Aeropress

JonS

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The old drip maker really went downhill over the weekend (more grounds per cup than I prefer) and so off to the local home gadget store I went. I was mostly interested in the 9 cup moka pot, but it was out of stock. However, the Aeropress was well stocked and I decided to make the purchase. Great decision, as I had the best cup of coffee that I have ever made. Still going to purchase the 9 cup moka pot for those times when we need a little more volume, but thanks to all who recommended/opined on the outstanding Aeropress here.

Next thing you know I'll be roasting at home too :)
 

TravisS

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more grounds per cup than I prefer)
That's totally why I bought an aeropress a couple yrs ago. I'm the only one in my household that drinks coffee so no sense in making a pot at a time. Haven't looked back and no regrets. I do recommend getting the stainless filter rather than the paper filters for a more oily brew!
 

Faisal

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@TravisS I also love my aeropress with freshly ground coffee. Quick question, with the metal filter, do you have to grind a little more coarse? I usually grind quite fine with the paper filters.
 

TravisS

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@TravisS I also love my aeropress with freshly ground coffee. Quick question, with the metal filter, do you have to grind a little more coarse? I usually grind quite fine with the paper filters.
I grind mine super fine(in the realm of expresso fine)... the finer you grind it the more flavor you can extract. The stainless filter is super fine mesh and you wonder that water can even pass thru it.
 

JonS

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All,

I have been happily using the Aeropress since my post above, but have found my plunger a bit loose lately and ordered 2 spare.

How often have most had to replace the plunger in their Aeropress?
 

offwidth

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All,

I have been happily using the Aeropress since my post above, but have found my plunger a bit loose lately and ordered 2 spare.

How often have most had to replace the plunger in their Aeropress?
I haven't yet, but I don't use it daily. It sure makes a nice brew when I do use it however
 

Geoff Chafe

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Preheat the plunger in hot water for a minute or two before you start. You can get a good seal with a slightly worn plunger. My AeroPress is about two years old and has been loose for a while. That is my only issue with the AreoPress.
 

TravisS

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I've had my aeropress for a few years and only use it on the weekend. My plunger is loose but still seals
 

JonS

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Thanks guys. We are averaging 5 cups per day, so perhaps I have received reasonable mileage. $12 a year for a plunger compared to the cost of a new drip machine is really nothing, and it is still the best coffee I've ever made at home.
 

HUNTER1313

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I think we've had our for about a year now. I would say between 4-6 coffees a day seven days a week. Sometimes more. Still loving it and it works great.
 

Geoduck

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Oh man, an Aeropress thread! I got one earlier this year and love it to death. I’ve always liked coffee now and then but started drinking it consistently in the last few years mostly via my own Tassimo Machine and Starbucks. The availability and variety with Tassimo wasn’t doing it for me and after reading up on the Aeropress the simplicity sold me on it. It’s so satisfying and ease to use. The lack of clean up and maintenance is wonderful.

I’ve been doing the standard 10 second stir and push method that’s in the manual. Should I give inverted a go?
 

Tirofijo

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Got one 3 days ago and absolutely love it.

I have a Chemex and ordinary French press but the Aeropress beats it hands down. (I never got around to buying a gooseneck water kettle so maybe I wasn't optimizing my Chemex brews)

I can use hot water straight from the bottled water cooler/heater dispenser thing, so no need to heat water in the microwave. Not sure I can do that with Chemex or French press. Makes the process quick for me.
 

Hasbro

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Been using the AP for about 3 years now and it’s the best $25 I ever spent. It’s impossible to make a bad cup of coffee with this thing. I’ve tried every combination you can think of whether it’s 10 seconds, inverted, different water temps, cheap coffee, gourmet coffee, whole beans, ground beans, different amounts of water, different amounts of time before pressing, etc. Each method has its nuances but it always produces a great cup of coffee with absolutely no bitter or burnt taste whatsoever.

You just have to experiment to find the combination you like best. I did purchase a stainless steel strainer set so I didn’t have to fool with the paper filters anymore. They also allow much more of the coffee oils/antioxidants to get through. Puts Kurig to shame.

As far as the loose plunger issues some of you have reported I haven’t experienced that on mine. It’s 3 years old, used multiple times daily, and looks and seals as good as it did the day I bought it. That was my only concern when I purchased it but so far so good. Heck even if I had to buy a new one every year it wouldn’t bother me.
 
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Steve W.

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I’ve been doing the standard 10 second stir and push method that’s in the manual. Should I give inverted a go?
One of the cool things about the Aeropress is that it lends itself to a lot of different recipes/methods. +1 to @Hasbro's observation that it's hard to make a bad cup. I tend to use a minute or two of steep time. You can do this using the inverted method, but you can also just insert the plunger slightly and leave it there, which will prevent the water from dripping through (although there will be a little initial drip through).

If you google "world aeropress championship" (yes, there is such a thing), you can find lots of different recipes used by winners and finalists.

I pre-ordered this product, which should ship in the next month or so. It's a replacement end cap with a valve and metal filter (you can still use a paper filter with it too), so you can brew upright without any dripping, and it's also supposed to increase the pressure.

Prismo – Fellow
 

JonS

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As far as the loose plunger issues some of you have reported I haven’t experienced that on mine. It’s 3 years old, used multiple times daily, and looks and seals as good as it did the day I bought it. That was my only concern when I purchased it but so far so good. Heck even if I had to buy a new one every year it wouldn’t bother me.
I discovered other household members had stored it improperly; the plunger wasn't fully depressed and therefore under pressure. I believe this accelerated wear, in my case.
 
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