Coffee equipment is rapidly expanding. In the past, it was nearly impossible for coffee addicts to brew coffee at home. People must walk to nearby coffee shops or cafes to enjoy a cup of coffee. Today, you can easily brew coffee at home with any coffee equipment. You can select coffee equipment based on your preferences. If you’re a busy person who needs a quick shot of coffee, an espresso machine is ideal for you. If flavor is important to you and you are willing to spend extra time brewing coffee, an aeropress or a classic french press are viable options.
When it comes to aeropress and French Press, both extract coffee as well as pour-over coffee. The difference is that both the aeropress and the French press require little time to brew coffee. With their portability, aeropress or French Press are options if you need a cup of delicious coffee during your trip.
Then, what are the differences between aeropress and French Press?
What is French Press?
The French press, also known as a cafetiere or press pot, is a simple device that consists of a carafe, plunger with an attached filter screen, and a lid. One of the advantages of using a french press is that you can customize almost every aspect of your brewing process.
If you brew coffee in a French press for a longer period of time, you will get a very bold and robust flavor. Shorter brewing times result in a smoother, more subtle flavor.
In short, when compared to aeropress, French press brew has a fuller mouthfeel, is more aromatic, and has a stronger flavor.
What is Aeropress?
Unlike a French press, an aeropress forces coffee through a thin paper filter directly into a cup, eliminating the need for a carafe. Aeropress consists of several parts. The brewing chamber, plunger, paper filters, and filter cap are all included.
Aeropress is similar to an espresso machine because it uses pressure to extract flavor, whereas a French press does not. Fine grounds should be used with an Aeropress for the best results, and the brewing time is only one and a half to two minutes.
An Aeropress also only makes one cup of coffee at a time, which is ideal if you want to take your coffee on the go.
How to brew coffee using French Press?
- Bring enough water to fill the French press to a boil. For a 17-oz press, you’ll need about 350 grams (12 ounces).
- Grind your coffee coarsely. We recommend starting with a 1:12 coffee-to-water ratio. If you’re using 350 grams of water, you’ll want 30 grams of coffee.
- To start, gently pour twice the amount of water than you have coffee onto your grounds.
- Give the grounds a gentle stir with a bamboo paddle. Allow the coffee to bloom for 30 seconds.
- Pour the remaining water and place the lid gently on top of the grounds. Don’t plunge just yet. Let the coffee steep for four minutes.
- After four minutes, press the lid gently. And your coffee is ready to go.
How to brew coffee using Aeropress?
- Bring 7 oz (200 g) of water to a boil. Weigh out 15–18 grams of coffee (depending on your preferred strength). Grind to a texture slightly finer than sea salt.
- Insert a paper filter into the AeroPress’s detachable plastic cap. Then, use some of your hot water to wet your filter and cap.
- Assemble your AeroPress, the aeropress’s numbers should appear upside-down, put on your scale, add your ground coffee, and set the timer.
- Add twice the weight of water than you have grounds (e.g., for 15 grams coffee, add 30 grams water). After the coffee is saturated evenly, stir slowly.
- After a minute, fasten the cap, flip the aeropress, and begin applying downward pressure. Your coffee is fully brewed once it begins to make a hissing sound. This means there is no more water to push through the device.