How to Brew with an Aeropress

You will need:

Aeropress kit
Freshly roasted coffee
Mug or jug
Burr grinder (freshly ground is best)
Filtered water
Kettle (temperature variable gooseneck works best)
Timer
Scales

Aeropress pencil sketch

You will need:

Aeropress kit
Freshly roasted coffee
Mug or jug
Burr grinder (freshly ground is best)
Filtered water
Kettle (temperature variable gooseneck works best)
Timer
Scales

And here are the steps:

Step 1 – Prepare the brewer.

Pop a filter paper in the cap and lock in. Place on top of your mug. Boil the kettle and pour a little boiling water in the Aeropress. This will rinse the paper and warm the mug.

Step 2 – Add the coffee.

Measure and grind your beans. Start with 17g coffee or a rounded Aeropress scoop, you can adjust up or down a little to get the strength you enjoy best. Grind on a medium fine setting, so the coffee is about as fine as table salt. Insert the plunger a little, remove the cap with the filter paper and turn the Aeropress upside down (inverted method). Using the funnel add your ground coffee.

Step 3 – Add the water.

The ideal brewing temperature for coffee is between 91-96°C. Aim lower with this brewer, close to 91°C or around 3 minutes off the boil. This will achieve more sweetness. Place the brewer on the scales and tare. Start timing. Half fill the chamber with hot water carefully soaking all the coffee grounds. Stir the ‘slurry’ for 10 seconds. Continue to fill the chamber to ¾ full or 220g of water. Replace the cap, total brew time 1½ minutes.

Step 4Flip, plunge and enjoy.

Empty your mug of the warm water, hold on top of the Aeropress and with a good grip around the plunger and brewing chamber flip the Aeropress over. Slowly plunge until you start to hear a faint hissing sound. This should take a further 20 – 30 seconds. Remove, empty the ‘puck’ to the compost and rinse out the Aeropress.

Enjoy your delicious cup of coffee!