Whether you’re a veteran backpacker, a business traveler, a holiday maker, or simply someone who enjoys a good brew in unexpected places, the AeroPress Coffee Maker is the answer to all your on-the-go coffee needs.
In this article we’re going to be looking at the AeroPress’s best features, its parts, its history, how to clean it and why we’re completely bowled over by it.
So let’s jump right in and address all your questions and doubts about the AeroPress!
What Is The AeroPress Coffee Maker?
The AeroPress Coffee Maker is an extremely portable product that allows you to make your favorite cup of coffee wherever you are. Its deceptively simple and lightweight design allows users to enjoy a homemade brew everywhere they go; and we mean everywhere: cars, trucks, buses, trains and planes!
It seems to be made for everyone but almost encapsulates the spirit of a generation that has grown up traveling but cares about the environment: the AeroPress only needs a couple of minutes to work its magic, after which you’ll be able to enjoy your cup of joe while a generating minimum amount of waste.
How did such a streamlined coffee maker come about, though? Who’s responsible for such a unique product?
A History of the AeroPress Coffee Maker
Are any of you Frisbee players? Seems like a pretty random question in a review for a coffee maker, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not random at all when it comes to the AeroPress.
The reason the AeroPress is such an elegant, convenient product to carry around probably has to do with the fact that aerodynamic toy inventor and Stanford University engineering lecturer Alan Adler designed it.
He went on to unleash it upon the world through his Aerobie, Inc. manufacturing company back in ‘05.
Having found success and acclaim with his record-breaking aerodynamic toys, Adler turned his hand to coffee brewing in the early 2000s. As expected from such an adept human being, the results of his research and tinkering are nothing short of brilliant.
He has now released two of the best-reviewed, best-selling coffee makers since the turn of the century: the AeroPress and the AeroPress Go.
Just holding an AeroPress makes you wonder how someone could’ve achieved such an efficient but tiny product, while having a cup of coffee made with it will make you want to thank the inventor himself!
Why We Love Our AeroPress Coffee Maker
We’ve used a fair share of coffee makers in our household and while traveling, but the AeroPress takes the cake! Let’s have a look at some of its features:
It’s a Portable Coffee Maker
Let’s face it: you’re probably here because you need a coffee maker that takes up as little space as possible. Maybe you’re an avid traveler, maybe your job literally and metaphorically takes you places, maybe you miss your home brew when you’re on holiday, or maybe you live in cramped quarters (who doesn’t, these days?), the good news is in any of these cases you would benefit from an AeroPress coffee maker.
Take it out and assemble it for your morning coffee, rinse it, put it back in its tote bag when you’re done and tuck it away safely. It’s an effortless procedure that easily becomes an essential part of your morning routine.
I’ve even found myself looking forward to setting up the next morning before I go to sleep.
It’s a Lightweight Product
At 7.98 ounces (226 grams), the AeroPress is still one of the lightest travel coffee makers around.
The lightness of the product is a testament to the inventor’s genius and it means you won’t be forking out the dough for extra weight at the check in desk at the airport.
It might be small, it might be portable, but the AeroPress is one sturdy product.
Due to its highly resistant polypropylene chamber and plunger, the product can take a good beating and it won’t cave in or break. Suffice it to say you won’t be needing to replace the AeroPress for a long time when you do decide to buy it.
All the materials the AeroPress is made out of are FDA and EU approved for use in contact with food, which should be a given, but sometimes isn’t.
It’s Very Well Designed
The AeroPress is a pretty slick product to look at.
It’s predominantly dark and comes with black accessories. It has the red AeroPress logo printed on the side of the product and red numbers printed on the tube to help you pour the amount of water needed for a total of four cups (if you own an older version, the logo and numbers will be either golden or beige).
You can tell Adler and his team have dedicated their time to functionality here as the design is deliberately restrained –it’s all about the quality of the coffee, not uselessly flashy visuals.
Having said that, it’s still satisfying to just hold the product in your hand and marvel at its features.
The Parts of the AeroPress Coffee Maker
The AeroPress package includes the following:
1 Measuring Spoon, also called a “Scoop” (fits 17 grams of coffee when filled to the brink)
1 Filter Cap
1 Filter Holder
1 Zippered Nylon Tote Bag (optional)
If you do want the tote bag, it’ll cost you a tiny bit more, but it’s worth it if you want to keep things packed neatly.
Alternatively, use your own carrier bag or store the parts separately. There are advantages to storing the parts separately as you might want to spread them out in your luggage according to how much space you have.
There are a couple things to consider when buying the AeroPress: you’ll need to buy more filters once you run out, you’ll need to bring your own cup or borrow/buy one at your destination, a grinder is not included and neither is the coffee.
This gives you room to choose your own grinder and your own coffee beans for each trip you go on.
Aeropress Go: The Best Coffee Maker for Traveling
Look no further, traveling coffee lovers, the AeroPress Go is for you!
It’ll fit in your bag, your backpack, your suitcase, anywhere, with the added plus that it’s going at a very budget friendly price.
In this short article we’ll have a look at what has become my personal favorite portable coffee maker for travelers. We’ll get into all its specs, including what’s in the box and how to use it.
Let’s dive right in!
The Portable Coffee Maker
Coffee lovers the world over spend a considerable amount of time trying to find the right coffee shop for them when they travel, but our list of demands is extensive and we’re not the easiest people to please. There’s a reason we like our cup of joe the way we do, though.
What if we were able to reproduce the way we make our favorite cup of coffee at home, but do so abroad? And what if the machine we used to do this were affordable, lightweight and would easily fit into our carry-on luggage?
Well, if this sounds appealing, give the AeroPress Go a chance!
What is the AeroPress Go?
The AeroPress Go is a traveler’s dream coffee maker. It’s a little machine that lets you press your coffee into the drinking mug that is included to have your favorite blend wherever you go.
The first thing you need to know about this coffee maker is that it’s very well designed in terms of its durability, portability, weight and look. If you’re a fan of the original AeroPress, you should know this one is significantly smaller, lighter and more stylish.
Portability of the AeroPress Go for Travelers
Let’s start with portability: I want you to imagine the size of a mug, not a big mug, just a standard every-day coffee mug. This is more or less how big the AeroPress Go is at its most compact. You can hold it in one hand, just like a cup.
In fact, you actually store the AeroPress Go in the cup included, so it is TINY. This is about as small as I can imagine a coffee maker getting without sacrificing some of its essential features.
The Lightweight AeroPress Go
Remember that every-day coffee mug we mentioned earlier, the one you were supposed to imagine so we could compare it to the size of the AeroPress Go?
Well, that mug is actually heavier than the AeroPress Go. Yes, you read that right: the AeroPress Go is lighter than your average mug. A mug is about 12 ounces (340 grams), while the AeroPress Go is 11.2 ounces (317.5 grams).
This means that you won’t be adding much weight to your luggage when you put this baby in there, and that’s a pretty big deal if you’re a budget traveler like me.
Look and Design of the AeroPress Go
The AeroPress Go sports a pretty sober look.
It’s dark, with a black cup and a red silicone lid that can be used to close the cup but doubles as a coaster too.
It’s not a flashy design covered in bright colors and useless squiggles that your eyes couldn’t even make out before your coffee is ready in the morning. It’s slick and it’s functional.
It has the red AeroPress Go logo printed on the side of the product (not on the cup, thankfully) and red numbers printed on the tube to help you pour the amount of water needed for one, two or three cups.
Durability of the AeroPress Go
The AeroPress Go is a very durable product. Being a machine that is meant for traveling and relies on the force of pressure to work, the designers had to keep the weight of the product and the pressure that needs to be exerted on it in mind at every stage of the process.
They have made this product sturdy and long-lasting, meaning it will not collapse on you or break as you press on it to get your coffee unless you’re not using it right.
The Aeropress Go package includes the following:
1 Silicone Lid/Coaster
1 Coffee Filter Holder
1 Measuring Spoon, also called a “Scoop” (fits .634 ounces or 18 grams of coffee)
1 AeroPress Go
All of these items can be easily housed inside the cup and sealed with the silicone lid –it’s incredibly compact!
However, you will need to provide a couple more things: the product comes with 350 micro-filters, but you’ll need to get your own once those run out; it doesn’t come with a grinder; and it obviously doesn’t come with the coffee.
If you are in love with your own coffee beans, then you could keep your grinder at home and grind your coffee before your trip and bring it along with you in a separate container.
If this isn’t an option, you can always bring your own grinder and beans or buy freshly ground coffee at your destination and try the local’s favorite brew on your AeroPress Go.
You can have that fine cup of joe you make at home at your destination for that cozy every-day feeling or you can opt for trying a local bean or brand, supporting the local coffee farmer and economy wherever you may roam.
How to Clean the AeroPress Coffee Maker
Another advantage to having such a seemingly simple, smooth product is the fact that it’s so incredibly easy to clean. There are no sharp corners to worry about here and therefore no need to have to scrub away at nooks and crannies.
The AeroPress is essentially a pair of tubes and its accessories are just as slick. This translates to smooth surfaces that mostly need rinsing.
Let’s say you’re traveling and you’ve heated up a little more water than you needed for your AeroPressed coffee. Unscrew the filter cap and pop the used filter and coffee grounds into your compost bin.
Then just pour a little of that surplus hot water through the tubes and on the accessories; and you’re done. Let the product dry off or wipe it down with a towel, stick it back in its carrier bag and you’re good to go.
The AeroPress can go pretty far before its cleaned with a sponge and dishwashing liquid and it’ll still look pretty good (at least to the naked eye).
You know what it’s like when you’re traveling, sometimes you don’t have access to a proper sink, not to mention dishwashing liquid, but with the AeroPress you don’t need to worry about more difficult conditions; it doesn’t really need you looking after it at all.
All in all, the AeroPress meets all the requirements someone on the go might expect of a coffee maker: it’s lightweight, it’s durable, it’s tiny and it makes a lovely cup of joe.
You really could do no wrong buying yourself one: add this to your carry-on luggage or take it with you to your workplace so you can stop drinking from that horrid automatic coffee machine (or worse, contributing to plastic and aluminum waste by using coffee capsules!).
If you have further questions about the AeroPress that need answering, leave your questions, impression and comments below!