Aerobie invented the AeroPress in 2005, so it is still fairly new on the market compared to the French Press but has already gained popularity in the coffee community.
Related: My full review of the Aeropress
The Aeropress consists of four major parts: the plunger, the seal, the chamber and the filter cap. In contrast to the French Press, there is also a special Aeropress filter required.
It is quite easy to use since all you have to do is mix the hot water (at 175F!) and grounds together in the chamber for 10 seconds and then gently push down the plunger. The air pressure pushes the mix through the filter and done is your cup of coffee.
The filter won’t let any coffee grounds pass so the coffee is free of sediments. A huge benefit is the convenience of cleaning the AeroPress. All you have to do is get rid of the used coffee and rinse it out.
The AeroPress may not be the best choice for you if you drink several cups a day. Since one brew only makes about 1 to 3 cups you have to redo the process over and over again.
Some may say that the coffee tastes not that full-bodied as in a French Press because the oils will be blocked by the filter. Although this is true, my honest opinion is, that it makes a really great cup of coffee!