i'm not even sure the 2 are in the same category to be comparable I had a laugh
I will be going away on a trip where I was thinking of bringing my coffee with. Assuming I have a grinder as well (required for aeropress) has anyone tried a taste test on both? Which should I go for? Nespresso I have. Aeropress I have to buy. Nesspresso is one machine. With Aeropress I need to bring a few things with me. (I drink caps and piccolos)
Which one would you go for?
i'm not even sure the 2 are in the same category to be comparable I had a laugh
An Aeropress produces a very clean strong plunger style of coffee. What you decide to do if you want to pursue drinking something with milk in it depends on your preferences. I started adding recently boiled water (not too recently), then a little milk. With some experimentation I decided that I preferred a strong short base from the Aeropress, and some microwaved/saucepan heated milk. Either way it is quite a different drink to your standard latte / cap. I like it for a change, but wouldn't do it every day. I ended out investing in a Baachi (pricey) for the times when I go away (if travelling in car) and for when my main machine goes in for a service. But that's not for everyone.
What you choose to do probably depends on a) how much you like the Nespresso product (I'm not a fan but have had much much worse) b) how long you are going away for c) how much spare luggage capacity you've got and d) culinary facilities where you'll be staying.
Just my 2 bits worth.
Ooo. Bacchi looks good
You are right about the facilities there. Using the aeropress I'd have to bring quite a few things. I'm leaning towards Nespresso for convenience.
Aeropress is most commonly used to produce a nice clean black filter coffee. Not an espresso based drink, not a milk drink (although it can try).
Don't mistake it's brew for a long-black style brew. This is the kind of brew that can easily convince you to enjoy black coffee.
For me, without a doubt, it's the ideal travel coffee rig. You can also fit a porlex hand grinder right inside it.
Aeropress is an immersion brewer, like a clever coffee dripper, french press, or Syphon. The result in the cup from Aeropress can match the other brew methods easily.
Here's a great recipe to start with:
15gm medium grinds, 200gm water at 92C (or 30-40 sec off the boil). Invert aeropress, add grinds, add water, stir, wait 1min, stir again, put the lid on, flip it over and press for 20 seconds. There's more drib drab on my blog
It's fast, easy, enjoyable, clean up, portable. Unfortunately it can only really brew one cup at a time, which is fine if it's just you.
If you will be regularly brewing for more than one person I would recommend the Clever Coffee Dripper instead which can do a 400+ gm brew (for two) with the same ease as the aeropress.
If you insist on milk drinks, you could still experiment with the aeropress. I honestly don't know, I haven't tried it, but I don't see why you couldn't! Some get great results!
I wouldn't touch the nespresso. Not because I don't like it, but because I fail to see how it's good for travel, or the environment.
They dont really compare IMO.
If you want a versatile piece of equipment with many many variations on how you can brew FRESH coffee, get the Aeropress. There is James method above and contrary to what he says i can get 2 pretty decent coffees (with a bit of milk) out of the AP using my preferred method and doubling the quantity's found here - http://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-eq...tml#post474016
On the other hand nespresso = bland quick hot coffee hit.
You can use AP for cold brewing as well, great for pulling SO of the roaster just after first crack. Now that makes for an interesting long black - milk only ruins cold brew for my tastes.
Your only limited by your imagination in finding the taste that suites YOU.
The aeropress and ceramic manual grinder gets my vote, I travel with them often. You can make pretty much any style of coffee with the aeropress - if you keep things short and sweet it makes a very acceptable espresso substitute, I usually add microwaved milk to this for a nice smoot cup. I usually manage to make enough for 2 in the aeropress.
I'm not sure how the nespresso fits in this box, but given my limited experience I wouldn't ever consider buying one either.
How long is the trip?
(that will change some of the answers you might get)
I think the answer to your question is BLACK and WHITE... literally.
If you want to drink black coffee...
Get an aeropress. If you are going away for a couple of days pre-grind and bag.
If you are going away for a week then grind into 3 small bags and seal them.
If you are going away for fortnight then take a grinder (hand or electric)
If you are going to drink white coffee then...
Take the Nespresso you already have (if you like it's output).
Buy a stovetop (Sorrentina, Otto, Bacchi)
Take a couple of bottles of cold drip concentrate CoffeeSnobs - BeanBay
Buy a secondhand Silvia / Breville / Sunbeam
I don't disagree with the replies you already have but most are talking about drinking it black, if you can't do that then the options are more limited.
When I travel the aeropress goes with me. Light, small, airport xray friendly and I pre-grind a weeks coffee sealed in multiple bags and then source local coffee at the destination. ...but I drink black!
awesome replies, and great options Andy!
I guess if it had to be milk, I'd experiment more with aeropress. I suppose you could attempt an espresso-style shot large enough for two drinks, and then add the milk. trial and error
Thank you all for the replies. I've only started one getting more serious with coffee in the last month. I've been surviving on nespresso for the last 3 years. So I kinda don't mind the taste. But will surely crave the piccolos I'm making from my BDB.
I'm going away on a church camp up in tambourine over a weekend. So stove top is out. I might not even get the usual microwave and fridge at my close convenience. They might have it at the kitchen hall.
That's why I was thinking of the Nespresso. Just new water and PowerPoint. Will knick the milk from the main kitchen enough for 2. The room would have power.
On a longer term, I might get the AP to experiment as well. And eventually do away with the Nespresso. I need to recoup from my dent in the wallet for the BDB+smart grinder :P
For now. Everyone in the family knows how to use the Nespresso and it has decaf that is ok. Used for visiting friends for dinner who wants a decaf coffee. Since I don't stock decaf beans for my BDB. I am just having an issue justifying the super occasional use of the Nespresso now. The occasional times when I'm not around and people at home wants hassle free coffee, and also the occasional decaf drinking visitors. It still has warranty and I have a stash of the limited edition pods. If I sell them all off I could almost make up for the BDB!
Hence the dilemma.
The aeropress makes great white coffee: make it strong, and instead of milk use just a dash of light cream (or cream/milk mix) to get the right colour. Aeropress doesn't make an espresso that can stand the amount of milk in a latte or cappuccino.
Nespresso makes an alternative to instant, not a real coffee at all.
Hmm I bought an Aeropress for use at work instead of instant/plunger.
Very portable if you get rid of some of the odds and sods it comes with. Will make a good black coffee. Quite easy to clean up as you just disassemble and run under a tap.
Not sure how any current model Nespresso adds up to being a portable machine, though. I wouldn't bother unless you were going on a holiday to stay at a house somewhere for a fortnight or something like that as you'd have to make sure the thing was empty and dry etc.
I got an aeropress and hario hand grinder for travel too and highly recommend the combo - but I drink blacks most of the time.
Sorted! Will get used to the aeropress and sell nespresso.
Another thing I read is the difference between the clear aeropress and the blueish one. Do you guys have the different ones? Apparently the clear plastic ones are lousier?
I seriously need to see what Drugs were taken before coming to the idea that colour of plastics changed the taste
For the record there are in my tastebuds opinions far better travel options if your not to restricted on space than a Aeropress! A good read in the Manual Brewing Section is in order
edited presso to Aeropress Doh
Last edited by beanflying; 26th August 2012 at 09:28 AM.
Won't change the flavour, but the clear one is BPA free.
This from coffeegeek.
Posted Tue Feb 28, 2012, 1:17pm
Subject: Re: Question on Aeropress materials (regarding BPA content)
The original AeroPress coffee makers were made of a clear but slightly bluish polycarbonate. Laboratory tests done by an independent lab that were sensitive down to 2 parts per billion were completely unable to detect BPA in coffee brewed in a well used polycarbonate AeroPress. Nevertheless to completely eliminate any perception of risk, we switched in August of 2009 to manufacturing the AeroPress out of a BPA free copolyester. BPA free means the material does not contain any BPA.
Since August of 2009, every AeroPress manufactured has been made of the BPA free copolyester. The copolyester is a completely clear material. Initially the AeroPress coffee makers made of copolyester were completely clear. Near the end of 2010, we started adding a gray tint to the copolyester.
Most retailers that sell the AeroPress coffee maker receive frequent shipments from Aerobie, Inc. Amazon receives weekly shipments. It is hard to imagine an old polycarbonate AeroPress from over two and a half years ago still sitting in a retailer's inventory.
I hope this clarifies the AeroPress material question.
Alex Tennant, General Manager, Aerobie, Inc.
Brain fail meant to type Aeropress. To many late nights I think.
I personally like the aeropress. Good value may to make good coffee.
Just an update. I bought the aeropress and sold the nespresso :P
You may want to experiment with the coffee/water ratio if you want to add milk.
A friend recently bought an aeropress, and he claims to make a good late by making a very strong short black and adding hot milk.
I haven't tried on yet, so I can't comment from personal experience.
I dont think that could be called a "latte" .. to do that you need textured milk.he claims to make a good late by making a very strong short black and adding hot milk.
His would be more like an "americano" ?
Sounds similar to what I frequently do at work except I use a little cream instead, if I don't want it black for whatever reason.
Works quite well, I like the mouth feel that the higher fat content gives.
Not really sure what to call it though - the result of adding milk or cream is a bit like the ubiquitous "white" reply to the "how do you have it?" of the instant beverage consumer crowd...
Ah, but he does texture the milk, he heats it in a microwave and then froths it with a little battery operated whizzer that he got from Ikea.
I have sampled his Plunger version of a latte made the same way, very strong short black from the plunger, heated, textured milk - not quite as good as my own latte or flat white using an espresso shot, but quite a nice cuppa.
Ahh, I see, yep that works too. I'm quite a fan of the aeropress - for such a simple device it's quite versatile and can emulate many different extraction methods. Most importantly to me is the clean cup it delivers, and the quick cleanup.
This has been educational. I have used French Press a great deal but had never heard of Aeropress.
I have never been able to replicate the quality many seem to claim for French Press and gave up on them a long time ago.
I feel I get better results from my Dripolator, however it is a large bulky device unsuited to travel.
So - my big question is whether people think Aeropress is a lot better than French Press. (I drink it black)
The Aeropress looks very portable and would be a good option to have when away from home.
I prefer the Aeropress (with Able Brewing's Disk) to french press, but the real draw is that the Aeropress is versatile, quick and portable. Done right, both approaches will produce great coffee.
I think so - at least it's easier to get a good result in the cup without much effort.
I use mine at work - and my method is out of necessity very pragmatic, I simply don't have the time for some of the rather, ah, elaborate preparation methods many seem to employ with the aeropress. I use mine pretty much like the instructions say: Two scoops of coffee (...after single dosing the grinder a couple of times to gauge correct time I use a timed dose on the smart grinder that sits on my desk) ground somewhere between fine drip and espresso, wet the rubber plunger, fill the measuring part of the plunger to "2" with basically boiling water from the zip, give it a few seconds to cool a little, pour onto the coffee, stir with the paddle for 10 - 15secs (depends on the coffee), fit plunger, slowly ease it down (20 secs or so). Then fill cup as needed with hot water. Works well, and total time to brew is very short, probably 2mins including cleanup - I recycle the filter for the day's usage. Struggle to a brew in 2 minutes including cleanup with a french press and get something drinkable!
You can also use a true espresso grind if you like for 1 scoop / water level 1. Works a treat too.
I'm sure some of the other methods will achieve a great result too, if you've the time.
Also as a randomly interesting fact. They have competitions and championships for aeropress brewing. Not sure if there are the same for French press??? :P
Ok. I really don't get reusing the filter. They are cheap as chips. I did get a coava disk but not to says a few cents.
I do intend to get a coava disk or similar at some stage.
When I use it at home though, I do use a fresh filter each time and tend to rinse it first - but in this case I've the time to do that. But probably didn't have the time to warm up the BDB .
I had actually shelved my Aeropress as I hated what the paper filters did in the cup.
I much prefer the Able/Coava and use the Aeropress regularly now. For me, money well spent.
Was having coffee with a friend in a favourite coffee shop and noticed that they had a new type of dripolator on display.
This one processes the coffee into a kind of vacuum flask - no heating plate. But that's not what I wanted to tell you.
Whilst discussing the 'dripolator', I mentioned Aeropress. In a flash the staff member whipped out an Aeropress and proceeded to make us a sample cup from it.
It was not as strong as I would like but it was certainly smooth and seemed to have the potential to produce a really good long black if more grounds were used.
As mentioned previously, there is no substitute for machine espresso, but there are alternative styles that are quite palatable.
Next time in they are going to fire up the 'dripolator' so we can see what's it's got.
How good is a cafe that goes to this kind of trouble for customers.