There are many different brewing techniques. For example, we have the Pour Over, French Press, and of course, the AeroPress. The AeroPress technique is prevalent because there are many different ways you can brew your coffee with it. People who are ardent 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? An AeroPress is a device used to brew coffee, But unlike other coffee brewing devices, the AeroPress is fairly new. It was invented in 2005. But within this short period, the AeroPress device has gained much popularity among coffee lovers. 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?
- Coffee Ground – Before you start with the brewing, determine which coffee ground you will use. Many people like fine coffee grounds. On the other hand, other people like a coarser ground. If you are using a fine coffee ground, it will take you a maximum of two minutes to complete the brewing process.
- Grinder – Most AeroPress machines do not come with a grinder. You might have to buy one separately. Also, you can directly buy coffee grounds from the market.
- AeroPress Coffeemaker – There are hundreds of AeroPress Coffeemakers in the market. The price of such coffeemakers can range from $20-$100.
- Kitchen Scale – While not necessary, having a scale will help you get the measurements right.
Inventor Alan Adler Brewing With An Aeropress
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 AeroPress machine, pour some warm water through it.
You should heat the water in a separate bowl and wait until the temperature hits 198-205 Fahrenheit. 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 AeroPress machine. This will eliminate the possibility of coffee spillage.
How To Brew AeroPress Coffee Step-By-Step
Boil The Water – Bring 200 grams of water to a boil and allow it to sit for a minute.
Add 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.
Place the AeroPress – 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. Making sure not to spill any of the coffee grounds inside the ring-shaped gutter.
Add The Hot Water – As a general rule, it’s best to add twice as much as water, as you have added ground coffee. For example, if you have added 10 grams of coffee, add 20 grams of water. The optimal temperature for the water is 200-degrees Fahrenheit.
Mix The Coffee – Use a butter knife, or a stirrer to mix the coffee and water thoroughly. Let it sit for a minute, allowing the coffee to bloom, stir it once again. Don’t over stir it, as doing so will lower the temperature.
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 pot to extract.
Clean up – Now unscrew the cap: pop-out the filter and the puck of compressed coffee grounds by gently pushing the AeroPress’s interior section the final inch.
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.
We hope you learned how to brew coffee using an AeroPress machine today. If you have any further queries, please leave a comment below.