French Press Vs Aeropress

AeroPress VS French Press - A Beginners Guide

If this is your first attempt to figure out the differences between a French Press and an AeroPress, you may still assume that the two of them are pretty much the same because of their name.

But far from it! The advantages of both machines, as well as the final result (the coffee itself), can hardly be more different.

After you have read this post, you will know the pros and cons of the two coffee presses.

You will also understand that both presses produce different kinds of coffee. Then your choice for either one of them should be a lot easier.

So keep reading!

What Is a French Press

A French Press Coffee Maker typically consists of three parts, a beaker, a plate with a filter and a plunger.

SterlingPro Coffee & Espresso French Press

The beaker will be filled with a coarse grind of coffee beans and hot water. After four minutes the plunger will be pushed down carefully and volià, the coffee is ready.

Related: More Details About French Press Coffee Makers

Looking at the advantages of a French Press, experts say it brews a more flavorful kind of coffee since it does not filter out the coffee oils.

They can be purchased in different sizes up to 1-Liter or 8-cups. Their appearance is more old-fashioned but classy. However, one of the biggest disadvantages is the difficulty to clean the coffee press, especially removing all the coffee grounds from the beaker.

Also, people often like to drink their coffee free or almost free or sediments, which can mostly not be realized by a French Press, except when using a special kind of filter.

We will go into details about the type of coffee you can expect from a French Press in a couple minutes. Just keep reading because you should also know some facts about the AeroPress.

What Is An AeroPress?​

Aerobie Aeropress with Glass

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!

​AeroPress Vs. French Press - What's The Difference?

Now let’s recap the pros and cons of both coffee presses before we compare the probably most crucial factor: the brewed cup of coffee itself.

French Press

  • Flavor - Full bodied and rich flavor
  • Volume - Available in different sizes from 1-8 cups
  • Purity - Sediments in coffee
  • Cleaning - Coffee grounds are harder to remove


  • Purity - Clean cup of coffee without sediments
  • Cleaning - Rinse under water
  • Volume - Only brews 1-2 cups at a time
  • Flavor - Maybe less intense due to blocked oils

Now that we have gathered the features, we should come to the key point. And this point is crucial with respect to your decision.

The French Press produces a full-bodied, rich coffee, which should only be considered as coffee.

The AeroPress, on the other hand, creates a highly concentrated, strong coffee, almost comparable to an espresso. You have a lot of options how you want to use this kind of coffee: mix it with water for a Café Americano, fill it up with Milk for a Café Late or Cappuccino or drink it without anything like an espresso.

My Conclusion​

Based on the pros and cons and the produced coffee you should be able to decide which press fits your needs best.

If you are still not 100% sure, whether you should get a French Press or an AeroPress, why not get both?

AeroPress Coffee Maker
List Price:$31.99
Price Disclaimer

For about $60 you can enjoy both Coffee Presses. This is less than you would pay for a coffee machine or an espresso maker.

Did you do your own Aeropress vs French Press battle at home? How did it end? Leave a comment below.

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About the Author Thomas

Coffee lover and Dad on a budget. Since the wishes of my beautiful wife and two charming kids are of course of much higher priority than my own ones, I always keep an eye out for coffee products which give me the biggest bang for the buck!

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