The AeroPress is a very modern coffee brewing system that has all sorts of advantages. For example, it is highly suitable for travel, and it’s a great tool to use not only for your regular cup of coffee, but also in order to make a base for other fancy or less strong coffee drinks.
The system it operates on has a fair amount in common with the French press brewing method but the pressure exerted by the plunger shares similarities with the pressurization of an espresso machine.
The final drink also has something that reminds of a French press coffee in terms of texture. Nonetheless, this coffee brew is not a substitute for espresso, nor for French press, and it was never meant to be anything of the sort. The AeroPress brews its own type of coffee drink, and for curiosity, if nothing else, every coffee aficionado should have a taste.
How to Make Coffee with the Aerobie AeroPress
Step 1: Measure out about 200ml of water from a boiled kettle using fresh, filtered water.
Step 2: Take your freshly roasted and ground coffee. Somewhere between 15 and 20 grams of ground coffee will do. The Aerobie AeroPress comes with a scoop which you can use for measuring – two scoops are about 20 grams, you can also use the provided funnel to help get the grounds into the brewing compartment.
If you grind your own coffee, we recommend a medium-fine level.
Step 3: Place a paper filter into the detachable filter cap. In order to get rid of the slight hint of paper taste you get with paper filters, poor some hot water over it. This will also help the filter stick better to the edges of the cap. Be careful not to burn your hands when you do this, as you need to hold the cap with one hand, and pour the water with the other.
Step 4: Put the AeroPress together by inserting the filter into the bottom of the brewing chamber. Twist the filter into position. Then, place the brewing chamber on top of your coffee cup, filter side down.
Step 5: Carefully add the coffee grounds.
Step 6: Pour your water over the coffee. If you have 15 grams of ground coffee, you need to add 200ml of water.
Step 7: Give the coffee a few stirs, then let it brew for 1 minute. If you like your coffee a little stronger, try experimenting with longer brewing times.
Step 8: After the minute, give the coffee a few more stirs.
Step 9: Push the cap into the top of the brewing chamber. Next, place the AeroPress over the container, and start pushing the plunger down. To apply the right amount of pressure just lean onto the plunger, you do not need to force it down (If it is too easy to press down, you need a finer grind and vice versa).
Make sure you plunge to the point where the plunger starts to compact the coffee on the bottom. Once there’s no more water to push through, you’ll hear a specific hissing sound that will let you know you’re now done with your brew.
Step 10: Once the brewing process is completed, you can unscrew the cap, and slightly push the AeroPress plunger in order to eject the coffee grounds into the food waste bin. This is also the moment to enjoy what will be an excellent coffee.
A lot of the world’s top experts will take an AeroPress when they travel because it is very consistent, methodical and easy to clean. If you’re planning on purchasing an AeroPress, feel free to play around with grind size, dosage, and water temperature, just don’t make any compromises regarding bean and roast quality.