AeroPress has been making waves in the coffee community for being the easiest way to brew perfect high-quality coffee at home. It’s a quick and easy way to make coffee on the go, while camping, or just if you want a cup of hot coffee without having to make it yourself.
So, you want to know all about the AeroPress?
Well you’ve come to the right place! This guide will give you everything you need to know in order to master your AeroPress and brew delicious coffee.
It’s an easy way for anyone with a bit of knowledge and time on their hands, who is looking for an alternative method of brewing coffee at home other than using the old trusty coffee maker.
What Is An AeroPress?
The AeroPress is an easy-to-use, single-serving, manual pump press coffee maker, that creates the perfect cup of coffee every time. It’s a brewing method that has been around for the last 15 years!
The big thing with the AeroPress is that you can brew a full pot of coffee in 1 minute or less (which is pretty quick for any coffee lover).
AeroPress Brewing Process
Step 1 : Grind Your Coffee Beans
You should aim for a coarse to medium grind size for your AeroPress. The AeroPress will not brew very well with overly-fine coffee grinds.
If you don’t have a coffee grinder check here how to grind beans without a grinder.
Step 2 : Boil The Water
You’ll need to bring your water to a boil and then let it cool down to the ideal drinking temperature of 195 °F ( 90.5 °C). You’ll want to let the water cool down for approximately 5 minutes before you add your coffee grounds, this allows the hot water to extract more flavor from your coffee grounds without burning them.
Step 3: Weigh Your Coffee
This is the perfect amount to achieve a great cup of coffee! The first time you brew, you’ll want to use slightly less coffee (about 15 grams for every 200ml of water) to see how strong or weak your preferred taste is.
Step 4: Place the Paper or Metal Filter into the AeroPress
You can use paper or metal filters with your AeroPress (I prefer paper). The primary difference between the two is how they affect your brewing process. Paper filters help retain more oils out of your coffee and are easier to use.
Because of this, paper filters are ideal for making short cups of coffee that you can drink right away; however, if you want to brew coffee over multiple hours, it’s better to use a metal filter with your AeroPress instead.
Step 5: Add The Coffee In The AeroPress
Add the coffee in the AeroPress, but don’t overfill. The best thing to do is to start by adding the coffee in at about half the amount you have, then taste it later on. If you need more coffee, just put some more in.
Step 6: Pour The Water
After the water has been cooled down to the ideal drinking temperature, it’s time to add it in! The water must be at an ideal temperature for the coffee to properly brew. For this reason, you’ll want to pour it in quickly so that the water doesn’t cool down too much.
Step 7: Time to Start Pressing!
It’s time to begin pressing your coffee! Using a quick and continuous motion slide push the plunger all the way down until it comes in contact with the top edge of the filter cap.
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Step 8 : Lift The Cap
Your AeroPress is now ready to drink! Lift off the cap and enjoy your coffee.
You can make a lot of adjustments to this process depending on how you want your coffee to taste. For example, you can add more or less water or time the brewing process differently in order to achieve different results.
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Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ
Can I put boiling water in AeroPress?
You can but it is not recommended to do so because it can cause the AeroPress to spit out water unevenly. Instead, you should lower the temperature of the water so that it doesn’t burn your coffee grounds. For a good cup of coffee, you’ll want to keep the temperature somewhere between 195 °F ( 90.5 °C) and 205 °F ( 96 °C).
Is AeroPress better than French Press?
A few people make the comparison that the AeroPress is better than a French press, however, I find the two similar in regards to taste and appearance. Both methods will result in a full-bodied cup of coffee, but they both have their pros and cons.
What Coffee do you use in an AeroPress?
You should use organic coffee most of the times to make AeroPress coffee. It makes coffee smoother and more flavourful.
In the beginning, you’ll likely wish to brew many small cups of coffee so that you can perfect the AeroPress brewing process.
It’s a great way to experiment with different parameters and find your ideal cup of coffee!