How to use Aeropress

How to Use Aeropress

If you’re a regular coffee drinker, you probably already have a preferred brewing method or style of drink. However, you may be wondering how to use Aeropress. The most typical way to make it is with a basic coffee maker to brew a whole pot or a single cup machine. Some may choose to get “fancier” with their methods like using espresso machines or brewing cold brew. A french press is also a common brewing method, but the Aeropress is a unique way of brewing.

Invented by Alan Adler, the Aeropress was made to be inexpensive and convenient for a quick cup of coffee. Adler’s company, Aerobie, was originally famous for the invention of the frisbee. The Aeropress debuted in 2005, originally gaining popularity in Europe, making it a fairly new method of coffee making. The coffee maker is made with Polypropylene and is very durable. In simple terms, the Aeropress works by pushing hot water through the coffee grinds into your cup. The design is very lightweight which makes it portable, so you can brew wherever or whenever necessary. 

What Materials Do You Need to Start Brewing?

The most important thing you’re going to need to make your coffee is the Aeropress. If you do not already own one, they are fairly easy to find. You can find it shopping online or in most retail stores like Target or Bed Bath & Beyond for about $30. The Aeropress box will come with the filters you need, a scoop for measuring, a funnel for adding your grinds, and a paddle for stirring. Choose your favorite type of coffee roast. You’re going to need fine ground beans and it is recommended to grind them yourself, but it is also possible to buy them preground. 

Step 1: Boil the Water

Steam coming out of a kettle

Measure out about seven to eight ounces of filtered water. The Aeropress only yields one serving of coffee at a time. Pour the water into a small pot or kettle and place it onto the stove or any heat source. Let the water reach a boil then remove it from heat and allow it to cool a little bit. A microwave is also an alternative for heating your water in a faster way.

Step 2: Prepare the Grinds

You will need about two scoops of whole coffee beans which will then need to be finely ground. Measure two scoops with the provided Aeropress scoop. Once your beans are ground, they should be equivalent to about one Aeropress scoop. Compare your ground size to table salt, it should be around the same consistency. Your grinds are ready for brewing.

Step 3: Assemble the Aeropress

Insert a provided filter in the cap. Lightly wet the filter with some warm water. This will seal the filter to the cap and “preheat” the chamber. Attach the cap back onto the Aeropress and place it on top of your mug of choice. 

Step 4: Add Coffee and Water

Using the funnel, add your coffee to the Aeropress. Be careful not to spill any grinds. Remove the funnel once full. Pour in about half of your water then wait 30 seconds to let it saturate before adding the rest. If you look at the measurements printed on the Aeropress, you’ll want your water to reach the 4th line. Stir once or twice to incorporate with the provided paddle.

Step 5: Wait and Plunge

Place the plunger in the Aeropress. Pull up slightly to create a seal. Wait about a minute and fifteen seconds. Remove the plunger and stir again with the paddle. Place the plunger back on and begin to push down. There will be some resistance. 

Step 6: Enjoy

Cup of coffee next to a laptop

Keep pushing down. Once you hear a hissing noise, your coffee is ready to serve. Add creamer or flavoring to your liking or enjoy your coffee black. 

Tips and Tricks

  1. Make sure all your coffee grounds are saturated.
  2. If the coffee is too strong for your liking after brewing, add water.
  3. Aeropress machines are a great way to make coffee on a camping trip.
  4. Bring your Aeropress on vacation.
  5. Clean the plunger with hot water.
  6. Use fresh coffee beans.
  7. Do not use boiling water, make sure it has cooled down a bit before adding.
  8. You can brew your coffee in advance and keep it in the fridge to grab on the go.
  9. The paper filters can be reused for multiple brews.
  10. Do not press too hard on the plunger when brewing.
  11. Never fill your Aeropress to the top.
  12. Always stop when you hear the hissing noise, even if it looks like the plunger can go farther.

What to do Once You’ve Learned How to Use Aeropress

Now that you know the steps, it’s time to try it out. You may love your current brewing style but if you’re looking for a change or something easier, check out the Aeropress. This invention has made an efficient way to brew coffee. It may be your new favorite method. Make sure to refer back to this article if you need any tips for your brewing. 

Written by Jamie Murtha

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