2009 08:32 PM

                        I have an Abid (CCD, as the Sweet Maria's folks call it) and I love the simplicity. It's one dirty dish instead of 2 or 3. And it's dead simple to use. Less slopping around of hot liquid than your decidedly similar process. Some of us can't be trusted to move hot water twice in one morning before we drink our coffee.

            2. enbell Dec 12, 2009 09:24 PM

              I am getting my brother a french press for Christmas. In searching the boards for brand reccomendations I stumbled onto this thread - awesome! Where did you purchase yours? Should I just order it online?

              Edit: nevermind

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              1. re: enbell
                goodhealthgourmet Dec 12, 2009 09:51 PM

                enbell, yes, i would have directed you to that link :)

                i actually got mine at Sur La Table because i was there returning something else and spotted it on a display table, but Amazon [as usual] has a better price:

                also, i feel compelled to tell you, since you're giving it as a gift, that a french press is definitely prettier to look at...but after one sip of the coffee this thing produces, you forget how ugly it is :)

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                  enbell Dec 12, 2009 10:42 PM

                  My brother is the type of person who will appreciate the contents of the cup over the aestetics of the device thank goodness :) Thank you for the amazon link;)

                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    enbell Dec 14, 2009 05:47 PM

                    Okay, I just ordered it, along with a set of filters for good measure :)

                    1. re: enbell
                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 14, 2009 07:02 PM

                      great! i'm sure he'll love it :)

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        enbell Dec 29, 2009 05:53 PM

                        He, like you are, is in love! Thank you again for the great tip!

                        1. re: enbell
                          goodhealthgourmet Dec 30, 2009 03:01 PM

                          that's terrific! i'm so happy he's enjoying it.

                2. monku Dec 12, 2009 10:51 PM

                  Got one from Amazon for less than $30 and got free shipping. The inventor of the Aeropress asys you can use a paper filter up to 22 times.

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                    E_M Dec 15, 2009 01:00 AM

                    I'm sold. Have you used it for espresso and what do you recommend for steamed/froth milk?

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                    1. re: E_M
                      chipman Dec 15, 2009 03:24 AM

                      The Aeropress makes a good strong cup of coffee, but it is not espresso.

                      1. re: E_M
                        goodhealthgourmet Dec 15, 2009 09:33 AM

                        i don't do the milk thing, so i can't give you a recommendation for that - perhaps search the board for discussions?

                        as far as the Aeropress, it produces a killer cup of coffee, but it's technically not espresso, and you won't get that nice crema on top. you will, however, get the smoothest coffee you've ever brewed at home.

                      2. monku Dec 15, 2009 05:56 AM

                        Some say comparable to the coffee from the $11,000 Clover machine. Only difference in brewing is the Clover is vacuum and AeroPress is pressure.

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                        1. re: monku
                          chipman Dec 15, 2009 04:19 PM

                          The big advantage the Clover has, (or had before Starbucks stole it) is the user can take different beans and create a brewing profile that will bring out the best in a micro-roasted bean. It is also very possible to brew a crappy cup as Starbucks prove everyday..

                          1. re: chipman
                            monku Dec 15, 2009 06:19 PM

                            You can do the same with the AeroPress.

                            1. re: monku
                              chipman Dec 16, 2009 01:41 AM

                              You miss my point. The Clover's 11,000 price tag had to do with making quality coffee in a commercial setting. The same can be said of $500. espresso machines turning out quality espresso as good as a 15,000 Synesso, only in a home setting. It is all about speed and consistency.

                              As for Aeropress's ability to do the same? I disagree. AeroPress really is a marginal brewing devise that needs a larger than usual amount of coffee brewed at a lower temperature to produce an acceptable cup.

                              It's real strength is to use as a travel type brewer. One that is easily packed and taken when out of the home, or away from your regular coffee making setting. In this regard I find a simple pour over, or the Abid to be far superior.

                              1. re: chipman
                                chipman Dec 19, 2009 04:15 PM

                                For those who like press coffee, A slightly different method which might be worth trying.


                        2. Aromatherapy Dec 15, 2009 12:24 PM

                          I'm going to chime in to say that if, like me, you've spent years waffling about ordering one--DO IT. I can't believe it took me so long. So easy, such good results.

                          1. free sample addict aka Tracy L Apr 10, 2010 05:31 PM

                            I read a lot of the threads and "had" to have one. It came last Tuesday and I love it!! I tried it iced this morning, it was perfect, nice and strong and didn't dilute too much with the ice. Thanks for your post I would have never known about it without your feedback.

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                            1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L
                              goodhealthgourmet Apr 10, 2010 05:39 PM

                              hooray! welcome to the club :)

                            2. CindyJ May 6, 2010 03:41 PM

                              I ordered one because I was intrigued by what I'd been reading about them. It just arrived, and I'd like to try it out tomorrow, but I'm feeling overwhelmed by how much online reading I feel compelled to do before I even set it up. Is there a "Cliffs Notes version" of a primer that I can use to start me off?

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                              1. re: CindyJ
                                monku May 6, 2010 07:13 PM

                                Just follow the simple instructions and you'll be a believer.

                                1. re: CindyJ
                                  cheesemaestro May 7, 2010 06:22 AM

                                  There are lots of videos on YouTube that demonstrate how to use it. Just type "AeroPress" in the search box.

                                2. CindyJ May 13, 2010 02:20 PM

                                  I've been dealing with the learning curve for my new Aeropress, and I haven't gotten it right yet. The first time I tried it, the coffee was very weak, and I attributed that to the grind I used. For Attempt #2 I used the finest grind on my coffee grinder (an old but still well-functioning Jericho). The result was better than the first, but still weaker than I like. On the next try I decided to increase the amount of coffee to 3 scoops with the finest grind. It was okay, but not great. Yesterday, while I was out and about, I decided to stop by my local coffee roaster and buy a small amount of espresso-ground coffee. I tried that in the Aeropress this morning and ran into an unanticipated problem: I could NOT press the plunger down. Could it be that the coffee was simply too finely ground? I never considered that that would be a problem since it's supposedly used for espresso.

                                  I had high hopes for this little gizmo, but I'm getting discouraged. What kind of a roast should I get (medium? dark? espresso?)? How can I tell if I've ground the coffee properly? Am I using too much water to fill my cup after the pressing (I've been using a 12-ounce cup)? Does anyone have any advice for me?

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                                  1. re: CindyJ
                                    goodhealthgourmet May 13, 2010 04:03 PM

                                    "Could it be that the coffee was simply too finely ground?"
                                    absolutely - in fact, it may not say it in the packaging literature, but i KNOW i read something on the Aeropress site that cautioned against using too fine a grind.

                                    the type of roast really depends on what you like to drink - i mostly use Sumatra because it's one of my favorites. i think you're just topping it off with too much water - i'd estimate that each scoop is good for about 4 ounces of water, max. that *includes* the water you poured directly over the gorounds in the chamber.

                                    1. re: CindyJ
                                      scubadoo97 May 13, 2010 04:32 PM

                                      Yes too fine a grind will lead to trouble plunging. I grind just a little coarser than I do for espresso. For a 12 oz cup I would use around two AP scoops and fill with water to the top of the tube. Stir, let sit for about 1 min and press. You can use water that is not as hot as traditional brewing. I think 170 or so is recommended. I use somewhere around 180-190. If the coffee is too strong then dilute to your liking.

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