The Aeropress is one of the most unique innovations in single cup, manual coffee brewing in the last few decades. The Aeropress was invited by engineer Alan Alder (of Aerobie fame) in 2005, after months of studying the ideal conditions to brew a single cup of coffee. Since its introduction, the Aeropress has earned a cult following and even has its own World Championship. What makes it so special? There are hundreds of variants when brewing with the Aeropress, most of them result in a richer cup, bringing out a variety of subtle notes, making it one of the most enjoyable methods to experiment with. Our Aeropress recipe is a jumping off point. Experiment with grind size, brew time, extraction time and more to find your ideal cup.
What you'll need:
- Fresh roasted coffee, ground fine
- An Aeropress and Aeropress paper filter
- Scale and timer
- Water just off a boil (200 - 205 degrees)
- Something to stir with
- Mug or decanter
- Measure and grind 18 grams of coffee. Remember, this should be ground fine. Not quite "espresso" fine, but finer than your typical pour over grind.
- Place Aeropress on mug or decanter. Pour a little boiling water through the Aeropress to prepare it for brewing. Discard water.
- Add coffee to Aeropress and quickly pour 270 grams of water into the Aeropress. Water should be just off a boil, 200 - 205 degrees.
- Stir coffee and gently place the plunger on the Aeropress. Let sit for 50 seconds.
- Remove plunger, stir for 5 seconds and replace plunger. Let sit for another 55 seconds.
- Remove plunger, stir for 5 seconds and replace plunger. Gently push plunger down for 20 seconds, extracting coffee into your mug or decanter. There should be some resistance. Too easy? Your grind is too fine. Too difficult? Your grind is too coarse. Adjust as needed next time around and enjoy!