AeroPress is one of the most popular coffee brewing methods and it’s also much less time-consuming than other ways. A typical cup of brewed coffee can take around 5 minutes with a French Press, 12 to 15 minutes with a pour over, but only 45 seconds with an AeroPress. It’s hard to argue with that kind of efficiency and power when it comes to making the perfect cup of coffee.
There are many reasons why so many people have fallen in love with this coffee brewer including its portability, durability, easy-to-use design, the simplicity of its operation and the amazing results you get when brewing your favorite beans.
But don’t just take our word for it, try it out for yourself with this quick and easy guide on how to make AeroPress coffee.
What Is So Special About Aeropress Coffee?
There are many reasons to love AeroPress coffee but what really sets it apart is the taste. This unique brewing method creates a cup of coffee that is incredibly smooth, with very little bitterness and acidity.
It is also much richer and fuller-bodied than other brewing methods, with intense flavor and sweetness. This means that the mouthfeel of AeroPress coffee is just as incredible as its taste.
How Does It Work?
The AeroPress works in a simple way, using pressure to force water through your coffee grounds. It’s similar to espresso in this way but uses much less pressure, resulting in a highly concentrated cup of joe rather than an espresso shot.
To brew AeroPress coffee all you need to do is steep your ground coffee for around 25 seconds, then plunge and push the hot water through at low pressure (around 90 to 100 psi).
If you want to learn more about how the AeroPress works, or if you are looking for tips on how to get the best results, check out our comprehensive AeroPress guide.
What You Will Need
To make AeroPress coffee all you need is the following:
-An AeroPress coffee maker
-A coffee grinder (we recommend a burr grinder for best results)
-Coffee beans of your choice
-Filtered water (tap water is fine if it’s good quality)
-A kettle or stovetop pot for heating water
-A cup or mug to drink from
How To Make AeroPress Coffee
Now that you know what you need, let’s get started!
1. Begin by heating your water to around 175 °F degrees Fahrenheit or around 80 °C. If you don’t have a temperature-controlled kettle, this is just shy of boiling point. Make sure you don’t let the water boil, as this will release some of the oxygen from the water and may affect your final brew.
2. Next, grind around 16 to 17g of coffee beans on a medium-coarse setting using a burr grinder or an AeroPress-compatible grinder. This should result in a grind that is slightly coarser than what you would use for filter coffee.
3. Rinse your paper filter and place it in the AeroPress filter holder. Screw the filter holder onto the brewing chamber.
4. Place your AeroPress on top of a cup or mug, making sure it’s the right way up! If you are unsure, the markings on the side should be facing you.
5. Dump your ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber, making sure you don’t clog the filter.
6. Add enough water to completely saturate your grounds and let this steep for about 30 seconds.
7. After steeping, stir the coffee with a plastic or wooden paddle (never use metal as it may damage your AeroPress), and then add more water to fill your AeroPress to the top.
8. Screw on the top of your brewing chamber, and place it onto the plunger.
9. Now it’s time to press! Press down slowly and steadily for about 30 seconds (you should hear a hissing sound as you do this).
10. Finally, after pressing is complete, remove the AeroPress from your cup and enjoy your coffee immediately!
Experimenting With Different Grind Sizes
When making AeroPress coffee you will usually want to use a grind size somewhere between coarse and medium. This produces the best results for the time and effort required but if you have a preference for either a finer or coarser grind, you can experiment with that to find what works best for you.
Just remember to use the same grind size each time so that you get an accurate measurement of your brew times.
Additionally, it is important to add the filter and coffee to the AeroPress and let it bloom for optimal flavor extraction. The bloom, which occurs when the coffee is wetted and allowed to sit for 30 seconds, releases CO2 from the coffee and causes the grinds to grow and rise.
The beauty of the AeroPress is that it’s so versatile and easy to use that anyone can make an amazing cup of coffee with it, no matter what their level of experience. So go ahead and give it a try – we’re sure you’ll love it!”’
AeroPress Brewing Tips
1. Water Temperature
You may be tempted to use hot water with your AeroPress, but it’s best to use water that is around 175 °F, or 80°C. This will help to bring out the flavor of your beans.
If you use water that is too hot, you also need to adjust your brewing time to compensate, as the hot water will extract more of the coffee flavor.
2. Grind Size
The grind size you use will have a big impact on the flavor of your coffee. For best results, use a medium-coarse grind. This is slightly coarser than what you would use for filter coffee.
Every brewing method is different, so it’s important to experiment with different grind sizes to find what works best for you.
3. Coffee quantity
The recommended amount of grounds to use with the AeroPress is about 16 to 17 grams.
However, this can vary depending on your preferred strength and flavor profile, so it’s important to experiment a little bit until you find what works best for you.
4. AeroPress Filter
Metal filters are perfect for those who want their coffee to taste like espresso. Not only do they give you a better cup, but metal filter brewing also leaves less behind in terms of waste.
Paper filters are better for those who want a cleaner cup and don’t mind the extra waste.
No matter which filter you choose, always make sure to rinse it as you prepare your AeroPress to avoid any papery taste in your coffee.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long should I steep my coffee?
The recommended steeping time is around 30 seconds. However, this can be adjusted to suit your preferences.
What is the best water to use with an AeroPress?
The best water to use is filtered or distilled water. This will help to ensure that your coffee tastes its best.
Is AeroPress dishwasher safe?
Yes, the AeroPress is dishwasher safe.
Can I reuse the coffee grounds?
No, you should not reuse the coffee grounds. This will result in a weaker cup of coffee.
Can you get crema from AeroPress?
No, you cannot get crema from AeroPress. Crema is a result of the espresso brewing process and cannot be replicated with AeroPress.
What is the best way to clean my AeroPress?
The best way to clean your AeroPress is to disassemble it and rinse all of the parts with hot water. You can also use a mild detergent if needed. Be sure to rinse all of the detergent off before reassembling your AeroPress.
How long does AeroPress coffee last?
AeroPress coffee is best enjoyed immediately. However, if you must store it, it will be safe to drink for up to 12 hours. After that, the coffee will start to degrade and will not taste as good.
Can you use AeroPress for tea?
Yes, you can use AeroPress for tea. Just use a coarse grind size and steep for longer to get the best results when making tea with an AeroPress.
The AeroPress is a great way to make coffee, and it’s very versatile. With a little practice, you can make a delicious cup of coffee that is tailored to your preferences.