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Posted Sun Dec 23, 2012, 7:16am
Subject: Re: Aeropress - Hypothesis: Why it can't make "espresso"
 

I don't know about the strength of espresso, since I don't have any type of quantifying device, but I made some coffee with the Aeropress that tasted JUST LIKE ESPRESSO.

If you all know the basic concept of espresso, it is to draw plain water through pressed grounds that have been compacted with 30lbs of pressure. I did an espresso grind, compacted it with the aeropress itself (it wasn't a cohesive puck, but it was compacted). Then I put 2 paper filters of top of the grounds to separate the water from the coffee before I started pressing. Then I made like a syringe and pressed with a good amount of force. And out came coffee that tasted just like espresso.

The trick is to not use the Aeropress concept. Just emulate the mechanism by which real espresso is made. :)
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Posted Sun Dec 23, 2012, 10:04am
Subject: Re: Aeropress - Hypothesis: Why it can't make "espresso"
 

coffeebirds Said:

I don't know about the strength of espresso, since I don't have any type of quantifying device, but I made some coffee with the Aeropress that tasted JUST LIKE ESPRESSO.

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I would question your experience with tasting espresso. "Real," high-quality espresso has body, mouthfeel, depth of flavor, and a lingering of tastes on the palate that surpasses the Aeropress coffee by a long shot. Dollar-for dollar it makes the best coffee around (IMO) but it isn't an espresso maker, the hyperbole on the device's packaging aside. I have told Alan, the inventor, this. I do like the device, and have seen him (as so many have) going around the SCAA show floor testing espresso with his refractometer (I think that is what it is), but espresso is best tested by drinking it. IMO, it's a case where science just goes so far and is somewhat out of place, or the findings misused regardless as to how accurate the findings may be.

The trick is to not use the Aeropress concept. Just emulate the mechanism by which real espresso is made. :)

So, how? Jack up the Miata and lower the left-rear wheel onto the plunger of the Aeropress?  :-O

And resurrecting a thread after some 20 months - well done!  ;-)

 
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Posted Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:13pm
Subject: Re: Aeropress - Hypothesis: Why it can't make "espresso"
 

On the weekends my second latte of the day is made with the Aeropress, the first is with the FFX3 (which makes a great espresso, btw).

The Aeropress makes a great tasting liquid somewhere between drip and espresso, but closer in taste to espresso imho.

 
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Posted Sun Dec 23, 2012, 3:44pm
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