The Aeropress has taken on a well-deserved life of its own lately. Not only are there about a million recipes and “how to brew” options floating around on the internet, there’s even a World Aeropress Championship. In fact, a regional championship was just recently right here in Chicago! (I know – coffee nerds, right?)
The Aeropress is very often confused with a French Press. Aside from the fact that they both have the word “press” in the name, they are very different coffee brewing methods. The Aeropress brews more like espresso because it extracts the coffee under pressure. The French Press (or plunger as it’s known outside the U.S.) uses the press to filter out grounds. It doesn’t use it as a means of extraction.
Here are a few of our favorite points about the Aeropress:
I take my Aeropress with me whenever I travel – be it by car, by plane or when I’m camping. I like it because it fits in my backpack. It’s also lightweight and doesn’t break easily. There was a period of time when brewing a super fresh Aeropress on an aero-plane was a thing (get it?).
Quite Simply – there are 4 steps to brewing a perfect cup of coffee:
That’s it! Enjoy some great coffee. Some people like to add a bit of water to their Aeropress coffee to make a kind of Americano. Warmed milk makes a fantastic latte if you’re so inclined as well.