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Mastering Your AeroPress

The AeroPress is a wonderfully dynamic and portable coffee maker. Whether you’ve had one for ages and want to brush up on your AeroPress knowledge or you just received one as a gift, this guide will offer a brief run down on all-things AeroPress!

Why The AeroPress?
There are many benefits to using an AeroPress, including:

  • Lightweight and Portable
  • Dynamic and versatile; multiple uses and methods
  • Easy to clean
  • Affordable

What comes with the AeroPress?

The AeroPress is an eight-piece set. It comes with a chamber, plunger, filter cap, scoop, stirring paddle, funnel, stand/filter holder, and 350 paper filters. Also available for sale are reusable metal filters.

What you need to know about using the AeroPress

One of the best parts about the AeroPress is how versatile it can be! With a quick Google search, you'll discover hundreds of recipes, techniques, gadgets, and methods for using the AeroPress. Some important variables in AeroPress brewing include orientation (upright vs inverted), filter type (paper vs metal), and what type of coffee beverage you're aiming for (American-style drip coffee or espresso-like coffee). 

Brewing Orientation: Upright vs Inverted

Upright: The upright brewing method is the original and intuitive way of using the AeroPress. To use the upright method, simply place a filter in the filter cap, attach the filter cap to the brew chamber, set the AeroPress on your mug, then pour in your coffee and water and plunge!
Upright Method
Inverted: The inverted method is preferred by many coffee experts as it allows you to control the length of extraction (or how long the water is mixing with the coffee grounds) before the coffee starts dripping out of the bottom. To use the inverted method, place the plunger into the chamber and flip the AeroPress so it is resting on the plunger. Pour the coffee into the chamber, add the water, then place the filter and cap on top. ***QUICKLY YET CAREFULLY*** flip the AeroPress onto your mug and plunge. Be sure that the plunger is inserted far enough into the chamber that it won't slip out when flipping. Otherwise, it may not only result in a huge mess, but burned hands as well.
Inverted Method

 

Filters: Paper vs Metal

Paper: The paper filters that come with the AeroPress help to trap unwanted oils and sediment, allowing for a nonacidic and clean cup of coffee when used correctly. We recommend this filter for drip coffee lovers. The AeroPress comes with 350 paper filters, which will last you quite a while. Once they are used up, you can buy replacement packs. 
Paper filter
Metal: Unlike the paper filters, the metal filter is reusable, so you don’t have to worry about running out of filters. Although it isn’t able to trap the same oils and sediment as the paper filters, the metal filters are durable and allow for fuller-bodied and stronger cups of coffee. For those looking to make espresso-like coffee with the AeroPress, this is the filter for you.
Metal Filter

 

Coffee Types: American-Style Drip Coffee vs Strong, Espresso-Like Coffee

Depending on how you use it, the AeroPress can make both American-style drip coffee and strong coffee similar to espresso. This means that you can get pretty darn close to a cafe-style latte at home, without paying hundreds or thousands of dollars for an espresso machine. Although the AeroPress is unable to brew bona fide espresso (true espresso requires immense amounts of pressure that can only be created with an espresso machine), it can get pretty darn close.  

 

How to Use Your AeroPress

There are many recipes out there and we encourage you to get creative and have fun with it! But to get you started, here are two great recipes.

(Keep in mind that most coffee recipes require a kitchen scale, a kettle, and a timer in addition to specifying grind size. For more about coffee gear, check out our blog post.)

Drip Coffee

Materials:            
AeroPress            
Kettle                    
Timer
Mug
18g Coffee
Brew Time: 140 seconds
Grind Size: Medium (think sand)
AeroPress Method: Inverted

1)  Weigh out and grind 18g of coffee on a medium grind size. Bring water to 185°F (if you don't have a thermometer or temperature-controlled kettle, take the kettle off of the heat and let the water settle for about 2 minutes. Using water that is too hot will result in over-extracted, bitter coffee). Put a filter in the filter cap-- we recommend a paper filter for this brew method-- and set aside. 

18g Ground Coffee


2) Meanwhile, slightly insert the plunger into the brewing chamber. Pour coffee grinds into the chamber and shake to create a level surface. Place the AeroPress onto a scale and zero out the scale.

Inverted AeroPress with Ground Beans


3) Start your timer and pour about 30g of water onto the coffee grinds in a circular motion. Once you reach 30g, stop pouring and wait until your timer reads 20 seconds. (This is referred to as the bloom. It helps bring out all of your coffee's flavors and tasting notes. The circular motion helps to ensure that the water is reaching all of the grounds, creating an even extraction.)


Bloom


4) Once your timer reaches 20 seconds, continue pouring until the scale reaches 240g. Be very careful, as it will come up to the lip of the brewing chamber.


Final Pour


5) Once your timer reaches 140 seconds, attach the filter and filter cap, flip the AeroPress, and plunge!

Inverted flip  Flip and Plunge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


6) Sit back and enjoy your delicious cup of coffee.

Aeropress Drip

 

Espresso-Like Coffee

Materials
:                           
AeroPress                           
Kettle                                   
Timer
Stirring Paddle/Spoon
Mug
17g Coffee

Brew Time: 35 seconds
Grind Size: Fine (think castor sugar)
AeroPress Method: Inverted

1) Grind 17g of coffee on a fine grind size. Bring water to 195°F (if you don't have a thermometer or temperature-controlled kettle, take the kettle off of the heat and let the water settle for about one minute. Using water that is too hot will result in over-extracted, bitter coffee). Put a filter in the filter cap (we recommend a metal filter for the espresso style) and set aside
.

17g Whole Bean


2) Meanwhile, insert the plunger about half way into the brewing chamber. Pour coffee grinds into the chamber and shake to create a level surface. Place the AeroPress onto a scale and zero out the scale. Make sure your stirring paddle/spoon, filter cap, and mug are all nearby; this process is quick

Preparing for the pour


3) Start your timer and pour 50g of water in the first 10 seconds. Stir vigorously with the stirring paddle until your timer reads 25 seconds.

Stir!

4) Immediately screw on the filter cap, flip, and press as hard as possible.

Press!!


5) Mix with hot or cold milk to make a latte and with water to make an americano! Enjoy!

AeroPress Espresso

If neither of these two recipes tickle your fancy, or if you're just looking to have fun and explore what's out there, check out this random AeroPress recipe generator or the World AeroPress Championship Recipe website!

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