Aeropress Coffee - The Definitive Guide

Aeropress Coffee - The Definitive Guide

Aeropress Coffee - The Definitive Guide


What is an Aeropress coffee?

The AeroPress is a portable, lightweight coffee brewing device that is perfect to take camping, or pack in your luggage for a flight. It is a versatile brewer that makes filter style coffee.

More about the AeroPress

Ah, AeroPress: the humble plastic brewer, that has - despite its relatively recent entry to the coffee brewing scene - already spawned a worldwide brewing competition. Versatile, indestructible, portable and iconic, fortunately the AeroPress also brews really tasty coffee!

The AeroPress was designed by Alan Adler, an American inventor, engineer and ex-lecturer at Stanford University. The AeroPress launched in 2005, a follow up success to his 1980s invention, the world-famous Aerobie Pro flying disc. Adler’s motivation in designing the AeroPress was to create a method of making a delicious coffee for a single serve. He achieved that, and more!

There are many variations on how to brew coffee on an AeroPress - something that competitors in the AeroPress World Championship explore, using varied approaches and recipes.

We’ve kept it simple here and chosen to share a recipe suited to filter coffee, but there are almost endless brewing possibilities with an AeroPress. Play around with the brew ratio, type of coffee, volume of water and discover lots of wonderful ways to use the AeroPress.

See our easy-to-follow guide below for more hints and tips on how to brew plunger, and if you have any unanswered questions, see our FAQ.



How to brew Aeropress


How Long?About 2-3 minutes

How Much? $49 for an original Aeropress (comes with filters)

What You'll Need: Aeropress, Aeropress paper filter, kettle, scales, timer, mug or server

Master making Aeropress by following our easy steps below!

Aeropress Coffee - The Definitive Guide 

 



Here's the step-by-step guide to Aeropress


1. Prepare your equipment and rinse the filter.

Put the kettle on to boil (or set to 94°C if you have a temperature controlled kettle). Place the paper filter into the AeroPress cap and screw the cap onto the brew chamber. Rinse the brew chamber with plenty of hot water; this will rinse the filter and preheat the AeroPress.

2. Grind the coffee.

For a filter style AeroPress, we suggest starting with ratio of 1:16 - for this recipe we’re using 220mL of water, so we will need 14g of coffee. Once you’ve weighed out your coffee, grind it medium-fine. Place the coffee into the brewer and shake to settle the coffee evenly on top of the paper filter. Place the brewer on top of your mug or server, on top of your scales and tare.

3. Bloom

Start your timer and bloom the coffee by introducing a small amount of water to the coffee bed, using a gentle circular motion. A good rule of thumb is to use double the amount of water to coffee during this bloom stage, so 28g for this recipe. Let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds. You will see the brew bubble up as the carbon dioxide escapes.

4. Brew

Add more hot water to bring your total amount of water up to 220g. Insert the plunger into the top of the brew chamber, about 1cm or so. This creates a vacuum that stops the coffee simply flowing through the filter. Let it sit until the timer reads 2 minutes.

5. Plunge

Remove the AeroPress and mug/server from the scales. Press down on the plunger with firm, even pressure until the entire brew is in your serving vessel, taking extra care not to plunge all the way to the coffee grinds.

6. Serve and enjoy!

This brew should be delicious as is. If you’d like it a bit stronger or a bit weaker, play around with the brew ratio - try 1:15 or 1:18.

If it’s super hard to plunge the AeroPress, try coarsening the grind.


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Your Aeropress Coffee Questions, Answered


Here are the most common questions we receive regarding Aeropress Coffee. If you have any more questions, please get in contact!

The AeroPress has a lot of unique benefits. We think that its portable, lightweight design, along with its versatility in brew style are what makes AeroPress coffee so good.

Neither brew method is better, V60 and AeroPress are just quite different. The best brew method for you is the one you enjoy the most!

The AeroPress is extremely durable and will last for an extremely long time if you look after it well. We also sell individual replacement parts, so if you happen to lose one piece, you don’t have to buy a whole new brewer.

The acidity in the cup will depend on a lot of different factors. The coffee you use and how it processed and roasted will have a large affect on the acidity, along with your brew recipe. To reduce the acidity, you can try to brew for longer, use a finer grind, use a darker roast or a lower temperature.

It’s hard to say how much caffeine is in any given style of coffee. The amount of caffeine will largely depend on what type of coffee you’re using (species and varietal), along with growing conditions, roast profile and your brew ratio, and of course, your serving size.

What coffee you use to brew AeroPress is largely dependent on your preferences, and how you intend to serve your Aeropress. We suggest using a filter roast coffee and more brew water for a lighter bodied brew, or espresso roast and less water for a bigger-bodied brew or if you want to add milk to your AeroPress.

If your resulting brew is bitter, it might be over extracted. Try coarsening up your grind.

What coffee you use to brew AeroPress is largely dependent on your preferences, and how you intend to serve your Aeropress. We suggest using a filter roast coffee and more brew water for a lighter bodied brew, or espresso roast and less water for a bigger-bodied brew or if you want to add milk to your AeroPress.




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