Coffee snobs swear by it, the portable and lightweight AeroPress brews a full-bodied cup wherever you are: at home, office or on a road trip. This particular method is best when you’re out in the field or if you don’t have a scale in hand.

Brewing Time

5 Minutes

What you need

  1. Coffee
  2. AeroPress
  3. AeroPress Filters
  4. Grinder
  5. Timer
  6. Cup
  7. AeroPress paddle or spoon

Boil, Measure and Grind

Boil (200 g) of water. Weigh out 15–18 grams of coffee (depending on your preferred strength). Grind to a texture slightly finer than sea salt.

Prepare your AeroPress

Insert a paper filter into the AeroPress’s detachable plastic cap, then use some of the hot water to wet your filter and cap. The hot water helps the filter cling to the cap. This also gets rid of any paper flavor and warms everything up. This would also be a good time to warm your cup. Be careful not to burn yourself as the water is hot and the cup is quite small!

Rinse, Assemble and Add Coffee

Assemble your AeroPress. Make sure the entire assembly is dry, since any residual moisture can compromise the device’s seal.

Add your ground coffee. Be careful not to spill any grounds into the ring-shaped gutter at the top of the AeroPress.

Add Water

Start a timer. Add twice the weight of water than you have grounds (e.g., for 15 grams coffee, add 30 grams water). The water should be about 69 degrees C. Spin the chamber, making sure all the coffee is saturated.

Wait and Plunge

Fasten the cap, ensuring it locks into the grooves tightly. Flip the whole assembly over with haste and control. Position it atop your brew vessel and begin applying downward pressure. You will experience about 30 pounds of resistance here. If the pushing feels too easy, your grind is likely too coarse; if it’s very hard to push, chances are the grind is too fine. Your coffee is fully brewed once it begins to make a hissing sound. This means there is no more water to push through the device.

Clean and Serve

The AeroPress is easy to clean. Simply take off the basket and take out the coffee grounds and filter. Clean the rubber plunger with hot kettle water and you’re good to go.

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