HOWTO spot a counterfeit Aeropress

Adam P sez, "I first found out about the Aeropress on Boing Boing and it has dramatically improved my quality of life as an expat here in China. When purchasing another one online for a colleague, I was well titillated by the shop's 28 point photo guide to the differences between a real and fake Aeropress."

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  1. Well, this information will also prove especially useful when creating the next batch of knock-offs.

    1. the information is mostly about the low quality of the casting. it probably isn’t worth fixing.

  2. What I’m curious about is, can you taste a difference between coffee brewed with an Aeropress ™ and coffee brewed with a knockoff?

    1. Depends on whether or not you can taste BPA!

      The Aeropress is BPA free, you have no idea if the plastic in a counterfeit is safe for contact with food. Which is generally the biggest concern with counterfeit goods.. it’s not whether it works or not, it comes down to whether it’s safe.

      1.  Durability is another issue.  A cheap plastic might break after a few dozen uses.

        See the reviews of cheap knockoff OtterBox phone cases sold on Amazon as an example of that.

      2. Aeropresses used to be made of polycarbonate with BPA.  Back in April 2007, the aeropress inventor was active on a thread on On that thread he fervently argued that press pot coffee was a health risk, but that the BPA in the aeropress wasn’t a problem.  To support that statement he posted a link to!)

        Evidently he has changed his mind…but perhaps people owning the clone can take comfort in his posts of the time.

  3. When I first glanced at the graphic, It thought this was another story about the Gates Foundation “Better Condom” contest…

  4. Augh. Whatever poisons are in the counterfeit Aeropress would be at toxic levels in my body within a week.

    1. 真 (on the right) means ‘real’ while 假 (on the left) means ‘fake’.
      The quick and easy way to tell Chinese from Japanese printed text without being able to read one or both is to look for this: の . It means ‘of’ and If it’s there the text is in Japanese. The Chinese equivalent is 的 and の isn’t used.

  5. Interesting (well, to me, at least): just under the Aeropress, there’s the Gene Cafe coffee roaster, the same one I have. 

    /So, Cory, when will you start roasting your own coffee?

  6. I think we need a kickstarter for a replacement Aeropress plunger that has space for a sealed coffee grounds container and another space for 10-25 or so filters. Creating a complete coffee production tool for 2-5 day road trips. Perhaps also including a  measuring spoon by re-purposing the lid or something.

  7. From the Aeropress site:

    Materials used in the AeroPress™® coffee maker

    AeroPress is made of three different plastics.  The clear chamber
    and plunger are made of copolyester.  The hard black filter cap,
    filter holder, funnel, and stirrer are made of polypropylene.  The
    rubber like seal on the end of the plunger is made of a thermoplastic
    elastomer.  All of these materials are FDA approved for use in
    contact with food.   None of these materials contain
    bisphenol-A (BPA) or any phthalates, chemicals that have been in the
    news lately because of possible health effects.

    has been shipping AeroPress coffee makers made of the materials
    described above since August 1st, 2009.  Prior to that date, the
    clear chamber and plunger were made of a very special high humidity and
    temperature resistant polycarbonate.  Polycarbonate does not
    contain phthalates but it does contain BPA.  Even though the FDA
    and other governmental agencies around the world approve polycarbonate
    for use in contact with food, we had an independent lab test coffee
    brewed in a well used AeroPress to determine how much, if any, BPA
    leaches into coffee brewed in a polycarbonate AeroPress. 
    Absolutely none was detected.  Given that result, one could ask
    why we switched to using copolyester.  The answer is simple. 
    The use of copolyester removes any perceived risk from BPA and it is
    a more attractive material.

    1.  Ah, they jumped onto the highly profitable “There’s no science in it whatsoever but we can rope in a lot of hysteric ninnies who will pay a fortune for this coffee maker so they can sit around and bemoan what a raw deal rich people give poor people by having things poor people cannot possibly afford”.

      Be interesting to see double blind tests done on these extremely pricey and sometimes fussy high end devices.

  8. So, I bought one of these, after years of Corey talking ’bout how good the coffee tastes, but so far, mine hasn’t been brilliant.  Constraints- I love outside the US in a place where decent coffee is very hard to come by, so I can’t go get a happening Ethiopian/Hawaiian Dark Roast blend and then burr grind it or any of that crap that makes me fizzle a little with envy.  Whenever I go abroad or host someone, I fill a suitcase with bricks of espresso from the US (Latino and Italian Style).  Can’t be too picky.  I’m trying to make a good, strong, double shot (not a whole mug of coffee) and if possible, I’d like some natural foam, but thinking I’d have to scoop that out before filtering and try not to get grinds in the spoon with it.  Since supposedly the idea is to get this whole thing done in precisely 25 seconds, my coffees are still coming out merely acceptable, but not gooooooooooooood.  Anyone want to tinker around with the problem?  Again, going out and buying some awesome coffee to start with  is not on the table.   Thanking you. 

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