How to Brew Coffee with an AeroPress


Step 1: Gather your supplies
AeroPress: Ensure you have all the components of the AeroPress, including the chamber, plunger, filter cap, paper filters, and stirrer.
Coffee beans: Choose high-quality whole beans and grind them just before brewing for the freshest flavour.
Grinder: If you don't have pre-ground coffee, you'll need a grinder to grind the beans. A medium-fine to fine grind is recommended for AeroPress.
Kettle: You'll need hot water, so a kettle is handy for heating water to the desired temperature.
Spoon or stirrer: Something to stir the coffee with.
Step 2: Heat water
Fill the kettle with the desired amount of water and heat it. The ideal water temperature for AeroPress coffee is around 175°F (79°C) to 205°F (96°C). Let the water sit for about a minute after boiling to reach the right temperature.
Step 3: Prepare the AeroPress
Assemble the AeroPress by placing a paper filter in the filter cap and securing it onto the chamber. Rinse the paper filter with hot water to remove any paper taste and warm up the AeroPress. Discard the rinse water.
Step 4: Add coffee grounds
Measure out the desired amount of coffee beans. As a general guideline, a ratio of 1:15 coffee to water is often used. For example, if you're brewing 1 cup of coffee, you'll need about 1 tablespoon (7-8 grams) of coffee grounds. Adjust the amount based on your personal preference for strength. Grind the beans to a medium-fine to fine consistency.
Step 5: Brew
Place the AeroPress on top of a sturdy mug or cup, with the chamber facing down. Add the coffee grounds to the chamber.
Step 6: Add water
Start your timer and slowly pour hot water over the coffee grounds, ensuring all the grounds are saturated. Use a circular motion to evenly distribute the water. For a single serving, start with double the weight of the coffee grounds in water (e.g., 14-16 grams of coffee grounds and 28-32 grams of water).
Step 7: Stir and steep
Using the stirrer or a spoon, gently stir the coffee and water mixture for about 10 seconds to ensure even extraction. Place the plunger on top of the chamber but do not plunge yet.
Step 8: Steep time
Allow the coffee to steep for about 1 to 2 minutes, depending on your preference. Adjust the steeping time to achieve the desired strength.
Step 9: Plunge and serve
After the steeping time, slowly and steadily press the plunger down, applying gentle pressure until you hear a hissing sound. This indicates that all the coffee has been extracted. Stop plunging just before reaching the coffee grounds to avoid over-extraction.
Step 10: Clean up
Remove the AeroPress from the cup and discard the used coffee grounds and filter. Rinse the AeroPress components with water and give them a quick clean.
Step 11: Enjoy!
Pour the freshly brewed coffee from the AeroPress into your favourite mug. You can drink it as is or add hot water or milk to adjust the strength and flavour. Savour the flavours and aromas of your AeroPress coffee.
Remember, these instructions are general guidelines, and you can adjust the coffee-to-water ratio, grind size, steeping time, and other factors to suit your personal taste preferences. Enjoy your delicious cup of AeroPress coffee!