Aeropress is one of our most favorite manual brewing methods, as it has potential to produce juicy flavor compared to regular paper filter pourover, and smoother and rounder texture compared to a French press.
The principle of Aeropress is that it is a hybrid of immersion dripper (method used for cupping and French press) and filter brewing (regular pourover). HARIO Immersion Dripper Switch and CLEVER Dripper are also categorized as this hybrid brewer, but what makes Aeropress different is that you can press the coffee to include a pressure in the process.
By being able to press the coffee, Aeropress gives you a great flexibility in brewing different type of recipes.
Usually, if you use finely ground coffee with HARIO Switch and CLEVER, the coffee soon starts to clog and it takes a long time to brew- which is not really an ideal thing since all the negative flavor comes out at the second half of the brewing process.
On the other hand with Aeropress, you can easily control the brewing time by simply adjusting how strongly you press it down- brewing finely ground, strong coffee in a very short period of time is possible if you use Aeropress. And thanks to this flexibility, Aeropress allows us to enjoy brewing with such a wide variety of recipes.
However, there is one thing we want to keep in mind- since Aeropress can press so much out of coffee, if you overdo it by squeezing to the last drop, you may end up with a little clouded, bitter coffee that is lacking a bit of clarity.