How to Make AeroPress Coffee

If you are a coffee lover, then you already know that a good cup of coffee should taste really good and should be well flavored. There are several methods of making coffee that taste divine but for this article, we are going to be looking at how to make AeroPress coffee.

How To Make AeroPress Coffee
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An engineer and physicist named Alan Adler invented the AeroPress coffee maker in his bid to make coffee making simpler and better brewed. 

The AeroPress is a simple device that consists of a plastic plunger known as the AeroPress (chamber), a cap, filters, coffee scoop for measuring, a funnel, and a paddle. As a result, it’s convenient to use at the home, office, when traveling, and so on.

There are two main methods of making an AeroPress coffee: the original method and the inverted method. Apart from these two methods, there are several recipes that give your AeroPress coffee a little twist to suit your taste.

If you prefer learning by video, this article is also explained here.

Why Choose AeroPress Coffee Maker?

AeroPress coffee differs from other coffee recipes in the following:

  1. It is the cheapest coffee maker you can get.
  2. One of the simplest ways to make a cup of coffee.
  3. It is a very fast method of making coffee; waiting for your water to boil is the longest wait.
  4. An AeroPress coffee maker is portable and lightweight and so can be easily packed in your bag when traveling.
  5. Cleaning up this device after use is easy, unlike other coffee makers.
  6. Produces a well-flavored coffee drink if this is your preference.

The only downside of using an AeroPress coffee maker is the fact that it can only be used to make a few servings. So, it can not be used to make large quantities of coffee for your family or a group of people.

Secondly, it is not an attractive design. However, its benefits outweigh its disadvantages.

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How You Can Make AeroPress Coffee? – What You Need

AeroPress pack(with a cap, measuring scoop, filter paper, funnel, paddle or stirrer).

Timer (optional).

Coffee beans.

Water.

Kettle.

Coffee grinder.

Cup or mug.

Scale (optional).

Tablespoon (optional).

How to Brew AeroPress Coffee? – Original Method

Video: How To Brew Coffee in an AeroPress

This video will show you how to brew coffee in an AeroPress.

This method was Alan Adler’s initial idea of making coffee, using the AeroPress coffee maker. It has only one method and recipe for making coffee. Here, the AeroPress is placed over a cup or mug with the filter side downwards.

Procedure
  1. Boil water to a temperature between 175-degree to 205-degree Fahrenheit using your kettle.
  2. Using AeroPress scoop, measure about two scoops of coffee beans (approx. three to four tablespoons) or preferably use the scale. (Note: if you are using ground coffee, skip to step four).
  3. Grind coffee beans to a fine texture using the coffee grinder.
  4. Place the filter paper inside the filter cap. Run hot water through the filter paper over the mug. This is to wet or rinse the filter paper so it can attach firmly to the cap, to ensure that all paper smell is removed and to heat the brewing vessel (mug). Dispose of water after rinse.
  5. Attach the cap to the chamber. Put the chamber on a cup or mug (assembling process).
  6. Place AeroPress funnel on the chamber and add your ground coffee. Then, remove the funnel. 
  7. Pour hot water into the chamber and shake it to level up the coffee.
  8. Add more hot water into the chamber and fill it to the highest mark in the AeroPress (Number 4) and shake very well.
  9. Stir your coffee with the paddle or stirrer and set your timer (optional). 
  10. After 1 minute, stir again and place your plunger inside the chamber.  Gently but firmly press down the plunger with pressure, until plunger gets to the bottom and oozes out a hissing noise. This signifies that there is no more water in the chamber and the end of the brewing process.
  11. Taste coffee and dilute with hot water if it is too concentrated. 
  12. Remove the filter from the cap and push the plunger to eject used coffee grounds over a garbage can. Rinse the plunger and entire chamber with warm water. 

Note that you can make an AeroPress coffee with cold water (cold brew). But it takes a little longer time than using hot water. 

Servings

The AeroPress coffee maker can be used to make two mugs of coffee. It can be served alone in its concentrated state or with milk.

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The Inverted Method

It is a reverse of the initial method of making AeroPress coffee as stated by Alan Adler.  The AeroPress is inversely turned (filter side is up), and coffee is immersed in water for a long time depending on the brewer.

The taste of the coffee made this way is more concentrated and well flavored than the original method. 

Procedure

  1. Boil water to a temperature between 175-degree to 205-degree Fahrenheit using your kettle.
  2. Measure and grind the coffee beans as earlier described in the original method procedures. Also, rinse the filter paper and mug with boiled water.
  3. Place the plunger halfway inside the AeroPress chamber to the number 4 mark and turn it upside down. Do not attach the cap or filter to the chamber.
  4. Add your ground coffee through the funnel.
  5. Fill the chamber with hot water almost to the brim and stir once using the paddle or stirrer.
  6. Keep the chamber erect for some time depending on the concentration of coffee you want to make.
  7. Place the filter paper in the cap and attach it firmly to the chamber.
  8. Quickly flip back the AeroPress chamber and put it on a cup or mug.
  9. Press down the plunger with pressure until plunger gets to the bottom and oozes out a hissing noise.
  10. As stated before, taste and dilute your coffee with hot water if necessary.
  11. Clean the AeroPress after use with boiled water.

Difference Between the Original Method and the Inverted Method

At the start of brewing for the original method, water drips from the chamber through the filter with the ground coffee immediately after it is poured into the chamber. 

While water does not drip through the filter with the ground coffee immediately till you flip over the AeroPress chamber after the immersion process. It’s brewing time is longer than the original methods. 

Factors That Affect the Taste of AeroPress Coffee

Roasting Method

Get quality coffee beans that are lightly roasted. But then some people prefer dark roasted coffee beans, the choice is yours.

The Texture of Ground Coffee

Make sure that your coffee beans have a consistent and fine grind. This enhances the taste and quality of coffee you get, irrespective of the brewing method. 

Also, the finer the ground coffee, the slower the brewing process and resultant pressure. This is vice versa.

Temperature

The temperature of water used to brew AeroPress coffee affects the taste of your coffee. When water is not hot enough, the coffee is not properly brewed leaving behind essential nutrients and oils. 

On the other hand, these essential nutrients are destroyed when brewed with water that’s too hot, thereby compromising the taste of your coffee.

Time

When the brewing process is too long, the coffee will have a concentrated and bitter taste. Too short, your coffee will have a weak and sour taste. This should be put into consideration when trying out a new recipe.

The Type of Filter Used

Metal filters give a more concentrated coffee that’s likened to espresso coffee. This is because the metal mesh inside this filter, allows a little quantity of ground coffee and essential oils to slip through the mesh. The coffee has a better, well-flavored taste.

Paper filters finely filter the ground coffee giving a clean cup of coffee mostly devoid of essential oils and flavors. This coffee is often more acidic.

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Other AeroPress Recipe

There are several AeroPress recipes, each differing in grind size, the quantity of water, temperature, brewing time, and method of brewing. 

You can try these simple recipes or use your own recipe ideas the next time you want to make your AeroPress coffee.

Wendelien van Bunnik AeroPress Recipe 

30g coffee (grind the coffee beans in a ratio of 7:10, where 1 is finely ground and 10 is coarsely ground).

100g of water at a temperature of 197.6-degree Fahrenheit.

Rinsed Aesir filter.

Mug.

The total brew time is 60sec.

Steps (Use the Inverted Method)

  1. Pour 100g of water into the coffee for 10s.
  2. Stir 20times firmly in 10s.
  3. Place filter inside the filter cap, attach it to the chamber and slowly press out excess air.
  4. After 40sec, flip the chamber upside down and press out coffee using the plunger. You should have about 60g brewed coffee.
  5. Add 100g of water to the coffee drink.
  6. Taste and dilute to your taste.
  7. Stir the brewed coffee and allow it to cool to a temperature of about 140-degree Fahrenheit. Then serve.

Shuichi Sasaki AeroPress Recipe

17g of medium-coarse ground coffee.

250g of water at 200-degree Fahrenheit.

Brewing time: 120s.

Paper filter.

Steps

  1. Rinse the filter and put it in the filter cap.
  2. Attach filter cap firmly to the chamber.
  3. Pour 17g of medium-coarse ground coffee to the filter and gently pour 40g of water through it for 20sec.
  4. Stir ground coffee slowly with a stirrer or paddle for 5s.
  5. Pour the left-over water (210g) over the ground coffee in the filter.
  6. Using the plunger, press out coffee over a cup for the remaining 75s.

Sweet Marias AeroPress Recipe

120g of medium-fine ground coffee.

120g of water at 185-degree Fahrenheit.

Brewing time: 60s. 

Paper filter.

Steps

  1. Rinse filter and place inside the filter cap. Attach filter cap firmly to the chamber.
  2. Pour 120g of ground coffee inside AeroPress and slowly add 120g of water on top of the ground coffee for 10s.
  3. Mix the ground coffee with a paddle for 20sec slowly.
  4. Steep the coffee for 15s.
  5. Press brewed coffee over a mug slowly for 15s and serve.

Heart Roasters AeroPress Recipe

17g of medium-fine ground coffee.

250g of water at 200-degree Fahrenheit.

Brewing time: 120s.

Steps

  1. Rinse the paper filter, place in the filter cap and attach firmly to the chamber.
  2. Add 17g of ground coffee to the filter and pour 250g of water slowly over the ground coffee for 10s.
  3. Stir coffee ground with paddle slowly for 10s.
  4. Brew coffee for 70sec.
  5. Again, stir ground coffee with a paddle.
  6. Press brewed coffee slowly with the plunger over a mug for 20sec and serve.

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Charlene de Buysere AeroPress Recipe

18g of coarse ground coffee.

250g of water at 200-degree Fahrenheit.

Brewing time: 60s.

Step

  1. Rinse paper filter put it inside the filter cap and attach firmly to AeroPress.
  2. Add 18g of coarse coffee ground into AeroPress and pour 40g of water on top of the grounds slowly for 10s.
  3. Brew coffee for 20sec.
  4. Pour 210g of left-over water on top of the coffee slowly for 15s.
  5. Press brewed coffee over a mug for the remaining 15s and serve.

Brendon Glidden AeroPress Recipe

15g of medium-fine ground coffee.

250g of water at 205-degree Fahrenheit.

Brewing time: 135s.

Steps

  1. Rinse the filter and put it inside the filter cap. Then attach it firmly to the chamber.
  2. Add the 18g coffee inside AeroPress and pour 60g of water on top of the ground coffee slowly for 10s.
  3. Brew the coffee for 20sec.
  4. Pour the leftover 190g of water on top of the ground coffee slowly for 10s.
  5. Brew coffee for an additional 65s.
  6. Using the plunger, press coffee over a mug for 30sec and serve.

Carolina Ibarra Garay AeroPress Recipe

34.9g of coffee (grind the coffee beans in a ratio of 8:10, where 1 is finely ground and 10 is coarsely ground).

160g of water at 185-degree Fahrenheit.

40g of water at room temperature.

Paper filter.

Brewing time: 90s.

Steps (Inverted Method)

  1. Boil water to a temperature of 185-degree Fahrenheit.
  2. Rinse filter paper with boiled water.
  3. Pour 100g of water for 30sec into AeroPress with coffee grounds.
  4. Stir the mixture very well but carefully with a paddle for 30sec.
  5. Attach the filter cap to AeroPress and overturn it immediately.
  6. Press the coffee into a mug using the plunger for 30sec.
  7. Fill your brewed mug of coffee with 60g of water at 185-degree Fahrenheit and 40g of water at room temperature.

Yusuke Narisawa AeroPress Recipe

28g of coarsely ground coffee, 1.5g of finely ground coffee (at 9:10).

245g of water at 185-degree Fahrenheit.

Two filter paper.

Brewing time: 110s.

Steps (Inverted Method)

  1. Rinse two filter papers with boiled water.
  2. Add coffee to the chamber.
  3. Pour 70g of water and stir mixture twenty times.
  4. Now pour 100g of water and attach a filter cap to the AeroPress chamber.
  5. Press coffee over a mug slowly until the timer reads 1:50.
  6. Fill to the brim with 75g of hot water and serve.
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Xiaobo Zhang AeroPress Recipe

31g of coffee (grind the coffee beans in a ratio of 10:10, where 1 is finely ground and 10 is coarsely ground).

220g of water at 176-degree Fahrenheit.

Paper filter.

Brewing time: 75s.

Steps (Inverted Method)

  1. Rinse filter paper with cold water
  2. Pour 30g coffee grounds into the AeroPress chamber.
  3. Then add 100g water in 15secs.
  4. Stir mixture for 15s.
  5. Pour 1g of finely ground coffee like espresso coffee.
  6. Attach the filter cap to the chamber.
  7. Press coffee over a mug for 45s using the plunger.
  8. Fill brewed coffee with 50g water.
  9. Your coffee is ready to be served.

Note do not rinse the brewing vessel with boiled water.

Evgeni Pinchukov AeroPress Recipe

15g of coffee (grind the coffee beans in a ratio of 8:10, where 1 is finely ground and 10 is coarsely ground).

230g of water at 176-degree Fahrenheit.

Two filter papers.

Brewing time: 65s.

Steps (Original or Upright method)

  1. Rinse filter papers with boiled water.
  2. Start timer.
  3. Pour 50g water into the AeroPress chamber on top of the ground coffee and let it stand.
  4. Stir and wait for 30sec.
  5. Pour 180g water into the chamber.
  6. Wait till timer reads one minute and five seconds; stir the coffee mixture.
  7. Place plunger inside the chamber and press coffee over a mug.
  8. Stop pressing when coffee grounds are visible inside the chamber just atop the waterline.  

Paulina Miczka AeroPress Recipe

35g of coffee (grind the coffee beans in a ratio of 8:10, where 1 is finely ground and 10 is coarsely ground).

370g of water at 183.2-degree Fahrenheit.

Filter paper.

Brewing time: 95s.

Steps (Inverted Method)      

  1. Rinse filter paper with boiled water.                                                                                                                                             
  2. Add 35g of ground coffee inside the chamber and set the timer.
  3. Add 150g water when the timer reads 0.00 -0.15s.
  4. Stir the mixture when it reads 0.15-0.35s.
  5. Attach filter cap to the chamber at 0.35s.
  6. When the timer is reading 1:05, overturn the AeroPress chamber and press coffee over a mug.
  7. Stop pressing coffee when the timer reads 1:35.
  8. Pour 160g to 200g hot water to brewed coffee and serve. 

Filip Kucharczyk AeroPress Recipe

35g of coarse ground coffee.

Water at 177.8-degree Fahrenheit.

Paper filter.

Steps (inverted Method)

  1. Rinse the paper filter with boiled water.
  2. Start timer.
  3. Pour 35g of coarsely ground coffee inside the chamber.
  4. Add 150g of water for 15s.
  5. Wait till timer reads one minute.
  6. Turn AeroPress upside down and shake in a circular manner.
  7. Press coffee over a mug using the plunger.
  8. Pour 100-200g of water to the coffee drink and serve.

Jeongsu Park AeroPress Recipe

30g coffee (grind the coffee beans in a ratio of 3:10, where 1 is finely ground and 10 is coarsely ground),

230g of water at a temperature of 186.8-degree Fahrenheit.

Two filters (paper and metal filter).

Steps (Original or Upright Method)

  1. Fix metal filter to the filter cap first before putting the paper filter.
  2. Attach filter cap firmly to the chamber. Your cup didn’t work.
  3. Pour 75g of water at 186.8-degree Fahrenheit and stir 6 times.
  4. Wait for 45s then add 75g of water at 186.8-degree Fahrenheit.
  5. Stir 5 times and place the plunger inside the chamber. Wait for 1 minute.
  6. Press coffee over a mug by pressing the plunger down for 10s.
  7. Add water of 150g to the coffee drink at 186.8-degree Fahrenheit. 

Hugo Sousa Rocco AeroPress Recipe

27g of medium-coarse ground coffee.

Water at 179.6-degree Fahrenheit.

Steps

  1. Add coffee to the AeroPress chamber.
  2. Pour 60g of water into the chamber and stir for 12s.
  3. Wait for one minute.
  4. Pour 110g of water. Again, wait for 2.5 mins.
  5. Plunge down coffee over a mug for 30sec.
  6. Fill the brewed coffee with water till you have 200g of brewed coffee.

Conclusion

No doubt the AeroPress coffee is second to none. We hope you found this article useful and that you will start brewing your AeroPress coffee with so much ease and skill.