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Brew Guide: AeroPress

08 Feb 2021

The AeroPress dropped back in 2005 and has since become a bit of a cult hit, but we believe that's with good reason! It's quick, clean, and portable – so it's perfect to carry along on a camping trip or a picnic in the park. The AeroPress makes an “espresso” base that can be drunk as is or topped up with hot water or steamed milk.

There are two ways to use one of these: Upright or inverted. Here's a guide to get you started, but we do recommend playing with the recipe to get what you're after! There's quite a few of them over on the World AeroPress Championship website.

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Grind: Medium

Coffee: 15-18g per AeroPress

Total brew time: 2 minutes

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Upright Method:

  1. Grind your coffee on a medium setting, neither too fine nor too coarse. If you're working without a scale, the AeroPress comes with a handy scoop: one level scoop yields about 12g of coffee, while a heaped one gives you 16g. Ideal.

  2. Wet an AeroPress filter and put it into the filter cap. Screw the cap onto the AeroPress chamber - the main part of the AeroPress body.

  3. Place the chamber directly onto your cup or carafe with the filter facing down.

  4. Add the ground coffee into the chamber.

  5. Boil some water to about 85 degrees Celcius. That's quite a bit cooler than boiling, so if you're using a standard kettle without temperature control, let it sit for about two minutes after it has come to the boil.

  6. Pour water into the AeroPress, filling it up about halfway. This allows the coffee to "bloom", releasing carbon dioxide and enhancing the flavours of the coffee. Stir, and let it sit for about 30 seconds. Small amounts of coffee will begin to filter into the cup right away, but don't worry about that.

  7. Add more water to the AeroPress, filling it up almost to the top. Put the plunger into the top of the chamber and pull back a little, creating a pressure seal. Let it brew for a further minute and 15 seconds.

  8. Once the time is up, press the plunger down and your coffee will filter into your cup.

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Inverted Method:

This method prevents any coffee from prematurely filtering into your cup during brewing. It seems precarious at first, but it's just as easy:

  1. As above, grind 15-18g of your coffee on a medium setting, neither too fine nor too coarse.

  2. Wet a filter and place it in the filter cap. You can set that to the side for now.

  3. Place the AeroPress chamber on top of the plunger so it's sitting upside-down as compared to the method above, making sure the seal is fully inside the chamber. Add the coffee.

  4. Boil your water to about 85 degrees Celcius. Let your kettle sit for about two minutes after it has boiled if it doesn't have a temperature gauge.

  5. Fill the AeroPress up halfway with water, allowing the coffee to “bloom”, releasing carbon dioxide and enhancing the flavours of the coffee. Stir, and wait for 30 seconds.

  6. Add more water, filling the AeroPress up to the top. Screw the filter cap on, and let it stand for another minute.

  7. Finally, flip the AeroPress onto your cup or jug. This is easier than it sounds, so don't worry! Press the plunger down until you hear a hissing sound.


You can enjoy your coffee as-is, or by topping up with hot water or steamed milk!

To clean, just press your coffee puck into your food bin and give the AeroPress a wash. Nice and easy.

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