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Over-hyped hipster plastic syringe
, 11 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker (Kitchen & Home)
It works like the French press, excerpt the extract is separated from ground, instead of brewing longer. The brewing time is not shorter than with conventional dripper, but the quality and quantity is somewhat lower, unless you fine-grain each step. With dripper, you spend these minutes on something more important, methinks.
Also, there is no way in hell you can create espresso with it, although they claim you can, unless you know what espresso is. Illy's research shows that espresso is a beverage brewed at 7-11 bars of pressure, with water temperature between 90 and 95C (without temperature loss from a cold coffee handle, etc). Even if the AeroPress had the organoleptic features of espresso, and the appearance of espresso, I don't think it is within these parameters. If it is such good "espresso" why will I probably not see a Barista making AeroPress Latte Art at the Barista Championship next month? It's a joke, but the point is, we need to protect the term "espresso" from misuse. Aeropress is a good brewer, no need to call it an espresso machine.
It's quite cheap, so I don't mind keeping it for occasional brewing at work, but for home use it's totally useless - get a conventional dripper and you'll be fine.
Another point - AeroPress is more expensive in use than any dripper. By European standard, you need 60 grams of ground coffee per one liter of water. With AeroPress it's more than 70gr. If your coffee is not a Tesco blend, you will notice the difference.
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