Brew Guide: Aeropress

The Aeropress might not seem romantic. It’s plastic. It comes with a perplexing number of accessories. But it’s also remarkably compactable; nigh unbreakable; and the coffee spoon it comes with can be used as a substitute scale in a pinch.

This all makes it perfect for anyone who wants a better cup of coffee with minimum effort. Or the adventurous soul who wants to drink coffee outdoors, on a camping trip, or an extended road trip.

The following recipe has been adapted from Paulina Miczka's winning entry into the 2017 World Aeropress Championships. With it, you can make a coffee concentrate that can be tailored (e.g. watered down) to the strength you prefer. It can also be extracted over ice, for cold coffee!

More recipes can be discovered on the World Aeropress Championship website.

Brew Time

1:35

Grind

Coarse
8 on a scale of 0-10

Supplies

  • Aeropress Brewer
  • Burr Grinder
  • Your Favorite Mug
  • Scale
  • Timer

Step 1: Prep

Grind 35 grams of coffee. (No scale? A full Aeropress scoop is approximately 17 grams, or 2 tablespoons)

Setup your Aeropress on the scale upside-down, so that it rests on the plunger.

Heat water to 84º C (~183º F).

Pre-rinse a paper filter in the Aeropress cap with warm water.

Step 2: Bloom

Start your timer and dump your beans gently into the top of the Aeropress.

Add 150g of water and start stirring the slurry, continuing until the timer reads 0:35 seconds.

Step 3: Brew

Attach the Aeropress cap and pause for a moment to think about unicorns (or walruses, or the great outdoors) while your coffee brews.

Step 4: Extract

Gently flip the Aeropress onto your favorite mug, and slowly begin pressing down on the plunger.

After 30 seconds of slow pressing, add 160-200g of water to the extracted coffee concentrate. Enjoy!