AeroPress Vs. Pour Over: Which Manual Brewer Suits You Best?

If you want to try your hand at a manual brewer, you'll want to understand what the similarities and differences are between the AeroPress vs. pour over.

Aeropress vs. pour over. Aeropress in a black background.
Read on to have more in-depth information on the two manual brewing methods

The first sign that you’re becoming a bit of a coffee connoisseur is when you switch over from an automatic coffee maker to a manual brewer. If this moment has arrived for you, you may be wondering which one to go for when it comes to the AeroPress vs. pour-over. Although there are other considerations, I think your choice will mainly be influenced by how you like your coffee.

Those who prefer a richer espresso-style brew will prefer the AeroPress, while coffee drinkers who like a milder, more nuanced-flavored cup of coffee will lean towards a pour over. Here's some more in-depth information on these two brewing methods to help you decide which brewer to go for.

What Do The AeroPress And Pour Over Have In Common?

Both the AeroPress and the pour over are manual coffee makers, which means that you have the freedom to experiment with variables such as coffee vs. water ratio and brewing time. Here are a few more things that AeroPresses and pour overs have in common:

  • The AeroPress is compact and portable and so are many pour overs, such as the Hario V60 and the Kalita Wave. However, if you want a good cup of coffee from your pour over, you may also want to take your gooseneck kettle and scale. Both devices require filters.
  • Cleaning both devices is quite simple. The most finicky device to wash is probably the Chemex, due to its hourglass figure. However, you can pop the whole brewer in a dishwasher.
  • Both devices cost roughly the same price and are quite affordable. However, the Chemex is a bit pricier due to its unique and beautiful design.

What’s The Difference Between Immersion And Pour-Over Brewing Methods?

Coffee being filtered, pour over coffee.
Drip brewing gives you a more complex-flavored coffee

With the AeroPress, coffee is brewed through the immersion method, while pour overs involve the pour-over method. When coffee is made through the immersion method, coffee grounds are immersed in hot water and left for a while until the coffee is appropriately extracted. In general, this method provides a bolder cup of coffee with a heavier mouthfeel.

The pour-over, or drip, method, on the other hand, involves slowly pouring hot water over coffee grounds and then allowing gravity to draw the water through the coffee bed. With drip brewing, you receive a more complex-flavored cup of coffee because the water extracts the coffee oils and solubles in its own time.

Comparison Between An AeroPress Vs. Pour Over

                            AeroPress

                           Pour Over

With the AeroPress, you receive a full-bodied coffee brew with a fair amount of mouthfeel and weight in the cup.

You receive a clear and milder cup of coffee with more complex flavors from a pour over.

Although an AeroPress does require human input, it involves a less precise technique than a pour over.

Pour-over coffee requires technique. To brew the perfect cup of coffee, you need to get the various brewing variables, such as coffee vs. water ratio and water temperature, right. This method also requires a specific pouring technique.

You can brew coffee within one to two minutes, depending on the amount of coffee you’re brewing.

The brewing time should typically take anything from three to four minutes. However, your grind size, for instance, may influence this. Water will take longer to run through a fine grind than a coarser grind.

With one pressing, you can brew up to three servings.

The amount of coffee you can brew in one go depends on the type of pour over. The Hario V60, for instance, can provide one to three cups, while the Chemex can provide up to 13 cups of coffee.

A serving with the AeroPress is smaller than you’ll get from a pour over. However, you can dilute the brew with milk or water to provide you with a full cup.

A pour over delivers a full cup of coffee or multiple cups.

Since the water comes into contact with the coffee grounds for a shorter period, you want to use a medium-fine grind with the AeroPress.

The grind you choose will depend on the pour over. Typically, grind size ranges from medium-fine to medium-coarse.

What’s Better About An AeroPress?

Aeropress
AeroPress gives you a coffee of more consistent quality

The coffee you get from an AeroPress will be of more consistent quality than you get from a pour over. This coffee maker delivers a bold espresso-style brew and you don’t have to go through too much trouble to make it. Although making coffee with an Aero press requires a bit of input, the method is not as involved as with a pour over.

What’s Better About A Pour Over?

Pouring hot water from steel kettle in filter with ground coffee
Pour overs give you a stunningly clear coffee

Pour overs such as the Chemex provide a stunningly clear and nuanced cup of coffee. With the Chemex, the clear coffee is due to extra thick filters that filter most of the coffee oils and sediment. Pour overs such as the Chemex are also beautifully designed and more attractive to look at than the AeroPress.

Who Should Go for An AeroPress?

If you like your coffee strong and espresso-like, the AeroPress is a good option. This coffee maker is also the best choice for those who don’t want to fuss too much when it comes to variables such as the precise weight of the grinds or pouring techniques.

This coffee maker is also well-suited to those who don't need to brew big batches of coffee. And, as it's portable and made from plastic, it's ideal for camping and travel.

Who Should Go for A Pour Over?

Coffee drinkers who prefer a milder and clear cup of coffee with nuanced and complex flavors should opt for a pour over. A pour over is also the better option if you want to brew bigger batches of coffee.

Pour overs such as the Chemex, for instance, can brew up to 13 cups of coffee at a time. Pour overs are well-suited to those who like to experiment with different brewing variables and fine-tune their technique to produce the perfect cup of coffee.

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