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AeroPress Go Review 2020: Pros, Cons, & Verdict

AeroPress Go review

Our Final Verdict

We give the AeroPress Go a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars:

Flavor
Durability
Resources
Ease of Use
Price

At a Glance

You may already think of the AeroPress as a travel coffee maker. But now there’s an even more travel-friendly version: the AeroPress Go! We took a close look at this new device, testing and tasting our way to a verdict.

What did we think? The AeroPress Go is well-priced and just as portable as advertised. AeroPress has put some thought into the redesign, and the device is easy to use and clean. Best of all, it produces pretty amazing coffee!

There are a few reasons this model might not edge out the original, though. The capacity is even smaller, and the folding stir stick isn’t very well designed. The Go also won’t work on wider cups, which is inconvenient if you have a favorite wide-brimmed coffee mug.

AeroPress Go cup with lid

AeroPress Go Quick Look

Pros
  • Very lightweight and portable
  • Easy to produce tasty, strong coffee
  • Affordably-priced
  • Includes cup with lid
Cons
  • Smaller capacity
  • Won’t fit wider cups
  • Less effective stirring stick
  • Some quality control issues

Build Quality & Design

Overall, we were big fans of the AeroPress Go’s design. The company didn’t just make everything smaller. Instead, it modified the design to maximize portability and ease of use.

The new design isn’t any more stylish than the original, and it’s still mostly made out of plastic. That does make it incredibly light — a mere 11.5 ounces, including everything but the paper filters.

AeroPress Go coffee scoop

The scoop is particularly well-designed. This model doesn’t come with a funnel, meaning that adding the coffee grounds could be messy. However, the scoop fits inside the brew body, so you can easily drop the grounds in without spilling at all.

We weren’t as impressed with the redesigned stirring stick, which folds in half to fit into the travel cup. It’s comfortable enough to hold but too long to work perfectly. The original T-shaped design didn’t hit the bottom, keeping you from accidentally scraping or ripping the paper filter. Still, it’s a small gripe for a thoughtfully redesigned product.

Though ours arrived without any issues, some customers report quality control problems like the filter cap not fitting or the device arriving with missing components.

Ease of Use

If you’re familiar with AeroPress brewing, you won’t have any trouble transitioning to the Go. The process is the same, and you can experiment just as much with different methods. It’s also just as easy to rinse clean.

AeroPress Go brewing

The Go has a smaller capacity than the original AeroPress, making it best suited for solo travelers or those willing to repeat the process a few times. The included cup has a 15-ounce capacity, though the Go can only brew up to 8 ounces at a time.

Portability

The biggest question we had for this model was how much we’d have to sacrifice for portability. The answer? Less than we expected!

The AeroPress Go arrives already packed up for travel. Other than the paper filters, everything is already inside the plastic travel cup, held in by a rubbery red lid. Getting everything to fit back inside is a little tricky the first time, but you’ll get the hang of it in no time.

We liked the included travel case for coffee filters, which can fit up to 20 at a time. Unfortunately, there isn’t a great way to keep track of the other 330 filters — unless you have the filter holder that comes with the original AeroPress.

RELATED READ: Our in-depth review of the original AeroPress

Price

The AeroPress Go is very reasonably-priced, especially since it comes with perks like filters and a travel cup. The plastic construction doesn’t feel especially high-end, but the value is very good for this coffee maker.

The Verdict: Is the AeroPress Go for You?

Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: the verdict. Should you buy the AeroPress Go?

Overall, we were very impressed with the AeroPress Go. It’s been thoughtfully redesigned, so it’s smaller in convenient ways. The whole device, along with the included accessories, fits into a travel cup with a nice lid. There’s a tiny filter case, a folding stirring stick, and a redesigned coffee scoop. And despite the tiny size, the Go’s ease of use and coffee quality hasn’t suffered.

If you don’t do a lot of camping or traveling, you may want to stick with the original AeroPress, which has some more convenient features like a larger base and a mess-reducing funnel. But if you want a truly portable device that can produce very impressive coffee, give the well-priced AeroPress Go a try!

SEE ALSO: Moka Pot vs AeroPress: Which is Better?

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s in the package?

What's in the box AeroPress Go

When you buy an AeroPress Go, you'll receive:
15-ounce cup/travel container with rubber lid
350 paper filters
Filter cap
Brew body with plunger
Filter travel case
Folding stir stick
14-gram coffee scoop

What filters do you need?

The Go works with AeroPress’s patented paper filters. To get you started, the company includes 350 filters in the package. When you run out of those, you can order more from a variety of online retailers.

If you’re looking for a more sustainable option, there are also reusable metal filters. Try the Able Disk, available through Amazon!

Does the AeroPress Go make espresso?

Not really. The AeroPress Go brews small amounts of strong coffee, but it’s not quite espresso. There’s no crema and not enough pressure to qualify as true espresso.

Looking for a portable espresso maker? We have some recommendations!

How does the Go compare to the original AeroPress?

AeroPress vs AeroPress Go
The original AeroPress (left) and the AeroPress Go (right)

Although the original AeroPress was designed to be portable, the Go is even better suited to travel, hiking, or camping. It’s smaller and more compact, and all of the pieces fit inside the included travel cup.

Kate MacDonnell

Kate is a lifelong coffee enthusiast and homebrewer who enjoys writing for coffee websites and sampling every kind of coffee known to man. She’s tried unusual coffees from all over the world and owns an unhealthy amount of coffee gear.

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