Bman Senior Member Joined: 28 Jan 2004 Posts: 262 Location: Johnstown, PA Expertise: I live coffee
Espresso: Quickmill Anita Grinder: Mazzer Super Jolly Vac Pot: Nope, Bodum Press Drip: Not any more Roaster: I-Roast, Behmor 1600
Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 6:43am Subject: Coffee quality for Aeropress vs vac pot?
Hi All, I am looking into getting a new coffee brewing method, and started looking into the Yama vacpot, and then stumbled onto the Aeropress. I want something that will be at least as good as a French press, but I have no experience with the Aeropress or Vac pots. Does anyone have any comparisons or frame of reference for these different brewing methods? The Vac pot looks cool to use, but difficult to clean up, whereas the Aeropress seems pretty easy and won't break if I drop it. All advice is appreciated.
Posted Fri Mar 7, 2014, 4:13pm Subject: Re: Coffee quality for Aeropress vs vac pot?
Here's one way of looking at your options graphically. The methods with the most body are located on the left, and clarity increases as you move to the right.
Interestingly, siphon brewing shows up pretty far to the right, but that must assume a paper filter. If you use a metal disk filter or a glass filter, you will get a big bodied coffee with a siphon. Cloth filters let coffee oils through to the cup, but less sediment and fall somewhere in the middle between paper and metal.
While siphon brewing is my preferred method of making coffee at home, I travel with an aeropress, for obvious reasons. They are both satisfying in their own right. One big difference is that an aeropress is relatively limited volumetrically, whereas you have a wide range of volume options with a siphon (single servings through large pots). However, individual siphons also have a pretty narrow volume range within which they operate optimally. If you are brewing for one person, you really want a 2- or 3-cup siphon (roughly 12-16 oz). If you want to make pots for multiple people, then you'll need something in the 5+ cup range.
Yama siphons are a heck of a value—so much so that you can probably pick up a siphon and an aeropress. ;-)
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