Aeropress Go Coffee Maker Review
Some people enjoy making their craft coffee at home. Some people are never home, so they prefer being able to make coffee while they’re on the road. But what about those of us who want to be able to do both?
The new Aeropress Go Travel Coffee Press brews excellent, craft-coffee every time, whether you’re in your kitchen or camping in the scenic mountains.
For those of you who may be wondering if this coffee brewer could actually enhance your routine, you’ll find the answers you need in our Aeropress Go review.
What is an Aeropress Go, Exactly?
If you’re at all familiar with the original Aeropress, the Aeropress Go won’t be much different from what you know. There are a few key changes that we’ll discuss, but let’s first make sure everyone knows what an Aeropress is!
The original Aeropress was invented by Alan Adler, a toymaker who wanted to make a durable coffee brewing method that was easy for anybody to use, even beginners. The Aeropress has actually been around for about 30 years, but it’s only recently gained popularity with the rise of at-home craft coffee brewing in the last couple of years.
People have not only fallen in love with how easy it is to use and how delicious the coffee it makes is, but also with how simple it is to travel with the Aeropress.
The Aeropress is a BPA-free, single-cup brewing method for use at home and on the road. It’s known as a “coffee press” because similarly to the French press, the coffee grounds are submerged in hot water for a period of time, and then are filtered through with a “pressing” motion.
Both the Aeropress and the Aeropress Go are versatile in what they can brew. You can make espresso, a single-cup drip, cold brew, or even tea!
Even though the Aeropress has been known as one of the best travel coffee brewing methods for quite some time, the Aeropress Go has made traveling even easier now. The Aeropress Go works the same way as the Aeropress, but it comes with a few key features that have improved it’s portability.
The most obvious and arguably the most helpful feature is the drinking cup attachment that also acts as storage for the brewer. You can brew your coffee into the cup, drink from it, and then pack up your Aeropress Go inside the cup and take it with you.
Aeropress vs. Aeropress Go
The main difference between the two brewers is that the Aeropress Go is a step up from the original Aeropress in how easy it is to travel with.
The entire Aeropress Go (and all its pieces) fit inside the drinkable cup, which holds 13.5 oz, or 400 ml. The Aeropress itself, the filter holder, the swizzle stick, and the dosing spoon all fit inside with a red silicone lid to close it all in together. This does end up fitting much easier in a suitcase or backpack than the original Aeropress (even with its carrying case).
Another difference that will affect the user is the smaller size of the brewing chamber and brewing capacity of the Aeropress Go. With the original, you could brew 10 oz of coffee. Now with the Go, you are limited to 8 oz. To some, this may not matter at all. But if this will be a problem, it’s good to be aware before you consider purchasing.
It’s also important to note that even though the Aeropress Go has the convenient cup attachment, it does not fit on larger-mouthed coffee mugs due to the decrease in size of the chamber lips. This may not matter if you mainly plan on using the Go for camping and road trips where you’ll be limited on mug choices. But if you also want the versatility of using it at home, it may pose a situation.
How Do You Use the Aeropress Go?
The Aeropress Go, just like the original Aeropress, is extremely simple to use, even if you’re a beginner to the world of craft coffee.
First you’ll need hot water (we suggest a hot water temperature of around 205 degrees) and about 16-18 grams of coffee ground to a medium-fine setting. We always recommend using a gooseneck for controlled pouring, but we realize this isn’t always possible on the road.
You’ll also need your Aeropress and its parts, as well as a filter. The Aeropress Go comes with a pack of 350 paper filters, but you can order a reusable mesh filter separately if you prefer. If you’re using a paper filter, we recommend you dampening your filter slightly to remove any of the “paper” taste.
You’ll then take the piece of the Aeropress Go that has the red numbers written on the sides, and you’ll place the filter inside the top and screw the top on to the red-marked piece. After this, you can place the piece (filter-end down) on top of the brewing cup.
You’ll cover the grounds with water and wait about 30 seconds for it to “bloom.” From there, continue to pour the water in a circular motion until you reach about an inch below the top of the Aeropress.
Next, you’ll place the plunger on top and wait one minute. After this, slowly press the plunger until it hits the bottom and you hear a “hissing” sound. Now you can remove your Aeropress Go and enjoy your delicious coffee!
What are the pieces that come with an Aeropress Go?
With your order of an Aeropress Go, you’ll get:
-The Chamber and Plunger parts, which fit together
-The attachable cup/storage container
-A red silicone lid
-A foldable swizzle stick and elongated dosing scoop
-A portable filter holder (holds paper filters at one time)
-A packet of 350 paper filters
When We Would Recommend the Aeropress Go
It’s no secret that we are enormous fans of the Aeropress here at French Press Coffee. It’s always been such a solid choice for at-home brewing versatility with the capability of being brought on the road or on a nature adventure.
In our opinion, the Aeropress Go is a great choice for our traveling, on-the-go coffee lovers. If you’re someone who loves having craft coffee at your fingertips at any time, it really won’t get much easier than the Go. RIght now there are no other brewers on the market that are this small, or that pack up together in one simple storage cup. For traveling, we highly recommend it.
The only downside is that you may be a bit more limited with at-home brewing. If you plan on mainly using your Aeropress at home, with the occasional travel ventures, it may be wise to purchase the original Aeropress instead. Either way, you can never go wrong with Aeropress products!