Brewing Methods Part 2: AeroPress vs. French Press
There’s nothing better than the aroma of fresh coffee filling your home. The AeroPress and French press are both unique brewing methods that will give you a premium cup at any time of the day.
The AeroPress is the ideal coffee maker for the person on the go who wants their coffee quick. Its versatile design makes anything from single-cups of coffee to concentrated espresso-like coffee.
The AeroPress’s unique brewing method gives the richest coffee flavor, with little bitterness and acidity, and no grounds left in your cup. It’s up to you how strong you want your cup of joe because you simply pour hot water over your brewed coffee to fit your taste. An extra perk: the AeroPress seems to magically clean itself during the extraction process.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. AeroPress brewer
2. Coffee grounds
3. AeroPress filter
Make coffee in just 1 minute:
1. Bring water to a boil
2. Insert a paper filter into the AeroPress’s detachable plastic cap
3. Rinse paper filter with water
4. Measure and grind coffee so that it’s as fine as table salt
5. Assemble your AeroPress (make sure it’s dry)
6. Place AeroPress upside down and add your ground coffee
7. Set timer for 1 minute
8. Start timer and pour hot water into your brewer until the water reaches the top of the 3 level
9. Stir water and coffee grounds
10. Now pour enough water to bring the level to above the level 2 circle
11. Place rinsed filter and black cap on top of brewer and screw it tightly
12. When timer goes off, tip the brewer to a 45-degree angle and spin it for 10 seconds
13. Put brewer on top of your coffee mug and plunge with gentle and steady pressure
14. Flip brewer upright and dilute your brew with hot water
It may seem like a lot of steps, but the AeroPress is easy to operate and only takes about a minute to brew, perfect for the busy coffee enthusiast. Whether you’re at home, traveling or in the office, the AeroPress is a great way to brew a single cup of coffee.
The French press is a simple brewing method that uses a full-immersion technique, meaning the coffee is fully submerged in water for the entire brew time. Unlike the AeroPress, it makes it easy to brew coffee for several people at once.
The French press uses pressure to force coffee to the bottom of the pot after brewing, capturing the concentrated flavors. The results are deep, dark and full of flavor. The grind is very important; coffee beans need to be coarse in order to eliminate the common complaint that the press produces muddy coffee. This is the perfect choice for those who want control over brewing conditions and who truly savor delicious coffee.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1. French press
2. Hot water
3. Stirring stick
4. Coffee mug
1. Measure the coffee beans and grind (should be a very coarse grind)
2. Heat water to a boil, then let it cool for 1 minute
3. Put dry coffee into French press
4. Slowly add hot water
5. Stir gently if necessary (all or most of the coffee should have sunk to the bottom)
6. Let it brew for 3 to 5 minutes
7. Place lid on top and carefully push the plunger down for about 20 seconds, the screen will push the grinds to the bottom
8. Pour coffee into coffee mug
The French press is not only a delicious brewing method, but it’s also great for entertaining. The handle makes it easy to pass around the table and share with others.
Everyone’s taste is different, so it’s up to you to decide which brewing method is right for you. But you can’t go wrong when you add your favorite flavors to your finely brewed java. We recommend Classic Almond Mocha Syrup, Classic Hazelnut Syrup or Classic Vanilla Syrup.