I am a creature of habit. And I like - no, LOVE- my Aeropress.
However, it’s always interesting to try something new, and today that is the Delter Coffee Press.
I knew it existed for a while, but during my coffee walk I stumbled upon one at The Village Coffee and decided it was time to give it a go and share my first impression.
It’s slightly more expensive than the Aeropress (€48,95 for the Delter, €31,06 for the Aeropress) but nothing too crazy if you ask me. It’s built in Australia, and it’s built to brew coffee on the go, like the Aeropress, and their shape and size is clearly quite similar. But they’re not quite the same!
The big difference is in the way it extracts, and that’s also where the comparison stops between the two.brewers. The Aeropress uses infusion: the coffee comes into contact with the hot water and it ‘steeps’ for a certain amount of time.
But with the Delter, the water is simply pushed through a puck of coffee in a separate chamber. The coffee and water are actually separated by something that is referred to as a ‘Jet-Seal Valve’ .
It reminds me a lot of the grouphead on an espresso machine. According to Delter, this ‘solves one of the biggest coffee brewing problems- agitation. Uncontrolled agitation results in bitter coffee and inconsistent extraction’. Well, they’re not wrong about that.
So how does it work? Here’s a step by step:
place a paper filter in the filtercap and rinse it
put ground coffee in the coffee chamber and screw the filtercap on (I started with 16 grams and went all the way up to 25 during testing)
place the Delter on a mug or vessel with the plunger down
remove the black silicone cap and pour hot water straight in the plunger (anywhere up to 230 grams is easy)
put the silicone cap back on to protect against hot air from the water
gently lift the plunger to fill up the chamber
press down to push the water through the coffee
The actual first brew I made, I messed up because the brewer slipped off the pitcher, and I got hot water all over my hands. Not great.
But after a couple of brews, it started to make more sense. It still feels counter-intuitive to pour water straight into the plunger, but it has some element of fun in there.
It’s also a bit less stressful then when you’re brewing the Aeropres the Standard way, since you don’t have to worry about the plunger slipping out. The resistance is also pretty low, though of course this will be influenced by a finer grind too.
Although all in all it’s pretty fun to brew with, three things kept coming back to me during this first impression with the Delter Coffee Press:
Overall it feels a bit fussier to brew with. The options with the plunger got me worried about being able to reproduce a recipe. Once you’ve added the hot water (which I weighed obviously) it’s just hard to know how much water you press through if you decide to do it in more than one go.
The clean up is also messier than the Aeropress. You can’t take out the puck as easily (such a simple pleasure for me) but after a while I did discover it helps if you use the air in the plunger to push out the coffee. There are still quite some coffeegrounds left in there though, which will undoubtedly end up in my drain.
I can’t say it’s overwhelmingly better tasting than the coffees I brew with my Aeropress.The overall flavour of the brews is fine; brewing with the Delter t brings out plenty of sweetness, body and other great characteristics of whichever coffee you are brewing. It’s just not better.
What I’m left with is this conclusion:
Yes, it’s a fun and easy enough brewing device, and it produces a fine cup of coffee. It has endless possibilities ánd some advantages to the Aeropress.
On the other hand, it is slightly fussier and messier, and the cup quality is not exceedingly better than the Aeropress’ . So for me, I’ll stick to my Aeropress.
What’s your experience with the Delter Coffee Press? Did I miss something?