How To Brew Aeropress Coffee
Before we begin, we just want to say that we LOVE the Aeropress. It’s one of the best brewers we have both in the kitchen and on the road. We've taken it camping, to the office, brewed coffee on airplanes and waiting in the terminal. It's awesome, there’s nothing like it!
What kind of coffee does it make? Sweet, smooth and easy. It's a full immersion brew, like a French Press, but filtered with paper like a pour over. And, like espresso, it uses a pressurized brewing environment. Truly unique.
Have you ever used on of those Aerobie Pro Flying Disc’s? The ring that you could throw a full suburban block and would get stuck in a tree almost immediately? If you have, then you’ve already used some of Alan Adler’s products. Adler is the inventor of one of our favourite coffee brewers: The Aeropress.
Mr. Adler did not begin his career inventing famous household objects. He’s a mechanical engineer with over 40 patents, and has designed instrumentation systems for military aircraft, nuclear reactors and submarines; a paraboloid lens for telescopes and more.
One day, in 1993, frustrated by the poor quality he was getting from small batches in his drip brewer at the office, Adler simply said, I can make a better coffee maker. He came up with the pressurized manual brew idea, began testing and 40 iterations later, was ordering production molds. The appeal is in its ease of use, clean up and durability.
The success of the Aeropress has surprised even Mr. Adler. Each year, there’s a World Aeropress Championship (WAC), where the goal is simply to create the best tasting cup. No show, no speech, simply “who can make the best tasting cup of coffee” (There’s now even a book about the WAC!)
The Aeropress is now found at a wide range of stores, no longer just at the high quality, coffee-focused cafes.
Here’s how we brew Aeropress coffee:
What You Need:
- Aeropress brewer
- 16g (or 1 scoop) of freshly roasted coffee, ground medium fine (the size of table sugar)
- Aeropress filter (included in the box)
- Stirrer (also included in the box)
- Mug - make sure it is wide enough to fit around the cap of the Aeropress
- Place the filter in the cap of the Aeropress and give it quick rinse under the tap
- Twist the cap into place on the end of the brewer (with the filter in the cap) and place over your mug
- Add the ground coffee to the brewer, and pour your 93ºC (205ºF) water over the coffee until the brewer is half filled
- Quickly stir the coffee and water together (2x around is fine) and then fill the Aeropress up until the water level is level with the number 4 on the side of the Aeropress.
- Place the rubber stopper just inside the barrel of the Aeropress, above the level of your coffee and water. This will create an airtight seal and keep the coffee from dripping through the filter into the cup before we want it to. Wait 1 min.
- Remove the rubber stopper, give a quick 2x stir again, and press the plunger down slowly to filter your coffee.
- Enjoy your super quick, easy and delicious coffee.