March 29, 2006

Reader Reviews: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

Aero Press 03-TmBack in January, the staff here at Single Serve had been kicking the tires on the new Aerobie Aeropress. We really liked this unique and interesting single serve coffee maker and after our review started to get lots of feedback from other readers who had purchased the Aeropress.

What was really interesting was how many people saw the Aeropress as the perfect single serve coffee maker to take to work so they could get espresso and a cafe americano. Paul Stefano wrote us and provided this killer reader review on the new Aerobie Aeropress that we'd like to share.

From Paul Stefano:

This is the most amazing product! I had been looking for a tasty, and most of all clean way to make coffee in my office. I can't drink the commercial stuff we have, as it's done by a service, and just plain awful. I had a Senseo in the office, but the coffee out of the pods is just awful. My family had suggested a Keurig, which was nice, but still not the greatest coffee. Plus, at $150, it hardly seems worh it. I resorted to using a French Press, but the cleanup was a killer. My office mates got mad at me for dumping the used grounds in the sink. Finally, the Aeropress. I bought an Aeropress, for the office, 2 weeks ago, and I liked it so much, I bought another to use at home.

For me the most impressive part was the cleanup. After pressing the coffee, you just push the plunger all the way through and it ejects the spent grounds. The pressure forces the grounds down into what looks like a hockey puck. Then you rinse the pieces for about 10 seconds. No grounds in the sink, or all over the counter. Now, the taste. This thing is amazing! It is the best coffee I've had. Drip, percolated, french press, pod, k-cup or espresso machine, this is the best "home made" coffee I've ever had. Sure, the espresso from a fine Italian restaurant is better, but I was never gonna duplicate that anyway.

Aeropress is just great. One final note. I've read some expert reviews take issue with Aerobie calling the Aeropress coffee "espresso". My take is this. The machine expells a tiny amount of concentrated coffee. We're talking 1 ounce to a 1 scoop press. If you poured it into a regular espresso mug, that's the perfect size. For that reason, you have to think of the Aeropress as an espresso machine. It may not produce crema, but it does produce a fine concentrated "espresso like" brew. If that's not your thing (like me) just add about 4 ounces of water per cup, and you have the perfect, American coffee. Try this thing, you'll be amazed.

Thanks again to Paul for sending this in.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at March 29, 2006 7:35 AM
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I just bought an Aeropress the other day. Having read the many claims about it being able to make something similar or equivalent to espresso, I was curious to see what it was like, even though I realize that I'm really very late to that party. I used a variety of grinds up to the fineness of espresso and, as I expected, the
resulting coffee did not even vaguely resemble the espresso that comes out of my Magister machine. It was not just the absence of crema. The whole texture and flavor was not at all the same. Then, I thought about the reason and it occurred to me that espresso is actually extracted and filtered under pressure simultaneously, while the Aeropress drink is extracted with no pressure and then only filtered
under pressure. Obviously, the extraction under pressure is the deciding factor.

Then, just for fun, I tried a Turkish grind in the Aeropress, using a Greek imported product already ground to a fine powder. The Aeropress
amazed me in its ability to press the Turkish coffee through the filter (I used it inverted, following suggestions on the net). The
beverage surprised me even further. It was a dead ringer for Turkish coffee, but with zero sediment! It had all the excellent taste of
Turkish coffee, but totally sediment free. Now, that was something unusual and one that I'll be sure to try again, using my own Turkish grind.

So, I wondered why they pitch the Aeropress as an espresso maker, when that's totally inaccurate. I'd say that its true merit is as a sediment-free Turkish coffee maker, with no sacrifice in the Turkish coffee taste. I guess that's just not as marketable as "espresso," so they don't push that claim, even though it's true. Who knows? Maybe
there's some commercial potential for sediment-free Turkish, somewhere in the Balkans or Middle East.

Posted by: Ron at February 20, 2008 1:27 AM

I almost always get some crema on fresh roasted/ground beans. Nothing like out of an expensive espresso machine, but still better than my other single serve machines..
check out some of the pictures (not mine) of the crema from the aeropress:

Posted by: Jeffrey Spencer at March 29, 2006 10:21 AM
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