AeroPress Instructions

AeroPress is a manual, pressure-based method of brewing coffee. Thanks to the paper filter, the drink is grounds-free, and thanks to the pressure, it is denser than drinks brewed with drip methods like French press or pour-over.

AeroPress coffee can be brewed in many ways. There are two main methods: classic and inverted.

When using the inverted method, more water remains in the AeroPress during immersion because none can seep through the filter into the cup. Some AeroPress connoisseurs believe that this is an advantage over the classic method, but it does not particularly affect the taste of the finished drink.

Watch this video to learn about the different ways to make coffee in an AeroPress:

Standard Method

For the standard method, you will need:

  • Clean drinking water. You can use mineral water at a temperature of 180-205°F (82-96°C)
  • Freshly roasted coffee (ideally a single origin)
  • A fine grind (slightly coarser than for espresso)
  • Scales and a timer
  • Kettle
  • AeroPress with filters and something to stir with

Grind Size

You can use a medium or medium-coarse grind with an AeroPress, just like for pour-over coffee.

The AeroPress allows more experimentation with grind size in comparison to other methods, as it is more sensitive to changes in grind. We recommend adjusting the grind for different coffees based on your preferences.

Coffee Dosage

The optimal amount of coffee for an AeroPress is 18 grams (0.63 oz). An AeroPress uses more coffee relative to water than do other methods: about 65 grams (2.3 oz) per liter (33 fl oz). But this does not mean that you should always use exactly that much coffee. We recommend that you treat this as a guide and adjust the proportions depending on your tastes.

AeroPress

Serving (Brewed Coffee)

Regular Coffee 1:15

Water 1:15

Strong Coffee 1:13

Water 1:13

Cups

fl oz

ml

grams

oz

ml

fl oz

grams

oz

ml

fl oz

1

8

236

18.15

0.64

272

9.2

21.5

0.76

280

9.47

2

16

472

36.3

1.28

544

18.4

43

1.52

560

18.94

3

24

708

54.4

1.92

816

27.6

64.5

2.27

839

28.29

4

32

944

72.6

2.56

1089

36.8

86

3.03

1118

37.76

5

40

1180

90.7

3.2

1361

46

108

3.79

1398

47.23

6

48

1416

109

3.84

1633

55.2

129

4.55

1677

56.7

Water Temperature

The optimum temperature for making coffee in an AeroPress is 194°F (90°C). To get this temperature, you need to boil the water, and then cool it for a minute and a half with no lid on the kettle.

The choice of temperature also depends on the roast—the darker the coffee, the lower the temperature needs to be. Temperature also depends on brewing time—the shorter the brewing time, the higher the temperature needs to be.

The inventor of the AeroPress recommends using water at 176°F (80°C). However, few people follow this recommendation and most use water at 194°F (90°C).

Blooming

Some brewing methods use pre-wetting to bloom of the coffee, but pre-wetting is not used with immersion blooming methods. Instead, intermittent infusion is used to enhance extraction. Intermittent infusion means pouring water into the grounds in stages. This is necessary due to the fact that coffee and water remain in contact for a relatively shorter period of time than with other methods.

Pouring Water

Before installing the mesh with a paper filter, you need to pour some hot water through the filter to get rid of any papery taste.

Then you need to pour the ground coffee into the AeroPress. We recommend pouring the water in two stages for more complete extraction of the coffee. First, you need to pour in a third of the total volume of water you're planning to use. That is, for 18 grams (0.63 oz) of coffee, you should pour 50-60 ml (1.7-2 fl oz) of water and then wait 30 seconds. Then pour in the remaining water.

Then reinstall the plunger, but make a slight reverse pulling motion to prevent water from flowing down through the filter. Then brew for another 40 seconds.

Pressure

After brewing, you need to remove the plunger, stir the coffee, put the plunger back, and lower the plunger with constant pressure for 20-30 seconds. Don't push the plunger and filter all the way to the bottom of the French press, because this could cause small particles to get into your drink.

Finally, throw away the used coffee filter and enjoy your drink.

You can watch this video to see the classic method in action:

Inverted Method

As we said above, coffee brewed with the inverted method tastes almost the same.

A slight difference between the classic and inverted methods is that during classic brewing, the coffee settles on the filter and then is more difficult to press than when using the inverted method.

For the inverted method, you will need:

  • Clean drinking water. You can use mineral water at a temperature of 194-201°F (90-94°C)
  • A fine grind (slightly coarser than for espresso)
  • Scales and a timer
  • Kettle
  • AeroPress with filters and something to stir with
  • Freshly roasted coffee

On average, AeroPress coffee takes 90 seconds to brew when using 15g (0.5 oz) of coffee per 210ml (7 fl oz) of water.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

  1. Prepare 15 g (0.5 oz) coffee.
  2. Boil 210 ml (7 fl oz) water.
  3. Wet and install the filter.
  4. Grind the coffee.
  5. Place the AeroPress upside down and add the ground coffee.
  6. Pour water into the AeroPress and stir.
  7. Install the filter cover.
  8. Leave for 1 minute.
  9. Flip the Aeropress and place it on your cup.
  10. While maintaining constant pressure, lower the piston for 15-30 seconds until a hissing sound is heard. You need to push gently so the smallest coffee particles don't fall into the cup.
  11. Enjoy!

You can watch this video to see the classic method in action:

A Few Words About the AeroPress Go

Like the original AeroPress, the AeroPress Go brews amazingly delicious Americano, espresso, and iced coffee.

The AeroPress Go is optimized for travel, hiking, or just work, so you can easily take it with you. Its sophisticated design ensures that your coffee is always delicious, wherever you are.

Using an AeroPress Go is pretty similar to using a regular AeroPress, but you will need to get used to using less water.

The AeroPress Go is about 1/3 smaller than classic AeroPress. This translates into size, of course, but also into the capacity of your AeroPress. The original AeroPress, completely filled with water, will hold about 275ml (9.3 fl oz) of water. For an AeroPress Go, the capacity is 240ml (8.1 fl oz).

Of course, you can also brew a stronger coffee and bypass it (brew a concentrated coffee and then dilute it with water).