The V60 and the Aeropress are two of the most popular brew-at-home devices. Both are extremely easy to use, easy to clean, and are very portable.
Both of these coffee making devices have the ability to bring out different notes in your coffee and the Aeropress can even partly mimic the mechanism of an espresso machine.
In this article, we discuss the key similarities and differences between the Aeropress and the Hario V60 to help you decide which one is better suited to your needs and preferences.
The Aeropress and the Hario V60 have some of the shortest brewing times of any manual coffee method. Both can deliver a great cup of coffee within 1 to 3 minutes depending on the coffee-water ratio that you are using.
Both the Aeropress and the V60 excel in single-cup brewing.
However, note that the V60 is available in both a 1 cup and 2 cup version.
These brewing devices use paper coffee filters to deliver a cup that is sediment and oil-free. While the Aeropress uses round filters, the V60 uses cone-shaped ones.
With both brewing methods, you’ll need to rinse the paper filter before you start brewing to get rid of any residue or paper-like taste.
Both types of filters are widely available and can also be found in most coffee shops.
Both these devices are suitable if you like to experiment with the way that you make your coffee.
With the Aeropress, you can extract coffee with the standard method but also mix things up with the inverted method, controlling both the brewing time and the pressure you apply.
Similarly, with the pour-over coffee method of the V60, you can adjust the size of the coffee grounds and the way that you pour hot water depending on what you want to achieve. A courser grind will require a longer extraction than a finer one, and pouring your water more slowly will result in a coffee that is richer and more full-bodied. A faster pour will result in a lighter body and will bring out different notes from the beans.
The Aeropress is known for being one of the most portable coffee makers available. It is perfect for travelling, hiking and the durable material resists practically any fall.
The V60 is also quite portable, depending on the material it is made from. You can choose from plastic, metal, or ceramic and your choice will be determined by personal preference and what you intend to use the V60 for. If you want to keep it at home, metal or ceramic are good options as they help with heat retention. If you want to travel with it, choose plastic.
Both devices are also very easy to clean and just need a quick rinse under the tap.
Coffee Brewing Method
While the Hario V60 utilises the pour-over method, the Aeropress is a piston-style brewer.
Both methods need hot water, a paper filter and ground coffee to work but the mechanics behind how each work is what makes them different.
Pour-over coffee is made by pouring hot water into the grounds, and repeating this process until the desired extraction and volume is reached.
Piston-style brewing involves a plunger and pressure. The water is forced through the coffee, creating a faster and more full-bodied extraction almost like an espresso – which is what the Aeropress does.
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Grind size is always important when coffee beans are involved. Changing it can alter the way your coffee tastes and how long it takes to extract.
The Aeropress needs a fine grind so that all the coffee grounds can be extracted evenly, resulting in a coffee that is heavier with a rich, strong flavour profile.
The V60, on the other hand, needs beans that have been ground with a medium-fine setting. This setting allows optimal contact between the coffee particles and the hot water as you pour, dissolving the oils and flavours without over or under extracting the coffee.
If you don’t have a coffee grinder at home you can ask your local coffee shop to grind your beans based on your specified brewing style. Since both methods are very popular they should know exactly what grind size to use.
Making Your Selection
Choosing between the Aeropress and V60 all comes down to personal preference.
If you favour coffees that are on the lighter end of the roast spectrum and enjoy tasting more delicate notes, then the V60 is for you. Thanks to the V60’s design you will be able to extract a cleaner cup of coffee than you would with the Aeropress.
It’s worth noting that while the V60 does not require the user to apply pressure in the extraction process, there is some technique and a bit of a learning curve with the pour-over method (a gooseneck kettle is a big help).
If you prefer full-bodied coffees that are in the medium or medium-high roast spectrum you may want to go with the Aeropress. Since the Aeropress uses a thinner paper filter, the result is a heavier cup that contains more oils and can highlight notes such as caramel, chocolate, nuts, and toffee.
When making your selection, think of how much coffee you drink per day or how many people you are brewing coffee for. The Aeropress only allows you to brew a single cup at a time, while the V60 is more flexible since the larger size allows you to brew 2 cups.
Why is V60 so good?
The Hario V60 has gained a lot of popularity over recent years. It allows for a short brewing time (around 3 minutes) and the inside ridges of the device help with airflow during the brewing process, resulting in cleaner notes.
As mentioned earlier, the V60 comes in different materials appealing to both frequent travellers that prefer plastic for convenience or baristas that favour metal or ceramic for heat retention purposes. Overall, the shape, size, and design make the Hario V60 a great brewing method.
Why is Aeropress better than French Press?
The Aeropress is not necessarily better, it all comes down to which method you prefer and the taste that you want to extract from your coffee. The Aeropress is ideal for those looking to brew a single cup of coffee or want to replicate an espresso without the espresso machine. A French press has the advantage of being able to brew several cups of coffee at once. It also requires very little preparation.
Some reasons why the Aeropress might be considered better than the French press relate to its versatility and its brew time. The Aeropress is one of the few brewing methods that can extract coffee in more ways than one. It can replicate an espresso thanks to the plunger and deliver a great cup of coffee in one minute. It is also very durable and portable (something the French press lacks due to its size). Overall, you can control a lot of variables that can not be controlled with a French press.