How To Brew with an Aeropress

I Need an Aeropress!

The Aerobie Aeropress has taken on a well-deserved life of its own lately. Not only are there about a million recipes and “how to brew” options floating around on the internet, there’s even a World Aeropress Championship. In fact, a regional championship was just recently right here in Chicago! (I know – coffee nerds, right?)

The Aeropress is very often confused with a French Press. Aside from the fact that they both have the word “press” in the name, they are very different coffee brewing methods. The Aeropress brews more like espresso because it extracts the coffee under pressure. The French Press (or plunger as it’s known outside the U.S.) uses the press to filter out grounds. It doesn’t use it as a means of extraction.

So what’s the big deal?

Here are a few of our favorite points about the Aeropress:

  • It’s super easy to use
  • It’s all plastic so it travels well
  • It’s small and stores easily in a desk drawer or a suitcase
  • It’s super forgiving when you brew – not a lot you can do to mess this up.

I take my Aeropress with me whenever I travel – be it by car, by plane or when I’m camping. Our friend John of BrewingCoffeeManually.com showed us how to brew coffee when you’re outside and the Aeropress was one go-to brew method. I like it because it fits in my backpack. It’s also lightweight and doesn’t break easily. There was a period of time when brewing a super fresh Aeropress on an aero-plane was a thing (get it?).

So How Does this Aeropress Contraption work?

Quite Simply – there are 4 steps to brewing a perfect cup of coffee:

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]1[/su_dropcap] Insert the filter into the filter holder and attach it to the bottom of the Aeropress.
Insert the Filter into the Aeropress Filter Holder
Put 2 scoops of finely ground coffee into the Aeropress
[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]2[/su_dropcap] Grind 2 scoops of coffee really fine – I use a setting around 10 on my Baratza Encore grinder. Your milage may vary. Pour the freshly ground coffee in the Aeropress.

 

 

[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]3[/su_dropcap] Pour hot water slowly over the grounds up to the number 2 on the press. Use the wand to stir the grounds for about 10 seconds.

 

 

Pour water up to the number 2 on the side of the press
Pour water up to the number 2 on the side of the press
[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]4[/su_dropcap] Insert the plunger, set the press on top of a sturdy cup or mug and press down S-L-O-W-L-Y on the press. It should take between 20 and 40 seconds to fully press down to the bottom.

That’s it! Enjoy some great coffee. Some people like to add a bit of water to their Aeropress coffee to make a kind of Americano. Warmed milk makes a fantastic latte if you’re so inclined as well.

This is only one of a many ways to make coffee with an Aeropress. There’s an inverted method and some other interesting methods floating around that we’ll get into very soon!