You might be like "I've heard of this Aeropress thing, but ive always used a French Press, which should I be using?!"
A great question.
Everyone has or has used a French Press, your nan probably had a dusty one in her cupboard somewhere. Your family dust it off when a guest is around and serve them "the good coffee".
But you found it to be underwhelming and full of "coffee dirt" in the bottom of your cup and the French Press. Not nice.
Then your mate says "I got this Aeropress, it's great!"
So what makes it better?
Top 3 Things that Make the Aeropress Great
- Quick. French Press should take around 4-5 minutes to brew. The problem then is the water is sitting in the coffee and it's becoming bitter and over-brewed (Yes, I just made that word up, but I like it and may use it more!!). The Aeropress brews in under a minute. Once brewed, that's it, no chance to be over-brewed(!).
- Clean. Aeropress gives a nice clean, dirt free, cup of coffee. Much more pleasant to drink and tastes better. Clean up is much easier too.
- Unbreakable. Made from BPA free plastic it's virtually indestructible. Just don't put in the hob!
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What is the difference between French Press and Aeropress?
There 3 areas that make the Aeropress different to the French Press.
Time: A typical French Press is 3-4 minutes, the Aeropress typically takes 45 seconds
Clean: The Aweropress gives a much cleaner brew, no grit in the bottom of your cup.
Unbreakable: Made of BPA free plastic, it's virtually unbreakable!
Is the Aeropress any good?
The great advantage the Aeropress has is its simple to make very good coffee. It doesn't have many moving parts, pretty quickly you can be making good coffee from scratch.
Does the Aeropress make good espresso?
The Aeropress doesn't make good espresso as you know it. It's more like a strongly brewed cup of coffee. There are attachments that try to improve on its espresso-making capabilities and these are worth a try if you want your coffee closer to espresso style. But if you like your coffee brewed black then the Aeropress is for you.
Does Aeropress use more coffee?
The Aeropress uses the same amount of coffee as other methods. You would use 14g of ground coffee to make one mug of Aeropress brew. This is the same amount of coffee as say an espresso shot.