REVIEWS-I’m a daily coffee drinker, but I think I’m not as demanding connoisseur as some coffee lovers. Since the free Coffee at my work is an almost virus with an abyssal taste, I had considered buying a French press with the intention of brewing my own coffee. Some colleagues had mentioned a type of coffee machine I had read online, called AeroPress, and I was simply intrigued until a friend showed me how to use his AeroPress. I wanted one right away. As if by accident, shortly afterwards Julie proposed the AeroPress for testing, and I immediately showed my interest. To be honest, I was looking for an AeroPress a little bit at that time so the timing couldn’t have been better. But was the legendary AeroPress up to the hype? Let’s see. Gadget turned on!
AeroPress is a coffee maker pressure that works with a mechanism with piston, similar to a large syringe, to force the water in front of a pocket of air through the coffee grounds producing a coffee with low acidity, which can be used for preparing several types of coffee drinks. AeroPress is easy to install, use and clean.
What’s in the box ?
The AeroPress box is shown above. Made from recyclable cardboard, it is packed with quotes from various coffee brewing experts who sing all his praises. Hype or honest truth? I wanted to know.
AeroPress contains the following items, which are listed in the order shown in the photo above, starting at the top left and moving to the right:
- Filter Holder
- User manual
- Piston seal
- Filter cap
- 350 Paper Filters
AeroPress requires some configuration steps and very little configuration time.
The first thing I did with Aeropress was remove the piston seal to determine how quickly and easily it could be replaced as it was a component that had to be removed when cleaning the AeroPress.
The piston seal returns slightly to the piston, as can be seen above.
AeroPress contains 350 microfilter papers that are used to prevent coffee grounds and grain from entering your coffee.
Design and features
I went through the basic AeroPress configuration above, which is essentially about putting a filter paper in the filter cap and locking it to the bottom of the chamber. Then we go through the necessary steps to prepare just a cup of coffee.
As shown above, the filter paper is placed in the filter cap, which is then locked with a turn at the bottom of the chamber.
Then only one ball of coffee grounds is placed in the chamber, then the chamber is shaken a little to equalize the coffee grounds. [NOTE: I’m a big fan of Hempton Roast Coffee, a small homemade roaster that we came to a few months ago not far from home and that we used for this demonstration.]
Then water heated to 175 degrees f is poured into the top of the chamber. According to AeroPress, a panel of experts has determined that 175 degrees F is the optimum temperature for your AeroPress hot coffee brewing experience. For cold brewed coffee, simply add tap water at room temperature.
To make 1 cup of coffee, it was recommended to fill the room with water at level “2”.
The included stirrer is used to stir coffee and hot water for about 10 seconds for hot brewed coffee. For cold brewed coffee, stir for about 1 minute.
Then the magic: I put the piston in the top of the chamber, then I slowly but firmly began to press down. The chamber and piston essentially act like a giant syringe, using the air trapped in the chamber to push hot water through the coffee grounds and brew the coffee. At some point, I experienced a slight resistance, so, following the instructions, I stopped briefly, and then again gently, but firmly pressed down. I must also admit that there was something strangely satisfying and funny about pressing the plunger and hearing the brewed coffee flow into the cup.
After advancing the flask to the level where it reached the top of the coffee grounds in the chamber and the flask stopped moving forward, I pushed it a little softer and then removed the chamber from the cup to reveal this sough-after java in my cup.
The compressed marc essentially serves to a coffee “puck” or slice. If the piston is pushed a little further into the chamber, the field puck will come off the end of the piston and fall off slightly. Next time I will aim at the sink or the trash can !
AeroPress is a very refined simple (and fun) device to 0perate and produces a cup of hot or cold brewed coffee with remarkable taste in a few minutes. It is easy to install and easy to clean and is very affordable. For me, AeroPress exceeded the hype I had heard of, and that immediately changed the situation for me, taking my coffee game to a new level at home and especially in the office – a level of lightness, simplicity, fun and pure java pleasure.