AeroPress (traditional method)
The Aerobie AeroPress has been around for a few years now and is a single cup coffee brewing system that will provide excellent use when traveling or even as your solution for quality office coffee.
The device shares similarities with several other coffee brewing methods. It uses a plunger to force water through the coffee, similar to a Cafetiere. However that is where the similarity ends as this method forces the water through the coffee at a higher pressure, providing a more intense extraction.
The pressurisation that occurs in the plunging action is similar to an espresso machine. That said, it is important to note that this is not like a normal shot of espresso, it is much cleaner in taste and does not produce a thick golden crema like a classic espresso.
Here's my step by step guide to using the AeroPress:
1. Insert the filter
Select one of the little round AeroPress filters and place it into the bottom of the black filter cap. At this point you should rinse the filter, this will help the filter stay in place and minimize the chance of any paper residue going into the coffee.
2. Twist the filter into place
Place the filter into the bottom of the brewing chamber and twist it into place. Now place the brewing chamber, filter side down and on top of the mug that you will be drinking from.
3. Add the coffee
Using the scoop that came with the AeroPress, measure two scoops of coffee for a 16 oz mug. In selecting the grind, you’ll want to experiment a bit with your grinder and taste preferences, but in short, a grind between espresso and drip is a good target to shoot for. Check out my grind guide for more information.
TOP TIP: If you misplace your Aeropress scoop, two scoops are equal to 20-22 grams of coffee.
A handy funnel also comes with the AeroPress kit to help you get the coffee into the brewing chamber without causing too much mess. This is a convenience for sure, but this isn’t absolutely necessary. In either case, you need to get the coffee into the chamber.
4. Heat the water
I find that water just off the boil works great, however make sure to heat enough water to reconstitute your mug to 16 oz.
5. Add water and stir
Use the markings on the cylinder to figure out how much water to pour into the brewing chamber. If you want to make it to its optimum dilution then use the top of the markings as a guide.
Add just a portion of the water at first so that the grounds can swell a bit, then give it a good stir with the included stirrer and wait for the grounds to settle back down.
Add the remaining water so that the brew is at the top of the number 2 oval. Let the water steep for about 10 more seconds and give the brew another quick stir.
After a total brew time between 45 and 60 seconds, place the plunger into the chamber and apply a slow steady amount of force to move the plunger downward.
TOP TIP: Make sure you plunge all the way down until the plunger just begins compacting the coffee at the bottom.
7. Remove AeroPress and add more water
Remove the AeroPress from your mug and begin to reconstitute the brew with your remaining hot water.