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Automatic drip coffee makers:

Most automatic drip machines produce uneven extraction from the bed of coffee grounds: over extracting where the hot water lands at the center of the bed and under extracting at the edges*. The AeroPress totally immerses the coffee grounds in hot water, resulting in even extraction for rich, full flavor.


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Automatic drip machines are slow since they rely on gravity to pull the hot water through the grounds. The AeroPress coffee maker uses pressure to quickly push the water through the grounds.

Automatic drip machines rarely offer temperature control and they unfortunately mostly operate at or near boiling which over extracts and yields a bitter tasting cup*. With the AeroPress you are not locked into a preset temperature which may be too hot or too cool — you can heat water to your desired temperature.

Automatic drip machines cannot produce espresso style coffee and therefore the drinks that can be made with it. The AeroPress can produce regular American style coffee or an espresso style concentrate which can be used like espresso in espresso based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.

* Some automatic drip machines offer temperature control and a drip system that promotes a more even extraction from the grounds. Despite these improvements, however, they are still dependent on gravity and therefore brew too slowly — and they are expensive.


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Pourover brewers:

Pourover brewers depend on meticulous pouring and timing to produce a good-tasting cup. The AeroPress’s full immersion method means that a quick ten-second stir leads to great extraction for full flavored coffee.

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Pourover brewers, like automatic drip machines, depend on gravity to move water through the grounds. Because of this they have a long wet time, and this leads to bitterness in the cup. The AeroPress is like a “pourover with pressure” — applying pressure leads to a quick brewing process. This short wet time keeps the grounds from leaching bitterness.

Pourover brewers cannot produce espresso style coffee and therefore the drinks that can be made with it. The AeroPress can produce regular American style coffee or an espresso style concentrate which can be used like espresso in espresso based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.



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Home espresso machines:

Home espresso machines only brew espresso. The AeroPress can produce regular American style coffee or an espresso style concentrate which can be used like espresso in espresso based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.

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Home espresso machines have a quick wet time keeping bitterness at a minimum, but the ones that offer the user control over water temperature tend to be expensive. With the AeroPress you also have a quick wet time, but you are not locked into a preset temperature which may be too hot or too cool – you can heat water to your desired temperature.

Grind is critical in espresso machines and most home grinders cannot produce a grind fine or uniform enough to make a good tasting shot. While a fine-drip or espresso grind is best for the AeroPress, the AeroPress is very forgiving and can be used with a wide range of grinds.

When humidity levels change, grind must often be adjusted for espresso machines. Changes in humidity do not affect the AeroPress coffee maker.

Espresso machines depend on skillful tamping of grounds to pull a good shot. There is no tamping required for the AeroPress.

Home espresso machines require regular disassembly for cleaning and descaling with caustic chemicals. The AeroPress is essentially self cleaning making it incredibly low maintenance; a quick rinse is all that’s required to clean it.



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Single serve pod brewers:

Single serve pod brewers are undeniably convenient, but unfortunately they brew a stale cup of coffee.

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While the AeroPress may not be quite as convenient as a single serve pod brewer, its quick full immersion process using your favorite fresh roasted coffee leads to a rich, delicious cup. It is intended for those coffee drinkers for whom taste is important.


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French presses:

French presses use coarsely ground coffee because of the size of the holes in their filters. The coarsely ground coffee particles have less surface area than finely ground coffee. The lower surface area necessitates a long steeping time to extract full coffee flavor. Unfortunately, this results in bitterness and acidity in the cup. The AeroPress uses espresso or fine-drip grind coffee with a big surface area to quickly extract rich, full flavor without bitterness.

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The coarsely ground coffee required by French press filters unfortunately includes some small particles which pass through the filter and into your cup. These particles continue to leach bitterness leading to a harsh, gritty brew. AeroPress brewed coffee is micro filtered so it is pure and particle free.

French presses cannot produce espresso style coffee and therefore the drinks that can be made with it. The AeroPress can produce regular American style coffee or an espresso style concentrate which can be used like espresso in espresso based drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.

All ground coffee contains the molecules cafestol and kahweol, two molecules which raise LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. The metal filters in French presses do not filter out cafestol and kahweol. The AeroPress’s paper filters do remove them, meaning that AeroPress brewed coffee is free of these harmful elements.

French presses are notoriously difficult to clean. The AeroPress is essentially self cleaning, requiring only a quick rinse.