How to Make Coffee Using Aeropress – Ultimate Brewing Tutorial

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What are the Advantages of Such a Brewing Method?

Aeropress coffee has been all the rage for a few years now and it has been called many things, from the best coffee brewing method to the best travel companion. If you like the smoothness and clarity of filter coffee, and the rich flavor and aroma of espresso, and you also like the long, slow infusion of tea, then you will probably love aeropress coffee.

The mechanism is very simple and it can be said to be the espresso machine that does the opposite. It is operated by pushing down a plunger into the mixing chamber. Whereas with espresso you use hot water to extract flavours from coffee, with the Aeropress you use hot coffee to extract flavours from the ground coffee. In fact, some coffee lovers say that the Aeropress is the best coffee brewing method to extract flavours from coffee grounds.

How to Make Aeropress Coffee Using the Inverted Brewing Method

Aeropress coffee is fast becoming known as one of the best methods for brewing quickly and consistently – often in less than two minutes. The Aeropress is an excellent way to travel or even make a quick cup in the office. It brews a concentrated liquid that is definitely superior to many types of instant coffee.

Making Aeropress coffee is easy and they’re not very expensive if you shop well. This article takes you through the steps from start to finish. Let’s get started.

Gather your Aeropress, a scale that measures to one gram accuracy, a grinder, a kettle and a heat proof cup. The type of coffee that you use also matters when making Aeropress coffee. Some coffee beans are better than others for making this kind of coffee. I'd suggest using a medium roast, such as a Guatemalan Antigua. It's got some acidity and body to it and it's not too bright. If you're not sure about your coffee beans, you might want to visit the shop where you buy them and ask.

Step 1: First Things First

While the plunger may be a standard fixture in most kitchens, few people have any idea how to use it properly. This alone is reason enough to unbox a manual. While you may be able to make a decent pot of coffee, the Aeropress is a step beyond that.

An Aeropress is a distinct combination of a tube, a funnel, an A-frame, and a plunger. You simply add water, insert a filter, scoop coffee grounds into the funnel, and adjust the tube until the pressure is high enough.

Once you have a nice pour going, you slowly depress the plunger. Since Aeropress uses a filter, you have a clean cup of coffee that rivals anything found in shops. Furthermore, you can tweak grind sizes, water to coffee ratios, brewing times, and more. Here’s a quick guide to help you understand how this device got so popular.

Step 2: Use the Filter

After you pour the hot water, let the mixture sit for about a minute before pressing. While you’re waiting for the water to warm up, position your filter to make sure there aren’t any folds that might compromise the seal with your mug.

Before pressing, wet the filter with hot water. This will help the grounds stick to the filter and will make your press go more smoothly.

Now, you’re ready for step 3.

Step 3: Get Your Cap Ready

Once all the brewing is done, it's time to take the cap off the top of the AeroPress and put the filter into the brewing chamber. First, gently twist off the cap and "shake" out all the grounds. Gently! Remember that you don't want to get grounds in the cup when you take off the cap. Next, put the filter cap on top of the basket.

Here is the exact point in the process where you can treat your coffee a little different than the directions say. See, if you do nothing, the filter will just want to float on top of the coffee in the bottom half of the AeroPress. So, there is a trick you can use. When you're ready to flip the AeroPress over, twist the filter just a little so you can pull it tight to your cup and stop it from floating. If you look very closely at my pictures, you'll see the small gap I created in the filter.

Now the final steps are golden. Perfecting your cup is the final test of your AeroPress talents. Now it's time to put it all together. Line the bottom of the AeroPress with the filter cap and just start to press. It's going to get messy as you'll have grounds trying to float out of the sides, but not to worry! Just take a towel and just push down.

Step 4: Assemble the Device

Place a microfilter in the cap. Screw the cap onto the plunger and place the plunger into the chamber. This is the only part of the Aeropress where you need to use something, as opposed to creating an airtight seal. Don’t worry about any sloshing sound while you do this, as it is normal.

Put the inverted brew chamber into the bottom of the glass pot. If you are brewing 1-3 cups, choose a small pot. If you are brewing larger volumes, choose a larger pot. Fill the pot with water, until the water level is about 10-15 mm higher than the inverted brew chamber. Brew 4.5-5.5 grams of coffee per 100 grams of water.

Remove the covered filter cap from the plunger. Put the brew chamber with the pot holding the water into the chamber.

Assemble the Aeropress. Make sure that the rubber gasket is against the pot.

Put the lid on the Aeropress. Push down and give it a slight twist and you should hear a hissing sound, which indicates the correct airtight seal.

Step 5: The Placement Is Crucial

As we have learned from the previous steps, everything required for brewing is now in front of us. All we need to do is to follow the instructions.

Place your coffee in the metal filter. The filter should be placed in the chamber, as per the illustration – the smaller end has to face the holder. Press down on the filter to make sure that it fits tightly on the chamber.

Now, take the lid that comes with the Aeropress and place it on the chamber. The rubber edge should be facing the chamber. It should be tilted slightly, at a 45° angle.

Now, pour the hot water on the coffee. You have to pour it slowly, by letting about a cup or two of water to go in, using your pre-heated cup to gently flow the water in and stop once the chamber is full.

It is imperative that you pour the water in slowly, without making any excessive noises to prevent any unnecessary contact with the coffee. Once the chamber has enough water, close it with the lid.

Now, hold the chamber in your hand, with a slight tilt so that the water flows slowly into the cup. If you tilt it too far, it will pour too fast and the coffee would end up into the filter. The coffee should now be cooled and aerated. You can slowly but steadily pour it into your cup.

Step 6: Add the Coffee

Add one heaping scoop of “main brew” coffee into your aeropress filter and place the plunger on top. Be sure you allow a bit of room at the top of the filter for using the plunger when you press the coffee. Use a mesh filter, like a paper towel, to prevent spilling while you add the coffee.

Step 7: Add the Water

After you’ve packed in all the coffee and gently pushed the plunger down, add the water. Each Aeropress has its own recommendations on how much water to add, but 175-210 grams of water generally works well. Although it’s tempting, try not to add any more water than the recommended amount of water. To do this, remove the cap from the Aeropress and carefully pour the water in. You’ll want to tilt the Aeropress on its side or place it on a countertop that’s close to a wall so that you can easily read the markings so that you only add the amount of water that it says.

Step 8: Check If Everything Is in Order

Now everything has been measured and if you are satisfied, you can clean the filter, stick it in its place and then start pressing. If you are not satisfied with the taste of water, change the filter to a new one.

Now you can pour the hot water with leaving the freshly brewed espresso in it directly into your cup. You will notice that this water will start to color in the same brown color as the espresso. You have to pour about 2/3 of hot water into the cup. You have to taste this water first and if it is bitter or acidic, make a new coffee to remove the bitter taste from this cup.

When you taste it, you will notice that it is very sweet. If you like your coffee sweet, add sugar or anything sweet to this and add hot water and give it a stir. You can also add chocolate or anything you want to make a flavored coffee.

Step 9: Caution Is Necessary Here

Once you've added the water, be careful not to stir the mixture. This could affect the consistency and even the taste of the coffee. After you've poured water in, you'll notice a head of foam will slowly build up. Stir around the edges of the Aeropress with a spoon to mix this foam through so that the coffee is as smooth as possible. You can also use the spoon to make sure the mixture is free from air bubbles … these will create streaks in the coffee.

Let the coffee steep for about 3 minutes (4 if you're using a coarser grind), then tip the Aeropress to the side, using the valve to stop the coffee from pouring out. Once you've finished pouring the coffee, attach the plunger to the end and gently press down for about 30 seconds.

Step 10: Patience

One of the biggest misperceptions in coffee is that it can be efficiently made by speed and brute force. You need patience. You need to wait for single-cup brewing to reach the precise temperatures at the exact times necessary for the perfect cup of coffee.

Know that single serving brewing is a complex process. It takes time. It takes energy. It is simply more time and energy-consuming than traditional methods of making coffee. Do yourself a favor and have a drink beforehand.

It should be noted that even with careful attention to all these steps, it may still take one or two tries before you’re able to make a really great AeroPress brew. For some, it may take more. It’s normal.

Don’t think of it as a failure, but rather an opportunity to discover your personal secrets to brewing the perfect cup of coffee with the AeroPress. The AeroPress is one of the most versatile (and affordable!) mini coffee machines on today’s market.

Step 11: Almost Finished

Remove the plunger from the glass cylinder part of the Aeropress. Your Aeropress is now complete. Place the plunger back inside the round black cap part of the Aeropress, give it a good tap, and pop it back into the bottom half of the receptacle.

Step 12: The “Ugly” Part

Before your coffee is ready for you to taste, there is a very important final step: getting rid of all the sludge and sediment (“the ugly”) left behind as the coffee brews.

“The ugly” is the cloudiness you see in the cup after your plunger is removed. It’s sediment leftover from the grounds and oils in the coffee. Some of it is natural, but some of it is also oils that were extracted from the paper filter… you want to dispose of this before steeping and brewing the remaining liquid.

How to Make Aeropress Coffee Using the Upright Method

Aeropress is often overlooked but it is one of the most popular and versatile coffee makers on the market. It can brew a single cup of coffee, but it can also be used to brew up to 6 (depending on your Aeropress) cups at a time. As well it is often used as a coffee dripper when brewing with an espresso machine. We've used our Aeropress to brew numerous different styles of coffee, but I wanted to share a basic Aeropress recipe to accompany my recent Aeropress review.

This recipe will show you how to make great coffee using the upright method. If you want to try the inverted method then check out my other Aeropress post.

Ingredients:

Aeropress brewing device

Coffee – I typically use medium to dark roasted city roast. If you use a darker roast, you will want to use less coffee grounds in comparison to lighter roasts.

Grinder – This is optional but highly recommended. Before brewing, I recommend grinding the coffee to a medium to coarse grind.

Scale – You'll also need to weight out your coffee beans. You can use a scale, or a ratio of 16-30g of coffee per cup. If you use quality coffee beans you can usually get away with using less coffee grounds.

Kettle – You'll need to boil a kettle of water in order to heat the water and brew the coffee.

Step 1: Heat the Water

For this step you are going to need to use a kettle to heat a little bit of water. Unlike espresso machines, the Aeropress does not heat the water for you.

As the water heats up in the kettle, you want to get out a small bowl and measure out 8 grams of coffee. Measure the beans directly into the filter paper, or if they're in a plastic container, scoop them out with a teaspoon.

Take the Aeropress filter out of its packaging and cut it so you have a disk just smaller than the diameter of the chamber. Once you’ve completed that step, put the filter on top of the coffee grounds to keep them from falling into the water.

Now you are going to pour the water directly over the filter and coffee grounds. Before doing so, you want to slightly wet the top of the filter paper.

The next step is to make sure the water does not exceed the fill line. Pour the water slowly as you make sure to not exceed the line. It’s better to err on the side of too little water than too much.

Once you’ve used up all the water, give the Aeropress a couple of taps on the counter. This will get all the coffee grounds to the bottom and allow you to discard the top filter paper.

Step 2: Grind the Beans

An Aeropress only requires a medium-coarse grind. You can use the same setting on your grinder that you would use for drip coffee. If you grind it any finer the coffee will end up getting caught between the gaps in the filter.

You'll need to grind up about 8 oz of coffee beans for a single Aeropress. It’s good to have some extra coffee ready to go in case you need to refill the grinder with room-temperature water.

Step 3: Get the Filter Ready

The filter goes in the bottom of your Aeropress.

Put the filter in the center groove. The side of the filter with no writing on it.

The short side of the filter goes on the inside. Pinch the filter in and close the bottom of the filter on top of the coffee.

You now have a cozy little filter/drip tower that will drip back through the paper filter and into the coffee below.

Step 4: Dump the Coffee and the Water

Once you’re done, you’ll have a very concentrated solution of water. Depending on your preferences, you can add more water to get your desired strength.

Step 5: You Will Need Patience

The coffee press, also known as the Aeropress, is known as an outfit that can help you brew coffee both quickly and deliciously. All you need is an aeropress, your favourite coffee and of course warm water.

The big question here however is: how long does it take to make coffee using an aeropress? The jury is still out on this one. It can depend on personal preferences, the type of coffee beans being used, the strength of the brew required etc. etc.

Step 6: Apply the Plunger

After 20 seconds, slowly and firmly press the plunger down into the chamber until you hear the hiss of air going through the filter. This does not need to be a hard push, just firmly. It is a good idea to count to five slowly in your head, so you get the feel of the 20 seconds.

You should now have over two and a half cups of delicious aeropress coffee.

AeroPress Coffee Recipes

AeroPress has become a popular method of brewing coffee. It is a manual, portable coffee maker that has become a mainstream method of brewing great coffee. This is largely due to the coffee drinkers being able to brew their own coffee using the device, which involves infusing ground coffee and hot water and then filter it through a conical microfilter.

The beauty of this brewing process is that it makes a great cup of coffee which is priced at a much lower value than other coffee makers. The device is available at many online e-commerce stores which also sell a wide range of coffee and accessories.

With the help of the AeroPress, you can also make delightful recipes like the Russian Patent Coffee, which is a very delicious recipe of espresso and water, and the Bamboo Coffee which will allow you to enjoy a perfect creamy flavour of the coffee, giving you a soft and smooth mouth-feel.

The various recipes can be intertwined to create a new flavour and aroma, which will make your day exciting. Apart from this, there are many recipes available online which makes it a device which can be used easily by the coffee lovers.

The AeroPress Ice Coffee

As stated earlier, the AeroPress is an amazing coffee maker that allows you to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee in seconds. It extracts the finest flavor of coffee and allows you to brew it quickly. Its mechanism is relatively simple.

It consists of two pieces with a plunger that fits snugly in between them. The pressure built by the water in the bottom part of the container is released through the brewing chamber of the upper piece.

The bottom part will need to be shaken before using it, so that the coffee granules will be well-mixed in the water. This will then allow the liquid to pass through the layers of the coffee granules, thereby producing high-quality coffee. You can choose to use the filter or not, depending on your personal preference. However, using a filter will provide a very smooth cup of coffee.

The AeroPress Latte

The AeroPress Coffee Maker (or Aeropress for short) is a device that allows you to make a great cup without spending ten bucks and walking down to your local coffee shop.

In fact, it’s so easy to use and so affordable that it’s almost unfair to use commercially brewed coffee ever again. This little device is made out of a single piece of BPA-free plastic. You can adjust the filter to allow the water to filter directly through the coffee grounds or to drip through the grounds without touching them. All you need to start is a cup, boiling water, coffee grounds, and the device itself.

This device actually does two things: it Espressos – in the name – and it brews. You can use it to brew any kind of coffee. You can use it with any sort of coffee you want to make, so if you like French Press, go for it. You can even use it to make cold brew!