TOKYO, JAPAN - MAY 20:  Barista Takaya Hashimoto brews coffee with an AeroPress maker at a local specialty coffee shop on May 20, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. With the rise of specialty coffee shops opening all over the world in recent years, Tokyo's coffee culture catches on to offer quality coffee to like minded people across all walks of life. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images)
Food - Drink
The Difference Between Aeropress And V60 Coffee Makers
Two major players in the world of at-home coffee brewing are the AeroPress and V60 coffee makers, which work in very different ways. The AeroPress combines drip and press brewing techniques into a method called plunge-and-press, and the cylindrical chamber can fit right on top of a sturdy mug.
To use the AeroPress, you press a filtered cap onto the chamber, place on top of your mug, add about a tablespoon of ground beans, pour in hot water at about 175 F, stir for about 10 seconds, insert the provided plunger, and slowly press the liquid into the cup. The machine works with cold brews, lattes, espressos, and more.
Meanwhile, the V60 allows coffee to drip out naturally, rather than using press/plunge, and also uses disposable paper filters. To use the V60, place the cone-shaped funnel over your chosen cup, drop freshly ground beans into a paper filter with a scoop, then add water that's been boiled for at least 60 seconds.
Be sure to pour the water in circles to soak all the grounds, then retrace your pour to saturate the beans more evenly. Overall, the Aeropress makes for an easy, quick, high-quality brew that compares favorably to pour-over, while the V60 creates coffee with bright, clear flavors and aromas and an easier cleanup.