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Why We Love the Aeropress Espresso Maker

I traveled so much at a former job, coaching cafes use their new espresso machines. However irrespective of how a lot caffeine I used to be going to down later that day, I might begin each morning within the lodge room, on my own, with a cup of espresso and reflection. And since lodge espresso isn’t definitely worth the journey right down to the foyer, I introduced my Aeropress in every single place I went. 

It’s straightforward to fall in love with the Aeropress: its small, cylindrical chamber is ideal for brewing one cup at a time. And since it’s designed round a filter cap, a chamber, and a plunger, it may make espresso-style espresso, plunger-assisted drip espresso, and even brew immersion-style espresso—simply flip it upside down. Since each a part of the Aeropress is constituted of plastic, it’s additionally light-weight sufficient to toss into your bag for journey (you will impress everybody at your campsite, simply saying). 

Personally, I actually like utilizing it with the Fellow Prismo attachment. Whereas the usual Aeropress cap has an array of holes that lets the espresso drip by way of because it’s brewing, the Prismo provides a pressurized valve that holds the whole lot within the high chamber till you press it down with a plunger. It’s an effective way to show your Aerorpess into an immersion brewer (like a French press) with out having to invert it. Plus, the Prismo comes with a reusable steel filter (so that you don’t have to recollect to pack the paper ones). And in the event you’re actually all the time on the transfer, there’s additionally the Aeropress Go, which encompasses a journey case and a cup (although the chamber is slightly smaller).

Despite the fact that I make money working from home now, the Aeropress remains to be my go-to afternoon brewer, and I take pleasure in taking my freshly brewed cup to a comfortable chair and having fun with the quiet ritual of sipping it—similar to all these pre-dawn lodge mornings. 

Critical Eats / Jesse Raub


To purchase: Aeropress, $40 at amazon.com; Aeropress Go, $40 at amazon.com

Good to Know

  • Supplies: Plastic, silicone
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Brewing capability: 10 ounces
  • Floor diameter: 6 centimeters
  • Base diameter: 9.5 centimeters
  • Size: 17 centimeters

FAQs

Does the Aeropress make espresso? 

Whereas the Aeropress does use stress to brew espresso, it may’t generate the identical quantity of stress that an espresso machine does. Filter caps with a pressurized valve (just like the Fellow Prismo or the one Aeropress now makes themselves) can construct extra stress for a stronger espresso-style espresso, however it’s nonetheless not technically an espresso shot (even when it’s scrumptious). 

Is an Aeropress higher than a French press?

There are large benefits to each the Aeropress and a French press for brewing espresso, however the principle distinction is quantity. The Aeropress maxes out round eight ounces of complete brew quantity, whereas many French presses are at the least 32 ounces. Most French presses are additionally constituted of glass and are fragile, nevertheless, so whereas a French press may be higher when brewing for a crowd, the near-indestructible Aeropress is nice for journey and brewing one cup for your self.

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