I’ve already introduced my current favorite brewing method- the V60 Pourover. Today we feature the AeroPress, which has been Ernest’s favorite for a while. What does he not like about this thing… it’s super simple, easy to use and clean, travel-able, and once you know how you like it, can make a delicious cup without being super precise (bringing out the scale, timer, calculator, and whatnot). The Aeropress is definitely less technical than other brewing methods, and as you’ll see below, there are many variations just based on your preferences, so play around!
Wondering how it’s done? Follow these basics, and adjust variables for your perfect cup.
How to Brew: AeroPress
1. Set Up:
Assemble the Aeropress and add a paper filter into the detachable cap, rinsing it off with hot water (gets rid of the paper taste and pre-heats the brewing method). Measure out 15-17 grams of coffee and grind it medium-fine, a bit finer than drip. We usually use the AeroPress spoon to freely measure it- leveled off is about 16 grams. Use the funnel to pour those grinds in and then remove it.
2. Bloom & Brew:
Fill up the AeroPress with freshly boiled water to the fourth mark. We usually let it bloom 30-45 seconds, then give it a little stir with the AeroPress stirrer. Insert the rubber plunger and pull it just a bit up to create a pressure seal, let it brew another 45 seconds, then stir again.
Now time to get your muscles on. Gently press down until all the coffee is out until you hear the hissing sound, and then your cup is done.
Voila- cup of coffee a la AeroPress! Cleaning is as easy as popping out the puck and giving it a rinse. Overall, this process takes no more than two minutes for about eight ounces of coffee: total brew time should be 1.15-30 and pressing from 20-45 seconds.
This is how we usually do it, however there are SO many little variations to this brewing method. Some people fill it halfway to bloom, then pour it to the fourth mark. There are different variations on time for each step, water temperature, and even flipping the AeroPress upsidedown. Play around with variables, or ask your barista what they do for your favorite coffee.
Give it a try and comment your thoughts! Feel free to share your AeroPress tips and favorite coffees for this brewing method!