AeroPress Coffee (What’s The Hype About?)

AeroPress coffee is coffee made from a small machine that doesn’t need electricity to operate called the AeroPress. Just place it on your cup and get freshly brewed coffee within minutes.

There are millions of coffee drinkers around the world. With almost 1 billion drinkers from every part of the world, there are thousands of ways of making coffee. You can brew coffee with gadgets, with machines, or simply use basic kitchen items.

The possibilities are endless. Though there is instant coffee available in the market, most coffee aficionados are not satisfied with it. The pleasure of making your own coffee at home is just unmatched. The aroma of freshly brewed coffee is just oh so addictive. So, for people who want to brew their coffees at home, AeroPress is their savior.

In this article let’s discuss all about AeroPress coffee.

What Is an AeroPress?

hot water from a kettle being poured into an aeropress

AeroPress is an easy-to-use coffee-making device that can make coffee in a few minutes.

Coffee is a popular beverage that is consumed all around the world. It’s a much have for us because our schedules are so tightly packed that is it humanly impossible to stay on top of them without external help.

We need that extra kick of energy that coffee provides. Most people grab their caffeine fix from local coffee shops and drink it while driving for work.

But most coffee lovers are jumping into brewing their own coffee at home. But have you seen those huge coffee machines that coffee shops have? Those are some heavy-duty machines that brew thousands of cups daily. But buying that can be very costly. Besides, why should making a cup of coffee at home cost so much, right?

That’s where AeroPress comes in. It’s a handy dandy coffee maker device that works without any power. All, you have to do is place it on your coffee mug and press it. That’s it! It’s a small coffee maker that doesn’t require a lot of space and can be carried around in your bag too. So it’s portable, extremely easy to use, and convenient. What more could you want?

The components of AeroPress are:

  • Plunger
  • Chamber
  • Filter Cap
  • Paper Filter
  • Scoop
  • Stirrer
  • Funnel

How Do You Make AeroPress Coffee?

You remove the plunger, add the filter onto the filter cap. Then secure the filter cap to the chamber. Place the AeroPress on the mug you want to catch your brew in. Add your coffee ground and water. Stir for 10 seconds, Then, place the plunger back and push gently. The fresh brew will drip into the cup and Voila!

Brewing coffee in an AeroPress is very quick and easy. But first, in order to get started, you need;

  • A coffee grinder
  • A scale
  • A heater to heat the water
  • A paper filter

Once you are all set, It’s time to brew coffee. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make coffee using AeroPress.

Steps

  1. Grind your coffee grounds to medium-fine, and not coarse.
  2. Then using the scoop, takeout 16 grams of coffee grounds which is equal to one scoop.
  3. Push the plunger out of the chamber.
  4. Add the paper filter on the filter cap and drip water over it to fully saturate it. This will eliminate any unnecessary paper flavors and also help unwanted coffee compounds to get in the mug.
  5. Secure the filter cap and place it over a sturdy mug to catch the dripping brew.
  6. Add in the coffee grounds and hot water till the number 4 is reached in the chamber. 175 degree Celsius or 80-degree Fahrenheit for hot brew. And cold brew use room temperature water.  
  7. Stir using the stirrer for 10 seconds for hot brew and 1 minute for cold brew.
  8. After the brewing is done. Place the plunger in the chamber and press gently.
  9. Enjoy!

Additional Step

If you want to enjoy your coffee espresso-style, drink it as it is. Or if you want an Americano, just add in 8 oz of water or add milk 8 oz for latte. Or for a simple cold brew just add 8 oz of ice water.

Bonus Tips

  • Hold the mug and the AeroPress while extraction to avoid spillage. Since hot liquids can burn you severely.
  • Do not use narrow based cup.
  • Do not press too hard. There is a risk of spillage.
  • If the seal is loose never press.

You can check out this video for more insights.

a superb video for someone who wants to learn a bit more

Is AeroPress Coffee Less Acidic Than Regular Coffee?

AeroPress coffee is less acidic than coffee made using any brewing method. That is because of the filter used, its full immersion brewing, and the grind size.

If you have drunk a French press coffee before, you might have noticed the acidity that comes through while sipping that coffee. But when you sip on AeroPress coffee, it’s not as acidic.  

coffee is being plunged out from the AeroPress

Usually, acidity is a sign of under-extracted coffee or a lighter roasted coffee. But here we use the medium to dark roast coffee grounds. Also, the finer coffee grounds in the AeroPress get fully submerged in the water. This allows every soluble coffee compound gets extracted.

But this full immersion is only for a few seconds. This also helps for coffee grounds not to be acidic. One more thing to keep in mind here is that it uses a paper filter.

Filtered coffee is always without unwanted coffee compounds like grits and coffee oils that are acidic and bitter.

The metal filter inside the French press is porous which allows almost every coffee compound to shine through in the final brew. But AeroPress paper filter is a fine knit filter that removes all the bitterness and gives it a mellow taste. AeroPress coffee is clean and strong without excessive bitterness and acidity.

Below I’ve prepared a table for different coffee machine coffee brewed caffeine content.

MachinesBrew QuantityCaffeine Levels
AeroPress8 oz130 mg
Chemex8 oz80 mg
Coffee Cone8 oz 65 mg
Espresso1 oz63 mg

Is AeroPress Coffee Any Good?

AeroPress coffee is very flavorful and people tend to enjoy it. But other benefits are its aesthetically pleasing, portable, user-friendly, and great value for money.

Though the mechanism is quite similar to the French press, people enjoy Aeropress coffee a lot more. Unlike the French press, it doesn’t contain any grits and is filtered properly to eliminate harmful coffee oils.

Plus, it still brews a strong cuppa without wasting any time. In less than a minute your brew is ready to be plunged out. But let’s break it down a bit.

Aesthetically Pleasing

The whole concept of developing Aeropress is not to replace already existing coffee makers like Chemex or the French Press. Instead, it is made to be a convenient and faster way to brew coffee without any hassle.

It’s a lightweight and practical coffee brewing device that can fit in your kitchen cabinet as well as your bag pack. Just take it out and enjoy a quick fresh cup of chockers.

Portable

This is hands down the best portable coffee maker out there. It’s a compact, lightweight, durable, manual coffee brewing machine that top-notch.

Just take it with you for trips like camping and hiking, and enjoy your coffee on the go without any worries. If you’re interested in portable coffee makers, I have an entire article dedicated to the best ones. Check it out.

User Friendly

Don’t worry if you are new to coffee brewing and are not as skillful as the coffee place baristas. This machine will work out for you just fine. There are no tangible parts that might confuse you. Just add the grounds, water, stir, and push. That’s about it.

However, if you are already on an intermediate level for brewing coffee, this is a good place for experimenting and trying out new recipes.

Great Value For Money

It s a great deal for the amount you pay. The basic French press comes in that range but it is not as portable, sturdy, or lightweight. Aeropress lets you brew coffee with a filter so that no unhealthy elements get into your cup.

a dismantled Aeropress with a pot of coffee grounds.

But having said that, here are some things which I would like to point out which can stop you from buying it.

Don’t Buy It If…

You Require Large Quantity Brewing

If you’re on the lookout for a coffee machine that can brew 2 to 3 coffees at one time, then this is not for you. Because you cannot brew a large batch. It can only brew one coffee at a time.

It does brew coffee in under 10 seconds, so you’ll need to repeat the process each time. And if you don’t have any problems then buy it.

A Coffee Brewer From Which You Drink As Well

If you’re looking for a coffee machine that doesn’t require an external mug to hold in the brew, then don’t buy it. You need to carry a sturdy mug for the brew to drip in.

Lighter Roast Coffee Doesn’t Extract Well

Since the water is in contact with the coffee grounds only for a short period of time, light roast grounds do not produce strong flavors. So, if you enjoy the lighter roast coffee grounds, then this isn’t for you.

My Final Verdict

Aeropress is a super cool coffee machine that does not require tons of investments to buy. Plus, it’s an easy-to-use device that can be carried anywhere. You can make your brew on a trip or even in your car. The possibilities are endless.

And even if you’re new to this whole coffee brewing thing, it doesn’t require many skills to master the art of brewing coffee when using Aeropress. It brews a clean cup of coffee yet it’s as strong an espresso. It is also less acidic. But if you want to brew a larger batch you can opt for something else.

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Matt Marshall

As I learn more and more about coffee and coffee products I want to share all my learnings with you here on this website. I hope you find my articles useful and entertaining to read.

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