The AeroPress was invented by Alan Adler, an engineer who was frustrated with the amount of time it took to make a good cup of coffee in a standard drip coffee machine. If you're like Adler and looking for a quick and easy way to make a good cup of coffee, the AeroPress coffee maker might be your match. Read on for step-by-step AeroPress instructions and other useful tips.
What is an AeroPress Coffee Maker?
The AeroPress is a simple brewing method, allowing you to quickly press hot water through coffee. While it's not the sexiest of coffee makers, it’s lightweight, very portable, and will brew up a sweet, full-bodied cup of coffee every time. That's why it's often the preferred brew method for camping coffee.
Where to Buy the AeroPress Coffee Maker
You can buy the AeroPress at most home goods stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond, Target and Williams & Sonoma. You can also buy it at outdoor sports stores such as REI. And of course, it's available on AeroPress.com and Amazon. It retails for about $30.
There are just six steps to using an AeroPress coffee maker. Follow these AeroPress instructions for a great cup of coffee on the go.
1. Measure and Grind
Measure out and grind up about 17 grams of coffee, which will equate to 2 1/2 tablespoons or one AeroPress scoop. You'll want to grind the coffee pretty fine, similar to the consistency of table salt.
2. Prepare the AeroPress
In order to prep your AeroPress, place the filter in the basket. Then rinse the filter out with hot water and preheat the brewer. By doing this you'll be able to warm everything up and get rid of any paper flavor.
3. Add Your Coffee
Attach the basket to the bottom of the brew chamber and then place it over your mug of choice. You can then use the coffee loader or funnel that comes with your AeroPress to add in your ground coffee and remove the funnel when you're done.
4. Pour the Water
When you begin to pour your water, be sure to set your timer and saturate all of the grounds within 10 seconds. You'll want to pour to the number 4 (about 220 grams of water if you decide to use a scale). Spin the chamber at the end to make sure all of the coffee is sodden.
5. Place the Plunger and Pause
Once you've hit the number 4 on the chamber, stir your coffee and water mixture around before placing the plunger on the brew chamber, pulling up slightly to create a pressure seal. Don’t plunge just yet!
6. Plunge and Stir
When your timer hits 1:15, remove the seal and stir your coffee mixture once more. Now you can put the plunger back on and gently begin pressing down using steady pressure. You’ll want to stop as soon as you start to hear a hissing sound.
AeroPress Brew Time
The entire process should take about two minutes.
How Much Coffee Does an AeroPress Make?
The AeroPress will make one cup of coffee at a time, or approximately 7 to 8 ounces.
How to Clean Your AeroPress
The AeroPress coffee maker is super easy to clean. All you need to do is take off the basket and pop out the coffee grounds and filter, then clean off the rubber plunger with hot kettle water.
How to Store the AeroPress Coffee Maker
Per AeroPress, you should always remove used coffee right after brewing, and store your AeroPress coffee maker with the silicone seal pushed all the way through the chamber. This lengthens the life of the seal, keeping it free of compression.