AeroPress Go Review
I like a cup of coffee in the morning. Just one but I do like it to be good fresh real coffee. I’ll make it at home usually on a Hario V60 filter cone or buy it in some lovely cafe ideally sitting with a friend. However when I’m away overnight, working or camping I’ll take my Aeropress. In fact I’ve taken it away with me for all my trips and expeditions for the last five years.
It’s simple, reliable, durable and easy to clean. And of course most importantly it makes excellent coffee. I’ve taken mine all over the UK, to Europe, Africa and both the Indian and the Nepalese Himalaya. I take with me a bag of pre-ground coffee (and pop it in a largish ziplock bag with the AeroPress and it’s ready to go in the morning. Just add water.
I never really worried too much about the weight, the original Aeropress isn’t particularly heavy, but now there is a new lighter and smaller model, the AeroPress Go which has been designed specifically for travelling and outdoor use
The new AeroPress is based on the design of the original and uses the same system. Pop a filter in the filter cap, put your favourite coffee into the chamber, rest the Aeropress on a cup, pour in the water, stir, wait 10 seconds, attach the plunger and press.
The main difference between the original and the Go is that the actual press system is a little bit shorter and it’s been streamlined with the excess plastic trimmed away making the whole set up more compact and storable. The diameter of the chamber is the same and it uses the same size filters.
Also you get a cup that doubles as a container for the Aeropress and the scoop and stirrer that comes with it or whatever else you can squeeze in. You could fit in a smaller spoon and a couple of rounds of coffee in a little sealable bag.
When everything is packed away in the cup it makes for a neat and compact package that can be easily stowed away. You do get a little plastic case to keep the filters in but my top tip for travel and expeditions is to buy a reusable metal filter. You won’t need to worry about looking after and then disposing of the paper filters.
An excellent portable coffee maker for outdoor use, travel and expeditions.
The main advantage over the original Aeropress is the size and weight. Unfortunately the weight advantage is lost if you pack all the extra bits that come with Aeropress Go. So if I was going on expedition or particularly worried about weight I’d ditch the container, the scoop, the filter case and the stirrer and just carry the press alone with a metal filter.
If I was car camping or maybe just out for a short day walk then the cup makes a nice neat container to store the press and you could also fit in some coffee.
You can buy the AeroPress here at the Outside shop in Hathersage https://www.outside.co.uk/aerobie-aeropress-go.html
Also have a read of Hati’s article on making coffee in the outdoors https://www.beyondtheedge.co.uk/making-coffee-outdoors/