AeroPress Brewing Guide: Make The Best Coffee of Your Life

By Evelina •  Updated: 04/28/22 •  11 min read

Are you new to coffee? Or maybe you’ve been making drip coffee for years and are looking for a way to step up your game? If so, then AeroPress is the brewing method for you. This simple device can make some of the best coffee of your life, and it’s easy enough for anyone to use.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of AeroPress brewing and show you how to get the most out of your machine. Let’s get started!

What Is An AeroPress?

AeroPress coffee maker

The AeroPress is a brewing machine that was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler. It is used to make coffee by brewing ground coffee beans with hot water and then filtering the coffee through a paper filter.

The AeroPress is portable and easy to use, making it a popular choice for coffee lovers who travel frequently. The brewing process takes about two minutes, and the resulting coffee is said to be smoother and less acidic than coffee made with other methods.

The AeroPress has a cult following among coffee enthusiasts, and many people consider it to be the best way to make coffee. Whether you’re a coffee lover or just curious about this brewing method, the AeroPress is worth checking out!

The history of AeroPress is fascinating. Alan Adler is an inventor and entrepreneur who has created many different products, including the Aerobie flying disc. He got the idea for the AeroPress because no one else had invented a coffee brewing machine that could do what he wanted it to do:

The freedom of using whatever temperature he wanted without restriction, which makes the AeroPress ideal for brewing both hot and cold delicious coffee.

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AeroPress Instructions

Now that you know what AeroPress is, you might be wondering how it works. The brewing process is actually very simple, and it only takes a few minutes to make a cup of coffee.

Here’s a complete overview of the AeroPress brewing process:

1) Grind Your Coffee Beans

grinding coffee beans for AeroPress coffee

As any coffee lover knows, the quality of your coffee beans is just as important as the quality of the water you use. If you want to make the best possible coffee with your AeroPress, you need to use freshly ground beans.

By grinding your beans right before brewing, you’ll ensure that they’re at their peak flavor and aroma. Additionally, grinding your beans will allow you to better control the strength of your coffee.

If you use pre-ground beans, it’s difficult to know how long they’ve been sitting on the shelf and how much flavor they’ve lost. When you grind your own beans, you can be sure that your coffee will be fresh and flavorful.

So, how do you grind your beans? If you have a coffee grinder, simply grind them to a medium-fine grind. If you don’t have a grinder, you can use a mortar and pestle to grind the beans. Just make sure that they’re not too coarse or too fine.

2) Boil The Water

boiling water for AeroPress coffee

The second step to brewing coffee with the AeroPress is to boil the water. The water temperature should be around 195–205˚ F (90–96˚ C). Doing so will ensure that your brewed coffee is not too weak or too strong.

Also, make sure to use filtered water to remove any impurities that could affect the taste of your coffee. Filtered water will make a big difference in the flavor of your coffee, so it’s worth the extra effort.

Remember that more water is not always the better option. The ideal water-to-coffee ratio for AeroPress coffee is 1:16. This means that for every gram of coffee, you should use 16 grams of water.

3) Weigh Your Coffee

weighing coffee for AeroPress

The third step to brewing coffee with the AeroPress is to weigh your grounds. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, you’ll want to use between 10 and 20 grams of coffee.

It’s important not to mess with the amount of coffee you use because it will affect the taste and strength of your coffee. If you want to experiment with the amount of coffee, make sure to brew a separate batch so you can compare the results.

Experimenting with your brew will make it easier to find the perfect coffee-to-water ratio for your taste, and also help you dial in the perfect grind size.

4) Place the Paper or Metal Filter into the AeroPress

placing the filter

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.

So, for this step, you need to place the filter into the AeroPress. If you’re using a paper filter, make sure to wet it with hot water first. This will help remove any impurities that could affect the taste of your coffee.

5) Add The Coffee In The AeroPress

adding coffee to 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.

If you followed every step correctly by now you should have a good idea of how much coffee you want to add. The last thing you want is for your coffee to be too weak or too strong.

6) Pour The Water and Press!

insert plunger to AeroPress

The last step is to pour the water and use a method called coffee bloom. Coffee bloom is the process of pouring hot water over the coffee grounds and letting them sit for 30 seconds before stirring.

This allows the coffee grounds to expand and release their oils, which helps to improve the flavor of the coffee and create a perfect AeroPress crema. After blooming the coffee, pour the remainder of the water into the carafe.

Then, insert the plunger on top of the AeroPress and press down slowly, stopping when you hear a hissing sound. This indicates that all of the air has been forced out of the coffee and that it is now ready to be enjoyed.

Tip: You can brew your coffee using the AeroPress inverted method (upside-down method) or the traditional method. I prefer the inverted method because it’s easier to control the brewing process and produce a more consistent cup of coffee.

Congratulations! You’ve just brewed your first cup of coffee using the AeroPress!

AeroPress Brewing Tips For Perfect Coffee

AeroPress brewing tips

Following a brewing guide isn’t enough to succeed with AeroPress coffee. You also need to understand some key brewing tips that will help you make the perfect cup of coffee.

1) Alway “Bloom” Your Coffee.

Any coffee lover worth their coffee beans knows that blooming coffee is the key to a great cup of coffee. Blooming coffee helps to release carbon dioxide gas that has become trapped in the coffee grounds. This gas can cause coffee to taste sour or acidic. By blooming coffee, you help to release the gas and allow the coffee to bloom, or expand the coffee bed. This results in a more evenly extracted cup of coffee with better flavor. The next time you make AeroPress coffee, be sure to bloom your coffee for the best results.

2) Keep An Eye on The Brew Time.

Brew time is an important factor in making AeroPress coffee. If you brew for too long, your coffee will be over-extracted and taste bitter. If you don’t brew long enough, your coffee will be under-extracted and taste weak. The key is to find the sweet spot with brew time and experiment until you get it just right. A good rule of thumb is to brew for about 1 minute 30 seconds to 2 minutes.

3) Use The Right Water To Coffee Ratio.

The water to coffee ratio is another important factor in making AeroPress coffee. If you use too much water, your coffee will be weak and watery. If you use too little water, your coffee will be strong and concentrated. The key is to find the right balance of water to coffee. A good starting point is to use a ratio of 1:16, or 1 gram of coffee for every 16 grams of water.

4) You can use the paper filter around 5-6 times.

The paper filter that comes with the AeroPress can be used multiple times. In fact, you can use it up to 5 or 6 times before you need to replace it. This helps to cut down on waste and saves you money in the long run.

You can also compost your paper filter after you’ve used it.

5) Use Your Microwave to Test the Temperature of Your Water.

You want to make sure you are using hot water when you make AeroPress coffee, but not too hot. The ideal water temperature for brewing coffee is between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit.

One easy way to test the temperature of your water is to use your microwave. Simply heat up your water in the microwave until it is hot, but not boiling. Then, use a food thermometer to test the temperature of the water.

Keep in mind that the water will cool down slightly when you pour it over the coffee grounds, so you want to make sure it is slightly hotter than your ideal brewing temperature.

6) Plunge Gently for the Best Results.

When you are ready to plunge, do so gently. Plunging too hard can result in a mess, or even break your AeroPress. Simply place the plunger on top of the coffee and press down gently until all the coffee has been pressed through the filter.

Frequently Asked Questions

aeropress brewing guide

How long do you let AeroPress brew?

When it comes to AeroPress brewing, there really is no right or wrong answer. It all depends on your personal preferences. Some people like to let their coffee brew for 1 to 2 minutes, while others prefer to steep for closer to 3 minutes.

The important thing is to experiment and find the brewing time that works best for you. Keep in mind that the longer you let your coffee brew, the stronger it will be. So if you like a strong cup of coffee, you may want to let it brew for a minute or two longer. On the other hand, if you prefer a lighter cup of coffee, you may want to shorten the brewing time. Ultimately, it’s all up to you!

How much coffee should I use in an AeroPress?

The answer depends on how strong you like your coffee. A general rule of thumb is to use 1 gram of coffee for every 16 grams of water. If you want a weaker cup of coffee, you can use less coffee, and if you want a stronger cup of coffee, you can use more.

Experiment until you find the ratio that works best for you. Keep in mind that the type of coffee beans you use will also affect the strength of your coffee. So if you’re using a dark roast, you might want to use a little more coffee than usual to get the same level of strength.

What do the numbers on AeroPress mean?

If you’re new to AeroPress, you might be wondering what those numbers on the side of the chamber mean. Well, they actually match up to the number of scoops of coffee and water you will use.

So, if you’re making one cup of coffee, you would use one scoop of coffee and fill the chamber up to the one mark with water. If you’re making two cups of coffee, you would use two scoops of coffee and fill the chamber up to the two mark with water, and so on.

Of course, you can always adjust the amount of coffee and water you use to suit your personal preferences. But if you’re not sure where to start, the numbers on the AeroPress are a good place.

How many grams in an AeroPress scoop?

An AeroPress scoop holds 11.5 grams of coffee, which is the perfect amount for a single cup. Although, of course, you can always use more or less coffee depending on your personal preferences.

Last Thoughts

So there you have it – our AeroPress brewing guide. We hope that this has helped demystify the process and shown you just how simple it is to make a delicious cup of coffee with your AeroPress. As always, we’d love to hear about your own experiences with AeroPress – so please share them with us in the comments below!

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Evelina’s passion for coffee could never been hidden. Having worked as a barista, she learned the true value of the coffee bean and its secrets. As she continued to evolve as a barista, so did her knowledge, techniques on making different coffee blends and most importantly how to operate every kind of gear when it comes to coffee. Having a degree in biomedicine and being a barista, allows her to provide our community with in-depth knowledge surrounding the topics of coffee.