AeroPress Metal Filter Vs Paper – Is There a Big Difference?

The AeroPress doesn’t look much like a traditional coffee maker, and that’s because it’s not. It’s much better.

It was created by a Stanford University engineering lecturer, Alan Adler. He applied his lifetime of learning to solve the dilemma of how to brew coffee quickly. And also decrease bitterness.

Since its creation, many third-party companies have begun selling their own AeroPress accessories. This includes different filters.

In this article, I’m going to be comparing two different filter methods for the AeroPress. You probably already guessed which methods from the title.

That’s right – it’s AeroPress Metal Filter Vs Paper time! Let’s do this!

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How To AeroPress

I’ll come back to the AeroPress filters shortly, but first let’s quickly look at how to AeroPress.

The AeroPress includes a BPA-free polypropylene chamber and plunger. Users put a filter in the bottom of the chamber, add fine ground coffee on top, and then pour hot water over the coffee.

They then stir the water and coffee, and push down the plunger to force the brewed coffee through the filter.

It creates about 30 pounds of resistance. It’s this pressure that extracts flavor from the coffee.

This results in a delicious, smooth, strong cup of coffee. It’s roughly the same concentration as traditional espresso.

 

How Is It Different?

AeroPress coffee has a higher pH level than coffee made in a drip coffeemaker. This means it’s less acidic.

It also takes about 30-60 seconds to prepare a cup of coffee the AeroPress way. Talk about fast!

You can use the AeroPress to make American-style, espresso-style, or cold brew coffee. And it’s quick and easy.

Clean-up is as simple as preparation. It’s also durable and cheap, making it a favorite of coffee lovers around the world.

AeroPress Fans

A lot of people who make their coffee in the AeroPress really, really like it. It’s fair to say that this is a coffeemaker with a cult following.

There’s even a World AeroPress Championship that’s held every year since it launched in 2008. 2020 was an exception, for obvious reasons.

It started in Oslo, Norway, but has since been held in Australia, the UK, the US, Italy, & Korea. In 2021, the event will be held in many different countries. Check this page for updates.

With any tech or gadgets that have a loyal following, there are strong opinions about it. The AeroPress and AeroPress-brewed coffee are no different.

One of the controversies is between paper and metal filter disks. Which option produces better coffee? Read on to learn more about the best AeroPress filters for your needs and wants.

a close up of an AeroPress paper filter.

Which Is Better – Metal Or Paper?

The very short answer is that AeroPress metal filters let more oils through. This results in coffee with more body (and a few extra grounds).

Paper filters allow higher pressure and a cleaner brew, but also less body.

One of the benefits about the AeroPress, though, is you can swap between paper and metal filters with ease. So if you want to use a particular filter to enhance a particular bean or brew, go right ahead!

AeroPress Metal Filters

To break it down further, there are a few different kinds of metal filters for the AeroPress. They all have their own unique properties and characteristics.

Following is a list of some different metal filters available. These aren’t necessarily the best metal filters for AeroPress, though. Let’s take a quick look at them now.

Kaffeologie S-Filter:

 

This is the original mesh filter made for AeroPress coffee makers.

The filter is manufactured from 316 stainless steel, so it’s corrosion-resistant. It’s made with very fine mesh – 100,000 holes per square inch – so you can use very fine coffee grounds with this filter.

The Kaffeologie filter produces a brew that’s like French press coffee and doesn’t let any grounds through. It’s sturdy and durable.

Fellow Prismo for AeroPress:

 

The Fellow Prismo is actually way more than a filter. This device includes a pressure-activated valve with a screw cap and a metal filter.

The valve remains sealed until you press the plunger on the AeroPress. Once pressed, it increases the pressure in the chamber.

You get a cup of coffee that’s like authentic espresso.

Able Disk/Able Disk Fine:

 

The Able Disks are made from single pieces of photo-etched stainless steel.

The disks have no rims. This means that no coffee grounds get caught in the rims. Also, the rims themselves can’t damage the AeroPress chamber or plunger.

The standard disk produces a full-bodied cup of coffee with a few grounds. The fine disk produces sweet, clean coffee with no grounds.

The fine disk is thinner and more delicate, but both are metal and, so, “more delicate” is a relative term.

CremaCraft Classic Filter:

 

The CremaCraft is a medium-fine filter. It’s made with one-piece stainless steel construction and 250-micron filtration. It was designed to reduce clogging.

It produces a full-bodied cup of coffee with a bit of sediment and a creamy mouthfeel.

Altura The Ultra Filter:

 

Altura The Ultra filter is made of stainless steel ultra-fine mesh fabric (15 microns). So even though it’s metal, it actually produces a cup of coffee that’s like one made with a paper filter.

It also allows for an inverted brew, which most other metal filters don’t.

Although the mesh is ultra-fine, it allows coffee oils through for a creamier, fuller brew.

AeroPress Paper Filters

Paper filters prevent any grounds from making it into your coffee. And they produce a very clean, fresh-tasting brew.

They absorb most of the coffee oils, so coffee brewed with a paper filter is lighter. It’s close to the texture of tea brewed from tea bags, which makes a lot of sense when you think about it.

Let’s take a quick look at your options for paper filters for the AeroPress.

Official AeroPress Paper Filters

 

The AeroPress Micro Filters come in a pack of 350, so one box will last several months. Of course this depends on how many people in your house drink coffee (and how much).

I realise some people may be thinking about the sustainability of AeroPress metal filters vs. paper filters. You should know that the paper filters are biodegradable and compostable.

According to AeroPress UK, you can also rinse and reuse a paper filter. This is something I’ve been doing for some time now without a noticeable difference to my cup.

2Pour Non-Bleached Paper Filters

 

These paper filters are made by the same company that makes the 2Pour accessory for the AeroPress. They’re non-bleached, vegan friendly and suitable for use with the AeroPress and AeroPress Go.

After receiving customer feedback, the good people at 2Pour listened. In September of 2019, they increased the diameter of their paper filters to better fit the AeroPress.

The four-pack shown here is the best value option for the 2Pour paper filters by far.

Aesir Paper Filters

 

Aesir Paper Filters for the AeroPress are definitely premium. They’re thicker than the standard AeroPress paper filters and have smaller pore sizes.

They’re also low-absorbent. This means that more of the natural coffee oils end up where they should be. In your cup.

Coming in a pack of 100, many comments on Amazon mention the price as being a bit steep. But considering they’re regarded as the best paper filters on the market, they’re worth it!

Why not give them a go and see why they’re the choice of so many World AeroPress Champions.

Other Considerations

Does AeroPress Filter Out Cafestol?

The AeroPress paper filters do filter out diterpenes such as cafestol and kahweol. Whether this is a good or bad thing is still up in the air, though.

There’s research that shows that diterpenes in coffee can raise LDL (the “bad” cholesterol) and total cholesterol levels.

There’s other research that shows that diterpenes have antioxidant properties and may reduce oxidative stress on the liver.

If you have health concerns, you should think about the effects of cafestol and kahweol. It may impact your decision about which kind of AeroPress filter you want to use.

How Do You Clean an AeroPress Metal Filter?

Cleaning an AeroPress metal filter isn’t difficult. But it’s another step after the brew process.

You’ll need to remove the filter from the AeroPress instead of discarding it with the grounds, as you would do with a paper filter.

Rinse any remaining grounds from the filter, or knock them into the trash or compost.

Most of the metal filters available are made from stainless steel. So they don’t keep oils or odors and it’s not necessary to wash them thoroughly every time. Still, you’ll have to do it at least once in a while.

The best way is to use mild soap and plenty of fresh water to ensure that all traces of soap are completely removed. Air-dry the filter and you’re good to go.

Which Is Cheaper?

Metal Filters

A Fellow Prismo metal filter and filter cap.
A metal filter is one up-front cost of between $10 and $30, depending on which filter you choose.

Ideally, you won’t ever need to buy another one. But in real life, filters get bent, clogged, or tossed in the trash.

Paper Filters

Paper filters are cheaper in the beginning. But you’ll need to buy new filters when you run out, unlike the reusable metal filters.

The filters are cheap enough, though (they’re paper, after all!). It’s mostly a wash, and that the cost will not be a sticking point for most people.

Conclusion: AeroPress Metal Filter Vs Paper

So should you buy an AeroPress metal filter or paper filters?

Our conclusion is that they’re both great in their own ways. It comes down to what type of coffee you prefer.

Metal filters let more of the coffee oils and molecules through. They produce coffee that’s full-flavored, rich, and creamy but may have a little sediment.

Paper filters create a very clean brew. They produce coffee that’s sweet, fruity, and low in acid but may taste a bit thin.

For what it’s worth, AeroPress themselves writes:

“We were originally planning to include a metal filter with each AeroPress but when we conducted blind taste tests comparing paper filtered coffee with metal filtered coffee, the paper filtered coffee always won… That said, while we think that paper filters brew better tasting coffee, taste is certainly personal so people should brew their coffee the way it tastes best to them.”

Since neither the paper filters nor the metal filters are expensive, it makes the most sense to me to have both. Decide which one best suits the character of the coffee beans you’re using at that time.

Just remember this if you switch back and forth between paper filters and metal filters. Be sure not to absent-mindedly dump the metal filter into the trash or compost as you would with a paper one!

What’s your experience been like with metal filters or paper filters for the AeroPress?

Is there one type you prefer over the other? Or do you have a certain brand filter that you love? Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

6 Proven Fellow Prismo Recipes To Boost Your Skills

Do you want to get the absolute most out of your AeroPress and Prismo? Are you looking for incredible Fellow Prismo recipes to catapult your AeroPress skills to expert level?

We’ve all tried some mediocre recipes, some that even leave you feeling like a rookie. Well forget that! In this article, I’m going to be sharing with you some surprising recipes that I discovered and selected.

Follow these recipes and you’ll be an instant Prismo master! Think of this as your Fellow Prismo cheat-sheet.

These amazing recipes are tried and proven. Some are from the Fellow Products website. While others are from different sources over the web.

You’re guaranteed to have legitimate success with these delicious Fellow Prismo recipes.

Let’s jump in!

Some of the things you need to complete one fo the Fellow Prismo recipes - an AeroPress with Fellow Prismo, coffee cup and coffee scoop sitting on a kitchen bench.

Fellow Prismo Recipe #1 – Rare Reddit Recipe Number 1

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/AeroPress/comments/ewtsqh/aeropress_recipe_that_works_the_best_for_me/

This rare AeroPress Fellow Prismo recipe was discovered on Reddit. It’s not too different from the standard AeroPress recipe.

What you need:

  • AeroPress with 1 paper filter
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 20 – 30gms of fine grind coffee
  • Up to 200mls boiling water
  • A coffee cup

Instructions:

  1. Insert the included metal filter into the Prismo cap and then place your paper filter on top of it.
  2. Attach your Fellow Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Place your AeroPress on your coffee cup.
  4. Pour 20 – 30gms of fine grind coffee into the AeroPress chamber.
  5. Pour up to 200mls of boiling water into your AeroPress chamber.
  6. Gently stir your coffee for about 20 seconds.
  7. Let the coffee brew for 1 minute and then press.
  8. Add milk or sugar to taste.
  9. Enjoy your coffee!

How did you go? If you tried this Fellow Prismo recipe, please let me know in the comments below.

On to the next recipe, from Fellow themselves!

Fellow Prismo Recipe #2 – Pull A Perfect AeroPress Shot

Source: https://fellowproducts.com/blogs/brew-guides/how-to-dial-in-your-prismo-to-pull-the-best-shot

Close up of a hand holding the Fellow Prismo metal filter, a necessity for all Fellow Prismo recipes.

If you’ve failed pulling the perfect shot with your Fellow Prismo combo, this recipe is for you. From the people that created the Prismo, follow this and you’ll be winning in no time!

What You Need:

  • AeroPress
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 20gms of fine grind coffee
  • 50mls of boiling water
  • A timer (smartphone will do)

Instructions:

  1. Place your Prismo metal filter into your Prismo cap. Attach your Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  2. Pour your 20gms of fine grind coffee into the AeroPress chamber.
  3. Start your timer. Then pour your 50mls of boiling water into the AeroPress chamber slowly, 10-20 seconds is good. It’s important the water is boiling (212˚F / 100˚C) and that you don’t go over 50mls here, as it can ruin the shot.
  4. Increase the extraction by stirring your coffee for 20-30 seconds.
  5. Place your AeroPress Prismo combo onto your coffee cup.
  6. When 60 seconds is up, make sure you’ve got a good hold of your AeroPress Prismo combo and your coffee cup. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the chamber and press HARD all the way to the grounds. This should take you between 10-20 seconds. Use a finer grind if the plunger moves too quickly.
  7. Sit back and enjoy your delicious AeroPress Prismo perfect shot!

Close up of a coffee cup with some coffee with a slight crema present, after following one of the Fellow Prismo recipes.

OK! How was that recipe? If you enjoyed that but want to know how to get maximum crema from an AeroPress, read this post now!

Did you try this recipe? Let me know how you went in the comments below.

On to the next recipe!

Fellow Prismo Recipe #3 – An Intriguing Twist On The Original

Source: https://aeroprecipe.com/recipes/prismo-full-immersion

This recipe comes via the website Aeroprecipe. It’s a slight change to the traditional, standard Fellow Prismo recipe.

Some people have found great success with this recipe using a dark roast.

Let’s get brewing!

What You Need:

  • AeroPress
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 28gms of fine grind coffee
  • 84mls of 97˚C (206˚F) water

Instructions:

  1. Place your Prismo metal filter into your Prismo cap. Attach your Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  2. Finely grind 28gms of coffee while heating your water to 97˚C.
  3. Pour your fine grind coffee into your AeroPress chamber.
  4. Pour your 84mls of 97˚C water into your AeroPress chamber.
  5. Stir your coffee for 10 – 20 seconds.
  6. Leave your coffee to brew for 1 minute.
  7. Place your AeroPress Prismo combo onto your coffee cup.
  8. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the chamber and press.
  9. Add sugar or milk to taste.
  10. Enjoy your coffee!

OK! Now we’re on fire! Tried it out? Let me know all about it in the comments below.

If that last Fellow Prismo recipe didn’t get you going, this next one is irresistible.

Fellow Prismo Recipe #4 – The Irresistible Prismo Affauxgato

Source: https://fellowproducts.com/blogs/learn/prismo-affauxgato-recipe

What’s better than coffee? Coffee with ice-cream! This recipe is not exactly using espresso, as the standard recipe calls for. Hence the name. But it’s definitely the next best thing.

If you haven’t got any ice-cream in the house, what kind of depraved person are you?! Quickly get to the shops and grab some vanilla ice-cream so you can make this exquisite recipe right now. I mean it!

Let’s go!

What You Need:

  • AeroPress
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 20gms of fine grind coffee
  • 50mls of 100˚C (212˚F) water
  • At least one scoop of vanilla ice-cream

Instructions:

  1. Place your Prismo metal filter into your Prismo cap. Attach your Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  2. Finely grind 20gms of coffee while boiling your water.
  3. Pour your fine grind coffee into your AeroPress chamber.
  4. Pour your 50mls of boiling water into your AeroPress chamber.
  5. Stir your coffee for 10 – 20 seconds.
  6. Leave your coffee to brew for 1 minute.
  7. While your coffee is brewing, add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to your coffee cup.
  8. Place your AeroPress Prismo combo onto your coffee cup.
  9. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the chamber and press over your ice-cream.
  10. Enjoy your coffee!

Boom! I told you it was irresistible, right? Tried it out? Let me know all about it in the comments below.

Now it’s cold brew time.

Fellow Prismo Recipe #5 – The Insider Fellow Prismo Cold Brew

Source: https://fellowproducts.com/blogs/learn/how-to-make-cold-brew-with-prismo

Making the cold brew Fellow Prismo recipe, an AeroPress sitting on a glass mug with ice inside ready to press the cold brew into the cup.

To make delicious cold brew using the Prismo, you’ll need to use the inverted method. What?!? “But you don’t need to use the inverted method with the Prismo!”. I know, I know.

Cold brew isn’t any more complicated than your standard brew. So actually, you don’t need to use the inverted method, but there is a specific reason why I’d recommend it in this case.

You’re going to be leaving the cold brew in your fridge for 12 – 24 hours, right? You’re also going to want to store the cold brew in an air-tight container, right?

Well, if you use the regular method, then you’ll need to find a way to seal the AeroPress while it’s sitting in your fridge.

If you use the inverted method, you’ve got the plunger inserted already. You can attach the prismo before placing it in the fridge, creating an air-tight container.

Let’s brew!

What You Need:

  • AeroPress
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 35gms of coarse ground coffee – think french press grind
  • 130mls of water – room temperature
  • 12 – 24 hours

Instructions:

  1. Push your AeroPress plunger into the chamber about a quarter of the way. Flip it upside down, inverted style.
  2. Pour your 35gms of ground coffee into your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Pour 130mls of room temperature water into your AeroPress chamber.
  4. Stir for about 20 seconds
  5. Place your Prismo metal filter into your Prismo cap. Attach your Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  6. Put your AeroPress in the fridge for 12 – 24 hours (you can store it the regular way or inverted)
  7. Prepare your favourite large glass or mug with some ice.
  8. Take out your AeroPress Prismo combo from the fridge and press your cold brew into your cup
  9. Add your desired amount of water or milk.
  10. Enjoy the fruits of your labour.

After making one of the Fellow Prismo recipes, the Prismo cold brew, an AeroPress sitting upside down on a kitchen bench with the large used coffee pushed out of the AeroPress and sitting on top.

This produces a cold brew concentrate, so you’ll want to add some water or milk to it before drinking.

There is one more thing to consider though. It’s not recommended to leave the plunger sitting inside the AeroPress chamber for a long time.

This can wear out the rubber gasket faster. For this cold brew method, you need to leave it for 12 – 24 hours.

That’s a very long time to leave the plunger inside the chamber. Just something to think about.

To learn about some other AeroPress cold brew methods, read this post now.

Tried it out? Let me know all about it in the comments below.

Next!

Fellow Prismo Recipe #6 – The Prismocano

Source: https://fellowproducts.com/blogs/brew-guides/how-to-brew-an-americano-with-prismo

For those of you that enjoy drinking the popular “Americano”, this one’s for you. It’s simple and effortless, but provides impressive results.

It’s brew time!

What You Need:

  • AeroPress
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 24gms of fine ground coffee
  • 60mls of boiling water
  • 200mls of hot water (82˚C / 180˚F)
  • A timer (smartphone will do)

Instructions:

  1. Attach your Fellow Prismo with the metal filter to your AeroPress and place it on your coffee cup.
  2. Pour your 24gms of fine grind coffee into your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Pour 60mls of boiling water into your AeroPress chamber.
  4. Start your timer.
  5. Stir your coffee for 20 seconds.
  6. At 60 seconds, insert your plunger into your AeroPress chamber and press your brew into your cup.
  7. Pour 200mls of hot water (82˚C / 180˚F) into your cup.
  8. Add milk or sugar to taste.
  9. Sit back and relax with your hot cup of Prismocano.

A classic. Simple, but delightful. Tried it out? Let me know all about it in the comments below.

That brings us to the bonus recipe!

Bonus Fellow Prismo Recipe – Rare Reddit Recipe #2

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/AeroPress/comments/ghn49p/perfect_prismo_latte/

If you’ve dreamed of making the perfect Prismo iced latte, but weren’t quite sure how to achieve it, you’re in luck. Here’s another Reddit Fellow Prismo Recipe that will result in a heavenly iced latte.

Let’s get brewing!

What You Need:

  • AeroPress
  • Fellow Prismo
  • 20gms of fine ground coffee
  • 50mls of boiling water
  • A sealable drinking container (think cocktail shaker)
  • 4-5 cubes of ice
  • 4-5oz of milk

Instructions:

  1. Attach your Fellow Prismo with the metal filter to your AeroPress and place it on your coffee cup.
  2. Pour 20gms of fine ground coffee beans into your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Pour in 50mls of boiling water and stir for 20 seconds.
  4. After 1 minute, stir once more, then insert your plunger into the chamber and press.
  5. Set cup aside for now.
  6. Add your ice and 4-5oz of milk to your sealable drinking container.
  7. Gently swirl the ice and milk for a few seconds.
  8. Pour in your pressed coffee to your sealable drinking container.
  9. Seal and shake for 10-20 seconds.
  10. Pour into your favourite glass and enjoy.

Conclusion

I hope these 7 Fellow Prismo recipes were exactly what you were looking for and have been inspiring.

You’re now armed with more than enough proven, reliable Fellow Prismo recipes. It’s time for you to start brewing some impressive coffee. I know your results are going to be epic!

If you’ve got a different recipe that you’d like me to share here with everyone, let me know in the comments below. You can also let me know of any of your legendary successes or cringeworthy failures.

Stay caffeinated!

What Grind For AeroPress? 5 Grinds For 5 Simple Methods

Have you been brewing mediocre AeroPress coffee? Does something seem a little off but you can’t quite figure it out?

Now imagine having a friend visit you and how awkward you’d feel serving them a sub-par coffee. Not exactly what you want, is it!

It could be the grind that you’re using. Making sure you use the right grind for the right brewing method isn’t important. It’s essential.

In this post, we’re going to look at:

  • What grind for AeroPress Fellow Prismo method
  • What grind for AeroPress Prismo maximum crema method
  • What grind for AeroPress PuckPuck method
  • What grind for AeroPress standard method
  • What grind for AeroPress inverted method

We’ll also then look at some different brewing methods you can use with the AeroPress.

Let’s get to it!

What Grind for AeroPress Fellow Prismo Method?

fellow prismo unwrapped from plastic laid out on paper with filter next to it

Do you struggle with the inverted method? You may have the fear of spilling it everywhere and I don’t blame you. It’s not very safe.

If you’ve struggled at all with the inverted method, this method’s for you. Why not give your AeroPress superpowers using a little-known attachment for the AeroPress?

Introducing the Fellow Prismo.

Features of the Fellow Prismo

One feature of the Prismo, is that you can make amazing full-immersion coffee without using the inverted method. Learn all about the Fellow Prismo and why you should own it here.

If you want to get a delicious crema with the Prismo, you’ll need to use an ultra-fine grind. This helps to build up pressure when pressing the coffee through the Prismo metal filter. This also helps to produce a crema.

Instructions

Here’s the step-by-step method:

  1. Insert the metal filter into your Fellow Prismo.
  2. Screw the Prismo onto your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Pour 1 scoop of ultra-fine grind into your AeroPress chamber.
  4. Pour 50mls of boiling water into your AeroPress chamber.
  5. Stir your coffee for 20 seconds.
  6. Leave your coffee to steep for 1 minute.
  7. Place your AeroPress onto your coffee cup.
  8. Insert your plunger into the AeroPress chamber.
  9. Press HARD until you reach the ground coffee beans.
  10. Be amazed at the crema you have produced!
  11. Drink as is, or add hot milk and sugar to taste.
  12. Enjoy your coffee!

Now you’re familiar with the incredible Fellow Prismo and the basic recipe. Fantastic! Next, let’s look at the Maximum Crema method.

What Grind for AeroPress Prismo Maximum Crema Method?

A close up of a latte glass with some coffee with lots of crema inside.

If you want to get maximum crema from your AeroPress and Fellow Prismo, a fine grind will do. I’ve explained this method in full detail on my post “How To Get Crema From An AeroPress – 3 Secret Methods”.

If you’re looking to achieve jaw-dropping results like this, read it now!

What Grind for AeroPress PuckPuck Method?

Close-up of the AeroPress with the PuckPuck on top with the water vessel attached with 100 grams of ice and 400 mls of water inside, with the lid on the water vessel.

Cold brew is delicious and one of the best ways to enjoy coffee. The only thing is that it takes several hours to brew, which isn’t always practical.

Have you often found yourself wishing it would brew faster? Have you experienced remembering that you meant to make some cold brew the day before but forgot?

Luckily for you, there’s the PuckPuck! The PuckPuck is an innovative AeroPress cold brew attachment that makes slow-drip cold brew coffee. But in about 3 ½ hours. Super fast!

For brewing with the PuckPuck, you’ll need a medium grind.

Instructions

Let’s take a look at the step-by-step process:

  1. Place a paper filter into your AeroPress filter cap and screw it onto the AeroPress chamber.
  2. Sit your AeroPress on a jug or suitable container. It needs to be large enough to hold at least 400ml.
  3. Pour 38g of medium grind into your AeroPress chamber, then give a gentle shake or a tap to level the grounds.
  4. Gently drop your PuckPuck splash filter into your AeroPress chamber. Make sure it’s sitting flat on top of the grounds.
  5. Attach your PuckPuck water vessel onto the PuckPuck. Place the PuckPuck onto your AeroPress. If you didn’t buy the water vessel with the PuckPuck, you can use a compatible water bottle instead.
  6. Place your PuckPuck and water vessel onto your AeroPress chamber.
  7. Pour 100g of ice into your PuckPuck water vessel. Pour 400ml of water into your PuckPuck water vessel.
  8. Slowly adjust the drip rate of your PuckPuck to about 50 drips per minute. Do this by holding the bottom section of the PuckPuck and turning the top section anti-clockwise. This can be a bit tricky to get the hang of, but you’ll get it. Start very slow until you see drips coming out of your PuckPuck.
  9. Check your PuckPuck from time to time, making sure the drip rate isn’t speeding up or slowing down.
  10. Wait until all the water has dripped through the water vessel. Remove the AeroPress and PuckPuck combo from your jug or container and place in your kitchen sink for cleaning.
  11. Pour some of your delicious cold brew into a large glass or mug with ice.
  12. Add sugar or milk to taste.
  13. Enjoy your delicious cold brew coffee!

If you’d rather make the guaranteed and reliable coffee that the AeroPress instructions recommend, take a look at this next method.

What Grind for AeroPress Standard Method?

top view of aeropress with water added and stirring with spoon

This is the proven method that you started with when you first got your AeroPress. It’s the standard method that you’re provided in the AeroPress instructions. For this method, you’ll want to use a fine grind.

This is because brewing with this method has a minimal brewing time. If you were to use a coarser grind, you wouldn’t extract enough of the goodness.

Instructions

The step-by-step method is:

  1. Insert a paper filter into your AeroPress cap.
  2. Screw your AeroPress cap onto the AeroPress chamber.
  3. Place your AeroPress onto your cup. Pour in one scoop of your fine grind coffee into the AeroPress chamber.
  4. Pour hot water into the AeroPress chamber up to the number 1 on the chamber.
  5. Using the included stirring paddle, stir the coffee for about 10 seconds.
  6. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the chamber and lightly press, until all the coffee is in your cup.
  7. Add milk or sugar to taste.
  8. Enjoy your coffee!

Now we’ve covered the standard method, let’s take a look at a different popular method.

What Grind for AeroPress Inverted Method?

The inverted method is a popular brewing method with the AeroPress. Brewing with this method makes a full-immersion brew, which you can leave to steep as long as you like.

Think of it as more like a french press brew.

I should warn you though, this method is not recommended by Aerobie. It does have the potential to leak or spill if not done correctly, so be careful!

Unlike the standard method above, you’ll want a fine-to-medium grind for this method. If you use a too fine grind, it could lead to over-extraction because of the longer steeping time.

The setup for this method is a little different, too. Insert the AeroPress plunger into the chamber up to the number 4. Now turn the AeroPress upside down and use the AeroPress plunger as a stand for the AeroPress.

The AeroPress is now ready to add your fine-to-medium grind and hot water.

Instructions

Let’s take a look at the step-by-step instructions:

  1. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the AeroPress chamber up to the number 4.
  2. Turn your AeroPress upside-down, using the AeroPress plunger as a stand.
  3. Pour in one scoop of fine-to-medium grind into the AeroPress chamber.
  4. Pour 50mls of hot water into your AeroPress chamber and stir for 20 seconds.
  5. Leave your coffee to steep for 30 seconds.
  6. Pour hot water to the top of your AeroPress and then leave for a further 60 seconds.
  7. Place a paper filter into your AeroPress cap and wet the filter so it sticks to the cap.
  8. Screw the cap onto the AeroPress chamber.
  9. Turn your coffee cup upside-down and place it on top of the AeroPress.
  10. Holding both your cup and the AeroPress, turn them both the right-side up in one smooth motion.
  11. Gently press your AeroPress plunger into the chamber until all the coffee is in your cup.
  12. Add milk or sugar to taste.
  13. Enjoy your coffee!

So how did you go with that one? I’m sure you nailed it without any struggle!

Conclusion

So there you have 5 different grinds for 5 different AeroPress methods. Now you’re armed with some powerful info to get out there and make the best brew that you can!!

Have you got another AeroPress brewing method to suggest? Have you tried one of these methods and not achieved the results you were hoping for?

Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

The 12 Best AeroPress Accessories Of The Coffee Elite

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Are you looking for the best AeroPress accessories? Do you want to be the envy of all your coffee buddies? Looking like a mediocre AeroPresser in front of your friends can be awkward!

In this post, I’m going to cover the 12 best AeroPress accessories that you must have to get the absolute most out of your AeroPress.

By using even 2 or 3 of these AeroPress accessories, you can instantly transform your appearance from cringeworthy to legendary.

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

Each accessory 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.

For those readers in a hurry, here’s the list of the best AeroPress attachments:

 

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

Let’s go!

The AeroPress package on a kitchen bench with the text "12 Best AeroPress Accessories"

Best AeroPress Accessories for Brewing

Fellow Prismo

 

The Fellow Prismo is made by Fellow Industries. With the Prismo, you can 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.

It also creates mind-blowing crema (if you use the right secret method). Learn more about that here.

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 AeroPress cold brew attachment that sits on top of your AeroPress chamber. It 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 buy 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.

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. They are twice as thick as the standard AeroPress paper filters.

Having smaller pores means that you transfer more vibrance, clarity and juiciness to your cup. They also reduce the sediment.

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

There must be a reason why several World AeroPress Champions use these paper filters.

Able Disk Filter

 

If you want 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.

The standard stainless steel filter produces a fuller-bodied cup. This is because some of the coffee fines are able to pass into your cup when you press.

The fine filter option allows less coffee fines to enter your cup. So, it produces a lighter, cleaner cup of coffee.

Be aware that the fine filter is thinner than the standard filter, so it’s possible to bend if you apply too much pressure.

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

Related article – AeroPress metal filter Vs paper

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 travel with your AeroPress and need a coffee grinder that can travel with you, 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.

2Pour

 

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

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

Best AeroPress Accessories for Traveling

JavaJug / JavaJug 2

 

The JavaJug (or JavaJug 2) is a stainless steel jug for pressing your AeroPress coffee into. It’s also great for storing your AeroPress.

You may find that when travelling it can be difficult to find a cup that your AeroPress can fit.

It’s wide enough to fit the AeroPress cap so you can press your coffee without spilling a drop. If you’re making many 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, remove the filter cap and place it in the JavaJug. Then, put in your AeroPress upside down.

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

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 enjoy using the Able Travel Cap.

It’s a cap that fits on the open end of the AeroPress plunger. This lets you 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 until you can buy some more while you travel.

It also provides better stability for the AeroPress when you’re brewing using the inverted method. Finally, it’s made in the USA.

Eagle Creek Pack It Tube Cube


When you travel, having a travel case makes sure that all your parts and pieces stay together.

This avoids anything getting damaged in your luggage. It also helps you locate your parts and pieces much faster.

The Eagle Creek Pack It Tube Cube is a travel case that will 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.

Ondamota Herb Container

 

You can use the Ondamota Herb Container to store your ground coffee. It 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.

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 enjoy owning a Hexnub Organizer for your AeroPress.

It looks great wherever you are and has space for all your AeroPress parts, including:

  • the chamber,
  • the plunger,
  • the scoop,
  • the stirring paddle,
  • the funnel, and
  • the filter papers (with holder)

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 need something more compact, Hexnub also offer a compact version of the Hexnub Organizer.

Blue Horse Caddy


Don’t leave your AeroPress anywhere. You can now organize your countertop with the help of the Blue Horse Caddy.

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

The Blue Horse Caddy:

  • is made from stainless steel,
  • is durable, and
  • 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.

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 something you’ve used that you think shouldn’t be on the list?

Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!

3 Sneaky AeroPress Cold Brew Overnight Recipes

Do you find cold brew irresistible? Then you’re in the right place.

In this post, you’ll learn 3 sneaky AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes. These recipes will turn you into an AeroPress genius.

If you’ve mastered the AeroPress normal and inverted brewing methods, well done!

You’re now ready to begin using some lesser-known brewing methods and recipes.

One such method that you’d be insane not to learn, is the AeroPress cold brew overnight method.

Each recipe is super easy to prepare and results in a delicious small batch of cold brew. They’re perfect for enjoying first thing in the morning or in the afternoon.

So let’s get into it!

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

Surefire AeroPress Cold Brew Overnight With Fellow Prismo Recipe

Tip: You don’t have to use the Prismo for this recipe, but it definitely helps. It’s best kept air-tight and the Prismo does that.

For this one, we’ll follow the cold brew recipe provided by Fellow, the makers of the Prismo.

It’s a little bit different from a standard AeroPress inverted cold brew recipe. The reason for this is that you can leave it sitting in the regular position because the Prismo is air-tight.

You’ll prefer leaving 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 learn more about the Prismo and all its unique benefits here.

 

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. Insert the plunger 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 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.Be aware that this can wear out the rubber gasket on your AeroPress plunger. It’s best not 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 often.

Let’s look at the next delicious recipe!

Traditional Cold Brew With An Unexpected AeroPress Twist

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

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

Super simple and super delicious!

Ingredients

  • An AeroPress
  • ⅔ cup of medium fine ground coffee beans (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, super simple and super delicious!

Now let’s take a look at the most surprising one yet, recipe number three!

Badass Cold Brew With The PuckPuck AeroPress Attachment

OK, I’ve got a confession to make. I’m going to be completely honest here.

This next recipe isn’t an overnight recipe. It’s the sneakiest of all three, but in a life-changing way!

I thought I should share it with you though, because of its massive time-saving ability.

The long brew time is one of the only agonizing downsides to cold brew. Who doesn’t want to turbocharge their cold brew, right?!

In fact, it should only take about 2 ½ to 3 hours to brew. That’s unbelievable!

“How is that possible”, you ask? It’s all due to the help of a fascinating AeroPress attachment called the PuckPuck.

What’s The PuckPuck And What Makes It So Extraordinary?

The PuckPuck is an innovative puck-shaped AeroPress cold brew attachment.

It controls the flow of water into your AeroPress, helping you to make a delicious slow-drip cold brew.

By tightening or loosening the PuckPuck, you can effortlessly speed up or slow down the drip rate.

It’s recommended to have a drip rate of about 50 drips per minute. There’s even a simple app for Apple and Android to help you achieve the best drip rate.

 

Let me show you how easy it is!

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. Make sure that all four vent holes are unblocked, and then screw them back together.
  2. Put one of your AeroPress paper filters into the AeroPress cap. Attach the cap 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 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 sneaky AeroPress cold brew overnight recipes that will make you the envy of your friends.

I hope you found these recipes helpful and have some fun making them.

You can experiment with the timings and taste the varying results. Take note of the method and timing you used, so if you create something sensational, you can make it again.

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

Stay caffeinated!

A Genuine Fellow Prismo Review – AeroPress Attachment

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Do you like using the inverted method with your AeroPress, but have that little voice in the back of your mind? The one that says “watch out, it might spill everywhere!”

Unfortunately, sometimes it does happen. Imagine having to clean up your kitchen when it does… coffee everywhere!

Do you also enjoy espresso coffee, but can’t take your espresso machine with you everywhere you go?

In that case, the Prismo is the life-changing answer you’ve been looking for.

Not only does the Fellow Prismo make espresso-style coffee. It also brews full-immersion coffee in the regular position. No more inverted AeroPress!

After reading this surprising Fellow Prismo review, you will change the way you use your AeroPress forever.

Keep reading.

Fellow Prismo Review – pressure-actuated attachment for AeroPress

After searching for different attachments for the AeroPress coffee maker, I found the Prismo. It’s 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 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?

Why not let Fellow show you exactly what the Prismo is in this short video.

The Fellow Prismo is a pressure-actuated attachment for the AeroPress. It makes full immersion espresso-style coffee, without needing to use the inverted method.

But what is full immersion coffee?

What is full immersion coffee?

Full immersion coffee is a method of brewing coffee. It’s any brewing method where coffee and water mix together in a container for a period of time.

Once the coffee is ready, it’s filtered from the brewing device into your cup.

The most common device that uses full immersion is the coffee plunger or french press. But there are loads of different devices that use this brewing method.

Some other examples are siphons and cold brew makers. Even Fellow Industries made a device called the Duo Coffee Steeper, which has now been discontinued.

The Prismo converts your AeroPress into a full immersion brewer, without using the unstable inverted method.

So, it’s a:

  • custom AeroPress cap with a no drip seal,
  • pressure actuated valve, and
  • a reusable metal filter.

If you’re wondering “what’s a pressure-actuated valve?”, I’ll break it down.

Pressure-actuated Valve

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.

Applying pressure on the AeroPress plunger opens the valve immediately. This pushes the brew into your cup like a jet stream.

The result is an immersion brew, without using the inverted method.

This is different from the standard AeroPress cap, which drips into your cup when you add hot water. Brewing with the Fellow Prismo or inverted method avoids this.

But unlike the inverted method, the Prismo has no risk of accidental spills.

What comes with the Fellow Prismo for AeroPress?

Fellow Prismo cap

The custom cap has a pressure-actuated valve. It screws onto the bottom of the AeroPress chamber instead of the original cap.

The pressure actuated valve stays sealed until you press down. This holds your brew in the AeroPress chamber.

Combined with a “no drip seal”, you can brew a full immersion coffee 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 great 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 the correct specs for the current filter. It’s 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 pleased with Nick’s prompt response. They took the time to respond to their customer’s queries. It shows that their customers are important.

That’s an A+ right there.

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How do you use the Fellow Prismo?

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. Make sure that the Fellow logo icon on the cap aligns with the numbers on the AeroPress chamber.
  3. Measure 20g of ultra-fine ground coffee beans and pour into the AeroPress chamber.
  4. Place the AeroPress onto your coffee cup or glass.
  5. Pour 50ml of boiling water (100˚C/212˚F) into the AeroPress chamber.
  6. Stir the coffee for 20 seconds.
  7. Let the coffee sit for one minute.
  8. Place the AeroPress plunger into the chamber. Give an initial quick, hard press to compress the coffee grounds. 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.

Watch this video to learn a simple technique that will boost your AeroPress crema to extreme! Read this post to learn more.

If you’re interested, you can also use the Prismo to make cold brew.

Cleaning the Fellow Prismo

Clean the Fellow Prismo after every use. This will stop it getting clogged up by coffee oils and 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 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.
  5. Rinse any soapy residue off the parts.

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 want to. After all, it’s designed for you to use it with a metal filter.

The people at Fellow Industries spent months doing research. They tried different options for brewing with the Prismo.

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

But, there are 2 secret methods of using a paper filter with the Prismo metal filter that I have tried.

One of them involves tamping the coffee inside the AeroPress and then packing a paper filter on top.

The other method is so secret, you’ll have to read the article to find out about it. It’s actually stupid-simple!

In fact, these have been the only methods that I’ve used to get anything close to a crema.

I explain this method in full amazing detail here.

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Conclusion

You’ll be grateful you purchased the Fellow Prismo because it adds value to your AeroPress and helps make a great brew.

Don’t worry any more about spilling your coffee everywhere using the AeroPress inverted method. Use the Prismo and make full immersion coffee.

It’s a quality product that I have no problem recommending. Click here to view it on Amazon now. You can also see the reviews and feedback from other purchasers.

It’s delivered on everything so far. But I still struggle to get a crema by following the standard instructions.

However, I have discovered 2 secret methods that deliver a delicous crema every time. It’s early days for me though, so plenty of time to refine my skills.

I hope you’ve found this Fellow Prismo review helpful. Have you purchased the Fellow Prismo or have a question about it?

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

Stay caffeinated!

How To Get Crema From An AeroPress – 3 Secret Methods

Have you been wondering why there’s no crema in any of your AeroPress brews? No doubt you’ve tried to produce a crema, only to fail again and again.

Now imagine the satisfaction you’re going to feel when you discover that it’s possible. In fact, it’s stupid-simple.

If wondering how to get crema from an AeroPress has lead you here today, you’re in luck. There’s 3 secret methods that we’ll be covering.

But can you actually get crema from an AeroPress or is it a cruel hoax?

First, let’s take a step backwards and look at the definition of coffee crema.

What Is Coffee Crema – A Conclusive Definition?

To make an honest decision about if you can get crema from an AeroPress or not, we must 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.

So now that we have a definition, we need to ask…

Can You Get Crema From An AeroPress?

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

According to the above definitions, you can’t get crema from an AeroPress. Like I said earlier, the AeroPress is not an espresso machine.

A Sneaky Change To The Definition Of Crema

But what if the AeroPress wasn’t invented when those definitions were written? What if we replaced “espresso” in each of the definitions with “coffee”?

While it would be a little sneaky, it would also be revolutionary! It would mean you can produce a crema with an AeroPress.

You Can Get Crema With An AeroPress!

So now that we can get crema with an AeroPress, we need to inspect the “how”. There’s some unique opinions about how it’s best done.

For example, some people say that you must use a metal mesh filter. Others say they can get the same result with a paper filter.

Some say you need a special attachment to get results. One thing’s for sure, secret technique plays a very big role.

It’s All In The Secret Technique

The essential factor in achieving a crema with an AeroPress is the technique that you use. This is because you can’t get a crema by brewing with the AeroPress in the traditional method.

What About The Inverted Method?

Why not use the inverted method, which gives you a longer immersion time? This does work, but transferring the crema to your cup isn’t easy.

The painful problem is in the way the AeroPress works. The delicious crema floats at the top. Then, at the end of your press, the ground coffee beans absorb the crema.

But there are 3 secret methods you can use right now to achieve AeroPress greatness.

3 Secret Methods You Can Start Using Right Now

To combat this problem and give you the epic results you’re after, I’m going to reveal to you 3 secret methods.

Let’s get started with Secret Method 1!

Secret Method 1 – The Fauxpresso Method

In the official AeroPress method, you add hot water and then stir the coffee for about 10 seconds.

In the underused Fauxpresso Method, you don’t disturb the coffee grounds after adding water.

Instead, you tamp the grounds and then apply as much pressure as you can when pressing the coffee. It’s closer to how you would make espresso.

Let me explain it step-by-step:

  1. Add a filter to the cap of your AeroPress and screw the cap onto your AeroPress. Some people suggest a metal filter to keep it like an espresso, others say paper is ok. Experiment here and use what gives the best results for you.
  2. Pour in 20g of fine ground coffee into your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Tamp the coffee grounds with a coffee tamper that can fit inside your AeroPress chamber. If you don’t have a suitable tamper, put a paper filter on the end of the plunger. Push it 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. Place a paper filter over the tamped coffee grounds. This is to stop the grounds from stirring up when you add water. Make sure it’s as flat as possible and covering the grounds.
  5. Sit your AeroPress on your coffee cup/glass.
  6. Pour 50 – 75mls of hot water into your AeroPress chamber.
  7. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the chamber and push hard, being careful not to slip.
  8. Marvel at the heavenly crema delivered to your cup.

While this method can give you a crema, it’s not the remarkable results we’re after.

Here’s my results:

Close up of a latte glass with some coffee with a bit of crema inside.

Close up of a latte glass with some coffee with a bit of crema inside.

A good start, but not life-changing. We can do better!

Let’s now look at secret method number 2!

Secret Method 2 – The Sly Fellow Prismo Method

This method is like method 1, with a slight difference. Secret Method 2 uses a little-known attachment for the AeroPress.

It creates extra pressure and can help you create the results you’re looking for. It’s called the Fellow Prismo.

The Fellow Prismo Can Supercharge Your AeroPress!

According to their own info, it gives your AeroPress superpowers. It may not be the same result as from an espresso machine, but the AeroPress is not an espresso machine.

If you’re like me, you crave coffee and get good use out of your espresso machine at home. But you’re not always at home.

And buying coffee all the time isn’t cheap, so espresso is not always an option. That’s where the Prismo comes in.

Learn more about the Fellow Prismo attachment in my genuine review.

Fellow Prismo To The Rescue?

But can it actually help you get a crema from your AeroPress or is it a shameful scam?

Why not see for yourself! If you follow this method, you’ll surprise yourself with the results you can achieve.

Let’s look at the step-by-step formula!

  1. Insert the provided metal filter into your Prismo. Then, attach your Fellow Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  2. Pour in 20g of fine ground coffee into your AeroPress chamber. As in method 1, use a paper filter to tamp the coffee grounds.
  3. Place a paper filter on top of the tamped coffee grounds. Make sure the filter is flat and covering the grounds.
  4. Sit your AeroPress on your coffee cup or glass
  5. Pour 50 – 75mls of hot water into your AeroPress chamber.
  6. Insert your AeroPress plunger into the chamber and push hard, being careful not to slip.
  7. Be amazed at the delicious crema delivered to your cup.

Once again, this method does produce a crema. And the results are a genuine improvement on the method 1 results.

Here’s my results:

A close up of a latte glass with some coffee with some crema inside.

A close up of a latte glass with some coffee with some crema inside.

But you know what? We can still do better! I am certain that if you follow the next recipe, you’ll create the amazing crema that you were looking for.

The Final Secret Method

The third and final method will be the method that you’ll have the most success with. It’s the difference between mediocre and jaw-dropping!

I’m excited to be sharing this with you. It will catapult your results to the level of bona fide expert.

Let’s now look at secret method number 3!

Secret Method 3 – The Double Filter Fellow Prismo Method

If you want to get remarkable results, you need to try something remarkable. This method is definitely the most remarkable of all the methods.

It’s a genuine insider method that was discovered by trial and error and experimentation. But I’m not satisfied leaving it untapped. So here it is for you!

The Double Filter Fellow Prismo Reveal

It’s like the previous secret methods, but it has a strange twist. We won’t be tamping the coffee grounds and placing a paper filter on top.

Instead, you will place a paper filter on top of the Fellow Prismo metal filter. It sounds counter-intuitive, but trust me on this.

Now you’ll have a double filter. Why this produces the crema it does, I don’t know. But it does. If you know, let me know in the comments below!

Now let’s look at the step-by-step method!

  1. Place your metal filter inside your Prismo. Then place an AeroPress paper filter on top.
  2. Attach your Prismo to your AeroPress chamber.
  3. Sit your AeroPress on your coffee cup or glass.
  4. Pour 20g of fine ground coffee into your AeroPress chamber.
  5. Pour 50 – 75mls of hot water into your AeroPress chamber.
  6. Stir your coffee with a long handled spoon or your AeroPress stirring paddle for 20 seconds.
  7. Leave your coffee to brew for 1 minute.
  8. Insert your AeroPress plunger and press it hard all the way to the bottom of the chamber.

This method guarantees an incredible crema. Don’t believe me?

Here’s my jaw-dropping results:

A close up of a latte glass with some coffee with lots of crema inside.

A close up of a latte glass with some coffee with lots of crema inside.

Conclusion

Follow these secret methods and you’ll instantly master how to get crema from your AeroPress. If you don’t yet have the Prismo, start with method 1 and see how you go. You might surprise yourself.

But to achieve the legendary results seen in method three, you’re going to need the Fellow Prismo. Learn more about the Fellow Prismo attachment in my genuine review now.

For those of you that want to take your AeroPress skills to the extreme level, you need extreme pressure!

Watch this neat invention using a lever and the following results. Pretty impressive!

Have you tried any of these secret methods? Have you had some success or only achieved mediocre results? Or do you know of another sly method you want to share?

Let me know in the comments below.

Stay caffeinated!