Some of these methods can be messy or time consuming and leave an awful taste in your mouth. There is another option though, the AeroPress. The AeroPress has been around for more than 15 years and remains today a popular, efficient way to make coffee just about anywhere you are.
In this article we will take a look at some cool and easy tips and tricks you can start doing to day to make your AeroPress experience even better!
1. Don't Be Afraid To Experiment
The AeroPress is so versatile that it can accommodate a wide range of brew methods to make coffee. You can use different grind sizes, use different additives like milk or sugar and adjust your brewing time based on your taste preference. There is no single “right” way to use the AeroPress.
It’s not like making a cup of drip coffee that always tastes the same if you follow the same steps and recipe every time you make it.
2. Check Your Grind Size
Grind size is one of the most important factors that affect the taste of coffee. If your grind is too coarse, then too much water will pass through the coffee and you will have a sour and bitter taste in your cup and if your grind is too fine, not enough water will pass through the coffee so it will be under extracted.
3. Water Temperature
Water temperature is another factor that can make a big difference in the taste of your AeroPress coffee. For best results use boiling ( 200 degrees F ) or other hot water you are able to heat up. Use cold water only if you want to make cold brew coffee with your AeroPress.
4. Add More Flavors
The AeroPress is really great at extracting different flavors from your coffee. One of the most common place that you can experiment with different types of coffee and add-ins is in the brew basket itself.
To add a unique flavor to your cup of AeroPress brew, try adding spices like cinnamon, cardamom or even nutmeg to the mix as you prepare for your brew.
5. Coffee To Water Ratio
This is probably the most important thing you can adjust about your AeroPress brewing process. The coffee to water ratio will make or break your cup of AeroPress coffee.
The standard way is to use around 20 grams of coarse ground coffee in the filter and add 300 grams of water. But there are many ways you can play around with this ratio depending on how weak or strong you want your cup to be.
6. Brew Time
Lots of people love the taste of their AeroPress coffee in the morning and they want it to be strong enough. The longer you brew your AeroPress, the stronger your cup will be but it takes longer to brew so you will have better results if you use short brew times for a lighter tasting cup.
7. Get A Coffee Timer With Different Alarms
Use a timer with different alarm settings to make a perfect brew every time. The most important thing you can do with your timer is to set it to the right brew time so your coffee will come out just as you like it.
You might have to adjust the brew time according to your taste preferences. When experimenting with different amounts of coffee or water use, also experiment with different brew times and choose your favorite one.
You can get a coffee timer here.
8. Use A Metal Filter Instead of The Paper One
AeroPress filters are made of coarse weave paper which is great at letting water pass through it but doesn’t let any of the grinds through. But some people don’t love the idea of having paper filters in their cup and they would prefer to use a metal filter instead.
9. Using Cold Water For Cold Brew Coffee
Cold brewing is a great way to extract some of the most important flavors from your coffee. You can do this by using cold water cooled to around 110 degrees F in your AeroPress.
10. Experiment With Different Beans
11. Experiment With Different Roasts
12. Use A Glass Mug To Make Things Easier
Working with hot water can be tricky sometimes. That is why you might want to use a glass mug to add your AeroPress instead.
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ
How do you make perfect coffee with AeroPress?
There is no one right way to make a cup of AeroPress coffee. You can use different grind sizes, add some water or coffee to the brew basket then experiment to find out what works best for you.
What is the best grind for AeroPress?
The best grind for AeroPress is between a coarse and medium grind. The way you use the AeroPress can also affect the taste of your coffee. Experiment with different grind sizes and adjusting your brewing time to see what works best for you.
Should I wet the AeroPress filter?
Can I use ground coffee in Aeropress?
You can actually use ground coffee in AeroPress if you do it properly. The filter should be wet with hot water and the grind should be slightly coarse enough to extract as much flavor as possible from your coffee.
How many times can you reuse AeroPress filters?
The life of an Aeropress filter is based on how well you clean out your AeroPress. The more you use it, the quicker it will get filled with grinds and cracks. It is recommended that you should change the filter every 4-6 drinks if you are using it regularly.
While it may not have all the bells and whistles like some other coffee makers, it does a very good job of making a delicious cup of coffee.
The AeroPress is perfect for someone who wants to get barista quality results from their own home.
We hope you found our tips and tricks helpful enough, so you can brew a better cup of coffee with your AeroPress!