What is an Aeropress?

Apart from being one of the greatest, most durable and super easy to use invention of the 21st century, it has completely transformed the way people can enjoy coffee at home, how they can enjoy coffee in the great outdoors or any other place they can have access to hot water.

This article will explain what an Aeropress is, how to use it and where to buy it for the best price!

What is an Aeropress?

An Aeropress is a type of coffee maker that uses a combination of pressure and immersion to make a single cup of espresso-style coffee. It typically involves placing a paper filter in the bottom of a plastic or metal cylindrical vessel, placing the ground coffee in the filter, adding boiling water, stirring the grounds, allowing the water to steep for a few minutes, placing the plunger into the top of the cylinder, pressing the plunger in a slow, steady motion, and pouring the brewed coffee into a cup.

Why is the Aeropress such a great piece of kit?

The Aeropress is known for its ability to make a quality espresso-style coffee quickly, accurately and consistently. The result is a smooth, balanced, and flavourful cup of coffee without any bitterness or excessive acidity. It is also incredibly convenient and easy to clean – no need to worry about grinding, tamping, or using a separate filter. Additionally, the Aeropress is incredibly durable and virtually indestructible, making it an ideal travel companion or coffee maker for the great outdoors.

Alan Adler took his inspiration from the classic espresso machine. But wanted a faster extraction to sweeten the resulting drink.

I realized that I had to contain it somehow in an airtight chamber so I could apply pressure to shorten the time.

- Alan Adler

How does the Aeropress work?

Whilst not exactly the same as an espresso machine, the Aeropress recreates some of the features, by immersing a small dose of coffee grounds in hot water before it is filtered. The user then adds the plunger to create an airtight seal in the brewing chamber and then proceeds to apply pressure, forcing the water through the grounds, through the filter and into a waiting mug. You can then treat the coffee extraction however you would usually enjoy one, by adding more hot water for an americano styled drink or by adding steamed milk to enjoy as a latte or cappuccino

Fine tuning your Aeropress Brew

Now, this isn’t instant coffee, it will take some experimentation to get a great tasting coffee. In order to achieve the ideal extraction for your brew, its important to experiment with grind size, water temperature, brew time and the amount of coffee used per cup.

With the right configuration, the Aeropress can honestly produce some of the best coffees you’ve ever tasted. You just need to experiment and find what works best for you!

Where to Buy an Aeropress?

The Aeropress is available at most major retailers, both online and in-store, so you should have no problem finding one near you. Alternatively, you can pick one up from Amazon using the link below (which supports us). Or you can pop to your local specialty coffee shop as they usually have a couple knocking about.
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How to Use an Aeropress

  • Heat up some water until it reaches a boil.
  • While the water is heating up, grind your coffee beans to a medium-fine grind.
  • Put a paper filter into the AeroPress filter cap and rinse it with hot water to remove any paper taste.
  • Place the AeroPress chamber on top of a mug and add your coffee grounds to the chamber.
  • Once the water is ready, slowly pour it over the coffee grounds, making sure to wet all of the grounds evenly.
  • Stir the mixture for about 10 seconds to ensure that all of the coffee is fully saturated with water.
  • Place the filter cap on top of the AeroPress chamber and gently press down on the plunger to start the brewing process.
  • Continue pressing down on the plunger until you hear a hissing sound, which indicates that all of the coffee has been brewed.
  • Remove the AeroPress and enjoy your cup of coffee!
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