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How to brew AeroPress (standard method)

James Perry A guide by James Perry

The simplest possible way to make coffee

The Aeropress is the ultimate in go-anywhere, no-fuss filter coffee making—but that doesn’t mean there aren’t endless variations in how to use it.

This recipe is the most straightforward, so it’s a good place to start. Try this, then you can go down the rabbit hole of inverted, staggered pours and other variations. Who knows, you could be the next Aeropress World Champion! Yes, that’s a thing.

Here’s our step-by-step guide (or jump onto this guide’s Frequently Asked Questions):

  • Gear

    • AeroPress filter (paper or metal)
    • Kettle or alternative source
    • Timer
    • Stirring tool
    • Mug

  • Goods

    • 14g of coffee beans
    • 200g of just-boiled water ♨︎
    • Extra water to rinse any paper filters

ℹ︎: If you don’t have a grinder, that’s OK! You can always use pre-ground coffee, though we recommend freshly ground because it does elevate the flavour of each brew.

♨︎: In our recipes, we measure water in grams because we use scales, and it’s easy to achieve precision this way. However, if you don’t have scales, the conversion is easy: 1g=1mL.

  1. Put the paper filter into the base and rinse well.

    Rinsing gets rid of the paper taste, and also pre-warms your cup (don’t forget to thoughtfully discard this water from your cup before brewing).

  2. Screw in the cap and place your AeroPress on top of your vessel.

    A regular mug will do just fine.

  3. Grind 14g of coffee and place in the AeroPress.

    Freshly ground is always best, and for AeroPress it should be similar in size to rough beach sand.

  4. Pour 200g of just-boiled water into the AeroPress.

    We recommend using filtered water if possible, just off the boil.

  5. Stir well, then attach the plunger (top part) of the AeroPress.

    Once you put the top on, you’ll form a seal and stop any more water from draining through into your cup.

  6. Wait 2 minutes, remove the plunger once more and then stir a further 3 times.

    This will help increase extraction and give you a stronger flavour!

  7. Reattach the plunger and press gently.

    It takes a little bit of pressure to push the water through the paper. You’re aiming for this step to take around 30 seconds. If the coffee comes out too quickly, grind finer; if the water comes out too slowly and is difficult to press, grind coarser.

  8. Enjoy!

    If you find the flavour too strong, feel free to dilute using between 20-40g water. And don’t forget to tell us how it went—we’d love to hear!

  9. Print/make a PDF of this recipe

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