Ask Ben — Choosing A Brewing Method Part 4: AeroPress

There are a multitude of ways someone can make a cup of coffee. It all comes down to how you like it: silky, dense, delicate, viscous… the adjectives can go on and on! Over the course of the next week we’re gonna break down the various different brewing methods out there!

The basics of coffee are always the same. Brewing a cup of coffee really only needs three things: ground coffee, water, and some sort of filter. Just as in life, the beauty of coffee really comes out in the details. Each method can make a great cup of good coffee beans are used.

Every cup brewed with the same beans will fit a similar taste profile but certain qualities are highlighted between the different methods. After the basics, the main variables to consider are filter material, grind size, texture, ease of use, and technique.

Here’s how these variables play out in one of the most popular brewing methods:

AeroPress

If you’re looking for versatility and creativity, look no further than the Aeropress. I first started using the Aeropress when I began to look for the best travel brewing methods. It’s lightweight and not overly bulky making it great for travel and camping trips. Additionally, there are multiple ways to brew an Aeropress, making this one of the more endlessly engaging methods.

Taste: Due to the lower temperature and short brew time, the acid level of the brew is much lower than conventional brewers. Laboratory pH testing has found that it has less than one fifth that of regular drip brew. This leads to a smooth cup.

Technique & Grind: As opposed to the French Press, this immersion brewing style uses paper filters creating a delicate texture. The coffee beans tend to be grinded finer; which gives a quicker brewing time.

Ideal for: An AeroPress is best for broke enthusiasts and for those who are traveling. It takes a little bit of skill but can be an extremely rewarding method.