Single Serving Coffee Maker from Heaven

The Aerobie AeroPress Review: This coffee and espresso maker is my new best friend. It’s a coffeemaker that consists of a couple pieces of plastic. Looking at it for the first time, you might find yourself wondering how the heck it works. Read the directions and you’ll find that it’s actually pretty easy to use.

My Coffeemaker is Fine!

Now, you might be suspicious. You might think, “My drip-machine-percolator coffeemaker was more expensive. It has electronics and everything. The Aerobie This AeroPress review of yours sucks!”

Well, if that’s what you’re thinking, first let me ask you to please be a little nicer.

Next, I’ll tell you why you need to put your doubts aside and just try it. Because if you’re like me, you’ll never go back to a percolating drip coffeemaker again.

Though I’m writing this AeroPress review now, I’ve actually had it for about a year. My little brother had bought one and he just couldn’t wait to tell me how much he liked it. He lives about 1,000 miles away, so I couldn’t try his, but he gave it a very strong recommendation. It was only about $25, so I bought one.

Now, I’m a big coffee guy. I always have two or three cups a day. I wouldn’t call myself a coffee snob—if I’m staying a motel and the only coffee around is bad coffee, I’ll drink bad coffee—but I certainly love and appreciate good coffee. And as soon as I took my first sip from an Aerobie AeroPress coffeemaker, I was hooked. It was good coffee.

The Science Behind It

I did a little research before writing this AeroPress review, and one of the main takeaways I got from it was this: the problem with percolating drip-machine coffee makers is that they let the coffee brew for too long. What happens is that the percolator drops hot water on top of the coffee grinds at the top of the machine. But it’s like a Goldilocks and the Three Bears kind of situation. At first, the water is too hot, and when it hits the grinds at the top, it extracts extra bitterness from the grinds. By the time the hot water sinks its way down through the pile of coffee grinds, it’s cooled down a lot, so that when it reaches the coffee grinds at the bottom, it’s no longer hot enough to extract the coffee from the grinds! You end up over-extracting from the grinds at the top, and under-extracting from the grinds at the bottom.

With the AeroPress, however, the brewing lasts only about thirty seconds or so. Just enough to extract the full flavor of the coffee, but not long enough to extract the bitterness. The result is a cup of coffee that’s not bitter! And if you’re suspicious that thirty seconds isn’t enough brew time, keep in mind the AeroPress creates a vacuum to literally suck the moisture (and the flavor!) out of each little granule of coffee.

Another Benefit

Another thing that I love about the Aerobie AeroPress is that it’s a one-cup coffee maker. I live by myself now, and the convenience of being able to make a single cup of (really good) coffee is super nice. In the past, when I used a percolator, making coffee was more of a commitment. I knew that if I was going to make a pot, I would have to drink at least two or three cups (unless I threw away the unused coffee, which felt wasteful). And I had to do it relatively quickly, because as everybody knows, coffee that’s sat on a burner too long gets bitter. Now, if you live in a big house where you have to make coffee for three, four, or more people, then a percolator might be more convenient for you. It all depends on your situation.

A Downside?

There’s only one downside that I’ll mention in this AeroPress review, and that is that the Aerobie AeroPress is a bit of a coffee grinds hog. If you follow their directions, you’ll end up using more coffee grinds per cup of coffee than you will if you use a drip machine. So in that regard, it’s more expensive (not counting the initial investment, which is cheap) than a regular coffeemaker. However, because it makes such good coffee, I’ve found that I can actually buy cheaper coffee—think Hills Bros instead of Starbucks—and it still tastes better. Yum!