Making coffee with an Aeropress
A device that looks nothing like a coffee maker, the Aeropress has fast become a favourite for making rich, tasty coffee. You can use the AeroPress the right way, or inverted. Both are fun and have their merits, but be careful if using the inverted method that you don’t spill it everywhere! Which will you prefer?
Before you start making coffee with an Aeropress, you will need:
A filter paper
A fancy Mug
Filtered water if possible. From the tap if not.
Boil your kettle and let it cool for 30/60s.
If needed, grind your favourite coffee to a consistency similar to that of table salt.
Rinse your filter with warm water, either in the filter basket or rinse the whole Aeropress with the filter in.
Place the Aeropress over your mug and add 2 heaped tbsp (15g) of coffee.
Pour in 240ml of water. This should nearly fill the Aeropress. Stir the top.
Pop the plunger in gently. The ‘suction’ created will stop the coffee dripping through on its own.
After 1 minute, plunge the coffee into your mug. The plunging should be done over 30s.
You will notice a hissing noise as you get towards the end of your plunge. If you want a full-bodied, heavier tasting coffee you should plunge until the end allowing any oils present to enter your cup. Alternatively, if you want a cleaner tasting cup, stop plunging as it starts to hiss. Have a play and see which you prefer.
Now you’ve mastered making coffee with an Aeropress the correct way round, let’s make it upside down- sounds crazy right?! See our guide for the inverted Aeropress method.