Are you stuck on how to go about brewing coffee using the AeroPress? The process may be complicated for first-time users. Do not despair yet, making sweet and rich coffee within seconds, is quite easy.
The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a breakthrough in the coffee brewing process. I say this as a coffee buff myself. However, coffee enthusiast or not, the AeroPress makes up for the ultimate coffee experience.
The maker uses a state of the art total immersion system that allows extraction of the brew at a moderate temperature. This feature also promotes a shorter brewing time. The AeroPress can brew 1-3 cups of coffee a minute.
The brew produced by the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker is rich, robust, and smooth. Connoisseurs say that it has significantly low acidity.
Also, the AeroPress incorporates microfilters in its system to eliminate grit left in the cup after you drink your coffee. Hence the result is cleaner and lighter. What’s more, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker can steep both American style and Espresso style coffee.
How Then Do You Brew Coffee Using AeroPress?
You do not have to be a barista to brew AeroPress coffee. AeroPress has a simple, elegant design. This simplicity in design suggests that the use of the coffee maker requires no special techniques or training.
To grasp the coffee-making process, you have to understand the components of the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. Every maker comes with:
- The AeroPress, which looks like a plastic plunger.
- A cap for the end of the plunger,
- A coffee scoop, to measure coffee beans,
- A funnel, to avoid spillage of coffee beans,
- A paddle, for stirring
With this in mind, it will now be easier for you to learn the process
There are 2 ways to brew coffee using the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. I will show you how to use them both. The main difference is in the exposure time and hence the resultant richness. It is advisable to try both methods then pick the one that best works for you.
You will need an AeroPress, coffee beans, water, and a mug or pitcher.
The Original Method
To brew coffee using this method, follow the following steps:
- Heat the water: Boil your water to a temperature of about 175◦F. Boiling water produces bitter coffee, so let it cool for about 1 minute. In case you prefer Cold Brew, use tap water.
- Prepare the beans: Measure out 2 heaped coffee bean scoops. Grind them. Make sure to grind till fine. (Skip this step if you already have ground coffee.)
- Set the filter: Push the plunger out of the chamber. Use a little warm water to wet a filter and place it inside the cap.
- Assemble the AeroPress: Place the cap onto the chamber and twist until it is closed. Stand the chamber on your mug or pitcher.
- Add the coffee: Place the funnel on top of the chamber and pour in the ground coffee. Remove the funnel once done and shake the chamber to level the coffee. If you have a steady hand, you can forgo the funnel.
- Add the water: Pour in hot water up to the top line on the AeroPress. (Use tap water for Cold Brew)
- Stir: Use the paddle to stir briefly. (10 seconds for hot and 1 minute for cold.)
- Press the mixture: Insert the plunger at the top. Gently press it down, pausing every time you encounter resistance, until the plunger reaches the grounds or you hear a long hiss.
- Clean the AeroPress: Remove cap and filter. Push the plunger to eject residue coffee and rinse the AeroPress.
- Dilute: For Espresso, sip as is. For American coffee, add hot water to fill a 300ml cup. For Cold Brew, add tap water to fill a 300 ml cup or ice. For a latte. Add milk to fill a 300 ml cup.
The Inverse Method
As the name suggests, this method is the reverse of the original method. Follow the following steps:
- Heat the Water: For starts, you need heated water and grounded coffee.
- Set up the AeroPress: Place the plunger in the chamber. Do not put in the filter or the cap. Hold the chamber upside-down.
- Pour in the coffee: Put the funnel onto the chamber. Pour in two heaped scoops of ground coffee.
- Pour in the water: Add hot water until the chamber is almost full. (Tap water for Cold Brew)
- Stir once: Use the paddle to stir. Use the time specifications given above.
- Steep: Steep for 1 minute. You can adjust this time in future batches if the coffee becomes too strong or too weak.
- Place Filter: Wet a filter and place it in the cap. Screw the cap securely onto the chamber.
- Flip over: Quickly flip over the AeroPress onto the mug or pitcher. Do this carefully so as not to spill any coffee.
- Press: Press as directed above.
- Clean the AeroPress: Clean as indicated above.
- Dilute: Use the methods above to complete your desired cup of coffee.
The reverse method allows longer contact time between the coffee and the water. In this case, the coffee brewed is more robust in its flavors and, the more the steeping time, the stronger the coffee. Always use fresh coffee beans.
The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes very strong coffee either way. Feel free to split the brewed coffee and use it to make 2 cups instead of one.
Although this method is fast, it limits you to one brew at a time. Start early in case you are having guests over.
Even without re-using filters, the method remains economical. An AeroPress with a year supply of filters costs $25. You can buy your AeroPress on most online shopping platforms or local coffee shops.
While the art of coffee making can be explicit to some, here is to the less acquainted with the art, Get yourself the most selling coffee maker and brace your skills.
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