The Aeropress coffee maker is used by home coffee enthusiasts and baristas all across the world.
It’s known for being one of the fastest and easiest ways to make fantastic tasting coffee at home. But why is it so good, and how do you use it?
Our ultimate Aeropress coffee guide is the perfect introduction to this fabulous coffee brewing method.
What is an Aeropress Coffee Maker?
To explain it simply, the Aeropress uses pressure to create a delicious, clean tasting coffee with a nice amount of body.
Circular Aeropress filter papers are fit into its base, water and coffee are added, and then pressure is applied and the coffee is squeezed through a filter into your mug.
It was designed by Alan Adler, professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University, who wanted to create a coffee-brewing method ideal for making one cup of coffee at a time.
Why do home coffee drinkers love it?
- Speed – one of the major upsides of the Aeropress is its speed. Brewing methods such as a French press can take around 9 minutes, but the Aeropress takes under 2.You will only get one cup of coffee at a time, but the sheer speed of the Aeropress makes it extremely useful. It allows you to have delicious speciality coffee, even on the busiest morning!
- Durability – another amazing aspect of the Aeropress is that it is particularly durable. Every time you use it, you can just rinse the coffee maker and throw away (or compost) the filter paper.The Aeropress is also dishwasher safe. Other brewing methods can be quite fragile (e.g. the glass devices) so the durability of the Aeropress is really quite impressive.
- Portability – because it is so durable, the Aeropress is also ideal for anyone who wants to make delicious coffee whilst travelling. You can also take it with you to work or on holidays.With this little brewing method, you’ll never be stuck drinking terrible coffee again!
- Flavour – finally, the flavour of this brewing method really does have to be tasted to be believed.An Aeropress coffee is very clean, because the brewing method minimises the possibility of chemicals such as quinic acid ruining the flavour.
The effect of applying pressure during the brewing process also gives a medium body to the coffee.
How do you use the Aeropress Coffee Maker?
Here’s a quick video of our founder James Bellis showing you how to use the Aeropress:
What you’ll need:
- Digital scales – this is to weigh your coffee. It’s not essential but it’ll dramatically improve your quality as you’ll know exactly how much coffee to water you’re using.Once you’ve mastered the recipe you can then replicate for the best cup of coffee daily.
- Aeropress filter papers
- Freshly ground speciality coffee beans – these will need to be ground a tad finer than you would with a V60 or Kalita brewer. (due to the fact we’re applying pressure).
- Filtered water – for more information about why filtered water is the best for brewing coffee, head here!
- Rinse your filter paper with hot water. This will get rid of the papery flavour and will pre-heat your brewing gear. Discard the water before brewing.
- Put 16.5g of coffee into the Aeropress. Pour 250ml of filtered water straight in and give it a good stir to ensure that all of the coffee grounds are soaked through.
- Put the cap on and wait 1 minute. Your brewing time starts as soon as the water hits the coffee grounds.
- After 1 minute, flip your Aeropress into your container or cup and press down for 30 seconds until it is empty. Enjoy!
Coffee for Aeropress
Choosing the right coffee to use in your Aeropress is pretty important. But why?
Well the last thing you’d want to do is invest in your new coffee maker and then use the incorrect coffee with your brewer. So where do we start?
Let’s talk about filter coffee since the Aeropress is primarily designed for filter coffee although, it does have some espresso making qualities.
We recommend choosing a single origin coffee from that enables you to taste the unique flavour characteristics you’ll experience from a gorgeous speciality coffee.
Luckily we have a complete range from chocolate, medium roast blends to more fruity and floral single estate coffees depending on your taste preferences.
For example, if you enjoy a smooth, nutty blend and want more of a kick from your morning brew, then choose the Stability Blend.
Alternatively, if you’d like to enjoy a medium-dark roasted coffee then definitely pick out our Rotate Espresso.
Sweet, floral and adventurous coffee lover? The filter coffee taster pack is perfect for you since the coffees are exclusively sourced from high altitude regions and are more refined.
How to overcome common Aeropress coffee-brewing problems:
Searching for the perfect grind for your Aeropress? Here’s our troubleshooting guide that will help you understand how to grind coffee correctly making brewing your Aeropress Coffee.
If your coffee is ground too fine, it will taste bitter and over-brewed. You’ll also be able to tell if the grind is too fine since it’ll require too much force to press down the device.
If you find your cofffee grind is too coarse, your coffee will be under-extracted. Those delicious flavours that you’re looking for from your coffee will not be produced.
The Aeropress provides a great reference point against the perfect grind for your coffee because it you feel some resistance but it’s also moving downwards, then you have the ideal coffee bean grinder setting.
Inverted Aeropress Method vs Regular:
You can also use the famous inverted method with the Aeropress. The reason is was popularised is because it is said to stop coffee from under-extracting, which can sometimes happen when using an regular method.
Check out this amazing infographic from our friends at Sip Coffee House.
For the inverted method, you’ll need to start like the method as we’ve outlined above. Before you put your coffee in the Aeropress, you’ll need to press the plunger slightly (creating a seal) and flip the Aeropress upside down.
Next, add the coffee and water as you normally would, and wait the same amount of time as above.
Then, push gently and slowly down on the upside down until you have closed the space between the filter and the coffee.
Put your mug upside down on top of the Aeropress, and then in one swift motion flip both it and your mug the right way up. Finally, you can push the brewed coffee through the filter and into the mug, ready to drink.
Here’s a great video explaining the inverted method:
Another way to experiment with the Aeropress is with filters. Although it is suggested to use only one filter, it is also possible to use multiple, or to use a metal filter. (Just make sure you’re composting/recycling them as much as possible!)
How To Clean The Aeropress Coffee Maker
Cleaning the Aeropress Coffee Maker is super simple because it was designed to be used at home and on the-go. For this reason, the materials are made to be easy to clean.
You can simply rinse the brewing device after use using hot water to remove any excess coffee grounds from the tube.
Over time, coffee can impact some negative flavours on your coffee brewing device so we recommend an occasional deep clean, using soapy water to remove any older bitter tastes or odours that might be lingering.
If you want to follow our Aeropress guide for yourself, you can purchase everything you need here.
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