Can The Aeropress Deliver The Perfect Cup Of Coffee?
by Toby, March 25, 2008
Would you believe that you can make a cup of espresso or cafe
americano in 30 seconds flat and it would be the best cup of coffee
you ever tasted? Would you believe that you only have to spend around
$30 on the coffee maker that produced the perfect cup of coffee? And
that a combination espresso/coffee maker is so portable you can take
it to your office with you? Could the perfect cup of coffee come from
such a modest-looking device as the Aeropress ®?
You may wonder what's so novel about the Aeropress, this simple
looking one-cup coffee maker that makes better coffee than a $2000
espresso machine or a $10 simple plastic cone and paper filter.
Most similar to a French press system, the Aeropress uses total
immersion and pressure, but the Aeropress has a separate filter and
plunger, and the filter is on the bottom, where ground coffee is more
evenly exposed to the pressure of the plunger. Cone shaped filter
systems tend to "burn" the ground coffee in the center of the cone tip
while under-brewing the coffee on the edges of the cone.
A truely good cup of coffee is not made with boiling water as a
temperature above about 210 degrees Fahrenheit, produces a bitter
taste. The Aeropress uses water at about 165 to 200, depending on
which coffee connoisseur you ask.
The process of coffee making is much faster using the Aeropress,
taking only 30 seconds, not counting the time it takes to heat the
water or grind the coffee. Place 2 - 3 scoops of ground coffee, pour
in water to the measured level on the filter, stir with the plunger
for 10 seconds, and then press the plunger for 10 - 20 seconds. Add
additional hot (not boiling) water for regular coffee or cafe
americano, or drink as is for espresso strength.
Grind size and type of coffee you use are to your taste. Espresso
grind is not necessary. If you don't like the taste of espresso
coffee, you don't need to use an Espresso bean. You can make a good
cup of coffee with Folger's or any store brand coffee. The Aeropress
makes it taste better.
If you choose to save the coffee for later use to make iced coffee,
cappuccino, latte, or other beverage, don't add water to what you have
made. Keep the coffee in concentrate form in the refrigerator. Because
you have not used boiling water, the taste will remain fresh for a few
days. You can also use this concentrated coffee to add to cake or ice
Do I think the Aeropress makes the perfect cup of coffee? I think it
Perfect coffee is in the tastebuds of the taster. The Aeropress
recognizes this and perhaps that is why the coffee maker is so lenient
with the grind and type of coffee you use.
If the taste of Folgers is what you like, you can make a perfect cup
of Folgers to your taste.
If you love French Roast, you can buy it fresh roasted, grind it
fresh, and make your perfect espresso style French Roast or French
You get to experiment with different beans and different grinds. And
doing this, I believe you can make a perfect cup of coffee with the
Aeropress is a product of Aeorbie® and was invented by its inventor/
engineer President, Alan Adler. Aeropress is available at coffee shops
and gourmet stores nationwide. It is also available on Amazon.com.
(Read those customer reviews!) And watch the short video on the
Aerobie website to see how easy it is to use and clean the Aeropress!