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    Aeropress Quick Review

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    Choice magazine has just published a quick review of the Aeropress. They have given it a miserable 2 out of 5 stars rating. They used super market pre-ground coffee because they presumed that is what most users would use.
    I have written a comment on their website informing them that I thought their review was disgusting. The review and my comments can be read on the Choice website without logging in.
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    They probably thought it was an espresso machine. Idjuts.

    Best if they stick to reviewing can openers.
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    The irony? If I were to google ‘choice magazine aeropress review’, the first search result is this coffeesnobs thread, and I still can’t find a link to that choice review. Shows how much credibility they have I had a laugh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Talk_Coffee View Post
    They probably thought it was an espresso machine.
    Well...
    The Aeropress box does say "1-4 Cup Coffee and ESPRESSO MAKER" and quotes Robin Sam as saying "The best coffee maker I've ever owned"

    I don't agree with both those comments on the box but if used right, the aeropress makes one excellent long black, often better than what you can make on even the fanciest espresso machines. Don't believe me? Try some blind taste tests and you might be surprised at the depth of flavours and big body you can get out of one of these.... as long as you don't want a Cafe Latte and are happy with a long black or a long black with a splash of milk.

    Used right it's a great travel gizmo and good value which is why we sell them in BeanBay and why it's the first thing packed in my bag when I travel as you can always find a kettle!

    Who needs Choice to tell us what tastes great?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avex View Post
    The irony? If I were to google ‘choice magazine aeropress review’, the first search result is this coffeesnobs thread, and I still can’t find a link to that choice review. Shows how much credibility they have I had a laugh.
    Nah, no irony. Came up as the first two on my google search, CS 3rd.

    I subscribe to choice but I doubt if that's the issue.
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    Choice have zero credibility when it comes to things coffee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Who needs Choice to tell us what tastes great? ;-)
    Nailed it in one Andy
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    FYI chokkidog the links if the 2 above threads are both bad.


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    Thanks jp,

    I'll just experiment with this one...

    Aeropress coffee maker review - CHOICE

    Which works for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    Well...

    I don't agree with both those comments on the box but if used right, the aeropress makes one excellent long black, often better than what you can make on even the fanciest espresso machines.
    I agree Andy it guarantees a consistent brewed coffee. Methods can make incredible differences too. I prefer a long black on my Aeropress any day to one from my Bezzera Domus simply because of the room to experiment.

    p.s on a side not, I have mucked around with a lot of filters and methods. I co-run and edit for a young UK website that is dedicated to a lot of things relating to coffee (just like here on CS). My co-partner started it out as mainly an Aeropress site & stories about coffee farms from our correspondents from all over. We conducted a successful survey on Aeropress methods and received a decent amount of emails in return. We compiled a list of the 17 best methods we tested ourselves from specialty cafes, roasters etc that got back to us. This is what convinced me that Aeropress is actually an incredible tool.

    My favourite (coincidentally the #1 voted on our poll) is 15g, 40sec steep 20 sec press, 85-88 degree water, grind size between espresso and filter, 200ml water (inverted method). We even made a list of the particular coffees it worked best with. A few Kenyans were my top pics.

    We also have an in depth review of Aeropress filters we received for free from our contacts. This was fun to play around with and added another layer of complexity to 'Aeropressing'. It took time to convince me and I am sure that is common. Here is a picture from from recent travels. Sorry for the long message.P1010555.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by chokkidog View Post
    Thanks jp,

    I'll just experiment with this one...

    Aeropress coffee maker review - CHOICE

    Which works for me.
    Works for me as well!


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    i had a good laugh reading through it hahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzo89 View Post
    And there is another one for the box...

    Aeropress: loved by more Wombats than any other brewing method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    And there is another one for the box...

    Aeropress: loved by more Wombats than any other brewing method.
    I had a laugh Andy. I had not even thought of that The wombats are never overly curious as you sit around them, so it was kind of strange I had finished brewing and it came close for a sniff. It proceeded to chew its way onwards as usual around my feet as I sipped down my coffee.

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    Hi Gonzo89, I agree mate the aeropress is a great brewing method! Love that shot from Cradle mountain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dans1982 View Post
    Hi Gonzo89, I agree mate the aeropress is a great brewing method! Love that shot from Cradle mountain!
    Thanks mate From your comment I believe you either recognise Waldheim's walk at the beginning of the Overland Track, or you follow my Instagram . Incredible place. I can't wait to go back.

    p.s Not sure if you have been to the mountain but it is considered a rare site to see an Eastern Quoll in Tasmania (declared extinct here on the 'mainland' in the 1960s). My very first evening at Peppers Tavern I had a funny and exciting experience. A black Eastern Quoll was at my feet as I opened the door to the tavern! It ran into the enclosed cloak room and realised it could not get in, so it went frantic and bolted out quickly and down the verandah. I was so shocked at my luck and only wish I could have taken a photo. Good memories

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    Guilty! I follow you on instagram I'm specht_design.

    Yes been up there and truely love the place! We stayed at peppers too! What a great experience man, that place is just so beautiful, will be back for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dans1982 View Post
    Guilty! I follow you on instagram I'm specht_design.

    Yes been up there and truely love the place! We stayed at peppers too! What a great experience man, that place is just so beautiful, will be back for sure.
    Well in that case I am guilty too! I follow you as well. I loved the job you did on that coffee cart for the 'peasant boys bean squeezery'. Such beautiful craftsmanship.

    Glad that you also enjoyed the place. I will be posting a few more pics soon on IG

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    Thanks heaps mate, I love working with timber and when I get to combine it with coffee, I love it even more!

    Awesome, I look forward to seeing more pics!
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    Love the Wombat Gonzo...

    Beautiful pic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dimal View Post
    Love the Wombat Gonzo...

    Beautiful pic...

    Mal.
    Thanks Mal, I love these creatures and I could watch them chew away for hours in their wild habitat.

    P.s. My sincerest apologies to Herbie for the wombat hijack of this post. I just thought it would be good to contribute an unusual aeropress photo given that Aeropress was the topic I hope wombat coffeesnobs are also welcome

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    No apology required gonzo89. We have been to Peppers at Cradle Mountain several times. We loved the wombats too. We saw dozens of fat little fellas on our night tour. We always went armed with our Aeropress, Kyocera grinder and fresh home roasted beans to enjoy in this fantastic environment. Herbie
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    I don't agree with both those comments on the box but if used right, the aeropress makes one excellent long black, often better than what you can make on even the fanciest espresso machines.
    This is certainly my experience. With fresh beans, roasted right and with the right grind, the humble AP makes a better long black than I have yet achieved on my machine! Not espresso - but very fine coffee
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    This got me looking at some of the other Choice coffee related reviews, they are so inaccurate and just plain bad I'm now hesitant to believe any of their reviews. I may cancel the subscription completely!
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    Iíve been spending all of last week using my aeropress (abstaining from espresso on my R58 is a tough feat believe me!) to get the preparation and procedure down for when I go on holiday tomorrow. And Iíve made some of the best tasting filter coffees through this marvel of a device. I believe a majority of aeropress users tend to produce espresso strength brews, but I reckon it works wonders with a coarser grind on my porlex. I was sampling different grind sizes and coffee to water ratios yesterday with a Ethiopian kolowa roast and 7 clicks on the porlex gave me a v60 like grind size. The results were nothing short of AMAZING, the aroma of jasmine was so strong it was almost as if someone wafted a whole bunch of flowers under my nose. Taste in cup wasn't too shabby either, i've adopted the cut the extraction on the hissing sound technique and i've been getting great results. You can't go wrong with an aeropress for $45.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Avex View Post
    I’ve made some of the best tasting filter coffees through this marvel of a device. I believe a majority of aeropress users tend to produce espresso strength brews, but I reckon it works wonders with a coarser grind on my porlex.
    I totally agree Avex. I find making filter coffees almost therapeutic given the beautiful aromas that linger around the house afterwards.

    I personally dislike using the Aeropress for 'espresso' strength brews. It truly is a consistent filter coffee device.

    When traveling I also use 7 clicks on the Porlex for my preferred style of coffee so I understand what you mean by V60 like coffee. It is sensational!

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    i do however use an additional able filter disk that most CSers would be well aware of, gives it a cleaner taste in cup.
    i always run hot water through the AP and plunge water through the filters before extracting coffee.

    some of these extra pieces of equipment and steps that may come as second nature to us coffee loving folks, do get lost among the people who just want a cheap and time effective way of making their morning coffee. goes without saying, a great coffee making apparatus when placed in the wrong hands accompanied with a complete lack of conscientiousness to the craft will still produce crap results...
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    Yes I agree it is all the users fault. Rubbish review. So many methods to experiment with when brewing with the Aeropress. If they use supermarket stale grounds then they can't expect quality. Speaking of supermarket coffee, I noticed Woolworths/Safeway now stocks locally roasted coffee from Grinderz with date stamps on it (Brisbane). Could this take off perhaps?

    I also use the Able disc (fine) and much prefer it to the paper filters.

    Kohi Labs from New York recently sent me a prototype of their new fabric mesh filter to test out and it is the best Aeropress filter by far. Their Kickstarter was funded last week so production starts soon.

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    7 clicking heathens! It's 6 clicks and there's no other way

    I'm using the Aeropress exclusively at the moment as I'm away from home and really enjoying a (rather pricey) El Salvador CofE long black as we speak.

    The thing I like about the Aeropress is that you can easily adjust your method according to the (fresh) beans available to you. When I first landed the only beans I could immediately get my hands on were roasted darker than I would prefer for the Aeropress. Reduced dose and brewing time, stretched out with some boiling water after extraction and, while different, it was still a nice drink.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry O'Speedwagon View Post
    7 clicking heathens! It's 6 clicks and there's no other way

    I'm using the Aeropress exclusively at the moment as I'm away from home and really enjoying a (rather pricey) El Salvador CofE long black as we speak.

    The thing I like about the Aeropress is that you can easily adjust your method according to the (fresh) beans available to you.
    That is hilarious! I had a good laugh at "7 clicking heathens!". Remember now, one persons 7 clicks might be another persons 5 depending on your strength I generally experiment with 6 and 7 but I find 7 is the setting for me.

    ohh El Salvador.. I wish I had some in my arsenal at the moment.

    Yes I also love the versatility of the Aeropress with ageing beans. I generally brew longer than 1 minute (naturally since I like a courser grind) but with old beans I drop it down close to the 1 minute mark. I don't find myself having this problem often. I think there is more coffee than blood in me nowadays

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    it's very affordable inventions like the aeropress and the quality of its brew output that sometimes fill me with a TEENY sense of buyer's remorse when thinking of my significantly more expensive S/S coffee extracting devices heh.

    i've pretty much got my workflow down and have been extracting consistently good results on my AP. I honestly don't see the need to use any other brewing methods now for a straight long black or filter-strength coffee...

    might have to spend a little more time on my siphon when i get back from my holiday to do it some justice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avex View Post
    might have to spend a little more time on my siphon when i get back from my holiday to do it some justice!
    My siphon has also been collecting a bit of dust lately. I miss it actually. It is a pleasant little ritual to use a siphon. I mainly use my V60 for filter coffee now. My Aeropress is for when I am out of the house. A stormy night like this in Brisbane calls for a little coffee by siphon gaslight since the power is out

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    Is there much difference between the porlex mini (20g) and tall (40g) , apart from size?


    How many beans (20 or 40g) is normal for a cup of coffee?


    Does the porlex tall fit in the aeropress like the porlex mini does?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcdusk View Post
    Is there much difference between the porlex mini (20g) and tall (40g) , apart from size?

    How many beans (20 or 40g) is normal for a cup of coffee?
    G'day kc,

    They're the same- other than capacity. The tall will stick out the the top of the aeropress. If you want a compact travelling kit, the small. You can always grind 2 batches if you want more!

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcdusk View Post
    Is there much difference between the porlex mini (20g) and tall (40g) , apart from size?


    How many beans (20 or 40g) is normal for a cup of coffee?


    Does the porlex tall fit in the aeropress like the porlex mini does?
    Hi kcdusk,

    I've been living on a Porlex Mini and Aeropress for past 2 months while away from home. I would think that I dose about 17g of beans, and make a strange mixture of 50% brewed coffee, 50% warmed milk. I'm loving it.

    There are superior hand grinders to the Porlex of course (one of which I'll likely acquire for home use), but the Porlex Mini + Aeropress is hard to beat if luggage space is an issue. Both are pretty hard to break as long as you don't play footy with them.

    Cheers

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    How do you compare the Aeropress to a pour over V60?

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    I recently chucked this beautiful metal filter on my AP, and the results have been nothing short of stunning. Using my Rancilio at 9 with generic Italian espresso blend, water at 85 c and I've been doing a standard 40 second bloom. I commence the extraction at 1' min 40 secs and my press ends at three minutes. What I end up with is 220 ml of wonderful, well rounded coffee that even my Italian wife would drink. I would recommend trying this filter to anyone who is keen to see how far this simple device can go.
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    Yes agree...

    Substituting an Able AeroPress Disc in place of the standard paper filters really improves the quality of coffee. Just the coffee, no paper contribution at all (naturally), no matter how slight an intrusion one is prepared to put up with...

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    Is the aero press any better than a plunger, the units are not that different ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcdusk View Post
    Is the aero press any better than a plunger, the units are not that different ...
    Fairly different. The principles are similar in that they grounds are fully immersed but the Aeropress brew is extracted (ie water is forced through the grounds) and more finely filtered for a cleaner cup.
    I think the Ap has more variables available to produce different results in the cup . There are other factors in the Ap's favour such as durability (plastic vs glass), portability, use for cold filtering.
    For the plunger, you have simplicity and capacity (makes more coffee at a time)



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