Inverted AeroPress Coffee Brewing Guide

The AeroPress is a popular, simple coffee maker with a great reputation. It’s easy to use and brews quickly. But does the inverted method actually makes a better cup of joe?

Inverted brewing may produce less acidity in your morning brew than traditional brewing methods do because there is more contact time between the hot water and the grounds when using this method.

All while also producing less bitterness due to increased surface area contact during brewing.

In this article, we will show you how you can brew a delicious cup of coffee using the inverted AeroPress brewing method.

The AeroPress

inverted aeropress brewing guide

The AeroPress brewing process is simple, but it will take some practice getting it right. It is easy and quick to set up, but it’s important to assemble the device properly and get a good grind size on your coffee beans.

The right grind size will help with the extraction in the brewing process and help you make consistently better cups of joe each time you brew coffee with it.

Pre-grinding your coffee beans: Inverted AeroPress brewing will give you better results if you pre-grind your fresh coffee beans before using this method.

Therefore, it’s critical to use a good quality grinder (we like Baratza’s Virtuoso grinder because it has consistent, accurate burrs). This is the only way to get a consistent grind size from brew to brew.

Using a scale will also help you achieve the best results. If you don’t have a scale, try measuring out your beans or grounds by volume using a measuring scoop or cup. Consider making coffee with different amounts of coffee to find what you like the best.

The Inverted Method

inverted aeropress brewing guide

This way of brewing is just as it sounds: You flip the AeroPress upside down. This means the plunger is on the bottom instead of at the top.

Step 1: Heat your water using a kettle or a pot. You should heat the water until it reaches 195 degrees.

Step 2: Grind your coffee beans and add them to the AeroPress chamber. Use a medium-fine grind size, which will help you extract more flavor from the grounds. Do not tamp down the coffee in this step.

You also don’t want to use too little grounds because you won’t be able to get enough of the coffee flavor. The coffee to water ratio for the AeroPress is around 1:15.

Step 3: Pour a little bit of hot water into your paper filter to remove the paper taste and prepare it for brewing.

Step 4: Flip the AeroPress upside-down. Simply put the plunger down first and then add the chamber on top of your plunger.

Step 5: Pour a little bit of water (around 30-40 ml) to “bloom” your coffee grounds. This process will take around 30 seconds.

When you bloom your coffee, you’re allowing the coffee to expand (it releases carbon dioxide), which will free up more oil and make sure it is evenly distributed throughout your grinds. This makes your coffee more flavorful and richer.

Step 6: After blooming your grounds, slowly pour the rest of your water in a circular motion.

Make sure to pour water evenly and slowly through the entire brewing period (around 30-45 seconds). Don’t fill all the way to the top of the chamber, because you want space to place the filter afterward.

Step 7: After pouring the water wait another 2 minutes for the coffee to brew.

Step 8: Now place the filter at the top of the chamber and seal it.

Step 9: Invert the AeroPress again and place it on top of your cup.

Step 10: Start pressing slowly with your plunger. Don’t snap the plunger down – press it steadily. Be careful not to force your coffee.

Step 11: After a few seconds of pressing, remove the AeroPress from your cup and serve!

There you have it! You just made a delicious cup of coffee using the inverted AeroPress brewing method. Remember, inverted AeroPress brewing will take some practice before you get the hang of it.

Just keep trying and as long as your grind is consistent each time, you should see improvement in your coffee quality.


Why Is Inverted AeroPress Better?

Inverted AeroPress brewing is better because it gives you more consistent and even extraction, which results in a better-tasting cup of coffee.

Can You Use Regular Grind For Inverted AeroPress?

Yes, you can use regular grind (medium) in an inverted AeroPress. However, we recommend a medium-fine grind size (similar to espresso) if you want better extraction and maximum flavor from your coffee grounds.

Is AeroPress An Immersion?

Yes, AeroPress uses immersion for brewing. With the inverted method, you also get better extraction through a completely immersed brew process.

Can You Get A Good Crema With Inverted Method?

Yes, because of better extraction, you get a richer and more flavorful cup of coffee using the inverted method. The cream also comes naturally, so you don’t need to do anything special to achieve a nice crema.

Last Thoughts

The AeroPress is a great way to make coffee on the go. It’s also one of our favorite ways to brew at home because it makes an awesome cup of coffee with less fuss and cleanup than other methods.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this inverted AeroPress guide – we know that making your morning joe just got a whole lot easier and better!