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Apr 28, 2012 04:24 PM

French Press, Aeropress or Clever Coffee Dripper

Recently broke my little Bodum french press. I'm contemplating replacing it with the same press or trying something new. I'm not a huge fan of drip coffee and I like a strong brew. Anyone have any experience with the Aeropress or Clever Coffee Dripper and can compare? I like that the french press doesn't require a filter.

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  1. I’ve used a glass Bodum for years and been very happy with it. Bold coffee is also my preference. Before that I used a cone drip with filter that seems similar to the Clever Coffee Dripper.

    Heard somewhere that using a filter was healthier so decided to haul out the cone drip. It ruined my coffee! Filtered coffee will not taste the same if you’re used to a French press. Bring on the full flavor!

    Haven’t used Aeropress or Clever Dripper but from the looks of it there’s a lot of plastic components. I would think that hot water would leach plastic into the coffee. Personally I’d stick with glass French press. Just my two cents.

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    1. re: Spice_zing

      'leach plastic into the coffee' - my plastic Melitta cone holder does not show any sign of plastic wear, but does have a lot of coffee staining.

      1. re: paulj

        "leach plastic into the coffee" -- I think when people talk about plastic leaching into things, what they mean is that the solvents used in making the in plastic leach into the things contained in that plastic, especially with those things are hot. Those solvents are known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors and their leaching out doesn't really appear as plastic wear. The plastic may get a bit more brittle over time, but it takes years for that to show, and by then most of the solvents will leach out, have leached out.

    2. My next purchase will be an Aeropress. It has been getting positive reviews on every sight I've followed it on. I know some people on CH have been using an Aeropress and enjoy it.

      1. Certainly not an every day use for me, but I love my AeroPress. I consider it a great compliment to my Bodum.

        1. The Aeropress is pretty great. Produces a very good cup. Very versatile, especially if you read up a little on inverted methods and other techniques not found in the basic instructions. Can easily make an excellent bold, strong cup or a well balanced lighter-tasting brew depending on what you'd prefer. Or anything in between.

          Only major downside is that it is best used to brew one cup at a time (and can't brew more than 2 or 3 cups at a time even if you wanted to). Also, it does require a filter, if you don't like those.

          It's especially nice if you're the type who likes experimenting with temperature and infusion time and grind size and such to get an ideal cup from each bean - it's a good device for a tinkerer.

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          1. re: cowboyardee

            The aeropress is excellent. When I make 1-2 cups this is my go-to device. BUT ... I first do a full immersion at 185-194 in a stainless pot, then put that through a very fine stainless strainer ($3 from any asian market) and finish it with the aeropress to remove the sediment. One truly excellent cup of coffee.

            1. re: PepinRocks

              That sounds like a way you can use the aeropress to filter a lot of coffee more quickly than brewing each cup in the AP. But I'm wondering why you go to those lengths if you're not trying to make multiple cups. Less cooling during extraction? Something about stainless steel? Something I'm missing entirely?

              How's it better than inverted brewing in the AP?

          2. They each make good coffee but different. So hard to say one is better than the other. Just depends on what you like or your mood at the moment. I use my AP more for travel but the down side is that as Cowboy said, you can't do more than one or two cups at a time.

            Currently, I'm back on the FP for my morning brew while my wife likes drip.