Best AeroPress Accessories

In this post, I’m going to cover some of the best AeroPress accessories out there to help you get the most out of your AeroPress.

There’s some pretty handy add-ons and accessories for the AeroPress that can not only make your life easier, but can also help to produce some different styles of coffee.

Each accessory that I will cover helps you achieve AeroPress greatness in a different way, helping with things such as:

  • The brewing process
  • Travelling with an AeroPress
  • Storing your AeroPress
  • Preparing your coffee for use with the AeroPress

You may find that some of them will even benefit you in more than one category, such as travelling and storage.

I should mention that these are all 3rd party accessories, not officially made or endorsed by Aerobie, the makers of the AeroPress.

Let’s go!

Best AeroPress Accessories for Brewing

Fellow Prismo

The Fellow Prismo is made by Fellow Industries and allows you to make a full-immersion espresso-style brew, without needing to use the inverted method.

It replaces the standard filter cap that comes with the AeroPress with a cap that has a pressure-actuated valve.

This stops the flow of coffee from the AeroPress until you apply pressure, giving you greater control. It also comes with a 150 micron reusable metal filter.

Because it creates an air-tight seal, you can also use it to make AeroPress cold brew overnight.

See price on Amazon

PuckPuck

If you ever wanted to be able to make quick cold brew with your AeroPress, meet the PuckPuck.

The PuckPuck is a puck sized disc that attaches to the top of your AeroPress chamber and slowly drips ice-cold water into your AeroPress from an attached water vessel.

It enables the AeroPress to produce Kyoto style slow-drip cold brew coffee in about 2.5 – 3 hours time. That’s quick!

You can purchase it with or without the PuckPuck water vessel, as it has the capability of using a compatible water bottle instead. See their website for a list of compatible bottles.

See price on Amazon

Aesir Paper Filters

Huh? Doesn’t the AeroPress come with its own paper filters? Yes, but Aesir paper filters are different.

The Aesir Paper Filters are premium filters made from high quality paper and twice as thick as the standard AeroPress paper filters.

Having smaller pores, this means that more vibrance, clarity and juiciness is transferred to your cup, without the sediment.

They’re also low absorbent, so you won’t lose any of the natural coffee oils, either.

Clearly, there must be a reason why several World AeroPress Champions use these paper filters.

See price on Amazon

Able Disk Filter

If you prefer the option of a reusable metal filter instead of paper filters, you should check out the Able Disk Filter. There’s two different types of Able Disk Filters available.

There’s the standard stainless steel filter that produces a fuller-bodied cup, as some of the coffee fines are able to pass into your cup when you press.

There’s also a fine filter option that allows less coffee fines to enter your cup and produces a lighter, cleaner cup of coffee.

Be aware that the fine filter is thinner than the standard filter and it’s possible to bend if too much pressure is applied.

They’re made 100% in the USA and used by AeroPress professionals. Able also sponsored the World AeroPress Championships in 2019.

See price on Amazon

Porlex Mini Coffee Grinder

The Porlex Mini Coffee Grinder is a ceramic burr hand grinder that compliments the features of the AeroPress well. It’s portable, durable, fast, lightweight and compact.

If you’re likely to be moving your AeroPress between various locations and need a coffee grinder that can travel with you for a fresh grind, definitely consider the Porlex Mini.

It’s perfect for travelling with the AeroPress, as due to its small size, it can fit inside the AeroPress itself.

Not only that, it also produces a good grind and is made in Japan.

See price on Amazon

2Pour

The 2Pour is an AeroPress accessory that saves you time by pressing your coffee into two separate cups at once.

This means you don’t need to switch cups half-way, press it all into one large cup or jug and then transfer it to your drinking cups or make two separate brews all together.

The concept is easy enough. Place two coffee cups under the 2Pour spouts, place your AeroPress on top of the 2Pour and then press.

Just make sure you have some smaller coffee cups than a standard mug in the house, as the 2Pour isn’t that tall.

See price on Amazon

Best AeroPress Accessories for Traveling

JavaJug / JavaJug 2

The JavaJug (or JavaJug 2 since the version 2 was released) is a stainless steel jug that is suitable for pressing your AeroPress coffee into and also storing your AeroPress.

You may have discovered when travelling that it can be difficult to find a suitable cup that your AeroPress can nicely press your coffee into.

It’s wide enough to fit the AeroPress cap so you can press your coffee without spilling a drop. If you’re making multiple cups, you can serve from the JavaJug.

You can also follow the markings on the inside that show how much hot water to add before serving.

It comes with a JavaJacket that wraps around the JavaJug to insulate it and keep it either cool or hot. The JavaJacket is available in six different colours.

When you’re all done making coffee, simply remove the filter cap and place it in the JavaJug, then put in your AeroPress upside down.

Make sure the AeroPress plunger is pushed all the way through the chamber, so it doesn’t compress the plunger gasket. If left compressed, your AeroPress gasket can wear out faster.

See price on Amazon

Able travel cap

Planning to bring some coffee beans with you to grind fresh while you travel? Unless you’ve got loads of storage, you’ll benefit from the Able Travel Cap.

It’s a cap that fits on the open end of the AeroPress plunger, allowing you to use the empty space inside the plunger as a storage compartment.

This is perfect for storing some coffee beans or even some filter papers. Although it doesn’t hold heaps of beans, it may be enough to get you through until you can purchase some more while you travel.

It also helps to provide better stability for the AeroPress when you’re brewing using the inverted method and is made in the USA.

See price on Amazon

Eagle Creek Pack It Tube Cube

When you travel, having a travel case can make sure that all of your parts and pieces stay together and don’t get damaged in your luggage.

The Eagle Creek Pack It Tube Cube is a travel case that will (depending how much you plan to bring) fit everything you need to keep you brewing fresh coffee.

The zip is accessible on both ends, meaning easy access to either side of the case. It’s also backed by a lifetime “no matter what” warranty! That’s pretty amazing.

See price on Amazon

Ondamota Herb Container

Although the intended purpose of this item is to carry herbs, the Ondamota Herb Container can be used to store your ground coffee in and makes a perfect little accessory for travelling with your AeroPress.

It’s 2.1 inches high, 1 inch wide, so small enough to fit in your pocket. It’s made from lightweight, durable aluminium and comes in a variety of colors.

When sealed, it’s air-tight and locks in the freshness and aroma of your ground coffee.

See price on Amazon

Best AeroPress Accessories for Storage

Hexnub Organizer

Everything needs a home. If that’s true for you, whether you’re at home or the office, you’ll benefit from owning a Hexnub Organizer for your AeroPress.

It has space for all your AeroPress parts, including the chamber and plunger, scoop, stirring paddle, funnel and filter papers (with holder) and looks great wherever you are.

You can also store your coffee mugs on top of it, with the top shelf including a heat-proof silicone rubber drip mat.

You should also be happy to hear that it’s made from 100% recyclable bamboo, so environmentally friendly, too.

If you have even less space and require something more compact, Hexnub also offer a compact version of the Hexnub Organizer.

See price on Amazon

Blue Horse Caddy

Don’t leave your AeroPress just anywhere. Your countertop can now be organized with the help of the Blue Horse Caddy.

It holds your AeroPress and all the parts with a place for everything, allowing you to have somewhere to dry it after use.

It’s made from stainless steel, so it’s durable, and it has non-slip rubber feet which keep the caddy secure and also protect whatever surface you use it on.

If that wasn’t enough, it’s also made in the USA, so expect good quality.

See price on Amazon

Conclusion

There you have it, my list of the best AeroPress accessories. I hope you found it useful and that you’re now able to get more out of your AeroPress than before!

Was there anything I missed that you think should be on the list? Or perhaps something you’ve used that you think shouldn’t be on the list?

Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

How to travel with an AeroPress

If you’re getting ready for a trip but find yourself wondering how to travel with an AeroPress, you’re not alone.

One of the things that was immediately obvious when I first saw my friend’s AeroPress, was its portability. I could see the huge benefit in owning a coffee maker that you could bring with you pretty much anywhere.

My friend spoke about just that. He would bring it with him when he went camping, when he visited his parents, when he went to the office and when he went for cycling trips.

It was one of the things he loved the most about it, aside from making great coffee. Since owning my own, it’s also become one of the things that I love the most about it, too.

If you want to travel with an AeroPress, you could purchase an AeroPress travel kit or case, or the AeroPress Go which neatly packs away into a travel mug which you press your coffee into, or even the JavaJug.

There’s many options and there’s no right or wrong way of doing it. As with most things, it comes down to what your needs are.

Before you rush off to buy your travel setup, there’s a few factors to consider that will help determine which option will suit you best:

  • What items you need to bring
  • How much space you have
  • How much weight you can carry
  • How long your trip is

Let’s take a closer look at each of these factors.

How to Travel With an AeroPress – Factors You Should Consider

Useful items

Your travel situation will greatly impact what you need to bring with you. Here’s a list of items that may be useful for you when you travel with your AeroPress:

You’re not going to need all of these things every single time you travel with your AeroPress, but some of them will help you greatly.

If you’re just visiting your parents locally, for instance, the AeroPress, a suitable hand grinder and a travel cap for storing beans would be enough.

You could even make it simpler by grinding the beans before you go and bringing them in a herb pot. I’m sure you get the idea here.

One of the options for how to travel with an AeroPress, a container with some ground coffee inside with a plastic scoop.

Storage space

If you’re traveling in a way that restricts how much storage space you have, take a minute to think about what you really need to bring with you and why.

If you’re only going for a day or two, you might be better off bringing pre-ground coffee. If anything, you’ll appreciate your freshly ground coffee that much more when you return.

When storage is a real deal-breaker, you should seriously consider getting an AeroPress Go.

If you’ve already got an AeroPress, I don’t need to convince you about the benefits, such as it’s:

  • Compact,
  • Durable,
  • Fast,
  • Portable, and
  • Lightweight

Obviously, the AeroPress Go is all these things and more. It comes complete with its very own travel mug that you can press your coffee directly into, so that’s one less thing you need to bring.

Not only that, but it’s even more compact, as it can be packed away entirely into the travel mug, drastically decreasing the amount of storage space needed.

But if that doesn’t persuade you and you already own an AeroPress, you could instead look at the option of grabbing a JavaJug.

It’s a big coffee jug that you can press your AeroPress coffee into and also store your AeroPress inside of when you’re all done.

It’s not as compact as the AeroPress Go, but if you don’t need to be that compact, it’s a suitable option.

Another option is a travel kit. There’s plenty of kits available, each with a different style and size.

Think carefully about exactly how you plan to use it, making sure it can accommodate your AeroPress and other essentials.

Weight

Man sitting in an airport departure area with feet up resting on his luggage, looking out the window at a departing aeroplane.If you’re traveling internationally, the weight of individual items in your luggage can begin to really add up. The last thing you need is another heavy item to add to your list.

AeroPress to the rescue! As I stated earlier, being lightweight is one of the key benefits of the AeroPress. You should have no hesitation about bringing it with you overseas whatsoever.

You’ll want to use some sort of travel kit to avoid your coffee gear getting damaged or moving around in transit.

And if you’re going on more of a backpacking adventure, the AeroPress Go would be a clear winner here, taking up the least amount of space, but also providing a travel mug.

You should also have your own coffee hand grinder that compliments the AeroPress, as no pre-ground coffee will last a long trip. To find out which hand grinder is most suitable, see my recent article.

Length of trip

Every trip you take is different. Are you going for several days or longer? If so, will you need to bring a grinder that matches the benefits of the AeroPress?

If the freshness of ground coffee is less important to you, can you instead pre-grind your beans before you go and bring them in a compact storage container?

For some people, they can sacrifice their desire for freshly ground coffee in exchange for the extra space they will have. For others, it’s not an option.

If you really can’t go without freshly ground coffee, you can maximise the space you have by bringing a hand grinder that can fit inside your AeroPress.

You could also use a travel cap that seals over the end of the plunger tube to hold your coffee beans.

It won’t hold enough for a long trip, but it’s something. Perhaps it’s enough to keep you going until you can purchase some more coffee beans on your travels.

Conclusion

I hope you’ve got a clearer idea about what you may or may not need to bring with you when you travel and that I’ve provided some insight about how to travel with an AeroPress.

Have you tried out any of my suggestions? How did they work for you? Do you have something to recommend that I missed? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

The 5 best hand grinders for AeroPress

If you’re looking for the best hand grinder for AeroPress, there’s a wide variety of options available. But you don’t want just any hand grinder, as they can range dramatically in price, size, quality and ability.

It’s also worth choosing a hand grinder that will compliment the features of the AeroPress. In particular, it should be:

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Fast
  • Portable
  • Lightweight

There’s a lot of great hand grinders out there, but in this post, I’ll just be focusing on some that are most suitable for use with the AeroPress.

If you haven’t yet done any research on suitable hand grinders, you can relax. I’ve done the research and now present to you my list of the best hand grinders for AeroPress.

Features

So what do you need to look for when choosing a suitable hand grinder for the AeroPress? The appeal of the AeroPress itself relies on certain key features, aside from the great coffee that it makes.

Therefore, if you want the best hand grinder for the AeroPress, you should choose a grinder that compliments the features of the AeroPress. It should be portable, compact, light weight, fast and durable.

Now let’s take a look at each of these features as they relate to hand grinders.

Portability

If you’re using an AeroPress already, I’m sure you appreciate how easily portable it is. You can take it with you anywhere: camping, the office, your friend’s house, interstate/overseas travel, and so on.

You’ll want an equally portable grinder that can travel with you anywhere that you would normally bring your AeroPress.

Compact

Little space is taken up by the AeroPress when it’s not being used. Likewise, a small or compact grinder will suit you well. Perhaps you can choose a grinder that fits inside the AeroPress. – link to FAQ question

Lightweight

The AeroPress is one of the lightest coffee makers around. If you intend on doing any sort of travel with your coffee making setup, it’ll be best to choose a grinder that’s not big and heavy.

Speed

Speed is one of the greatest features of the AeroPress. Make sure the grinder you choose can produce a grind at the size you need within a similar one to two minute window.

You don’t want to be grinding away for five to ten minutes to make one or two coffees.

Durable

Similar to the AeroPress, owning a grinder that can handle a bump here and there and not fall apart is necessary.

If you’re using it for home use, this may not be as much of a concern for you. But then again, if you plan to travel with your setup, this becomes essential.

More than likely, you’ll want a grinder that’s going to last.

A close up of one of the 5 best hand grinders for AeroPress, the Porlex Mini, disassembled with all the parts shown.
Porlex Mini hand grinder flickr photo by skinnydiver shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

Best Hand Grinders for AeroPress Features

Now, we’re going to take a look at the JavaPresse, Vevok Chef, Hario Slim Pro, Timemore Chestnut C2 and Porlex Mini hand grinders in detail.

JavaPresse

The JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder has some appeal in the eyes of AeroPress users, as it compliments most of the features of the AeroPress quite well.

It’s compact enough to fit neatly inside the AeroPress, which also makes it portable.

There are no visual cues as to what grind setting is selected, so if you’re likely to change the setting for different brewing, you’ll need to go to the finest setting first and then count the clicks as you get coarser.

There are 18 different grind settings available, giving you lots of control over your grind. The most suitable setting for the AeroPress is medium to medium fine (4 – 9 clicks).

However, because there are no visual cues, you need to remember how many clicks you have turned it from the finest position.

Overall, it operates at a decent speed and can grind 20 grams of coffee for AeroPress in about one minute.

However, some users have reported it taking between five and ten minutes to produce a grind for espresso as well as producing an inconsistent grind.

Due to its small size, it’s relatively lightweight, which also adds to the portable aspect.

There are mixed reports about how durable it is, but most reports suggest that it’s not as durable as expected and can have parts break after not too much use.

With that being said, their customer service is top-notch and there are many examples found online of people receiving whole replacement grinders when theirs has broken.

Cleaning the JavaPresse is reportedly a minor issue for some people. The team at JavaPresse have put together a short video showing you exactly how to clean their grinder.

You can watch it here or below.

Pros:

  • 18 different grind settings
  • Fits inside the AeroPress chamber for easy portability
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Great customer service

Cons:

  • Grind adjustment doesn’t have visual cue for settings
  • Grind receptacle attached to bottom of grinder can sometimes fall off
  • Some reports of parts breaking after some use
  • Inconsistent grind quality
  • Some reports of difficulty cleaning
See price on Amazon

Vevok Chef

The Vevok Chef Manual Burr Coffee Grinder is a budget stainless steel burr grinder, but is definitely great value for what you get, as it produces a consistent grind.

At 2 inches wide (with the handle removed), it fits inside the AeroPress, making it compact and portable.

It provides 6 different grind settings, with the recommended setting for AeroPress being about 2 – 3. You will need to hold the adjustment ring while grinding, as it does have a tendency to shift settings while grinding.

One grind (20g) is enough for one AeroPress coffee, however the glass receptacle can hold enough coffee for two grinds (48g)

Being a stainless steel burr grinder, its speed is quite fast and you should be able to get a finished grind under a minute.

Its overall weight is just under 1 lb, so it’s definitely lightweight.

It is durable as it has a stainless steel body, handle and burr. However, the glass receptacle at the bottom that catches the ground coffee can break.

Replacement glass receptacles for this grinder are available for purchase on Amazon, but I’d recommend first reaching out to the seller, as there have been reports of them providing a replacement receptacle free-of-charge, and in some cases, two.

Pros:

  • Great value for a stainless steel burr grinder
  • Consistent grind at all settings
  • Fast grind
  • Great customer service

Cons:

  • Grind setting can change while grinding
  • Glass receptacle could break
See price on Amazon

Hario Mini Slim, Pro, Black

This is a ceramic burr grinder, but being made by a known brand like Hario, you can expect it to be decent.

The grind receptacle can hold about 30g of grounds and the hopper can hold about 40g of beans.

There are no visual cues as to what grind setting is selected. This is a minor annoyance if you’re likely to change the setting for different brewing often.

You’ll need to go to the finest setting first and then count the clicks as you get coarser. AeroPress is good at around 4 – 9 clicks.

While the Hario Mini Slim Pro is compact, unfortunately, it’s not compact enough to fit inside the AeroPress.

This is mainly due to its wide-mouth hopper, which does however have the benefit of reducing the chance of spilling any beans.

It’s quite lightweight, weighing in at just under 1 pound, which contributes to its portability also.

Its speed is good, taking a couple of minutes to grind about 20g. This falls slightly outside the time range you’d be hoping for to match the AeroPress, but not necessarily a deal breaker.

There’s definite quality here and it seems as though it’s durable and built to last. However, many, many users have stated that the bottom receptacle has a tendency to separate from the grinder when being used.

One of the issues with this, is that the instructions state that you shouldn’t operate the grinder if it’s not in the correct position.

This can be difficult to achieve while grinding and seems to be a common point of frustration among its users.

Pros:

  • Wide mouth hopper reduces beans spilling
  • Lightweight and portable – just under 1 pound
  • Decent speed – about 2 minutes for 20g

Cons:

  • Many reports of design flaws in regards to receptacle attachment
  • Receptacle may need to be held when grinding to stop it falling off
  • Grind adjustment doesn’t have visual cue for settings
  • Doesn’t fit inside the AeroPress
See price on Amazon

Timemore Chestnut C2

The Timemore Chestnut C2 is a quality grinder at the bottom end of the premium price scale. All user reports suggest that it should receive more recognition than it gets for being such a great grinder.

Apparently, all Timemore grinders use the same internal parts and same stainless steel burrs, with the exception of titanium coated burrs available on some models.

The hopper can hold about 20g of beans and the bottom receptacle screws into the grinder, so no concerns about it accidentally falling off while grinding.

With a stainless steel burr, it’s definitely fast and made to last. The body is made from aluminium and is very durable.

There are no visual cues as to what grind setting is selected, so if you’re likely to change the setting for different brewing, you’ll need to go to the finest setting first and then count the clicks as you get coarser.

It’s very fast, with the ability to grind even turkish coffee quickly. However, some users suggest not even using it for espresso at all, with the risk of damaging the burrs on the finer settings.

The owner manual itself states not to grind below 6 clicks to protect the burr sharpness.

The speed for producing a grind for the AeroPress (around 15 -20 clicks) would definitely be under a minute.

It’s lightweight, weighing in at 1.58 lb, which makes it portable.

It’s quite slim and compact. Going by the measurements, it should be able to fit inside the AeroPress chamber for easy travel.

Pros:

  • Stainless steel burr grinder
  • Very consistent and fast grind
  • Great quality build
  • Overwhelmingly positive reviews

Cons:

  • Not recommended by some for espresso
  • Grind adjustment doesn’t have visual cue for settings
See price on Amazon

Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

The Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder is a ceramic burr grinder. However, it’s on the upper price range for the ceramic burr grinders.

There are no visual cues as to what grind setting is selected, so if you’re likely to change the setting for different brewing, you’ll need to go to the finest setting first and then count the clicks as you get coarser.

For AeroPress, you’d want to go to about 10 clicks.

The speed seems good. Most AeroPress users report being able to produce a good grind within a minute or two.

This is a tiny grinder and definitely the most compact of the grinders being reviewed here. It easily fits inside the AeroPress. Being as tiny as it is, it can hold about 24g of coffee beans.

Weighing in at just 8 oz, it’s the most lightweight by far. Because of this, it’s also portable and perfect for travel.

There was an updated model released about 2017 to resolve an issue with the grinder handle coming off while grinding, which does seem to have resolved this issue.

It’s made in Japan, so you can expect it to be well made, although there are mixed reports about its durability.

If this concerns you, it comes with a 7 year warranty (which is unfortunately not offered to purchases made via Amazon), but you may not even need it.

Some users report using it for more than 8 years without any issues at all. That sounds pretty durable to me.

Pros:

  • Made in Japan – expect good quality
  • Very compact and fits neatly inside the AeroPress
  • Very lightweight
  • 7 year warranty (not for Amazon purchases)

Cons:

  • Grind adjustment doesn’t have visual cue for settings
  • Will only grind enough for one coffee at a time
See price on Amazon

Conclusion

Considering that we’re looking here for the best hand grinder for AeroPress and not the best hand grinder overall, I can see that one grinder stands above the rest, but only slightly.

The Porlex Mini is the hand grinder that compliments the features of the AeroPress the most and in my opinion is the most suitable choice here.

It was a close call between the Porlex Mini and the Timemore Chestnut C2, though, so if you were not completely sold on the Porlex Mini, I’d go for the Timemore Chestnut C2.

Have you tried any of these grinders yourself? Have you got a different hand grinder that you’d like to recommend for using with the AeroPress? Let me know in the comments below.

3 AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that anyone can make

In this post, I’ll be covering 3 different AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that you’re guaranteed to love.

If you’ve purchased an AeroPress and have mastered the regular and inverted brewing methods, you’re probably ready and willing to begin branching out and trying some different brewing methods and recipes.

One such method that you’ll definitely want to learn, is the AeroPress cold brew overnight method.

It’s very simple and easy to prepare and results in a delicious small batch of cold brew, perfect for enjoying first thing in the morning or perhaps in the afternoon.

So let’s get into it!

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animated gif of glass mug with AeroPress overnight cold brew inside and milk being poured in.

AeroPress cold brew overnight with Fellow Prismo recipe

Tip: Technically, you don’t have to use the Prismo for this recipe, but I think it definitely helps.

For this one, I followed the cold brew recipe provided by Fellow, the makers of the Prismo.

It’s a little bit different from a standard AeroPress cold brew recipe, in that you can leave it sitting in the regular position rather than the inverted position, as the Prismo is air-tight.

I much prefer being able to leave the AeroPress in the regular position, as it’s a lot more stable.

Also, it produces a cold brew concentrate, so when it’s ready, you’ll need to add some extra water or milk to it. You can purchase your own Prismo if you want to follow this recipe.

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • A Fellow Prismo
  • 35 grams of coarsely ground coffee – due to the long steeping time, if it’s fine, the result will be bitter
  • 130 grams of water (room temperature)

Steps

  1. Prepare the AeroPress by placing it in the inverted position, with the plunger inserted just above the number 4 on the AeroPress chamber.
  2. Pour in your 35 grams of ground coffee and 130 grams of water.
  3. Stir the coffee for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Attach the Fellow Prismo cap onto the end of the AeroPress chamber.
  5. Place the AeroPress in your fridge for at least 12 and up to 24 hours. If using a Fellow Prismo, you can place it either in the inverted or regular position.
  6. Once you’ve left it for between 12 – 24 hours, grab your best glass mug (with ice added, if you want to make it extra cold!) and place the AeroPress on top. Press the AeroPress into your cup.
  7. Add sugar/milk to taste and enjoy your delicious reward. It’s well worth the wait!

Animated gif of pressing cold brew from AeroPress with Fellow Prismo into glass mug with ice.It’s worth noting that one of the ways to wear out the rubber gasket on your AeroPress plunger, is to leave it compressed inside the main chamber.

Brewing cold brew with this method is doing just that, so if that bothers you, don’t use this method too regularly.

Of course, you can always purchase a replacement rubber gasket.

On to the next recipe!

Traditional cold brew with an AeroPress finish

This recipe was found on reddit. It adds an AeroPress twist to the standard cold brew recipe.

You prepare the coffee in a jar, stick it in the fridge overnight, and then press it through the AeroPress when you’re ready to drink it. Simple!

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • ⅔ cup of medium fine ground coffee (about 60 grams)
  • 1 ½ cups of cold water
  • A jar with an air-tight lid

Steps

  1. Pour the ground coffee and water into the jar.
  2. Stir the coffee for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Put the lid on the jar and place it in your fridge for 10 – 12 hours.
  4. When it’s ready to drink, prepare a cup with some ice and put your AeroPress on top.
  5. Pour the cold brew concentrate into the AeroPress chamber up to the number 2.
  6. Top it up with some cold water up to the number 4 and press it into the cup.
  7. Add milk/sugar to taste.

Like I said, simple! Let’s take a look at recipe number 3.

Cold brew with the PuckPuck AeroPress attachment

OK, I’m going to be honest here, this next one isn’t an overnight recipe. In fact, if done correctly, it should only take about 2 ½ to 3 hours to brew. That’s pretty amazing!

I thought I had to include it in this post though, as the long brew time is one of the only downsides to cold brew. So tell me, who doesn’t want quick cold brew?!

“How is that possible”, you ask? It’s all due to the help of an AeroPress attachment called the PuckPuck, which controls the flow of water into your AeroPress allowing you to make a slow-drip brew.

You can check out their website if you want to learn more about the Puck Puck.

Let’s get into it!

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • A Puck Puck
  • A Puck Puck water vessel or compatible water bottle
  • 38 grams of medium ground coffee
  • 400 mls of cold water
  • 100 grams of ice
  • A jug or jar

Steps

  1. Remove the splash filter from the base of the PuckPuck. Unscrew and rinse both parts of the PuckPuck with hot water, making sure that all four vent holes are unblocked, and then them screw back together
  2. Put one of your AeroPress paper filters into the AeroPress cap and attach it to the AeroPress chamber
  3. Pour the ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber and gently shake it so it’s level. Place the Puck Puck splash filter on top of the coffee grounds.
  4. Place your AeroPress on a jug or jar. Attach the Puck Puck water vessel or compatible water bottle to the Puck Puck and place it on top of the AeroPress
  5. Add the 100 grams of ice and then add the 400 mls of cold water to the vessel
  6. Adjust the drip rate of the PuckPuck by slowly turning it until you start to see drips coming out of the valves. To achieve a 2 ½ to 3 hour brew time, you should be getting about 50 drips per minute.
  7. If you want some help getting the timing right, you can even use the PuckPuck app. It’s available for both Apple and Android devices and helps you accurately adjust your drip rate.
  8. Once finished, pour it into your favourite cup and add milk/sugar to taste.

Conclusion

There we have it, 3 AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that anyone can make. I hope you found these recipes helpful and have some fun making them.

You can experiment with the timings a little and taste the varying results. Make sure to take note of what method and timing you used, so if it’s a good one, you can make it again.

Have you tried any of these recipes? How did it turn out? Have you got another recipe to suggest? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

AeroPress Vs Plunger

Seeing as you’re here, I’m guessing you’re probably aware of what an AeroPress coffee maker is (or you’ve at least heard of it), and given that, I’m going to presume you also know what a coffee plunger (or french press, coffee press, press pot, or cafetière) is.

You’ve probably also found yourself wondering what the differences between them are. Well then, you’re in the right place!

In this article, we’re going to look at:

  • How they work
  • What’s included when you buy them, and
  • The differences between them.

Let’s jump in.

How does it work?

AeroPress

An AeroPress sitting on a kitchen bench with its box in the background.

The AeroPress works by pressing the brewed coffee through a paper filter, which sits at the bottom of the AeroPress, directly into your cup. This differs from the plunger, which instead presses the filter through the coffee and is then poured into a cup.

The coffee brewing process is simple:

  1. Unscrew the filter cap at the end of the chamber.
  2. Place a paper filter inside the filter cap and screw it back onto the chamber.
  3. Add the desired amount of ground coffee to the chamber – one scoop for an espresso equivalent and up to a max of four scoops.
  4. Sit the chamber on top of your coffee cup.
  5. Add hot water to your desired level.
  6. Stir the coffee for about 10 seconds.
  7. Insert the plunger at the top of the chamber and gently press the plunger down until the plunger reaches the coffee grounds.
  8. Take the AeroPress over to your rubbish / compost, unscrew the cap and push the plunger over your rubbish / compost to eject the used grounds.

Watch this 1 minute official video on how to use the Aeropress and check out my AeroPress review.

Plunger

A stainless steel coffee plunger sitting on a table.

If you’d like to know exactly how a coffee plunger works, I recently wrote a post about called How do coffee plungers work? Again, it’s a pretty simple process, but the brewing time is substantially longer.

  1. Remove the plunger from the canister.
  2. Add the desired amount of ground coffee into the canister – this will vary depending on the size of your canister.
  3. Add hot water to the canister, filling it to below the spout.
  4. Stir the coffee for about 20 seconds.
  5. Sit the lid on the canister, but don’t press the plunger yet.
  6. Leave it for four minutes to steep.
  7. Slowly press the plunger down into the canister.
  8. Slowly pour the coffee into your coffee cup.

What’s included?

AeroPress

An AeroPress box sitting on a kitchen bench.
I decided to recently purchase an AeroPress, as I had been using a coffee plunger at work, but I accidentally dropped it and it smashed… I immediately saw the silver lining, as I had been strongly considering getting an AeroPress for some time.

This was my chance. A crisitunity! I’d used my friend’s one on several occasions, so I was aware of how they worked and that they make a great cup of coffee.

I ordered one and had it in my hot little hands within a week. Let’s take a look at what I got:

  • The AeroPress itself – this includes the main canister where you brew your coffee, the filter cap which screws onto the bottom of the canister and the plunger.
    An AeroPress sitting on a kitchen bench with its box in the background.
  • 350 paper coffee filters – considering you can reuse these papers at least once, it’s a pretty hefty supply. Almost two years worth!
  • Coffee filter holder – a convenient little holder for your coffee filters that protects them from damage.
    An AeroPress paper filter holder with filters inside sitting on a kitchen bench.
  • Stirring paddle – used to stir your brew, it has a very wide handle which I’m guessing is to remove the chance of accidentally dropping it into the canister.
  • Coffee scoop – one whole scoop per standard brew is enough for me.
    An AeroPress scoop and stirring paddle sitting on a kitchen bench.
  • Funnel – placed inside the canister, this can help you to avoid spilling your coffee grounds on the bench when scooping them into the canister.
    An AeroPress pouring funnel sitting on a kitchen bench.
  • Instructions – these come in six different languages: English, Spanish, French, Japanese, German and Chinese. They include some recipes, how to get started with your AeroPress, cleanup and storage and some general tips and safety information. Online versions also include: Italian, Portuguese, Korean and Turkish.

French press

Coffee plungers are pretty readily available, but you’ll find that the quality of them can vary quite dramatically. It’s always best to find one that meets your needs and also has good customer reviews.

Here’s what you get with a plunger:

  • Canister – This is generally glass, stainless steel or ceramic. Each has different benefits. They can range in size, but most common sizes are 1 litre (3 cups) and about 350 mls (1 cup).
    one of my coffee plungers
  • Filter – This is usually three individual parts held together: a metal filter, a fine mesh metal filter and a filter base.
  • Lid – This sits on top of the canister and will often have an opening to pour the coffee. Some can also be turned around to keep the heat in while your coffee is brewing. There will also be some kind of knob in the centre of the lid, which controls the plunger.
  • Plunger rod – This connects the lid to the plunger filter and attaches to the knob on top of the lid on one end and the plunger filter on the other end.
  • Additional filter – Some French Presses come with one or more additional mesh filters that you can replace with the existing mesh filter.

What’s the difference between an AeroPress and a plunger?

There’s some definite similarities between them, such as they both use a plunging action and they can both brew using the immersion method, but the cup of coffee you end up with does vary.

Some of the differences between an AeroPress and a French press are:

  • Grind size
  • Filtering method
  • Brewing time
  • Capacity
  • Clean up
  • Durability

What grind size should you use?

AeroPress

For an AeroPress, it’s recommended to use a fine ground, the same as you would use for an espresso coffee. This is because the extraction time is brief, so a fine ground will give you plenty of flavour without over-extracting.

If you’re making two serves, a slightly coarser grind may work better. This is because it can be difficult to press two serves worth of fine coffee at one time.

If you do find that it’s difficult to press your coffee, try a slightly coarser grind, like for drip coffee, and see if that helps.

When I first started using mine I was using a coarse grind, as I had already ground my coffee to use with my plunger that broke.

I did have some issues with too much water coming through the filter before pressing the coffee, which was likely due to the grind size.

When I did eventually try a fine ground, I noticed an instant decrease in the amount of water passing through the filter before pressing.

Plunger

For a plunger, you should use a medium coarse grind. This is a major difference between the AeroPress and French press.

The reason for a coarse grind, is if a fine grind is used, too much of the coffee grounds end up in your cup. This is mainly due to the filtering method, which I’ll discuss more in a moment.

This also means that the coffee will need to steep for about four minutes before serving, as coarser grounds take longer to extract the flavour.

Basically, a coarse grind stops more of the grinds from ending up in your coffee.

What’s the filter method?

AeroPress

The AeroPress filters coffee by using a paper filter. This is placed inside the cap, which is unscrewed at the base of the chamber.

A new AeroPress Coffee Maker filter inside the filter cap
A new AeroPress filter.

Once this is screwed back on to the AeroPress, you can pour your ground coffee in, sit your AeroPress on your cup and add your hot water.

As you push down on the plunger, the coffee is pushed through the paper filter and into your cup. This is a major difference when compared to a French press.

According to the AeroPress website, you can re-use your paper filters once, which I have been doing since reading that, and I haven’t noticed any loss of quality to my brews.

A used AeroPress Coffee Maker filter inside the filter cap
A used AeroPress filter.

There are also reusable metal filters of various types available for purchase.

I purchased a reusable metal mesh filter, but I have gone back to using the paper filters, as I was noticing an increased amount of coffee sludge at the bottom of my cup.

close-up of an aeropress metal mesh filter

While some people prefer this, personally I don’t. As soon as I reverted to the paper filters, this disappeared and I was again able to drink all the way to the bottom of the cup.

It’s possible that this was due to the quality of the metal filter I purchased, though. I have seen other options which look like they would be much better quality and produce a better result. For instance, the type of metal filter that comes with the Fellow Prismo pressure-actuated attachment works great.

French press

A plunger filters coffee a different way. It’s generally a metal plate at the bottom, then a metal mesh filter and then a metal plate filter on the top. It’s all held in place by the plunger rod that connects the filter to the lid screwing into it.

a close-up of a coffee press filter

The plunger is removed from the canister and you add your coffee and hot water. After steeping for about four minutes, you press the plunger down through your coffee.

This allows the coffee liquid to pass through the filter, while trapping the coffee grounds underneath it. Once fully pressed, it holds the coffee grounds at the bottom of the canister.

When you pour your coffee into your cup from the coffee plunger, you will likely get some coffee grounds in your cup that have passed through the filter.

This is why you should use a coarse grind when brewing with a french press, as regardless of the size or quality of the mesh, a fine grind will likely pass through the filter.

What’s the brew time?

AeroPress

When brewing with an AeroPress, the entire brew time is about 1 minute, which is a reasonably short time.

It’s about:

  • 20 – 30 seconds to pour in the hot water,
  • 10 seconds to stir the coffee, and
  • about 30 seconds to press the coffee.

No steeping time required. For the quality of the brew that it makes, it’s definitely time well spent.

Plunger

The entire brew time for a French press is about 5 minutes, which is substantially longer than the AeroPress.

Some of the times can vary due to the variety of sizes of French presses. It’s much easier to be specific with the AeroPress, as there’s only one type (not including the AeroPress Go).

It’s about:

  • 20 – 30 seconds to pour in the hot water,
  • 20 seconds to stir the coffee,
  • 4 minutes to let it steep,
  • 5 – 10 seconds to press the coffee, and
  • 5 – 10 seconds to pour it.

As you can see, most of the time (4 minutes) is taken up by letting the coffee steep.

What’s the capacity?

AeroPress

The AeroPress comes in one size (not including the AeroPress Go) and is often referred to as a “single-cup coffee maker”. Its capacity is about 250mls.

It’s perfect if you only want to make a coffee for yourself, but not the greatest if you’re hosting a dinner party and need to serve multiple guests.

You can always add more ground coffee and water and press it into multiple cups and then top the cups up with hot water.

Doing this is definitely easier and less messy with the Fellow Prismo. It’s a third-party attachment that has a pressure-actuated valve that stops the flow of coffee into your cup unless you are applying pressure, giving your AeroPress superpowers.

You can read more about it in an article I wrote called Fellow Prismo attachment for AeroPress.

Otherwise, you could press it into a small jug that has a pouring spout.

French press

French presses come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 350mls for one cup, to 1 litre for three cups.

You should consider how you’ll be using it before purchasing one. Is it just for you at home or work? Or will it be for multiple people at one time?

If you purchased a 1 litre option, for instance, would you be leaving the coffee sitting there for a while before drinking it all?

While the ceramic and stainless steel French presses can keep your coffee warm for some time, leaving it sitting in the French press can lead to over-extraction and not such a pleasant coffee drinking experience.

It’s worth keeping this in mind.

How do you clean it?

AeroPress

The AeroPress is super easy to clean. It’s definitely another clear advantage over the French Press.

All you need to do to clean the AeroPress is:

  1. Remove the filter cap from the bottom of the chamber.
  2. Push plunger all the way to eject the used grounds “puck” into your rubbish or compost.
  3. Rinse the rubber gasket in your sink.
  4. Remove the plunger from the chamber and rinse everything, including the filter cap.
  5. If you want to reuse the paper filter, rinse both sides of it, put it back into the filter cap, screw the filter cap back onto the chamber.
  6. Leave everything to dry.

Every few times, you can use a soft sponge and some soapy water, but it hasn’t really been necessary every time in my experience.

Although you could put it in the dishwasher (on the top rack only), at the risk of causing damage to it, I wouldn’t recommend it.

Plunger

If you want to give your plunger a super clean, you can read how to do that in the article I wrote called How do coffee plungers work.

For a regular clean:

  1. Remove the plunger and leave it in your sink.
  2. Take the canister over to your rubbish or compost and scoop out the used coffee grounds.
  3. Rinse the canister and plunger with hot or warm water in your sink.
  4. Put some dish soap on a sponge and gently wash the canister, the underside of the lid and the plunger rod.
  5. Gently pull back the mesh filter while holding the plunger under running water to remove any grounds that are stuck between the mesh filter and the bottom filter plate.
  6. Rinse all the parts with hot or warm water and leave to dry.

How durable is it?

AeroPress

Durability is one of the greatest features of the AeroPress. This is because of the materials that it’s made from.

It’s currently made from BPA-free polypropylene. I say currently, because there has been a steady evolution in the materials used.

When it was first introduced to the world in late 2005, it was made from polycarbonate.

Then in mid 2009 they changed to copolyester. And finally in mid 2014 they changed again to polypropylene.

There have also been some subtle changes in its appearance over the years, and some other not-so-subtle changes, such as the colour changing from clear to a grey tint.

You can read more about the evolution of the AeroPress here.

The materials that are used to make it mean that it is extremely durable. You never need to worry about accidental breaks from dropping it and you could quite easily store it in your luggage when travelling.

The only part of it that I can ever see myself replacing is the rubber gasket that sits on the end of the plunger. And that’s only if I really have to.

French press

Each plunger is going to be different, so it’s a bit difficult to be too specific about this, but I’ll do my best.

The four most common types of plungers are:

  • Stainless steel,
  • Combination of metal and glass,
  • Combination of plastic and glass, and
  • Ceramic.

Stainless steel is the most durable option, as the other three can all potentially be broken from an accidental drop. They could, however, still be dented or have parts bent, like the plunger rod or the spout.

The durability of ceramic plungers would vary depending on the individual manufacturer. They could break if dropped, but they might survive.

If you’re considering purchasing one, make sure you read the user reviews to see if they mention anything about this aspect of their quality.

Obviously, anything with glass would be quite fragile. However, if you’re keeping it in one place and don’t intend on transporting it anywhere, this shouldn’t be a concern.

If durability is important to you, I would definitely go with an AeroPress instead of a French press.

Next, would be a stainless steel coffee plunger. They’re pretty much the only type of plunger that come close to the durability of the AeroPress.

So which is better, AeroPress or plunger?

While they both have their pros and cons, I do have a preference. Overall, the AeroPress ticks more boxes for me that make it the better choice.

I appreciate the portability, durability, brew time and cleaning time. It makes a pretty decent cup, too!

Which option ticks more boxes for you? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

Fellow Prismo attachment for AeroPress

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Espresso is my favourite way to brew coffee, but I can’t carry my espresso machine around with me wherever I go and my work doesn’t have an espresso machine in my office tea room.

So I use my AeroPress and my coffee plunger. But recently I got to wondering if the AeroPress could be used in any way that could make something that was closer to espresso.

Here’s what I found out.

The Fellow Prismo pressure-actuated attachment for AeroPress

After searching for different ways I could use my AeroPress coffee maker, I stumbled upon an attachment called the Prismo, made by a company called Fellow Industries.

Fellow Industries is a San Francisco based company started in 2015 by Jake Miller. They make various coffee related products, with the Prismo being just one of them.

The Prismo was first introduced to the world in late 2017. Since then, it’s been gaining popularity with AeroPress users everywhere.

Let’s take a closer look at it.

The Fellow Prismo, which helps to get crema from an AeroPress
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What is the Fellow Prismo and how does it work?

The Fellow Prismo is a pressure-actuated attachment for the AeroPress that lets you make espresso-style coffee, without the need to use the inverted method.

It’s a custom AeroPress cap with a “no drip seal” and “pressure actuated valve”, as well as a reusable metal filter.

You’ve probably noticed I’ve used this term “pressure-actuated valve” a couple of times now and could very well be wondering “So, what is a “pressure-actuated valve”? I’ll break it down.

In the case of the Fellow Prismo, the valve is the small bit of rubber with a cross incision on it that sits in the center of the custom cap.

Pressure-actuated means that it’s pressure that puts the valve into action and pushes it open.

Before pressing your brew, the valve is in the closed position, which stops the flow of your brew into your cup.

Only once pressure is applied by pushing down the AeroPress plunger into the chamber does the valve immediately open and push the brew into your cup like a jet stream.

This is what allows you to produce a brew with the AeroPress similar to the inverted method, without using the inverted method.

This is different from the standard AeroPress cap, which can and does begin to drip into your cup once you pour hot water into the chamber (unless you’re brewing with the inverted method).

What comes with the Fellow Prismo for AeroPress?

Fellow Prismo cap

The custom cap has a pressure-actuated valve. It simply screws onto the bottom of the AeroPress chamber instead of the original cap, with the reusable metal filter placed in the cap.

The pressure actuated valve stays sealed until you press down, allowing you to hold your brew in the AeroPress chamber.

Combined with a “no drip seal”, you can brew a full immersion without inverting your AeroPress.
Close up of the underside of the Fellow Prismo cap, showing the pressure-actuated valve
Close up of the inside of the Fellow Prismo cap

Reusable metal filter

Compared to some of the metal filters that you can find for the AeroPress, this one is decent quality. Although, it does have a bit of flex, so you’d want to be gentle with it.

It has a silicon cover around the edge of the filter which is not removable. I have noticed that it can get a little bit difficult to clean around the edges of the cover.

Close up of the Fellow Prismo 150 micron etched fine metal filter.

Each hole in the filter is… how many microns?

How many microns?

For starters, what’s a micron, you ask? A micron, also known as a micrometer, is a unit of length that is one thousandth of a millimetre.

I wasn’t sure of the exact specs of the filter, as I’d read multiple variations.

This page says the filter is an “80 micron” etched metal filter. Whereas this page says the filter is “150 micron”. And this page says the filter is “70 micron”.

So which is it? Well, I decided to go straight to the source and contacted Fellow Industries to find out.

Here’s my email.

My email to Fellow Industries that states "Hi, I'm an AeroPress user and I recently purchased the Prismo. I'm very happy with my purchase, though I'm still getting the hang of it and experimenting a bit. I was wondering if you could clarify something for me. On the product page of your website, it states that the filter is "150 microns" - https://fellowproducts.com/products/prismo/ - whereas on one of your earlier blog posts, it states that the filter is "80 microns" - https://fellowproducts.com/blogs/brew-guides/prismo-superpowers-for-your-aeropress%C2%AE - and then on Amazon.com it states that the filter is "70 microns" - https://www.amazon.com/Fellow-Pressure-Actuated-Attachment-AeroPress-Espresso-Style/dp/B079YBT2LJ/. I realise that the filter has probably changed over time. Can you please confirm which filter you are currently distributing? Kind regards, Marty"

 

And here’s their super-prompt response, received in less than 24 hours!

An email reply from Fellow Industries that states "Thanks for reaching out, Marty! We need to update those pages as the Prismo filter is 150 microns now (this change was made a few years ago). Let me know if I can clarify anything or answer other questions you may have! Best, Nick"

So there you have it. Thanks to Nick from Fellow Industries, we now know that the current filter for the Fellow Prismo is 150 microns.

So that means that each little hole in the metal filter is 0.15 of a millimetre. That is tiny!

I was also really pleased with Nick’s prompt response. When a company takes the time to respond quickly to their customers’ queries, it tells me that they understand that their customers are important.

That’s an A+ right there.

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Fellow Prismo instructions

It’s very easy to begin using the Fellow Prismo. Standard instructions are:

  1. place the reusable metal filter inside the cap, with the Fellow text on the filter face-up,
  2. screw the cap onto the AeroPress chamber, making sure that the Fellow logo icon on the cap is aligned with the numbers on the AeroPress chamber,
  3. measure 20g of ultra-fine ground coffee and pour into the AeroPress chamber,
  4. place the AeroPress onto your coffee cup or glass,
  5. slowly pour 50ml of boiling water (100˚C/212˚F) into the AeroPress chamber,
  6. stir the coffee vigorously for 20 seconds,
  7. let the coffee sit for one minute,
  8. place the AeroPress plunger into the chamber and give an initial quick, hard press to compress the coffee grounds, then maintain constant pressure until the plunger reaches the bottom,
  9. remove the Prismo from the AeroPress and wash all parts,
  10. drink and enjoy your espresso-style coffee.

This is the standard Fellow Prismo instructions and should produce a crema. If you’re interested, you can also use the Prismo to make cold brew.

Cleaning the Fellow Prismo

It’s recommended to clean the Fellow Prismo after every use to avoid it getting clogged up by coffee oils and negatively impacting your brew.

Don’t use anything abrasive or rough though, only a soft sponge. It’s also safe to put it in the top rack of your dishwasher.

Another option is to simply clean it with warm soapy water. To clean it this way, all you need to do is:

  1. take everything apart and rinse it after use,
  2. attach the Prismo with filter back onto the AeroPress chamber,
  3. add some warm soapy water into the AeroPress chamber,
  4. press and pull the soapy water through the Prismo, and
  5. rinse any soapy residue off the parts.

If you wanted to, you could fill the AeroPress chamber with plain warm water and press it through the Prismo once more.

This also would help to remove any soapy residue from all the parts.

Can you use the Fellow Prismo with a paper filter?

Sure. You can use a paper filter with the Prismo, but I don’t know why you’d really want to. After all, it’s designed to be used with a metal filter.

The people at Fellow Industries surely spent months doing research and trying different options for brewing with the Prismo.

Their decision was to design, create and package their own fine metal filter. I highly doubt they decided to pack the Prismo with their own metal filter just on a whim.

However, there is one method of using both a paper filter and the metal filter that I have tried.

It involves tamping the coffee inside the AeroPress and then packing a paper filter on top of the tamped coffee grounds.

In fact, in my somewhat short experience with using the Fellow Prismo, this has been the only method that I’ve been able to use to get anything close to a crema.

I explain this method in more detail here.

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Conclusion

Overall I’ve been very happy with the Fellow Prismo. It makes a great brew and I definitely like the fact that I don’t need to use the inverted method to brew a full immersion coffee.

One thing I feel I need to comment on though is the price, as it’s pretty much the same price as the AeroPress itself.

It’s not that expensive, but it did make me wonder if I really needed it.

It’s delivered on everything so far, except I still struggle to get a crema by following the standard instructions. It’s fairly early days for me though, so plenty of time to refine my skills.

It’s a quality product that I have no problem recommending. Click here to view it on Amazon now.

Have you purchased the Fellow Prismo or perhaps have a question about it?

Perhaps you’ve had experience with a different AeroPress attachment? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

How to get crema from an AeroPress

Since I’ve had my AeroPress, I’ve found myself wondering why there’s noticeably no crema present in any of my brews. No surprises that this then lead me to see if it’s possible to get crema from an AeroPress, like you might get from an espresso coffee.

I love espresso coffee and definitely get good use out of my espresso machine at home. But I’m not always at home, so espresso is not always an option.

If you’re not sure what an AeroPress is, I wrote an article about it called What is an AeroPress.

As for crema from an AeroPress, here’s what I found out.

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What is coffee crema?

Before we can determine whether or not you can get crema from an AeroPress that is similar to an espresso coffee, we need to first define what “crema” is.

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines crema as

a layer of creamy tan froth that forms on the top of freshly made espresso

whereas Seattle Coffee Gear in their article titled “Coffee & Tea 101 | What is Crema?” goes a little more in-depth and says

Crema is the initial light/tawny colored liquid that comes out during an espresso extraction. It is what causes that ‘Guinness effect’ that folks sometimes reference. As the lighter liquid infuses with the darker liquid that comes after, it filters up and ‘settles’, leaving a tan colored layer on top of the darker espresso below.

You may have noticed that in both definitions, the brewing method mentioned was… espresso.

Can you get crema from an AeroPress?

So now we’re back at the original question again, “can you get crema from an AeroPress?”.

Well according to the above definitions (minus the part about espresso, but who knows, maybe the AeroPress wasn’t around when those definitions were written!), I believe it is possible to produce a crema from an AeroPress.

Having said that, there’s definitely some disagreement about how this is best done. For example, some people say that you must use a metal mesh filter, while others say they can get the same result with a paper filter.

One thing is for sure, technique plays a very big role.

Technique

The most important factor in successfully achieving a crema with an AeroPress is the technique that you use. This is because it’s not likely to be achievable by brewing with the AeroPress in the traditional method.

The reason for this is that in the traditional method, after the hot water has been added to the coffee grounds, it’s suggested that you stir the coffee for about 10 seconds.

The method we want to use to get a crema doesn’t disturb the coffee grounds after adding water and is therefore similar to how you would make an espresso. It involves tamping the grounds and applying as much pressure as you can muster when pressing the coffee.

Let me explain the steps:

  1. Add a filter (some people suggest a metal filter to keep it similar to an espresso, others say paper is ok. Experiment here and use what gives the best results for you) to the cap of your AeroPress and screw the cap onto the AeroPress.
  2. Pour in your desired amount of ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber.
  3. Tamp the coffee grounds with a coffee tamper that can fit inside the AeroPress chamber (if you don’t have a suitable tamper, you can put a paper filter on the end of plunger tube of the AeroPress and push that into the chamber all the way to the bottom. If you happen to have a 3D printer or have a friend who does, you can even print your own AeroPress coffee tamper!).
  4. Add a paper filter to sit over the tamped coffee grounds. This is to stop the grounds from stirring up when water is added.
  5. Sit the AeroPress onto your coffee cup/glass.
  6. Add a small-ish amount of hot water to the AeroPress chamber.
  7. Insert the AeroPress plunger into the tube and push hard, being careful not to slip.

Here’s a short video demonstrating the method outlined above.

Conclusion

If you follow these steps, you should be able to produce a decent crema from your AeroPress. Of course it’s not likely to be as good as an espresso, but I don’t need to tell you that the AeroPress isn’t an espresso machine.

It’s worth mentioning that in the video above, the crema was achieved with an additional 3rd-party attachment for your AeroPress called the Fellow Prismo. It may not be absolutely necessary, but may yield better results because of the way it functions, as it allows for a build up of pressure.

I very recently bought a Fellow Prismo attachment and wrote a review about it.

The Fellow Prismo, which helps to get crema from an AeroPress
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To get something even close to an espresso crema from an AeroPress, you need extreme pressure! Watch this neat invention using a lever and the following results. Pretty impressive!

Have you had any success with getting crema from an AeroPress? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

What is an AeroPress Coffee Maker?

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If you’re like me, you probably first found out about the AeroPress Coffee Maker when you visited your friend’s house and they offered to make you a cup of coffee.

After watching your friend brew your first AeroPress coffee, there’s no doubt in my mind that you would have continued to think about it on occasion, all the while knowing that one day you would have your very own.

But perhaps you’re not like me and have no idea what an AeroPress is, how it works, it’s benefits or even who made it.

Well you’re sure in luck then, as those are some of the very points I’m going to cover in this article.

What is an AeroPress Coffee Maker?

An AeroPress sitting on a kitchen bench with its box in the background.

The AeroPress coffee maker is an innovative device used to brew coffee. The coffee is steeped for about 10 to 50 seconds in the coffee maker, but the time may differ depending on the strength and the texture of the grinds.

After steeping, you need to press the plunger through the tube and the coffee is forced through a filter. The primary filters used on this coffee maker are the AeroPress paper filters or disc-shaped filters made using thin metals.

The AeroPress comes with two cylinders, and the one with a flexible airtight seal fits inside the larger cylinder.

The material used to make the cylinders is polypropylene, which is grey tinted in colour. However, the first machine to be invented had cylinders moulded using clear polycarbonate and clear co-polyester, which later was tinted.

When Was the AeroPress Coffee Maker Invented?

The AeroPress coffee maker was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, who is the President of Aerobie.

One day, Adler was having dinner with members of his company. Then the wife of one of the sales managers said she was having problems brewing a single cup of coffee.

At that time, coffee machines made 6 to 8 cups of coffee per brew. Adler studied the pre-existing coffee makers, and he found gaps.

After a year of research and designing, he filled those gaps with AeroPress. It was highly appreciated because this meant no more coffee going to waste.

AeroPress – What’s in the Box?

The box has:

  • the AeroPress tube and piston,
  • a stirring wand,
  • coffee scoop,
  • coffee funnel,
  • the plastic filter holder,
  • 350 paper filters and
  • a filter cap.

A manual to help you put the parts together is also included in the box.

The AeroPress coffee maker is gaining popularity nowadays because it is convenient, compact and makes great coffee. Other than giving you your preferred amount of coffee, it is healthier for your body as it is less acidic.

If you want a reliable coffee maker, you should definitely consider buying an AeroPress.

aeropress and all accessories laid out on bench
AeroPress – what’s in the box. Click this image to see it on Amazon.

How to use an AeroPress –  inverted method Vs regular

Two methods of brewing are possible using the AeroPress coffee machine: regular and inverted methods.

Regular method

The conventional process of brewing involves:

  1. placing ground coffee on top of a paper microfilter that is put in the bottom of the larger cylinder,
  2. pour hot water at 79 or 85 °C (175 or 185 °F) over the coffee,
  3. stir for about 10 seconds,
  4. push the plunger downwards to force the coffee through the microfilter.

Most baristas that use this method use fine grounds, and they often use a dose of 14 and 20gm with about 200 to 230 ml of water.

Inverted method

In the inverted brewing method, the formula is reversed:

  1. place the plunger into the cylinder from the beginning of the process,
  2. the entire machine stands upside down, which means that the plunger is close to the top of the column,
  3. add the coffee grinds depending on your preference, followed by water and then stir the mix,
  4. place the filter on the filter cap, and moisten it to help it stick,
  5. the AeroPress cap is placed on top of the column and then screwed in place,
  6. when brewing is done to your desire, you should turn the AeroPress right side up and then plunge it like in the traditional brewing method.

Also, some people don’t turn the machine right side up but hold it at an angle and plunge it horizontally.

Watch the following short video to see the inventor, Alan Adler, take you through how he makes a cup of coffee with the AeroPress.

Can AeroPress Make Cold Brew?

Yes. Cold brew is made in an AeroPress using room temperature water. However, you need to use fine ground coffee, and you may have to stir the mixture for long, which is about one minute, as opposed to the ten seconds when making a hot brew.

Also, you can add ice or cold milk if you want to add flavour to your cold brew.

If want to take your cold brew to the next level, you can even purchase a third-party attachment called the PuckPuck. The PuckPuck attaches to the top of the AeroPress and allows you to make slow-drip coffee, which is perfect for cold brew.

You can purchase the PuckPuck with a 500ml water container, or on its own for slightly cheaper. If you do decide to buy it on its own, you will need to screw your own suitable-fitting water bottle into the PuckPuck instead.

It’s also possible to make cold brew using a 12-24 hour steep using the Fellow Prismo. If you’re not sure what that is, I recently wrote a review on the Fellow Prismo attachment for AeroPress.

I also recently wrote a post about cold brew.

Can You Use AeroPress for Tea?

The AeroPress machine can be used to make tea. However, you can only use the inverted brewing method when making tea.

  1. First, insert the plunger into the machine’s column and let it stand upside down.
  2. Put the preferred amount of your favourite tea grinds on the column and then add nearly boiling water.
  3. Stir the mixture for sixty to ninety seconds.
  4. Add a filter to the AeroPress cap and let the machine stand upright. Flip the coffee maker over a cup and then press the plunger through the cylinder until all the tea is extracted.
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Can You Reuse AeroPress Filters?

Yes. After you have finished pressing, peel the filter from the coffee puck, rinse it, and then place it in the filter cap to dry in position. This filter is eligible for use during your next pressing.

Also, you can decide to get the metal filter that you can reuse many times. Metal filters are advantageous as they allow microscopic coffee grounds to get into your mug, which adds flavour to your coffee.

Also, they allow coffee’s natural oils into your cup. These oils are responsible for coffee’s smoothness and flavours. Besides, it is more suitable for travelling with a metal filter since all you need to do is wash it and pack it.

A new AeroPress Coffee Maker filter inside the filter cap
A new AeroPress filter.

A used AeroPress Coffee Maker filter inside the filter cap
A used AeroPress filter.

Can AeroPress go in the Dishwasher?

Yes, the AeroPress coffee maker is safe on the top shelf of the dishwasher, but it’s not really necessary for it to go in the dishwasher. This is because the machine doesn’t usually get extremely dirty, as the plunger does a great job of cleaning the system as you press.

So while your AeroPress can go in the dishwasher, if you don’t like the smell of soap afterwards you can always use Bar Keeper’s Friend, a cleaning agent that lacks soap taste or smell.

This agent is an abrasive, and therefore you should not scrub. Rinse it by hand using hot water, and you will love the results.

Why is AeroPress Coffee Less Acidic?

Due to the shorter filter time and lower temperature used on the machine, the coffee produced is always less acidic. The water temperature used in AeroPress is approximately 175 or 185 °F (79 or 85 °C).

This low temperature has a low strength of releasing high amounts of acids from the grinds. Moreover, ten seconds of stirring is a short time for the grinds to release high amounts of acid.

Consequently, the coffee yielded usually has low levels of phosphoric acid. Also, AeroPress allows you to use coarser grinds, which produce coffee that has low levels of phosphoric acid.

Conclusion

So there you have it. I know I haven’t answered all the questions about the AeroPress, but I do hope that I’ve left you with a little bit more insight into it than you arrived here with.

If you have a question or perhaps an interesting story about how you first learnt about it, let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!