The AeroPress technique is prevalent because there are many different ways you can brew your coffee with it. People who are fans of AeroPress will tell you it is the best coffee brewing technique out there.
AeroPress is a full immersion method of coffee brewing. Just like the French Press. In short, the AeroPress technique goes something like this. First, you pour your coffee ground and water into a cup. You then take a spoon and stir it. Let it sit for a while, and finally pour the liquid through a filter. That is it. It is as simple as that.
What Is An AeroPress?
The first question you may have is, What is an Aeropress coffee maker?
An AeroPress is a coffee brewing device that was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler. It is basically a small, handheld plunger that brews coffee using a unique method that is claimed to produce coffee that is less bitter and has more flavor than coffee brewed with other methods.
The AeroPress device has gained much popularity among coffee lovers. The Design of the AeroPress is divided into two cylinders. The smaller cylinder fits right inside, the bigger one. The smaller one has an airtight seal.
Usually, the former AeroPress devices are made using polypropylene. They have natural grey color. Later on, as it was found that polypropylene contains BPA, copolyester became the primary ingredient for manufacturing AeroPress coffee brewing devices.
You can think of an AeroPress as a manual Espresso maker. They rely on air to extract the flavor from the finely ground coffee beans. It usually takes 30 seconds or less to brew a cup of espresso using an AeroPress device. On the other hand, the French Press coffee brewing machine takes 4-5 minutes to brew a cup of coffee.
Now that we know what the AeroPress device is, what are its components, let us look at how we can brew a delicious cup of coffee using an AeroPress.
What Do You Need To Make Coffee With An Aeropress?
- Affiliate LinkCoffee Beans – Before you start with the brewing, determine which coffee beans you would like to use.
- Affiliate LinkGrinder – It is best to grind your own coffee beans, as this will give you the best flavor, but if you’re not looking to invest in a coffee grinder you can buy pre-ground coffee from the store.
- AeroPress Coffee Maker – The AeroPress itself can be picked up at Amazon, Walmart, or other similar stores.
- Affiliate LinkKitchen Scale – While not necessary, having a scale will help you get the measurements right.
Inventor Alan Adler Brewing With An Aeropress
How to Prepare to make Aeropress Coffee
If you are going to use a paper filter, try to rinse it beforehand. This way, you will be able to get rid of the bland taste of the filter itself. To preheat the cup, and the Affiliate LinkAeroPress machine, pour some warm water through it.
You should heat the water in an Affiliate Linkgooseneck kettle or on the stove until the temperature hits 175° fahrenheit (60° celsius).
Pour some more water into the filter. Heating the cups, as well as the AeroPress, is important when brewing a small amount.
The Method we are about to see is called the Inverted Method. This method is highly effective in stopping any coffee ground from seeping into the filter. If you are using the Inverted method, you should hold your coffee cup above the Affiliate LinkAeroPress machine. This will eliminate the possibility of coffee spillage.
How To Brew AeroPress Coffee using the Inverted Method
Grind your beans
Grind 17-22 grams of coffee into a cup. You can use a Affiliate Linkkitchen scale if you want. Also, do check the capacity of your Affiliate LinkAeroPress maker. You will find this information at the back of the package. If you have lost it, you can find this information on the official Aeropress website.
Boil The Water
Bring 200 grams of water to a boil and allow it to sit for a minute.
Add The Filter
Place a paper filter into your AeroPress’s detachable plastic cap and pour some of the hot water through the filter and cap.
Assemble The AeroPress
Put the smaller cylinder of your AeroPress inside the bigger one. Before you do that, make sure the entire assembly is dry.
Stand the Aeropress on a smooth surface(or a scale if you have one) with the flared side up. If you do it correctly, the numbers on the outside of the cylinder will appear upside-down.
Add The Ground Coffee
Take a spoon or the scoop and funnel that comes with most Aeropress’, and carefully place the coffee grounds inside the cylinder. Make sure not to spill any of the coffee grounds inside the ring-shaped gutter.
Add the Hot Water
Add enough water to cover the coffee ground then use the a butter knife or the plastic stirrer that came with the AeroPress to mix the grinds for 10-15 seconds, after this add the remainder of the hot water and let it brew for a minute.
Close and Flip the AeroPress
Fasten the cap tightly and flip the entire assembly over. Do it quickly, and with a firm grip, place the AeroPress on top of your coffee mug.
Press The AeroPress
Now gently apply downward pressure on the AeroPress. If you have used fine coffee ground, you will have to exert more pressure. On the other hand, if you are using coarsely ground coffee, you will find it very easy to push down on the AeroPress. Keep your ears open for a hissing sound. When you hear it, it means there is no more water left in the cylinder.
How to Serve your aeropress coffee?
Espresso – Serve as-is.
Americano – Add water to make an Americano coffee.
Latte – Add milk to make an latte.
Your coffee is now ready. You can serve It as it is or dilute the caffeine content by adding some more water. If you prefer adding add-ons to your coffee, you can do that too. A cup of steam milk will go great with a cup of AeroPress coffee.
After you are done with brewing, take the filter cap off the AeroPress and gently press out the puck.
Cleaning the AeroPress is also very easy. Do a simple wipe down or a simple rinse?
We hope you learned how to brew coffee using an AeroPress machine today. If you have any further queries, please leave a comment below.