How to brew using Aeropress
This recipe works every time for making a super tasty super easy coffee with the Aeropress.
If you haven't used an Aeropress before don't be put off. It is basically unbreakable, is easier to clean than any other brewer and can travel with you anywhere. Little (well) known fact: it was invented by Alan Adler who is better known as the inventor of the Aerobie frisbee.
The Aeropress plunges and pushes water through the coffee to extract the oils and flavour. In the airtight chamber of the Aeropress air is compressed and pressure exerted on the coffee liquid can be used to help highlight your favourite coffee flavours. While this pressure won't ever equal that of a commercial espresso machine you are able to create a cup of coffee with more body and bolder taste than you might be able to in some of the more delicate alternatives.
2 - 3 minutes
What do I need to get started?
- 17g of medium ground coffee or if you are grinding yourself make it slightly finer than medium ground
- Aeropress filter papers
- 230ml Boiling water (filtered is ideal) and extra for rinsing the filter paper
1. Thoroughly rinse the filter paper by placing it in the cap of the Aeropress and pouring through
2. Discard the used water and screw the lid onto your Aeropress (leaving the top separate for now) place it on your cup
3. Drop your freshly ground coffee in and place on top
4. Set a timer and pour 50ml of water then wait 30 seconds
5. Pour 180ml of water in
6. At this point gently insert the top piece of the Aeropress inside the chamber. The air lock will stop your coffee dripping out through the filter while you leave it to brew
7. Steep until the timer says 1minute 45 seconds
8. Plunge slowly and enjoy
What grind should I use for Aeropress?
There is no law about what grind size you can and can't use. As a starting point try a grind that is slightly finer than medium so just a little coarser than sand but not quite as granulated as sugar. Feel free to experiment. You could try a coarser grind setting and a longer brew time and observe the differences.
How many grams of coffee for an Aeropress?
As with all filter brewing methods we usually start with between 60g and 70g of coffee per litre of water and work from there. We like the extra body or bigger flavour you can create with an Aeropress so have adjusted by adding slightly more in the above recipe. Play around to suit your preferences and also different coffees might taste better at different ratios. Experimenting is the fun part!
What makes Aeropress coffee so good?
Aeropress coffee is super easy to travel with, almost impossible to break and really easy to clean. it's also quite a versatile way to brew and you can use different ratios of water to coffee and even inverter vs. normal methods to create an interesting spectrum of tastes all wit the same coffee. It's definitely a great method for experimenting with!
Why does my Aeropress coffee taste weird?
The taste of your coffee can be affected several things - the ratio of coffee to water, the temperature of your water, the grind size of your coffee, the total brew time, the total quantity you’re extracting; these can all affect the taste of the coffee.
It’s best to use one recipe and stick to it as much as possible, then work from a sensory perspective to identify what variables need changing - does your coffee taste too bitter? Sour? Too weak? When you are brewing at home it often isn’t feasible to fine-tune all the elements – but if you can’t adjust the grind size of your coffee for example, you can still manipulate your water to coffee ratio, or the time you are immersing the grounds in the Aeropress.
Why does my Aeropress coffee taste sour?
If your coffee tastes sour, acidic or 'salty' this is often a sign that your coffee is ‘under extracting’.
If you can, grind your coffee a bit finer to speed up the extraction. If you can’t adjust the grind size, try leaving the coffee in immersion for a little longer and see how that affects the taste.
Why does my Aeropress coffee taste bitter?
If your coffee tastes bitter you’re probably extracting too much flavour (‘over extracting').
Try grinding your coffee a bit coarser or, if that isn't an element you can control, start plunging your Aeropress earlier (leaving the grounds in immersion for a shorter time).