Today I will introduce you to the AeroPress Coffee Maker. In this article you will find an exhaustive review, several operating instructions and tips for preparing delicious coffee. There is also a breakdown of the positives and negatives of the AeroPress.

AeroPress with Arne

 

What Is an AeroPress?

An AeroPress is a manually operated device that prepares coffee through a filtration process.

It is made solely out of plastic with three individual parts: a brew chamber, a plunger and a filter cap. You’ll also need to have a cup to press the filtered coffee into.

Aeropress pieces

AeroPress Operating Instructions – Classic way

How to prepare a cup of coffee using an AeroPress:

  • Place a filter into the filter cap.

AeroPress Filter

  • Wet the filter completely with hot water.
  • Screw the filter cap onto the brew chamber and place it on top of your cup.

Screw in the Aeropress

  • Put 4 to 5 teaspoons of ground coffee in the brew chamber.

Coffee in the AeroPress

  • Pour hot water (194 degrees Fahrenheit) into the brew chamber up to the middle marking.

Water in the AeroPress

  • Stir the coffee and water thoroughly for 10 seconds.

Stirring the AeroPress

  • Place the plunger into the top, then slowly press it down until the rubber seal reaches the coffee grounds.

Press the AeroPress

  • Top off your brewed coffee with hot water until you obtain your desired coffee strength.

Fill up the AeroPress

  • To clean the AeroPress, unscrew the filter cap and simply push out the remaining coffee grounds and the filter itself.

Clean up the Aeropress

 

Tip: If you wet the press beforehand, it will ease the pressing movement.

This is the classic way to use an AeroPress, but there is another technique, as well.

AeroPress Operating Instructions – Inverted Technique

  • Insert the plunger slightly into the brew chamber.

Insert AeroPress inverted

  • Flip the plunger and brew chamber upside down so number “1” is now at the top.
  • Put 4 to 5 teaspoons of ground coffee into the AeroPress.

Aeropress Inverted Coffee

  • Place a filter in the filter cap and wet it completely with hot water.

Aeropress Inverted Filter

  • Pour hot water (194 degrees Fahrenheit) into the brew chamber up to the middle marking.

Aeropress Inverted Water

  • Stir the water and ground coffee thoroughly for 10 seconds.
  • Let it infuse for another 30 seconds.
  • Insert the filter cap with the filter in the brew chamber.

Shake the inverted AeroPress

  • Put an inverted cup over the assembled AeroPress and flip everything over.

Aeropress Inverted Cup

  • Press the plunger down slowly until the rubber seal reaches the coffee grounds.

Aeropress Inverted Structure

  • Clean up is the same as before: Simply push out the remaining coffee grounds and the filter.

Aeropress Inverted Clean-up

How Can You Change the Taste of Coffee with the AeroPress?

Different Kinds of Coffee:

Keep in mind that, if you want your coffee to be tasty, you need to use good coffee. The AeroPress is a great option for brewing, but if the coffee grounds aren’t good, the resulting coffee still won’t turn out too great.

Grinding Degree and Amount:

To get your coffee beans to the desired coarseness, a coffee mill is ideal. Freshly ground coffee is of course the best option to create great flavor.

How fine should you grind the coffee? You want to grind the coffee to a medium coarseness, similar to what you would use with an automatic coffee brewer. However, the more acidic the coffee, the coarser you should make the grounds.

The finer you grind the coffee, the more surface area you will have and the stronger the extraction will be. The coarser you grind the coffee, the less surface area you will end up with and you will need either more coffee or a longer extraction time.

Keep in mind: The finer you grind your coffee, the more difficult it gets to press down the plunger.

Stirring:

Exactly like with a French press, stirring is a good thing. However, in this case, we do not stir to initiate the extraction, we stir to distribute the coffee grounds evenly and to achieve a water-coffee mixture as homogenous as possible.

Let It Infuse:

After stirring, let the coffee grounds infuse! The longer the coffee infuses, the stronger the aroma will be.

Temperature:

The coffee’s water should never boil! Boiling water destroys the coffee’s etheric oils, and with the plastic and a bit of bad luck, you may be left with a melted mass of plastic. My tip is to start with 194-degree-Fahrenheit hot water. You can also test water temperatures between 149 and 203 degrees Fahrenheit.

Upsides of the AeroPress

  • It’s 100 percent plastic, so it is easy to bring around with you.
  • It is very easy to clean.
  • All the coffee grounds get filtered out.
  • The short brewing time evenly extracts the coffee’s flavor because all of the coffee grounds are submerged in the water.
  • Thanks to its modifiable features, you can easily adjust the coffee to your personal taste (see more below).
  • The AeroPress is affordable.

Downsides of the AeroPress

  • Compared to other brewing methods (four cups of French press), the AeroPress “pressed out” less coffee for each round.
  • It isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing item.
  • It’s 100 percent plastic, which can worsen the taste – or last for a short half-life period.
  • You always need a paper filter – unless you want to invest in reusable metal filters.

How Much Does an AeroPress Cost and Where Can I Buy It?

You can buy the AeroPress on Amazon. When I first got it, I was a bit of skeptic.AeroPress1

Since then, I’ve enjoyed using the AeroPress. It gives you the opportunity to make your coffee specifically to your liking.

It appears to be indestructible, and it is very suitable for traveling. I now use the AeroPress almost as often as my French press or my pour-over coffee maker.

This device is really something else, and if you use it in front of your friends, you will seem like a true coffee nerd. Additionally, because of its price and the very good craftsmanship, it is really worth it.

This article is continually under improvement, so it pays off to look it up once in a while.

Coming soon here:

  • A video tutorial
  • French press vs. AeroPress
  • Espresso vs. AeroPress
  • Pour over vs. AeroPress

And much more 🙂

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