AeroPress vs Percolator: The Final Battle

The Short Answer

A Percolator is the market leader for coffee makers. It produces around 12 cups of coffee at a time (depending on the size of the machine purchased), and the brewing procedure is lengthy and slow. An AeroPress, on the other hand, is designed for tiny quantities (approximately 5 ounces each) that are “pressed” together fast with very little brewing time.

AeroPress is a coffee maker that looks like a cross between an airplane’s cockpit and a French Press. It is simple to use. It presses the coffee into a single cup of coffee, which is then brewed without any other equipment. The process is fast and easy.

On the flip side a Percolator, is more focused on the coffee’s quality. A Percolator uses an elaborate system of filters, coils and a chamber to make sure that all the coffee grounds are equally and properly soaked in water. The Percolator is much taller than an AeroPress and creates up to 12 cups at once.

All About The AeroPress

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The AeroPress is a coffee maker which was designed by Alan Adler. It is a coffee maker that allows for quick, small batch brewing and produces strong and low acid coffee. It is designed to use something very similar to the French Press method of brewing.

The AeroPress has a unique, patented plastic design with stand and lid that insures consistent heat transfer.


  • Pressing coffee into a single cup
  • Serving coffee quickly
  • Drip free brewing
  • Not too expensive
  • Strong and low acid coffee
  • Easy to clean


  • Uses Paper Filters ( which can be replaced with metal ones)
  • Makes smaller batches
  • It is plastic

AeroPress Grind

To brew great coffee with AeroPress a coarse to medium grind size is recommended. The finer the ground coffee the faster it will be through the filter and the coarser grind will help with extract out portion of the grind and keep more coffee in your cup.

This is all about contrast. A coarse grind will let you have a full bodied cup of coffee, while a fine grind with allow you to get that thin crema. So, make sure to use something in between.

AeroPress Water Temperature

It is recommended to brew with water between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

AeroPress Brew Time

It takes about 45-60 seconds to make coffee with AeroPress. The first thing you do is wet the filter with hot water, place the filter on top of your glass cylinder and then add coarse to medium ground coffee.

Then you will twist the cap on top and insert the plunger until it is just below the surface of the coffee grounds.

Related Article: AeroPress Brewing Guide


All About The Percolator

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The Percolator is a coffee maker which was designed by Hanson Goodrich. The percolator is a coffee maker which is known for brewing a relatively dark and strong coffee. The percolator is designed to brew a large amount of coffee at the same time, forcing water through a group of coffee grounds while the group of coffee grounds sits in a chamber and then into a pot.


  • It makes large batches of coffee at a time ( up to 12 cups of coffee)
  • It can make a dark and strong brew
  • Coffee is served hot
  • Easy to clean


  • Takes Longer time to brew coffee than the AeroPress
  • It needs a lot of counter space ( bigger than most coffee makers)
  • Very Tall

Percolator Grind Size

The best grind size for your Percolator is coarse. This is so you get a full bodied coffee. Coarse grinds are great for making Percolator Coffee!

Percolator Water Temperature

It is recommended to brew with water between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Percolator Brew Time

Percolator Brew Time is about 15 minutes. This is because it brews coffee at a long time and the coffee gets stronger and stronger.


Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ

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Does Percolator coffee taste better?

Many individuals answer positively. While the AeroPress gives you greater control over the brewing process, percolator coffee is more tolerant. If you’re not sure if your coffee grounds are properly soaked, a percolator will come in handy.

However, if you have perfect brewing technique, the AeroPress is better for you as it is much easier to use.

Can I use regular ground coffee in a Percolator?

This is an interesting topic and can affect both the taste and your experience with the coffee maker. The answer to this question depends on what you want to achieve with percolator coffee.

If you are looking for a good cup of coffee, then yeah, definitely! Regular ground coffee will give you a very strong brew that is not so bitter and will not leave that bitter aftertaste.

Can I use a filter in a Percolator?

No, you can’t. A percolator is designed to brew coffee with just the water passing through the coffee grounds. Using a filter will only make things worse and the coffee will be even more bitter than it is.

How do you know when percolated coffee is done?

It will take about 12 to 15 minutes for the coffee to be ready. The coffee maker will automatically stop when your coffee is done brewing.

Last Thoughts

Both the AeroPress and the Percolator are excellent coffee-making equipment. They are, however, intended to produce a variety of beers with distinct flavors. 

You should be aware that the AeroPress is intended for use when you don’t want to spend a lot of time brewing coffee but yet want it to taste good!

You should know that the AeroPress is designed for times when you don’t want to spend a lot of time on making your coffee, but still want it to be tasty!

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