How to use an Aeropress (Beginner’s Guide)

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The Aeropress is an inexpensive, simple and portable method of brewing great-tasting coffee.

Below, we show you step by step how to use it to get the most from your coffee beans.

Step 1: Boil water

Boil water in a kettle, ideally a temperature-controlled kettle set to 80˚ C – 94˚ C, depending on personal preference.

Keep in mind that most kettles operate at 100˚ C, so you can bring the water to boil and then remove it from heat for a while to reduce the temperature.

Step 2: Measure coffee beans

Next, you’ll scoop coffee beans into your grinder.

Use the scoop provided with your Aeropress to avoid inaccurate measurements.

The recommended amount of coffee is around 16 grams.

Step 3: Grind your coffee beans

For this to work, your coffee beans need to be ground down to a certain size.

The right grind size is slightly coarser than fine table salt, or what you’d use in an electric drip coffee maker. This is considered a medium-fine to fine grind size.

Ideally, use a burr grinder for consistent grind sizes.

Step 3: Set up your Aeropress

Now, you’re ready to place your cap on top of the chamber and lock it into place.

You will see that there is a small hole at the bottom of this black plastic piece.

Place this over your cup and make sure that the hole is lined up with the mouth of the cup.

Step 4: Rinse the filter with hot water

Rinse the filter with hot water.

This will preheat your Aeropress, as well as eliminate any papery taste from the filter.

Discard this rinse water.

Step 5: Place your coffee grounds in the Aeropress

Now that you’ve heated and prepped your water, it’s time put coffee in the Aeropress.

Step 6: pour water into the Aeropress

Make sure the water is between 80˚ C – 94˚ C, then slowly pour it into the Aeropress until it almost reaches the top.

Step 7: Give it a gentle stir then steep

Give it a gentle stir using the stirring tool provided until all of the grounds are wet and evenly distributed in your Aeropress.

Leave it to steep for one-and-a-half minutes.

Step 8: Gently plunge your Aeropress

Now it’s time to plunge the press. Gently push all of the water through—one uniform stroke is best.

This will take a little bit of pressure, but don’t get too aggressive. You should see an even ribbon coming out of the filter at first, then slow down as you hit resistance.

It may still be drippy when you reach the bottom; just go ahead and give it one more firm push to seal it off at the base.

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What is the Aeropress inverted method?

The Aeropress competition uses the inverted method, and we recommend it for many home users because it’s more forgiving.

In this method, you flip the whole apparatus upside down before brewing.

The advantage is that if you’re doing a long steep time (3-4 minutes or so) then you have more control over-extraction; as the coffee grounds absorb water, they won’t float to the top of your brew chamber and escape through the filter.

The end result is usually a bit more body than in the regular method.

Should you tamp your Aeropress?

The answer is no. If we use the correct grind size, the tamp pressure may clog the filter if we were using paper, but you could possibly break the plastic plunger as well.

When brewing with an Aeropress, simply level off your coffee bed with whatever tool you have handy (the Aeropress scoop works perfectly).

Can you get crema with an Aeropress?

While you won’t get any crema with the Aeropress, most coffee enthusiasts will tell you that it’s still possible to brew a really great cup.

The name “crema” refers to the foam on top of your coffee, which is created by the oils and proteins in espresso. The Aeropress doesn’t have the high pressure of an espresso machine, so it can’t create crema.

The bottom line: if you’re looking for an intense dose of caffeine with lots of crema, go for an espresso machine.

Otherwise, the Aeropress might be more up your alley because it’s handy, versatile, and a great option for brewing drip-style coffee too!

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