10 Facts You Should Know About the Aeropress Coffee Maker
The Aeropress coffee maker is one of the more popular coffee brewing methods on the market today. It is easy to use and versatile, but if you’ve never seen or used an Aeropress, it might be intimidating.
Here are 10 facts that are important to know about the Aeropress. After you’ve become acquainted with this brewing method, you might be ready to try it.
It is made of safe materials
The Aeropress coffee maker is made of 100% BPA-free plastic. The plastic makes it extremely durable, and the user can rest assured that the materials used are all without harmful chemicals.
BPA, or bisphenol A, is a chemical that was invented decades ago to be used in household products, foods, and appliances. It made manufacturing easier, but over time it took a toll on consumers.
Now it’s been fully recognized as potentially harmful. More and more companies are making products without BPA, so it’s important to do your research. Thankfully, Aerobie has ensured that all of their Aeropress coffee makers will be made without BPA.
There are two methods of brewing with the Aeropress
The original method of brewing with an Aeropress is called the standard method. This is the method where the press is placed over your coffee mug with the filter cap on the bottom.
As you pour the boiling water over the ground coffee into the press, it will slowly drip into the cup. When you are ready to press down on the plunger, the water will drip with more pressure and create a delicious cup of coffee.
A method that has been invented by consumers over the last few years is one known as the inverted method. This is similar to the standard method, except the Aeropress is actually flipped.
Instead of pouring hot water over the grounds with the filter cap hovering over the coffee mug, the Aeropress is actually flipped upside down. You’ll pour all of the water in the Aeropress and let it steep. After that, you can flip it over the coffee mug and press down on the plunger.
Both methods are easy to understand and the coffee they produce doesn’t have much variance in the flavor at all.
You can pick from multiple filter types
Every Aeropress comes with a packet of 350 bleached white paper filters. These filters are good quality and help make an excellent cup of coffee.
Because the filter holes are very fine, the coffee it yields is smooth and bold. The taste is similar to what you would get with a drip coffee pot.
Another option for you is to use a metal filters for Aeropress. These are reusable and just have to be rinsed off after each use. The holes in the filter are slightly larger than in the paper filter, so the coffee it yields is strong, robust, and contains some natural coffee oils.
The metal filter produces a flavor of coffee that is very similar to what you’d make with a french press coffee maker.
It was created by a toy inventor
The Aeropress was invented by Alan Adler in 2005. Alan Adler is the founder of Aerobie, which is a toy company most popular for the invention of the Frisbee!
Adler simply wanted a coffee brewing method that was easy to use and portable, but that still produced high-quality coffee. Thus, the travel coffee maker known as the Aeropress was born!
You can attend yearly Aeropress championships
If you’re involved in the craft coffee world at all, you may know of barista competitions. These are events where people from all across the globe gather to compete in areas like shot pulling, latte art, and coffee roasting.
This year’s international competition will be held in London! Aeropress enthusiasts who have competed and won locally in their cities, counties, and countries, will be heading to London to compete this year.
Each contestant who is participating in the World Aeropress Competition will have eight minutes to use their own coffee beans and Aeropress coffee maker to make the best cup of coffee they possibly can!
It is even more popular in Europe
Although the Aeropress was invented by an American toy maker, it actually first gained true popularity across the ocean. It has been especially popular in Scandinavia, which is where the first World Aeropress Competition was held.
It wasn’t until a few years ago that the Aeropress coffee maker made a name for itself in the United States. Before that, it was only about drip, french press, cold brew, and pour overs.
Now, Americans and Europeans alike are loving the full bodied ease of the Aeropress.
You can make espresso-style coffee with the Aeropress
An Aeropress is about as close as you can get to making true espresso without an espresso maker. It may not be exactly the same, but it comes really close.
You can grind 20 grams of coffee on a medium to fine grind, and pour half the amount of water that you would normally use for a cup of drip in the Aeropress. The method works the same as it normally would, but it yields a concentrated cup of espresso instead.
Another way to make espresso with your Aeropress is to buy the Fellow Prismo Attachment. This filter attachment creates pressure in the plunging process, which replicates the process of pulling an espresso shot.
It is easy to take on the road
The Aeropress is hands down the best coffee brewing method to take on the go. It is small, durable, and easy to clean. It even comes with a travel carrying case that fits every piece.
The Aeropress is a popular choice for road trips and camping adventures, especially because of how easy it is to clean and how durable the plastic is.
A french press coffee maker can be taken on the road, but it is larger than an Aeropress. It is also either made of glass, which is breakable, or stainless steel, which is heavy to carry.
Another perk of taking the Aeropress with you on the road is that it is completely leak proof by design. This will guarantee an easy brewing experience with very little mess.
It only takes a minute to brew
The Aeropress is not only the most durable and easy to clean method, but it is also the quickest. Once you grind your coffee and dampen the filter, it only takes a minute for the rest of the brewing process.
This is much faster than a drip coffee pot, which usually takes at least five minutes depending on how much coffee is being made. It is also quicker than a french press or pour over, which both brew for about three to four minutes.
It has much less acidity
According to Aeropress’ website, “Aeropress brewed coffee contains about one-fifth the acidity of drip brewed coffee and one-ninth the acidity of french press brewed coffee.”
This is great news for both our taste buds and our stomachs. Acidity can be delicious is bright, rich coffee, but too much of it can cause some pretty severe stomach pain. If coffee has too much acidity, it may also be too sour to enjoy.
The Aeropress coffee maker is becoming more popular, and for very good reason. If you’re intrigued after our list of facts, head over to our store and buy your very own Aeropress.