If you are interested in making both regular coffee as well as espresso drinks without having to buy and maintain two different machines, you may be interested in the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. It makes use of a rapid total immersion brewing process. It takes less time than a traditional French press to create a rich, full-bodied brew, but because the process is faster, it reduces acidity and bitterness in your coffee.
The AeroPress makes one to three cups per batch of coffee, making it ideal for people who want to enjoy a cup of coffee or espresso without having to brew a large quantity. The AeroPress creates small amounts of coffee and espresso with a much more vibrant and higher quality than single-serve pod machines.
It brews regular American coffee but also can be used to make an espresso concentrate that you can use to make lattes and cappuccinos. The coffee maker is small, durable, and lightweight, so you can use it at home and take it with you if you are someone who travels a lot. It's the perfect marriage between excellent tasting coffee and espresso and everyday convenience.
AeroPress Inc. was originally part of a company called Aerobie, and it has a fascinating history. It was founded in 1984 by Alan Adler, a retired engineering instructor from Stanford University. At the company's founding, it was actually manufacturing and selling sporting goods that Adler had designed! It wasn't until 2004 that Adler began to study the coffee brewing process and different coffee maker designs. In 2005 Aerobie introduced its first AeroPress coffee maker at a coffee industry trade show.
The Aerobie company didn't stop making sports toys but continued to make sports products and its AeroPress coffee makers for about ten years. In 2017 the company sold is assets and stopped making sports toys and changed its name to AeroPress Inc. Since that time, the company has entirely focused on the manufacturing of coffee makers.
Alan Adler still owns the company with his wife, and its products are US made. However, AeroPress Inc. is continuing to make a global name for itself as Alan Adler continues to analyze different coffee maker designs and work on new coffee-making inventions to expand the AeroPress product line.
The AeroPress designs are Phthalate and BPA free. They are easy to use and easy to clean, making them a great addition to your household.
What We Like Best
The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker brews one to three cups of coffee in about a minute. Not only is this great when you need coffee faster, but the lower steep time also allows for the body of French Press coffee without the acidity and bitterness. Unlike a French Press which is limited to making coffee, the AeroPress enables you to make espresso-based beverages, for additional drink options.
The AeroPress is small and easy to use. Place the AeroPress filter inside the coffee maker's cap, twist it onto the coffee grounds chamber, add the coffee grinds, and then pour it in hot water. Once you've done that, all you have to do is insert the plunger and press gently. You can add more or less water depending on whether you are looking to make a coffee or espresso type drink.
To clean up, all you need to do is remove the cap, use the plunger to push out the filter and rinse. This cleaning process is far easier than what you would need to do for a traditional espresso maker, making it a great alternative if you are someone who enjoys a nice cup of espresso regularly without the mess.
What We Don't Like
If the AeroPress has one shortcoming, it is the fact that it only uses disposal filters. To be fair, the number of filters included with the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker will last you about a year. Replacement packs contain about 350 filters and cost about three dollars. Another good thing is that the filters are readily available at most stores. However, it would still be nice if it came with a reusable filter, so you didn't need to repurchase, and it would be more environmentally friendly.
The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso maker offers two different drink options in one coffee maker. The small batches are great if you just need a quick caffeine hit but still appreciate rich tasting coffee beverages. We also appreciate the fact that all the components are Phthalate and BPA free, offering you peace of mind that you're not slowly poisoning yourself with unhealthy chemicals every time you consume a coffee.
The AeroPress is easy to use and clean, so even though an engineer designed it, you don't need to be an engineer yourself to figure out how to use it. If Mr. Adler could just create a reusable filter, the AeroPress would be a perfect coffee and espresso making solution.