AeroPress coffee is taking the world by storm. Invented by a man who was tired of wrangling with gigantic coffee makers just to get a single cup of drip, it creates quick, easy, and solo-sized mugs of your favorite brews.
But how do you use an AeroPress coffee maker? It’s a bit different from your standard Keurig. What are the secrets to making a fantastic cup with this cool little gadget?
The Standard Method
The standard method is the most common way of brewing with an AeroPress. It’s also the way that you’ll find printed in instruction manuals since it’s what the creator intended for his design.
Step-by-step, here’s how to do it:
1. Prepare your AeroPress. Put the plunger inside of the brew chamber. Grab your filter. Have your hot water ready.
2. Add your grounds to the brew chamber. You can use pre-ground coffee, but for the best, freshest results, grind your own coffee beans. Most people use a scoop or two.
3. Add a small amount of hot water. You’ll want to go slowly, pouring in a circular formation and making sure that all of the coffee grounds are saturated. Don’t just dump the water into the chamber and create a soggy clump of grounds at the bottom.
4. Wait 30 seconds. This is called “blooming,” and it lets the coffee extract its full flavor.
5. Add hot water until it reaches the top of the brewing chamber. There should be marked lines on your AeroPress to guide you.
6. Stir. AeroPress provides a stirring paddle, but if you misplace it, any old spoon will do.
7. Wait 1 – 1.5 minutes. This is when your coffee actually brews. You can experiment with different times to figure out what works for you, but generally speaking, it shouldn’t take more than two minutes in total.
7. Prepare for plunging. Add the cap to the brewing chamber. Place your paper filter in the cap. Flip the AeroPress over your awaiting mug.
8. Plunge. Press down on the plunger slowly but firmly. The coffee will filter through the cap, and you’ll have a piping hot mug that’s ready to drink as soon as you’re done!
Tips and Tricks
Once you’ve mastered the basics of brewing AeroPress coffee, you can start to experiment. There are literally hundreds of recipes out there for different flavors, roasts and brews, and there are also tricks that you can utilize for getting the perfect cup every time.
Finely Grind Your Beans
While some recipes call for different methods of grinding your beans, the standard way is to grind them very finely. The ideal texture is a cross between sea salt and table salt.
Pour, Stir and Pour Again
Instead of pouring hot water into your brew chamber until it reaches the very top, fill it up about 3/4ths full. Stir it. Brew it. Then top it off with more hot water and stir again. This will create a smoother and richer coffee taste when you finally plunge it.
Try Stirring It Differently
Some people stir vigorously. Others do it gently or with a certain number of rotations. Everyone swears by their own method, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you.
There are two main ways of brewing AeroPress coffee:
- Standard method
- Inverted method
The inverted method is quite similar to the original. Like its name suggests, it’s just flipped upside down. It can be used to create richer, bolder coffee flavors.
Wet Your Filter
After placing your paper filter in the cap, add a few drops of water. You might also want to use the tips of your fingers to press it down and make sure that it’s evenly distributed over the surface of the cap. It’ll help to keep it in place as you plunge, and it’ll ensure that your coffee filters smoothly and evenly.
These are just a few tips for brewing a great cup of AeroPress coffee. If you’re tired, bored, or frustrated with your drip machine, invest in an AeroPress maker and try something new!