No electricity needed, no glass and great coffee -- what could be better for mornings on the boat?

Aeropress Coffee Maker

A number of readers have all recommended the Aerobie Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker as being wonderful on a boat.  And while I’ve never used one, I wanted to pass on the recommendation as it looks like a great solution.

Over and over, I keep hearing the same five things:

  • Great coffee or espresso
  • No electricity
  • Plastic, not glass
  • Not expensive
  • Doesn’t take a lot of water to clean

Okay, the disadvantages are that it’s a hands-on system and you have to make sure to have the filters (although I’ve heard of people cutting them out of paper towels or basket-style filters in an emergency). The other option is to get a special reusable stainless disk filter — reviews are mixed on this, with some people loving it and some not, basically because it does not filter out the finest particles and oil.  It also takes additional water to clean (see my comments about permanent filters in general).  I’ve put the link to the stainless filter below so that if you are interested, you can read the reviews and see if it sounds like you’d like it (people I’ve talked to have been split between loving it and hating it, with few in the middle).

Further, the water has to be heated separately, so you’ll need a tea kettle both to contain spills and sloshing and to conserve fuel.  And if you want to keep your coffee hot for a while, you’ll need a good Thermos in addition to the Aeropress (read about my Thermos testing before buying one).

The Aeropress is sold in most camping stores (not the camping department of Walmart, but stores such as REI), and numerous online stores.  My price check has the lowest prices in general on Amazon, although sometimes there will be a sale elsewhere.

Using an Aeropress is a little more complicated than a cone-style drip coffeemaker, but not hard.  The video below explains it well — on a boat, I’d suggest putting the mug and Aeropress into the sink so that if the boat moves, any spill is contained in the sink.

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44 Comments
  • Sarah Howerton Hanson on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    Just now drinking my aeropress cup for the day. It’s fantastic for the boat!

  • Roland Aubin on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    I have an Aeropress and it does make great coffee and espresso. Unfortunately I haven’t had much success making more than a single large mug of coffee at a time with it. My favorite boat coffee maker is the GSI 149475 Collapsible Drip Cone which uses standard #4 filters and can make anything from a single cup to a whole pot at a time. The GSI is less than an inch tall when you collapse it and best of all guests can operate it without much explanation.

  • Rachael Moran Hendricks on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    I love my Aeropress. Get one. Coffee is excellent. Downside is guests can’t use it and if filter isn’t perfect it can make a mess.

  • Nicola
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    Carolyn,
    We got a vacuum insulated stainless steel french press, and love it. When it’s chilly, like now, we boil water on our diesel heater so as to save propane on the stove. the stainless fits tighter than acrylic, so no grounds (we do course-grind the beans) and it stays hot!

  • Rick Osborne on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    I have one. I recommend them!

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    We really like our hand held coffee bean grinder. It has an adjustable grind and works consistently well. It takes up little space on the boat and beans ground freshly are much better than ground coffee. Good workout too!
    http://www.rei.com/search?query=coffee+grinder

  • Warren Reinhardt on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    Can you buy them on line.

  • The Boat Galley on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    Yes, the link is in the article . . . or you can buy it on Amazon with this link: http://fave.co/10pACC8

  • Vicki Melchisedeck on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    I love mine. It makes the best home coffee I have ever tasted. I have been using it for over one year and have had only 2 filter misalignment messes. I stick a thermometer into the steam hole of my kettle in order to assure the optimum brewing temperature.

  • Warren Reinhardt on Facebook
    Posted at 30 March 2013 Reply

    Great.

  • idarae
    Posted at 31 March 2013 Reply

    i tried it &was not impressed. that tall cylinder of boiling water is a little unstable on a rolling boat & by the time you wait the 4 mins or so to push on the unstable cylinder, the coffee is not very hot. i tried, looked like a good idea, but didn’t do it for me. Prefer french press or stovetop espresso maker!

  • Glorianne
    Posted at 06 August 2013 Reply

    I wish I had remembered that you wrote that “on a boat, I’d suggest putting the mug and Aeropress into the sink so that if the boat moves, any spill is contained in the sink.” Mine teetered on top of a thermos it didn’t fit in and fell over twice, making a mess.

  • Angie Morales
    Posted at 11 December 2013 Reply

    I like mine for when we don’t have the use of our regular electric coffee maker. I have used this a few times and am pleased with the fresh flavor it brews. However, the clean up can be messy if you try to clean it in your sink, ours is a single deep one. I end up using more water to clean my hands from the coffee grounds. Concept is great, but I must have more “training” lol

  • Patti Holma
    Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

    We use a double walled stainless French press that serves approx 24 ounces just right for each of us to have 1 and 1/2 cups love it!

    • Lynn Kaak
      Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

      If it is the Thermos ones we have it, too. And they will send replacement screens!

  • Chris Bart
    Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

    I have been using my Aeropress for over 5 years…love it! Makes the best coffee and clean-up is easy.

  • Kristi Thomason
    Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

    We have used Aeropress for about a year now…LOVE it! (And we live aboard)

  • Ed Starboard
    Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

    Aero Press is so much easier to deal with aboard vs a french press. Much easier to dispose of the grounds and much less water use in clean up. We tossed the french press.

  • Lynn Kaak
    Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

    Still fond of our Thermos French press coffee maker. Keeps the coffee hot for a decent amount of time, it is stainless, they will send replacement filter screens, and we like the coffee!

  • Anne Ellingsen
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    Sounds interesting

  • Mark Lawlor
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    Use it almost every day .. and a hand grinder to boot.

  • Margie Tainter Hilburn
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    We have one we take on overnight bicycle rides/touring. Easy to pack, as you said non breakable, all you need is your hot water!

  • Laura
    Posted at 05 July 2015 Reply

    I really like ours. I boil water in an old percolator and then pour it into my AeroPress. I need to use a filter for each cup of coffee but I bought extras before we went cruising. Then disaster struck, so of course I had to post about it on our blog. http://knottycattales.blogspot.com/2015/05/a-happy-crew.html

  • Sarah Karo
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    I love AeroPress coffees and their smooth, tea-like consistency. And so full of flavour each and every time.

  • Margot Maull Partridge
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    My husband loves his – it went cruising with us last summer

  • Marge Cunningham
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    My husband loves the aero press, says it’s the best cup of coffee.

  • Carolyn Goodlander
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    Drip is good too.

  • David James
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    I have bought one for the boat but I’ve been using it at home while the Nespresso unit stands idle . That is until we go back to the boat with our Aeropress :))

  • Paul Wyand
    Posted at 06 July 2015 Reply

    Really good. But it does take some technique. I still prefer a good pour over but it is leagues ahead of french press.

  • tami
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    imo Aeropress is best for situations like ours, where only one of the people aboard drinks coffee. If I had to make more than a cup or two, I’d go back to the big French press.

  • Don Longmire
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    We use this on our boat. Make two presses into a thermos and good to go.

  • Heather Reimer
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    We have one too. You can tailor each person’s desired strength, which is a bonus.

  • Peter Robertson
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    Call me old fashioned, but my Asparagus steamer still makes a great cup o’ joe!

  • Chantal Nicole
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    We sell these at my work. They’re quite amazing.

  • Kevin Baerg
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    Love ours when on the hook! Keurig at the dock for pure ease.

  • Jim Allen
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    Tea 🙂

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

      My stepmother prefers tea, too. Sorry, not my cuppa . . . (bad pun, I know)

  • Karen Griswold Horton
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    Aero Press = silky smooth coffee; beats French press, Keurig & all Auto drip. Use my aero press every day!

  • Dave Skolnick
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    I still will stick with my stainless steel percolator and Melitta perc filters.

  • Ed Starboard
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    The aero press is excellent. Anyone who sees one in action, buys one!!!! Do not discount the ease of cleaning, using minimal water for cleanup is the biggest advantage on a small boat.

  • Anne Whiting Richardson
    Posted at 23 March 2016 Reply

    I’ve been using the AeroPress for over a year and I bought an extra just so I don’t have to ever go without it. Annie in Turkey

  • Candace Thersby
    Posted at 24 March 2016 Reply

    Have it. LUV IT!

  • Margie Tainter Hilburn
    Posted at 24 March 2016 Reply

    We use ours for bicycle touring!

  • Tony Gariepy
    Posted at 24 March 2016 Reply

    I love my Aeropress!! Made sure and bought the one in a bag so I can take it with me camping!

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