Gear Reviews: AeroPress Go Coffee Maker
I am certainly not a coffee expert but I do drink a lot of coffee. There are also so many different ways to prepare coffee, some good, some not so good, and some terrible. After I broke my french press I decided to give the AeroPress Go a shot.
In The Box
This brewer comes with everything you need, minus ground coffee and hot water, to get you going right away.
- Plunger, chamber, and filter cap
- Mug and lid
- Stirrer and scoop
- Filter papers and holder
Everything nests together and fits into the mug for easy transport. If I am taking mine out for just the day I have scooped coffee into a small baggie and tucked it in with everything else. Just bring a small thermo with hot water and you can make a cup anywhere.
As the box states it takes just 3 simple steps.
- Add coffee and water
- Stir the brew
- Pretty coffee into mug
Following those simple steps will give you a great brew. However, if you start digging around the internet, especially YouTube, you will find loads new recipes and methods for brewing. If you really want to go deep, check out coffee guru James Hoffman's series on the AeroPress. Also check out the World AeroPress Champs website for award winning recipes.
On The River
This coffee maker would really shine in the self support kayak/IK/pack raft style trip. You can make small amounts of strong coffee in a pretty quick manor. It is a really easy a nice way to make a cup while on the river. Combine that with the light weight nature of this brewer and will have a smile on your face. You will be much happier with a fresh cup of coffee versus a packet of instant coffee.
The AeroPress Go paired with a thermo of hot water has been joining me on a handful of kayak days recently. It is perfect to make a cup while hanging out at put-in or take-out, or even when you stop for lunch.
Another factor is how simple this thing is to clean. The puck of pressed coffee can easily be discarded, the plunger rinsed, and everything goes back together in the cup when you are done drinking.
If you are looking for a really light weight and simple coffee brewing system that makes great coffee at a smaller scale you should give this thing a try. If you are looking for the ultimate coffee making system for large groups look somewhere else. This brewer only has a few parts, none of which seem like they will break easily. It is just a simple and well made. Also if you enjoy nerding out with others there is a huge internet community for you to nerd out with.