Like the French press, the AeroPress is a manual way to make better-tasting coffee, but that’s where the similarities end. For starters, this method is relatively new – the AeroPress was launched in 2005. The three-piece plastic tool, which requires specially made micro-filters, can brew coffee or espresso drinks in just a couple of minutes. Its simplicity, size, and durability are major perks, but since the AeroPress can only produce one cup of coffee at a time, making coffee for a large group can be a major headache.
As the name suggests, the pour-over method involves manually pouring hot water over coffee grounds in a filter. Since these filters are effective at trapping any sediment and oils, coffee made using this method is typically light in body with a smooth, refined flavor. Pour-overs not only deliver a more nuanced cup of coffee, they also look sharp while doing it. One of the most beloved coffee makers in this style is the Chemex, which uses an hourglass-shaped flask and filters that are 20-30% thicker than other brands.