The Aeropress coffee maker is a better coffee press that makes delicious coffee quickly and easily and can even make coffee concentrate similar in taste to espresso.
It is the perfect brewing device for curious coffee drinkers and experimenters and in our step by step guide you will learn how to use and brew coffee in a way that extracts the most amount of flavor compounds from your freshly ground beans that this may be the only way you make coffee again.
WHAT YOU NEED
- AeroPress filter
- Medium-fine ground coffee
- 240 mL water, plus additional for rinsing
- Kettle (gooseneck preferred)
- Stirring utensil
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Clean before using and make sure AeroPress completely dry or the plunger tip may not be able to form a solid seal inside the chamber.
For best results, we strongly recommend starting with whole bean coffee and grinding with a burr grinder immediately before brewing. If you grind your coffee too soon, it will quickly lose many of the compounds that give it such delightful aromas and flavors.
While it may seem complicated, we think using a scale actually makes brewing easier by taking any guesswork out of the equation.
Heat your water to 200 degrees by bringing it to a boil and letting it rest for a minute.
Place the filter inside the cap and rinse with hot water for 5 seconds. Rinsing the filter helps seal it inside the cap and also gets rid of any papery taste.
Discard the rinse water.
Insert the plunger (the inner chamber of your Aeropress) into the outer tube, so the black seal is in line with the number 4. Stand it on end, so the 4 is closest to the table
Assemble your AeroPress in the “inverted” position with the cap off. Inverting the standard position keeps coffee from leaking through the filter before it’s ready.
Using your included scoop (approximately 16g), pour in your medium-fine your ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber and gently shake it back and forth to settle the grounds.
Start your timer and pour half of your water evenly over the grounds. Let it sit until your timer reads 45 seconds. This step is called the bloom.
Fill the Aeropress all the way to the top.
Stir gently for 10 seconds, then screw on the cap (with filter) securely to the top of the chamber.
Once your timer reads 1 minute, place your mug upside down on top and carefully flip the entire AeroPress over.
Tip: Before brewing for the first time, practice this motion with just water inside the chamber to get the hang of it.
Carefully press the plunger (inner chamber) down slowly and steadily for about 20 seconds and at this point you should notice air escaping the chamber and producing a hissing sound. Once you’ve hit the bottom you can then remove the cap and discard the grounds and filter.
Clean up and enjoy
While this is just and outline or template to make a coffee using an Aeropress you should experiment and try different steeping times and coarse of beans until you get the exact flavor and you are looking for. Once you dial that in then it’s just a matter of rinse and repeat to get that great same taste whenever you need it.