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What is the hexagon funnel shaped thing that came with my aeropress for?

It took me an embarrassingly long time to realize the purpose of this hexagon shaped funnel, so I am sharing this via a self posted answer. The hexagon funnel has three purposes: It is a funnel to ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

Here's a quick rundown of the Aeropress method I use every morning. I end up with a relatively crema-y shot. You'd never mistake it for one from an espresso machine, but there's a good layer all ...
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How should I store my aeropress?

According to the Aeropress manual: Remove the cap and set it aside. Push the plunger to eject the "puck" of spent grounds into the trash. Rinse and/or brush away any grounds left on the ...
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Brewing with the same coffee grounds twice?

In general, I argue that you shouldn't be able to re-use the grounds. That is, for any brewing session, your goal is to extract exactly what you want from the beans. If you do this optimally for your ...
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Is there more caffeine with an AeroPress?

Aeropress coffee (hearby called Aerpresso in this post) is more concentrated than regular drip coffee. However, if you are using similar amounts of grounds as you would in a drip machine, you shouldn'...
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What variables in brewing have the biggest effect on taste?

A few other factors to consider: Freshly ground beans. How you store your coffee beans. You basically want to keep them reasonably cool and away from oxygen, sunlight, moisture and variations in ...
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Aeropress metal filters, are they worth it?

I have used both the paper filters and the "Able" brand metal AeroPress disk that you linked. They are a bit different, and I use both the metal disk and paper filter based on my mood. To my taste, ...
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How long should I steep an AeroPress (inverted)?

I typically aim to finish plunging at 2:30, using a fine grind and 200F water. But I'm always experimenting when it comes to the Aeropress, and would probably have a different answer in a month. I ...
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How V60 and Aeropress affect flavor

That sounds like the generalization that drip or pour over brewing is better for light roasts and stronger brewing methods are better for darker roasts. I'll counter that by saying that I often use ...
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Aeropress metal filters, are they worth it?

Yes. Totally worth it. I just didn't enjoy the taste of the coffee pressed through those paper filters, and even if it could be improved somewhat by letting the coffee sit in the Aeropress for 40-60 ...
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Non-plastic version of an AeroPress?

This may be off topic because it is opinion-based and hypothetical in nature. There may be some merit however because it is presented with a "fair and impartial tone" and invites experiences over ...
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Brewing with the same coffee grounds twice?

With a manual espresso machine, I have used the same grounds for two pulls. They are ok in a pinch if I want that volume but don't want to redo the grind, tamp etc. But honestly it is not as good as ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

Ok, I'm mega late to the party but sharing's caring so here goes. We've all seen that aeropress sometimes produces a foamy, oily, tasty product on top of its shot and sometimes not. Without entering ...
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Does using an Aeropress keep more of the coffee oil (crema)?

The aeropress does not produce crema. There is no where near enough pressure using the aeropress to produce crema. Crema doesn't make coffee better, its typically a sign of good espresso, but isn't ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

You really shouldn't expect to get good crema from the Aeropress. To get a good crema, you need pressure, far more pressure than you are able to generate by hand. I roast my own coffee, so I can brew ...
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In terms of taste, what is the correct way to produce a full cup of coffee using an AeroPress?

My personal preference is to just add a bit of water to top my cup off. I do not use the inverted method, and by adding additional water during the brewing (since I tend to get just a bit of drippage ...
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Can I use an espresso blend with an aeropress?

The answer is quite simply: It's up to your personal preference. Lots of things make a good cup of espresso; some people like (or think they like) single origin expensive marketing-buzzword-infused ...
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Does aeropress coffee change flavour after several hours?

All coffee changes taste over time - it is full of relatively fragile organic compounds that will change over time. Even in a vacuum flask (without exposure to light), the coffee will keep ...
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Can I use an espresso blend with an aeropress?

99% of the coffee I drink is single origin since I roast my own and don't buy blends. That being said I also have an Aeropress I use 2 or 3 times a week to make coffee (I use a drip machine or clever ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

In addition to abby's answer. The freshness of the coffee beans can have a large effect on the amount of crema produced. I've found that beans that are more than 3-4 weeks from the roasting date start ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

Crema is a foam of coffee oils, carbon dioxide- and air bubbles entangled in coffee grounds. (There is an exhaustive Coffeegeek article on the subject.) When extracting coffee using Aeropress, the ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

TL/DR: That's the one: How to Make REAL Espresso With a $20 Aeropress! - Tutorial (YouTube). I have had the aeropress for a couple of years, but only recently I started trying different methods of ...
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How do I make an exceptional cup of coffee with an aeropress?

The winner of the 2014 World Aeropress Championship - Shuichi Sasaki - used the following recipe: 16.5g coffee, 78℃, 250cc soft mineral water, EK43 grind at 9.5 Rinse normal paper filter, in standard ...
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Using an areo press with Maxwell house?

Yes, of course! As "fancy" coffee company Counter Culture says: Any Coffee, Any Brew. In fact, even things that aren't actually coffee (barley, tea, herbs, etc.) could be brewed like coffee in an ...
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Is it possible to Cold Brew using an Aeropress?

Don't brew in the Aeropress itself. Brew in a jar like in classic methods and use the Aeropress only for fast and easy straining, taking care not to stir up the grounds from the bottom of the jar as ...
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What makes a coffee turn out sour?

When the water has too short of a time to extract the flavor from the bean. Try grinding the beans a bit smaller.
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Water temperature for Aeropress: inverted vs tradional

This page on Angels' Cup has (see the middle of the page) a concise summary of the key variables and results in brewing coffee with a given method: If it tastes sour: The problem is under extraction, ...
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What's the most effective way of generating crema from an Aeropress?

The quite-foolproof method I found best for daily use. Result is, as far as I can taste, indistinguishable from a reasonabe espresso. Crema starts disappearing a bit faster than from presso machine, ...
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How long should I steep an AeroPress (inverted)?

Actually the answer will be completely dependent on the coffee you're using, how finely it's ground, and how dark it's roasted. I read on a roaster's site (I'll try to find the reference) that acidic ...
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Coffee brewed without filter taste less bitter and sour?

I'm not exactly sure if this is accurate, but I think it has to do with flavor extraction. When you brew with a filter, the water is going to fall through the grounds too fast to actually develop ...
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