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Drip Coffee? You gottabekiddin’ me!

posted by Scot McKnight

AeroPress.jpgSomeone needs to stand up and call a halt to this silliness. Perhaps I should be the one. Okay, now that I’ve got your attention, here it is: Throw away your drip coffee machine and your French Press and buy one of these AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
coffee machines and get yourself a better cup of coffee at a cheaper price. I just linked to the Amazon page for the AeroPress and it’s got more “reviews” than a Rob Bell provocation or a Brian McLaren pot-stirrer. Almost all of the customer reviews of the AeroPress are 5 Star.

This little 26 dollar machine forces hot water through a small filter and gives a splendid cup of coffee. Drip, shrip. French, smench. The drip machines are too expensive for what you get and the French press machines are, well, not the same pressure you can get in an AeroPress.

I’m serious: I have one of these in my office at school and the barista students all agree: great way of making coffee. And it’s cheap as all get out.

Will someone stand up and give us an “Amen!”



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John Wilks

posted February 2, 2009 at 3:03 pm


The only bad thing about the Aeropress is that it invites coffee snobery.
Still, it was the best $30 I’ve ever spent.



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RJS

posted February 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm


Can it make 12 cups at a time to warm and age to perfection as I work? Available on the spur of the moment?
I thought not…drip is here to stay.
(John (#1) has succumbed to temptation — I fight on)



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Chad Hall

posted February 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm


FYI – The coffee from the Aeropress may be great, but your link to the item on Amazon is bad.



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Paul D.

posted February 2, 2009 at 3:42 pm


I remember your touting the AeroPress last year but just last week I went into my local roasters — http://www.carpediemcoffee.com — and the resident “coffee goddesses” offered me “the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had”. The price was right — FREE — so I agreed. The AeroPress appeared from behind the counter, with their own Thunderbolt Blend. One minute later — WOW!!! They plan to sell the AeroPress; I’ve already put in my order.



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Ed Gentry

posted February 2, 2009 at 3:43 pm


Amen.
RJS is correct, I don’t use it when I want to make coffee for 12, for this a large french press or drip is more appropriate.
I recently made a series of espresso based drinks for about six people: americano, cappuccino, straight espresso etc. It was very easy with the aeropress.



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Michael

posted February 2, 2009 at 3:51 pm


I got this as a gift around Thanksgiving this past fall. My drip coffee maker is in storage. Smooth, not acidic, it makes awesome coffee.
It’s best for individual use — not for large groups.



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Matthew Snyder

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:22 pm


Sounds intriguing… I’m a coffee fiend. But I could drink an entire pot by myself. Having to make a cup over and over again may not be worth the investment.



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Kurt

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm


You got this one right on! My friend is on a personal campaign to end the consumption of drip coffee all together by convincing everyone to own an AeroPress. He carries his in his backpack and is always ready for engaging conversation over a quality Americano. He sent one to my hotel as a care package when I was on some extended travel and away from my home espresso machine. One needs some patience to go through the process and clean-up but it is so worth it.



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Chad Hall

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm


Thanks for fixing the link.
Also, curious about the grind of beans, amount, temp of water and such that folks find works best. After months, I’m still experimenting with my French press to get just the right cup of coffee. Would love to hit the ground running when I buy the AeroPress.



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Scot McKnight

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:45 pm


Chad,
I don’t know my temperature; I heat water for 2 minutes and 30 secs in the microwave. I use espresso grind Caribou Coffee and I’ve got the Mocha Java right now; it’s perfect for the machine.



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Tony Stiff

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:48 pm


Amen!!!



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RJS

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:54 pm


How many times can you run water through the ground coffee before you need to change?



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Scot McKnight

posted February 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm


RJS,
That’s like asking how many people have to chew the gum before it loses its taste!



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RJS

posted February 2, 2009 at 5:00 pm


I knew it – another product of our prodigal throw it out society…only use the grounds once!



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RJS

posted February 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm


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RJS

posted February 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm


And I see my comment appeared afterall (#14)



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phil_style

posted February 2, 2009 at 5:22 pm


As with all things coffee, the greatest question is:
Is it available in the UK?



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Mike Mangold

posted February 2, 2009 at 6:12 pm


What a kwinky dink: this Aeropress is the talk of the town on one of the hiking/camping blogs I frequent. Here are the URL’s listed there:
http://www.aerobie.com/Products/videos/Aeropress.wmv
http://buckheadcoffeestore.com/shop/…spx?itemid=163
RJS: compost the coffee grounds and filter. Or add the grounds directly to the soil around acid-loving plants.



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Heidi Renee

posted February 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm


My good friend got one of these and it make an incredible cup of java. I just wish it didn’t use so many beans…



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Mike Mangold

posted February 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm


Sorry, the second link doesn’t work.



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Jason

posted February 2, 2009 at 7:28 pm


Two words – THE TODDY
I don’t know of these other methods. But the TODDY cold brew system has been my friend for years. Check it out on Amazon
By the way these ads are only getting worse… Christian Singles? Is there anything redeeming in that photo or is this not just a cheap sale on Christ? Sad, Christian commercialism, we should expect more



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EricW

posted February 2, 2009 at 8:04 pm


My love affair with my AeroPress (both of them – one at home, one at the office):
http://goodhotblackcoffee.blogspot.com/search/label/AeroPress



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TheGroundworks

posted February 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm


Does the French Press hold its flavour?



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Tim Ricci

posted February 3, 2009 at 3:57 am


Scot I have to agree with you. I have one and it makes a great cup of coffee. If you’re into espresso, check out the nespresso system.



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Jeremiah Daniels

posted February 3, 2009 at 4:16 am


Scot,
I bought one last year after you had mentioned it. I love it. Makes a perfect cup of espresso.



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Adam Turner

posted February 3, 2009 at 6:52 am


I need to say thank you, Scot. I read your blog for a while and kept reading about the Aeropress so when my wife asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I asked for an Aeropress. It is truly an amazing tool that makes a great cup of coffee. I used to make a daily Starbucks run to get my caffeine fix for the day, but now I only go for meetings; the rest of the time it is all Aeropress for me. Thank you!



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David B. Johnson

posted February 3, 2009 at 9:46 am


Has anyone else heard that drinking coffee that wasn’t run through a paper filter can raise cholesterol significantly? Maybe it’s just propaganda from the machine that promotes other coffee makers! This has caused me to think twice when I use my french press.



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EricW

posted February 3, 2009 at 11:55 am


David:
It’s true. I mention it in the posts linked from my love affair with my AeroPress comment (#22), in my post (from that link) about using paper filters:
http://goodhotblackcoffee.blogspot.com/2008/04/coffee-why-you-should-use-paper-filters.html
Alan Adler, the AeroPress inventor, has gone into detail about it at CoffeeGeek.com and I link to his posts about it. The chemicals are the diterpenes Cafestol and Kahweol.



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Michael

posted February 3, 2009 at 2:22 pm


Chad #9 Re: water temperature.
The instructions that come with the Aeropress says to do it at 175 degrees. That’s slightly cooler in temperature than drip makers and that’s one of the keys to a smooth, non-acidic cup that’s the trademark Aeropress.
My personal experience bears this to be true — the hotter the water in the Aeorpress, the more acidic and more “normal” the coffee. For a great cup — follow their easy instructions and you’ll never go back to any other kind of coffee.
As for grind — drip or espresso will do. My experience is that a fine grind is good.



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Leland Vickers

posted February 3, 2009 at 3:16 pm


Is there a connection between Aeropress coffee and fountain pen writing? Both are left brain? or right brain? or no-brainer?
I take the hot water straight out of our water filter machine at work. It must be above 90C. HOT!! Fill the coffee cup once with hot water to heat it. Then fill the appropriate amount of water into the the press. Great coffee.



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Eric

posted February 3, 2009 at 4:53 pm


I might have to add it to the collection alongside the drip maker and French Press. You can never have too many coffee-making devices!



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Keith K

posted February 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm


I must agree! My AeroPress is amazing I use it every day!



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Chad Hall

posted February 4, 2009 at 1:40 pm


Okay, an office mate happens to have an Aeropress and so I gave it a whirl. Bottom line: Splendid! Great coffee and the clean up is much less than with my french press. I’m sold.



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Richard Goulette

posted February 4, 2009 at 2:19 pm


How do you know to hit 175 degrees? do you have to have a thermometer each time you heat your water?



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EricW

posted February 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm


Get a cheap instant-read digital thermometer at Wal-Mart (TEMPRITE made mine – but I don’t know how accurate it is). I pour the heated water ($30 GE Wal-Mart 1.7 Qt electric tea kettle w/cool-touch base) in the inner “squeegee” tube and take the reading; when it drops to 170-175, I then pour it into the tube with the ground coffee (resting on top of my cup), stir with the paddle for however long I wish, and then use the now-empty squeegee tube to air-press the water through the coffee, and add to the resulting cup however much hot water I need to make it the strength I desire. Works for me and assures the temperature I want, rather than just relying on past experience and guesswork. You’ll be surprised at the difference 170-175 degrees versus 180+ degrees makes in how coffee tastes. I have two drip makers at home; one makes good coffee, the other makes a more bitter cup, and I ascribe the difference to the different temperatures they likely heat the coffee to, since all other factors are the same.



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Pat

posted February 4, 2009 at 9:10 pm


Guess RJS and I are the only real cheapskates here. I just throw the coffee grounds in a teapot, add boiling water, and pour it through a strainer. I can get a pot and a half from one scoop of grounds.



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Jason Rosenfeld

posted February 12, 2009 at 6:29 am


Regarding the temperature:
I used a thermometer when I’d take the water out of my microwave until I found “just the right amount of time” to reach 175 degrees. Now I don’t need the thermometer every time, unless I use a different mug or whatever.
I heat my water in the mug, then transfer to the top plastic “vial” — that way the mug is warm and the coffee stays hot longer.



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