Tired of your normal single-serve coffee or drip brew? If so, you might be ready to upgrade your brew for something a little more exciting. There’s tons of easy ways to elevate your at-home coffee before you pour it into your stainless steel coffee mug, and two of our favorite ways to brew are the French Press and the Aeropress methods.

Difference between French press and Aeropress coffee

New to brewing beyond your trusty Mr. Coffee machine? Here are the differences between French Press and Aeropress in both method and taste.

How to Brew French Press Coffee

We wrote a whole post on how to brew French Press coffee in five minutes, but we’ll refresh your memory. In a nutshell (or in a coffee bean, as the case may be), the French Press consists of a tall carafe and a metal mesh filter at the end of a long stem. To brew, coffee lovers steep coffee (ground coarsely) in hot water for about five minutes, then use the mesh filter to press the grounds to the bottom of the carafe. It’s quick, easy, and allows you to brew multiple cups with one go.

How to Brew Aeropress Coffee

If you’re short on time and space, an Aeropress might be the method for you. We dove into brewing with an Aeropress more here, but here’s what you really need to know: the Aeropress nesting cylinders force coffee through a thin paper filter directly into a cup, making just a single serving of coffee (or espresso) at a time using finely ground beans. It’s incredibly versatile; you can make a standard coffee or espresso, but you can also make lattes and cappuccinos if you have the right equipment on hand. Plus, you can experiment with different grind sizes and brew times to find the perfect blend for your stainless steel travel mug.

Does French Press or Aeropress Coffee Taste Better?

Because they’re both full-immersion methods of brewing, French Press and Aeropress both make a robust, flavorful cup of coffee. Your preference for one over the other depends on a few things.

If you prefer a heavier cup of coffee, you’ll enjoy the French Press; the metal mesh filter lets some coffee grounds through, so it has a thicker mouthfeel. An Aeropress, meanwhile, is known for its smooth, clean flavor, and you have lots of versatility with what kind of coffee drinks you can make. It won’t be as strong as an espresso from a true espresso machine, because it won’t get all the pressure it needs; however, for less than $30, it’s a great deal.

Other things to consider? An Aeropress requires a little more technical know-how in terms of finding the best brew time for your particular roast and cup; plus, it’s impossible to use for a group of caffeine-deprived people. A French Press is a little more cumbersome, and it’s not as easy to clean as an Aeropress. On the plus side, it requires very little prep work, and it’s easy to make consistently great coffee.

 

Now that you’re schooled in this brewing breakdown, which method will you try next?

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