One of the biggest perks of owning an original AeroPress (now officially called the AeroPress Original), is that it’s fully portable, with excellent durability to match.
That means you can be a hardcore devotee of great coffee and enjoy your favorite blends—brewed to perfection—nearly anywhere you go, no matter how limited your luggage or rugged your surroundings.
The recently released AeroPress Go takes this killer feature to the max—minimizing footprint while making the device almost entirely self-sufficient for your full brew process.
In this article, we will show you the AeroPress Go review and tell you everything you need to know.
So how does the new brewer stack up against its older, bigger sibling? Does it improve the original AeroPress in any meaningful ways aside from the size?
Does it introduce any flaws or come with other downsides to using it as your go-to travel coffee maker?
Let’s explore the pros and cons of the supposed king of portable coffee makers and lay out all the details you need to know in deciding whether or not you should buy one for yourself.
Here’s What We’ll Cover
AeroPress Go vs. the original
What’s in the box
Pros of the AeroPress Go
Cons of the AeroPress Go
Our verdict on the new coffee maker
AeroPress Go vs. The Original AeroPress Coffee Maker
A Brief Background
The AeroPress Go is the first significant new AeroPress product since the original’s creation in 2005.
That fact speaks volumes to the success and positive reception of the original version, as well as the dedication of its inventor, Alan Adler, to the intricate attention to detail that made it so successful and beloved.
In fact, the AeroPress Go was said to have been delayed several times by the octogenarian inventor as he scrutinized the design of the new plastic mug component.
Just like the original version, the AeroPress Go is an intuitively designed instant coffee brewer meant to make brewing your own coffee fast, easy, and much more rewarding than with traditional brewing methods like French press coffee.
It lets you use ground coffee at various grind sizes with varying water temperature to make a smooth, perfectly-extracted cup of coffee in a wide range of styles—from American hot coffee to cold brew style coffee and even espresso-style brews.
What’s In The Box
Just like its larger predecessor, the AeroPress Go comes with everything you need to brew coffee with it as soon as you unpack and wash it.
The AeroPress Go brewing chamber and plunger with silicone seal
The mug with silicone lid
Filter cap and 350 AeroPress micro-filters
A smaller filter holder
A stirrer specifically designed for the shape and length of the brewing chamber
A scoop for easily measuring out an optimal amount of coffee grounds
Pros of the AeroPress Go Coffee Maker
There’s a lot to love about this new take on the AeroPress, and it’s a relief to be able to say that.
With such a loyal following behind the original design, there was a lot riding on the release of the new model.
The Positives of the AeroPress Go
Super compact size makes it an even easier-to-justify travel addition
The included mug is a big convenience for the outdoors
The self-contained storage design is nice and tidy
Improved silicone seal addresses one of the original’s biggest sources of complaints
Shares nearly all the upsides of the original AeroPress
- I personally use this every day!
- Very Versatile
- 1-3 servings of espresso-style coffee
- Use in lattes, cappuccinos, and other espresso-based drinks
- Made in the USA
- Free of BPA and phthalates
- Includes Mug & Lid
- Perfect for the office, traveling, camping, boating and more
A lot of these are self-explanatory, so we’ll just comment that AeroPress nailed it on its mission to take one of the most beloved qualities of the original AeroPress and maximize the value behind it.
Highlight: The New Silicone Seal
There are very few tradeoffs noticeable in getting the AeroPress Go significantly more portable, and importantly, the company took the opportunity to address the one thing more than one avid coffee drinker had argued was the original’s biggest flaw: the seal.
Rubber Seal Struggles
The original AeroPress had a plunger seal akin to a rubber gasket, which makes sense considering its function.
The problem many owners experienced with it, however, was that it was somewhat fragile in certain ways.
With prolonged use, if it was left out in the sun, or when the unit was stored fully assembled, these rubber seals had a tendency to either dry out rather quickly or become somewhat sticky and slimy.
They were never billed as intended to last for the life of the device as a whole, but some users found this one component to be disproportionately problematic compared to the build of the rest of the device.
Happily, the company definitely took note and revised the design of the seal with the AeroPress Go to be based on a silicone-based.
Not only does this seal hold up much better through average use, but it’s also far more pleasant to use when brewing coffee, as there’s now noticeably less friction when pressing the plunger down.
Cons of the AeroPress Go Coffee Maker
While the enhancements significantly outweigh the downsides of the new model over the original, it’s not for everyone.
The little guy makes a great cup of coffee and is even better at brewing finely ground coffee than the original, but outside of travel use cases, the benefits are a bit more limited.
Downsides of the AeroPress Go
Even smaller brewing capacity than the original AeroPress
The travel mug is disappointingly made from plastic
A narrower base can make it hard to use with other, wider mugs and cups
Let’s break down and examine these few but significant imperfections.
It Seems For Some, Bigger May Be Better
First and foremost, not everyone was thrilled when AeroPress Go was first announced.
For many, one of the biggest downsides to the original AeroPress is how limited it is in terms of brew capacity—with coffee produced limited to 10 ounces at a time.
In terms of new product size, it’s safe to say many AeroPress enthusiasts were hoping for a larger device or perhaps even a countertop variation that was less physically intensive to brew with.
At a max brew capacity of only 8 ounces per press, the AeroPress Go understandably disappointed these customers.
So if you’re not someone who’s interested in the travel advantages of AeroPress, the AeroPress Go may not be for you.
Highlight: The Plastic Cup
The addition of the travel cup to the AeroPress Go was absolutely an upgrade in terms of portability, packability, and self-sufficiency.
Its materials and build quality, on the other hand, have not always been so well received.
Plastic vs. Metal or Glass
We’ve covered the long-standing desire for an AeroPress made from more premium materials.
While the plastic used in the AeroPress Go and its larger sibling is BPA-free and FDA-approved for use in products in close contact with food, that still doesn’t placate everyone.
AeroPress users who prefer their coffee warm particularly lament the need to pour piping hot water into a device made from plastic.
With the original AeroPress, this has been known to be somewhat unavoidable, as the physics involved with how the device brews coffee coupled with its very hands-on manual operation complicates the use of other materials.
It’s no different with the AeroPress Go—except when you consider the travel cup.
But Why a Plastic Cup?
The travel cup was added to make the coffee maker more of a self-contained coffee brewing station for travelers and trekkers.
It’s a welcome addition, especially considering how it enables the entire thing to be collapsed and stored within itself.
But why make the thing out of plastic? The cup is totally non-integral to the function of the device.
And while people may be willing to overlook hot water momentarily sitting in a plastic tube before being quickly pushed through the filter cap while making coffee, nobody wants to drink hot coffee out of a plastic cup.
From our perspective, it seems this was an unfortunate oversight and a missed opportunity to ensure that one of the peoples’ least favorite qualities from the larger AeroPress didn’t carry over into this totally new variation.
Our Verdict: Coffee Lovers Will Love the AeroPress Go
If you love coffee enough to have thorough experience with a wide range of travel coffee makers, you’ll be absolutely delighted with the AeroPress Go.
While its smaller size does reduce brewing capacity by 20% from the original model, that’s not such a substantial figure if you consider it’s the difference between a 10-ounce cup and 8.
The fact that the AeroPress Go can still be used with separate mugs of your choosing (save for possibly the very widest), means you can also ignore one of the biggest disappointments we found with the new ultra-compact coffee brewer.
To Buy or Not to Buy?
Overall the (non) math works out to suggest the AeroPress Go is overall superior to the original model, and many of our colleagues in the coffee community now say they prefer to Go to the original even in scenarios that don’t necessitate using the smallest possible device.
If you’re already an AeroPress fan and you’re someone who travels often—whether outdoors or from hotel to hotel—we recommend picking one of these up to bring along for the journey.