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How to Use an AeroPress

Maryna Gray Maryna Gray • April 02, 2021

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 drip coffee machine. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to make a good cup of coffee, the AeroPress might be your match. Read on to for AeroPress instructions and other useful tips. 


What is an AeroPress?

The AeroPress is a simple brewing method, allowing you to quickly press hot water through coffee. While not the sexiest of coffee makers, it’s lightweight, very portable, and will brew up a sweet, full-bodied cup of coffee every time. 

AeroPress Necessities 

  • AeroPress 
  • AeroPress scoop
  • Grinder
  • AeroPress filter
  • Hot water (around 200 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • AeroPress paddle or spoon
  • Timer

AeroPress Instructions

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 make sure to grind the coffee pretty fine, like the consistency of table salt.

2. Prepare the AeroPress

In order to prep your AeroPress, you want to 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.

The entire process should take about two minutes and generate about 7 to 8 ounces of coffee.

How to Clean Your AeroPress

The AeroPress 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. 

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