If I had to reduce my collection of coffee paraphernalia I’d whittle it all the way down to my trusty French Press and my Aeropress. And then I’d have to stop.
Reducing it any further would be like having to tell my kids which one of them was my favorite. The Aeropress vs French Press discussion is a subject that crops up regularly with coffee connoisseurs willing to argue both sides.
I have, and enjoy using, both brewing methods and feel that it really comes down to timing, quantity and the taste you’re after. If I’m after a quick cup for myself and my wife then I grab the Aeropress. When I’ve got polite company it’s time to hide the plastic and bring out the silver. That’s when the French Press comes into its own.
The French Press is a centuries old, tried and tested coffee brewer whereas the Aeropress is a coffee upstart having only been around for a little over 10 years.
Both can be considered full immersion brewers because the coffee grounds sit in hot water before being separated. They will also both generally give you a better cup than you’d get from a simpler pour over device where the water flows straight through the grounds.
And that’s where the similarity ends.
Here are twelve features that differentiate these two great coffee makers.