13 Coffee Makers Made In USA And Not In China 2018

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Coffee Makers Made In USA And Not Made In China

Update - April 2018

I got a lot of comments and questions both in emails and the comments section below. So I decided to update this post!
For your convenience, I added a table with American Made Coffee Makers. I also spoke to Bunn about Made In Vs. Manufactured In USA.

USA Made Coffee Makers 

Comparison Table


Product

Type

Made In

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Bu​nn Speed Brew

Drip Coffee Maker

Creston, Iowa*

Bunn GR

Drip Coffee Maker

Creston, Iowa*

Bunn BX, BT

Drip Coffee Maker

Creston, Iowa*

Bunn Trifecta

Drip Coffee Maker

Springfield, Illinois

Aerobie Aeropress

Coffee Press

Palo Alto, California

Chemex

Pour Over

Chicopee, Massachusetts

Able Kone Brewing

Pour Over

Martinez, California

Filtron Cold Brew 

Cold Brew Coffee

Westminster, California

Toddy Cold Brew

Cold Brew Coffee

Loveland, Colorado

* Manufactured In

At first, I want to get something off my chest.

I found a lot of other posts about American Made Coffee Makers! To my dismay some of them have Hamilton Beach, Breville, Mr. Coffee and other brands in their lists as Made In USA.

I wish they would be right, I really do!
I wish the Mr. Coffee’s and Cuisinart’s would produce at least some of their coffee machines in the United States.

But they don’t!

I checked so many brands. I turned at least a hundred boxes upside down or opened them in the store - when nobody looked - and checked the manual. But none of them had somewhere the “Made In USA” label.

There is no Hamilton Beach, no Cuisinart, no Mr. Coffee made in USA. And no, Keurig is not made in USA either!

I also did some research online. You know what I noticed?

When there is a coffee making product NOT made in China, believe me, they want you to know. Either in the title, the feature list or description.

It’s not a guarantee, but if you don’t find any statement about the country of origin, you can assume it’s China.

But it’s not that all china made coffee makers are bad. And I have nothing against the Chinese people! Chinese people are hard workers! But I assume you want to see a few - just a few made In USA labels back on coffee makers again, right? 

Made In USA Vs. Manufactured In USA

Made In USA

When was the last time you have found this statement on a product’s carton?

I hope you believe me, that I tried hard to find a handful of coffee makers made in USA.

But in today’s competitive marketplace, every company tries to reduce costs at the possible expense of quality.

Known brands like De’Longhi, Mr. Coffee, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart are all made in China. Please let me know if you are aware of any American made coffee makers.

Fortunately, there are a few manufacturers left that can still claim, that their coffee makers are made in USA.

According to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission), a product is Made In USA, when it is “all or virtually all” made in the United States. If more parts for a product are made overseas, it does not qualify for "made in" anymore but has to use other phrases like "built-in" or "assembled in" or "manufactured in".

“All or virtually all” means that most of the work and parts of the final product must be of U.S. origin.

If you want to read the whole guide, please follow this link to the FTC’s website.

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Are There Any Drip Coffee Makers Made In USA?

Short Answer: NO, unfortunately not!

I want to emphasize that in this chapter the NO counts for Drip Coffee Makers! Further below is a list of other coffee making devices like percolators or French Presses which are made in USA, or Drip Coffee Makers Not Made In China.

Hey, prove me I’m wrong!

If you know a drip coffee maker made in USA, please let me know and I will immediately correct my post and add it to the list.

Are Bunn Coffee Makers Made In USA?

Yes and No.

Are Bunn Coffee Makers MADE in USA? No!

Are Bunn Coffee Makers MANUFACTURED in USA? Yes!

Let me get straight to the point with all other Bunn Coffee Makers.

I love their coffee machines and proudly own the Bunn MCU Single Brewer.

Yet, reading the statement about Assembled in the USA, Bunn consequently avoids using the words ‘Made in USA’!

Rather they describe their coffee makers as being Assembled or Built-In USA.

Still, I have decided that Bunn qualifies for my list of Coffee Makers made in USA. Compared to the other companies mentioned above, they at least do some of their work in the United States.

The last months I got so many questions (check comments at the end) about Bunn and “Made In Vs. Manufactured In”.

So I reached out to Bunn myself and wanted some clarification about their coffee makers.

Here is Bunn's statement:

We source materials from North America and other regions of the world. It is important that a manufacturer like BUNN have a controlled variety of sources to buy the materials and components we use to make coffee brewers and other beverage equipment.

BUNN has strict control of all suppliers and a rigid supplier quality process to confirm that materials come from BUNN-approved sources only and are compliant with all agency requirements. Safety and quality are the #1 priority at BUNN.

If you are looking for machines that are built in the USA, choose the GR, BX, BT, or Speed Brew models. Some parts can come from overseas, but these machines are assembled in Iowa.
The Home Trifecta MB is also built in the USA. Some parts can come from overseas, but this machine is assembled in Springfield, Illinois. We know of no other coffee maker that is built in the U.S.

The NHS, STX, HG, HT, MC, MCU, and HB (Heat and Brew) are all made in China - all meet BUNN quality species and agency standards and go through a rigorous Quality Assurance check. We are confident in the sources of supply for all our components and finished products.

What does "made in the USA' mean?
To claim your product is "Made in the USA", according to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) your products must be "all or virtually all" manufactured in the USA (based on cost, not a percentage of parts).

So what does this all mean:

As explained in the first chapter a manufacturer can only claim their products MADE IN, when the product is all or virtually all made in the United States. What I didn't know is that it's based on costs and not materials.

Bunn produces products overseas, but builts and assembles them in the United States. Thus, manufactured in USA but not Made in USA.

Now the question is, could Bunn still be competitive if they made their coffee makers 100% in USA?

Money is tight and many of us have trouble to make ends meet.

So imagine a $50 coffee maker has thousands of 5-star reviews and a Bunn costs $150 but claims to be MADE IN USA, which one would most people pick?

Which one would YOU pick?

Would enough people pick the American Made Coffee Maker so Bunn could survive?

Obviously not, otherwise there would be fewer coffee makers made in China on the market.

Let’s have a closer look at Bunn’s coffee makers.

#1 Bunn Speed Brew Drip Coffee Maker 


Assembled in Creston, Iowa

$129.99
$117.99  in stock
9 new from $117.99
3 used from $ 85.29
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Features

  • Bunn-engineered sprayhead extends the contact time between water and grounds resulting in Coffee taste comparable to your favorite restaurant or Cafe
  • The very best of our gravity drip innovation reimagined in a contemporary, curved design.Maximum capacity: 10 cup (50 oz) batch,Minimum capacity: 4 cup (20 oz) batch
  • Internal water tank keeps water constantly heated to optimal temperature so you can brew a full pot in about 4 minutes
  • Pour-o-matic drip-free glass carafe is specifically designed to eliminate spillage down the side of the carafe and on the warming plate
  • Lime-tolerant spray head discourages mineral build up, which means less time cleaning and Longer brewer life cycle

This Bunn Drip Coffee Maker is called Speed Brew because it can finish a full brew cycle in 4 minutes.

How?

It's easy! The Bunn Speed Brew has an internal water tank that keeps water constantly at brewing temperature. And when you are ready for a new batch of coffee there is no pre-heating of the water necessary anymore.

The spray head of this coffee maker is Bunn-engineered and extends the contact time between water and coffee.

Additionally, it's a lime-tolerant spray head which means that minerals, especially when you have very hard water, won't clog it so often.

For you, this simply means less cleaning time!

#2 Bunn 10 Cup Velocity Brew


Assembled In Creston, Iowa

BUNN GR-B Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, Black

$99.00  in stock
19 new from $90.01
15 used from $ 60.01
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Features

  • Fastest 10-Cup Home Coffeemaker* brews a full pot of coffee in about 3 minutes
  • An always hot internal hot water is ready to brew hot coffee on deman. Item dimensions is 14.8 high x 7.1 wide x 13.8 deep inch. Note-replace sprayhead and brew funnel. Pour additional carafes of fresh, cold water into the brewer as needed until water has no vinegar smell or tasted
  • Exclusive drip-free carafe with a proprietary lid and spout design that arcs the pour of the coffee into the cup and wicks the coffee dribbles back into the carafe preventing a mess on cup or counter
  • Multi-stream spray head showers hot water evenly over the coffee grounds
  • Large flat bottom filter and funnel allows greater interaction between hot water and coffee grounds for superior flavor extraction

BUNN BX-B Velocity Brew 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer, Black

$112.60  in stock
21 new from $109.81
10 used from $ 75.79
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Features

  • The first commercial style brewer for the home
  • Classic design with stainless steel accents
  • Convenient close-and-brew lid
  • Brews 4 to 10 cups (20 to 50 oz) in about 3 minutes
  • Glass carafe and porcelain-coated warming plate with lighted on/off switch

These coffee makers come in two versions, the GRB, GRW and BXB, BXW.

The B and W at the end simply state the colors of the coffee maker: black or white.

Both the GR and BX machines come with the same features:

  • Patented BUNN showerhead for complete saturation of all coffee grounds
  • Pour-O-Matic glass carafe for drip-free pouring
  • Internal stainless steel water reservoir keeps water at the optimal temperature of 200° F
  • Brewing time is about 3 minutes for 10 cups
  • Porcelain-coated warming plate
  • On/Off LED Switch
  • Available in Black or White

So What Is The Difference Between The Bunn Velocity Brew GR And BX?

Short answer: the design.

The GR model is the typical design of Bunn: square and angular, black with a silver front. The BXB has a more modern look and a round silver water reservoir.

#3 10 Cup Velocity Brew BT

$169.95
$128.25  out of stock
20 new from $128.25
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Features

  • Double wall, vacuum insulated thermal carafe keeps coffee warm for up to 2 hours
  • Unique spray head ensures even, complete coffee flavor extraction
  • Stainless steel internal hot water tank keeps water heated to optimal brewing temperature of 200 Degree F
  • Reservoir-style home brewer makes up to 10 cups of coffee in just 3 minutes
  • Stainless-steel water tank; 800-watt heater and internal thermostat

The Bunn Velocity Brew BT comes with the same features as the GR and BX except for the glass carafe and the warming plate.

The Bunn BT is equipped with a double wall, vacuum insulated thermal carafe and thus, does not need a warming plate.

As you can see in the image, the design is also slightly different.

Manual Coffee Makers Made In USA

The chance to find an American made manual coffee maker is slightly higher than a drip coffee maker.

My guess is, that it's easier and not so expensive to produce a ceramic or glass drip cone with local american materials only. 

#4 Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Press


Made In Palo Alto, California

$35.90  in stock
5 new from $35.90
1 used from $ 31.51
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Features

  • Popular with coffee enthusiasts worldwide, the patented AeroPress is a new kind of coffee press that uses a rapid, total immersion brewing process to make smooth, delicious, full flavored coffee without bitterness and with low acidity.
  • Good-bye French Press! The rapid brewing AeroPress avoids the bitterness and high acidity created by the long steep time required by the French press. Plus, the AeroPress paper Microfilter eliminates grit and means clean up takes seconds.
  • Makes 1 to 3 cups of American coffee per pressing in about a minute, and unlike a French press, it can also brew espresso style coffee for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks.
  • Perfect for home kitchen use, the AeroPress is lightweight, compact, portable and durable. The tote bag makes it easy to pack with some coffee and a cup for use while traveling, camping, backpacking, boating and more!
  • Includes the AeroPress press, funnel, scoop, stirrer, 700 microfilters, a filter holder, and a zippered nylon tote bag. No Phthalates or BPA. Mug not included. Assembled measurements: 9 1/2" h X 4" w X 4" d

The Aeropress is an impressive and very popular tool to make a great cup of coffee.

Mostly it is used at home or at the World AeroPress Championship. Yes, you heard right! It is so popular that there is even a world championship!

Since it does not need any electricity, it is also an ideal device for camping or any other kind of traveling.

And most importantly for this post: this coffee maker is made in USA!

#5 Chemex Pour Over Coffee Maker


Made In Chicopee, Massachusetts

$45.09
$34.99  in stock
10 new from $34.99
1 used from $ 34.28
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Features

  • Chemex is a registered trademark of the Chemex Corporation
  • Made of non-porous Borosilicate glass which will not absorb odors or chemical residues
  • CHEMEX pour-over allows coffee to be covered and refrigerated for reheating without losing flavor
  • Simple, easy to use with timeless, elegant design
  • Use CHEMEX Bonded Filters FP-1, FC-100, FS-100, FSU-100

A simple but elegant coffee maker popular by all kind of coffee lovers and baristas.

The Chemex is made in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It's completely BPA-free, for all the health-conscious readers.

What makes the Chemex so popular is the unique hourglass-shaped design. But they didn’t stop there.

Chemex also developed their own filter, a thick specialty fiber filter. According to Chemex, this thick filter keeps bitter elements, oils and coffee sediments in the filter and out of your cup.

So in case you have decided to get the Chemex coffee maker, don’t’ forget to add the Chemex coffee filters to your order,

#6 Able Kone Brewing System


Made In Martinez, California

able brewing kone coffee brewer parts

Able Brewing developed, designed and built this beautiful pour over brewer in California, USA!

Can you see yourself preparing breakfast, putting rolls, jam, and butter on the table? Then grinding fresh coffee, pouring it into the Kone Filter and placing it on the server.

Now either you have breakfast by yourself or with your family, all you need to do now is wait for the rest to join. Pour hot water, and within a few minutes, coffee is ready.

Remove the top, add the lid and up to 32 ounces of coffee is ready to serve.

The Kone Filter is made of stainless steel, only the supportive ring on top is plastic. But no worries, it's food save, according to Able's website. And the brewer itself is 100% ceramic, no plastic at all.

Enjoy your homemade coffee!

Cold Brew Coffee Makers Made In USA

If you are not familiar with the difference between cold brew coffee and iced coffee, keep reading. 

When you go to Starbucks and order an iced coffee, you get regular brewed coffee, cooled down in the refrigerator and then poured in a cup with ice cubes.

Cold Brew is different! You don't brew it hot! Ground coffee is steeped overnight in cold water. 

Taste is subjective, but cold brew coffee is supposed to be less bitter, less acid, balanced so to speak! Instead, cold brew emphasizes the amazing flavors coffee has to offer. 

I actually agree! I do prefer cold brew coffee over iced coffee! But not all coffee lovers do! So decide for yourself!

#7 Filtron Cold Brew Coffee Maker


Made In Westminster, California

$41.99  in stock
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Features

  • Used for cold brew
  • hot brew
  • or milk drinks^Reduces acid in coffee during brewing^Cold brew coffee concentrate lasts up to 2 weeks^1.5 liter brewer

One of the two American made cold brew coffee brewing systems is the Filtron Brewing Kit - since 1949!

With this system, you can make 1 1/2 liter (~50 oz.) of cold brewed coffee. It's pretty simple to use. Plug in the included rubber in the bottom hole, insert the reusable filter pad and pour up to 1 pound of coffee in the bowl.

Then you insert the ground guard on top of the ground coffee, place the water bowl on top and fill it up with water.

That's it. The water drips down and after about 16 to 24 hours, you have homemade cold brew coffee with an American made cold brew system! Cheers! 

#8 Toddy Cold Brew System


Made In Loveland, Colorado

$34.95  in stock
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4 used from $ 32.15
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Features

  • Now you can create a 'coffeehouse' coffee - served steaming hot or iced cold, and in the comfort of your home - for much less than expensive signature coffee drinks! Also ideal for making tea.
  • Patented cold brew system uses regular coffee beans to create incredibly smooth coffee concentrate with 67% less acid than coffee made with hot brew methods, it's easier on sensitive stomachs and all with no electricity required
  • Get more out of your coffee grounds, as the coffee concentrate stays fresh for up to 2 weeks with no change to the flavor
  • Set includes brewing container with handle, glass decanter with lid, 2 reusable filters, 1 rubber stopper, set of instructions, and recipe guide
  • Includes a one year manufacturers warranty when purchased from an authorized reseller.

Toddy is the second cold brew coffee system made in the USA that made it into my list.

It works like the Filtron system. 

The biggest difference is, that the Toddy System does not have an extra water bowl and the ground coffee guard. You pour coffee and water in the same pot.

And the missing guard you make up with a spoon by pushing down the grounds.

Toddy also offers their huge paper filter which extends the life of the felt filter. Clean up is much easier. Just dump the filter in the trash!

If approximately 60 ounces of cold brew coffee is still not enough for you, you are probably looking for a commercial style cold brew system

Lucky you, Toddy also offers a commercial cold brew system. Of course, I only mention it because it's also made in America. In Loveland, Colorado to be more specific! Except for the acrylic storage decanter, which is made in China!

Coffee Makers Not Made In China

There are other countries, especially in Europe, that stand for high quality!

So I have selected a few companies that are known for their coffee makers made in other countries than China.

So if you are open for “Made In Europe” and not only focus on USA made coffee makers, keep reading!

#9 Technivorm Moccamaster Drip Coffee Makers


Made In Holland

$359.00
$309.00  in stock
10 new from $299.99
17 used from $ 173.41
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Features

  • Auto drip-stop brew-basket with glass carafe allows you to pull the carafe away while the brewer is still brewing
  • Simple to operate and quiet brewing process that brews a full carafe in just 6 minutes. Volume: 1.25 Liters / 40 Ounces / 10 Cups
  • Unique, copper boiling element rapidly heats water to control brewing temperature between 196 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit which is important for coffee soluble extraction, then automatically switches off when the water reservoir is empty
  • Made with durable metal housings and BPA/BPS/bpf & phthalate free plastics
  • The glass carafe maintains coffee quality, integrity and taste on a unique, independent hot-plate element engineered to hold coffee temperature between 175 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit for a maximum 100 minutes and then automatically shuts off

They are not cheap but well known for their high quality.

The SCAA (Specialty coffee associations of America) has certified all Moccamaster coffee machines.

For this reason, the Technivorm Moccamaster coffee makers are definitely recommended, especially the thermal carafe coffee makers.

I have not had the time yet to look more closely at the Moccamaster’s but it’s definitely on my list.

#10 Jura Espresso Machines


Made In Switzerland

$2,798.60
$1,820.00  in stock
7 new from $1,820.00
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Features

  • Adjustable water amount, water temperature, and coffee strength
  • Cappuccino and latte at the touch of a button
  • High-performance pump, 15 bar
  • Thermoblock heating system
  • Stainless steel vacuum milk container

Most of Jura's automatic espresso machines are Made In Switzerland.

But I have also heard that some of them, probably the cheaper ones, are made in Portugal.

So please before you buy a Jura espresso machine make sure to find out where exactly it is produced.

Even so, I'm confident that both Switzerland and Portugal made Jura machines are of high quality!

#11 Krups Espresso Machines 


Made In France

$1,737.70  in stock
4 new from $1,575.47
2 used from $ 824.23
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Features

  • UP TO 17 RECIPES : At the touch of a button with the exclusive automatic steam nozzle cleaning and the 2-step frothing technology
  • 15 BAR HIGH PRESSURE PUMP and metal conical burr grinder with exclusive automatic grinder setting
  • ONE-TOUCH DIGITAL SCREEN allows for complete customization of drinks from programming of favorites and profile to customizing drink strength
  • AUTOMATIC PARAMETER SETTINGS according to the selected recipe (quantity of Coffee, grinding fineness, water temperature. ). Made in France
  • 100% FRONTAL OPERATION for direct access to key functions and compact design

At first, if you were hoping to find Krups drip coffee makers made in France, I have to disappoint you. All Krups coffee machines I checked are made in China!

However, the following four Krups Super Automatic Espresso Machines are not made in China.

Krups EA9010, EA8808, EA8298 and EA8250. The picture shows the EA9010 Barista One Touch Super Automatic Machine. Awesome machine!!!

Fully automatic and as the name says, you can brew drinks with the touch of one button. 17 drinks to be more specific! Fully customizable and programmable.


#12 Nespresso Pixi Single-Cup Espresso Machines


Made In Switzerland

$279.00
$187.75  in stock
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6 used from $ 129.99
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Features

  • POWERFUL COFFEE MAKER: Nespresso Pixie Espresso maker has a 19 bar high-pressure pump that allows for a barista-style result, unlocking the delicate flavor of each Coffee capsule.
  • EFFICIENT AND ENERGY SAVING ESPRESSO MAKER: System heats-up to ideal temperature in just 25 seconds and automatically turns off after 9 minutes, consuming less energy.
  • EASE OF USE: The Pixie is a programmable Espresso maker with two one-touch buttons to create your favorite Coffee and Espresso recipes into the desired size; Espresso (2.7 oz.), or Lungo (5 oz.). Pour over ice to create your favorite iced Coffee drinks.
  • SMART ESPRESSO MAKER: The red backlights light up to let you know when the 24 oz. water tank needs to be refilled. The folding drip tray accommodates larger single-serve cups and recipes such as Lattes or Cappuccinos. The Pixie is also easy to clean, the spent capsules are neatly ejected into an internal receptacle.
  • BUNDLE: The Aeroccino 3 milk frother is included to create the perfect finish to your single-serve Coffee beverages such as Cappuccino or Latte.

If you prefer espresso over coffee, but the Jura machines are too expensive, then you may fall in love with the Nespresso Pixie single-brewer.

I did some research since I was skeptical about the statement that Nespresso is being made in Switzerland. And indeed only the Pixie is made in Switzerland.

Nespresso has a few other espresso machines in their portfolio like the Inissia which is made in Hungary.

#13 Denby French Press Coffee Maker


Made In England

$155.00
$64.58  in stock
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1 used from $ 26.09
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Features

  • Hand-crafted in England by skilled artisans from high quality, locally-sourced clay
  • Expertly glazed to prevent chipping and enhance durability
  • Suitable for oven, microwave, dishwasher, and freezer (just remove the plunger)

How about a beautiful, handcrafted French Press made in England from English clay?

This 34 oz. Coffee Press is definitely not made for you to hide it in the cupboard. No, this French Press should be placed on the breakfast table, where everybody can see and adore it.

The chip-resistant clay is suitable for your oven, microwave, dishwasher and even freezer. Just make sure to remove the plunger first!

Now I'm not sure about the image at Amazon where the Cafetiere is used as a vase with flowers in it. I honestly would not want to share my freshly brewed Denby French Press coffee with my flowers. Made me grin a bit.

My Conclusion About Made In USA Coffee Makers

I have to admit, finding American made coffee makers was harder than I initially expected.

The few that I found are definitely worth checking out, though!

When it is important to you, that your next coffee maker is not made in China I hope I could give you some options.

Please share with me in the comments below, if you know more coffee makers made in USA!

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French Press Vs AeroPress – The Most Comprehensive Coffee Show Down

French Press Vs Aeropress
French Press Vs Aeropress

AeroPress Vs French Press - An Exhaustive Comparison

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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.

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#1 What Material Options Do I Get?

Material

TLTR (Too long to read):
  • aeropress
  • french press
aeropress material polyethylene

No material variety options available. Only comes in BPA free polypropylene plastic with very little concern given to appearance.

If you like variety then the French Press offers you plenty when it comes to the materials it’s made from. It will have either a ceramic, stainless steel or glass body with stainless steel filter and plates. The tactile and visual experience of using these materials does add an element of finesse to your brewing routine.

The Aeropress is all business and only comes in polypropylene plastic with a rubber end on the plunger. With plastic there’s always a concern about health issues but the Aeropress is made from BPA free materials so there’s no issue there.

If you insist on avoiding plastic then unfortunately the Aeropress offers you no other options and you’ll have to stick with a French Press. Glass or ceramic may have a more aesthetic appeal to it but when it gets dropped it stops being pretty. If you’re a bit clumsy first thing in the morning then a full stainless steel French Press is a better bet.

#2 How Many Design Options Are There?

Design

TLTR (Too long to read):
  • aeropress
  • french press
Aeropress Coffee Maker

Comes only in one size and shape. Each aspect of the design is functional with no aesthetic design elements. Not exactly an attractive piece of equipment.

Being a coffee drinker I do sometimes experience some bling envy when I see elaborate silver tea sets. While taste is what matters most, it’s nice to be able to take an attractive coffee brewer out when you have guests.

The variety of designs that a French Press comes in affords you plenty of choice. Whether you’re looking for something elegant or if you prefer a cleaner, more modern design, you’re bound to find one that pleases your discerning eye.

The Aeropress is all function and no form. It only comes in one design and it’s not exactly pretty. Let’s be honest. It’s basically a big syringe. There’s some entertainment value there if your guests haven’t seen one being used before but other than that you should probably just leave it in the kitchen when you bring the coffee out.

If your guests raise their pinkies when sipping their coffee then you’re definitely going to want to take out your prettiest French Press.

#3 How Easy Is It To Brew A Cup?

Difficulty

TLTR (Too long to read):
  • aeropress
  • french press

Between inserting the filter, not knocking it over and pressing the plunger down evenly it requires focus and a fair amount of practice to get it right. Efforts are rewarded with good coffee every time.

Both the Aeropress and the French Press are fairly easy to use but getting a consistently good cup does take a little practice and some refinement of process.

The French Press is probably the easiest of the two to use because there are a lot less moving parts to co-ordinate. You need to get your brew time and coffee water ratio right if you want consistency though. It’s a lot less fiddly than the Aeropress so if you’re only semi-conscious before your first cup then this is the way to go.

The Aeropress requires a defter touch and presents more opportunities for accidents. Being long and narrow it’s pretty easy to knock over, especially if you’re a fan of the inverted method. It’s physically challenging too.

It takes quite a bit of pressure to depress the plunger and you’ve got to maintain that pressure for around 30 seconds before the plunger is fully depressed. Also, if you don’t press the plunger straight down and evenly in the beginning you’ll have coffee squirting out at you.

When it comes to brewing a good cup an Aeropress is pretty forgiving. Even if you rush the process or vary the grind it’s hard to get a bad cup out of it. With some refinement of process an Aeropress will reward you with great instead of just good.

Getting the timing of the initial pour and the brew time right as well as the plunger pressure has a big effect on the end result.

#4 What Grind Size Does It Require?

Grind Size

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medium coffee grind size for aeropress

Paper filter allows for finer grind size with no sediment passing through into cup.

The coarseness of the grind can have a significant effect on the depth of flavor you get as well as the brew time required.

With a French Press you’re limited by the filter that it comes with. It’s not a very fine filter which means that you need to grind the coffee coarser than you do for the Aeropress. For a French Press you’re going to need a burr grinder so you don’t end up with grinds that are too fine. The coarser grind results in less of the coffee surface area being exposed to the hot water which is why the brewing time needs to be longer.

The Aeropress uses a paper filter so you can grind the coffee a lot finer. A burr grinder works great for this if you’re after consistency but a blade grinder would work too seeing as you’re after anything in the medium/fine grind range. The Aeropress is far more tolerant when it comes to grind size and this also allows you more variety in the cup you’re trying to make.

#5 Is It Portable Enough To Travel With?

Travel Ready

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Being plastic and small makes it ideal for traveling. Aeropress grinder is a great addition if you’re not going to be anywhere near a power outlet.

Finding good coffee when traveling isn’t always easy. Often your best bet is to take your coffee gear with you.

There are some smaller travel French Press options that are more portable but in general the more fragile materials and bulky nature means they don’t travel well.

The Aeropress is highly portable and its rugged design and durable materials mean you can throw it into your travel bag without too much concern. Its individual bits fit nicely into each other so it takes up very little space. There’s even a great little grinder available that fits right on top of the Aeropress.

Being plastic, the Aeropress isn’t going to set off any alarms when you pass through the TSA checks at the airport.

#6 Brew Time - How Long Until I Get My Coffee?

Brew Time

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Coarser grind requires 4 minute brew time to fully extract flavors. No problem for a leisurely cup but not great if you’re in a rush.

The French Press is a set and forget kind of brewer. Once you’ve added the coffee and hot water you’ll have to allow for about 4 minutes of brew time.

This is great if you’re easing your way into the morning but not so great if you’re in a hurry. There’s no rushing this process though. Press it too early and you’ll have thin, watery coffee.

The Aeropress doesn’t give you any chance to sit. From start to finish it takes about a minute and a half. Because the coffee is a finer grind you get a good extraction during the immersion stage. The pressure you exert when depressing the plunger then gives you that espresso effect by getting even more flavor out of the coffee without the wait.

This makes the Aeropress a great option if you need a good coffee before rushing out the door.

#7 What Filters Does It Use?

Filter

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aeropress paper filter

You need to insert a disposable paper filter each time you use it. The filter allows for variations of fine to medium/fine ground coffee. A permanent metal filter is available if you want to retain coffee oils in brew.

A French Press uses a built-in stainless-steel mesh filter. The advantage of this is that you’ll only need to replace it about once a year.

It’s not a very fine filter though, so it does end up dictating your grind size as mentioned above. Because the filter in the French Press isn’t very fine it inevitably lets some of the finer sediment through into the coffee. Some people like the mouth feel this provides while others prefer the cleaner brew you get by filtering with paper.

The Aeropress uses disposable paper filters so you’ll eventually have to buy another pack of filters. The pack that comes supplied with the Aeropress will last you ages though.

Being paper allows you to grind the coffee as fine as you like while not letting any of the sediment through into the cup. The filter removes the oils as well which may or may not suit your particular taste. If you want to retain the oils you can buy a permanent metal filter that will let these through.

#8 How Many Servings Do I Get Per Brew?

Servings

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2 cups of coffee

Two’s company, three’s a crowd. Only makes 1 to 2 cups per brew so it’s fine for a couple but impractical beyond that.
(5 to 6 ounces per serving)

If you’ve got guests then the French Press is the way to go. Depending on the size of the press you could make up to 8 cups or even more per brew. If you only want a single cup the French Press is fine for that too.

The Aeropress is only going to give you 1 or 2 servings per brew. This means that if you’re making 6 cups you’ll have to go through at least 3 rounds of brewing, filters and cleaning before everyone is happy.

If you’re making coffee for yourself and maybe one other person then grab your Aeropress. More than that and you’re better off going for the French Press.

#9 Is There A Difference In Taste?

Taste

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Clean cup with lighter body but more flavor. Individual coffee flavors more distinct due to filtering of oils.

A French Press will give you a more robust, full bodied and rich tasting coffee. Because you end up with some of the fine sediment coming through you end up with a thicker tasting brew but you want to watch out for that last sip to avoid any grind sludge.

The coffee oils make it through the mesh filter giving you that robustness but also tend to muddle the distinct coffee flavors.

An Aeropress gives you a cleaner cup of coffee with lighter body. Because the oils are removed by the paper filters it’s less robust but with more distinct individual coffee flavors. Metal filters are available if you prefer the flavor profile that you get from French Press.

The pressure exerted during the plunging stage tends to extract more flavor from the coffee than you get from the simple immersion that the French Press offers.

#10 How Long Before It Breaks?

Durability

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Made from tough plastic so it’s pretty much bomb proof.

The materials that a French Press is made from mean that it is inherently less durable than an Aeropress. Glass will eventually break and even stainless steel will end up with a few dings.

The mesh filter will also need to be replaced every year or so.

The Aeropress is made from tough plastic so you’ll have to try very hard before managing to break it. After a few year’s use the seal between the rubber plunger and the inside of the brew chamber gets a little iffy and you’ll need to buy another Aeropress.

The low cost means it’s not such a big deal.

#11 How Easy Is It To Clean?

Clean It

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Super easy to get rid of grounds and rinses clean under water with very little effort.

Cleaning a French Press can be a bit of a pain. Coffee grinds tend to get stuck in the filter so it takes a bit of effort to get it looking pristine again.

If you’re using a glass press then you need to be careful when dumping the grounds. Knock it too hard against the bin and you’ll have to throw it in the trash along with the grinds.

Cleaning the Aeropress is a piece of cake. The coffee grounds compact into a little puck at the end of the brew chamber.

Take off the filter holder, aim the end at the trash can and press the plunger down to eject them along with the filter.

There’s no filter to wash and the rest of the pieces rinse clean under some water.

#12 What's It Going To Cost Me?

Price

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Only one option costing around $30. A few aftermarket accessories are available.

You can get a French Press for anything from $10 from a store like Ikea up to as much as $100 or more if you want a high-end stainless steel or stoneware unit.

Paying more doesn't necessarily result in a better cup of coffee but durability and appearance will be what you’re paying for.

With an Aeropress you pay one price. That’s it. They normally cost around $30.

Want a cheaper option? There isn’t one.

Want a fancier one? You’re out of luck.

You’re going to have to buy some filters eventually (they’re cheap) and you can buy some other add-ons like a metal filter, hand grinder or a nylon bag if you plan on traveling with it.

Conclusion

aeropress vs french press

As you read each of the pros and cons above you probably thought: “Oh, so the French Press is better”.

And then with the next point: “Oh wait, so the Aeropress is better”.

The truth is that both options make great coffee and there’s a time and a place for each one.

The French Press is visually appealing, easy to use and makes great coffee for a couple of people but it takes time.

The Aeropress makes great coffee quickly but it takes some practice, it’s not the prettiest and only really practical for one or two cups.

If you’re trying to decide which one to get then have a look at the differences to see if there are any deal breakers.

If the French Press vs Aeropress choice has left you feeling a little indecisive then we’ve got something in common. I couldn’t choose one over the other either.

My advice is to get one of each. Problem solved!

18 Best Travel Coffee Makers For Your Next Adventure

The Best Travel Coffee Makers For Your Next Adventure
The Best Travel Coffee Makers For Your Next Adventure

18 Of The Best Portable Coffee Makers For Backpacking, Camping Or Traveling

We all know what it can be like on the road, on a camping trip or staying in a hotel. You just can’t get the brew of coffee that you love when you are at home.

The coffee you drink at home says something about you. It is something that you have personally selected, it tastes just the way you like it (after maybe trying out many different blends to get to the one you like) and it breathes comfort into your day through its familiarity.

You just can’t beat it. When away from home you just can’t seem to replicate it. But why let a gas station, a hotel or a convenience store provide your daily coffee when you can reproduce that perfect home taste yourself? Or why go without just because you are camping, boating or in your RV?

There are now some fantastic travel coffee makers with great features that can transform your adventure with some quality coffee that you can brew yourself.

It can really make the difference when you are away from home to have the same quality and taste of coffee that you expect and are used to.

Let’s take a look at some of the best travel coffee makers available to you today.

Portable Coffee Maker

Picture the scene. It is your next trip in your car, your RV or your boat or it’s your next business trip.

You know that you will be away from home for at least a few days and you will miss your regular cup of coffee. The last thing you want to be doing is drinking poor quality coffee, or missing out on coffee completely.

What can you do? Well, you can take a great portable coffee maker with you!

Here are some of the options available to you for that perfect coffee from that perfect portable coffee maker.

Aerobie Aeropress With Zippered Nylon Tote Bag

The Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a great portable coffee maker if you are looking for one to two cups of coffee. This set comes with a nylon bag which means that it stays clean and safe for your trip.

It produces delicious coffee. And it is easy to clean because you don’t want to be spending a lot of time on cleaning your travel coffee machine when on the road. That is the essence of a portable coffee maker.

This post about travel coffee makers is the perfect occasion to show Stumptown’s ‘How To Brew Coffee in an Aeropress’.

Presse By Bobble - Brew, Press And Go

One of the latest travel coffee makers is the Presse by Bobble, the On-The-Go Brewer.

This is a portable stainless steel coffee brewer and tumbler in one! It only takes 3 minutes to brew your perfect coffee and then you can take it with you.

What a great way to make that brew and then savor it as you move around.

Bodum Insulated Travel French Press

If you are looking to brew coffee the classy way while being on the go then the insulated stainless steel Travel French Press from Bodum is the perfect option!

It’s super easy to clean and all parts are dishwasher safe. The silicon rubberized grip makes it easy to hold even when you have to walk a little faster.

Want the French Press experience? You got it! This is a fantastic way to just brew and go.

Portable Espresso Coffee Maker

Are you someone who is looking for that stronger shot? Need more caffeine? Are you on the need of your espresso shot every morning?

Well, this doesn’t mean that your next trip with your car, RV or boat should be a personal hell.

These are top travel coffee makers that will produce an extra strong espresso for you. So you can be sure to get your caffeine charge for the day even when away from home.

Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Maker

For that quick espresso on the go, you need to look no further than the Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Machine. It is a hand press for espresso grounds or E.S.E Pods (espresso pods) so you can get that quality espresso on the move.

It reminds me of a mini bike pump when you watch the pressure to increase while pumping.

With 16 bars there is enough pressure available to create an authentic espresso.

Staresso Espresso And Cappuccino Maker Plus Cold Brew

If you want more than just espresso then you could really consider the Staresso Espresso and Cappuccino Maker.

It may look a little complicated at first but you’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly, I’m sure.

Especially the milk frothing feature makes this little travel press unique.

As the Handpresso, the pressure of 15-20 bar you build up with pumping is enough for a rich and flavorful espresso. This is great for that strong but smooth taste.

MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

A compact and lightweight alternative that will fit into any suitcase, overnight bag or glove compartment is the MiniPresso Espresso Maker.

It is completely hand operated so it can work without power or batteries. This means that you can be in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of anywhere and still get great espresso.

Handpresso Outdoor Complete Pump Set - The Perfect Gift

If you are looking for a gift for the traveling coffee lover in your life then look no further than the Handpresso Outdoor Set.

It comes in a nice designed bag and contains next to the portable Handpresso Pump 4 unbreakable cups, a thermos-insulated flask and a small napkin.

It will be guaranteed well received by the coffee enthusiast and will always get used because it is stylish and practical.

Propane Camping Coffee Maker From Coleman

If you love camping but don’t like the typical percolator solution anymore, one of the coffee machines I show you now could be perfect for you.

Besides, if you have ever tried to brew coffee in a percolator for a large group of campers you know what a hassle this is.

Not with the camping coffee makers from Coleman.

Let’s have a look at the two different options you have, one for the stove and the other for the propane bottle.

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker For Propane Stove

The great thing about the Coleman Camping Coffee Maker is that it’s steel base fits almost all camp stove burners.

As soon as the water boils it will rise up and starts brewing your coffee while you’re still thinking about whether you want your morning egg on the same grill sunny side up or over easy.

It brews up to 10 cups or 60 ounces of coffee so there’s enough for a larger group. And in less than 15 minutes, as you can see in the video, you have another pot ready!

Coleman QuickPot™ Propane Coffee Maker With Glass Or Thermal Carafe

The Coleman coffee maker is for use with propane bottles so it is absolutely perfect for any camping or RV trip.

In fact, you can use it anywhere without having access to a power source.

This coffee machine can be lighted without matches thanks to Coleman’s exclusive InstaStart feature.

It is fast, easy to set up and available with Glass or Thermal Carafe.

To really look after and care for your Coleman coffee maker it’s highly recommended to invest in the Coleman QuickPot Coffee Maker Carry Case.

12V Portable Coffee Maker For Car Or Truck

For the truck drivers among us, there is a real need for coffee on the go. Especially when the next gas station is just not coming and you desperately need a shot of caffeine.

When on a long trip the last thing you want to do is stop at a crowded truck stop with no free parking spot. With a 12v coffee maker, you can just keep going and stop at the next free parking lot for a good cup of freshly brewed coffee.

And speaking of overfilled parking lots.

A 12V portable coffee maker also comes in handy when you love coffee in the morning and have parked your car or truck in the middle of nowhere.

These travel coffee machines with 12V DC plug are also useful in the car or RV on long trips. It is always beneficial to have a car coffee maker.

Make sure your outlet in the car or truck can handle the amps of what these coffee makers draw.

The Roadpro draws 13 amps according to reviewers. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information online about the Schumacher but it’s probably in the same ballpark.

Schumacher 12V Coffee Maker - Slow But Steady

The Schumacher 1229 12V Coffee Maker holds up to 10 cups of coffee. For it to finish a whole pot it takes about 30-60 minutes according to reviewers.

This is actually the biggest complaint of reviewers of the Schumacher 1229 Coffee Maker.

So if the brewing time is no issue for you I don’t see any reason why you won’t like this cheap coffee machine.

Additionally, it has a boil-dry protection function which means that it automatically turns off when there’s no more water left. It will look after itself and you.

You will be ready to hit the road in the morning without the need to waste an extra stop at a gas station.

Roadpro 12V Quick Cup Coffee Maker With Thermal Carafe

A similar option, but with a metal carafe is the Roadpro RPSC-784 12-Volt Quick Cup Coffee Maker.

It brews 16 ounces of coffee in about 15 minutes, quick enough to quench any cravings. The cord is 7 feet long so can extend to any size of the cab and still be functional and safe.

You’re not going to get very hot coffee so the stainless steel carafe helps to keep the coffee warm for a little longer. But not hours!

Brewing your own coffee on the road with the Roadpro 12V Quick Cup Coffee Maker may not be the same high-quality experience as with your home brewer.

But it’s convenient! And that’s what counts on the road!

Battery Operated Travel Coffee Maker From Makita

When there is a power outage, the need for coffee doesn’t automatically switch off as well.

There is a solution for those times that can still bring you great coffee through the power of a battery. When power fades, some of us even think of coffee first. Or water. Or candles.

Anyway, when in the middle of a loss of power or working someplace where power isn’t available you need a portable coffee maker. You need quality.

The Makita DCM500Z 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Coffee Maker is perfect for these situations as it runs off an 18V Lithium-Ion battery. When powered by the battery it produces a cup of coffee in only 7 minutes, which is a short amount of time to wait for that coffee fix.

It is great for being away from home because it doesn’t need filters. It just works via a permanent drip filter.

I’m not quite sure if some sellers offer this battery powered coffee maker with battery and charger. At least, at Amazon, it looks like the battery and charger are included.

But Makita clearly states on their website, that the DCM500Z comes without battery and charger! So make sure to either include the battery and charger in your order or ask the seller for more information beforehand!

You should also know, that according to reviewers the small battery only brews one cup of coffee.

So check the Amps in case you want to brew more than one cup at a time. For example, the 5 Amps battery is supposed to brew up to 3 cups of coffee.

Backpacking Coffee Maker

When you are preparing to go out backpacking all you can think about is the amount of weight that you will be carrying.

Weight and space are at a real premium in the backpack and this means that you will be searching hard for that coffee maker that ticks both of those boxes.

You need lightweight. You need compact. You need a portable coffee maker that you can carry with you but not even notice it is there.

SlickDrip - The Kuissential Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper

The Kuissential SlickDrip Coffee Dripper collapses into a flat package which takes up almost no space.

Since it is very lightweight with only about 3.5 oz, the SlickDrip ticks both those boxes – lightweight and compact.

It is made from silicone, sturdy, long lasting and won’t absorb odors or tastes from whatever else you have in your backpack.

The Kuissential SlickDrip uses a #2 cone coffee filter. So if your home brewer requires #4 filters, you may consider the next coffee dripper from GSI.

However, you can also use it at home as a regular pour-over dripper for your daily shot of caffeine!

GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip

Following a similar design, the GSI Outdoors Collapsible Java Drip collapses to a nice flat disk. This is great for the shorter backpacking trip.

It weighs 4.8 ounces, a little more than the SlickDrip. But it’s still perfect for the backpacker who is obsessed about weight.

The big difference to the SlickDrip is the filter size. It uses a #4 filter which is found more frequently in the best coffee makers.

It’s also a little thicker than the SlickDrip when collapsed.

If thickness and weight matters, choose the Kuissential.

Otherwise, I would suggest getting the dripper with the same size of coffee filters you already use.

Snow Peak Fold Down Coffee Dripper

For an old-fashioned made coffee while out in the wilderness, you can look no further than the Snow Peak Folding Coffee Drip.

It is a little larger and with slightly over 5 ounces also heavier than the other two.

Every ounce counts when backpacking so if it’s too heavy for you, choose the GSI or SlickDrip.

But if you use very wide mugs, the Snow Peak Dripper may be the only one which still fits. It’s also stainless steel and produces great coffee the old-fashioned way while out in a field.

So you choose: Are you ‘silicon-modern’ or ‘stainless-steel-old school’?

Portable Single Cup Or Travel Keurig Coffee Maker

There has been somewhat of a revolution in coffee making on the road recently. Some campers, RV owners, and boaters do not do the ‘old-style’ camping coffee.

There are options for this that won’t cost the earth but will provide a great coffee for those with taste.

Presto 02835 MyJo K-Cup Coffee Maker

The Presto Myjo Single Cup Coffee Maker sits on top of your mug and makes you a great tasting single cup of coffee when you are on the go.

It is so compact and simple to use that you can take it anywhere that you go.

No more boring hotel coffee! No more lukewarm coffee from the gas station!

You can either use a regular K-Cup or the included MyJo cup to brew your own preferred coffee.

Since you can put the water reservoir of the Myjo in the microwave it’s also a very convenient option at home.

Or let’s take it to extremes, it could even replace your big bulky Keurig – just saying!

As a sidenote: since K-Cups are really, really bad for the environment, please try to only use the reusable MyJo or, at least, biodegradable K-Cups!

Green thumbs up!

Primula Coffee Brew Buddy - So Simple, Almost Not Worth Explaining It

I refuse to explain to you how it works because it’s just too simple.

Well, alright, let’s give you some information.

The Primula Coffee Brew Buddy Single Cup Coffee Maker uses a fine mesh filter to produce one cup of coffee while you are on the move.

It fits on almost all mugs so you get that great coffee everywhere you go.

And since it’s so super easy to prepare a cup and at the same time uses your favorite coffee grounds, this little Brew Buddy belongs in every backpack or travel bag.

Cafejo My French Press For K-Cups - Or Is It An AeroPress?

Cafejo calls it a French Press. My first thought was, that’s an Aeropress.

But I think they would have been sued faster than it presses a cup of coffee if they called their product Cafejo My Aeropress For K-Cups.

But all jokes aside, if you are looking for a press to use your K-Cups on the move the Cafejo K-Cup Press could be an option.

This is a nice product that allows you to make a great coffee away from home.

This particular version comes with samples so you can try different blends to find your favorite.

My Conclusion About The Best Travel Coffee Makers

Wherever you are going to be on your next travel adventure, you won’t have to be there without a great cup of coffee!

Waking up in the morning while breathing in fresh forest air and hearing nature’s melodies just sounds wonderful.

But it’s even better with a freshly brewed cup of coffee!

Tell me, what are in your opinion the best travel coffee makers?

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Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker Review

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Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker Review

  • Material Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Filter Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Design - 7/10
    7/10
  • Cleaning - 10/10
    10/10
  • Price - 10/10
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9/10

  • Simple - Grind beans, heat water, press plunger - done
  • Flavor - Delicious shot of strong espresso-like coffee
  • Entertaining A stunning way to prepare coffee for friends and family
  • Visibility - Dark plunger makes it hard to see inside

Aerobie AeroPress Review

You may have heard the promise of “the best cup of coffee you will ever taste” a lot of times but with the AeroPress® Coffee Maker from Aerobie® this promise may be kept.

It is not only me promising you that. A lot of professionals swear that this magic press makes the smoothest, richest, purest and fastest cup of coffee in the world.

So let’s have a closer look if the AeroPress deserves all the chorus of praise.

Design

At first I would like to make clear that the word AeroPress is in contrary to the French Press a registered trademark. With this saying only Aerobie’s AeroPress is the real deal!

The AeroPress consists of 4 components which are the plunger, the seal, the chamber and the filter cap.

You also get a filter holder + 350 Micro-Filters, a scoop, a stirrer and a funnel.

AeroPress Parts

Coffeeble says:

All materials used in the AeroPress are FDA-approved and BPA free!

While the preparation is quite entertaining, the design is pretty basic.

All parts of the AeroPress except the seal are made of polypropylene which provides a higher durability. The rubber seal is made of a thermoplastic elastomer. Both materials are FDA approved and BPA-free.

Readability Of Display And Units

The units of 1 to 4 are applied in a yellow color and are easy to read.

However, the disadvantage of the polypropylene is that it’s less transparent so the dark brown chamber makes it difficult to see the level of grounds or water you have added.

Aerobie states that additional durability is more important than transparency. I agree with Aerobie, but you may have a different opinion.

How To Make Coffee With The AeroPress

The AeroPress is an entirely new way to make coffee.

AeroPress Instructions

At first you put one Micro-Filter in the cap and twist it onto the chamber

Now you pour one scoop of fine ground coffee in the chamber and make sure it’s evenly spread at the bottom.

The next step is to add 175°F hot water to Level 2 on the chamber. You may ask why 175°F and not the recommended 195-205°F.

According to Aerobie, they focused on the testers taste. While they were saying that at the usually recommended 200°F the coffee was good, all of them preferred the brew at 165°F to 175°F.

If you don’t have a thermometer on hand, simply bring the water to a boil and wait for about two minutes. The water should now be close to 175°F.

After adding the water, stir the mix with the included stirrer for about 10 seconds.
At last insert the plunger and press carefully for about 20 to 60 seconds.

The result is a smooth, rich flavored coffee that most likely reminds you of a good Espresso. Some have even mentioned it makes a better Espresso than many home machines.

A big advantage is that you can create different coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte or just regular American Coffee.

Best Coffee For The AeroPress

For the AeroPress, you should use a fine grind of coffee, preferably grinded at home right before brewing.

The type of grinder you have is not so important, so even the less popular blade grinders work fine. But you have to make sure the coffee grounds are fine enough.

How do you know that? When it has the texture of cornmeal or as Aerobie recommends, when it sticks in the grinder because of the static.

Type Of AeroPress Filters To Use

The AeroPress requires a special Micro-Filter. 350 of them are included in the package. If you need more, Amazon has the original Aerobie pack of 350 most of the times in stock.

If you consider yourself environmentally conscious you could also invest in a permanent filter specifically made for the AeroPress.

Brewing Performance

The complete immersion of the coffee in the chamber guarantees that all grounds are uniformly in contact with the water at the same temperature. This ensures a perfect extraction because no grounds are in contact with too high or low temperatures as it can happen in drip coffee machines.

Air pressure shortens the filtering time which can reduce or even eliminate the bitterness of a long brew cycle.

The lower temperature and shorter brewing cycle results in a much lower acid level. Too much acid is usually the reason for an upset stomach.

But do all these tests and statements live up to their promises?

They obviously do!

Reviews from the big guys like Newsweek, LA Times or Wired.com all rated the AeroPress with Five Stars. From coffee connoisseurs to professional cuppers all praised the outcome of the AeroPress coffee and the rich flavor.

Cleaning The AeroPress

Cleaning of the AeroPress is totally painless. The air pressure not only works with the coffee it also cleans the chamber. After you removed the cap you push the plunger to eject the coffee “puck” and discard it.

Rinse the end of the plunger with water and the cleaning process is finished.

You should clean the AeroPress BEFORE you enjoy your coffee to keep the seal free of compression for a long life.

Price Of The AeroPress

My Verdict Of The Aerobie AeroPress Coffee Maker

The revolutionary AeroPress by Aerobie makes extraordinary coffee similar to espresso!

If you want to have full control over the coffee results and be able to enjoy some Lattes or Cappuccinos as well, the AeroPress from Aerobie is the perfect coffee maker for you.

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