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Old 06-22-2021, 06:55 AM   #1
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French Press vs AeroPress -which one and why?

Getting ready for a trip and we will have no electric hookups for most of it.

I want to be able to make good coffee before generator hours.

I am considering either a french press or AeroPress.

Pros and cons, and any testimonials on each? Also specific suggestions on products if you have them.


At home typically I use a nespresso but that required the generator to be running, which means no sunrise coffee.

Want to make enough for 1 cup immediately and also some for a thermos or insulated cup for later.

And...go!
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:37 AM   #2
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Getting ready for a trip and we will have no electric hookups for most of it.

I want to be able to make good coffee before generator hours.

I am considering either a french press or AeroPress.

Pros and cons, and any testimonials on each? Also specific suggestions on products if you have them.


At home typically I use a nespresso but that required the generator to be running, which means no sunrise coffee.

Want to make enough for 1 cup immediately and also some for a thermos or insulated cup for later.

And...go!
In our travels, we're big fans of the Bialetti Moka pot. This thing makes very good, very strong coffee with nothing other than a propane burner. Cleaning it requires only a bit of water to rinse things out. We make a pot and cut it 1:1 with hot water for a very good cuppa that can quietly be made off-grid.
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:04 AM   #3
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We use a Bodum Stainless Steel 4 cup pot. Makes great coffee. Strength depends on how much coffee you put in.
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Have both - prefer the AeroPress

Hi Piggy Bank,

We just returned from a trip to northern Wisconsin without hookups. I’ve used a French Press in the past but ordered an AeroPress to try this time. I have to say it works great; no grounds in your coffee and you can make your cup as strong or weak as you’d like.

I prefer a stronger cup so I just add less water to the brewed concentrate. Check out James Hoffmann’s YouTube channel for tips on using an AeroPress.

Good luck with your trip!
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:22 AM   #5
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For many decades, when out camping, we've used the Melita filter / drip setups. They come in a range of sizes. If you can boil water, you can make coffee. Cleanup (throw away the filter with the grounds in it / rinse the pot) is the main plus. There also isn't much hassle getting things setup / going. It does make coffee that keeps us happy.

Water for cleanup generally is what limits how many days we can stay out. Anything that cuts down on cleanup is a big deal to us. Each individual "tweak" is a small savings. Ultimately they do add up.

It is very much something that you decide based on your budget for this or that. I run an electric coffee grinder off the inverter. Yes that pulls down the batteries. I'm happy with that compromise.

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There are 2 main differences between a French Press and an Aeropress, IMHO.
  1. You get a little different character of coffee between the steep-and-press with a fine grind in the aeropress and the steep-and-semi-filter with coarse grind in the French press. The Aeropress has less grit and a bit faster process (though I use the "inverted" method so it steeps a minute or three, rather than just pressing it through immediately.
  2. The Aeropress is easier to clean. Once it cools, just remove the filter holder, pop out the puck of coffee and the thin paper filter, rinse.

The Aeropress filters are small and thin so you can take lots of them without wasting much space. It's more fiddly early in the process, but way easier in cleanup. I am a bit of a coffee hound and always take both in the Airstream, and sometimes I take my stainless moka pot as well. Generally I make a French press in the morning (mine's a largish one with a thermal carafe so it's good for us to have a few cups) and then make my afternoon cup with the Aeropress (because my partner doesn't generally want coffee in the afternoon.)
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:52 AM   #7
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Pour over!!!! Pour over is better than French press. It is also super easy to clean. Once you go pour over coffee you’ll never go back. While on the surface it’s similar to drip but taste and texture are different.
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Can you use k cups with the Aeropress?
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Old 06-22-2021, 08:59 AM   #9
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AeroPress hands down! I've had mine since 2013 and continue to use it today. As an airline pilot who likes GOOD coffee, I found the AeroPress to be super easy to travel with and because it's not glass, I never have to worry about it breaking. I've taken it camping before too and works wonderfully! Super easy clean up and fits nicely in it's own little zipper bag. Because of its compact size, it saves on space too! Just need a way to boil water and you're self-sufficient! Absolutely pays for itself and makes great coffee! You can order it with a one year supply of the filter discs too! You cannot go wrong with it!
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All we do is Boondock - 300w inverter to run our coffee grinder - fresh ground coffee in the morning - boil water in the kettle - coffee in the filter over themo pot - pour boiling water - 8cups of coffee just like home :-)
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My Vanlife friends introduced me to the Aeropress. Fantastic! Much easier than a French press and great coffee like my old Melitta method. Cleanup makes it the hands down winner.
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If you are Nespresso person, then French press or Aeropress will taste like watered down Espresso. I personally will not do it.
Do it the Italian way, Get a Bialletti from Target and have the second best coffee. (First best Coffee is Nespresso)
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Coffee prep

I work in a coffee shop. At home, we use a French press. In the Airstream, we use a Pyrex glass measuring cup and a fine-mesh strainer… we heat water on the stove to 205 F, ( look for little bubbles— not a full boil) pour into the Pyrex over coarse-ground coffee, stir, wait four minutes, pour through the strainer into cups. We prefer to travel with multiple-use items.
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Can you use k cups with the Aeropress?
No. The Aeropress uses loose ground coffee with very thin paper filters, no cups or pucks or capsules are required or compatible.
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If you are Nespresso person, then French press or Aeropress will taste like watered down Espresso. I personally will not do it.
Do it the Italian way, Get a Bialletti from Target and have the second best coffee. (First best Coffee is Nespresso)
I think you're making an inaccurate conflation between "Nespresso" and espresso... because Nespresso is a not-terrible substitute for actual espresso that requires a Nespresso-licensed electric machine and Nespresso-compatible single-use capsules.
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I vote for the Aeropress. Fast clean and small.
BTW, if you care about the planet, you might enjoy researching how many Keurig containers are thrown away daily (many in the ocean). Nespresso would be the same deal. The AeroPress filter is tiny and biodegradable.
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I have used both and much prefer the Aeropress.
The Aeropress makes a far better cup of coffee, allows the acidity that you get with a french press but without the "mud"in your cup. Clean up is much easier than a french press you are messing around to get the grounds out of the bottom and trying not to end up any in your grey tank. (Coffee grounds are not a good thing to start accumulating in your grey tank. )
Comparable to a drip system but I prefer the taste, convenience, and ruggedness of the Aeropress.
Just my 2 cents (Canadian) worth. Oh wait we don't have pennies anymore.
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Reasons to use a French Press:

1. It's been around since early in the 20th century.
2. Uses no consumables, like paper filters.
3. More flexibility for different brewing techniques
4. Makes a pot, not just a cup
5. Looks nicer.
6. No plastic parts laying about to get lost.
7. Makes better coffee.

I take along both an electric kettle for when we are in civilization, and a stovetop kettle for roughing it.
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Pour over!!!! Pour over is better than French press. It is also super easy to clean. Once you go pour over coffee you’ll never go back. While on the surface it’s similar to drip but taste and texture are different.



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