AeroPress was invented back in 2005 and a few years ago it felt to me like it hit critical mass and everyone was using them.  I finally decided to get one for making quick cups of coffee but in my first few attempts, my results have been fairly lackluster. I talked to some friends, mainly Chris Gmyr, and he started telling me some tips as well as several recipes to make it better and I wanted to document all the recommendations here in one place.

Inverted Method

The first method that I’ve heard several people talk about is what they call the “inverted method” and here is a great site with full instructions including pictures. I’ve copied and pasted them below for a quick reference.

  • Grind 17g of Coffee (about as fine as table salt)
  • Boil 270g of water (195-205F range)
  • Insert the plunger into the Aeropress, filter-side up.
  • Add your coffee and pour enough water to submerge the beans (about 34g).
  • Stir so no grounds are left dry.
  • Wait 20 seconds.
  • Fill with your remaining water.
  • Your grounds should be about a quarter inch from the top.
  • Stir again if you think your grounds aren’t fully immersed.
  • Wait 1 minute.
  • Attach your filter to the top and place your mug on top of that. After placing one hand on the vessel and one on the Aeropress, smoothly turn the combination upside-down.
  • Gently press straight down on your plunger for about 20 seconds. You will know when to stop when you hear a hissing sound.

Standard Method

The next method is what you might consider the standard and was the winning entry in the AeroPress championship

  • Grind 17 grams of coffee
  • Boil 277ml of water
  • “No bloom! Just a low and slow pour and a low and slow press.”

Outside of these recipes I also learned that using fresh coffee beans is key, and to always grind just before you brew as ground beans start going stale after 15 mins. Use filtered water from your fridge, and finally rinse your paper filter before you start.

As a complete coffee noob, all these are new to me and hopefully, it helps someone in the future. I know coffee is something many people are passionate about and if you have anything to add, sound off in the comments below.

Featured Photo by Nathan Dumlao