The Aeropress and the Chemex are two different methods of making coffee, and the different methods give different results. While both coffee makers make great coffee, here at Gathering Grounds we want you to be sure that you’re making the right purchase for your coffee tastes so here’s a breakdown of the key differences between these popular and ingenious coffee makers.
Design and Maintenance
The Chemex is designed to be a simple pourover coffee maker, sticking to the basic principles of chemistry to get a clean and pure cup of coffee. The Aeropress on the other hand, is designed to make coffee similar in taste and style to espresso, so the equipment is slightly more complicated, as it uses quicker pressure brewing to get a small serving of coffee.
Both the Chemex and the Aeropress are easy to clean, a quick rinse soon after use is enough but if you want to be extra thorough then they are both dishwasher safe.
The glass beaker that is the Chemex is cleaner and more attractive than the Aeropress, which is made of BPA free plastic. The Chemex is great for the house and the glass means that the coffee is unaffected by the material it’s made from.
The Aeropress is more likely to corrode over time and harbour impurities which could affect the taste of you coffee. The Aeropress is more portable and less likely to break however, because it is made of the more durable material.
The All-Important Coffee Results
All the design features don’t matter as much as the coffee you get at the end. The cleaning and brewing process can be great but if you’re not happy with the coffee that comes out the bottom, it’s all a waste of time and money. It’s important then to know what you’re buying: coffee comes in many styles and the Chemex and Aeropress produce two that are very different.
The Aeropress makes an espresso-style coffee, more similar to stovetop moka than the true machine espresso. It’s pressure-brewed by hand so the brewing process is quick and micro-filtered to make a very clean cup. The pressure created in the brewing process is too low to extract the oils from the beans and the filters prevent almost all sediment from passing through, so you can drink the whole cup of coffee.
While the Aeropress gives good coffee, it is considered by some to be a little weak, but that can be countered by just using more coffee than the instructions recommend. The method is pretty versatile and so is the coffee produced, if you like milky coffees or need to cater for a family with different tastes then the Aeropress gives you an espresso style base for making all sorts of coffees, even iced coffee.
The Chemex makes pourover coffee really well, and it uses heavy filters to enable the use of a finer blend than most other pourovers without getting the sediment in the cup. The scientific approach to coffee gives a clean cup of full-bodied coffee without bitterness. Its results are great if it’s regular coffee you’re looking for but without a high price tag or any unnecessary fuss.
So there you have it, the choice is yours, the right coffee maker for you depends on what sort of coffee you’re looking to make and how you want to use it, but we think you can’t go far wrong with either.