Calling all Aeropress fans! Want to whip up a tasty espresso with your Aeropress? Whether you’re at home or on the road, this guide shows you how.
The Aeropress is one of the newer manual coffee makers on the market. It was invented in 2005 by Alan Adler, who also invented the fastest Frisbee in the world. He had two goals for his coffee maker: compact design and tasty results – something the Aeropress has kicked out of the park. The Aeropress is particularly popular for travel, as the durable materials make it all but indestructible, even for the clumsiest amongst us. But it’s not just great for the road, and this unusual brewer just gets more popular as time goes on, especially for its ability to produce particularly clean brews, and to handle both filter and espresso roasts. If you haven’t yet joined the club, fill the Aeropress-shaped hole in your life via this link.
Aeropress Espresso Brew guide
18g of your favourite 19grams espresso
65g filtered water (if you’re buying it, we can recommend Spell Quell, Volvic or Lausitzer)
What you need:
Spoon or Stirrer
- Bring the water to the boil, then wait 30-60 seconds, to let it cool to about 96°C.
- Place the filter paper in the filter holder and rinse it out (this removes any papery flavours in the finished cup and helps hold the filter in place).
- Grind 18g of coffee at a fine setting, as the contact time with the water is very short. Feel free to play around to find the ideal grind size for your taste.
- Insert the plunger a small way into the Aeropress, and place the Aeropress upside-down on the scales (with the plunger at the bottom). Add the coffee and tare the scales.
- Pour 65g of 96°C water into the Aeropress and start your timer. Start stirring away immediately, and continue stirring for 1 minute.
- Attach the filter holder to the top of the Aeropress, and flip it over onto your cup, filter end down. Push the plunger firmly and slowly down, until it pushes right up against the coffee puck. This should take about 39 seconds. If you see coffee spurting out of the sides of the filter holder, you’re probably pushing too hard.
- Remove the filter holder, and push the paper and coffee puck out into the compost. Give it a rinse and it’s ready to go again.