Crafty, portable, and crazy-unique, the AeroPress is becoming an increasingly popular method to brew sweet and full-bodied coffee. It particularly shines when you don’t necessarily have the means to measure out exact numbers or control 18 different variables. So, whether you’re camping, partial to full-bodied coffees, or just in the mood for a simpler method, the AeroPress has you covered. Follow these steps and you’re in for one worthy cup of coffee.
What you’ll need:
Grinder (if you’re using whole bean coffee)
Kettle of water just off boil (195-205°F)
Your favorite mug
Step 1. Get your coffee!
Measure out about 2½ tablespoons (or 17g) of your favorite coffee and grind it as fine as table salt. If you’re getting your coffee pre-ground, just tell your barista you’re using it for an AeroPress and they’ll take it from there!
Step 2. Prep the ‘Press.
Start by putting the filter in the basket. Pour some of your hot water over it to make sure that papery taste doesn’t make its way into the coffee. Lock the filter into place and settle it onto your mug.
Step 3. Add Coffee
Add your coffee to the AeroPress with the filter facing down toward the mug. If it helps, the AeroPress comes with a nifty little funnel to help you get the coffee to the bottom.
Step 4. Add Water
Start your timer or just keep track of the time using a clock—the whole thing should take about a minute. Pour your 195-205°F water over the coffee making sure to cover all of it. Fill it up to the No. 4, stir, and gently place the plunger on top to keep the heat in (but don’t press it yet!).
Step 5. Plunge!
Once one minute is up, take the plunger off, stir one more time, and put the plunger back on. Gently push the plunger down until all the water is in your cup. This moment will be characterized by a distinct hissing sound that happens as soon as all the water is pressed out.
Step 6. Clean and Enjoy.
Soak, sip, and saunter off to your regular day.
As simple as the AeroPress is, there’s really no “right” way of doing it. These are just the basics. Feel free to experiment with your method by changing one variable at a time. If you have any questions or want any tips, come ask any of our baristas!