French Press v/s Aeropress – Ultimate Brew Battle & Comparison

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French Press v/s Aeropress – Battle of the Coffee Makers

First, let’s look at the similarities between these two handy coffee making devices:

Both are glass, device-free coffee makers.

The coffee produced makes a great cup of coffee.

They are both highly attractive and will make you the envy of all your friends.

Now the differences between the – French Press v/s Aeropress.

The coffee production method in the French Press machine is a bare metal-on-metal contact while the Aeropress device is a coffee-on-paper contact.

The bulky size of the French press makes it hard to carry around; the Aeropress is compact enough to fit in your handbag.

The French Press coffee maker is made of glass and metal; the Aeropress is made of plastic, rubber, and steel.

How to Make French Press Coffee

The French press is a classic, and we all remember our first cup of coffee made this way. It is a simple, yet effective way of making good coffee in large quantities, which makes it perfect for hostels and holiday seasons. The French press consists of a glass carafe with a mesh bottom, a lid, and a plunger.

The mesh holds the roasted coffee beans and fine ground coffee that you need to pour hot water through. To make your delicious coffee, you need to pour hot water over your coffee and ground beans. Then you need to wait for the magic to happen. The grounds will make room and settle at the bottom of the carafe. You'll need to press the grounds down using the plunger filter and pour yourself a hot cup of coffee.

The plunger filter looks like an inverted funnel attached to a rod, which compresses the grounds into the bottom of the carafe. When you push down on the plunger, the filtered coffee pours through the spout. The filter ensures that the grounds do not remain in the coffee.

One of the biggest attractions is that it is a self-contained system – no measuring or cleaning of any kind is required. You merely need to acquire a coffee grinder, filter, and hot water. Water must be at least 200 degrees to extract good flavors from the coffee, and you should use freshly roasted coffee.

Why the French Press is So Timeless

For millions of Americans, the ritual of steeping and then pressing a button to make a cup of coffee is so commonplace that it’s almost comical. Some are even oblivious to the fact that every time they make a pot, they waste nearly half of its contents, all for the sake of convenience and ease. While any coffee snob or lover of convenience (which is to say, most of us) will readily agree that there is something special about making espresso, even the snobbiest coffee snobs have a space in their hearts for the timeless French Press.

The French Press is a plain piece of equipment whose simplicity belies its worth. While it has been around since the late 1800s, it is as sturdy and useful in 2019 as it was in 1970.

Unlike the espresso machine, which was invented at the turn of the 20th century, the French Press has been available for more than 150 years … and it is still is only one of two machines which extract the best coffee flavor from humble coffee grounds. The only method to truly rival the French Press is the Aeropress, a machine that was invented more than 10 years later. In this ultimate brew battle we will take a look at both these brewing methods and try to determine which is the best French Press or Aeropress.

How to Make Aeropress Coffee

If you're looking for a fast, simple but highly effective way to make a good espresso-like brew then the Aeropress is for you.

The Aeropress claims to give you the absolute best cup of coffee you've ever tasted.

It supposedly creates an espresso-like brew that yields a smooth, rich and complex taste in just a few minutes.

Now, that's a large claim….

Most coffee connoisseurs would agree that espresso is the "it" brew of the moment, but the Aeropress recipe has a different story to tell.

In fact, the Aeropress is a bit of a coffee rebel, stirring things up in world where smooth espresso machines are a big thing.

You don't need to be a coffee-phobe to be able to use the Aeropress, in fact the Aeropress is ideal for people who want to create top-notch caffeine-laden coffee, but who don't want to spend hours learning to make the perfect espresso.

Unlike an espresso machine, the Aeropress is incredibly easy to use, so you can knock up a cup of java as soon as you start to feel like a drink.

You won't need to use coffee pods or even measure out coffee beans, it's simply a matter of pouring the required dose of water over the coffee and letting the Aeropress do its stuff.

Why We Love the Aeropress

The Aeropress is more efficient than a standard French Press, with one of the percolations requiring less than a minute. This speedy prep time makes the Aeropress a great match for office or school, where time is always of the essence.

The device gives you full control over brewing time – a factor normally determined by factors that may or may not align with your preferences. With a standard French Press, brewing can take up to 5 minutes, and is determined by how many coarsely ground beans have been used. Even with a precision grinder, small variations in the coarseness of the grind and the toughness of the beans cause one French Press to brew much quicker than the next. The Aeropress allows the user to vary only one factor – grind coarseness – to get the perfect textured brew that you desire.

And finally, the Aeropress gives you the ability to make a single cup of coffee at a time. No need to worry about brewing too little or too much.

In short, if what you want in a coffee maker is smooth but full flavored coffee, evenly extracted from beans of all different qualities and textures, at any time of the day, then the Aeropress is your ideal companion.

Cost Comparisons

The Brew and the Cup is a website that rates coffee makers on price, performance, and convenience…these three factors are quite subjective to the user. However, there are other sites that have done a more scientific comparison of French press and Aeropress.

In the following table, you can see the price and customer reviews of the two coffee makers from CNET and Amazon.

Cast Your Vote for the Best Coffee Maker

Though both have a similar process when it comes to extraction, each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

The French press is usually made of glass and is ideal for brewing only one cup at a time. It can be a bit of a hassle to clean up but is the less expensive of the two. The Aeropress, on the other hand, is made of plastic but you have to buy filters for it. It is best suited for 3-5 cups of coffee at a time but you’ll have to clean it after every use.

Temperature is another factor that is different in these two brewing methods. The French press brews your coffee at room temperature, but the Aeropress needs to be hot.

Pricing & Cleanup

The price is another difference between the two. The French press simply requires a pitcher, a filter and a lid which makes it a lot cheaper than the Aeropress. The Aeropress uses filters so an additional expense is involved. You will have to buy filters for the Aeropress, which are more expensive than the filters used by the French press.

No Need to Settle – French Press & Aeropress Compared