January 11, 2006
Review: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker
The staff here at Single Serve Coffee.com have been kicking the tires on the new Aerobie Aeropress for over a month now. Did you notice something about the title of the coffee maker? Yes. The same company that makes the Aerobie flying discs and other fun outdoor products makes the Aeropress. If you've ever thrown an Aerobie you know it really works. The frisbee like rings are much easier to throw than frisbees and go very far. So we had high expectation s for the Aeropress coffee maker from such an ingenious inventive company.
Since this is a little different than other single serve coffee makers we normally review we want to ensure you that it is in fact a single serve coffee maker. Yes - you will need espresso ground coffee from either your grinder or by purchasing some pre-ground coffee from coffee companies like illy but making a cup of Aeropress coffee is very easy and intended to make one cup of perfect coffee or espresso.
Grinding Some Aeropress Coffee
You'll need a decent coffee grinder to get the nice fine grind the Aeropress likes. If you want to compare the grind of a coffee to get it right, pick up a can of illy espresso grind coffee to use as a benchmark. We used various Pete's coffees for our Aeropress testing along with our grinder from Starbucks we had received as a gift.
Once you've ground up your coffee to a nice find grind the Aeropress comes with a measuring spoon to make sure you put the right amount in the chamber.
Making a Cup of Aeropress Coffee
The Aeropress really is an entirely new way to make coffee. Yes, you could compare it to a french press but you would be wrong. Because of an almost giant syringe like coffee gadget you build air pressure by pushing espresso ground coffee through the chamber with a filter paper on the bottom of the Aeropress. Though a french press has this plunger like action the amount of pressure you build up in the Aeropress and extraction is much much higher.
You can push as fast or as slow as you want and creating different strengths of coffee but Aeropress recommends letting the coffee mix in the main chamber for about 20 seconds, and then a slow push of 30 seconds or so to make your coffee. We also recommend keeping the water temperature in the 174-180 degrees F range. The coffee will come out without any bitter aftertaste provided you keep the temperature a little down.
Here's what you do in a nut shell:
- First you put a filter on the bottom of the Aeropress
- You put the Aeropress on top of your favorite coffee mug
- You then put a scoop of coffee in the chamber
- You then pour in the amount of hot water you want in the chamber
- You use the stirrer to mix up the contents
- You put the plunger on the top after waiting 20 seconds for things to mix up
- You then push very slowly feeling the extraction
- Take off the plunger and walk over to the trash and pop out the espresso grounds
- Enjoy a perfect cup of bitter free coffee
We would also like to say if you want to make a Cafe Americano cup - just add a little water at the end in your coffee cup and be sensitive to the crema on the top.
Cleaning up the Aeropress is also very easy. Since everything is plastic you can pop out the espresso cookie, and then quickly wash up the parts and place them in a dish rack or on a towel. We were surprised how easy the plunger cleaned up but the coffee isn't all over the inside like in a french press it's in a tight compact cookie like wad in the bottom.
Our Impressions of Aeropress Prepared Coffee
Delicious. Very non-bitter and always got the flavor of the coffee we were using. We could also depending on the mix time and the amount of time we took pressing the coffee out of the Aeropress get various strengths of coffee. We really enjoyed having almost total control over the type of coffee we produced and it all felt very zen like when you would get in tune with the Aeropress.
We tried various combinations of water temperature, grind, and time to press. In the end we got what we wanted with 176 degrees F water, 30 seconds of mix time, and around 35-40 seconds of press time using a Pete's Coffee or the illy dark espresso pre-ground coffee.
The Aeropress works and is really fun and makes terrific cup of coffee. We really enjoyed using it and will continue to use it. Since the clean up and preparation is very simple, we think if you want to really get into creating your own signature coffee pulls (a little espresso term there for pulling a shot) then you'll want to pick this up. It's fun and best of all very affordable at $30 for the quality of coffee and espresso it delivers.
You can learn more about the Aeropress at Aerobie.com and purchase at Amazon.com
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Posted by Jay Brewer at January 11, 2006 8:42 AM
After several years of daily use, I started noticing some "wrinkles" in the top of the cylinder of my press ... the seal seemed to be OK, but sometimes they'd interfere with it and the piston would leak down to the water level.
Finally, today, I decided to check into buying a replacement cylinder ... the representative told me that was a problem that had cropped up with only a few presses, using their "old" material.
Aerobie is sending me, free of charge, a replacement cylinder and a new seal as well.
NOW THAT'S AWESOME CUSTOMER SERVICE!
My bother introduced me to the aero press when went to visit him in Ireland. When I came home, I immediate bought one. Makes the best cup of coffee, period.
I use Peets French Roast and grind it fine. I boil the water in an electric water heater. Since it doesn't have a temp. control, I just let it sit for a bit to get the temp. down. Stir 10 sec. and then slowly push. I do add some more water for an Americano.
Best way to make coffee.
I like the coffee my aeropress makes. However, the inside of the cylinder deteriorates. Eventually there is blowby. I just got a new one. It is like the coffee deteriorates the plastic.
Thank you to this site and all who took the time to write & share their comments on the Aerobie AeroPress. I am 'sold'. I will be gladly buying this product today and smiling at the fact I was thinking of spending $300+ for Gaggia. :-)
Just made my first cup with the AeroPress. It's otherworldly. So good, I don't even have the palette of words to describe it. Kona coffee I bought on the Big Island last week. Just followed the instructions.
I would buy a glass version.
I also just bought my second one (for work).
I mainly agree with the huge majority of comments here. I'll just add three notes.
1. It's not crucial to measure the temperature. I'm pretty demanding/discriminating, and I find the difference between 178 F coffee and 188 F coffee very hard to notice. Just don't pour in boiling water.
2. The plastic is not as aesthetically pleasing as glass, *BUT IT DOESN'T BREAK*. I've bought eight or nine beakers for my large French press, because I've broken seven or eight.
3. To my taste, it works better to press sooner. Just a quick stir (five seconds) and then cap the cylinder with the plunger and start pressing. That's the cleanest taste I've been able to produce (stunning, as clean and bright as a Clover cup).
I own 2 Aeropresses (1 for work, 1 for home)and really love the quality of coffee I can make with this gizmo. My co-workers are amazed at how good my coffee smells when I bring it back to my desk compared to the sludge they get from our office machines (Douwe Egberts). I grind my coffee to the same granularity used for paper filters. Anything finer is too hard to press. I throw away my paper filters after each use (sorry, can't sweat the 2 cents a day it costs). Have experimented with the inverted method recently, 50% of the time it makes a better cup of coffee, the other 50% it makes a total mess of the counter (I'll pass from here on in). Anyway, I love my Aero(s) and have convinced several other people I work with to make the investment. It makes better coffee than Technivorms, Chemex, Siphons, etc. It's the bomb.
I use the Aeropress almost every day. Follow the directions that come with the system!
Good coffee ground fine (Pavoni model MEC 258, 3 clicks from the finest), 180 deg water(by the way the taste of the water makes a big deference). I reuse the filter many times. I make coffee by heating 32 oz of water in the microwave to 180, put three heaping measures(the one that comes with the system) of ground coffee into the tube, and add water to above the 4 mark, stir and let rest for 20-30 sec. Press for about 30 sec. Pour the results back into the remaining hot water and I have coffee for all day. Store in Thermos or carafe, if it cools to much just reheat in microwave (make sure you don’t overheat!)
I really like this system, surprised it isn’t more popular. I’m ordering a second one to take to our retirement home.
Satisfied user since 8/06. My palate must be insensitive: I've been happy with most bean types, any initial water temperature from 170 to 212, and any brewing time up to three minutes. (The water cools quickly, and harsh oils are mostly trapped in the cake.) 2-3 tablespoons of Teeccino herbal coffee also works great, if you add water slowly so the filter doesn't drip. For coffee, I grind a triple shot of frozen beans in a blade mill, fine but not too fine. (Turning the filter over after each use reduces clogging. I get about 30 uses per filter.) I press into a measuring cup, for easy pouring into a narrow-necked bottle I keep in the fridge. Putting the funnel *under* the Aeropress levels the unit on the measuring cup. Storing the concentrate saves time/mess and makes it easy to fix half a cup of coffee, or half coffee/half Teeccino, etc. Or I can pre-press enough concentrate to serve a crowd.
I absolutely love my AeroPress! It make the finest tasting coffee I've ever had. It totally eliminates "bitterness". However, couldn't a larger one be made so more than one cup of coffee could be made at a time?
@debbie:Bigger would be far more difficult to press. Doubling the diameter would quadruple the force required, and with a decent grind might take too much force without adding a lever press. At home, I usually press two full 4-cup shots into a vacuum pot and fill with about 1/2-3/4 quart of boiling water. Great coffee that'll stay hot for a couple of hours.
I've had one for about two years now - we use it as the primary coffee maker in the office. I modified the output of a Starbucks espresso grinder so that instead of duping the grounds into a plastic bin, it sends them through a 3/4" copper pipe. I added a ground wire to the plug and attached it to the copper to minimize static (it seems to work). Now we just grind straight into the press, add water from an electric kettle, and press a cup. We've probably made 1000 cups so far.
FWIW, mine shows no signs of discoloration or deterioration.
i have the aeropress,single coffee maker.It would be awesome if you could make the aeropress bigger.Are those available?If not could you make something available?
I just bought one of these, and the plastic is now BPA free and made of co-polyester. It makes an absolutely fantastic cup of coffee. I highly recommend it, even if you already have a SSC machine. You can't beat the price, it's simple and quick to make coffee, and cleanup is a breeze.
Plastic, really? Let me know when they make a glass one.
We are so thrilled with the Aeropress that we just bought our 4th unit, and sold our very expensive commercial espresso machine as it is no better than the Aeropress and a lot more time consuming.
Just for fun I am seeing how long a single filter can be reused. I have 60 cups so far and counting. I wasn't trying to be cheap or ecologically minded, it is just easier and quicker to rinse and reuse and dry in the holder.
Craig, We use a Aerolatte foamer to make a cappuccino. The foamed milk is not quite to the creamy tecture as a professional cup, but better than I was able to make with our commmercial espresso machine.
We found it fun and easy to tweak the variables to get exactly the espresso that we individually preferred.
The only downside of the Aerolatte is that we don't go our for a cappuccino anymore because our own Aerolatte made to our own precise standards is better than 99% of the coffee shops.
Just made my first cup with the AeroPress. It's otherworldly. So good, I don't even have the palette of words to describe it. Kona coffee I bought on the Big Island last week. Just followed the instructions.
My wife purchased one for me at Summer OR in Salt Lake City. At first I poo pooed it, but after a 4 week trip I'm sold. Great way to brew up a quick cup. I use it at the house if I don't want to fire up the espresso maker. Very convenient...
Now if there were only a quick and easy way to get frothed milk in order to make a cappuccino!
A high-end glass version (Pyrex?!) for the tube would be fantastic. Stainless steel cap/filter holder, scoop, and paddle. It could even come with a convenient stand, complete with drip tray. I'd get one.
It would be great to have something that you could display proudly instead of a plastic gizmo you hide in a drawer when people are coming over. It could be a high-end device for a high-end cup of coffee.
I too worry about chemicals in the plastic leaching into the hot water.
The only problem I have with the Aeropress is that I found out that the plastic contains bisphenol A (which is a rather big deal considering near-boiling water will be used with this device). What saddens me is the lack of effort to manufacture an alternative that may be safer for their consumers.
After years of expensive and failing espresso machines, turned to the aerobie on a lark and never looked back. Absolutely lovely coffee (my background is Italian, and I like my coffee strong and black). I think people devalue it because it is inexpensive. Inexpensive maybe, but cheap - no! largely self-cleaning, no waste (I spread the grounds in the garden and coffee to savour. I paricularly love the fact that I can make excellent coffee so quickly - and decide whether I am making a latte, an espresso, an AZmericano depending upon my mood. To get right temperature water bring it to boil, pour into cup to heat cup, back into kettle, add aerobie, and make coffee. Perfect and flavourful. Thank you Alan!
I bought an Aeropress late last year, based on what I'd read here. I've been in "coffee heaven" ever since. Just made my first espresso with the Aeropress (I ordinarily drink "American" strength coffee). It's amazing - I used a fairly cheap decaf (the Kona I ordinarily drink has too much caffeine for an old geezer to drink in the late afternoon), and it still came out smooth, full-flavored and not at all bitter. I've bought the Aeropress for two of my kids and they can't drink coffeemaker coffee any longer. I'm really astonished that the gizmo used to make coffee can make this much difference, but it's true!
I began using my AeroPress about a year ago when my employer dropped support for our coffee club. I am so glad. After a lot of experimentation, I have some comments in reply to other’s problems. Begin with following the recommendations that come with the press. I have varied everything and ended up back at the beginning. Use proper water temperature. Too hot increases bitterness. To cold lacks flavor. Leaving the water in the chamber too long increases bitterness, not the flavor. Only put in the amount of water recommended, too much water also increases bitterness and a kind of sour tinge. I always use very fine grind, making a single cup, using 180 deg. water, in the amount recommended, brew about 10 seconds (stirring), and press very hard. Once I learned the right temperature, I use the same amount of water each day, microwaved for the same time to get the same temperature each time. (Consistency is a good thing to get a consistent, quality cup.) When I pour the water into the press, some dribbles out at first, but so what; it just goes into the cup. I use one filter for a week, and then throw it out. It is easy to rinse off the tiny bit of coffee that sticks, pat dry a little and replace in the filter cap. Sometimes I forget and use two weeks. No difference.
When it comes out good (which it nearly always does, now that I know what to do and not do) I notice there is a foam on the bottom of the filter cap. While this may or may not be the same as the “crema” from an espresso machine, I notice its presence is usually a sign of a good cup. My thought is, this is from the oils in the coffee, and if it goes too long or is too hot, other products are extracted that cut the foam. These other products are what make the coffee bitter. The oil is the flavor. The only drawback is, if you are after the caffeine, it is bitter, so you have to choose. Great flavor, no caffeine, or bitter with caffeine. With this gadget you can dial in your preference by varying temperature, amount of water, or length of brew. Your choice.
I cannot seem to stem the drip flow prior to pressing - it just runs right out. I'm using 2 filters (dry or wet) and very fine grind, but it still runs through. I've tried dripping water in and waiting - all the tips from this thread, but nothing seems to stem the steady flow. Help!
I just posted this review over at Amazon earlier today. Sorry, I can't recommend the Aeropress...
I've been using the Aerobie for over a month and every single cup I make is an experiment - and one that usually fails. I alter water temp, bean quantity, grind, and steeping times in an attempt to reach Aerobie Nirvana but it never comes. I keep changing these variables with the hope that the resulting coffee won't be so harsh and bitter tasting but even after a month of experimentation, the coffee is just too bitter and lacks flavor.
Since, in a theoretical aspect, the Aerobie is not that far away from a French press, you'd think that there must be a way to brew good coffee with it but I can not find it. My last attempt will involve using a very coarse ground similar to that used for a French press as I know that a sure way to brew bitter coffee in a French press is to use too fine a grind. We'll see what happens.
One thing I have to compliment the Aerobie on is the excellent full body of the coffee. No grit (like a French press) and almost good to the very last drop (completely unlike a French press).
If you're coming from a low-end dripmaker, you may not notice the lack of flavor but still, you may be "stung" by the bitterness. It's a shame that such a convenient, easy-to-use and easy-to-clean coffeemaker lacks the one critical element: flavor.
If you're having trouble compressing the Aerobie, it means you're simply using too fine a grind and you're slamming into the laws of physics. But if you're using too fine a grind, you're probably experiencing real bad coffee flavor as well. Though the Aerobie recommends a very fine grind, I'm assuming they are referring to brewing espresso. I have found that using a fine grind in the Aerobie is a sure way to brewing bad-tasting coffee.
I have to admit that, after a month of experimentation, I have brewed some half-decent cups of coffee with the Aerobie but even so, the flavor was always noticeably lacking. The most important tip I can give about using the Aerobie is monitoring water temperature. If you pour water straight off of boiling into the Aerobie, the resulting taste will be very harsh and metallic.
I just got one of these, it is fantastic. it puts my 800 dollar espresso machine to shame! im getting rid of it, and free up some counter space and get a free standing steam wand
To those who have had an AeroPress for a while -- does it tend to stain over time? For example, I have an Adagio IngenuiTEA which is a plastic tea infuser and within a year or so it accumulated funky build-up and now the plastic is a dingy yellow/brown color. Rather gross. I'd like to purchase an AeroPress but hopefully it's made of non-staining material.
After using the Aeropress for only a few days, I've turned into a coffee snob. This device makes better coffee than Starbucks or any other coffee shop I've frequented. It's smooth, satisfying and very easy to make. I find myself actually savoring each cup as I read the paper in the morning. I was tired of the bad coffee I was making at home and was about ready to pop for an expensive espresso machine when I came across the Aeropress during my research on the web. It was hard to believe that a $25 piece of equipment could do such a great job, but the reviews were so glowing that I decided to gamble $25 and placed my order. I couldn't be more pleased and just ordered another for our mountain cabin. I will definitely be recommending the Aeropress to others.
I bought my Aeropress some time mid 2006 (I think...) after I dropped and shattered my nice French press. I love it. I was immediately able to start making good cups of coffee with it. Now after some time of fiddling with it I still enjoy experimenting with the variables. My friends all have coffee envy -- that is those who have not been swayed to purchase their own Aeropress.
One of my favorite beverages now is a delicious iced coffee. I will brew up about a liter of strong coffee (double shots) into a glass bottle (one with a good lid) and add a good bit of sweetened condensed milk. I like it thick and sweet... And then I put the whole contraption in the fridge over night. In the morning I give it a good shake and viola! The results are a thick sweet frappachino-type drink that is undiluted and perfect.
For a "normal" cup, I tend to brew a med-fine double shot at around 180 degrees for about 15-20 seconds before slowly pressing it out (it is a little hard to press out). I fill the water to the top of the "3", and I like it. I like to re-use my filters.
One final thought -- I am the kind of guy who to break things, but after quite a bit of regular use, a few drops and a bit of experimentation my Aeropress is still as good as new.
I bought my Aeropress a few years ago at Palo Alto Toy and Sport (Hi Alan!)after suffering through a weekend of long coffee lines at a music festival campout. Frequently, the coffee would be completely out by the time I reached the urn, or would be so bitter as to be un-drinkable! This amazing press allows me to skip the coffee lines entirely and go directly to the hot water urn and make my own coffee. It makes a very nice cup of coffee (or two!)and is less messy and less breakable than a french press. All good when you're camping! Plus, it has the added benefit of making the other campers jealous, and listening to the comments about what the dang thing resembles. (Look Mom, is that a breast pump? A turkey baster? A livestock insemination device?) I solved the "drips too early into the cup" problem by placing the plunger partway into the tube and letting it rest there while the coffee brews. This stops the dripping until you are ready to push. I was told (in-person demonstration in the store!) to wet the filter before adding the coffee, this cuts down on grounds escaping and allows the coffee to mix better, and also to wet the rubber seal on the plunger before inserting into the tube, this stops the rubber from sticking and allows a weakling like me to push more evenly. One confusion: all of the previous comments which state that the aeropress "ships with 350 filters". Mine only came with about 30 in the box...did I buy the floor sample or something? Did I buy an earlier beta model? No matter, I have found online sources for filters, but really, Alan...Toy and Sport should carry them for us locals...
I've had the Aeropress since April 2006 and have enjoyed it immensely. I find though that it isn't necessarily better than using an espresso machine, but just different. The micro-filter tends to filter out bitterness, but bitterness is part of the taste of coffee. It's sometimes a good kind of bitterness, and depending on your taste... it isn't always a desireable thing to reduce the bitterness.
I have hence taken the splurge to buy a Gaggia espresso machine (a small one) that produces very good espresso with great crema. The foam that the Aeropress produces is not crema. Sorry, but it just isn't. Crema is not that delicate. Crema has a richness and a almost "fattiness" to it that the Aeropress can't produce most likely because of the micro-filtering and low temperatures. It does reduce acid which my stomach is happy for.
I use the Gaggia at home, and the Aeropress at work. It is a happy situation. I get my second cup of espresso/americano with less acid and it's great! All without having to futz with the espresso maker which doesn't exist at work.
And I can press out a doubleshot with a fine espresso grind (which is the only way to grind), but I must admit that I lean into it with my full 200 pounds. I can't imagine my 100 lb wife using it.
In any case, the Aeropress has made me a coffee/espresso addict, and I must have put in at least $700 into coffee products over the last year... (not even including buying coffee drinks). Thank God that the Aeropress is only $30.
Follow up to my comment and a response to Jak:
Jak, if you're using a filter a day it'll last a year--it's a pack of 350. But I personally rinse and re-use my filters about 20 times. Sue me, I'm cheap. But the coffee comes out consistent. I think your grind may be inconsistent, though, and a double shot pressed through the finest espresso grind is an exercise in frustration. I use the fourth from the finest setting when pressing a double.
I figured a unique way to get at the crema I mentioned. I turned the press upside down and fashioned a mesh filter out of fine screen to fit inside the cap, and a tube extension to the cap. Now I press UPWARDS and force the crema UP through the mesh and into the tube. I pour off the crema, back off the plunger a little and remove the cap and mesh filter (HOT!), insert a moistened paper filter and replace the cap. Then I force out the air, invert the unit over my mug, and finish pressing. With no air in the tube it's easier to regulate the pressing speed and force. Presto, a nice cup of espresso topped with 1/8 of crema. OK I had to tinker a bit but that's in my nature...
i am now into the 5th month of using the aeropress and i am still excited enough by the machine and the great coffee it makes that i am making myself far too much coffee each day. i am about half way through the filters which is surprising as a claim like 'a years supply of filters' is dubious. i am still confused about brewing methods as some days my brew comes out spectacular and second to none; other days i perform the same process (or so i think) and it comes out with no creme and tastes poor. maybe i continue to drink so much so as to find that perfect technique.
one observation to offer the community, go for a fine ground but if its too fine (powder like) you have no chance of pressing 2 or more shots... the filter gets clogged and no amount of pressure will get you your brew (very messy and not appreciated in the morning)
I enjoy my Aeropress using drip grind coffee. My question is, I see a great thick crema develop on top of the coffee/water mixture in the tube, but when I press the syringe all that beautiful crema gets trapped in the coffee grounds puck and doesn't go through into the cup. Any suggestions?
Affinitea currently has multiple pending patent applications which extend the patented Affinitea Infusion Process into this area.
i noticed that there is a BIG difference b/w using regular pre-ground coffee from the supermarket and fresh roasted, fresh ground coffee from my coffee roast shop. The "press" is much easier w/ the pre-ground coffee you buy in a sealed bag/can at the grocery store. the fresh roasted, fresh ground seemed to really swell up and take more effort to push through the filter (yes, it was just one filter). Of course, the FR/FG coffee makes a better tasting cup of joe as well. just thought i'd post that observation.
Has anyone tried this with loose leaf tea? Since a machine like the affinitea exists, I wonder how the Aeropress might work for brewing tea.
Thanks, Jay. I think I was using two filters. After using what I thought was one filter the first day, I just eyeballed the filter thickness after that. There was quite a difference in pressing this morning--much easier, even sort of meditative...I was in the joe-zone.
You need to press slowly - too fast and it's much harder. Perhaps your using 2 filters as well? Check for just 1 filter.
Question...I've been using the Aeropress for a week now. It makes great coffee. However, I have to put all my weight into pressing the coffee through. It's quite a job. If I don't press as hard, the plunger doesn't move. I used very finely ground coffee. I'm not weak and not little--125 lbs. I should be able to do this. Any suggestions?
I've had my Aeropress for about a month now and while I bought it for work once my wife tried it out at home we've decided to sell our espresso machine and just use this instead.
I agree with the other comments. It is so simple to use and clean up. I now enjoy an americano in the morning before going to work which I could never be bothered making with the espresso machine as it was just too time consuming and cumbersome.
We were camping the other weekend and really enjoyed our cafe quality coffee by the tent!
Great product! Great Coffee!
The aeropress is great. I just made my first cup and was extremely impressed with how well engineered this product is. The simplicity is great. It cleans easier than a french press, but makes a better cup of joe.
We use a kitchen thermometer to measure - you can also use an instant hot source and set the water temperature.
This may be a dumb question but how do you know how hot the water going into the AeroPress is??
Great to see a comment from the inventor! I just read a mention of these and found I can buy one locally.
Only question -- are the filters something I can toss in the compost heap along with the coffee grounds? I'll find out ...
I got one of these last week and it is great! I have to say though that contrary to what is mentioned in this review, Aeropress actually recommends your coffee be drip grind, especially if you are making multiple cups. You DON'T need espresso grind to get a great espresso-like cup, though you MAY use espresso grind.
Alan thanks for the tip on dribbling the water. I know it mentioned that in the Aeropress instructions, but it didn't say why. I assumed it was to keep the grounds from splashing out, but your note that it allows the grounds to expand makes more sense.
I also wasn't aware that different rates of press would yield different strengths of your brew. That's something to try.
I seem to be going through my coffee reserves twice as fast now that I have this thing.
I make my coffee two ways w/ my Aeropress. One is that I make 4 cups just as directed. This is like a coffee extract. I pour a little in a cup and add hot water to the strength i like (strong). the rest goes in the fridge until another cup is wanted. The other way is to drop in one scoop of coffee, but fill the tube w/ water for 4. This gives me a nice strong single serving drink w/out the need to mix water in. (BTW, I use my normal 1/8 cup coffee scoop, rather than the ginormous scoop that comes w/ the unit.)
This thing is great! I purchased one mainly because of what I read here at singleservecoffee.com
I couldn't be happier. I had been using a french press, and while the coffee tasted nice, there were 2 problems.
1. The particles. I hated this. It was like coffee soup!
2. My co-workers were angry with me for dumping the used grounds in the sink garbage disposal.
The best part of the Aeropress is the cleanup. After ejecting the spent grounds "puck" there are almost no grounds left on the press. You can literally count how many you have to rinse off.
Thanks Alan, for creating such an innovative and functional product!
The AeroPress is my baby, and I'm eager to help you.
About an eighth inch deep puddle at the bottom of the cup is not unusual prior to pressing.
Dribbling the water in slowly for the first few seconds allows the coffee to wet and swell and thus reduces drip-through. A double (or larger) has less drip-through than a single. Also a fine grind reduces drip through and yields a richer cup. If you're grinding with a blade grinder, run it for thirty seconds.
Don't let drip-through concern you too much. It doesn't impact the final result significantly. During the initial phase of AeroPress development I stirred the coffee and hot water in measuring cup, then filtered the slurry in the AeroPress. Of course that had zero drip-though. After a few months I realized that there would be one less item to clean by stirring right in the press. Both methods produced the same flavor and same brew strength, as measured by my Brix meter.
Just got the Aeropress, and I tried to make a shot of espresso. It tasted very good, but it seemed that much of the water dripped through the filter before I even had a chance to push down on the plunger. Am I doing something wrong or is this as designed?