How To Make Coffee With Your Aeropress
Using the inverted method
Congratulations! You now have an excellent, travel-ready way to brew coffee. Similar to a French Press, what makes the Aeropress special is how the water is pushed through a filter instead of staying in the container with the grounds, giving you more control over brewing time and resulting in a cleaner cup of coffee. Today we'll walk through the inverted method of brewing with the Aeropress.
The ratio of coffee to water should be 1:16. In this case we are using 17g of coffee so we will use about 270g of water.
Your coffee should be ground just a bit finer than for a drip brewer, and coarser than Turkish Coffee. In concrete terms, it should be about as fine as table salt.
Boil & Prep
You want your water to be within the 195-205F range. If you don't have a thermometer, the best way to get within that temperature range is to bring the water to a boil and then wait about 45 seconds for it to cool. After your water is ready, wet your filter to get rid of any paper flavor. It helps to have a smaller glass to hold your filter so you don't get burned.
Insert the plunger into the Aeropress and set it on scale or stable surface, filter-side up. Add your coffee and pour enough water into the Aeropress to submerge the beans (about 34g). Stir so no grounds are left dry. Wait 20 seconds.
Fill the Aeropress with your remaining water. Your grounds should be about a quarter inch from the top. At this point you can stir again if you think your grounds aren't fully immersed. Wait 1 minute.
Attach your filter to the top of your Aeropress and place your mug/vessel on top of that. After placing one hand on the vessel and one on the Aeropress, smoothly turn your Aeropress/Vessel combination upside-down.
Position your body over the Aeropress and gently press straight down on your plunger for about 20 seconds. You will know when to stop when you hear a hissing sound. That's air escaping your Aeropress, which means your coffee has been filtered.
Aeropress often makes a very concentrated brew. You can add more hot water get your cup to a taste & consistency you prefer. We recommend adding water in small increments and tasting as you go to avoid a watery coffee.
If you press the plunger all of the way, you will get the dregs of your coffee into the cup, along with a bitter taste. After a few brews, you'll get a feel for stopping before the hiss.
If you press too hard or fast, the Aeropress has been known to slide away. Remember to press evenly and slowly to avoid a spill.
The Aeropress is a great way to experiment and find your favorite process. Feel free to try your own variations of this recipe and happy brewing!
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